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December 6, 2019

ACEC Wins Indonesian Regulatory Change During Southeast Asia Trade Mission

ACEC Wins Indonesian Regulatory Change During Southeast Asia Trade Mission

During the U.S. Commerce Department trade mission to Southeast Asia last month, ACEC Chair Mitch Simpler and former Chair Manish Kothari’s won a regulatory change to help U.S. engineering firms operating in Indonesia.

The Indonesian regulation required shareholders of foreign engineering services firms to have the same professional licenses as those held by the company in which they hold shares. This posed a problem for many U.S. firms because if the parent firm has an engineering license but one of its subsidiaries has a construction license it would be in conflict with the rule.

Simpler and Kothari raised the issue with U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who then discussed it in a one-on-one meeting with the minister in charge of maritime and investment affairs. Following the meeting, the minister committed to resolving the issue by the end of the year.

Click here to read an ENR article covering the Council's achievement.


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