Ben Giles

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Indonesia, Ben Giles

How is the festive season celebrated in Indonesia?
Despite Indonesia being the world’s largest Muslim nation, Christmas is celebrated by around 15% of the population (still a huge number of people!) and observed nationally with a two-day public holiday for all.

What were some standout achievements for TIQ Indonesia in 2019?
There were many. They included the re-signing of the Queensland-Central Java Sister State/Province MOU in July, and a Study Brisbane mission in September. In November, we welcomed Minister Furner, who promoted Queensland’s world-class produce and spent time with us visiting local businesses who are already partnering with Queensland suppliers. We also arranged successful visit programs for six new-to-market clients.

What are you most looking forward to in 2020?
More visits by Queensland clients, the first Queensland Week in Indonesia, and a new team member joining us in the Jakarta office. And, of course, the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement coming into force.

Any new year’s message you’d like to share with Queensland exporters?
Think of Indonesia! Contact TIQ Indonesia and learn more about the export market potential here.