Australia's Consul General Surabaya, Mr Chris Barnes

Australia's Consul General Surabaya, Mr Chris Barnes

Australia's Consul General Surabaya, Mr Chris Barnes

29 Aug 2017
Australia's Consul General Surabaya, Mr Chris Barnes
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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Hugo Seymour
Hugo Seymour
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Hugo Seymour is the Research Officer at the Perth USAsia Centre. He develops content and publishes on Western Australia and Australia's engagement in the Indo-Pacific region.
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