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On Friday, 12 February 2021, EuroCham Indonesia had the unique opportunity to meet the negotiating team of the Indonesia-EU Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IEU CEPA) negotiations led by Ms. Helena Konig to express its support for the success of the upcoming round of negotiations. The purpose of the meeting is exchange updates related to the negotiations, as well as latest policy changes based on EuroCham observations. The meeting was arranged by the EU Delegation in Jakarta to strengthen EU-Indonesia trade ties and commonly work towards improving competitiveness and the ease of doing business in Indonesia.
On Wednesday 20 January 2021, EuroCham received an invitation from the Indonesian E-Commerce Association (idEA) to participate in a discussion on empowering MSMEs during the COVID-19 recovery period. The speakers at the event included Victoria Simanungkalit (Deputy for Entrepreneurship, Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs), Mohamad Rosihan (Chair of IdEA Membership and Business Development), and Ruben Hattari (Member of the IdEA Trade and Export Sector). On this occasion, the government conveyed the programs carried out in relation to the SMEs, including: certification and standardization of MSMEs and a national campaign of Proudly Made in Indonesia or Bangga Buatan Indonesia.
During the event, business players expressed their appreciation for these programs, but there are still many aspects that needs to be addressed, one of which involves the training given to MSMEs, wherein the duration is deemed too short.