During the regular meeting on 24 August 2017, the Agriculture, Food and Beverages Working Group highlighted the new regulation from Minister of Agriculture on Supply and Distribution of Milk. The regulation obliges milk processing industries to establish partnership with local farmer by absorbing the local milk for their production. Some of EuroCham members had done such partnership, but some problems are still in place including the low volume, lack of quality and many other issues.
These obstacles forced industry to import milk, despite the lack of provisions of importing the products. As the regulation will be implemented immediately, uncertainty arises among companies, on whether or not they are still able to import. EuroCham will request for courtesy meeting to Ministry of Agriculture to seek clarification from them. International chambers will also be engaged to gain more support on this issue.
The meeting also discussed on several updates on Draft Bill on Water Resources, Import Quota for Alcohol Beverages, Sectoral Position Paper, CEPA Position Paper, and EU-Indonesia Business Dialogue.
On Tuesday, 22 August 2017 the CSR and Sustainable Development Member Forum met at Financial Club Jakarta. The meeting led by Mr. Baudouin Coomans, Deputy Head of CSR and Sustainable Development Member Forum and invited representative from Edelman to share the PR perspective on CSR. To prepare the meeting, EuroCham conducted short survey on CSR Implementation questionnaire. The survey result was presented during the meeting which consists of some key information such as who implement the CSR activities in the companies and the companies constrains when implementing their CSR program.
The meeting was attended by EuroCham members and also few non-members participants who were both actively engaged in the discussion and shared their perspective on best practice for CSR. The Member Forum meeting decided on ideas for the next meeting and also to explore the possibility to make call for actions.