On 25 August 2021 EuroCham was invited to the Kickoff Meeting and first Annual Working Group Meeting of the German-Indonesian Dialogue on Quality Infrastructure. The event was hosted jointly by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Ministry of Industry (MoI) of the Republic of Indonesia. The German-Indonesian Dialogue on Quality Infrastructure was established by BMWi and MoI in 2021 with the aim to reduce technical trade barriers, increase product safety and strengthen consumer protection. The BMWi has commissioned the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH to support the implementation of the German-Indonesian Dialogue and the organization of its annual Working Group Meeting as part of the Global Project Quality Infrastructure (GPQI).
The collaboration enables German and Indonesian policy-makers, industry and technical organizations to discuss opportunities and challenges regarding technical market access barriers in the fields of standardization, conformity assessment, accreditation and product safety. The joint platform for technical and political dialogues is not only open to but aims to closely and actively involve companies and industry associations of both countries.
Technical Meeting on Piloting Project for Integration of Commercial and Tax Invoice with Director of Technology Information and Communication of the Directorate General of Tax
On 26 August 2021, representatives of the EuroCham Transport and Logistics Working Group and Finance, Tax, and Investment Working Group met the Directorate General of Tax to discuss the technicality for the pilot project proposed by EuroCham to integrate the company’s commercial invoices with the Tax Invoices. The Directorate General of Tax during this meeting is represented by Iwan Djuniardi (Director of Technology, Information and Communication of the Directorate General of Tax, Ministry of Finance), as well I Made Sugiada and number of officials from the Directorate of Technology, Information and Communication. Iwan Djuniardi mentioned that proposal from EuroCham is welcomed by the Directorate General of Tax considering that the Directorate General of Tax also would like to encourage new tax innovations to provide easiness to taxpayers.
During this meeting EuroCham presented the proposed business process that would enable further integration of commercial invoice issued by member companies with the tax invoices. This process would involve Tax Application Service Providers appointed by the taxpayers to help open host to host interconnection with the Directorate General of Tax. As a response, the Directorate General of Tax in this meeting agreed that preparation for the piloting project to establish the new system can be started by involving EuroCham member company, DB Schenker. After this piloting project is running, the Directorate General of Tax will further expand and open the system to other member companies who are interested to participate.