AIC Submits Comments on Government Regulation no. 80 on e-Commerce (“GR 80”) (25 February 2020)

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The Asia Internet Coalition (AIC) submitted comments on Government Regulation no. 80 on e-Commerce (“GR80”) to the Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia and the Ministry of Trade. AIC has been actively engaging with the Government of Indonesia on several policy issues and has contributed to policy dialogues and development to promote the country’s digital economy. In the past, we have submitted key recommendations on best practices, particularly on data protection, cybersecurity, e-commerce and taxation, and we appreciate the government to consider our inputs in the policymaking process. We commend the government on its principled approach in formulating the regulation, with an aim to stimulate the e-commerce sector in the country. These efforts are critical, particularly at a time when cross-border trade and dataflows have taken a centre stage in Indonesia’s digital economy development, which is the largest and fastest-growing in the region and expected to reach $130 billion by 2025. However, some of the proposed provisions raise significant concerns in relation to consistency, fairness and transparency.