Tasmanian maritime trade delegation touches down in Jakarta

Indonesian Sea and Coast Guard. Image credit: research.csiro.au

Tasmania’s international trade delegation arrived in Jakarta on Saturday on a mission to establish maritime, defence, and security partnerships with Indonesia. 

The latest effort is part of Tasmania’s Trade and Investment Mission Plan 2024, which is aimed at fostering and diversifying economic opportunities for local businesses in key areas across the globe. 

The trade mission will look into key areas of cooperation related to maritime training and other areas of Tasmania’s maritime capability and includes representatives from Tasmania’s maritime industry, as well as the Australian Maritime College. 

The delegation was initially announced in early November, with Minister for Advanced Manufacturing and Defence Industries Madeleine Ogilvie serving as the designated leader of the mission, along with Tasmanian Defence Advocate Real Admiral Steve Gilmore. 

The initiative also aligns with the Royal Australian Navy’s Indo-Pacific Endeavour Task Group visit to Indonesia and its industry engagement program. 

The engagement program is expected to deliver a first-of-its-kind opportunity for direct engagement between the Tasmanian industry, the Australian Maritime College, senior Indonesian government, and industry representatives.

“Businesses joining our trade mission will receive tailored support and advice on taking their products into the target market and will also act as ambassadors for the maritime and defence industry sectors in Tasmania,” Ogilvie said in a recent statement. 

“This trade mission is one more step on the path to open up business opportunities for our high-value, high-performing maritime and defence industries,” the minister added.