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UPDATED: 14:52, December 13, 2005
Indonesia to fight for more agricultural access in WTO
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Indonesia is putting the expansion of access for its agricultural products high on its agenda for the World Trade Organization (WTO) ministerial summit in Hong Kong, an official familiar with the issue has said.

"We will maintain the United States, India and China as our current (export) markets, but we will also try to enter the previously neglected markets like Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East," Indonesia's WTO negotiator for agricultural products Delima Azahari was quoted Tuesday by The Jakarta Post as saying.

Heading the Group of 33 (G-33) -- under which many agriculture- based developing and third world countries are grouped -- Indonesia will focus on gaining the right to enter non-traditional markets for its products, she said.

Aside from increasing market access, the Indonesian delegate will also push for significant cuts in domestic supports and export subsidies provided by developed countries for its farming products -- which are worth hundreds of billions of dollars per year, although such a strategy would be hard to achieve, she said.

Before the Hong Kong meeting starts, the Indonesian delegate is scheduled to attend several meetings with the International Farmers Community, Delima said.

Minister of Trade Mari E. Pangestu said earlier this month that Indonesia would fight for the liberalization exemption of four special products: rice, corn, soybean and sugar.

Source: Xinhua

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