Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

Jakarta Consultation on effective collaboration between health and financial sectors for tobacco control

The Jakarta Consultation on Effective Collaboration between Health and Financial Sectors for Tobacco Control, which was held in Jakarta, Indonesia on 3 and 4 December 2003, was jointly organized by WHO and the World Bank. This regional meeting brought together representatives of Finance Ministries and Health Ministries from the South-East Asia Region (SEAR) countries.

The WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia initiated a project on the economics of tobacco control in this region. Comprehensive studies on the economics of tobacco control were completed by December 2003 for:

The results of the studies were in part intended to serve as background discussion in order to bring together the Ministries of Health and Finance and develop further coordination between the health and financial sectors in tobacco control related matters.


The Jakarta consultation aimed to:

  • Discuss, with representatives of Ministries of Health and Finance, the feasibility of comprehensive national tobacco-control programmes in line with the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) and explore potential common ground and conflicts of interest;
  • Share new analysis on the economic and health implications of tobacco use and tobacco control in the seven SEAR countries;
  • Increase awareness of the economic implications of the tobacco-control policies, in particular taxation, and encourage intersectoral collaboration between Ministries of Health and Finance; and
  • Identify possible elements of an action plan for a better implementation of tobacco-control policies at the regional and country level.