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EU supports the improvement of Trade Remedy Instruments
More than 60 participants from the private sector (associations, manufacturers and producers from various industries); lawyers and accountants providing legal, audit, and accounting services; as well as Ministry of Trade officials, attended a half-day workshop in Jakarta on 8 May 2019. This workshop, which included a group exercise, aimed to identify the relevant programme of capacity building and training that would be incorporated in the work plan of the four-year ARISE PLUS Indonesia Trade Support Facility Programme, a project that was commenced earlier this year.
The workshop presented Mr James Lenaghan, ARISE PLUS expert responsible for the Trade Facilitation and Trade Remedies components of the project, and Ms Pradnyawati, Director of Trade Defense of the Ministry of Trade, as the speakers.
Ms Pradnyawati delivered a presentation on “Trade Remedy Instruments” which discussed the role played by the Ministry of Trade in dealing with third party investigations, recent statistics on the usage of trade remedy instruments in the world, as well as expected actions for private sector and lawyers/ consultants in facing the current global phenomenon. Mr Lenaghan explained the techniques and requirements of responding to third party investigations, mistakes often made by respondents, and recommended good practice. The speakers were assisted by Ms Paula Norris, the Team Leader of the ARISE PLUS Indonesia Programme, who facilitated an interactive exercise with participants.
The Trade Remedies Workshop provided a successful forum for the participants to discuss the challenges and the type of technical assistance, support, and training needed from the project in order to improve their capability in responding to the Third Party Investigations more effectively. As follow up action, a tailored programme of technical activities for the next four years would be formulated based on the feedback from the workshop.
The ARISE PLUS Indonesia is a four-year trade related assistance programme worth EUR 15 million (more than IDR 240 billion) that aims to strengthen the capacity of government institutions and stakeholders on a wide range of areas within international trade, competitiveness, and business environment. It is coordinated by the National Development Planning Ministry (BAPPENAS), together with the Ministry of Trade and other relevant ministries, government agencies and stakeholders that have a direct interest in the areas covered by the Programme.