Australia's Consul General Surabaya, Mr Chris Barnes

Australia's Consul General Surabaya, Mr Chris Barnes

Australia's Consul General Surabaya, Mr Chris Barnes

By Hugo Seymour from Perth USAsia Centre | 29 Aug 2017

Australia's Consul General Surabaya, Mr Chris Barnes teaser Mr Chris Barnes, Australia's new Consul-General in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, was hosted by the Perth USAsia Centre for a private Ambassador’s Dialogue roundtable for a pre-posting consultation breakfast.

Key Takeaways
  • The newly announced appointment of Chris Barnes as the Consul-General in Surabaya marks a step in Australia - Indonesia relations. Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced plans in February to open a new Consulate - General in Indonesia's second largest city, Surabaya.  Australia has doubled its number of diplomatic posts in Indonesia over the last two years, with a Consulate opened in Makassar in early 2016.
  • The city is a major port and business hub, a gateway city into eastern Indonesia.  Western Australia shares a Sister State relationship with East Java, of which Surabaya is the capital.‚Äč
  • Consul General Barnes has extensive experience working in Indonesia. Mr Barnes has worked in senior roles in government and business, with a focus on strategic engagement with Indonesia.  He is a former WA Regional Director Indonesia and national president of the Australia Indonesia Business Council (AIBC).
  • Australia's strategic interests in Surabaya plays an important part to Australia's engagement with Indonesia. Mr Barnes discussed why Australia chose Surabaya as the location for a new diplomatic mission in Indonesia and the Consulate - General's early priorities. He heard from guests about Western Australia's business, education, and community links to Surabaya and East Java.

Hugo Seymour is a Research and Program Assistant at the Perth USAsia Centre

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