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Dubai, Saudi Arabia to Hong Kong Ready to Invest in Indonesia’s Property According to Real Estate Indonesia (REI), a lot of foreign developers intend to expand their businesses in Indonesia either through a cooperation or direct investment. REI Chairman Soelaeman Soemawinata said in Jakarta on Wednesday (5/9) there are four countries seriously want to develop their businesses in Indonesia, namely Japan, Hong Kong, Dubai and Korea. In the Indonesia Dubai Real Estate Investment Forum held in Dubai recently, 16 property projects in Indonesia worth Rp128.96 trillion were offered to the investors. The projects include Anai International Resort in Padang (West Sumatra), Mandeh Resort Paradise in Mandeh (West Sumatra), Tanjung Buton Forest City in Dumai (Riau), Alam Sutera Realty Serpong (Banten), and Garuda Wisnu Kencana (Bali), Citra Plaza Kemayoran City (Jakarta), Citra Towers Kemayoran Business District (Jakarta), Kota Jababeka (Cikarang, West Java), Eureka Creative City (Jakarta), Jimbaran Village (Bali), Multi Business Strategy (Jakarta), Integrated Concept Office SOHO Residential (South Tangerang, Banten), Pekanbaru Park (Riau), and Housing Finance Company. “From Hong Kong, some developers even have signed the contracts,” Eman said, adding that the developers from Saudi Arabia have shown interest as well. He further said that the increasing number of foreign developers interested to invest in Indonesia was driven by the improving investment climate in Indonesia with its population of about 250 million as a potential market. To attract more investors, Indonesia will also host the FIABCI Business Meeting in Bali in December 2018, scheduled to be opened officially by President Joko Widodo. “The meeting in Bali will be a momentum to introduce the potential of the tourism-based property sector to the international developers,” said Eman, adding that Indonesia will offer the development projects of the ‘10 New Balis’ during the meeting. “The special economic zones also the ones to be promoted as each of them has a big potential,” he said. (OKZ/ TPP)

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“We want the people of Indonesia to feel the fruit of development and proud to be citizens of the Republic of Indonesia” President Joko Widodo

President Jokowi: As Member of UNSC, We Will Actively Maintain World Order President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has declared Indonesia’s commitment to serve in maintaining the world order after being elected as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the period of 2019-2020. The commitment was sad by the president on his personal Twitter account @jokowi. “Alhamdulillah (Thank God), Indonesia is elected as a non-permanent member of the UNSC. We will serve to maintain the world order based on freedom, eternal peace, and social justice,” Jokowi said on Saturday (6/9). This is the fourth time Indonesia was elected as a nonpermanent member of the UN Security Council. Indonesia previously held the position

in 1973-1974, 1995-1996, and 2007-2008. Indonesia managed get support from 144 countries of the totaled 190 member countries of the organization which is based in New York, United States. Indonesian competitor was Maldives but the country got 46 votes only. Together with Indonesia, four other countries elected as non-permanent members of the UNSC are Germany, Belgium, South Africa and the Dominican Republic. The five

countries will replace Bolivia, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands and Sweden. Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi, who represents Indonesia at the UN meeting, said that the government will carry four focuses while taking the UNSC seat. First, strengthen the ecosystem of peace and global stability. Second, seeks to increase the synergy between regional organizations with the UNSC in maintaining the peace.

In addition to the four focuses, of course the issue of Palestine will be the concern of Indonesia while carrying out its duties as a non-permanent member of the UNSC”

Third, encourage the formation of a comprehensive global approach to combating terrorism, radicalism and extremism. Fourth, encourage the global partnerships to achieve synergy between peace-building and sustainable development activities. “In addition to the four focuses, of course the issue of Palestine will be the concern of Indonesia while carrying out its duties as a non-permanent member of the UNSC,” said Retno. (SETKAB/TPP)

Economists Project Economic Growth in Second Quarter of 2018 to Reach 5.2% The household consumption which will increase in the second quarter of this year due to Eid al-Fitr holiday is expected to become the main motor of the economic growth for the period of April-June 2018. The economists have projected that the economic growth in the second quarter of 2018 would reach 5.2 percent, higher than the projection of Bank Indonesia (BI) at 5.15 percent. Eric Sugandi, Asian Development Bank Institute’s Project Consultant said on Sunday (5/27) the economic growth would be driven mostly by the household consumption which

historically was always rising during Ramadan and Eid alFitr. Additionally, Eric said, the

investment and government spending, according to the previous pattern, will improve in the second quarter of this

