Friday, June 01, 2012

Australia allocates $ 578 million to support Indonesia's development goals

For the 2012-13 fiscal year, The Australian Government will provide around A $ 578.4 million (Rp. 5.37 trillion) for development assistance in Indonesia. Today's statement reaffirms Australia's commitment to continue increasing development assistance to Indonesia.

Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Greg Moriarty said that Indonesia is one of Australia's closest neighbors and has succeeded in achieving economic growth but still faces complex development challenges.
"Australia is proud to be able to partner with Indonesia in an effort to overcome poverty," said Ambassador Moriarty. "This year's budget of A $ 20 million is bigger than last year and I am pleased that our assistance program has increased consistently over the past three years."
"Australia is the largest donor donor to Indonesia. Both countries have excellent development partnerships that help save lives, open opportunities to the poor and encourage sustainable economic development."

Managed by the Australian International Development Assistance Agency (AusAID), Australia's aid program in Indonesia will continue to focus on the education, health, infrastructure and social protection sectors.
"Australia gives Indonesian children access to quality education, increases access to health services, clean water and sanitation and provides protection to the poor and marginalized," said Ambassador Moriarty.
Australia will also continue to provide assistance that can accelerate economic growth, reduce the impact of natural disasters and strengthen democracy, justice and governance.

The Australian Government has also just launched the Help Policy Framework on May 8, 2012. This policy framework will outline the Australian Government's four-year vision explaining the amount of assistance, where and why assistance is provided until 2015-16. This will make cooperation between the Australian and Indonesian Governments better and planned so that assistance becomes more effective and provides better results for the people of Indonesia.
Australia's aid program partners closely with the Government of Indonesia and various civil society organizations to reach a prosperous, democratic and safe Indonesia.

Media question:
Mia Salim, Public Affairs Manager, AusAID Indonesia +62 21 2550 5490

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