July 7, 2020, 09.53 PM

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Take advantage of the Indonesia-Australia economic partnership deal to boost your competitiveness, Vice Trade Minister Jerry Sambuaga advised Indonesia's business community.

The two trade partners recently moved ahead with the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) on July 5.

Jerry reminded Indonesia’s business community that the IA-CEPA encompasses more than trade as it includes cooperation in the fields of economy, investment, healthcare, and business competition.

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Moreover, there is further cooperation in the scope of transportation, capacity-building, trade services, and legal matters.

“The scope is wide and can be utilized by many key stakeholders in the country. As such, we have to make use of this opportunity as best as possible,” said Jerry in a written explanation on July 7.

Indonesia’s Vice Trade Minister said Australia is a key market for Indonesian products and services.

Australia is also an important partner for investments in Indonesia.

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“Indonesia had a surplus of $1.7 billion in trade services in 2018. Therefore, we hope that our trade services can improve even more. With the IA-CEPA in place, we are optimistic that the flow of Indonesian products to Australia will be even greater with tariff reduction of all import duties to zero percent,” said Jerry.

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