year. “Compared to the previous quarter, the investment may slow down, but I expect year on year (YoY) will increase because this year’s demand is better.” Hence, Eric is optimistic that the Indonesian economy will grow 5.2% -5.3% this year, which is also higher than BI’s 5.2% projection. Meantime Bhima Yudhistira Adhinegara, a researcher at the Institute for Economic Development and Finance (Indef) has predicted that the economic growth in April-June 2018 will be in the range of 5.1% -5.2%. The driver will be the higher household consumption due

to increasing holiday allowance (THR) for Civil Servants (PNS), TNI, and Police and pensioners. However new school year may hold back the growth. “There is no guarantee the THR money to be spent for consumption. It may be saved for paying the tuition,” said Bhima, adding the household consumption is expected to be in the range of 4.9%. He also predicted the economic growth this year would only reach 5.1%, considering that the rising imports have been pressuring the net export. “Regarding investment, the political years usually hold back the investments.” (KTN/TPP)

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Indonesia-China Business Summit, Jusuf Kalla: China is Largest Trading Partner Since 2017 and Still is

Vice President Jusuf Kalla chaired a limited meeting with several cabinet ministers on Friday (20/4). The meeting was attended by Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution, Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita, Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignatius Jonan, Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi, Agriculture Minister Amran Sulaiman, and Research, Technology and Higher Education Minister Mohamad Nasir. “This meeting discusses our future economic policy, what should be done in terms of our relationship with other countries,” said Jusuf Kalla when opening the meeting

President Releases Indonesian Exports with Large Ships in Tanjung Priok President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT) Tanjung Priok Port, Jakarta, Tuesday (15/5) inspected port infrastructure and officially released large vessel carrying export commodities from Indonesia to target countries. The CMA CGM Tage vessel that serves direct call route will depart from JICT Terminal of Tanjung Priok Port Jakarta to final destination of Los Angeles, USA, carrying 4,300 TEUs of footwear, garment products, electronic products and many other products. President Jokowi in his remarks explained that the re-

lease of the large vessel shows good and resilient economic progress. The President added that the direct call export is very efficient and involves large volume of goods. “It will significantly reduce the logistics costs,” the President said. Managing Director of Stateowned port operator (Pelindo) said that each container saves about 300 US dollars while President Jokowi expressed his hope that the vessel will improve the competitiveness of domestic products comparing to products from other countries and will increase Indonesian export volume. President Jokowi also asserted that the export to the

United States highlighted Indonesia’s strategic role in geoeconomic of Indo-Pacific region. “As the largest country in Southeast Asia, Indonesia continuously move to make the Indo-Pacific region as one of the main sources of economic growth and the center of world trade and industry,” the President explained, adding that the Government will increase export volume in order to improve economic growth of Indonesia. On the occasion President Jokowi, accompanied by Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi, Minister of Trade Enggartiasto Lukita, Minister of Industry Airlang-

The president reemphasized the importance of mutually beneficial economic cooperation and currently we are negotiating the Indonesia-EU CEPA.” ga Hartarto, and Minister of State-Owned Enterprises Rini Soemarno, pressed siren button symbolizing official release of 2018 Direct Call Indonesian Export at Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT) of Tanjung Priok Port, North Jakarta.

at the Vice President’s Office, Jalan Medan Merdeka Utara. According to Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution, the two-hour meeting discussed internal settlements related to Indonesia’s international economic cooperation with several countries. “The topics include Indonesia-Australia cooperation called Indonesia-Australia CEPA, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership or RCEP, the collaboration between ASEAN with six countries of India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and the Free Trade Agreement or FTA with European countries of Switzerland and Norway. So, there were many to discuss in the meeting,” said Darmin. (TRB/TPP)

President Jokowi Inaugurated Indonesian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of South Africa Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, has inaugurated Ambassador Salman Al Farisi as Indonesian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of South Africa and Republic of Botswana, Kingdom of Lesotho, and Kingdom of Swaziland. The inauguration was held at the Presidential Palace on Wednesday (2/5). The inauguration was at-

tended by Ministers of Kerja Cabinet, 1st Echelon Officials of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and other invitees. Ambassador Salman Al Farisi is a career diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Recently, he is positioned as Special Advisor to the Minister on Institutional Relations​and formerly as Indonesian Ambassador to United Arab Emirate. (KEMLU/TPP)

