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Jakarta Post

House questions govt plan to sign free trade deals with Japan, EU

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 4, 2020   /  05:20 pm
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Members of the House Commission VI during a hearing with Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto on Jan. 30.(JP/mfp)

Members of the House of Representatives have questioned a government plan to sign free trade deals with a number of countries this year, saying that such initiatives could further increase imports. During a hearing between the House Commission VI overseeing industrial, investment and business competition and Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto in Jakarta on Jan. 30, commission member Evita Nursanty questioned the urgency of the agreements. “The government has so far signed 14 international agreements, but our trade volume and exports continued to decline somehow,” she added. The government plans to sign protocol agreements that will pave the way for the amendment of the ASEAN-Japan comprehensive economic partnership (AJCEP), the Indonesia-European Free Trade Association (EFTA) comprehensive economic partnership agreements (IE-CEPA) and ASEAN agreement on electronic c...