Washington, D.C. – Representatives from the United States and Indonesia held a wide-ranging discussion today under the U.S.-Indonesia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), reviewing the comprehensive trade agenda between the two countries, and seeking to address issues that would further job-promoting trade and investment between them. The parties discussed bilateral, regional, and multilateral trade issues, including their close cooperation within the framework of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum and their cooperation on this year’s World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial session. Indonesia will host both the WTO Ministerial session and the APEC Leaders’ Meeting later this year.
U.S. goods trade with Indonesia totaled $26 billion in 2012. Two-way services trade totaled $2.1 billion in 2011 (latest available data). U.S. exports of agricultural products to Indonesia totaled $2.5 billion in 2012, making Indonesia the 8th largest export market for U.S. agricultural products. U.S. foreign direct investment in Indonesia in 2011 was $11.6 billion, mostly in the energy and mining sectors.
The TIFA session was co-chaired by Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific Barbara Weisel and Indonesian Ministry of Trade Director-General for International Trade Cooperation Iman Pambagyo. The U.S. team also included representatives from the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, State, Homeland Security and Treasury, as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. International Trade Commission.
The United States sought to address concerns related to the growing number of measures Indonesia has implemented to restrict access to its market in the agriculture, manufacturing, energy, and telecommunications sectors, as well as concerns related to Indonesian investment restrictions. The two countries will continue discussions tomorrow, with an agenda focused on intellectual property rights, and then will meet with U.S. and Indonesian business representatives to obtain their input on key issues of concern.
The TIFA is the main forum for the trade and investment discussions between the United States and Indonesia. Officials meet regularly both in formal TIFA meetings and informally to address bilateral issues, discuss ways to build our bilateral trade and investment relationship, and to coordinate with respect to APEC, WTO, and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) issues.