The Fish Quarantine and Inspection Agency (BKIPM) under the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MoMAF) in collaboration with ARISE+ Indonesia held a three-session webinar on the Determination of Heavy Metals and Histamine Content in Fish Products.  This webinar is part of a continuous programme deployed by MoMAF to improve the quality of fish products for export.

The ARISE+ Indonesia Project Steering Committee (PSC) took place on 14 December 2020 under the co-chairpersonship of Ms. Amalia Adininggar Widyasanti, the Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs, the Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS) and Hans Farnhammer, Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation to Indonesia and Brunei. The PSC, which was moderated by P.N. Laksmi Kusumawati, the Director for Trade, Investment and International Economic Cooperation, reviewed implementation progress of the project in 2020 and considered the proposed consolidated Annual Work Plan for 2021. The meeting was the culmination of a consultation process that started early November with project stakeholders on the six components of the Annual Work Plan through the respective Technical Advisory Board Coordinators.

ARISE+ Indonesia supports the participation of nine Indonesian Geographical Indications (GI) producer associations at Terra Madre in Turin, Italy. The Terra Madre event takes place every two years and offers the opportunity to producers to show and present their products to other producers, buyers and consumers from all over the world. Due to the pandemic, this year the event will have exclusively a digital format and run from 8 October 2020 to April 2021.

The ARISE+ Indonesia programme has organized, from 9 to 20 November 2020, three training workshops for the Ministry of Trade (MoT) and other trade institutions in support to strengthening Indonesia’s capacity to deal with non-tariff measures in international trade.

The ARISE+ Indonesia programme supports the Ministry of Trade to develop a methodology on how to conduct studies for strengthening quality infrastructure to support exports. As a country with great export potential, access to satisfactory quality infrastructure services becomes an urgent issue. Ideally, satisfactory quality infrastructure services are available in regions that produce significant quantities of export products.

The Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS), the Directorate General of the National Export Development (DGNED) Ministry of Trade, and the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) delivered the result of a study on investment opportunity in electronics sub-sector in Indonesia, on 13 November 2020. The study is entitled “Deep Dive on Investment in Electronics Sector” provides important information for government agencies and electronics business players to explore export opportunity and attract foreign investors to Indonesia.

A logo must be attractive and unique to the brand. More importantly, upon introduction to the public, the logo should be easy to remember, stand out from the competition, be communicated clearly to its users. Regarding Indonesian Geographical Indications (GI) products, the logo must provide a sense of premium quality, guarantee buyers of the product’s authenticity and origins, and it must be able to add value to the GI product which in turn brings higher price to the producers.  Having a national logo for Indonesian GIs is very important as it contributes to its national pride, but what is more important is to ensure that the domestic and international markets are well aware of it, the meaning and purpose behind it and thus become encouraged to use it correctly. Therefore, in the branding and promotion of Indonesian GIs, it is urgent to have inter-ministerial cooperation and a comprehensive strategy to communicate the logo to public.

The Directorate of Macro Planning and Statistical Analysis, BAPPENAS, held an online workshop related to the use of the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) in the Global Economic Model (GEM) on 6 November 2020. The workshop is part of a comprehensive capacity development programme provided by Oxford Economics under the ARISE+ Indonesia programme to BAPPENAS for economic modelling and forecasting. The initial phase of the programme mainly focused on upgrading of the GEM and the Inter-Regional Trade Model (IRM). The workshop completed the gradual handing-over process of the GEM to the technicians of the Directorate of Macro Planning and Statistical Analysis who performed the simulations with the collaboration of Oxford Economics experts.

The Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS) and the Ministry of Trade discussed the preliminary analysis of the Qualitative Analysis and Modelling Results of the of the Indonesia – European Union (I-EU) CEPA consultations, on 4 November 2020. As the I-EU CEPA negotiations are progressing, these consultations provide important contributions to maximise the benefits of the agreement.

The use of framework legislation supported by voluntary standards has been a great success for the implementation of the EU Single Market and as such, inspired many countries and regions to adopt this approach. Indonesia as an ASEAN member state is exploring this method to prepare for the the vision of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) which among others is to establish a single market and production base characterized by free flow of goods.

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