Adept Director to chair session at Indonesia Council Open Conference (ICOC 2021), 15-16 July at University of Queensland

Adept Economics Director Gene Tunny has been invited to chair the governance and regulation session of the 11th biennial Indonesia Council Open Conference (ICOC) set to be hosted by the University of Queensland on 15-16 July 2021. The Indonesia Council is the peak forum for Indonesia-focused research in Australia.

The ICOC 21 theme is “Sustaining Bilateral Research Partnerships”. Conference participants will be encouraged to engage in networking sessions designed to promote research discussions between Australian and Indonesian scholars and practitioners on specific issues.

Gene has been previously involved in efforts to facilitate the Indonesia-Australian relationship. In 2016, Gene was co-course leader of a two-week short course on public policy processes and public-private partnerships to Indonesian Government Ministry of Finance (MoF) officials. The Australia Awards short course was funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and delivered by teams organised by UQ International Development. In 2017, Gene led another course for Indonesian MoF officials, this time focused on natural resource economics.

As the largest economy in Southeast Asia and one of the fastest growing economies in the Indo-Pacific, Indonesia undeniably presents a significant opportunity for Australian businesses. In 2019-20, Indonesia was Australia’s 13th largest trading partner with around $16 billion worth of goods and services traded between the two economies. 

Looking to the future, the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement brought into force on 5 July 2020 demonstrates a willingness from both Indonesian and Australian Governments to continue growing the level of two-way trade. 

Gene looks forward to contributing to the ICOC 21. For any interested academics, professionals, or students, registration for the conference is now open here.

For further information, please contact Gene Tunny on 07 3085 7417 or by email at contact@adepteconomics.com.au

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