Indonesian Embassy to Switzerland held a business forum with the topic “Enhancing Business Relations Under Indonesia European Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement” (IE-CEPA) in Bern, on Monday (10/12). The business forum attracted the interest of Switzerland’s businesses to know more about business opportunity with Indonesia. Indonesian Ambassador, Muliaman D Hadad in his speech said that Indonesia and EFTA countries will erase thousands of tariff to expand access of market for the two sides. Around 98 percent entrance line tariff from Indonesia and EFTA countries will be decreased. The disappearance of trade barriers is also supported by the increasing of effectiveness of doing business in Indonesia. The rank of Indonesia in “the ease of doing business” also keeps increasing.
Foreign Affairs Ministry cooperated with Agriculture Ministry sent 2 agricultural experts to Myanmar to provide quality improvement in agricultural field. The training starts from December 7—10, 2018.The training is aimed to increase Indonesiancontribution in encouraging sustainable development goals. The training had a title “Dispatch Expert on Agriculture for Myanmar” that is held in Hlegu Township, Yangon, Myanmar and officially opened by the Indonesian Ambassador to Myanmar, Prof. Dr. Iza Fadri at Central Agricultural Research and Training Center (CARTC). In his speech, the Ambassador conveyed a number of points such as the program of sending experts to Myanmar which becomes one of the efforts of the Indonesian government to assist the government of Myanmar by increasing its capacity in agricultural field. Meanwhile, Yangon Regional Director on Agriculture,Husbandry and Irrigation Ministry, U Kyaw Kyaw expressed that the training is rightly conducted in Myanmar, reminding Myanmar has requirement to increase quality of fruit and vegetable products. Hopefully, through the program, besides being able to increase capacity of its farmers, Myanmar can also share information with the experts.
Foreign Affairs Ministry held Pilot Project: Palm Oil Workshop for Peace (OPWP). It is time for Indonesia, the biggest producer of palm oil, to cooperate with related country and organization to preserve the benefit of palm oil to farmers and local community in various regions. This was stated by Siswo Pramono, Head of Policy Assessment and Development Agencyof Foreign Affairs Ministry, when opening Palm Oil Workshop for Peace (OPWP) 2018 in Tangerang on Monday (10/12). The Pilot Project is a cooperation between the agency and Jambi University which holds on December 10-14, 2018 in Jambi. The event is also a cooperation with the government of Colombia which aims to give training on plam oil management to smallholders.