Nationals Member for Cowper and Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, departed for Jakarta on Sunday to lead the Agribusiness stream at the Indonesia Australia Business Week (IABW).
Minister Hartsuyker said he was looking forward to meeting with important agricultural stakeholders in Indonesia and continuing the Government’s efforts to create new opportunities for Australian farmers to export their produce, including blueberries and other horticultural products, to Indonesia.
“Indonesia is a powerhouse in South East Asia, with a population of 255 million people and a rapidly growing middle class. Australia’s two way trade with Indonesia is worth more than $11 billion each year, with significant potential for growth,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“I am pleased to have the opportunity to visit Jakarta for IABW and meet with our important agricultural counterparts to discuss ways to build on Australia’s valuable relationship with Indonesia.
“Through this trip, I want to further demonstrate Australia’s priorities for strengthening two-way trade in agriculture and investment linkages with Indonesia.
“The Business Week program also provides an opportunity for us to promote new commercial opportunities for our agriculture sector, so we can continue supporting the significant returns we see from our trade with Indonesia.
”I have arranged for Australian blueberries to be featured on the menu at some of the IABW events to highlight the quality of our local produce.”
Minister Hartsuyker will attend and speak at a range of IABW events, including the Agrifood Supply Chain Business Forum, an Australia IABW Industry Delegation dinner and a Networking event with the Indonesia-Australia Partnership on Food Security in the Red Meat and Cattle Sector – Skills Development Alumni.
During the visit, Minister Hartsuyker will showcase premium Australian produce, such as table grapes, blueberries, peaches, nectarines, plums and beef and tour Indonesia’s largest integrated flour miller, the Bogasari Mill.
Minister Hartsuyker will also tour supply chain facilities and the Juang Jaya Alam feedlot, to see first-hand the operations of the livestock industry in Indonesia and promote Australia’s valuable live export industry, which continues to benefit significantly from the nation’s trade relationship with Indonesia.
Minister Hartsuyker is part of the Australian delegation to the IABW, which is being be led by the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Steve Ciobo MP.
• Indonesia population: 255 million (2015 figures)
• Current middle class: 17.3 million households
• Projected middle class: 20 million households by 2030
• Australia’s main exports to Indonesia: Services, wheat, live animals, sugar and sugar products
• Projected economic growth in Indonesia: More than 5% per year