techUK signs Multi-Association Letter on Indonesian Ministry of Finance Regulation 190

techUK joins other tech and business trade associations in expressing its concerns with the Indonesian government‘s new Ministry of Finance Regulation No. 190.

Regulation 190 imposes new customs obligations on imports of intangible goods, such as digital tools, knowledge and content which is transmitted electronically across borders. These barriers to trade increase costs and uncertainty, which prevents the development of the Indonesian digital sector.

techUK, along with trade bodies from the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the US, condemn this move. Unfortunately, this will not just impact foreign businesses, but also limit the access of Indonesians to global services and hurt Indonesian MSMEs and start-ups. A joint study by the OECD and ECIPE show that this move will increase prices and social welfare costs, decrease GDP, and leave Indonesia at risk of retaliatory trade measures, which may not be digitally-based.

We urge the Government of Indonesia to provide greater clarity on the coverage of the intangible goods that are subject to customs duties and the procedural details of the implementation  such as a timeline.

If Indonesia were to reverse these counterproductive measures, and engage in the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework and WTO e-commerce tariff moratorium, the Indonesian digital sector would see a much greater level of investment.

Please find the full letter here.

If members have any questions, please reach out to the techUK trade team via [email protected]

Daniel Clarke

Daniel Clarke

Policy Manager for International Policy and Trade, techUK

Dan joined techUK as a Policy Manager for International Policy and Trade in March 2023.

Before techUK, Dan worked for data and consulting company GlobalData as an analyst of tech and geopolitics. He has also worked in public affairs, political polling, and has written freelance for the New Statesman and Investment Monitor.

Dan has a degree in MSc International Public Policy from University College London, and a BA Geography degree from the University of Sussex.

Outside of work, Dan is a big fan of football, cooking, going to see live music, and reading about international affairs. 

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Sabina Ciofu

Sabina Ciofu

Associate Director – International, techUK

Sabina Ciofu is Associate Director – International, running the International Policy and Trade Programme at techUK.

Based in Brussels, she leads our EU policy and engagement. She is also our lead on international trade policy, with a focus on digital trade chapter in FTAs, regulatory cooperation as well as broader engagement with the G7, G20, WTO and OECD.

As a transatlanticist at heart, Sabina is a GMF Marshall Memorial fellow and issue-lead on the EU-US Trade and Technology Council, within DigitalEurope.

Previously, she worked as Policy Advisor to a Member of the European Parliament for almost a decade, where she specialised in tech regulation, international trade and EU-US relations.

Sabina loves building communities and bringing people together. She is the founder of the Gentlewomen’s Club and co-organiser of the Young Professionals in Digital Policy. Previously, as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community, she led several youth civic engagement and gender equality projects.

She sits on the Advisory Board of the University College London European Institute, Café Transatlantique, a network of women in transatlantic technology policy and The Nine, Brussels’ first members-only club designed for women.

Sabina holds an MA in War Studies from King’s College London and a BA in Classics from the University of Cambridge.

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