As part of the Public Consultation for the Implementation of the Job Creation Law, the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs invited EuroCham to attend a Public Hearing for the Implementation of the Taxation Provisions within the Job Creation Law on 19 November 2020. The activity began with welcome remarks from Susiwijono (Secretary of the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs) on behalf of Airlangga Hartarto (Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs). In the next session, Sri Mulyani, the Minister of Finance, gave a keynote speech on the 2021 State Budget Strategic Policy. The event was subsequently followed by a discussion session with Suryo Utomo (Director General of Taxes), Suryadi Sasmita (Deputy Chairperson of APINDO) and Darussalam (Tax Observer). The event concluded with closing remarks from Susiwijono, Secretary of the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs.
25 November 2020 marks the online book launch of “ASEAN-European Union: The Untold Story”, the first book on the relationship between the European Union and ASEAN as written from an ASEAN perspective containing essays from all ten ASEAN member countries. The book shows the many areas whereby ASEAN and the European Union have convergent interests and, the few areas in which they have divergent views. The launch was followed by a panel discussion on the future of the partnership, which was moderated by Dr. Yeo Lay Hwee (Director of the European Centre in Singapore). The panel featured three speakers namely, Professor Tommy Koh (Ambassador-at-large for ASEAN), Ambassador Igor Driesman (EU ambassador to ASEAN) and Wichard Von Harrach (EuroCham Vice-Chair). The lively and insightful discussion touched on the common need and desire for ASEAN and the EU to further strengthen its relationship.