Business Opportunities in Southeast Asia

Austrade recently collaborated with the Darwin Innovation Hub (DIH) to host a workshop centered on business expansion opportunities in Southeast Asia.

Taking place at the state-of-the-art Darwin Innovation Hub, the workshop unfolded as a comprehensive exploration of the multifaceted business landscapes across various Southeast Asian countries. Attendees were treated to a wealth of invaluable insights delivered by Austrade’s seasoned experts, who meticulously dissected investment prospects, regulatory frameworks, and collaboration avenues prevalent across key industries within the region.

Kukuh Saputro, the newly appointed Northern Territory Business Development Manager of Austrade Jakarta, Indonesia, brings a wealth of experience in business development and commercialisation of energy and mining projects across Asia. Kukuh delivered a presentation that delved into various aspects of business expansion opportunities in Southeast Asia. He shared their extensive knowledge and experience in areas such as investment prospects, regulatory frameworks, market entry strategies, and collaboration opportunities across key industries within the region.

Michael Png, Northern Territory Business Development Director at Austrade, Singapore, boasts a diverse background in business development, sales, and marketing across various sectors. With over 13 years of experience supporting businesses, start-ups, and investors through the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT), Michael is a seasoned professional adept at navigating Southeast Asian markets. Michael actively engaged with attendees in interactive discussions. He encouraged participants to ask questions, share insights, and exchange ideas, creating a dynamic and collaborative learning environment.

The workshop served as a dynamic platform for participants to actively engage in interactive discussions, fostering meaningful connections with industry peers, and acquiring practical knowledge essential for navigating and expanding their businesses into Southeast Asia. As the event drew to a close, a palpable sense of optimism and enthusiasm enveloped the attendees, each departing with a newfound clarity and a robust roadmap poised to guide their future expansion endeavors within the Southeast Asian markets.

“We are thrilled with the success of this workshop and the positive response from attendees,” remarked a spokesperson for DIH. “The partnership with Austrade has enabled us to provide valuable resources and expertise to local businesses aiming to venture into Southeast Asian markets.”

While the event may have reached its conclusion, its profound impact continues to resonate throughout the Darwin business community. The collaborative efforts of Austrade and DIH have not only laid a sturdy foundation but have also set the stage for a series of forthcoming initiatives aimed at nurturing international business growth and bolstering economic opportunities for businesses not just within Darwin but also beyond its borders.





Michael Png

Northern Territory Business Development Director

Australian Trade and Commission, Singapore


Kukuh Saputro

Northern Territory Business Development Manager
Austrade Jakarta, Indonesia