Statement by the Delegation of the Republic of Indonesia at the Council for Trade in Services – Special Session
Allow me first of all to thank you for convening this important meeting. We would also like to thank you for giving us your account and update of the situation of negotiations in services. We are well aware of how challenging are the tasks before us, particularly to bridge remaining gaps on various issues in the services negotiations. Indonesia holds the view that to move negotiations forward, Members shall keep sight of the importance of keeping the balanced progress among various issues in the services negotiations.
Indonesia would also like to make clear from the outset that services negotiations could not be seen in isolation. Progress in services negotiations is basically interlinked with progress achieved in other fronts of negotiations. It is our firm belief, therefore, that we have to take on board our mandate to accomplish a balanced package of the overall Doha negotiations.
With regards to the works on the Working Party on Domestic Regulation (WPDR), Indonesia welcomes the annotated draft text that has been issued by former the Chair of the WPDR.
In moving the negotiation forward, however, Indonesia is of the view that the delicate balance and convergence that members have achieved at this point in time, as reflected in the revised Chair’s text of March 2009, shall be preserved.
Indonesia is also of the view that the draft text should capture the principle of right to regulate and the special needs of developing countries and LDCs, taking into account their level of development.
On rules negotiation, Indonesia welcomes the work program on the information exchange on subsidies in trade in services. The exercise would enhance the understanding of Members on the diversity of subsidies in the area of trade services.
With regard to ESM, Indonesia views the technical discussions initiated by the previous Chairman of WPGR have been very useful in order to get a higher degree of clarity among Members on concepts and technicalities of the ESM.
On market access issues, Indonesia holds the view that the discussion to enhance clarity of the Ministerial Signaling Conference (MSC) and market access gains in services must be well framed within the balanced progress among various issues in services negotiations itself and with agriculture and NAMA negotiations.
Finally, Indonesia stands ready to actively participate in the upcoming works in the services negotiations.
I thank you.
Geneva, 30 April 2010