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Indonesia banks on RCEP for reduced uncertainty in global trade

  • Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, November 16, 2020   /  01:00 pm
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Representatives of signatory countries are pictured on screen during the fourth Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Summit, held online during the ASEAN Summit on Nov. 15, 2020.(Courtesy of Trade Ministry/-)

The Indonesian government is expecting the newly signed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to help overcome uncertainty in global trade and prop up recovery from the pandemic-induced downturn. Ten country members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, as well as Australia, China, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand, signed on Sunday the agreement during the fourth RCEP Summit, held online on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit — around eight years after negotiations were first launched. The deal aims to progressively lower tariffs across various areas in the coming years. “This signing signals that our commitment to multilateralism remains strong,” President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said in a statement on Sunday. The RCEP, which represents nearly one-third of the global economy, is expected to grow the Indonesian economy by 0.05 ...