On Wednesday, 1 August 2018, EuroCham held a seminar aimed to evaluate the progress and remaining challenges of the Implementation of Cross Border Trade Supervision at Post Border for EuroCham member companies. This post border policy which was introduced in early 2017 has shifted the supervision of import goods to post border. The purpose is to further accelerate flow of goods at ports and seaports, as well as flow of goods in and out the country. This initiative has certainly impacted the overall industry. As highlighted by Mr. Michael Herrmann’s in his opening remarks as a member of EuroCham Executive Board, this topic is crucial to ensure Indonesia’s competitiveness, promote foreign investment, and improve the business climate for trade.
The event served as a platform for EuroCham member companies to engage in an open and constructive dialogue with policy makers from the government invited as speakers in the panel discussion. In this regard, the speakers were Mr. Bambang Adi (Deputy for Commerce and Industry, Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs), Mr. Harmen Sembiring (Deputy for Institutional Relations, INSW Portal Management), Mr. Djanurindro (Deputy Director for Import, Directorate General of Customs and Excise), and Mr. Edward Otto Kanter (Chairman of Priority Line Associations). The overall discussion was moderated by Mr. Rachmat Hidayat as the Head of EuroCham Import-Export Procedures Working Group.
On 27 July 2018, the Infrastructure Working Group met to discuss the Roles of Infrastructure Investment in the Development of Tourism Sector in Indonesia. To provide insights on the issue, the working group invited speakers from Ministry of Tourism which represented by Mr. Henky Manurung who is the Assistant Deputy for Tourism Investment and Mr. Muhamad Bachrun Artady who is the Vice Chair of Government Task Force 10 for Priority Tourism Destinations. Both of these speakers highlighted how tourism sector has become priority sector under President Jokowi’s administration, and which projects are open for investments.
Mr. Manurung and Mr. Artady later joined the panel discussion which moderated by the Head of Working Group, Mr. Scott Younger of Nusantara Infrastructure. Other speakers at the panel sessions are Mr. Alistair Speirs from SKL Club and Mrs. Dina Simandjuntak from Le Meridien Hotel Jakarta who shared general observation on infrastructure development for Indonesia's tourism sectors, and how could European business can further contribute to enhance . Other participants of the meeting were also actively involved in the panel discussion by providing questions and feedback to the panelists.