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Jakarta Post

Indonesia pursues trade deals with African, Latin American, Middle Eastern countries

  • Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 9, 2020   /  04:05 pm
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A worker operates a crane at the Perawang container port in Siak, Riau, on Aug. 7.(Antara/FB Anggoro)

The Indonesian government is pursuing a series of trade deals with non-traditional partners in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East in an effort to navigate international trade during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The government is negotiating a deal for trade in services with Chile after securing a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with the country in 2017, according to Iman Pambagyo, the director general of international trade negotiation at the Trade Ministry. “We’ve tried to tap new regions,” Iman said in a virtual discussion on Friday. “[The Indonesia-Chile CEPA] is our first free trade agreement with a Latin American country.” Indonesia is in the process of ratifying a CEPA with Mozambique, its first trade deal with an African country, according to Iman. It is also negotiating a preferential trade agreement (PTA) with...