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Jakarta Post

Palm oil row will not halt CEPA with EU

  • Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, June 2 2018   /  02:28 am

The government will continue its negotiations with the European Union to conclude one of the country’s biggest trade deals, the Indonesia-EU Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (I-EU CEPA), despite their ongoing dispute over palm oil.

The Trade Ministry’s international trade director general, Iman Pambagyo, who chairs the Indonesian delegation, said so far no issues had been raised in the talks that might halt progress on the deal, including palm oil.

“There is nothing, I would say, that has hampered the process. All is going according to plan. However, we need to speed up the engagement phase within the state agencies and ministries,” he told The Jakarta Post on Monday.

When asked about the deadline of the agreement, which is expected to be finished before the end of this year, Iman did not provide any assurances on whether it would be concluded ...