After six-year negotiation, Indonesia and Australia have agreed to declare the completion of trade negotiation of Indonesia Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA). The declaration was signed by Indonesian Trade Minister, Enggartiasto Lukita and Australian Minister of Trade, Tourism and Investment, Simon Birmingham. They were witnessed by Indonesian President, Joko Widodo and Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison in Bogor, West Java on Friday (31/8). The Indonesian Trade Minister affirmed that through IA-CEPA, Indonesia wants to be part of global value chain so that Indonesia can compete with another country in the region which has Free Trade Area comparing Indonesia. Director General of Negotiation of International Trade, Iman Pambagyo said that IA-CEPA has some benefits for Indonesia, because Australia has given commitment to eliminate import duties for all tariff post becoming 0%.
Yehezkiel Dayen Julio Lasut, an Indonesian student, who is studying in education of Bachelor on International Management in Hochschule Rhein-Main Wiesbaden, became finalist in X-Factor Germany. Participation of Yezki in X-Factor Germany began from his desire to contribute his hobby to fill in spare time. Yezki becoming finalist in X-Factor Germany was his own achievement, because he set aside around 1,200 contestants. In the last audition, he sang "Is This Love" from Bob Marley. The contest of X-Factor Germany is one of great singing talent competitions in Germany and held in Köln. There were 4 judges which consisted of German well-known singers, such as Thomas Anders. Consulate General of Frankfurt will give encouragement and support to Yezki as Indonesian citizen who has achievement in the contest.
The 6th Bilateral Consultation Forum of Indonesia-Estonia was held in Tallinn on August 31, 2018. The forum was led by Director General of America-Europe, Muhammad Anshor and accompanied by Indonesian ambassador in Helsinki, Director of Europe II and staffs along with representatives from the Indonesian embassy in Helsinki. Delegation of Estonia was led by Director General of Politic, Mr. Lembit Uibo who was accompanied by officials of Foreign Affairs Ministry of Estonia. The two sides agreed to encourage cooperation to support each other on candidacy in international organization, to encourage the increasing of trade cooperation, to push the finalization of Visa Free Agreement for Diplomatic and Service Passport holder in a bid to explore the possibility negotiation of Double Tax Avoidance. As commitment to increase people-to-people contact, the Indonesian government has given short-visit visa free policy for Estonian people to visit Indonesia since 2015. In this regard, it delivered Indonesian request in order Estonia to be able to give similar policy, because it will contribute on increasing contact between communities as the foundation of good relations between the two countries. After the forum, Indonesian delegation and the Indonesian embassy in Helsinki held the informal meeting with Estonian entrepreneur who was coordinated by honorable consul of Indonesia, Mr. Heldur Alesse by presenting some representatives of company from Estonia.