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Chile wants free trade agreement with Indonesia: Envoy

  • Lilian Budianto and Veeramalla Anjaiah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 17 2008   /  10:10 am
PEDRO SUCKEL: (JP/Veeramalla Anjaiah)(JP/Veeramalla Anjaiah)

Chile, which boasts a market-oriented economy with strong financial institutions and sound policies, is seeking a free trade agreement (FTA) with Indonesia, the Chilean ambassador to Indonesia said. PEDRO SUCKEL: (JP/Veeramalla Anjaiah) "It depends on Indonesia. If Indonesia wants, we are ready to have a free trade agreement," Pedro Suckel told The Jakarta Post recently in an interview at his office in Jakarta. A staunch supporter of trade liberalization, Chile has signed more bilateral and regional trade agreements than any other country in the world. To date, it has signed at least 57 such agreements with various countries and regions. "We have signed FTAs with China, Japan and South Korea, and Indonesia can follow suit if the government wants it," Suckel said. International trade is a key component of the US$231 billion Chilean e...