On March 15-16, 2017, the Standards Alliance, in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta and the Indonesian Ministry of Trade (MOT), held a two-day workshop entitled "Key Aspects of Good Regulatory Practice (GRP): Tools to Effectively Achieve Policy Goals " in Jakarta, Indonesia. The idea for the workshop grew out of discussions held during a meeting of the U.S.-Indonesia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), where officials on both sides agreed to organize further exchange on principles such as coordination of regulatory policy across ministries/ agencies, transparency, public consultation, processing and consideration of public comments, and regulatory impact analysis (RIA).
The workshop was widely attended, with more than 150 participants representing Indonesian public- and private-sector organizations. U.S. speakers represented the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), Office of Management and Budget Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OMB-OIRA), ASTM International, International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), International Code Council (ICC), and Shell Corporation. Speakers from Indonesia also included a mix of public- and private-sector organizations such as MOT, Ministry of Law and Human Rights (MOLHR), Employers Association of Indonesia (APINDO), Ministry of Home Affairs, Center of Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Atma Jaya University, American Chamber of Commerce, Indonesia, and the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council.
Speaking during the opening session, deputy chief of mission Brian McFeeters of the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Indonesian trade relationship, and the mutual goal of both sides to increase trade and economic development. Iman Pambagyo, director general for international trade at MOT, echoed Mr. McFeeters' comments and further noted that MOT places a high priority on reducing regulatory burdens placed on the private sector by increasing use of good regulatory practices.
The March workshop represents continued engagement on good regulatory practices by the Standards Alliance and Indonesia. The first Standards Alliance event carried out also focused on this subject and was held in Jakarta in June 2013 [see related news item].