On 27 June 2019, EuroCham organized monthly meeting of Energy Working Group. Taking a place at Mercantile Club, the meeting invited a guest speaker, Mr. Ida Bagus Kesawa Narayana as a Supervisory Board of Regional-Owned State Enterprises in Province of Bali. In this meeting, Narayana shared his views on The Bali Renewable Energy and Independence – Plans and Opportunities for Investment. The government of Bali is now also conducting efforts to encourage energy independence through clean energy. Mr. Thomas Wagner as the Head of Energy Working Group wished that the strategy in Bali could be followed by other provinces particularly to achieve sustainable electricity and non-electricity systems as well as to reach the target of national renewable energy.
The group met on 21 June 2019 to share and coordinate advocacy efforts conducted on taxation, customs, and cross-border procedures relevant to the sector. On taxation, the group maintains close engagement with the Ministry of Finance and Directorate General of Tax to monitor the development of application of zero percent vat based on Regulation No. 32/2019, development of draft regulations on tax incentives for vocational training and R&D, as well as longstanding taxation issues in the sector such as the administrative burden that come from the collection of withholding tax. The group is monitoring several draft regulations currently being developed by the Customs, as well as shared latest updates in the practice of obligation to submit Certificate of Origin, and Cargo Manifest to the Customs.
The group ended the meeting with an election of a new Deputy Head. The meeting agreed to elect Mr. Michael Herrmann (Managing Director of GEODIS) who will be active leading advocacy efforts on Education and Vocational Training issues in the sector.