Building Government-to-Government Relationships to Facilitate Trade and Investment with Indonesia

October 3, 2011
Indonesia

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The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, holds a bilateral meeting with Mari Elka Pangestu, Minister of Trade of the Republic of Indonesia. Minister Fast thanked Minister Pangestu for her country’s support of Canada during Indonesia’s year as chair of ASEAN in 2011.

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, and Agus Martowardojo, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia, discuss how Canada, Indonesia and the greater ASEAN region are emerging as strong leaders in this time of global economic uncertainty, and how Canada and Indonesia can work together to ensure continued relative stability.

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, meets with Hatta Rajasa, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia. In their discussions, Minister Fast highlighted Canada’s desire for expanded trade ties with Indonesia. He also encouraged the Government of Indonesia to move forward as soon as possible on Canada’s request for Indonesia to allow expanded access, based on science, for Canadian beef.

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, with Darwin Saleh, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia. The ministers discussed the substantial Canadian trade and investment interests in Indonesia’s oil and gas and mining sectors. Canadian companies have significant experience and world-leading technologies that can benefit these sectors in Indonesia. They are also leaders in corporate social responsibility around the world.

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia Pacific Gateway, and Gita Wirjawan, Chairman of the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board, discussed the next round of negotiations on a Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) between Canada and Indonesia, which is scheduled for October 4 to 5, 2011 in Canada. Canada seeks to further strengthen investment ties with Indonesia and looks forward to a conclusion of the negotiations. A robust FIPA would provide investors with enhanced predictability, transparency and protection, encouraging greater investment activity between Canada and Indonesia. 

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Rudy Husny
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway
613-992-7332

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Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
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