HISTORY OF INDONESIAN CUSTOMS AND EXCISE EDUCATION AND TRAINING CENTER (RTC INDONESIA)
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Indonesian Customs and Excise Training Center, established in 1966 as “Pusat Pendidikan dan Latihan Direktorat Djenderal Bea dan Tjukai” (PUSPLA DDBT) after the increasing need for a training institution to respond and to identify the officers’ training needs within customs and excise fields. Located at Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta, PUSPLA DDBT is structurally under the Secretariat of Directorate General of Customs and Excise and headed by R.M. Wiratmoko as the first director with the first task to provide education and training for 342 Customs and Excise recruited employees to fill the “Pengatur Pabean” position based on the “Menteri Iuran Negara (now known as Minister of Finance) Decree Number KB/UM/KP/1307 on February 6, 1966. To add discipline value, the students were trained by “Resimen Para Komando Angkatan Darat” now known as “Komando Pasukan Khusus Tentara Nasional Indonesia” (Kopassus TNI-Special Force of the Army).
Three years later, PUSPLA DDBT is officially moved to a new building located at Rawamangun, East Jakarta with an approximate total area is 4 hectares, where all the infrastructure facilities of the training center are located. At that time, PUSPLA was headed by “Inspektur Dinas Umum” (IRDU) as a director with an improved position level into Echelon II based on the ministerial decree number 505/MK/III/4/1974. However, in 1975 there was a change in the organizational structure of the Ministry of Finance. Based on the ministerial decree number KEP-405/MK/6/4/1975, PUSPLA is now reporting to “Badan Pendidikan dan Latihan Keuangan” (or Financial Education and Training Agency-FETA). Even though structurally under FETA, technically and culturally the Indonesian Customs and Excise Training Center has never been separated from the Directorate General of Customs and Excise (DGCE) administration. This can be seen from the DGCE officials who fill the structural positions at the Indonesian Customs and Excise Training Center, including the position of the director.
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Photo: Paguyuban Alumni Puspla Pasar Minggu
In January 2021, the Indonesian Customs and Excise Training Center is officially become the Regional Training Center (RTC) for the Asia Pacific region after being endorsed by the head of customs administrations in the Asia Pacific region at the 21st WCO A/P Regional Head of Customs Administration Conference on November 12, 2020. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the World Customs Organization and the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia on January 29, 2021.
Having broader scope than that offered before, RTC Indonesia facilitates the follow-up of the World Customs Organization (WCO) programs in the Asia Pacific region by organizing regional customs capacity building programs and domestic classical training courses in a various number of specialized fields through the annual scheduled training programs and other additional courses to meet the training needs that arise every year. It also adopts diverse strategies to promote digital learning activities that result in massive open online courses such as e-learning, distance learning, webinar, and talk show.