InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA –Ministry of Trade prepared the Consultant/The Expert to deal with Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Centers in five cities in Indonesia. The briefing of the Expert/Consultant in FTA Centers was done for two days on 30–31 May 2018 in the office of Ministry of Trade. FTA Centers would be the central information for the people to get the advantage from FTA optimally. The FTA Centers would be the services of consultation, education, and advocacy to the people, namely the stakeholders who want to prepare themselves heading to the free trade era.
“FTA Centersof Ministry of Trade are needed so that everyone could follow the information and the latest progress about the free trade agrements that involve Indonesia. The making of FTA Centers is to get and maximize the advantage of FTA itself for the economy in Indonesia,” General Director of International Trade Negotiation, Ministry of Trade, Iman Pambagyo said when briefing the participants in the official statement to InfoSAWIT in the last days of May in Jakarta.
He also mentioned, one successful key to implement the FTA is that when every citizen of Indonesia knows about FTA itself within complete information, such as, the advantage and they could advantage it. “The experience told that the most effective management system in Indonesia is the'management by walking around'. The Expert/Consultant of FTA Centers are hoped to make field visit, make dialogue, listen to the issues, so that they could identify the issues that the stakeholders face as accurate and detail as it is possible,” Iman said.
The making of FTA Centers is regulated in President’s Regulation No. 79 / 2017 aboutRencana Kerja Pemerintah in 2018. In the regulation, Ministry of Trade should make FTA Centers in Jakarta and the pilot projects of making FTA Centers are in four cities, they are, Medan, Bandung, Surabaya, and Makassar. The five FTA Centers havefully started operating since the end of May 2018.
FTA Centers are run through the self-management among General Directorate of International Trade Negotiation, Ministry of Trade, and some government universities both in Jakarta and in the regions. FTA Centers also involve the Agencies of Trade and Industry in the provincial level.
Every FTA Center would have three Experts/Consultants who are good in implementing the result of international trade agreement, the fnancing access, the export procedures, and the promotion and marketing strategies. (T2)