President Jokowi Inaugurates Navy Chief and Deputy Chief Justice

President Jokowi Wants the Smart City to be able to Build a Better Community Lifestyle By taking advantage of the advances in technology, the Smart City Network at ASEAN level should be able to build a better mindset and public attitude and become a sustainable city in accordance with local needs, potentials and wisdom”, said President Joko Widodo in the Plenary Session of the 32nd ASEAN Summit, Singapore, 27 April 2018. Furthermore, the President emphasized the importance of the program to involve community empowerment as the main actors of development. On the same occasion, the President also touched upon the need for a regional coopera-

tion framework in the field of cyber security. The protection of personal data was the key element of cooperation that should be strengthened to counter the threat of misuse of personal data.Moreover, as the host of the IMF-World Bank Annual Meeting in October, the President also invited the ASEAN Leaders to attend the ASEAN Leaders’ gathering (ALG) that would be held on 11 October 2018 in Bali. Through this meeting, Indonesia expected ASEAN to enhance cooperation with the IMF, World Bank and the UN in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and demonstrate the success of ASEAN economic in-

tegration and regional financial stability.Meanwhile, at the Retreat Session on 28 April 2018, President Joko Widodo raised the issue of the importance of ASEAN to develop a framework for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region. It was emphasized that ASEAN, located at the fulcrum of the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean, should be able to actively contribute to the development of an open, inclusive, transparent regional architecture while respecting the international laws. The centrality and unity of ASEAN and the ASEAN-led mechanism should be put forward in exploring the enhancement of cooperation in the field

of development economics and in addressing maritime security threats.The implementation of the 32nd ASEAN Summit has a strategic aspect, as this Summit will be the first Summit after the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of ASEAN in 2017. In addition to attending the 32nd ASEAN Summit, President Joko Widodo also attended the 11th Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand-Growth Triangle (IMTGT) Summit aimed at promoting sub-regional infrastructure development, optimizing cooperation in agro-industry, tourism and the digital economy and improving the quality of human resources. (KEMLU/TPP)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo inaugurated Vice Admiral Siwi Sukma Adji as Navy Chief of Staff (KSAL) and Sunarto as Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (MA) for Non-Judicial Affairs at the State Palace, Jakarta, Wednesday (23/5). Siwi Sukma Adji was born in Cimahi on 14 May 1962. He previously served as Commander General (Danjen) of the TNI Academy. He was installed to replace Admiral Ade Supandi, who will retire on 1 June. The President has upgraded the rank of Siwi Sukma Adji to Admiral through Presidential Decree (Keppres) Number 44 / TNI / 2018. On the occasion, President Jokowi also inaugurated Supreme Court Justice Sunarto as Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court for Non-Judicial Affairs through Presidential Decree Number

96 / P / 2018. In the election at the Supreme Court last April, Sunarto defeated 9 other candidates in the first round and defeated Justice Andi Samsan Nganro on a 24-21 vote in the last round. Also present during the inauguration were Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut B. Pandjaitan, Minister of State Secretary Pratikno, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko, Commander of the Indonesian National Defence Force (TNI) Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, Chief of the Indonesian National Police General Tito Karnavian, Air Force Chief of Staff (KSAU) Marshal Yuyu Sutisna, Army Chief of Staff (KSAD) General Mulyono, and Speaker of the People’s Consultative Asembly (MPR) Zulkifli Hasan. (SETKAB/TPP)

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NATIONAL Government Aff irms to Press Cigarettes to Protect Society

PUBLISHER S. D. Darmono COMMISSIONER Agus Canny Muljadi Suganda SENIOR ADVISOR Yuwono Sudarsono, Ermaya Suradinata, Sugiharto, Bacelius Ruru, Komaruddin Hidayat, Cosmas Batubara, Budi Susilo Soepandji, Scott Younger, Ali Basyah Suryo, Djoko Nugroho, Jony Oktavian Haryanto, Samsul Hadi

The Health Ministry and the local governments have made efforts to protect communities from the adverse effects of tobacco consumption by issuing the Regulation on Non-Smoking Areas (KTR), including health care facilities, classrooms, places of worship, places for children, public transport, workplace, public places and some others. Up to now, there have been 19 provinces and 309 regencies/cities which apply the regulation. Health Minister Nila Farid Moeloek awarded Pastika Parama to 11 regional leaders in an event to commemorate the World No Tobacco

Day which was integrated with World Hypertension Day and World Thalassemia Day at the Health Ministry Building, Jakarta, on Thursday (5/31). The 11 regional leaders were considered well in implementing the KTR regulation in their respective territories. They are the leaders of 1) Bali Province; 2) Lampung Province; 3) West Tulang Bawang Regency, Lampung; 4) Pringsewu Regency, Lampung; 5) West Lampung Regency, Lampung; 6) Probolinggo City, East Java; 7) Lubuklinggau City, South Sumatra; 8) Tanah Laut Regency, South Kalimantan; 9) Hulu Sungai Selatan Regency, South

