New Indonesian Ambassador to US Seeks GSP Extension

    Willy Haryono - 14 September 2020 12:26 WIB
    New Indonesian Ambassador to US Seeks GSP Extension
    Indonesian Ambassador to the United States Muhammad Lutfi (Photo:MI/Amiruddin Abdullah Reubee)
    Jakarta: Former Minister of Trade and former Chairman of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Muhammad Lutfi has been officially appointed by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) as Indonesian Ambassador to the United States (US) on Monday.
    He replaces Mahendra Siregar who currently serves as Indonesian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.
    In carrying out his duties, there are several things that become his priority programs. First, ensuring the extension of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) scheme. Second, starting talks regarding the proposed limited trade deal.

    "I want to ensure that the GSP agreement is extended. Then, I want to start negotiations on the limited trade deal, namely goods in the US whose tax is less than five percent can be reduced to zero percent without going through congress. We want to start negotiations immediately. That is our priority," Lufti said in a written statement on Monday.

    "I also want to ensure that US products can compete in the Indonesian market. Because our market is large and attractive," he stated.
    Furthermore, Lutfi is determined to ensure that US investors are well aware of the improvement of the investment climate in Indonesia. The interest of US investors in making Indonesia an investment destination has been reflected in the steps of Kimberly-Clark Corporation. Kimberly plans to acquire Softex Indonesia with a transaction value of USD1.2 billion.

    "At the end of the 70s, they were one of the first companies to invest heavily in Indonesia, "said Lutfi.

    "I will ensure that the US knows that Indonesia always improves the investment climate," he said.


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