However, we have to be fully aware that Indonesia is also currently facing the AFTA Year 1915, where ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) will be effective and takes place. As we are aware the AFTA Council has agreed that the target dates to achieve this free trade Area is 2015 for 6 original members and 2018 for newer members.This will create an intergrated market where there shall be free flow of goods and services within the Region; Thus, in the Year 2015, Indonesia will face the Asean Free Trade Area where all the South East Asian Countries will eliminate intraregional tariffs and non tariff barriers among the members of this Southeast Asian Countries; It means that they plan to intergrate the ecomomies in this region into a single production base and regional market; AFTA goal is to increase Asean competitiveness with the other Global Regional Integrated Area, to attract investments and jack-up the trade between members of this AFTA; The Real Big Question : is Indonesia ready for these AFTA Era ? Compared to the Asean members itself, the business environment climate in Indonesia which includes the lack of infrastructure, the long period to start up a business, the bureaucratic process, the inconsistency in the regulatory framework, the non-integrated communications between the inter department sectors, the mental attitude of the local as well as central government officers which needs more transparency, as well as switching their mentality from seeking power and respects as Government Officers which had caused non efficiency and high costs economy, and results non competitiveness of Indonesia within the Asean region, to become into focusing to provide good quality public services to the business investors, stakeholders and players in speeding the processing permits, registrations process, approving Plan for Development (POD) in the Energy Sectors, Oil and gas and Mining sectors to enable to Indonesia to be more competitive with the other Asean Member countries,
- As a Professional Business Lawyer practicing as Legal Consultant to Clients for more than 15 Years through Suleiman Agung & Co (SACO LAW FIRM) , and 15 Years as In House Legal Counsel in Private Companies, and Law Firms, the Writer of this Blog feels that Indonesia needs much more dedicated public servants who are really serious and have the strong mental behavior, attitude which must be far from arrogance in serving the needs of the investors to have a more welcoming, non-bureaucratic attitude to enable Indonesia to reach the same level of professionalism as we may found in other members of the Asean Countries in facing the coming AFTA 2015 Era.
Jakarta, 10 June 2013