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Indonesia sends trade team to lobby US

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Indonesia was due to send a trade mission to the United States yesterday to lobby the Trump administration into maintaining favourable trade terms amid increasing global trade tensions triggered by the US.

A key focus of the trip is a regular US review of a preferential tariff scheme called the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP). The review, which occurs every three years, is happening this year and Indonesia is keen for the scheme to remain unchanged.

Indonesia has received considerable tariff cuts under the GSP since 1980 along with Thailand and Kazakhstan, among others.

For example, in 2016, the GSP facility led to tariff cuts for US$1.8 billion (S$2.5 billion) worth of Indonesian products, according to figures from the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin).

Indonesia has other concerns too, including increased tariffs on steel and aluminium, while the US might bring up market access issues affecting American products in Indonesia. For now, Jakarta's main aim i s to keep the status quo at a time when the US is hitting out at major trading partners China, the European Union and others for what it says are unfair trade practices.

Leading the Indonesian mission is Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita. He is expected to meet US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

The delegation also includes representatives from, among others, Kadin, the Indonesian Exporters Association, the Indonesian Importers Association, as well as producers of products such as tyres, palm oil, steel, aluminium and food and beverages.

Two-way trade reached US$25.92 billion last year, according to Indonesia's Trade Ministry. Indonesia exported US$17.79 billion worth of goods and commodities, while it imported US$8.12 billion, resulting in a surplus of US$9.67 billion.

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Indonesia sends trade mission to lobby US

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JAKARTA - Indonesia is sendin g a trade mission to the United States on Sunday (July 22) to lobby the Trump administration into maintaining favourable trade terms amid increasing global trade tensions triggered by the US.

A key focus of the trip is a regular US review of a preferential tariff scheme called the generalised system of preference (GSP). The review, which occurs every three years, is happening this year and Indonesia is keen for the scheme to remain unchanged.

Indonesia has received considerable tariff cuts under the GSP scheme since 1980 along with Thailand, India and Kazakhstan, among others.

For example, in 2016, the GSP facility led to tariff cuts for US$1.8 billion worth of Indonesian products, according to figures from the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin).

Indonesia has other concerns, too, including increased tariffs on steel and aluminium, while the US might bring up market access issues affecting American products in Indonesia. For now, Jakarta 's main aim is to keep the status quo at a time when the US is hitting out at major trading partners China, the EU and others for what it says are unfair trade practices.

Leading the Indonesian mission is Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita. He is expected to meet US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer and US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross next week.

Mr Enggartiasto said Indonesia and the US have major trading opportunities.

"Our meeting with our counterparts from the USTR and the Department of Commerce is very important to deepen the Indonesian and US strategic partnership that have been laid out by the two countries. It must be managed, preserved and sustained in order to benefit each other," he said in a statement on Sunday.

The delegation also includes representatives from, among others, Kadin, the Indonesian Exporters Association, the Indonesian Importers Association, as well as producers of products such as tyres, palm oi l, steel, aluminium and food and beverages.

The team will also attend a business forum and a business matching event engaging Indonesian and American entrepreneurs.

In April last year, the Trump administration issued a list of countries with which it has significant trade deficits and it put Indonesia in 15th position out of 16 countries that include China, Japan, Germany, India, Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia.

Two-way trade between Indonesia and the US reached US$25.92 billion (S$35.2 billion) in 2017, according to Indonesia's Trade Ministry. Indonesia exported US$17.79 billion worth goods and commodities, while it imported US$8.12 billion, resulting in a surplus of US$9.67 billion.

Indonesia's major exports to the US were shrimp, natural rubber, footwear, tyres and garments, while its main imports were soybean, cotton, wheat flour, corn flour and animal feed.

Kadin deputy chairman for international relations, Ms Shinta Kamdani, expec ted Indonesian exporters will continue to obtain the GSP facility from the US.

"Basically, we want a win-win solution for both parties. The US needs the products that enjoy the facility and it also does not produce them domestically," she told The Straits Times.

