Mon, 14 Apr 2003

Journalists leave for Australia

JAKARTA: Ninety Indonesians departed for Australia on Sunday to attend the second Indonesia-Australia Specialized Training Project (IASTP).

The participants included dozens of journalists, the Australian Embassy said in a statement.

They will take part in five different workshops on small and medium enterprises development; surveillance and social research on drugs; human rights; district and provincial planning; and business journalism.

Some 14,000 Indonesians have participated in the A$54 million training program, which began in 1998.

The training project is aimed at improving the skills of workers from private and government institutions, as well as non- governmental organizations.

The Jakarta Post is represented by Johannes Simbolon, the daily's business editor. -- JP