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Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP
06 June 2002
More export opportunities for Australia's environmental technologies and better environmental outcomes in Indonesia will result from an agreement signed in Indonesia today between key industry bodies from both countries.
The Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, joined Indonesia's State Minister for Environment, Mr Nabiel Makarim, at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Environment Business Australia and Indonesia's Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN).
Speaking at the ceremony, held during the final preparatory meeting for the Rio+10 Summit,
Dr Kemp said closer cooperation between the private sectors in both countries would bring lasting benefits on both sides of the Arafura Sea.
"For some years, the Australian and Indonesian Governments have been cooperating on a wide range of environmental activities," Dr Kemp said.
"In 1996, Australia and Indonesia set up a Joint Working Group on the Environment, a forum for businesses to learn from each others' experiences, exchange ideas, form business relationships and to make a contribution to the environment and economies of the two countries.
"This new agreement, which promotes direct contact between private sector companies, was negotiated during a meeting of the Working Group convened by both governments in Melbourne in April.
"The MOU is designed to promote greater business to business cooperation between the members of a key Australian environment industry group, as providers of environmental solutions, and the members of Indonesia's major industry association.
"The agreement will enable both organisations to act as contact points for firms with environmental problems and environmental solutions, and will ultimately create opportunities for Australian exports while contributing to improved environmental outcomes in Indonesia.
"This is a significant step forward in enhancing the environmental cooperation between our countries, already evident in the work of companies like Ultraviolet Technology of Australasia, an Adelaide small business, which recently provided technology to treat the waste water flowing into a river on the Indonesian island of Sumbawa.
"The use of Australian technology - ultraviolet water treatment units which remove bacteria from effluent - has dramatically improved the water quality for villagers downstream and helped the overall environmental health of the river."
The agreement was signed by Environment Business Australia's Chief Executive Officer,
Ms Fiona Wain, and the Chair of KADIN's Environment Compartment, Dr Ilhamy Elias.
Catherine Job Dr Kemp's office (02) 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400
Fiona Wain Environment Business Australia (02) 6270 1333 or 0409 455 992