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Indonesian border agencies commit to facilitating trade by opening up ‘blackboxes’ and sharing data on risks

Indonesian Ministry representatives and experts discuss the introduction of a risk management system for licencing and post-border controls.

On March 28 and 29, 2019, the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation organized a workshop together with the Indonesian Ministry of Trade on the implementation of an integrated risk management system in Indonesia. More than 100 representatives of the Indonesian Ministry of Trade, other ministries and of Customs discussed good practices and risk management approaches in the context of the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation.

Mr. Kasan, Acting Director General for International Trade, opened the workshop together with Mr. Martin Hansen, Country Director of GIZ Indonesia. Presentations by the Director General Customs Mr. Heru Pambudi, the Deputy for Inter-Agency Relations of the Indonesian National Single Window (INSW) Mr. Harmen Sembiring, and the international risk management expert Mr. Henk Van Zandwijk stressed the importance of interministerial cooperation and the exchange of data on risks. Mr. Allwyn Netto, customs expert of the embassy of New Zealand, presented the risk management approach from New Zealand, emphasizing the close cooperation of the authorities there as a good example. The workshop was moderated by Ms. Olvy Andrianita, Director for Import and Export Facilitation at the Ministry of Trade.

On the second day of the workshop, the design of the risk management system started with a practical training for staff in the Ministry of Trade on the identification, classification and mapping of risks with a focus on risk management for licencing and post border controls.

Indonesia was suggested as a project country at the third German Alliance working meeting in March 2018. After ideas on project focal points had been collected and prioritized by the Indonesian Government and by interested companies in Germany and in Indonesia, the focus on the introduction of a risk management system at the Ministry of Trade turned out to be a promising project.

The official press release of the Indonesian Ministry of Trade on the activity can be found on the Ministry’s website.