Australia to relax visa requirements to enhance ties with Indonesia

July 4, 2023 1:22 pm in by

Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrived in Sydney on Monday night for a three-day trip to Australia.

During the visit, President Widodo will engage in one-on-one discussions with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, focusing on trade, regional security, and climate.

Foreign Minister Penny Wong highlighted that travel restrictions have been a concern for Indonesia, and facilitating business travel between the two countries will be beneficial for both nations’ economies.

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The Australian federal government also intends to announce a pilot program aimed at increasing the number of Indonesian speakers in Australia. This initiative will leverage the growing number of Indonesian students studying at Australian universities.

President Widodo’s itinerary includes business talks, a meeting with Governor-General David Hurley, and a visit to Taronga Zoo, where he will engage in talks with Australian officials.

Apart from discussions with Prime Minister Albanese, President Widodo will also hold talks with West Australian Premier Roger Cook to discuss renewable energy and the potential for an electric vehicle manufacturing industry in Indonesia.

Australia and Indonesia are expected to sign an agreement on critical mineral supplies, further enhancing their economic partnership.