On 22 April 2019, the Pharmaceutical and Medical Technology Working Group held its regular meeting at Astrazeneca Indonesia office. The meeting was set up in new format with breakout sessions to encourage more active discussion from all participants, encompassing key topic such as Halal Law implementation, Local Content Regulation for Pharmaceutical, and National Health Insurance pricing issues in parallel. Some inputs were collected from different perspectives of the members and at the end the group agreed to convey few points to relevant institution/ministry in order to accommodate the group advocacy, particularly on Local Content Regulation for Pharmaceutical and Halal Law implementation.
The meeting invited guest speakers from BPJS Health, Andina Rahmaniyah, who provide updates on National Health Insurance (JKN), and Ronald Rofinadri from PSHK who shared legislation insight in Indonesian House of Parliament during the transitional period. The next meeting scheduled in June, will be hosted by Abbott.
The tax and finance sub-group within the Transport and Logistics Working Group held their regular meeting on Monday, 15 April 2019. The first topic of this meeting was the issuance of the Minister of Finance Regulation No. 32/PMK.010/2019 on Scope of Activities and Taxable Exported Services that should be imposed by VAT that has been effective since March 2019. According to this regulation, Freight Forwarding Services for export purposes is subject to 0% VAT. However, member companies assessed that some clarifications regarding the implementation is required at the technical level.
In the second session, the group also invited Mitra Pajakku to provide updates on electronic tax certificate (e-bukti potong) and integration of commercial invoice and tax invoice, along with discussion updates on host to host. Mitra Pajakku in this opportunity was represented by Devinta Bastian and Hartanto. Overall discussion was moderated by Sugyanto Halim from DB Schenker as the Deputy Head for Tax, Finance, and Investment of the Transport and Logistics Working Group.