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Number Seven Thousand Two Hundred and Ninety Six - 21 May 2023
Iran Daily - Number Seven Thousand Two Hundred and Ninety Six - 21 May 2023 - Page 6

Tehran, Jakarta to ink trade deal

Jakarta and Tehran have concluded the final stage of negotiations on a bilateral trade agreement, which is called the Indonesia-Iran Preferential Trade Agreement (II-PTA), according to the Indonesian Trade Ministry.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi will head a high-ranking delegation in a trip to Indonesia planned for Monday, IRNA reported.
The announcement came after the two sides finished a seventh round of talks, and the ministry said the governments could now proceed to sign the documents on the deal, which is called the II-PTA.
“Iran is a non-traditional trade partner for Indonesia. With this PTA, we hope to widen our export opportunities and expand our market reach, especially in the Middle East and Persia,” said Johni Martha, the ministry’s director of bilateral negotiations.
Indonesia has been looking to new markets to diversify its export options and thereby reduce its reliance on traditional trade partners, many of which have been affected by a weakened global economy and geopolitical risks.
The government aims to speed up the country’s economic recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic by increasing its exports.
Countries in the Middle East are among those considering alternative trade partners for the government, along with countries in Africa, South Asia, South America and Eastern Europe.

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