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EuroCham attended the 71th commemoration of “Hari Oeang” (Money Day) that fall every 30 October to celebrate the issuance of the first emission of Oeang Republic Indonesia (ORI) as the country’s first national currency following its independence day in 1945. To celebrate, this year the Ministry of Finance organized a series of seminar, exhibition, and capacity building events on 18-26 October 2017.
The Minister of Finance, Ms. Sri Mulyani provided a keynote speech in one of these seminar that focused on the theme of Reformation Synergy in Tax, Customs and Excise. Ms. Sri Mulyani highlighted the important of cooperation between the Directorate General of Tax and the Directorate General of Customs and Excise as currently both are conducting reform efforts. Better cooperation between these directorate generals will make it easier for the public to comply with their tax and customs obligations, which will ultimately improve compliance and tax collection. Ms. Sri Mulyani also asked the business community to support the reform efforts by continuously providing inputs.
Mr. Heru Pambudi, the Director General of Customs and Excise, among other reform programs talked about the ongoing cooperation with the Directorate General of Tax which has allowed companies to use tax identification numbers as valid identification for customs purposes.
EuroCham brought issues on Draft Bill of Water Resources along with Draft of Government Regulation on Food Label and Advertisement (RPP Label dan Iklan Pangan). The meeting is part of EuroCham Advocacy Road Show to convey business views in regards to the Draft Bill of Water Resources. This meeting is part of the joint advocacy with other International Chamber of Commerce, namely US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC), American Chamber (AmCham), Jakarta Japan Chamber (JJC), and Indonesia-Australia Business Chamber (IABC). Prior to meeting the Minister of Industry, EuroCham has met with Presidential Advisory Council and BKPM on July 2017.
The delegation was received by the Minister of Industry, H.E. Airlangga Hartarto accompanied by Director General of Endurance and Development of International Industrial Access (KPAII), Head of Legal and Organizational Affairs Bureau, Director of Beverages, Tobacco and Fresheners Industry, and Head of Agency for Industrial Research and Development (BPPI). The Minister welcomed the delegation and accepted the concerns. To follow up, the Minister proposed for EuroCham to conduct further dialogue with the Parliament as the initiator of the draft Bill of Water Resources.
On the meeting, the delegation conveyed their concerns regarding the draft Bill on Water Resources and request for the support from the Ministry of Industry for the businesses. The Minister welcomed the delegation and accepted the concerns stated by delegation although the Minister said that He has not received any update from the Parliament as the draft is still being discussed by the Parliament.