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Cablegate: Letter From Indonesian Trade Minister to Commerce Secretary

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R 170559Z FEB 10
FM AMEMBASSY JAKARTA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 4500
INFO RUCPDOC/DEPT OF COMMERCE WASHINGTON DC

UNCLAS JAKARTA 000204

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DEPT FOR EAP/MTS, EAP/EP, EEB/TPP/BTA, EEB/TPP/IPE, EEB/ESC, CBA
COMMERCE FOR SECRETARY LOCKE
COMMERCE FOR 4930/NADJMI
DEPT PASS TO USTR BWEISEL, KEHLERS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ECON APECO BEXP EINV ETRD KIPR ID
SUBJECT: LETTER FROM INDONESIAN TRADE MINISTER TO COMMERCE SECRETARY
LOCKE

1. (U) SUMMARY: On February 11, 2010, Embassy received official
correspondence from Government of Indonesia (GOI) Minister of Trade
Mari Elka Pangestu, dated February 9, addressed to United States
Secretary of Commerce Gary F. Locke. End Summary.

2. (SBU) Begin text:

Minister of Trade of The Republic of Indonesia

Ref No.: 188 /M-DAG/SD/2/2010
Jakarta, 9 February 2010

His Excellency
Mr. Gary F. Locke
United States Secretary of Commerce
Washington, D.C.
U.S.A

Dear Secretary Locke:

First and foremost I would like to wish you a Happy New Year. May
our cooperation and pleasant relations continue to prosper
throughout the year of 2010. Although it has been a while since our
last meeting during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
Ministerial Meeting and Leaders Summit, I still recall our engaging
discussion.

On the issue of PT. Newmont divestment, be rest assured that the
Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs is looking into the
matter seriously and with the objective of a swift and agreeable
conclusion.

Concerning the Digital Video Conference (DVC) for the Working Group
on Intellectual Property Rights, I would also like to inform you
that we have already agreed to hold a DVC on February 12, 2010 as
part of the preparation leading up to the tenth Trade and Investment
Council (TIC) Senior Officials Meeting this year. It is hoped that
some progress on bilateral issues will be made. I greatly
appreciate your supportive statement and offer of assistance to our
effort in intellectual property rights protection. We are hopeful
of graduating from the Priority Watch List in this year's Special
301 review.

Last but not least, I wish to turn your attention further to the
issue of subsidy and dumping allegations towards Indonesia's Certain
Coated Paper (CCP) products. Please note that the same allegations
were found to be groundless in a previous case. I appreciate the
attention and efficiency of the handling of this case and hope for a
positive closure.

Thank you for your kind attention.

Sincerely yours,
Mari Elka Pangestu

End Text

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