Korea seeks high-level trade pacts with Vietnam, Indonesia

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Korea seeks high-level trade pacts with Vietnam, Indonesia

Korea is stepping up efforts to seal high-level bilateral free trade pacts with some members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in a bid to further boost trade volume, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said yesterday.

According to the ministry, Korea is set to hold ministerial-level talks with Vietnam soon over a bilateral free trade accord.

Korea is also in negotiations with Indonesia over a so-called comprehensive economic partnership agreement, which is equivalent to a free trade agreement. Last week, the two countries held their first round of free trade talks in Jakarta.

“If bilateral free trade pacts with Vietnam and Indonesia are sealed, exports to both nations will increase,” said an official at the ministry.

Korea has a free trade agreement with the 10-member Asean that includes Indonesia and Vietnam. But the country has also been seeking bilateral pacts with some Asean members to further boost trade with the region.

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