[IA-CEPA is] good news for farmers everywhere – Indonesia is the world’s fourth largest country by population and is expected to be a trillion-dollar economy by 2050.
Indonesian tourists pay a $140 visa application fee and complete a 17 page questionnaire… In comparison, Australians visiting Indonesia can receive free 30 day visa on arrival.
Indonesia President Joko Widodo’s declaration on the floor of the House of Representatives on Monday that “Australia is Indonesia’s closest friend” has given us pause for thought.
It was revealing that both Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Indonesian President Joko Widodo cited the same quote from former PM Robert Menzies during Jokowi’s address to the Australian Parliament.
President Joko Widodo has expressed his hopes that the ratification of the IA-CEPA will also have a positive impact on the peoples of both countries in addition to strengthening bilateral ties.
Not only did President Jokowi address Australia’s parliament on Monday, he also launched a plan of actions for IA-CEPA, which finally has been ratified by Indonesia’s parliament last week.