KSBSI President Meets with OECD Secretary General, Here’s What Was Conveyed

ACV-CSCIASIA.ORG, JAKARTA – KSBSI President, Elly Rosita Silaban had the opportunity to meet with the Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Mathias Cormann during a series of visits to Indonesia in the context of Indonesia’s accession process to become an OECD member country in Jakarta, Thursday (30/05/2024 ).

On this occasion, Elly asked the OECD to pay attention and provide input to the Indonesian government to encourage stakeholder involvement before becoming an OECD member.

“Consultation and involvement of stakeholders is very necessary before the Indonesian government decides to join as a member of the OECD.” said Elly Rosita Silaban.

Elly added that the OECD meeting process for the Accession process only took 7 months for Indonesia to become an OECD member, on the other hand, some countries waited up to 2-3 years for the assessment process.

“On 20 February 2024, the OECD Council decided to open accession discussions with Indonesia, the first Southeast Asian candidate for OECD membership. The Accession roadmap for Indonesia was adopted on 29 March 2024.” Elly explained.

Previously, quoted from Wantannas.org, President Joko Widodo received the Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and his delegation at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java Province, on Tuesday, May 28 2024.

This meeting, which is a continuation of the first meeting in August 2023, aims to inform about the steps that Indonesia has taken and will take to accelerate its membership.

Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto explained that the meeting between President Joko Widodo and OECD Secretary General Mathias Cormann focused on strategic discussions regarding preparation and acceleration of Indonesia’s membership in the organization. President Jokowi has issued a presidential decree regarding this matter.

“The President has issued a presidential decree on the national team for the preparation and acceleration of Indonesia’s membership in the OECD, which we chair, assisted by the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Foreign Affairs,” said Airlangga.

According to him, Indonesia is committed to becoming an OECD member within three years and has received support from member countries such as Australia, the Netherlands and Japan in the form of capacity building and funding. Furthermore, the accession process will involve the creation of a self-assessment memorandum by Indonesia in the near future.

During the meeting, President Jokowi and Secretary General Cormann also discussed the development of the semiconductor ecosystem as well as the roadmap process for the digital economic cooperation framework in ASEAN or the Digital Economy Framework Agreement.

In addition, the OECD will also conduct a survey of the Indonesian economy as a form of OECD support for improving the investment climate in Indonesia. “How can Indonesia become a country that is equal to OECD countries in developing regulations so that investors will be comfortable to increase investment in Indonesia,” added Airlangga.

This meeting was an important moment to emphasize Indonesia’s commitment and strategic steps in strengthening international cooperation and improving the domestic investment climate. (RED/Handi)