INDONESIA INTEGRITY INITIATIVE FORUM 2017 "STRENGTHENING LOCAL ECONOMY THROUGH IMPLEMENTATION OF BUSINESS INTEGRITY"

Surabaya, as the capital of East Java province, currently becomes a major economic growth point in Indonesia. Promoting business practices with integrity to private sectors in Surabaya is one of the important steps to strengthen the economy of Indonesia. Keep raising issues regarding The Issuance of Regulation of the Indonesia Supreme Court No. 13/2016 (Peraturan Mahkamah Agung or PERMA 13/2016), IBL conducted Indonesia Integrity Initiative Forum 2017 Surabaya on October 10th 2017 at Surabaya, to provide a dialogue forum for private sectors about business integrity practices. In addition, the forum is also conducted to introduce Indonesia Integrity Initiative as one of the collective action of private sector to strengthen business integrity as well as invite private sector to get involved in the collective initiative. This forum was attended by 32 people from 27 different institutions.

Head of One Stop Service (PTSP) Surabaya, Eko Agus Supiadi Sapoetro explained various initiatives that have been undertaken by Surabaya local government to improve the culture of integrity in doing business, such as Surabaya Single Window. In terms of private sector business actors, Deputy Regional Compliance Officer PT. Siemens Indonesia, Mr. Arif Panggiharso, shared about Siemens's experiences in dealing with bribery scandals and how Siemens rose, build and strengthen its integrity practices. Director of PT. Bumi Irsa Prakarsa, Mr. Andira Reoputra completes the dialogue by giving his experience as a local businessman in Surabaya. The dialogue session was followed by a DUKU workshop delivered by Mr. Barliana Amin from Alliance for Integrity. The workshop was conducted with the aim of providing a point of view related to various types of corruption, as well as how the business world can avoid the risk of corruption itself. From discussions and business integrity surveys, licensing and procurement still occupy the top positions as areas that are vulnerable to unethical conduct. The government is following up on this by simplifying the licensing system through PTSP and the procurement system openness through electronic procurement. However, it should be noted that the government must maintain a balance between the ease of the licensing process and the quality of its output.

In line with the those activities, on the second day of KPK through PROFIT Initiative organize the Establishment of Regional Advocacy Committee of East Java. This advocacy committee seeks to invite local governments and business actors through the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of East Java to sit together to find solutions to the various obstacles of investment development and business world integrity as well as the intricacies of other private sector issues. On this occasion IBL launched Consultation Desk, a channel where private sector can ask questions/inquiries, get information, and deliver their complaints with regards to anti-corruption initiatives and efforts in strengthening integrity as well as business ethics in private sector. The Consultation Desk project aims at providing business sectors with technical support to prevent corruption and strengthen business ethics through the establishment of a consultation desk mechanism and related services.

Consultation Desk is implemented by Indonesia Business Links (IBL) and supported by KPK.  The main objective of the Consultation Desk is to provide business sector with technical assistance in order to strengthen its business integrity practices and to minimize the risk of corruption/fraud. This platform is named SOLUSI and provide three main channels that easily accessible by the public, through website (www.solusi.indonesiaintegrityinitiative.org), email (solusi@indonesiaintegrityinitiative.org), and call center (08-111-35-35-33). SOLUSI will also utilize social media platforms as means to reach and promote the platform to its targeted user.