Farmer's Voice

Indonesia: WHO Urges President To Ratify FCTC

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Indonesian Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi said that at an April 1st coordination meeting, WHO Director General Margaret urged President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to ratify the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).  The agency's non-communicable diseases prevention director stated that the ratification will not affect the welfare of tobacco farmers and industries. Nafsiah said she hopes the president will ratify the FCTC soon but "wants all ministries to agree first" (Tempo Interactive 4/2).

Indonesian Trade Minister Muhammad Lutfi said the government is not expected to ratify the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control anytime soon as he and Industry Minister M.S Hidayat believe that the ratification will "cause more harm than good."   Noting that multiple stakeholders are involved in the cigarette industry, Lutfi said leaf growers are only a part of the factors the ministries of trade and industry have to consider before deciding to refuse the FCTC's ratification. "If the president decides we have to ratify the FCTC, that's his authority," Lutfi added. The ministries of trade and industry had earlier challenged the Health Ministry's call to the government to ratify the FCTC, claiming that it would reduce cigarette tax revenue and be detrimental to the cigarette industry (Tempo Interactive 4/8).