Training of Trainers for Industry and Trade Counselling Officers

The Industry and Trade Counselling Officers play an important role in strengthening the capacity of Small and Medium Industries (SMIs) to export. SMIs are a driving force for Indonesia’s economic growth. With the government plan to improve the SMIs' quality and competitiveness, strengthening the capacity of the Industry and Trade Counselling Officer is imperative. 

With several trade negotiations in the pipeline, studies and analysis on the potential and benefits of the global value of Indonesian products are important to support negotiations. The Ministry of Trade (MoT), with support from the ARISE+ Indonesia, organised a training on Global Value Chain (GVC) Analysis and the Use of Trade in Value Added (TiVA) Database, 9-11 June 2021. 

The delicious aroma of spices wafted up from Indonesian Chicken Gulai and Aceh-style Lamb Soup are filling the kitchen and dining areas of Nusa Indonesian Gastronomy Restaurant in South Jakarta. We sneaked into the restaurant, through a virtual setup, to see what's cooking and there we found our show hosts Chef Ragil Imam Wibowo and Santhi Serad accompanying the Director General of Intellectual Property, Dr Freddy Harris, S.H., LL.M., A.C.C.S, in preparing the special Indonesian dishes.

Indonesia's economy is recovering, mainly driven by private consumption, net exports, and the manufacturing sector revival. The economic growth is expected to reach 4.7% in 2021 and 6.5% in 2022, according to a UK-based forecasting firm, Oxford Economics.

Not many of us are familiar with Geographical Indication (GI). If you have heard or consumed Gayo Arabica Coffee, Java Preanger Tea, Koerintji Cinnamon, East Luwu Pepper, Bali Amed Salt, Moloku Kie Raha Cloves, Siaw Nutmeg, and Sumbawa Honey, to name a few, then you have already come across a GI.  This short list is just a handful of agricultural products among 90 other names that already protected as Indonesian GIs. 

The Indonesia - European Union Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (I-EU CEPA) will support the Indonesian economic transformation and raise living standards. By improving trade access to the EU market, I-EU CEPA has a great potential to improve Indonesia's products and services diversification and competitiveness. The cooperation will also promote investment, facilitate Indonesia's participation in the Global Value Chain and help accelerate the regulatory framework reforms.

ARISE+ Indonesia welcomes the new Technical Advisory Board (TAB) Coordinators, Mr Ari Satria and Mr Marthin Kalit. Mr Ari Satria, the newly appointed Secretary to the Directorate General of International Trade Negotiations, Ministry of Trade, takes over the responsibility as TAB Coordinator for FTA/CEPA Component of ARISE+ Indonesia. Mr Ari has been with the Ministry of Trade for more than 27 years serving several distinguished positions, including as Head of Indonesian Trade Promotion Center in Busan, South Korea; Trade Attaché of Indonesia in Seoul, South Korea; Director of Export Information and Market Development; Director of National Export Development; and Head of Public Relations Bureau. Mr Ari obtained his Master of Arts degree in Economics from Boston University, USA.

With several trade negotiations underway, in particular the Indonesia EU Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations, mastering market intelligence and analysis tools is essential for Indonesian negotiators and analysts to support the country’s trade strategies. The Ministry of Trade, with support from ARISE+ Indonesia, organised a training on ITC Market Analysis Tools, April 6-9, 2021.

Representatives of private and public actors in the production, control and export of nutmeg participated in an online training on mycotoxins testing, April 12-14, 2021. In collaboration with the ARISE Plus Indonesia, the Agency for Food Security - Ministry of Agriculture organised the training to deepen the knowledge and competence of around 80 participants in testing methods that comply with the EU Commission Regulation.

ARISE+ Indonesia supported the Gayo Arabica Coffee Producers Association to develop a promotional website. The new website is expected to expand the Association’s outreach towards  international coffee markets, especially in the European Union (EU).

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