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Travel to Indonesia and the APEC Finance Ministers’ Meeting
The Treasurer leaves for Jakarta today for meetings with key Indonesian Ministers en
route to the 2000 APEC Finance Ministers meeting in Brunei.
The visit to Jakarta provides an important opportunity to strengthen Australian
contacts with members of the new Cabinet and revamped economic team announced by President
Wahid on 23 August.
In Brunei, the Treasurer will be attending the major annual gathering of the
regions finance ministers. In meetings with his counterparts from APEC economies
including the United States, Japan, China and Canada, the Treasurer will discuss recent
economic developments and plans for structural reform.
The 7th APEC Finance Ministers Meeting will take place on 9-10
September. The timing of the Finance Ministers meeting is now much closer to that of
the APEC Leaders meeting (November 2000), giving Finance Ministers a better opportunity to
contribute to the Leaders agenda. International financial architecture and
structural reform are expected to be key themes. The meeting will provide an opportunity
to emphasise the importance of APECs goals of trade and investment liberalisation to
long term growth. There will also be discussion of the economic outlook for the region.
6 September 2000
Contact : Niki Savva (02) 6277 7340