NEWS: Canada to begin negotiations with Indonesia

On June 20, 2021, Mary Ng, Canada’s Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade and her Indonesian counterpart, Minister of Trade Muhammad Lutfi, jointly announced the formal launch of negotiations toward a Canada-Indonesia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA): Canada to begin negotiations with Indonesia on a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement

Consistent with the amended Policy on Tabling Treaties in Parliament, on June 21, 2021, the Government has tabled in the House of Commons a Notice of Intent to enter into CEPA negotiations with Indonesia.  At a future date, and at least 30 days in advance of a first round of negotiations, the Government will also table Canada’s negotiating objectives.

As you may recall, from January 9 to February 23, 2021, the Government of Canada consulted with Canadians across all sectors of the economy, including the agriculture and agri-food sector, on a possible Canada-Indonesia CEPA. The report of these consultations is now available online: Public consultations on a possible Canada-Indonesia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement.

In addition, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada held targeted meetings with ATNCG stakeholders to learn more about their views and interests. The input from these consultations will help inform Canada’s approach to the negotiations. Although the Government of Canada’s formal public consultation is now closed, we remain interested in receiving the views of the agriculture and agri-food sector.

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