Continuing the advocacy for cosmetics sector, Cosmetics Working Group had a meeting with Working Committee IV (Pokja IV) from Task Force of Economic Policy Implementation Acceleration and Effectiveness. Held on 18 September 2017, the meeting discussed the proposal to exclude cosmetics from the obligation of surveyor report, and the obligation of halal certification for Cosmetics products.
During the meeting, Prof. Sukoso, Head of the Halal Product Guarantee Agency (BPJPH) informed that BPJPH is finalizing two draft Government Regulations as Implementing Regulations to the Halal Law. The two drafts are now harmonized at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, as well as Ministry of Finance. Therefore, any inputs can be submitted to those related ministries directly.
Prof. Sukoso further hoped that all stakeholders can support for the government regulations to be issued in order to make the system fully operational. BPJPH is also collaborating with other related government officials in drafting several technical regulations to support the implementation of the Halal Law.
Aiming to share knowledge and experience in engaging with the policy makers in Indonesia, EuroCham organized a sharing session on 13 September 2017. This sharing session was intended for new expatriates who were interested to know more on how to deal with Indonesian dynamic policy landscape. In this occasion, EuroCham Vice Chairman/CEO Ikea Indonesia, Mr. Mark Magee, shared his experience during his 5 years tenure in Indonesia. Mr. Magee also described his opportunities and challenges faced when he had his first Indonesia outlet established.
Another speaker in the session was Ms. Astri Wahyuni, EuroCham Board Member/Head of External Affairs Unilever Indonesia, who presented her expertise in the government affairs field. Moreover, Ms. Wahyuni, shared her knowledge and provided examples from her extensive experience. From EuroCham secretariat, Mr. Pirhot Nababan, policy advisor, explained about working groups and EuroCham services. The event was closed with networking lunch.