Finance Minister Recognized as Digital Economy Driver

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Palm oil has an important role in the Indonesian economy. According to Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, the commodity potentially generates revenue up to US$60 billion in a year. That potential will be realized if Indonesia can increase the productivity of oil palm plantations, especially the small-scale ones managed by the farmers because their average production only 1.8 - 2 tons per hectare, while plantations managed by companies can reach 5 - 7 tons per hectare. If, the productivity of people’s palm plantations is increased to 4-6 tons per hectare, it will add 40-45 million tons to the production of Indonesian palm oil. “If the quality is maintained

high, the price will be US$800 US$850 per ton. So, it will generate state revenue at US$45 billion. With additional revenue from derivative products, it will reach US$60 billion,” said Luhut at the Seminar of Sustainable Business Challenges in Improving Palm Oil Performance, on Tuesday (5/8). He added that CPO has a big contribution to Indonesia’s state revenue. Although coal is currently still on top, but the palm oil position is constant year by year. In 2017, Indonesia’s palm oil exports reached US$18.5 billion or equivalent to 31 million tons, with India, European Union and China as the largest destination markets. In fact, the exports to India reached 7.6 million tons,

Europe 5 million tons, and China 3.7 million tons. However, Luhut acknowledged that Indonesia still faces various obstacles in exporting the palm oil commodity. One of them is that the European Union is considering to restricting the use of palm oil in the biodiesel marketed in the continent. In addition, India also has raised the import tariffs for CPO and its derivatives to 44% and 54%. Luhut said the government will continue to apply aggressive trade diplomacy by promoting dialogue and lobbying, especially in explaining the steps have already taken by the government to encourage the implementation of sustainability principles in the palm oil industry. (KTN/TPP)

Minister Bambang Explains Approved Projects of North Sumatera

The essence of RKP 2019 is equality. All the priority programs are oriented to reduce the gap between income groups and between regions.”

In a meeting of North Sumatra’s development plan recently, National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro explained the projects proposed by North Sumatra which have been approved and included in the Government Work Plan (RKP) 2019. “The essence of RKP 2019 is equality. All the priority programs are ori-

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Kalimantan; 10) Bantaeng Regency, South Sulawesi; and 11) Bintan Regency. In the fourth year of the regulation enactment, the public health warning (PHW) is renewed in the hopes of raising the awareness of

smokers and non-smokers about the dangers of smoking for health. Through the images that are simple, relevant, and easy to remember, it is expected to illustrate the aspects that need to be known by everyone. ‘’ Today I will make changes on the PHW printed on the cigarette packaging,” said the minister. The previous 5 images are replaced with 3 new images and 2 of them are the impact experienced first-hand by two people living in Indonesia. ‘’ This step is intended to emphasize that the diseases caused by tobacco consumption also occur in Indonesia,’’ the minister added. (TPP)

Minister Luhut: Palm Oil Has Potential to Generate Revenue at US$60 Billion Per Year



Today I will make changes on the PHW printed on the cigarette packaging,” said the minister.”

ented to reduce the gap between income groups and between regions,” Bambang said. The central government only approved the development programs proposed by the regions which were considered supporting the 5 national priorities: 1. Human development, 2. Connectivity and maritime affairs, 3. Added value, 4. Energy Resilience, and 5.

Security. North Sumatera’s programs to support the human development are, among others, fulfilling the rights of children in getting information, helping underprivileged students, building public libraries, improving the health services for mothers and babies. In connectivity, the programs are the construction of Bus Stops

for Trans Mebidang (Medan-Binjai-Deli Serdang), rehabilitating the local Fish Seed Ponds (BBI) and the waterways through them. To add value to the raw products of agriculture, simple industry, and tourism, the programs of North Sumatra are developing entrepreneurship, enhancing and empowering the homestays in Lake Toba area, empowering women and people with disabilities, building regional-based business incubations, and providing the seeds of Vannamei/Whiteleg shrimp. In energy resilience, the programs are the rehabilitation of tertiary irrigation networks and the development of Micro Hydro Power Plant (PLTMH). Meanwhile, to sup-

port the National Priority 5 of security, North Sumatra’s programs are educating and training the environment monitoring officials, and the supervision of fishing vessels through the issuance of Operation Feasible Letters (SLO) by the local fisheries supervisor at the Fish Landing Center. “The implementation of the programs needs to be integrated in a planning map and in a synergy with the national priority programs. To fund the programs, we have to be creative in finding alternative financing sources, either the scheme of government and business entities cooperation (KPBU), non-government budget financing (PINA), or others,” Minister Bambang said. (BPN/TPP)

