AUSTRALIA is helping Indonesia improve its ability to engage in international trade. Trade Minister Mark Vaile made the announcement while in Jakarta last week.
The assistance will come via a contribution amounting to $4 million a year as part of the Australian Government’s $27.6 million multi-year package of trade related assistance for Indonesia.
Mr Vaile said the centrepiece of the assistance was $2.8 million for the Indonesia-Australia Specialised Training Project, which includes skills development in small and medium enterprise business development, intellectual property rights and trade in products and services. Other activities are focused on improving Indonesia’s customs, quarantine and standards capacity.
Indonesia also benefits from Australia’s regional trade-related assistance, which totalled $6 million this year including $500,000 to the WTO Global Trust Fund, $2.7 million APEC Support Program, $2 million ASEAN Australian Development Cooperation Program.
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