22 August 2016
Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Paul Grigson will return to Surabaya today to meet business and religious leaders, academics and scientists.
Ambassador Grigson’s visit also will highlight the importance of economic cooperation between Indonesia and Australia and explore existing business links. He will lead discussions on expanding the operations of Australian businesses in Surabaya such as Coca-Cola Amatil and Commonwealth Bank Australia. Both generate a significant number of jobs across Indonesia.
Other Australia companies are also investigating opportunities in Surabaya and the Australian Government is keen to support their efforts. Some of these companies are based in Western Australia, the sister province of East Java.
The visit will give the many Australian alumni who live in Surabaya an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and remember their Australian experiences at an Alumni reception.
Australian alumni have a growing presence in the food and beverage sector in Surabaya, which is a critical element to a successful tourism industry.
Other industries have a strong Australian connection such as Surabaya’s best known Australian alumnus fashion designer Peggy Hartanto who graduated from Raffles College of Design and Commerce in Sydney.
The Hartanto label is now sold in high end boutiques across the region. She has also been named in the inaugural Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list of the top promising young leaders and entrepreneurs.