Jakarta: 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 National Support for Local Investment Climates/National Support for Enhancing Local and Regional Economic Development (NSLIC/NSELRED).
NSLIC/NSELRED is a project funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada (GAC) in partnership with the Government of Indonesia through the National Development Planning Ministry (BAPPENAS).
The Project goal is to increase the employment and incomes of poor men and women in Indonesia by improving the investment climate and supporting the business development. Including in the investment climate improvement are efforts to address the key constraints in business regulations that hampers the ease of doing business.
Indonesian Minister of Agriculture Syahrul Yasin Limpo 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 Ambassador of Canada to Indonesia, Cameron MacKay, complimented the Government of Indonesia on the continuous improvements of its regulatory-making process.
"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," he said.
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.
The effective, quality and sustainable regulation is essential to support the economic growth especially during and post the covid-19 pandemic.
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, the Indonesian government web-based platform that aims to simplify and reduce time and process in business licensing in Indonesia.