Press Release

Too Ambitious, Indonesia Urges the Finalization of Many Free Trade Agreements This Year

Jakarta, November 16, 2018. Indonesia for Global Justice (IGJ) considers that the ambition of the Indonesian Government to resolve various free trade agreements negotiated at this time are merely pursuing quantity targets. This is because in quality, how Indonesia, especially the people, will benefit from these various economic collaborations has never been precisely measured.

This view was conveyed by IGJ related to President Jokowi’s insistence that the RCEP had to immediately finalize its negotiations when he attended the ASEAN Summit in Singapore this week. In fact, ambitiously, throughout 2018 many trade agreements were urged to be resolved by the Government, such as Indonesia-Australia CEPA, Indonesia-Europe FTA (IEFTA), and Regional Comprehensive Partnership Agreement (RCEP).

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