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Trade pact expected to boost Indonesia-Australia ties

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, February 10, 2020   /  08:21 am
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Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison (L) walks with Indonesian President Joko Widodo (R) as they leave the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra on February 10, 2020. (AFP/Tracey Nearmy / POOL)

Indonesia is hoping its 70-year-old ties with Australia will only grow stronger after ratifying a trade deal that will bring the two major Asia-Pacific economies closer. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo arrived in Canberra on Saturday evening for his fourth state visit to Indonesia's southern neighbor, where he is scheduled to address the Australian parliament, meet high-ranking Australian government officials and attend the Indonesia-Australia business roundtable. Jokowi is slated to meet his Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison, for an annual leaders’ meeting on Monday, where the two leaders are expected to discuss the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) and launch a 2020-2024 plan of action that will serve as a guideline for the trade deal. “We want openness so that we can have more trade, investment, tourism ...