Minister Fierravanti-Wells:

Can I first thank the Minister and Professor for joining us, and to both of you for organising this.

I think we face a number of common challenges, and I think what is really important, by growing collaboration between our scientists are to find those practical solutions.

I think what would be really good is to focus on the practicality, to use the technologies that we have available.

As Professor, I think you said in your speech, for example mosquitos do not recognise boundaries, so therefore we do have those challenges, we have to find practical ways; Dengue, airborne mosquitos carrying diseases, HIV aids - these are things that are still challenges for us.

Marine-technologies, issues with coral reefs, issues as a result of climate disaster and various other things, so that is what I really would like to see, some practical things coming out of the deliberations.

And 100 scientists, I think you did well Minister - getting together is really a very good thing.

Double the effort I think in terms of scientific brain power, so can I thank you very, very much. Governments can assist financially, but it is really the scientific institutes getting together in this very practical way to help us find some challenging solutions.

Can I just add to that, our relationship which is a multi-faceted relationship, particularly in the development space, has shifted from aid to economic development, and whilst Australia assists in different ways, following on from what the Minister said, there is the next step, there is the knowledge and there is the commercialisation.

And that is really where we can learn, where we do have common challenges, common issues that we need to find solutions to.

The next phase is the practicality, what I said, and taking things to a commercial level, so that they then can be effectively utilised in both our countries and that is really moving to the next phase which is really good collaboration.

I think it is going to be vitally important, as the professor said: We may do things in one way, you do things in another way,  let us put our heads together and find those ways that we can do things better. 

And not just for the benefit of our countries but of course in our region - in the Indo-Pacific region.

These issues, particularly in relation to HIV, mosquito borne diseases etc, are not just an issue for Indonesia and Australia, the practical solutions to these challenges will have benefits for the rest of the Indo-Pacific region.

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