In the context of world
trade, the countries that are able to compete with the international standard basis will be easier to dominate the
global market. Based on this assumption, many countries fight for their national
standard to be adopted as an international standard, so that the market access
for their export products become wider.
That principle also applied
on the world food standard that its stipulation is negotiated in the Codex
Alimentarius Commission organization forum based in Rome. The world agency affiliated with WHO and FAO has a primary mission which is providing security for consumers of the
International community through the stipulation of the health standard for food products.
The optimization of the role and leadership of Indonesia in Codex
sessions continues to be conducted, among others through the capacity building
event for RI delegation members, as held in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
office, Pejambon (18/4) through the cooperation of the National Standardization
Agency as the Indonesian focal point of Codex and focal point of Codex
Indonesia as the Indonesian National Codex Committee.
“The capacity building of RI
delegations in the Codex sessions becomes an important part of Indonesian
economic diplomacy effort, moreover when considering that the Codex standard
also be the reference of two important agreements in WTO that are binding the
international trading people, those are Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary
Measures (SPS) and Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT),” thereby
delivered by the Director of Commerce, Commodities and Intellectual Property,
MoFA Tri Purnajaya
in the opening of the activity.
“Indonesia as a big country
has had an active role in Codex, Indonesia even has placed its representative
as the Chairperson of that international organization. Such role has to be
maintained and improved. The mission to reach Indonesia’s interests in Codex
now and in the future has to be reached by design, not by accident.” It was
delivered by the Deputy of Standards and Accreditation of National
Standardization Agency, Kukuh SA in the briefing in the beginning of the activity.
In the activity, the
participants who came from many related ministries and institutions got the
material about the handling of Codex specific issues from Secretariat Codex
Contact Point Indonesia’s speaker, and material about negotiation technique and
court procedure from Indonesian senior diplomat, Ambassador Soemadi D.M.
This capacity building
activity is a cooperation of National Standardization Agency and MoFA as the
part of National Codex Committee of Indonesia to keep strengthening
multilateral negotiation in order to support the improvement of Indonesian
economic diplomacy. The materials which have been delivered were expected to
increase the insight and knowledge of the participants in preparing national
position and fighting for Indonesian interests in various Codex committee
meeting. (Dit. PPKI/Yo2k)