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Indonesia and Australia strengthen water ties

Australia and Indonesia strengthened an increasingly important trade and investment relationship with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) committing to stronger cooperation across water resource management and agricultural development.

Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP, and Indonesian Minister of National Development Planning, Professor Bambang Brodjonegoro , said the agreement reflected a growing understanding of the critical role that sound water management would play in the future of both nations.

“If Australia and Indonesia are to reach their full potential for productive economic and agricultural growth, it is vital that we work together to ensure regional prosperity,” Minister Joyce said.

“Improving our shared understanding of water resources and managing them sustainably and with long-term vision will be essential to that prosperity.

“The agreement recognises that despite vast differences in geography and population, Indonesia and Australia share many of the same challenges—not least the ever-increasing demands placed on limited supplies of water.”

Minister Bambang said the MoU included shared commitments to information and data exchange; science and technology exchanges; education, training and knowledge sharing activities; and joint studies on policies, programs and regulations.

“Through this MoU we will be cooperating to better manage catchment systems, develop efficient agricultural irrigation and assist with the provision of clean, safe and reliable water supplies for communities, industry and the environment,” Minister Bambang said.

“It’s a key part of the fundamental commitment the Australian and Indonesian governments are making to individual famers, to rural communities and to the security of our nations through better water management.”

The MoU was signed by Minister Joyce and Minister Bambang in Perth, Australia.

Source: Australian Government

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