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Jakarta Post

Australia expects enhanced trade, investment ties from Jokowi’s visit

  • Agnes Anya and Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 13, 2018   /   03:35 pm
Australia expects enhanced trade, investment ties from Jokowi’s visit Stronger ties: President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his Australian counterpart, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, at a press conference on the last day of the former's official state visit to Australia last year. (Courtesy of the Presidential Office/File)

Australia said President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s visit to the country would be a precious chance to finalize an agreement with Indonesia.

Jokowi is scheduled to meet Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Friday before the former attends the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in Sydney from Saturday to Sunday.

In his meeting with Turnbull, Jokowi plans to discuss the completion of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA).

“Concluding CEPA remains a high priority for the Australian government,” said a spokesperson of the Australian Embassy in Jakarta on Monday.

“A great deal of progress has been made in the negotiations. Both sides share a goal of concluding a high quality deal that delivers benefits to both countries and strengthens the trade and investment relationship of the two largest economies in Southeast Asia in a significant way.”

The spokesperson added that the summit was an important opportunity to help both countries move ahead to finalize the agreement. (ebf)