The Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime

Bali Process Government and Business Forum

At the Sixth Bali Process Ministerial Conference of March 2016, Ministers recognised the need to engage the private sector to combat human trafficking, forced labour and related exploitation. In 2017, the Bali Process will be expanded to include the private sector by launching the Bali Process Government and Business Forum to eradicate these crimes. Through this new initiative, CEOs and business leaders will advise government on how to prevent and combat human trafficking and related abuses, and share experiences on best practice. Indonesia’s President Widodo and Australia’s Prime Minister Turnbull announced in February 2017 that this new Forum will be launched in Perth on 24-25 August 2017.  The Foreign Ministers of both countries have now written to invite their ministerial counterparts to this event.

The Bali Process covers 4.5 billion of the world’s population; the combined force of both business and government in this Forum will be one of the most powerful weapons human trafficking has encountered. Andrew Forrest, founder and chairman of Fortescue Metals Group and founder of the Walk Free Foundation, has been selected as Australia’s business champion. Eddy Sariaatmadja, founder of media group Emtek, has been selected as Indonesia’s business champion. Ahead of the launch, the Business Co-Chairs will invite business leaders from other Bali Process member countries to join the Forum.  The Forum will become a permanent track of the Bali Process.

The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia