Meeting with Canadian Foreign Minister Jokowi wants CEPA negotiations to speed up

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta -President Joko Widodo or Jokowi received a courtesy visit from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, Mélanie Joly, at the Merdeka Palace, in Jakarta, on Monday April 11, 2020. During this meeting, Jokowi wished that the economic cooperation between the two countries will be further reinforced.

One of them is to intensify negotiations on the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA). This negotiation has started since March 2022.

“The president has said that the negotiations must be accelerated,” said the foreign minister Retno Marsudi who took part in the meeting, in a written statement, Monday, April 11, 2022.

Besides CEPA, various other issues were also discussed. clean energy, Infrastructureto the interest of Canadian investors to continue investing in the country.

Retno said Canada is one of Indonesia’s most important trade and investment partners in the North American region. The value of trade between Canada and Indonesia in 2021 will significantly increase by almost 30% and the value of investments will also increase by almost 4%.

Then Retno said Jolly conveyed Canada’s support for the presidency G20 Indonesia. Apart from this, Mr. Retno said, Canada also expressed its commitment to continue to have open communication with Indonesia in order to best prepare the G20 to deal with the current difficult situation.

Before Canada, Indonesia also received similar support from all G20 member countries. Therefore, Retno said that Indonesia wants this support to be actually realized.

“We are working together so that once again the G20 can work optimally in the midst of this difficult situation,” he said.

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