Indonesia was in the news with respect to the WTO for entirely two different reasons. Firstly, it agreed to host the 9th Ministerial Conference of the WTO in Bali, Indonesia in December 2013. The 8th Ministerial Conference was in Geneva in December 2011. I have blogged about it here and here.The Ministerial Conference is the highest decision making body of the WTO which meets every 2 years.
Indonesia, while offering to host the 9th Ministerial Conference stated:
A chance to change gears for the Doha round in the serene environs of Bali?
Secondly, Indonesia initiated a dispute with the EU with a request for consultations with respect to importation of fatty alcohols on which EU had imposed anti-dumping duties.
Indonesia has been a rarely reluctant participant in the Dispute Settlement Mechanism of the WTO having been a complainant in only 5, a respondent in 4 cases and a third party only in 4 cases, so far.
As they say in Indonesian, Salamat Datang (Welcome) to Indonesia?