Jokowi: "intend to join" is different than "will join". Indonesia intends to join the TPP, not will join the partnership, because Indonesia still has a long way to go before deciding to join it.
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KATADATA - President Joko (Jokowi) Widodo straightens the previous news about Indonesia and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) because the all this time it is always been said that Indonesia will join the TPP. However, what the President of Indonesia meant during his meeting with President of the United States, Barrack Obama, in the White House last October 27 was “intend to join” instead of “will Join”, which means Indonesia still has a long way to go before deciding to join the TPP, and that it will not happen in the near future, as said by Jokowi during his meeting with the national army in on Wednesday, December 16, in Jakarta. 

Jokowi said that Indonesia need to thoroughly think about it first, whether Indonesia is ready for the era of free market trade or not. Indonesia needs to eradicate all kinds of excessive protection and subsidies first because it will reduce the competitiveness value of Indonesia. Indonesia will also need to prepare the human resources in order to compete with foreign workers. And, according to Rizal Affandi Lukman, a deputy for economic affairs in the government, said that Indonesia need to be careful when deciding to join TPP, and that the country needs to prepare for great negotiators that are ready to face the free market trade.

Previously, a number of international news agencies such as New York Times and The Guardian mentioned Jokowi’s decision as the “President Obama’s victory in partnering with an important ally in the Pacific area to balance the economic competition with China”. This is also the one thing that Jokowi straightens, saying that “intend to join” is different than “will join”. The Indonesian President even stated that he always asked his minister for foreign affairs about his choices of words in order to express the right impression.

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(Read more in the previous news about Indonesia and the TPP: Meeting Obama, Jokowi: Indonesia to join Trans-Pacific Partnership)

It is said President Obama’s victory because Indonesia is a country with the largest economy in Southeast Asia, with a total economic movement of US$ 1 trillion, and is included in the G-20 group, which consists of the world’s main and large economic countries.

For a general info, Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, or widely known as TPP, is a free trade agreement currently being negotiated by 12 countries: The United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, Canada, Japan, and Mexico. So basically, this agreement writes the rules for global trade that will help to increase the exports of the countries by eliminating many trade barriers that will benefit the members of this agreement. This will be able to increase the economy of the country members. (From: ustr.gov and tppinfo.org)

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