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has been honored as one of the leading digital economy drivers by Kata Data, a company running business on online media and researches in the economy and business. The award was given at the event of 6th Anniversary of Kata Data with the theme “Transformation of Indonesia Toward Digital Giant” in Jakarta on Tuesday (5/9). The finance minister was selected to receive the award based on five considerations. First, she provides incentives and tax advantages for the digital industry players. Second, she allocates budget for the development of broadband networks in Indonesia. Third, she increases the development budget for Indonesian Human Re-

sources (HR) development to keep up with the technological advances. Fourth, the minister is considered responsive to the progress of the digital economy, including actively urging the bureaucrats to techliterate. Fifth, she is progressive in public communication through the new social media platforms, such as Vlog, Facebook Live, and InstaStory. In addition to the finance minister, the same award was also given to two other state officials, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti and Communication and Informatics Minister Rudiantara. From the private sector, the three start-up companies were given the award, namely Gojek, Bukalapak, and Tokopedia. (MENKEU/

BKPM Loosens Terms of Digital Sector Investment The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) will relax the requirements for investors in the sector of digital economy or ecommerce. The ease is expected to boost the realization of investment in the emerging digital economy sector. This year, BKPM targets the investment realization in e-commerce to reach Rp765 trillion. Head of BKPM Thomas Trikasih Lembong said the ease is in the form of eliminating rule about fixed address of a company to adjust to the trend of working in a co-working space. “Some start-ups work in a co-working space or in other places,” said Thomas at Ballrom Djakarta Theater XXI Jakarta, on Tuesday (5/8). He added there are also other obstacles in the digital business in Indonesia but that the authority of local governments to eliminate them, especially DKI Jakarta because 95% of digital investments are in Jakarta. “Last Friday I signed a Memorandum of Understanding between BKPM and the Jakarta Provincial Government in an agreement that the company address can be the address

of co-working space,” Thomas said. The digital economic investment in Indonesia started from zero rupiah and then after about four years it jumped to US$2 billion-US$3 billion per year. “So, 15% -20% of our total investment each year is in the e-commerce and digital economy,” he added. BKPM is committed to maintaining the realization of investment in e-commerce sector. It is estimated that the ecommerce investments will keep increasing in the next 4-6 years. CoFounder & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Qlapa Benny Fajarai said the government needs to relax the rules to support the development of e-commerce, especially those related to the tax and investment policy. Benny was questioning the rule about fixed capital provisions in the digital sector. According to him, most of the capital in this sector is spent as working capital. “When a foreign investment comes in, it should be reported whether it’s a fixed capital or working capital, because the domestic investors like us usually only rent the working facility and our main asset is human capital,” Benny said. (KTN/TPP)

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INTERNATIONAL INTERNATIONALBRIEF RI Embassy in Beijing Ready to Facilitate Indonesia Study in Xiamen, China

Industry Minister Hopes Smart Embassy Can be Applied in All RI Embassies

The Indonesian Ambassador to China, Djauhari Oratmangun, visited the Indonesia Study Center at Huaqiao University, Xiamen City. Established in November 2016, the Indonesian Study Center has been doing researches on Indonesia’s politics, security, economy, socio-culture, and bilateral relations with China. “The center’s role is to provide recommendations to the decisionmakers, both the private sector The Indonesian Ambassador to China, and the government. We are comDjauhari Oratmangun mitted to assist and facilitate the Indonesia study center,” Oratmangun said on Sunday (4/29). The Study Center has collaborated with Gadjah Mada University, Maranatha Christian University, Bina Nusantara University, and President University. (KPR/TPP)

Foreign Affairs Ministry and RI Consulate in Hamburg Explore Cooperation with GIGA A delegation of Foreign Affairs Ministry and Indonesian Consulate General in Hamburg visited the headquarters of German Institute of Global Affairs (GIGA) on Monday (4/30) to discuss cooperation. Led by Head of Agency for Policy Review and Development (BPPK) Siswo Pramono and Consul General Bambang Susanto, the delegation was welcomed by Vice President of GIGA Patrick Köllner. The two parties discuss the possibility to cooperate in video conference. Siswo Pramono also explained about Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) and the plan to open Berlin Chapter of BDF on September 14, 2018. (Kemlu/TPP)

Business Community Improves RITurkey Trade Relations To strengthen economic diplomacy in Turkey, Indonesian Consul General Herry Sudradjat met with Turkish business community on May 18-19, 2018 in Bursa Province, one of the main centers of Turkish industry. The meeting was attended by representatives of four big companies, namely Luxev (furniture producer), Super Fresh (food industry), Elart (textile manufacturer), Emre Makina (automotive) and ABS (export import company). The results are Super Fresh will import Indonesia’s marine products, ABS will import rubber, while Emre Makina will explore the possibility to get materials that can be used in its production plant, such as plastic seeds, rubber, chemical, and metal. (TPP)

