Ministerial Conferences are held every two years to bring together ministerial representation across the Bali Process Member States, to review progress against previous objectives, and to confirm priorities and future areas of focus.

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Following a Ministerial Conference, the Co-Chairs release a Co-Chairs Statement and supporting documentation such as an updated Declaration and Strategy for Cooperation, to set out agreed priorities and objectives. 

Ministerial Conferences are preceded by a Senior Officials Meeting, which enables a review of developments in the Bali Process region, and progress around activities undertaken. The presentations and discussions are used to shape the agenda for the Ministerial Conference. 

Since its establishment in 2016, The Bali Process Government and Business Forum convenes alongside the Ministerial Conference. The Government and Business Forum is jointly chaired by the Australian and Indonesian Bali Process Co-Chairs, alongside the Government and Business Forum Co-Chairs.

Bali Process Co-Chairs

Bali Process Co-Chairs

Senator The Honourable Penny Wong, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs

Senator The Honourable Penny Wong, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, has held the role since May 2022. Previously, Minister Wong served as Shadow Foreign Minister for six years. In 2013, Minister Wong was elected Leader of the Government in the Senate and after the change of government in 2013, became Leader of the Opposition in the Senate – the first woman to hold either of these roles. After the Australian federal election of 2010, Minister Wong was appointed as Minister for Finance and Deregulation. In this role, Minister Wong and the Australian Treasurer delivered three Budgets in the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis. Minister Wong also implemented a policy to ensure women are considered for appointments to senior positions in government agencies and corporations.

Her Excellency Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi, Indonesian Minister for Foreign Affairs

Her Excellency Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi is the first woman to serve as Minister for Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, and was inaugurated on 27 October 2014. Minister Marsudi joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1986 and has served in various posts, including Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands (2012-2014), Director General of America and Europe (2008-2012), Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of Iceland (2005-2008), Director of Western Europe (2003-2005), and Director of American and European Intra- and Inter-Regional Cooperation (2001-2003). Minister Marsudi has also served at the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra (1990-1994) and in The Hague (1997-2001).

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The eighth Ministerial Conference of the Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime was held on 10 February 2023 at the Adelaide Convention Centre. The event was co-hosted by Senator The Honourable Penny Wong, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Her Excellency Retno Marsudi, Indonesian Minister for Foreign Affairs