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Indonesia asks Ross for greater US market access as GSP review to conclude soon

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, November 8, 2019   /  02:43 pm
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US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross shakes hand with Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartato at the coordinating ministry's office in Jakarta on Oct. 6.(Kompas.com/Mutia Fauzia)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration has asked a visiting United States official for greater access to the latter’s market as both countries expect to finalize a trade preference facility review before Christmas. Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto said the government had conveyed the aspiration to have greater access for Indonesian furniture and textile products during a discussion between President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, on Wednesday. In return, Indonesia will increase its wheat and cotton purchases from the US. “Wilbur Ross said that once the Generalized System of Preference [GSP] review was already completed, we could talk about additional [trade agreements],” Airlangga said. The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) has been revi...