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Jakarta Post

Accords rest with Jokowi

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 9 2018   /  02:00 am

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo may have to find a balance between proving his commitment to supporting global free trade and maintaining his nationalist economic policies, as his administration is looking to expedite the ratification of several international agreements on commerce and services.As he will need to balance the two contradicting policy stances, Jokowi will have to decide whether to follow the recommendations of his top officials, who agreed in a recent meeting led by Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution to accelerate the ratification of seven multilateral and bilateral trade agreements.The pacts, which involve a number of free trade agreements (FTA), are the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand FTA (AANZFTA), ASEAN-India FTA (AITISA), ASEAN-Korea FTA, ASEAN-China FTA, ASEAN agreement on medical device directive, the ninth protocol of the ASEAN framework agreement on ser...