The Jakarta Post published comments by World Growth chairman Alan Oxley on the recent policy developments within APEC’s Expert Group on Illegal Logging and Associated Trade (EGILAT).
Ambassador Oxley’s original comments prompted a response from Indonesia’s senior forestry officials.
“Forestry Ministry secretary general Hadi Daryanto, who attended the meeting, said on Sunday that the “non-binding” accord was made after allegations from NGOs that the regulations imposed by the US and Australia served more as non-tariff trade barriers to curb cheap, flourishing exports from developing countries penetrating their markets, and therefore violating WTO’s anti-protectionism measures.
Hadi said Indonesia would respect the accord, but would not stop trading forestry produce with Australia and the US, the latter of which is Indonesia’s third biggest wood importers.”
Read the full article here: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/08/19/apec-agrees-isolate-us-australia-over-forestry-trade-bans.html