This public event on 20 June 2017, featuring Dr Marty Natalegawa, Dr Mari Pangestu and Professor John Blaxland, focused on the strategic and economic relations between Australia and Indonesia. This public event formed part of the Perth USAsia Centre's Australia–Indonesia Working Group
- Indonesia is projected to be the fourth largest economy in the world by 2050 and along with Australia, is a maritime nation at the fulcrum of the Indo-Pacific. Both nations need to work together to ensure a safe and prosperous Indo-Pacific region. Australia must also actively contribute to Indonesia’s rise given Indonesia's development is fundamental to Australia's long-term prosperity and security.
- This event explored the opportunities for closer Indonesia–Australia relations, focusing on the two nations' respective competitive advantages and mutual regional and strategic interests.
- Delivering keynote presentations were former Indonesian Foreign Minister Dr Marty Natalegawa; Professor John Blaxland, the newly appointed director of ANU’s Southeast Asia Institute; and Dr Mari Pangestu, former Indonesian Minister for Trade, Tourism and the Creative Economy.
- Following this event, the Perth USAsia Centre launched in Jakarta with Western Australia's Minister for Asian Engagement, Hon. Bill Johnston MLA, the ensuing report: The Power of Proximity: Enhancing Australia-Indonesia Economic Relations.
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