ABOUT THE INDONESIAN NOTARY ASSOCIATION (INI)
The INI is the only notary association in Indonesia, which was established on 1 July 1908. It is recognized as a legal person (rechtpersoon) based on Decree of the Government (Gouvernements Besluit) dated 5 September 1908 Number 9. The INI is the official 66th member of the UINL on 30 May 1997 at the Santo Domingo Congress in Dominica.
ABOUT THE ASIAN AFFAIRS COMMISSION OF THE INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NOTARIES (CAAs-UINL)
The CAAs UINL is ratified in Jakarta on 26 October 2011. To date, CAAs consists of 6 member countries: Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, and Mongolia. For the past few years, the CAAs has been inviting several observer countries within the Asia region to attend its plenary conference, including but not limited to Thailand, Cambodia and Laos.
CAAs has the function and objective among which to promote the activities of member notariats in the Asian region, share resources among member countries, conduct notarial-relevant studies, build cooperation with international organization, and support the activities of the UINL in the Asian region and UINL mission in general.
At the 6th Plenary Session of the CAAs held in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, on 8-10 September 2016, the INI in this case the President Mme. Yualita Widyadhari was appointed as the President of the Asian Affairs Commission for the 2017 legislature. One of the work program performed by the Asian Commission for the first quarter of the legislature is holding the first meeting of the CAAs via teleconference, the first initiative to make use of technology for making a more effective and efficient communication among members of the commission.
ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NOTARY (UINL)
The International Union of Notaries (UINL) is a nongovernmental organization. It aims to promote, coordinate and develop the function and activities of notaries throughout the world. It assures their dignity and independence in order to provide a better service to people and society in general. Formed by 19 countries at the time of its establishment in 1948, UINL includes 87 countries as of 20 October 2016.
Directed by a Steering Committee formed by 28 councilors, the decision-making body is the General Meeting of member notariats where each country has one vote regardless of its importance. It also includes a General Council formed by 172 members and continental and intercontinental commissions working from the scientific (vocational training and research), strategic (development), economic (networks and activities) and sociological (human rights and social protection) standpoints.
The President of UINL for 2017-2019 legislatures is José Marqueno from Spain Notariat.
THEME OF THE INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR
The Seminar that will be held for 1 day on 8 September 2017 works around the main theme of “THE ACTUALIZATION OF EASE OF DOING BUSINESS: OPPORTUNITY, CHALLENGE AND ROLE OF NOTARY AND OTHER LEGAL PROFESSIONS IN THE IMPLEMENTATION” The theme is divided into the following sub-themes:
SUB-THEME 1: Foreign Direct Investment Policies and Its Significance in Actualizing Ease of Doing Business. The session will discuss about foreign investment policies in the region with some specificities for Indonesia, and the EODB framework. This session will involve speakers from various levels of decision, strategic and policy makers such as the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Agency, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia, the World Bank, Trade Attaché of foreign Embassies, and Chambers of Commerce.
SUB-THEME 2: The Important Roles of Notary in Assuring Legal Certainty in the Investment Sector: Theory and Practice. The session will discuss about the roles of notaries with regards to doing business or making investment, such as making notarial acts, ensuring legality of foreign documents, case studies on international investment disputes and resolutions, etc. This session will involve speakers from different notariats member of the INI, the UINL and beyond.
SUB-THEME 3: EODB Indicators Directly Related to the Role of Legal Professions. The session will discuss about various roles of legal professions that are directly related to the EODB indicators, which are: Starting a Business; Land and Building Registration; Getting Credit; and Protection of Investors. This session will involve speakers from the Ministry of Justice, Land Agency, Investment Coordinating Agency, and Financial Service Authority.
SUB-THEME 4: Different Stakeholders in the Investment Sector and their Roles in Assuring Legal Certainty in Actualizing Ease of Doing Business. The session will discuss about the assurance of legal certainty in the investment sector among different stakeholders, such as ease of getting business licenses and/or permits, legalization of foreign documents by means of apostille and other diplomatic means, and ease of information. This session will involve relevant public service offices, legal practitioners, international community such as ASEAN, and business sectors.
TARGET PARTICIPANTS OF THE INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR
1. General public
2. Individual member of the UINL
3. Notary member of the INI
4. Extraordinary member of the INI
5. Legal practitioners
6. Law Students
7. Government officials
OBJECTIVE OF THE INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR
The International Seminar aims to reiterate the roles of notary and other legal professions in actualizing favorable investment sector within the overall EODB framework, particularly in assuring legal certainty. In brief, the international seminar has the objective of the following:
- Provide comprehensive, useful insight about balancing ease of doing business and assurance of legal certainty to the government, non-government organizations such as the World Bank and UINL, public and the private sectors;
- Provide normative and practical knowledge in the investment sector for notaries, other legal professions, and other stakeholders;
- Identify challenging factors preventing the fulfillment of the EODB and the solutions to make improvements;
- Promote investment potentials in Indonesia; and
- Develop legal knowledge specific on the investment sectors.
The ease of doing business index is an index created by the World Bank Group. Higher rankings (a low numerical value) indicate better, usually simpler, regulations for businesses and stronger protections of property rights. Empirical research funded by the World Bank to justify their work show that the economic growth impact of improving these regulations is strong.
"Empirical research is needed to establish the optimal level of business regulation—for example, what the duration of court procedures should be and what the optimal degree of social protection is. The indicators compiled in the Doing Business project allow such research to take place. Since the start of the project in November 2001, more than 800 academic papers have used one or more indicators constructed in Doing Business and the related background papers by its authors."