TPSA Releases Indonesia Gender and Trade Study

TPSA launches the report of its year-long gender and trade study today at the Hotel Le Meridien in Jakarta. The report, Opening the World of Trade to Women: How Gender Affects Trade Benefits for Indonesian SMEs provides an analysis of business-related and gender-based challenges faced by Indonesian women-owned SMEs in running their businesses and in exporting. It offers recommendations to Indonesian government, business associations, and cooperatives to help ensure that women-owned SMEs can participate effectively in domestic and international trade and benefit equitably with men from the opportunities created by trade.

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PT Venamon Boots Welcomed Canadian Ambassador and Featured in Footwear News

The “Indonesian-made boots” described in this Footwear News feature are produced by P.T. Venamon, one of the Indonesian footwear firms that are supported by the Canada–Indonesia TPSA Project. Turkish artist Vahap Avsar is introducing footwear to his  Crypto Spring 2019 collection of messenger bags. Venamon, second-generation, family-owned footwear manufacturer, is one of the premier suppliers to the Indonesian army as well as the local police forces. Now in business for more than 40 years, Venamon meets the challenges of building products for endurance and comfort in one of the wettest climates in the world.


PT Venamon also welcomed Canada’s Ambassador to Indonesia, Peter MacArthur, in May 2018.  Sisters Henny and Lenny Setiadi took Ambassador MacArthur on a tour of their plant and discussed the positive changes they have made with TPSA assistance. Learn more at


TPSA Project Provides Indonesian Testing Labs with an Introduction to Canadian Requirements for Apparel and Footwear Products

To increase footwear and apparel exports to Canada, Indonesian testing labs must ensure that their testing procedures meet Canadian regulatory standards in order to increase footwear and apparel exports to Canada. To help Indonesian footwear and apparel products enter the Canadian market, TPSA organized a program of technical assistance for Indonesian testing labs that evaluate footwear and apparel products for export to Canada. The labs participating in this training gained a firm appreciation and understanding of Canadian requirements through theoretical and hands-on exercises. Learn more at