The Indonesian embassy in Singapore introduced its smart embassy application to Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto during his visit to Singapore on Thursday (5/10). To Airlangga, Indonesian Ambassador to Singapore Ngurah Swajaya said that the application was made to facilitate the protection and services to Indonesian citizens there, as well as to support the economic diplomacy. For the economic diplomacy, the smart embassy application built by the embassy has been

filled with the database of various Indonesia’s export products of non-oil and gas. “This catalog has already listed 3,800 companies that produce thousands of exported superior products, ranging from handicrafts, tea and coffee, industrial products to high-tech ones, including the strategic industrial products,” Ngurah said in the press release on Friday (5/11). “This catalog database can also be used by all representatives of Indonesia as the vanguard of Indonesia’s export

Indonesia Offers Solutions to Overcome Global Challenges at 45th OIC Conference “To deal with the global problems, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) must improve its management and decision-making process,” said Indonesian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. AM Fachir while speaking at the 45th OIC Council of Foreign Ministers Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh on May 5-6. He also offered solutions to overcome some challenges. In politics and security, Fachir proposed the establishment of Contact Group on Peace and Conflict Resolutions. In economy and social, he called for setting up a development center of vaccine and biotechnology products in Indonesia. In the cultural cooperation, Indonesia submitted a resolution on the principle of “moderation” for the promotion of peace,

tolerance and harmonious life at the High-Level Consultation of World Muslims Scholars on Wassatiyat Islam held in Bogor, on May 1-3, 2018. The 45th OIC Conference was opened by the Prime Minister of Bangladesh and was attended by 56 member-states. The meeting resulted in the Dhaka Declaration and several key decisions about Palestine: the OIC joint position and statements to consistently help provide material resources to support the Palestinian cause and strongly condemn the unilateral US decision to open embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. The OIC also stressed on the position of Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine is an inseparable part of the formula of two states solution for the settlement of the Arab-Israeli con-

where protectionism seems to arise, Indonesia highlighted the importance of creating the economic regionalism that benefits all. ASEAN and Canada has been doing such efforts. Within ASEAN, for instance, the effort is focused on concluding the RCEP negotiation in 2018. Indonesia’s proposals and inputs were responded positively by the ASEAN Member States and Canada. Dr. Donald Bobiash, Canada’s Head of Delegation who is also former Ambassador of Canada in Jakarta, explained that “constructive inputs from Indonesia needs to be discussed deeper, to further strengthen the cooperation between ASEAN and Canada that has existing for more than 40 years.” The 15th ACD was co-chaired by Canada and the Philippines

promotion,” he added. Ngurah further explained that the application was in line with the idea of Airlangga to accelerate the development of Indonesian industry to be more modern, advanced and

can take full advantage of the potential of digital economy. Airlangga said he appreciated the development of the smart embassy application. He considered the application provide easy access to information of the Indonesia’s flagship products. “I hope the important breakthrough like this can be done in all Indonesian representatives so that the ideals of the government to build Indonesia Incorporated and Industry 4.0 can be realized soon,” he concluded. (KMPR/TPP)

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flict. The OIC will then take legal and political actions to respond to the US government’s unilateral policies through the mechanisms of the UN General Assembly, the UN Security Council and the International Court of Justice. The OIC also called on other countries not to move their embassies to Jerusalem. On May 4, 2018, the OIC del-

egation had the opportunity to visit the refugee camp site at the Cox’s Bazar to see the condition of Rohingya refugees. At the opening of the meeting, Indonesia had the honor to speak representing the Asian Group. Deputy Fachir expressed his appreciation and Indonesia’s commitment to support Bangladesh who chairs the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers Conference for one year. (Kemlu/TPP)

ASEAN and Canada Agree to Strengthen Cooperation on Various Sectors ASEAN has a very central role in the regional architecture. With its ASEAN-led mechanisms, namely the ASEAN+1, ASEAN+3, ADMM-Plus, EAS, and ARF, ASEAN has been contributing to the establishment of the peaceful, secure, stable, and prosperous region,” said Jose Tavares, Director General (DG) of ASEAN Cooperation and SOM Leader ASEAN-Indonesia, at his opening remarks of the 15th ASEAN-Canada Dialogue (ACD) that was held in Manila, Philippines on 2-3 May 2018. “The importance of ASEAN is also reflected by the fact that there have been 35 countries now being the High Contracting Parties to the TAC (Treaty of Amity and Cooperation), including Canada” added DG Tavares. On discussing the current global economic development

The government will soon focus on the education, especially for training and technology vocational education in the regions outside Java.”

