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Jakarta Post

Civil groups demand CEPA bring fair outcome

  • Stefani Ribka

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 22 2018   /  02:04 am

Several civil groups have called for transparency in the negotiation between Indonesia and the European Union over the comprehensive economic partnership agreement (CEPA) to ensure the deal would bring equitable and sustainable development.

The demands come at a time when Indonesia and the EU are carrying out the fourth CEPA negotiation in Surakarta, Central Java, from Feb. 19 to 23.

Representing the Asia-Europe People’s Forum (AEPF), Indonesia for Global Justice (IGJ) executive director Rachmi “Ami” Hertanti criticized the lack of transparency and minimal public involvement on the progress, raising concerns any deal would instead disadvantage the nation.

“The disclosure of information and public involvement must be mandatory, so the public could monitor the negotiations and raise concerns over provisions that are contrary to the basic rights of the people,...