While GSP negotiations were underway, Indonesia was able to conclude discussions with the United States on certain products, said Rizal Affandi Lukman, Deputy Economy Minister, who is directly involved in the GSP talks. Indonesia and the United States signed a $750 million agreement on Wednesday to finance trade and infrastructure projects as countries try to strengthen economic relations. KIMberly Reed, president of EXIM, said the agreement was a “major achievement” in strengthening U.S. participation in development projects in Indonesia in a wide range of sectors such as energy, infrastructure and information and communication technologies. The agreement also aims to expand opportunities for both countries, including government projects and business development in infrastructure, transport and energy. The signing was observed by Maritime Affairs Coordinator and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan, who visited the United States this week, and Deputy Foreign Minister Mahendra Siregar. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is working with the Indonesian government to promote common economic and security interests to strengthen a stable, self-reliant and resilient Indonesia. Through results-based investments, USAID is working with the Indonesian government, local leaders, the private sector, civil society and other development partners to strengthen a just and accountable democracy, develop basic services and improve mutual security and prosperity. Indonesia and the United States are members of a number of international organizations and forums, including the United Nations, the ASEAN Regional Forum, the East Asia Summit, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum, the G-20, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the World Trade Organization.
Indonesia is a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2019 and 2020. Indonesia also cooperates with the United States on issues of regional and global importance, such as countering violent extremism, counter-terrorism, global peacekeeping operations, maritime security and health pandemics. The products were previously extracted from a list of products benefiting from the SPG facility because their exports were broken by “competition restrictions” from the United States, said Iman Pambagyo, who heads the Department of International Trade Negotiations. Indonesia is currently negotiating trade agreements with Australia, Chile, EFTA (European Free Trade Area), the European Union, Korea, India and Ukraine. It has also expressed interest in joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and creating a free trade area with the Eurasian Economic Union. Since 2012, Jakarta has been part of the controversial discussions on the Comprehensive Regional Economic Partnership (RCEP) with the nine other ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) governments and their six free trade partners, Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has removed tariffs on five Indonesian products: laminated plywood, slightly fine plywood, dry onions, rattan crafts, handicrafts, honey and caramel, Indonesia`s Ministry of Commerce said late Tuesday. JAKARTA (Reuters) – As part of ongoing trade talks between the two countries, the United States has removed tariffs on five Indonesian products as part of a preferred trade facility, as Indonesian government officials have said. The SPG facility reduced tariffs to $2.1 billion of Indonesia`s $18.4 billion exported to the United States in 2018, based on data from the Indonesian Ministry of Commerce.