The Ambassador arrives.
The Governor welcomes the Indonesian Ambassador to Government House

Welcoming the Ambassador of Indonesia, and meeting with a former Governor General

Today Governor Beazley spent time with the official representative of our largest and arguably most important regional neighbour, Indonesia.

His Excellency Dr Siswo Pramono, Ambassador of Indonesia to Australia is making his first official visit to WA and was accompanied by Mrs Listiana Operananta Indonesian Consul General to Western Australia and officials from the Embassy.

He explained key areas of focus for his country in the immediate future, including health (management of the current pandemic and any future ones), energy transition to renewable power generation and digital transformation. Governor Beazley reflected on the special connection Western Australians have with Indonesia, and how many local people had been missing the opportunity to travel there over the last two years. Both noted the vital nature of the mutual economic relationship and growing instability in our immediate region, with Dr Pramono expressing his country’s desire for partnerships with WA companies. In particular, he is seeking to build Indonesia’s national capacity in surveillance and is hoping to work with local providers here of such technologies.

Australia and Indonesia, he said warmly, were partners by choice, and neighbours by destiny.

Discussing the Australian American Leadership Dialogue

Photo – The Governor meets with (l) the Hon Tony Smith and (r) the former Governor General of Australia, General the Hon Sir Peter Cosgrove

Later in the day the Governor welcomed the Former Governor General of Australia General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK CVO MC (Retd) and Chief Executive Officer of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue the Honourable Tony Smith MP.

This high-level meeting was followed by lunch with invited guests. Discussions centered on participation in the upcoming Australian American Leadership Dialogue to be held in Washington DC in July.

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