Earlier today (Apr. 5 2016) the Indonesian Ministers of Trade and Industry, Mr. Thomas Trikasih Lembong and Mr. Saleh Husin, met with the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, to discuss the drafting of a paper suggesting a frame for an EU-Indonesian Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IEU CEPA). This scoping paper would be used as an aspirational basis to move to the IEU CEPA negotiation, which Indonesia’s President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo plans on launching later this April during his visit to Brussels.
Trade Minister Lembong expressed his optimism, that such an economic partnership would realize the Indonesian government’s nine-priority agenda and help increase people’s productivity and competitiveness in the international market.
This progress on the relations comes amidst latest updates about Indonesia’s expected growth for 2016 (Mandiri, ADB), where the Asian Development Bank forecasted Indonesia to lead the economic growth in Southeast Asia.