TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The fourth round of Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) negotiations has reached an agreement on labor partnership. Indonesia and Australia agrees to cooperate in the workforce sector in the form of Skill Exchange Development Pilot Project
"Cooperation in the framework of the IA-CEPA Early Outcomes, such as the Skill Exchange Development Pilot Project, will soon be signed by business-to-business in conjunction with the Indonesian Fair event that will be held in November 2016 in Perth,” Deddy Saleh, chairman of the Indonesia's Group of Negotiators for the IA-CEPA, said in Sydney Sunday, August 28.
The 4th Round of IA-CEPA Negotiations was held for three days from August 23 to 26, 2016. The Indonesian delegation is led by Deddy Saleh while the Australian Delegation is led by Frances Lisson. Negotiations will be attended by representatives of related institutions from both countries.
The 4th Round of Negotiations is a follow up to the 3rd Round of Negotiations what was held on May 2 to 4, 2016 in Yogyakarta.
At the 4th Round of Negotiations, the main IA-CEPA issues discussed included trade in goods (including RoO, CPTF, SPS, TBT), trade in services (including financial services, telecommunication), investment, e-commerce, competition policy, and also institutional and framework provisions
"We expect the IA-CEPA negotiations to be concluded by the end of 2017 as a follow up to the agreement between Indonesia and Australia made during the bilateral meeting of Indonesia's Trade Minister and Australia's Minister of Trade, Tourism, and Investment on August 2, 2016 in Jakarta," Deddy said.
The negotiations included discussion about the Early Outcomes of the IA-CEPA, including the IA-BPG Report, Red Meat and Cattle, Financial Services (MoU between OJK/Financial Services Authority and ACFS of Monas University), Skill Exchange Development Pilot Project, Vocational Education, Vocational Training and Skilled Workers, Indonesian Food Innovation Center (IFIC), Fashion and Jewelry Design, Drug and Food Standards, and Herbal/Spa/Aroma.