The Fish Quarantine and Inspection Agency (BKIPM in Indonesian acronyms) under the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MoMAF) is gearing up to strengthen food safety guarantees to domestic and international markets, including to the European Union (EU).

Indonesia is taking on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Chairmanship for 2023. Indonesia already chaired ASEAN three times, in 1996, 2003, and 2011. Assuming ASEAN leadership amid a weakened global growth due to the Russia-Ukraine war, rising goods and commodities prices, soaring inflation, and the pandemic still hanging, Indonesia is expected to steer the trading bloc towards the realisation of regional economic integration goals while addressing global challenges and promoting national interest.

Through the Fish Quarantine and Inspection Agency (FQIA/BKIPM) of the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MoMAF), the Government of Indonesia has prepared a Quality Assurance 2022 action plan to accelerate the quality of national marine and fishery products to increase the international market penetration. We had the honour to discuss the quality assurance for fisheries products with the Head of Quality and Safety Control Center, BKIPM. The following is our interview.

Technical Assistance II

The quality and safety of a product are crucial factors in determining its exportability. Moreover, the standards, regulations and requirements of export in the destination countries are getting stricter, including the European Union market. Through the National Standardisation Body, the Government of Indonesia aims to improve the export quality infrastructure. We had the honour to discuss this with the Deputy for Accreditation of the National Accreditation Body of Indonesia (BSN), Donny Purnomo. The following is our interview.

Technical Assistance II

Reference Materials are essential to ensure more precise measuring to obtain reliable data. Reference Material Producer (RMP) accreditation provides confidence and assurance that international guidelines are followed. We had the honour to discuss with the Deputy for Accreditation of the National Accreditation Body of Indonesia (BSN) about the accreditation of Reference Material Providers (RMP) in Indonesia. The following is our interview.

2022 will be a crucial year for Indonesia to accelerate its economic recovery and growth to achieve its medium-long term development target to becoming a high-income country before 2045. Investment, exports, and the processing industries are expected to drive economic growth. Export of goods and services is expected to grow by 4.3%-6.8%. 

Strengthening MSMEs is prioritised in the Job Creation Law No. 11 of 2020 and implemented through Government Regulation No. 7 of 2021 concerning Ease, Protection and Empowerment of Cooperative and Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs), as part of the Government efforts to realise Indonesia's Vision 2045 in becoming a high-income country and escape the Middle Income Trap. In the wake of the pandemic, strengthening the MSMEs became more priority to boost economic recovery.

Expanding export markets through Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreements (CEPAs) are part of Indonesia's strategy to boost export and rev up economic growth and post-pandemic rebound. According to the Ministry of Trade, Indonesia has signed 23 FTAs/CEPAs, is negotiating 12 trade deals, including the Indonesia-European Union CEPA, and exploring opportunities with 21 country partners. 

Indonesia took the reins from Italy to assume the G20 Presidency in 2022 at the 16th G20 Summit in Rome, Italy, on October 31, 2021. The Indonesian chairmanship was announced during the G20 Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in November 2020.  

Export is expected to be the prime mover of Indonesia's economic recovery and transformation. However, accelerating export also comes with the risk of trade remedies investigations initiated by trading partners against Indonesian export.

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