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United States-Indonesia Commercial Dialogue Frequently asked questions

What is the purpose of the U.S.-Indonesia Commercial Dialogue?
The U.S.-Indonesia Commercial Dialogue is commercial diplomacy initiative established between the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Indonesian Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs. The Commercial Dialogue is a forum for sharing best practices and building capacity with the goal of expanding trade and investment between the United States and Indonesia.

How does the CD project process work?
Companies or organizations submit ideas for projects or activities that seek to advance the bilateral commercial relationship between the United States and Indonesia. As written proposals are submitted (using a standardized template), members of the private sector Steering Committee first review and vet each proposal; proposals with merit are then sent to government representatives for further review and clearance. The Steering Committees and government representatives each have two weeks to approve or reject a proposal, or to provide comments for modification. Once approved, the project manager from the proposing organization will implement the project with support, as needed, from the CD members. Completed projects are reported to the co-chairs during the Annual Commercial Dialogue plenary meeting. Project proposals are submitted on a rolling basis, and to date have covered a wide range of trade and investment issues from innovation and intellectual property rights protection, to capacity building for energy service companies, to cooperation in welding certification standards.

How do I submit a CD project proposal?
U.S. companies or associations must complete a “CD Project Proposal” form and submit it to one of the U.S. Steering Committee Members.  Forms are available from Steering Committee members, or from the Indonesia desk at ITA.

How are CD project proposals evaluated?
Proposals are evaluated on the basis of promoting the bilateral commercial relationship between the United States and Indonesia.  Proposals must also support at least one of the six CD pillars: investment climate; clean energy and environment; small and medium enterprises; expansion of bilateral commercial activities; entrepreneurship; or industrial cooperation.  Proposals may be declined or recommended for revision if they are in conflict with U.S. regulation or policy, or if they do not further the mission of the Commercial Dialogue.  Successful proposals will be industry- or issue-focused rather than company-centered.

Is there funding available?
The Commercial Dialogue does not provide funding to carry out projects.

When will the next Commercial Dialogue meeting be held?
The 2012 Annual Commercial Dialogue plenary meeting was held on September 25, 2012 in New York.  The 2013 Annual CD Plenary is expected to be held in the second half of the year in Indonesia.  Specific activities that have been initiated either by the private sector or government representatives under the CD will take place throughout the year, and will be reported at the next Plenary Meeting.