As the global trend of trade protectionism becomes more apparent, the government, in cooperation with the private sector, is moving to prop up its defense in facing disputes under the WTO. The government, via the Trade Ministry, is currently in the process of setting up a team of legal advisors comprising both local and international lawyers to assist local companies battling dumping accusations from importing countries. The initiative to set up the team was the result of continuing pressure from Kadin, Hidayat said. The situation was equally complicated when local businesses wanted to sue foreign businesses that had allegedly dumped products in the Indonesian market. The government should not only set up a team, but a special agency to take care of trade disputes.
Indonesian Textile Association (API) chairman Benny Soetrisno said the government’s legal assistance might not be necessary “because we are the ones who understand the matter, and the government needs only to talk to its counterpart”.
Source: The Jakarta Post, p.13, September 09, 2009