On mid-February 2017, the Indonesian Government has finally filed an appeal to the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) for its infamous horticultural and animal products importation licensing regime case, as circulated to the WTO members on 22nd December 2016. Eighteen Indonesian measures were declared inconsistent with WTO laws, risking more than four national regulations to abide the Panel Report. Now, Indonesia is in position to counter back as they are now in stage of appeal against the complainants, namely the United States (US) and New Zealand.
On the day of his inauguration, the United States President Donald Trump has stated that he was going to prioritize America, and that “Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.’’ These caviling words say a lot on where the wind is blowing politically in the US and around the world.
Our founder and senior partner is a member of the negotiation team representing Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kamar Dagang dan Industri Indonesia or KADIN) and Indonesian Employers Business Association (Asosiasi Pengusaha Indonesia or APINDO) in dealing with EU-Indonesia CEPA (Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement), Indo – EFTA and Indonesia-Australia CEPA. He is also a member of the assessment team for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) established by the Ministerial Coordination.