Indonesia, Australia Discuss Free Trade Agreement

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Australian Minister of Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo has met Indonesian Minister of Trade Enggartiasto Lukita in Australia on Sunday to discuss free trade agreements.

Press releases from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia received on Sunday said that Minister Enggartiasto is visiting Australia to discuss the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA), as quoted by Antara.

IA-CEPA will generate economic framework which is expected to make closer relations between Indonesia and Australia besides opening up markets and new opportunities for both countries.

According to Ciobo, the negotiations are going forward as the two countries continue to work to finalize the deal.

“Minister Lukita and I have agreed to make ambitious and high-quality deals,” Ciobo said, adding that the IA-CEPA can transform Australia and Indonesia economic partnership.

Indonesia is Australia’s important neighbor and great regional partner, with the value of two-way trade between Australia and Indonesia amounting to US$15 billion in 2015, Ciobo noted.

“IA-CEPA will bring our economies closer and allow Australian and Indonesian businesses to take advantages,” he said.

IA-CEPA will create business opportunities for Australia and Indonesia to jointly work on those opportunities that will continue to develop in the future.