Newly elected Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison plans to visit Indonesia on Aug. 31. Although the upcoming conclusion to the Indonesia Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) may dominate the visit, it also presents an opportunity to tighten the maritime nexus between the two countries.
Our historic maritime relationship with Australia can be divided into three different phases, beginning with early trade in the 17th century.
Second is the memorandum of understanding on traditional fisheries. Officially, it is the Australia-Indonesia Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding the Operations of Indonesian Traditional Fishermen in Areas of the Australian Fishing Zone and Continental Shelf — 1974, or the MoU Box for short. According to the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, the MoU Box...
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