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APEC strives to find common ground on Intellectual Property Rights

APEC members sought to find common ground on intellectual property (IP) rights, including the protection and administration of IP rights in the Asia-Pacific region during a dialogue on IP policy, according to a written statement issued by APEC's IPEG and received here on Tuesday. The dialogue was held at the…

Businesses seek lower tax rate to improve competitiveness

Representatives of two business associations have called on the government to lower the rate of corporate income tax so they can manufacture products that can compete in the global market. They claim that the 25 percent tax rate means Indonesian products cannot compete in the global market because neighboring countries…

Indonesia Reviews CEPA after EU Proposes Cap on Palm Oil-Based Biofuels

Indonesia has said it is now reviewing negotiations over the Indonesia-European Union Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IEU-CEPA) in response to a recent European Union proposal to put a cap on palm oil-based biofuels. “We are reviewing [the IEU-CEPA] comprehensively,” Trade Ministry international trade negotiation head Iman Pambagyo said as quoted…

Mandatory Halal Certificates to Take Effect This Year, MUI Reminds

The Indonesian Ulema Council (MU) has reminded all food, medicine and cosmetics manufacturers that they must obtain halal certificates for their products because new halal product legislation will begin to take effect this year.“Based on the law on halal product assurance, halal certification is mandatory this year. Therefore all products…
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