Indonesia and Australia in the COVID-19 New Normal

23 Jun 2020
Indonesia and Australia in the COVID-19 New Normal
Australia’s Ambassador to Indonesia, Mr Gary Quinlan AO, joined the Perth USAsia Centre and key stakeholders for a private online discussion on key developments in Indonesia in the COVID-19 era.
Held on the 23rd June under Chatham House Rule, Ambassador Quinlan and guests canvassed Indonesia’s experience with COVID-19, Indonesia’s infrastructure and economic recovery needs, the role of the upcoming Indonesia-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA), and the future of the Indonesia-Australia bilateral strategic relationship.
Indonesia is one of Australia’s most important strategic and economic partners, with a wide-ranging bilateral relationship and an extensive framework for Indo-Pacific cooperation. With the COVID-19 pandemic the priority issue for both nations, Ambassador Quinlan also discussed how Australia and Indonesia are assisting each other in managing the economic and public health impacts of COVID-19.
Recent Perth USAsia Centre research content on these vital topics includes:
  • An op-ed on the implications of COVID-19 on Indonesia’s economic development 
  • An interactive map featuring Indonesia’s current and planned infrastructure projects 
  • Analysis on regional geopolitical developments and Indonesia’s infrastructure 
  • An op-ed and interview on IA-CEPA, which enters into force on 5 July 2020


Kyle Springer
Kyle Springer
Senior Analyst
Kyle Springer is the Senior Analyst at the Perth USAsia Centre. He provides high-level program assistance and develops the think tank and external outreach programs of the Centre. Kyle also directs the Centre's Indonesia programs and convenes policy workshops focussed on Australia-Indonesia relations.
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