JAKARTADAILY.ID – ASEAN member countries have shown their support for Indonesia in achieving its priorities for the year and have agreed to foster increased cooperation and economic relations.
These discussions took place during the Second Meeting of The ASEAN Senior Economic Officials for The Fifty-Fourth ASEAN Economic Ministers' Meeting (SEOM 2/54) held in Jakarta from May 22 to May 26, 2023.
Among the topics discussed were the progress made in cooperation and negotiations with partner countries. The meeting saw the participation of various ASEAN partner countries, including the United States (US), China, Japan, Canada, South Korea, and India. Focus was placed on emerging issues such as the digital economy and the green economy.
"We discussed the progress of achieving Indonesia's economic priorities. The meeting identified several economic priorities that faced challenges due to domestic circumstances in ASEAN member countries. However, through intensive discussions, we are optimistic that Indonesia can drive the achievement of all economic priorities this year," Dina Kurniasari, the Director of ASEAN Negotiations and alternate SEOM Chair stated on Tuesday, May 30, 2023.
During the ASEAN meeting with China, Indonesia emphasized the importance of resolving trade barriers to enhance the implementation of the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA). Furthermore, a capacity-building program was initiated to expedite the completion of ACFTA upgrading negotiations.
Regarding the ASEAN meeting with India, Dina mentioned that Indonesia agreed on the necessity of developing a more feasible work plan to advance the negotiations of the ASEAN India Trade in Goods Agreements (AITIGA) next year. Discussions with Canada focused on intensifying talks regarding outstanding issues.
In addition to the discussions on cooperation and negotiations, Indonesia provided updates on the preparations for the upcoming ASEAN Economic Ministerial Meeting scheduled to take place from August 17 to August 21, 2023, in Semarang, Central Java. The meeting will also invite ASEAN Dialogue Partner Ministers and will feature the launch of the Tariff Finder and ASEAN Online Sales Day (AOSD).
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