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Jakarta Post

US seeks concrete, ‘not flashy’ deals with Indonesia

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 5, 2019   /  07:53 pm
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Charge d’affaires of the United States Mission to ASEAN James Carouso (left) is amused as he and his wife Elizabeth (right) join hands with then-coordinating political, legal and security affairs minister Wiranto (second left), ASEAN secretary-general Lim Jock Hoi (third left), US Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph R. Donovan Jr. (third right) and Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati during an event to celebrate US Independence Day at the ambassador’s house in Jakarta on July 4, 2019.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

The United States is on the hunt for concrete business deals with Indonesia, the resident US envoy has said ahead of a visit this week of a high-level US business delegation that seeks to reduce America’s trade deficit with its Asian partners. Led by US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, the trade mission plans to bring around 15 to 20 business executives to Indonesia, said US Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph R. Donovan Jr.  “It shows [...] the importance that we attach to Indonesia and [our resolve] to increase our trade and investments,” he told reporters in Jakarta on Tuesday on the sidelines of the launch of a photo exhibition held to celebrate the 70th anniversary of US-Indonesia relations. The envoy was also quick to pad any big expectations from the meeting, saying that concrete deals between the US and Indonesia could not be conjured up in an instant. ...