Jokowi’s visit to Australia achieves concrete results: Minister

Jokowi’s visit to Australia achieves concrete results: Minister


Jakarta — President Joko Widodo’s state visit to Australia has achieved concrete results in the fields of economics, politics, law and security as well as in efforts to improve people-to-people relations, a minister has said. Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said that in economic matters, President Jokowi and his Australian counterpart, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had agreed to complete the Indonesia-Australia Economic Comprehensive Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) at the end of 2017. “Definitely what we always need to do is any arrangement we aim to achieve must be based on partnership, which brings mutual benefits to both countries,” said Retno during a press conference provided for Indonesian journalists at International Convention Center, Sydney on Sunday (26/02). President Jokowi and Lady Iriana Joko Widodo arrived in Jakarta on Sunday, said the Presidential Office in a statement. The presidential aircraft landed at 8:30 p.m.  In the area of trade, Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita stated that Indonesia had obtained access to market herbicides and pesticides in its southern neighbor. Australia’s imports of the two kinds of chemical products amounted to in between US$1.3 billion and US$1.5 billion. With the extending access, it is expected that Indonesia’s exports of herbicides and pesticides, which long have been hampered by tariff barriers can increase, said Enggartiasto.  The Indonesian government will also align the tariff on sugar imported from Australia and ASEAN. “We will continue to import sugar but now, some part will be imported from Thailand and some others will be from Australia,” said the minister, adding this policy was aimed at reducing Indonesia’s dependence on sugar imports from one country only.

Source: thejakartapost