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[INSIGHT] Australia and Indonesia: Regional partners through a pandemic

  • Josh Frydenberg and Sri Mulyani Indrawati

    The Jakarta Post

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Canberra/Jakarta   /   Sun, November 15, 2020   /  10:42 pm
[INSIGHT] Australia and Indonesia: Regional partners through a pandemic Indonesian President Joko Widodo (L) shakes hands with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison after signing the official visitors book at Parliament House in Canberra on Feb. 10, 2020. Australia and Indonesia on Feb. 10, 2020 announced a 100-day action plan to implement a long-awaited trade deal, a decade after negotiations began on the multi-billion-dollar agreement. ( AFP/Lukas Coch / POOL)

COVID-19 presents the greatest global challenge in our lifetime. It has caused unprecedented health and economic distress for countries across the globe and severely impacted our region. The virus has been indiscriminate and knows no borders. Both our nations have felt the impact of the pandemic. Successive months of lockdown have weakened economic activity and eroded hard-won progress on development. In these challenging times, the strength of the relationship between Australia and Indonesia is more important than ever. As we reflect on the health, humanitarian and economic consequences of this pandemic, we must not lose sight of the many reasons to be optimistic about the future. We are confronting this crisis as partners, and because of this we will recover, together.  The global response has been unprecedented. The support provided by our two governments, and monetar...