Hasanuddin University through the Department of International Relations, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (FISIP) organized a virtual event entitled “Australia Update 2020” in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia (KBRI), Canberra, Australia, Tuesday (20/10). It was started at 08.30 WITA.
This activity was attended by Unhas Rector (Prof. Dr. Dwia Aries Tina Pulubuhu, MA), the Australian Ambassador to Indonesia in Jakarta (H.E. Gary Quinlan), and the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Australia in Canberra (H.E. Y. Kristiarto S. Legowo).
The Australia Update is an annual activity organized by the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra to provide information and the latest developments in Australia, in the context of bilateral relations and cooperation with Indonesia. This event discussed political, economic and socio-cultural dimensions.
Unhas rector expressed her gratitude for trusting Unhas, especially the Department of International Relations for being the organizer. Unhas and Makassar have a close relation with Australia from the past until today.
"Currently Unhas carries the spirit of communiversity and humaniversity. We have experts and activities that support community and humanitarian development. This is an important basic asset to represent Indonesia in establishing good relations with Australia, "said Prof. Dwia.
Currently, bilateral relations between Indonesia and Australia have reached a very advanced and developing relationship, especially after the two countries agreed on Indonesia - Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA).
"Unhas is ready in taking a part in the IA-CEPA. Our academics can be involved based on their expertise. International Relations of Unhas could analyze and study diplomacy, and see the opportunities for relations between the two countries, "said Prof. Dwia.
On this occasion, Ambassador H.E. Gary Quinlan expressed his appreciation for this event. According to him, the Australia Update, which was initiated by the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra, could be a forum for discussing relations between the two countries to build good mutual understanding.
"Last year the event was held in Yogyakarta. This year, in the pandemic situation we met in Makassar, The selection of Makassar as the organizer is very important, because Makassar and Australia had a good relationship since a long time ago. I hope we can develop other collaborations in the future, "said Ambassador Gary.
Ambassador H.E. Kristiarto S. Legowosaid that the existence of the Australia Update is one of the ways to create mutual understanding between Indonesia and Australia. The theme was "Partnership for Recovery from Covid-19: Opportunities and Challenges after IA-CEPA's Entry into the Force".
"We focus on this theme because Covid-19 pandemic has truly become a global concern, and also between Indonesia and Australia. Within the framework of the IA-CEPA, we would like to discuss what kind of opportunities and challenges are faced to overcome this issue,”said Ambassador Kristiarto.
After the opening, the event was continued by the speakers. The event was divided into three sessions:
Sub theme #1: "The Dynamics of Political Situation in Australia: Its Impacts on Indonesia"
1. Andrew Tillet (Political Correspondent, Australian Financial Review)
2. Dr. DafriAgusSalim (Lecturer at GadjahMada University, Yogyakarta)
3. Laode Muhammad Syarif, Ph.D (Lecturer at the Faculty of Law Unhas, Executive Director of the Partnership)
Moderator: BamaAndika Putra (Lecturer in International Relations, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Hasanuddin University)
Sub Theme #2: "Australia's Economic Current Condition and Its Policies: Opportunities and Challenges"
1. Katherine Tuck (Minister-Counselor, Australian Embassy in Jakarta)
2. AgungWicaksono (Trade Attache, Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Canberra)
Moderator: Nurjannah Abdullah (Lecturer in International Relations at FISIP Unhas)
Sub-theme #3: "Developing the People-to-People Contacts Between Indonesia and Australia"
1. Dr. JemmaPurdey (The Australia-Indonesia Center, Melbourne)
2. Dr. AmrihWidodo (Lecturer at the Australian National University).
Moderator: Abdul RazakCangara (Lecturer in International Relations at FISIP Unhas)
The presentation of each session was followed by discussion. This webinar was attended by around 300 participants from all over Indonesia.
Editor: Ishaq Rahman, AMIPR
Head of sub-directorate of Public Relation and Information
Directorate of Communication Hasanuddin University
Translator: Miraya Tifani Hasri and Karmila Mokoginta