as the country coordinator for ASEAN-Canada partnership. ASEAN-Canada partnership started in 1977 and the current status is Enhanced Partnership. ASEAN and Canada has strong cooperation in all three pillars (political security, economy and trade, and socio cultural). Last year, the 40th ASEAN-Canada Commemorative Summit was held in Manila on 14 November 2017 to celebrate the 40 years of ASEAN-Canada dialogue relations. Canada is ASEAN’s important trade partner and investor. Amongst all ASEAN’s dialogue partners, Canada ranks as the 8th ASEAN’s largest trade partner, with the total trade reaching US$ 12.63 billion in 2016. Meanwhile, Canada’s investment in ASEAN reached US$ 198.83 million in 2016. Canada,

through Canada-OECD Project on ASEAN SMEs, has allocated CAD 12 million to empowerment programs for MSMEs in ASEAN countries and to formulate policies and programs conducive to support MSMEs in ASEAN to be part of the global supply chain. Several economy cooperation frameworks have also been created, such as: ASEAN-Canada Joint Declaration on Trade and Investment (JDTI), Work Plan JDTI 2016-2020 and ASEAN-Canada Trade Policy Dialogue. On socio cultural cooperation, Canada has committed CAD 10 million as the scholarship fund for ASEAN youths and mid-career professionals for the year 2018-2023, through ASEAN Scholarship and Educational Exchanges for Development (KEMLU/TPP)

Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi visited Guyana on Friday (5/18) and met with Guyana’s President David Arthur Granger to explore bilateral cooperation opportunities between the two countries. “As an archipelagic country, Indonesia understands the challenges facing the countries in Caribbean,” Retno said. She proposed to enhance the cooperation in industry, environment, and capacity building. “The extractive industry has contributed a lot to the Indonesian economy, and Indonesia can share its experiences with Guyana,” she added. In environment, the minister offered Indonesia’s extensive experiences in the sustainable forest management, especially in dealing with illegal logging and access wider market by certifying the timbers. Retno said Indonesia would also happy to share its experiences in marine resources management, especially regarding the IUU Fishing. The president of Guyana responded positively to the proposals and invited Indonesian investors to invest in the industries to make added value to Guyana’s raw

products of agriculture, forestry, mining, and fisheries. In a meeting with Guyana’s Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, the two ministers agreed to improve technical cooperation and capacity building. They also agreed to sign MoU of visa free for diplomatic passport holders at the UN General Assembly in September 2018 in New York. The two Foreign Ministers also discussed the nomination of Indonesia to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council of 20192020 period. After visiting Guyana, Minsiter Retno met with Secretary General of CARICOM (Caribbean Community) Irwin Larocque. They discussed the efforts to improve the cooperation between Indonesia - CARICOM member countries in disaster prevention, diplomatic education and environment. The trade value of Indonesia-Guyana in 2017 reached US$2.7 million, an increase of 17% from 2016. Indonesia’s exports to Guyana include animal and vegetable fats, soaps and cleaning materials, clothing and textiles, motor vehicle spare parts, and paper products. (KEMLU/TPP)

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Flyover at Tollgate Km 29 to Access Cikarang Dry Port to be Opened Soon

Development of Ahmad Yani Airport Reaches 75.25% PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero) has reported that the expansion project of the Ahmad Yani Airport in Semarang has reached 75.25% and will be completed by early June 2018. Corporate Secretary of AP I Israwadi said the airport expansion is necessary because its current capacity of only 800,000 passengers is not sufficient to accommodate the number of passengers reaching at 4.4 million per year. “Our target is completing the construction and be operational before Lebaran, around early June,” said Israwadi, on Monday (5/7). He added the operational certainty was obtained after the Directorate General of Air Transportation conducted air-

port verification process. According to Israwadi, the construction of the airport expansion, which cost up to Rp2.07 trillion, consists of four packages. The first package is the construction of roads and access to the terminal. The second package is expanding the aircraft parking lot (apron) and taxiway. The previous apron only covered 29,032 m2 and is expanded to 72,522 m2. Later, the apron capacity will be able to accommodate 12 units of narrow body aircraft. This second package has been completed entirely. The third package is the construction of an airport terminal with an investment value of Rp930.2 billion. Currently, the construction has reached 84%.

