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EU Commissioner Paul Hogan in IndoNesia

November 11, 2016

For the first time ever, Paul Hogan, European Union Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, visited Indonesia. From November 7 to 9, he discussed the mutually beneficial relationship between Indonesia and the EU, in particular projects in the food and beverage sector in Indonesia.

Phil Hogan pointed out that Indonesia is a key partner for the EU. Therefore, the planned Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), a free trade agreement, has to be negotiated as soon as possible in a way that both sides benefit in equal measure. CEPA would open the door to a combined market of more than 750 million people. Phil Hogan believes that by building strong structures for cooperation at policy level, we can unleash the potential of Indonesian and European businesses to create, innovate, and ultimately generate wealth and jobs

The EU Commissioner sees vast potential in the Indonesian agri-food market. Indonesia has a growing consumer population, estimated at 45 million Indonesians today, and it is expected to rise to 135 million by 2030. This means there are huge opportunities for European agri-food businesses in this country.

On the other hand, the Indonesian producers will have access to the European market through CEPA. Phil Hogan is convinced that increasing trade with Europe will lead to increasing prosperity in Indonesia. The next round of CEPA negotiations is scheduled for January and the Commissioner urges both sides to be positive and constructive in the months leading up to these talks.