Today I will co-chair the first meeting of the Bali Process Government and Business Forum (Perth Forum) with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in Perth.

Ministers and business leaders of the 48 member Bali Process will meet to develop innovative strategies to combat modern slavery, human trafficking and forced labour, and prevent exploitation of migrant workers and other vulnerable employees.

The Perth Forum brings together regional governments and the private sector for the first time to comprehensively tackle these crimes. Cooperation of this kind is critical. Of the tens of millions of people worldwide who are subject to human trafficking or forced labour, more than half are in our region, the Indo-Pacific.

Mr Andrew Forrest AO, Chairman of Fortescue Metals Group and founder of the Walk Free Foundation, and Mr Eddy Sariaatmadja, founder and Chairman of Emtek, will lead the Perth Forum as Business Co-Chairs for Australia and Indonesia.

This reflects increasing recognition by the regional business community of the commercial and reputational risk of forced labour in supply chains. As momentum builds to combat modern slavery it is important governments support the efforts of business to identify practical and innovative solutions.

The Government and Business Forum will become a permanent and valuable feature of our regional cooperation under the Bali Process, led by Australia and Indonesia.

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