From 21-25 November 2022, planners at the Macroeconomics Directorate Bappenas took part in the Economic Modelling training in Jakarta facilitated by ARISE+ Indonesia. During the four-day training, Thomas Warnock, Senior Economist and Elliot Garside, Assistant Economist from Oxford Economics, guided the participants to simulate the energy and emissions model that will allow different directorates to assess the macroeconomic and fiscal impact of climate policies, including carbon taxes, increased electrification, carbon capture, and investment in renewables.

Jakarta, 24 November 2022 - The Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas, with support from the European Union-funded ARISE+ Indonesia, hosted an international economic modelling forum aiming to introduce the integrated economics-environmental analysis tool to assess the impact of the energy transition on macroeconomic indicators entitled "Sustainable Growth through Harnessing Energy" today. The policy tool was developed by Bappenas, with technical support from ARISE+ Indonesia and Oxford Economics. 

Encouraging research and development (R&D) of local materials and investment in the upstream cosmetics industry, especially the raw materials, is urgently needed to support Indonesian cosmetics small and medium manufacturers. According to the Ministry of Industry’s data, 70%-80% of cosmetics raw materials are still imported. Thus, the development of the upstream industry is expected to reduce dependence on imported raw materials, increase the competitiveness of the Indonesian cosmetics industry, and increase the participation of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the Global Value Chains through exports of Indonesian cosmetic raw materials.

Ensuring food safety is now inevitable for business operators in the food industry, including agri-food and fishery. The spices industry is no exception. It is not only to protect consumers from the risk of foodborne diseases but also to protect food processing establishments from product recalls, which result in financial losses and possible lawsuits due to unsafe products. 

On 3 November, Deputy Minister for Investment Promotion, Mr Nurul Ichwan, and the Team Leader of ARISE Plus Indonesia, Mr Alessandro Martinatto, presented progress on the Indonesia-EU Investment Attraction Plan to the EU Member States. The meeting took place at the EU Delegation in Jakarta.

The Ministry of Trade, with technical assistance from the European Union (EU)-funded ARISE+ Indonesia, conducted an analytical study on "Economic Policy Priority of the ASEAN Indonesian Chairmanship in 2023: Strengthening Regional Value Chains (RVCs)", aiming to provide strategic recommendations to ASEAN through Indonesia to develop ASEAN into a centre of Global Value Chains. The study findings on the potential of automotive, electronic, and health equipment sectors were presented and discussed with policymakers and stakeholders to increase the participation of ASEAN Member States in RVCs on Monday (31/10).

On account of strengthening control on food safety, food quality and nutrition, the National Standardization Agency (BSN), whose responsible for standardisation, conformity assessment, accreditation and metrology activities in Indonesia, in collaboration with ARISE+ Indonesia, organised a one-day Workshop on Risk Assessment and Management for Food Products, 17 October 2022. The workshop was part of a series of activities to observe the 2022 National Quality Month in October. 

The potential for catfish (Pangasius) exports to Saudi Arabia is lucrative, estimated to reach 1,150 tons in 2023 to meet the supply of hajj and non-hajj catering. However, the business actors must be ready to maintain supply continuity and meet export regulatory requirements according to SFDA (Saudi Food and Drug Authority). The opportunity and catfish export requirements were discussed during the Market Access of Catfish to Saudi Arabia Seminar, held in collaboration between the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MoMAF), the Ministry of Trade (MoT) and ARISE+ Indonesia at the Indonesia Convention Expo (ICE) BSD, Jakarta.

Indra, Sadi, Vivi and Hanzela were overwhelmed when their booth, ARISE+ Indonesia-supported Indonesian Geographical Indications (GI), at the 3rd World Conference on Creative Economy (WCCE) Expo, was visited by many prominent figures, including Indonesia's Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy and his wife, the Deputy for Digital Economy and Creative Product, the Director of Creative Industry and Intellectual Property Development, the Ambassador of the Creative Industries of the Mayor of London, the Ambassador of Serbia, and many others.

The Government of Indonesia is gearing up to develop a market surveillance system for non-food products called the Indonesia Rapid Exchange of Information System (INRAPEX). The development of INRAPEX, supported by ARISE+ Indonesia, reaffirmed the Government's commitment to consumer protection efforts and increasing the competitiveness of Indonesian products.

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