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Jakarta Post

Jogging toward APEC’s post-Bogor Goals

  • Shinta Widjaja Kamdani
    Shinta Widjaja Kamdani

    Deputy chairman of international relations at the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Port Moresby   /   Wed, November 21, 2018   /  09:05 am
Jogging toward APEC’s post-Bogor Goals Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (center) arrives to attend a session of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Port Moresby on Nov. 18. (AFP/Saeed Khan)

On Sunday, the 21 largest economies of Asia Pacific ended their biggest event of the year. The good graces and big smiles of Papua New Guineans were inspirational for the Indonesian business delegation, as we had a chance to have a direct and candid dialogue with various economic leaders here.

In addition to the leaders’ failure to agree on a joint statement, their big agenda also did not envision where Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) would go when the Bogor Goals expire in 2020. As the birthplace of the Bogor Goals in 1994, Indonesia must once again make its mark.

The Bogor Goals plan to establish free and open trade in Asia-Pacific by further reducing barriers and by promoting the free flow of goods, services and capital among APEC economies. So much has been achieved, yet so much could have been done better. Based on the latest available da...

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