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Awan Poesoro

Jakarta Farewell / Perpisahan Jakarta

16th December 2014 by Awan Poesoro, Jakarta

I recently concluded my assignment as New Zealand Ambassador to Indonesia.  I spent 50 months in Indonesia, the longest ever posting for a New Zealand Ambassador in Jakarta.  I thought I should pen a few words to sum up the experience. Indonesia by any measure is one of New Zealand’s most important partners.  It’s the closest point of

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Andrew Cameron

Setting up shop in Vientiane

16th December 2014 by Andrew Cameron,

Recently, as a new Ambassador to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, I had the honour to present credentials to President Choummaly Sayasone. My visit to Vientiane also afforded the opportunity to meet four young Lao businesspeople that have visited NZ under the Asia New Zealand Foundation’s Young Business Leaders Initiative. One of the ways that

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David Taylor

ASEAN: PASSING THE BATON / ASEAN: Mengoper Tongkat Estafet

27th November 2014 by David Taylor, Jakarta

I’ve been New Zealand’s Ambassador to ASEAN since April 2010.  My predecessor Phillip Gibson was our first Ambassador to ASEAN – he presented credentials to the then ASEAN Secretary General in 2008.  On 3 November, Stephanie Lee became the third New Zealand Ambassador to ASEAN and the first fully dedicated to ASEAN work.  Both Phillip and I

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David Taylor

Indonesia – Development, Decentralisation, Democracy / Indonesia – Pembangunan, Desentralisasi, Demokrasi

26th November 2014 by David Taylor, Jakarta

I have criss-crossed Indonesia in recent weeks, mainly for business but with a couple of personal trips as well.  I’ve been from Sorong in the far east, to Banda Aceh in the North-West; to the bustling cities of Surabaya, Makassar and Bandung; to Bali, the region’s international conference centre and mass tourism destination; to beautiful

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Reuben Levermore

Making best use of FTAs with Thailand

12th November 2014 by Reuben Levermore, Bangkok

Businesses are leaving money on the table if they fail to make the best use of opportunities in New Zealand’s free trade agreements. That was a key message at a recent seminar in Bangkok hosted by the NZ Embassy in partnership with the Thai Government. On Friday 7 November, over one hundred participants, mostly Thai importers,

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David Taylor

The Ambassador’s Blog: ASEAN Economic Community (AEC): a relatively brief primer / Masyarakat Ekonomi ASEAN (AEC): Sebuah Informasi Pengantar yang Relatif Singkat

12th November 2014 by David Taylor, Jakarta

In December 2015 ASEAN will announce the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).  It’s intended to make ASEAN more economically integrated both internally and internationally.  It’s undoubtedly one of the most ambitious economic integration programmes in the developing world and a further example of the visionary approach that ASEAN leaders have taken to building community among the

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Awan Poesoro

The Ambassador’s Blog: ASEAN Economic Community (AEC): a relatively brief primer / Masyarakat Ekonomi ASEAN (AEC): Sebuah Informasi Pengantar yang Relatif Singkat

12th November 2014 by Awan Poesoro, Jakarta

In December 2015 ASEAN will announce the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).  It’s intended to make ASEAN more economically integrated both internally and internationally.  It’s undoubtedly one of the most ambitious economic integration programmes in the developing world and a further example of the visionary approach that ASEAN leaders have taken to building community among the

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David Taylor

ASEAN Economic Community (AEC): a relatively brief primer / Masyarakat Ekonomi ASEAN (AEC): Sebuah Informasi Pengantar yang Relatif Singkat

30th October 2014 by David Taylor, Jakarta

In December 2015 ASEAN will announce the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).  It’s intended to make ASEAN more economically integrated both internally and internationally.  It’s undoubtedly one of the most ambitious economic integration programmes in the developing world and a further example of the visionary approach that ASEAN leaders have taken to building community among the

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David Taylor

Indonesia’s protein needs – New Zealand’s role as a protein partner / Kebutuhan Protein Indonesia – Peran Selandia Baru Sebagai Mitra Protein

29th October 2014 by David Taylor, Jakarta

Protein is essential for life and human development, from conception throughout life. It’s essential for brain development and function, for skin, teeth, bones and organs. We get protein from fish, chicken, dairy products, lean meat and certain nuts. There’s protein in rice too, but you’d have to eat a huge amount to meet the recommended

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Reuben Levermore

The price of affordable energy

3rd October 2014 by Reuben Levermore, Bangkok

The economic growth achieved by the ASEAN region in recent decades has been nothing short of remarkable. The 10 nations of ASEAN together account for some 600 million people, a population greater than the European Union.  And, according to McKinsey, if ASEAN were a single country, it would already be the seventh-largest economy in the

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