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Technical assistance services for EU-Indonesia Trade Cooperation Facility (TCF)

Governance and Economic Development
EU Delegation; Bappenas
Donor Organisation: 
European Commission (EC)
Associated Enterprises: 
Cardno Emerging Markets
OCO Global
Project Volume: 
Value of Services: 
Start of project: 
June, 2012
End of project: 
December, 2016

The Indonesian Government has called for results-oriented approaches and more focused actions by the civil service. TCF responded with more practical examples of what can be achieved as a part of its capacity building and tested new approaches through pilot projects. The civil service is hampered by historic and cultural attitudes and structures that limit its strategic and practical implementation capacities, hence the value of technical assistance at these stages in the country’s development.

Project details


Overall objective: To support sustainable economic development in Indonesia.

Specific objective: Reform initiatives initiated and/or in place in selected areas related to the improvement of the trade and investment climate in Indonesia, namely: 1. Change management; 2. Trade and investment climate; 3. Policy reform; 4. Organisational and institutional development; 5.EU-Indonesia trade relations.


Capacity building in trade and investment strategic planning

  • Creation of a powerful economic and forecasting model, capable of global, national and provincial analyses and impact studies that are of direct benefit to government policy-making. This bespoke forecasting model is especially useful in developing policy responses to economic scenarios that capture global and domestic economic developments and their potential effect on specific sectors, regions or the Indonesian economy as a whole;
  • Ensured sustainability through set up and training of a dedicated unit and obtaining a Ministry commitment to fund future licensing costs with Oxford Economics’ global economic statistics database and advisory services;
  • Policy research on enhancing trade and investment in global value chains and competitiveness, focusing on natural resources and on integrating Indonesian manufacturing into global/regional production networks.

Support to the Ministry of Trade (MoT)

  • Delivery of a comprehensive capacity-building programme involving 8 key departments and 465 officials covering trade facilitation, trade defence, trade policy and trade negotiations;
  • Focus on strengthening officials in their daily work through knowledge sharing, skills development and provision of tools (standard operating procedures, handbooks, guidelines and checklists);
  • Research and analysis of pertinent trade competitiveness topics and development of policy options to address identified issues, for example on trade remedies matters and results from economic impact assessments;
  • Preparation and wide dissemination of a nation branding strategy, which was recognised as comprehensive and inspiring for developing fresh approaches geared to national objectives.

Support to the Investment Coordination Board (BKPM)

  • Establishment of an EU Desk within BKPM staffed by TCF experts acting as a focal point to assist European companies interested in investing in Indonesia. Assistance was provided to 170 European companies and investment commitments of USD 760 million were made;
  • Development and strengthening of a practical framework for Alternative Dispute Resolution, dispute prevention and mediation, in particular relevant to investor-state disputes;
  • Development of a strategic approach to investment targeting and promotion in Europe through improved coordination between the BKPM Office in London and the Indonesian Embassies in Europe, sector and market prioritisation strategies;
  • Preparation of sector propositions identifying market opportunities and regulations in sectors of interest to European investors: chemicals, food and beverage, geothermal energy, rail, tourism, construction and building materials, automotive, software/ICT, fisheries, smart textiles, hydropower, airports and seaports.

Support to protection of intellectual property rights (IPR)

  • Strengthened capacities, methods and regulations for IP border enforcement and customs protection;
  • Substantially increased knowledge and skills of DG IP officials in all policy, technical and international aspects of Geographical Indications (GIs);
  • Improved GI management skills, traceability system and control plan for Gayo Arabica Coffee, Muntok White Pepper and Sumbawa Honey;
  • Registration of GI logo of Gayo Arabica Coffee in the EU as a Community Trademark. Provision of support to GI Kopi Arabika Gayo as the first Indonesian GI to be protected in the EU;
  • Jointly developed a national GI strategy involving a new and inclusive approach at national and local levels. The strategy was discussed and disseminated to line ministries, regional authorities and sector organisations.

Support to science, technology and innovation

  • Provision of policy advice and practical training for the reinvention of the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) into a leading national agency for technology development;
  • Provision of advice to the Ministry of Industry in developing more market-oriented approaches and organisation;
  • Review and development of effective approaches to science and technology parks policy and developments, and for technology transfer in government and universities;
  • Creation of a concept and establishment of partnership with a fund management organisation for establishing a national fund for innovation;
  • Creating and piloting a new approach to supporting innovation businesses in cities, especially exporting SMEs.

Capacity building for promoting waste to energy (WtE) programmes

  • Strengthened awareness about WtE in key local and central government authorities and the private sector;
  • Resources, guides and studies made available to central and local governments to support the strategic development of WtE projects and as an independent resource of information for potential investors;
  • Strengthened implementation of the President's Decree on Accelerating WtE through a tailor-made guide.

Programme management support

  • A demand-driven approach to project planning, implemented through a series of technical committee meetings and workshops worked extremely well and gave the implementing partners great ownership of the project;
  • Effective utilisation, monitoring and tracking of 3,315 key expert days, 9,599 short-term expert days and EUR 1,998,497 incidental budget;
  • Regular monitoring and evaluation surveys indicated a high degree of satisfaction with implementation;
  • Implementation of a sound approach to visibility, communication and branding of TCF publications and events.
  1. National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas): Improved capacity for strategic planning in trade and investment.
  2. Ministry of Trade: A streamlined and technically strengthened ministry, leading to improved coordination, formulation and implementation of trade policy.
  3. The Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM): Strengthened capacity at BKPM in promoting and facilitating investment.
  4. DG Intellectual Property Rights at Ministry of Law:
  5. Strengthened skills in IPR enforcement and patents, and increased number of registered Geographical Indications (GIs).
  6. Ministry of Science, Research and Technology (RISTEK), Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) and Ministry of Industry (BPPI): Improved innovation policy for RISTEK, strengthened institutional and organisational capacities for BPPT, enhanced support for business formation/development for BPPI.
  7. DG New and Renewable Energies, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR): Upgraded Government of Indonesia capacity in supporting waste to energy projects.