Monday, May 3, 2021

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Indonesia Competition Commission (ICC) launched a Book on Two Decades of Competition Law Enforcement: Debates and Issues Not Yet Resolved today at a cafe in Central Jakarta. The book compiled by 32 (thirty two) authors contains various issues faced in the implementation of Law No. 5 Year 1999 and the challenges that have not been resolved yet for two decades. The Chairman of ICC during the launching emphasized the importance of the spirit and paradigm of the importance of fair business competition to become a culture in the communities. Besides being attended by the Chairman of ICC, the book launch was also attended by Vice Chairperson of ICC Guntur S. Saragih and several ICC members, namely Kurnia Toha, Chandra Setiawan, and M. Afif Hasbullah as well as several writers contributing to the compiling of the book.

The Minister of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia who on that occasion was represented by her Expert Staff for Law and Institutional Relations, Rina Widiyani Wahyuningdyah, in her remarks underscores the importance of synergy between the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia and ICC in handling the COVID-19 pandemic through national recovery programs both for medium- and long-term programs to materialize the aspirations of Indonesia to get out of the middle-income trap.

ICC co-complemented the book launching activity with a public discussion on business competition and economic recovery. This is in line with the theme of the chairmanship of ICC in the organization of competition authorities in ASEAN in 2021, namely the Safeguarding Competition Policy for Economic Recovery in order to invite other competition authorities to take a big role in the economic recovery through more active advocacy in competition policies. The said discussion caused Prof. Jimly Asshiddiqie to attend, who shared his thoughts on the reform and challenges of competition law, as well as Suroto, the Head of the Association of Strategic Socio-Economic Cadres (AKSES) and Director of Center of People’s Business Cooperative (INKUR) who shared his views on the supervision of MSME partnerships and the acceleration of the national economic recovery.