President Joko Widodo and World Trade Organization director general Roberto Azevedo after a meeting at the State Palace in Jakarta on Wednesday (13/04). (State Palace Press Photo/Kris)

WTO Calls Indonesia's Economic Reforms 'Exemplary'

BY :EKO PRASETYO

APRIL 13, 2016

Jakarta. During a meeting with President Joko Widodo at the State Palace in Jakarta on Wednesday (13/04), World Trade Organization director general Roberto Azevedo praised Indonesia's economic reform agenda, which has been an example for many member states.

Trade Minister Thomas Lembong said after the meeting that Joko and Azevedo also discussed global trade and the result of the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, last year.

"[Azevedo] appreciates Indonesia's constructive role in the WTO, as proven by the WTO Summit in Bali three years ago. The success was phenomenal," Thomas said in a statement.

The minister added that the president also elaborated on Indonesia's efforts to improve its economic situation in the wake of global economic slowdown.

"Mr. President explained Indonesia's deregulation programs and 11 policy packages. Those were the main focus of the discussion," Thomas said.

The trade minister also mentioned that Indonesia has a strategic and special position within the WTO, as the country is considered a bridge between small and large member states.

The WTO is an intergovernmental organization regulating international trade. Its main function is ensuring that trade flows smoothly and in compliance with global trade rules between nations.

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