The Pharmaceutical and Medical Technology Working Group conducted its regular meeting, held on 12 December 2019 at Novartis Indonesia. Together with more than 25 participants, the meeting was opened by Jorge Federico Wagner (Chairman of IPMG, also President Director of Novartis) who shared the insight on how the key priority issues of IPMG linked with the healthcare in Indonesia, namely on intellectual property, local content production, halal implementation, and universal healthcare (JKN) as well as the future impact to pharmaceutical and medical devices industries.
The meeting also shared updates on the follow ups hearing with Commission IX of the House of Representatives, specifically on how to improve and ensure the availability of drug and medical devices for the patient. From the sector policy updates, the group focused on the amendment regulation of 2D Barcode Implementation for the Supervision of Drugs and Foods and also the rules that require company to appoint national trading company in carrying out the business activities. At the end of the meeting, the group discussed issues to be included into the position paper 2020.
EuroCham Import-Export Procedures Working Group held its regular meeting on 13 December 2019 to exchange updates on latest policies related to import-export procedures. Some topics discussed including the changes in procedures for importation of iron and steel products, tyres, forestry products, complementary goods, goods for market test, and aftersales. This meeting also selected topics that should be prioritized in 2020 for further advocacy efforts, including by publishing an annual position paper. The overall meeting was chaired and moderated by Mr. Rachmat Hidayat (Government Relation Director of Danone Indonesia) and Ms. Prita Hapsari (Customs Manager for Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand of Unilever) as the Head and Deputy Head of the working group.