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EuroCham officially launched the annual Position Papers 2020 through a Webinar session entitled, “Accelerating Indonesia’s Economic Recovery by Strengthening Resilience and Cooperation” on 14 July 2020. The launching was opened with warm remarks from the Chair of EuroCham, Corine Tap, that highlighted five recommended measures summarized in the EuroCham Position Papers 2020. The five measures includes encouraging the involvement of the private sector, simplification in the process and bureaucracy, speed up the digital transformation, enhancing connectivity, as well as increasing consumer choice and access to innovative products.
The session was subsequently followed by an insightful keynote speech by H.E Airlangga Hartato, Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, who presented the state of the global and Indonesia’s economy during the COVID-19 pandemic, steps to reopen the Indonesian economy, as well as the policy measures applied to support the economic recovery. He also encouraged businesses to utilize the super tax deduction for research and development activities launched by the Government and conveyed his hopes for further collaboration especially in the pharmaceutical sectors due to its importance to stop the pandemic circle as well as to help restart the economy.
The panel discussion was participated by distinguished members from the Indonesian Government that included H.E Johny G. Plate (the Minister of Communication and Information Technology of Indonesia), Rizal Affandi Lukman (Deputy for International Economic Cooperation, Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs), Dody Widodo (Director General of Industrial Resilience, Zone and International Access, Ministry of Industry), and Wichard Von Harrach (Vice Chair of EuroCham) who represented the private sector. The panelist discussion was moderated by Felippa Amanta (Head or of Research of CIPS). The virtual event concluded with closing remarks conveyed by H.E Vincent Piket, EU Ambassador to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam.
For this year, EuroCham’s Position Paper consists of 1 Executive Summary and 12 sectoral position papers that were developed by members of EuroCham Working Groups representing different sectors.
Complete Position Paper can be downloaded here.
On 14 July 2020, EuroCham was invited to attend an information dissemination event organized by the National Agency for Food and Drug Control (BPOM). This was the second session held by BPOM to discuss BPOM Regulation No. 8/2020 on Supervision of Drugs and Foods that are Distributed Online. The discussion largely focused on the implementation for Traditional Medicines, Health Supplements, and Cosmetics products. In the first session, Dra. Mayagustina Andarini, Apt., M.Sc (Deputy for Supervision of Traditional Medicine, Health Supplements, and Cosmetics) opened the presentation by providing information regarding the demand and availability of traditional medicine, health supplements, and cosmetics. In this regard, BPOM collaborates with the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, NCB Interpol Indonesia, both national and local Indonesian Broadcasting Association (KPI), and the Indonesian E-Commerce Association (iDEA) as part of its effort to tackle the existence of illegal products online.
In the second session, Drs. Tepy Usia, Apt., M.Phil., Ph.D. (Director of Standardization of Traditional Medicines, Health Supplements, and Cosmetics) concluded that as technology develops and changes in lifestyle, circulation of traditional medicines, health supplements, and cosmetics online is inevitable. The supervision of online products is meant as a measure to protect consumers from products that do not comply with the prevailing laws and regulations, while at the same time maintain the competitiveness of online businesses.