Last week, deputy minister of trade, Jerry Sambuaga and vice minster for foreign affairs minister, Mahendra Siregar meet various United States (US) officials to escalate the value of trade and export from Indonesia. Based on the official statement, the major issues has been talked was the completion of the Generalized System of Preference.

In the meeting with US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross at the State Palace on Nov. 6, President Joko Widodo wants the value of trade between the two countries grow double, from US$30 billion to US$60 billion in the next five years.

Regarding the GSP, the head of states wants before the end of December there had been an agreement between the two countries. According to Sambuaga, the positive response was shown at the meeting with deputy United States Trade Representative (USTR) Jeffrey Gerrish in Washington DC.

Ross said that current discussions on the GSP for Indonesia were still being discussed at the office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). He said the ongoing negotiations to be very constructive.