The coconut sector in North Sulawesi has more than one million tons of untapped export potential of coconut by-product worth IDR 1 trillion. With India and Sri Lanka having already reached their peak production in the coconut sector, opportunities are emerging for Indonesia to contribute to the supply chain. But logistics issues must be taken into consideration.

In August 2021, a series of eleven training sessions on Food Safety Profiling, Surveillance, and Testing Laboratory were delivered in collaboration with the National Agency for Drug and Food Control (BPOM) to enhance the capacity of competent authorities concerned with the  implementation of Article 50 of Government Regulation No. 86/2019 concerning Food Safety. The good outcome of the training prompted BPOM to gather deeper knowledge on food safety risk ranking and prioritisation. The three-day workshop should also contribute to the development of a Guideline for the Integrated Handling Mechanism of Food Safety Incidence using the INA-IFSS/NQA Model.

Indonesia has been severely hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall, Indonesia's economic growth contracted by 2.07% during the pandemic in 2020 compared to a growth rate of 5 percent in 2019. Although the pandemic inflicted considerable hardship on the Indonesian economy, early recovery has been observed thanks to containment and support measures. These included effective public health response and the deployment of a set of fiscal and monetary measures, made possible by substantial buffers owing to prudent macro-economic policies in preceding years as well as sizable international support.

The legal framework of the National Geographical Indication Control System (NGICS) has been established though a broad body of laws and regulations, yet improvements are required for more effective control of GI. Without an effective control system,  Geographical Indications (GI) will not bring optimal economic benefit for the GI communities. 

The Directorate of Trade Defence (DPP), the Ministry of Trade, facilitated by ARISE+ Indonesia, continued to strengthen the capacity of its personnel and relevant stakeholders in handling trade remedies cases by conducting a virtual workshop titled "Responding Effectively to Trade Remedies Investigations by Australian Authority" on Wednesday (27/10).
DPP officials, representatives of KADI (Indonesian Anti-Dumping Committee), KPPI (Indonesian Trade Safeguards Committee), trade lawyers and the private sector participated in the half-day workshop.

The Ministry of Trade has partnered with ARISE+ Indonesia to train its trade analysts and negotiators in a three-week course on Rules of Origin, commenced on Tuesday (05/10). The training aimed at improving the knowledge and skills of trade analysts and negotiators in negotiating Rules of Origin to ensure that the Indonesian companies will gain maximum benefit from trade agreements. 

The preparatory stage of developing the INRAPEX Scheme was successfully concluded with the completion the second workshop to develop an INRAPEX Scheme (Indonesia Rapid Alert System for non-food products) on October 21-22. The follow-up workshop aimed to extract information and ideas from the participants and identify obstacles that need to be addressed for the subsequent development and implementation of INRAPEX.

Representatives from the private sector, law firm, and officials from various ministries including Indonesian Ministry of Trade (MoT) namely Trade Defense Directorates (DPP), Anti-Dumping Committee (KADI), and Safeguard Committee (KPPI) attended a series of trade remedy workshops, facilitated by ARISE+ Indonesia, on 12-15 October 2021.

Indonesia's patchouli oil export performance in January-July 2021 increased 15.20% compared to the previous year, with the main export markets being the United States, India, France, Singapore, and China. Other potential export markets include Spain, the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland.

The Ministry of Trade is taking the initiative to build an INRAPEX (Indonesia Rapid Alert System for non-food products) website with technical assistance from ARISE+ Indonesia. It aims at enabling supervisory agencies to share information about unsafe non-food products on the domestic market to make it easier for inspectorates to identify these products and thereby strengthen the national market surveillance efforts.

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