Tue, 10 Feb 2009
The Hague (ANTARA News) - Vice President Jusuf Kalla said Indonesia wanted that international trade would not be a mere free trade but also a fair one.

"Indonesia wants not only a free trade in the world but also a fair one because otherwise it would lead to protectionism where all countries are tempted to protect their products," the vice president said here on Monday.

The vice president, who was in a four country tour of Japan, the United States, Belgium and the Netherlands, said that Indonesia always reminded the world of the need for a fair trade. A free and fair trade would benefit all counties.

"If what happens is only free trade, all countries will protect their own interest and thus would adversely destroy the world economy," the vice president said.

Kalla said that what happened today was that free trade was more like an `exploitation` of developing countries. But it also posed a burden to the people of advanced states.

He gave an example that a shirt produced in Indonesia was bought at US$15 and sold in the United States or in a European country with US$100. This was not fair because it would benefit only those in the middle, namely financial institutions.

"The shirt purchased in Indonesia with US$15 did not lift the people`s purchasing power while the US$100 price adversely pose a burden to consumers there (the United States)," he said. (*)



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