EFTA and Indonesia hold 12th round of negotiations on a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement

Published 31-03-2017
Ambassador Soemadi D.M. Brotodiningrat head of the Indonesian delegation, Ambassador Markus Schlagenhof from Switzerland, EFTA Spokesperson.
From 28 to 31 March 2017, delegations from the EFTA States and Indonesia continued their negotiations on a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Ambassador Soemadi D.M. Brotodiningrat headed the Indonesian delegation, while Ambassador Markus Schlagenhof from Switzerland acted as the EFTA Spokesperson.

The round allowed expert groups to make progress in most areas under negotiation, namely trade in goods (including market access on industrial and agricultural products), sanitary and phytosanitary measures, trade remedies, rules of origin, trade facilitation, services, investment, intellectual property rights, government procurement, cooperation, trade and sustainable development, and legal and horizontal issues.

Preparations for negotiations towards a CEPA between the EFTA States and Indonesia began in 2005, and negotiations were launched in 2010. Since then, 12 negotiating rounds and a number of meetings have been held. A 13th round of negotiations is set to take place in autumn 2017.

Merchandise trade between EFTA and Indonesia amounted to USD 3.3 billion in 2016. The EFTA States exported goods worth USD 669 million, with the leading exports being machinery and mechanical appliances, mineral fuels and pharmaceutical products. EFTA imported goods worth USD 2.6 billion in 2016, primarily comprising gold, followed by footwear and electrical machinery.

An EFTA-Indonesia Information Brochure can be found in electronic form here.