27 July 2017

News Story: Australia-Indonesia FTA may be signed "by end of year - Australian minister

CANBERRA, July 26 (Xinhua) -- Australia's Trade Minister Steve Ciobo on Wednesday declared Indonesia as his "number one trade priority" for 2017, saying the government is confident of signing a free trade agreement (FTA) with Indonesia before the end of the year.

Speaking on local television, Ciobo said negotiations surrounding the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership (IA-CEPA) were progressing smoothly after leaders from both nations met at the G20 summit in Hamburg earlier this month.

"Indonesia is my number one trade priority and I'm putting a lot of focus on doing this deal," Ciobo told Sky News.

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