Ambassador Marantis Works to Deepen U.S.-Indonesia Economic Ties
Today Deputy USTR Demetrios Marantis held a series of meetings with Indonesian government officials and private sector representatives in Jakarta, Indonesia. They discussed ways to resolve outstanding bilateral trade issues and specific approaches to further deepen U.S.- Indonesia trade and investment ties in the run up to the meetings of the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) and Joint Commission of the Comprehensive Partnership this fall. Ambassador Marantis met with Deputy Trade Minister Mahendra Siregar, Health Minister Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih, Deputy Agriculture Minister Bayu Krisnamurthi, senior officials from Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, and top business leaders.
With a population of 240 million, Indonesia offers a substantial market for U.S. exporters. By working closely with Indonesia to overcome challenges to trade and investment flows, the United States aims to build on the $5.1 billion of U.S. exports to Indonesia in 2009 and give U.S. businesses greater access to the Indonesian market. So far in 2010 (from January to April), U.S. exports to Indonesia are up a substantial 50 percent, underscoring the success of these efforts.
Ambassador Marantis met with Deputy Trade Minister Mahendra Siregar
Ambassador Marantis with Health Minister Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih