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Canada's Objectives for Negotiations for a Canada-Indonesia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement

On June 20, 2021, Canada and Indonesia jointly announced the launch of negotiations toward a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA). The Government of Canada submitted to Parliament its notice of intent to enter into these negotiations on June 21, 2021, in accordance with the amended Policy on Tabling Treaties in Parliament.

In negotiating a CEPA with Indonesia, the government’s objective will be to create new opportunities and meaningful benefits for Canadian businesses, workers and families through the elimination of tariff and non-tariff barriers. The government will seek to ensure that the CEPA promotes sustainable prosperity and that the benefits and opportunities of trade with Indonesia are widely shared, including with traditionally underrepresented groups, such as women and women‑owned businesses, Indigenous peoples, and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Through a CEPA, Canada will seek to enhance access to Southeast Asian supply chains and establish a more transparent and predictable environment for trade and investment.

A Canada-Indonesia CEPA has the potential to unlock new market access for Canadian goods and services to Canada’s largest merchandise market in the region, as well as create new opportunities for two-way investment. Economic modelling estimates that a CEPA with Indonesia could increase Canada’s GDP by $328 million and grow Canada’s exports to Indonesia by $447 million across a broad range of sectors.

In addition to seeking new commercial opportunities, Canada will seek to uphold labour rights and standards, promote environmental sustainability and promote gender equality, as well as preserve the right of governments to regulate in the public interest, including in areas such as public health and safety, education, social services and the environment. In addition, the government will seek to preserve flexibility to adopt and maintain measures related to Canada’s cultural sector, to fulfill Canada’s legal obligations to Indigenous peoples, including Aboriginal rights as recognized and affirmed by Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982, and the rights set out in self-government agreements. The government will also seek to preserve the supply management system for dairy, poultry and eggs, including by not conceding any additional market access for supply-managed goods.

In pursuing the CEPA, the government will continue to be guided by feedback obtained from Canadians during public consultations. This includes feedback received during public consultations made in early 2021 as well as ongoing engagement with a broad range of stakeholders that will be conducted throughout the negotiating process. Canada’s approach to negotiations will also be guided by a comprehensive Gender-based Analysis Plus and an initial environmental assessment.

The government is fully committed to a high level of transparency throughout the negotiation of a Canada-Indonesia CEPA. In this spirit, the government has agreed to publish a summary of its specific negotiating objectives for the negotiation of new comprehensive trade agreements.

In line with the considerations listed above, Canada will seek to negotiate a CEPA that:

Trade in goods

National Treatment and Market Access

Rules of Origin and Origin Procedures

Customs and Trade Facilitation

Trade Remedies

Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures

Technical Barriers to Trade

Investment and trade in services


Cross-Border Trade in Services and Domestic Regulation

Financial Services

Temporary Entry for Business Persons


Other areas

Digital Trade

Government Procurement

Competition Policy

State-Owned Enterprises and Designated Monopolies

Intellectual Property



Good Regulatory Practices

Transparency, Anti-Corruption and Responsible Business Conduct

Trade and Gender

Trade and Indigenous Peoples

Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises


Dispute Settlement

Institutional and General Exceptions

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