About this event
On September 18th, we held a captivating conversation with Hendra Halim, the Consul General of Indonesia, as he discussed the economic partnership between Canada and Indonesia.
On June 20, 2021, Canada and Indonesia embarked on a significant endeavor by initiating negotiations for a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), a strategic initiative designed to fortify economic collaboration between these two nations. This agreement holds the promise of significantly enhancing Canada's economic landscape and fostering growth for Canadian enterprises, as it opens doors to Indonesia's robust economy, boasting a GDP of $1.5 trillion and a population exceeding 275 million people.
Since then, during a recent meeting in Jakarta this September, both leaders, President Joko Widodo of Indonesia, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, jointly affirmed their commitment to concluding the Indonesia-Canada CEPA negotiations by the conclusion of 2024.
The discussion delved into the contextual background of this pivotal agreement, its current status, the challenges encountered thus far, and the strategic pathway forward to successfully realize the Indonesia-Canada CEPA. Additionally, we explored Indonesia's economic diplomacy initiatives in Western Canada, underlining the broader geopolitical implications of this collaboration.
The SFU School for International Studies' Consular Conversations series is a monthly public forum featuring discussions with members of the Consular Corps in Vancouver. These conversations are moderated by Dr. Ricardo Arredondo, an IS Adjunct Professor and Consul General of Argentina. The goal is to bring together the Consular Corps of British Columbia for public lectures that encourage dialogue on issues that transcend borders, explore inspiring topics, and cultivate connections. The primary audience will be members of the Consular Corps of British Columbia and the Schools for International Studies and Public Policy.