Ms Shinta also noted that Indonesia has improved market access for American manufacturers and investors in line with US concerns.

The Trade Ministry's director general for foreign trade, Oke Nurwan, said recently that the government was optimistic about the result of the upcoming meetings between Indonesia and the US.

"We have changed our [IMPORT]rules, including ones affecting horticulture, as raised by the US," he said.

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Diposting oleh On 08.30

Indonesian teen raped by her brother is jailed for abortion

JAKARTA, Indonesia â€" A 15-year-old Indonesian girl who was raped by her brother has been sentenced to six months in prison for having an abortion, police said Sunday.

Both the girl and her 18-year-old brother were convicted Thursday by the District Court of Muara Bulian in Batanghari district in Jambi province, said Singgih Hermawan, deputy chief of the local police.

The brother received a two-year prison sentence for having sex with a minor, Hermawan said.

Abortion is illegal in Indonesia, but is allowed in cases of rape, especially if the woman’s life is at risk. However, the abortion must take place within 1 1/2 months of becoming pregnant and be performed by professionals.

The girl had her abortion when she was six months’ pregnant, according to a court official. Her mother is facing charges for aiding the abortion. She said she helped her daughter out of fea r of being shamed by neighbors.

It was revealed in court that the girl had been raped eight times since September. In May, residents discovered a headless fetus near a palm oil plantation. Police made the arrests in June.

The defendants and their lawyers accepted the sentences, which also ruled that the girl and her brother must undergo rehabilitation at the Institute for Special Education of Children.

It was not clear whether the prosecutors, who had demanded a one-year prison sentence for the girl and seven years for her brother, would appeal the sentences.

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Indonesian teen raped by her brother jailed for abortion

July 22 at 6:50 AM

JAKARTA, Indonesia â€" A 15-year-old Indonesian girl who was raped by her brother has been sentenced to six months in prison for having an abortion, police said Sunday.

Both the girl and her 18-year-old brother were convicted Thursday by the District Court of Muara Bulian in Batanghari district in Jambi province, said Singgih Hermawan, deputy chief of the local police.

The brother received a two-year prison sentence for having sex with a minor, Hermawan said.

Abortion is illegal in Indonesia, but is allowed in cases of rape, especially if the woman’s life is at risk. However, the abortion must take place within 1 1/2 months of becoming pregnant and be performed by professionals.

The girl had her abortion when she was six months’ pregnant, according to a court official. Her mother is facing charges for aiding the abortion. She said she helped her d aughter out of fear of being shamed by neighbors.

It was revealed in court that the girl had been raped eight times since September. In May, residents discovered a headless fetus near a palm oil plantation. Police made the arrests in June.

The defendants and their lawyers accepted the sentences, which also ruled that the girl and her brother must undergo rehabilitation at the Institute for Special Education of Children.

It was not clear whether the prosecutors, who had demanded a one-year prison sentence for the girl and seven years for her brother, would appeal the sentences.

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Policeman accidentally fires gun at Indonesia airport, one worker wounded

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JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A gun belonging to a police officer went off at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Indonesia's capital city Jakarta on Sunday (July 22), leaving an airport employee injured.

Soekarno-Hatta airport spokesman Febri Toga Simatupang confirmed the incident.

"It happened when National Police protocol officer Second Brig. Galuh Apriyana was helping his colleague First Brig. Fajar Firmansyah to empty his firearm before flying," Mr Febri said as quoted by kompas.com.

The officers were about to board a Garuda Indonesia flight to Banda Aceh in Sumatra when the incident occurred. Mr Fajar was emptying his Glock handgun, which still had a bullet in its chamber.

"The firearm, which was pointed towards the ground, suddenly went off and a fragment hit an employee from a ground-handling company, Ikhwanul Hakim Siregar, who was on duty at a check-in counter,&quo t; Mr Febri said.

Mr Ikhwanul sustained an injury to his foot as a result of the gunshot and received treatment from airport medical personnel.

Mr Febri added that the parties involved had agreed to resolve the matter amicably.

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