Penny Williams Appointed as New Australian Ambassador to Indonesia

    Wahyu Dwi Anggoro - 15 April 2021 12:24 WIB
    Penny Williams Appointed as New Australian Ambassador to Indonesia
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    Canberra: Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne announced Wednesday the appointment of Penny Williams as Australia’s Ambassador to Indonesia.

    According to the minister, Australia's relationship with Indonesia is one of our most important partnerships. 

    "It is underpinned by the Morrison Government’s 2018 Comprehensive Strategic Partnership which frames our extensive cooperation spanning strategic, security, economic and people-to-people ties," she said in a press release on Wednesday.

    "Together we contribute to regional and global forums, manage one of the longest maritime boundaries in the world, and combat terrorism and transnational crime. We are working in partnership to respond to and recover from the covid-19 global pandemic," she stated.

    Australia's total two-way goods and services trade with Indonesia was worth $17.7 billion in 2019, making Indonesia our 13th largest trade partner. 

    The entry into force of IA-CEPA in 2020 was an important milestone in the partnership and will create stronger economic ties and provide greater certainty and improved access for our two countries’ exporters, service providers and investors.

    "Australia and Indonesia are working closely together to respond to the shared health, humanitarian and economic challenges posed by covid-19," she stated. 

    "Indonesia is an important partner of our development program and Indo-Pacific Vaccines Initiative, through which we are supporting access to safe and effective covid-19 vaccines," she added.

    Williams is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and was recently Deputy Secretary in the Department. 

    She has previously served overseas as High Commissioner to Malaysia and was Australia’s first Ambassador for Women and Girls. 

    Williams is Australia’s first female Ambassador to Indonesia.

    She is fluent in Indonesian and holds a Bachelor of Asian Studies (Honours) focused on Indonesia; and a Masters of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development.


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