Support to Indonesia’s WTO Team on selected topics

The Project at A Glance

Non-tariff measures (NTMs) are any policy measures other than tariffs that can impact trade flows. Understanding the implications of NTMs is essential for the policymakers, trade negotiators and researchers.

International Economics Consulting Ltd. with a funding from the ARISE+ Indonesia is supporting Indonesia’s Ministry of Trade (MoT) in the organisation of a series of workshops and concept notes on selected areas related to NTMs, Trade Reform and Sustainability.

What We Found

The reduction in tariffs barriers across the world has led to a significant increase in the number of non-tariff measures (NTMs). Whilst some NTMs serve a legitimate purpose, such as ensuring the quality and security of the food made available to the general population, others have been implemented with more protectionist objectives in mind (i.e. NTBs), therefore limiting the availability of foreign companies to compete in such markets.

Our Team is providing support to the Indonesia’s Ministry of Trade in the organisation of a series of workshops on selected topics to showcase views and perspectives from international trade practitioners and international best practice.

Our Strategy and Impact

Increasing transparency and understanding of NTMs can build capacity of Indonesia’s Ministry of Trade to reach the balance between the reduction of trade costs and the preservation of public objectives. Following preliminary discussions, our team will conduct five workshops and provide a list of suggested literature to deepen the knowledge in the areas such as:

  • WTO Reform and Developing Countries
  • Reviving Agriculture Negotiation in WTO
  • Digitalization, Trade, and FTAs
  • Fisheries Subsidy and Trade
  • MSMEs and Trade

Our Core Solutions

With the rapid proliferation of trade agreements worldwide, there are new market and investment opportunities for countries to explore. At International Economics Consulting, based on our extensive experience in international trade, we assist our clients by providing a detailed analysis of the key impacts of new trade agreements on their operations and competitiveness through an assessment of tariff, and non-tariff barriers, provisions on rules of origin, customs efficiency, the effectiveness of transport networks, and sustainability provisions, among others.

We can help assess the opportunities in different markets, determine the feasibility and viability of projects, and benchmark the wider ecosystem to support business growth. We also support clients in navigating the policy landscape regarding international trade by establishing robust monitoring and evaluation framework through sophisticated real-time dashboards and reporting systems to ensure the best outcomes.

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