Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia, Dr. Mari Elka Pangestu, visited
Stockholm, Sweden on 11th March 2013 and met Minister for Trade of
Sweden, H.E. EwaBjörling.
bilateral developments between Indonesia and Sweden, Indonesia and European
Union as well as the current and future state of multilateral trading system of
the World Trade Organization (WTO), whose term of office of its Director General
would expire on 31 August 2013.
agreed that the WTO as an institution has contributed significantly in keeping
protectionism at bay, especially during the last global financial crisis. It is
also important to strengthen the WTO with its rules-based framework in order to
ensure that global trade continues to flow and contribute to growth.
During her visit
to Stockholm, Minister Pangestu also met representatives of think-tanks,
government and business sectors, including Centre for Business and Policy
Studies (SNS), Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics, National Board of
Trade, and Swedish Chamber of Commerce, to exchange views and get inputs as to
the importance of trade for growth and job creation, the importance of the
global trading system as it faces various challenges, including bilateral
agreements such as between the EU and US, and how to maintain confidence and
momentum to conclude the multilateral trade negotiation.
Pangestu, who was Minister of Trade of Indonesia from October 2004 to October
2011, is convinced that a multilateral trading system is a solution to many
problems worldwide. She said, “Since its
creation, the WTO has helped generate more trade, more growth, more jobs and
more opportunities in the world. Above all, it has lifted people and nations
out of poverty both in developed and developing countries”.
Pangestu is one among four ministers who are candidates for the Director General of the WTO. Other than the four ministers, there are five
other candidates who are in the race. If elected as the new Director General,
Dr. Pangestu would be the first woman to hold the position since the creation
of the WTO.
Based on her
experience, she understands the importance of inclusion and would ensure that
the opportunities from global free trade benefit everyone, men and women, in
developed and developing countries, for big business and SMEs.
In the last few
weeks, the Minister already presented her vision and mission to the WTO General
Council Meeting in Geneva, as well as meeting WTO members’ representatives. She
has also visited Washington DC, Beijing, Brussels, Paris, Berlin, Warsaw, Budapest,
Moscow, Dubai/UAE, Abidjan, Abuja, and Cairo in order to share her commitment
to integrate every country into the global trading system.
Indonesian Embassy in Stockholm