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JAKARTA, 26 November 2020 – Indonesia together with Canada, Philippines, ASEAN Secretariat, OECD, and ADB met virtually today at the International Seminar on Regulatory Improvement in Asia. The seminar aims to share good practices and lessons-learned in providing quality, effective, and efficient regulations. This international seminar was held in collaboration between the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture and the NSLIC/NSELRED Project. The effective, quality and sustainable regulation is essential to support the economic growth especially during and post the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Minister of Agriculture of Indonesia, Dr. Syahrul Yasin Limpo S.H., M.Si, M.H during the opening speech conveyed the importance of this meeting for Indonesia. “This workshop is very important for us in Indonesia, in making various improvements to domestic regulations, especially with the enactment of Law Number 11 of 2020 concerning Job Creation, which is a monumental step for Indonesia in managing domestic regulations”, he said.        

The seminar highlighted a model of good practices and the implementation of regulations with a special emphasis on the impacts and challenges on the agricultural sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, the experiences on regulations establishment process and strategies for regulatory sustainability were also discussed during the seminar.

The key speakers who shared their experiences were Mr. Shingo Kimura from Asian Development Bank (ADB), Prof. Dr. Ir. Erizal Jamal, MSi from the Ministry of Agriculture of Indonesia, Dr. Mike Pfister from Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Indonesia, Mr. Rodolfo V. Vicerra from the Department of Agriculture of the Philippines, and Prof. Edmund Tayao from the Local Government Development Foundation (LOGODEF) of the Philippines.

The Ambassador of Canada to Indonesia, H.E. Cameron MacKay and Head of Food, Agriculture and Forestry of the ASEAN Secretariat joined the Indonesian Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Syahrul Yasin Limpo for the opening remarks.

The Ambassador of Canada to Indonesia, H.E. Cameron MacKay, complimented the Government of Indonesia on the continuous improvements of its regulatory-making process. According to him, “Good quality regulations need to be evidence-based, provide for consultations with stakeholders, including international partners, and consistent with relevant international agreements. Regulations need to be reviewed and revised regularly to keep up with changes in technology and the needs of citizens. I am pleased that our project supports the Ministry of Agriculture to strengthen its capacity to develop good quality regulations that benefit farmers, communities and businesses in the agriculture sector.

It is expected that the sharing of good practices and lessons-learned will encourage the seminar participatory countries in their regulatory improvement efforts which at the end will promote the investment climate and economic development.  

NSLIC/NSELRED has been providing technical assistance for the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture since 2019 in the regulatory analysis and the development of Norms, Standards, Procedures and Criteria (NSPK) as well as the Risk-Based Approach which support the Online Single Submission/OSS (OSS is the Indonesian government web-based platform that aims to simplify and reduce time and process in business licensing in Indonesia).


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