New Zealand Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia


The new kid on the trade negotiation block is RCEP, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. This is an initiative by ASEAN to develop a new trade agreement between the ten countries of ASEAN and the partners with which they’ve already signed Free Trade Agreements (FTAs): Australia/New Zealand, China, India, Japan, and Korea.


The publication of a caricature of the Prophet Mohammed and a film depicting the Prophet found offensive by Muslim people increase the chance of protest action directed at United States and French interests in particular.  Violence associated with protest activity cannot be ruled out and could extend to other Western interests in Indonesia.


New Zealand Ambassador to Indonesia and ASEAN David Taylor recently visited the ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance (AHA) Centre. During the visit, Ambassador Taylor announced the next phase of two-year strategic support from a New Zealand technical adviser, Mr John Norton.

Said Faisal, the newly appointed Executive Director of the AHA Centre, welcomed New Zealand's support to establish a fully functioning AHA Centre.  New Zealand’s support to the AHA Centre is part of its Disaster Risk Management flagship development programme for ASEAN.


From Ambassador David Taylor's blog

Torajan coffee has developed a strong brand in Indonesia with New Zealand assistance.

“We’re just a bunch of farmers, helping other farmers”, Graham Robertson chairman of the Toraja Project observed modestly when briefing me on the project in Toraja Utama recently.


From Ambassador David Taylor's blog.

ASEAN is like a car embarked on a long journey. This episode was akin to getting a flat tyre somewhere along the way. Disappointing and even annoying, but it does not spell the end of the road. I’ve spent a lot of time in multi-lateral meetings and have learned that consensus cannot always be found when major issues are at play, or when someone is reluctant to have an outcome.


Two physically disabled siblings from a disadvantaged family in rural Bali have a shot at making their dreams come true, thanks to the support provided by Yakkum Bali, a charity with support from and strong links to New Zealand.


From Ambassador David Taylor's blog:

New Zealand Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, and Employment Hon Steven Joyce and Education New Zealand CEO Grant McPherson visited Jakarta in early July at the same time as a group of senior representatives from New Zealand tertiary institutions and education providers. This was a good opportunity to take stock of where we’ve got to in the education relationship and what the next steps might be.


New Zealand Ambassador David Taylor welcomed Air New Zealand’s new twice weekly service between Bali and Auckland.


New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), the New Zealand Government's economic development and trade promotion agency, is seeking a full time Trade Commissioner based in Jakarta.


A children-friendly educational initiative undertaken by Save the Children and supported by New Zealand has borne fruit with national exam grades (Ujian Nasional) improving, and reports of violence reducing, as 75 schools in Ambon, central Maluku and West Seram take on board a programme to adopt positive discipline and child-friendly education practices in the classroom.

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