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IABC Board
The Indonesia Australia Business Council (IABC) is a business association representing private sector business interests in commercial relations between Indonesia and Australia. The IABC is open to all national groups.

The IABC is affiliated with the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (KADIN Indonesia) and works closely with the Australian Embassy in Jakarta. This allows the IABC to represent the business and commercial enterprises engaged in investment and bilateral trade, through to Government level.

The development of Small to Medium Enterprises (SME's) is of particular interest to the IABC.

IABC National Office
President

Secretary General
Deputy Secretary General
Treasurer
Deputy Treasurer

Vice President






Advisors




Executive Director
Tel
Fax
E-mail

Vic Halim
+62 21 521 1540
+62 21 521 1541
director@iabc.or.id
secretariate@iabc.or.id
IABC Central Java
President

Deputy Secretary
Tel
Fax


IABC East Java
President
Secretary General
Tel
Fax


AIBC (Australia Indonesia Business Council)
National President
National Secretary
Tel
Fax
E-mail

Solichedi
Julia SKB
+62 24 8449 888
+62 24 8447 888



Alim Sutrsno
Frans P Iskandar
+62 31 73 13 939
+62 31 73 25 735



Blaine Gordon
Sri May
1300 135 270
+61 2 9874 0943
secretariat@aibc.net.au



Indonesia Australia Business Council
The Indonesia Australia Business Council (IABC) is a business association representing private sector business interests in commercial relations between Indonesia and Australia.

Established in 1989, the IABC is a result of the merger between DKSPIA or Dewan Kerjasama Pengusaha Indonesia Australia (Association of Indonesian and Australian Businessmen) and the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia (Austcham). The two major business groups had operated in Indonesia for 15 years before the merger.

The IABC is affiliated with the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin Indonesia), and works very closely with the Indonesian Government and the Australian Embassy in Jakarta. This allows the IABC to represent the business and commercial interests of Indonesian and Australian businesses engaged in investment and bilateral trade, through to Government levels. The IABC also cooperates closely with its sister organisation in Australia, the Australia Indonesia Business Council (AIBC).

The IABC is governed by an Executive Board elected by the membership every two years. The Executive Board is supported by a National Secretariat, which is run by a professional team headed by an Executive Director. Currently there are IABC Branches in Central Java (Semarang) and East Java (Surabaya). The Bali Branch is in the process of re-establishment.

IABC MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the Indonesia Australia Business Council is to provide a convivial networking organisation for companies, organisations and business people of all nationalities involved or interested in business between Indonesia and Australia. The IABC focuses on:

1. Enhancing Indonesia-Australia business links and fostering friendship between the communities of each nation.

2. Communicating investment and business opportunities in both Indonesia and Australia.

3. Providing a forum to accommodate all types of business.

4. Serving as a lobby group to further the business interests of members.

5. Serving as a consultative body to governments, industrial sectors and the chambers of commerce and industry.

6. Building a nation-wide organisation by establishing branches in major cities throughout Indonesia.

MEMBERSHIP
The IABC membership is open to all businesses and individuals who have interest in the commercial relations between Indonesia and Australia. Since its inception in 1989, the numbers of members have increased substantially, particularly in the past few years. Currently, IABC Membership is about 350 members nationwide, with 255 members based in Jakarta. In terms of coverage, the IABC is the only bilateral organisation that has branches outside the National office in Jakarta.

The numbers of Indonesian member firms and individuals have also increased quite significantly. The breakdown of membership is approximately 43% Australians, 42% Indonesians, and 15% other nationalities. The IABC membership also has a good mix of large multinational corporations and small and medium enterprises (SME’s). This unique mix of membership ranks has made the IABC a far more interesting business organization and has facilitated the flow of ideas and expanded business opportunities.

ACTIVITIES
The IABC organizes regular meetings such as breakfast briefings, business luncheons and dinners. These meetings are usually well attended. Prominent and VIP speakers are invited to address the membership and brief them on issues which are relevant to doing business in Indonesia.

The IABC also organizes seminars and business conferences. These events have always been well attended, including by members of our sister organisation in Australia. The IABC has always enjoyed support from the Governments of Indonesia and Australia, evidenced from the high level of Ministerial participation. This is further evidenced by the Joint Statement of the Australia-Indonesian Ministerial Forum (AIMF) in 2005, which stated the instrumental role the IABC plays in further enchancing the bilateral relationship.

Since 2000, the IABC has introduced a monthly networking program, the IABC Members Gathering. This program has been very successful and attendance is growing, with an average attendance of over 200 people at each event.

In total, the IABC organizes between 25 – 30 functions a year with total attendance of over 4,000 people. This has made the IABC one of the most active business organisations in Indonesia.

The IABC also publishes its own monthly newsletter and the bi-annual Membership Directory. The newsletter and directory are free of charge and widely circulated to members and other chambers of commerce or business organizations in Indonesia, Australia and throughout Asia.

COOPERATION WITH OTHER ORGANISATIONS
The IABC cooperates actively with other organisations in Indonesia and Australia. The IABC works closely with the Australian Government through its Embassy in Jakarta, particularly with the Economic Section and Austrade. The IABC also works closely with the Indonesian Government Ministries, especially with ministries related to economic affairs.

The IABC is a member of the International Business Chamber (IBC), a consultative body of 15 international and bilateral chambers of commerce and business associations. The IBC discusses issues which affects business and investment in Indonesia and submits its input to the Indonesian Government. Through IBC, the IABC is able to channel through the concerns of Australian businesses and investments in Indonesia. Currently, the IABC holds the Chairmanship of the IBC.

The IABC acts as the Bilateral Committee for Australia within the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN Indonesia). In this capacity, the IABC is able to provide input to the development of Indonesia Australia commercial relationship. The IABC is often consulted by the Indonesian Government on issues relating to the bilateral relationship.

The IABC is also part of the regional network of Austchams and Business Councils in Asia. This enables IABC to be kept informed on regional development, particularly in ASEAN countries. IABC members can also enjoy member’s reciprocal privileges and network with local businesses when they are visiting countries in Asia.

For further information, please contact:

Indonesia Australia Business Council (IABC)
National Secretariat
World Trade Centre 11th Floor
Jl. Jenderal Sudirman Kav. 29 – 31
Jakarta 12920
Indonesia

Executive Director : Vic Halim
Telephone : +6221 521 1540, 527 0942
Facsimile : +6221 521 1541
E-mails : secretariat@iabc.or.id
director@iabc.or.id
Website : www.iabc.or.id


(last revised April 2006)