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Indonesia, 12 cross-region countries agree to keep supply chains open

Top diplomats from 13 countries of a cross-regional network, including Indonesia, Singapore and Canada, have agreed on key principles of keeping transportation links and supply chains open to cushion the impacts of COVID-19 on global trade and economy.


Facilitated by Canada, the informal network called the International Coordination Group on COVID-19 (ICGC) consists primarily of half of the G20 countries -- Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, South Korea, Turkey and the United Kingdom -- with the addition of Morocco, Peru and Singapore. It was recently established to look for a shared commitment to "promote and protect free trade" and other selected measures to tackle COVID-19.


The fresh declaration was made by foreign ministries of ICGC in a Friday evening teleconference, after it was deliberated at a recent senior officials meeting.

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