Viet Tri City, Vietnam—Recent months have seen many attempts including strong encouragement to students to engage in international conferences, besides, student exchange, so as to improve their intellectual capacity as well as to give them greater exposures to the competitive world.

The desired outcome of said attempt has currently been achieved as one of IPIEF students, Resty Tamara Utami (Batch 2015) was able to present her seminal work concerning international trade in the 9th International Conference on Socio-Economic and Environmental Issues in Development held in Viet Tri City, Vietnam on 11-12 May 2018. This international event has jointly been organized by Khon-Kaen University, Thailand and National Economics University.

Due to large number of participants who took part in this agenda reaching well above 300 paper presenters, this agenda could thus be regarded as well-attended conference. Of 300 presenters, Resty was one who presented her paper entitled Trade and Environment in Indonesia: Case Study of EU-Indonesia Free Trade Agreement.

Asked about the primary aim of writing this paper, she explained: “The international trade agreement that has been reached by Indonesia and European Union could probably contribute to environmental damages. Yet, study on the relation between trade and environmental issue has yet to be further discussed. My paper therefore aimed to examine the extent to which export-import activities between Indonesia and EU can bring about harmful effect on environment. Essentially, there are strict rules agreed by both parties, which stipulates the need for completing thorough assessment before conducting the trade, and yet the agreed terms and condition might not be fulfilled.”

Resty added that Estimated Pollution Intensity was used to examine which sector is considered the most polluted, moderate and the lowest one. Based on the research findings, it could be explained that international trade in chemical manufacturing has been the biggest contributor to the environmental damages, followed by mineral and vegetables at the second and third position, respectively.

“Throughout 2016, export in chemical industry saw a sudden decline however it still contributes to the potentially harmful effect to the environment”, Resty outlined the persistence of detrimental effect stemming from chemical manufacturing based on her recent finding.

The work by Resty has been conducted under the supervision from Dyah Titis Kusumawardani, MIDEC, lecturer at IPIEF. [Aw]