The Morotai Island Regency is located on the border line and has various potentials that can be developed, one of which is tourist destination.” The airport terminal is built with the concept of eco airport, so it will use more environmentally friendly materials. For example, using the glass as the airport walls to conserve electrical power and setting up solar cells for street lighting. The fourth package is the development of supporting facili-

ties which has reached 17%. The package includes parking buildings, catering buildings, Apron Service, Aircraft Expedition Building (EMPU), Multipurpose Building, Cargo Building, and the mosque. Israwadi said he prepared the fifth package of water treatment management using a reserve osmosis system as well as recycling the rainwater for operational needs. The airport with the SRG code is expected to generate a passenger growth of 10%. The flow of passengers at Ahmad Yani Airport until the first quarter of 2018 reached 1.19 million or grew 18.79%, the highest growth among the 13 airports managed by AP I. (IBN/TPP)

Fuxing and Projection of JakartaBandung Fast Train With the speed of up to 431 kilometers per hour, China claims its fast train Fuxing has not match in the world. Fuxing has surpassed AGV Italo’s speed in Italy (360 km/h), Siemens Velaro in Spain (350 km/h), Talgo in Spain (350 km/h), Shinkansen in Japan (320 km/h), and Alstom Euroduplex in France (320 km/h). In tariff, Fuxing is also cheaper. Its ticket prices for BeijingShanghai route are 553 Reminbi (Rp1,180 million) for economy class, 933 RMB (Rp2,134 million) for the main class, and 1,748 RMB (Rp3,758 million) for business class with a travel distance of 1,068 kilometers. Meanwhile the ticket of Japan’s Shinkansen is 18.250 yen (Rp2,336 million) for economy class with a travel distance of 396 kilometers from Tokyo to Osaka. Two years before Fuxing was operated in October 2017, the In-

donesian government decided to pick China to work on the Jakarta-Bandung rapid railway project. That disappointed Japan who wanted to export its Shinkansen to Indonesia, even has conducted a feasibility study on the 150-kilometer long railway track of Jakarta-Bandung. The Jakarta-Bandung rapid railway will be the first in Southeast Asia, also the first for China to export its fast train. However, not like China, Indonesia always faces a problem of land acqui-

sition to develop infrastructure projects. China then required that 60 percent of the land must have been acquired to get the fund to start the project. Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan in Beijing on Monday (4/14) said that the requirement has been met. “The land acquisition has reached 60 percent and will continue to accelerate its completion. Our target is completed by 2020, longer than the initial tar-

get,” he added. At that time, Luhut also confirmed the visit of Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang to Indonesia on May 6-8, 2018. However, the meeting of Prime Minister Li and President Joko Widodo in Jakarta did not discuss the JakartaBandung rapid railway project. According to SOEs Minister Rini Soemarno, the project was not discussed because it is still running. At least Li’s visit implicitly provided certainty in funding the project. (TPP)

Kertajati Airport to be Connected to Toll Road and Industrial Estates Soon West Java International Airport (BIJB) Kertajati in Majalengka, West Java, started its operational on Wednesday (5/24), marked by the smooth landing of the Presidential Plane of Indonesia-1 carrying President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and his entourage. Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Panjaitan said BIJB will be connected to the Cisumdawu toll road, Patimban Port, and the industrial estates in Bekasi, Karawang, and Purwakarta. “Later there will be a toll road connecting Bandung and Cirebon, also Patimban Port, then industrial estates in Bekasi, Karawang, Purwa-

karta. All are being processed right now,” said Luhut at Kertajati Airport, Majalengka, on Thursday (25/5).

Kertajati Airport will also be developed into an aerocity, covering a land area of 3,000 hectares which has been prepared.

“The 3,000 hectares of land has been prepared by Transportation Minister,” he added. Kertajati Airport is also expected to be one of the busiest airports in Indonesia and will reduce the dense traffics at Soekarno Hatta International Airport. The Jakarta-Bandung Fast Train is also planned to be extended to the Kertajati Airport, even will reach Surabaya. “Later the Jakarta-Bandung fast train will also be extended to pass through Yogya, Solo, and Surabaya,” said Luhut. (DTK/TPP)

The 3.06-kilometer flyover to access the Cikarang Dry Port at the tollgate Km 29 of Jakarta-Cikampek toll road will be opened soon. The flyover has been built since 2010 and now is in the process of function feasibility test. Head of Toll Road Regulatory Agency (BPJT) Herry Trisaputra Zuna said the flyover is integrated with the Jakarta-Cikampek toll road, but the vehicles that are passing through the flyover will not be charged more. “So, there is no extra charge. At the tollgate of Cikarang Dry Port, they indeed have to pay but the tariff is the same as at the previous tollgate,” he said. Cikarang Dry port is ‘an extension’ of Tanjung Priok International Port with one stop service in handling industrial goods shipment from documentation, inspection to licensing. As the dry port is considered important, the government then

built a direct access to connect it to the toll road leading to Tanjung Priok Port. The flyover is built by the government with a budget of Rp255 billion. This flyover and the other flyover of Pasir Gombong will save time and shipping costs of cargos from the Industrial estates in Cikarang to the Tanjung Priok International Port. The flyover to access the Cikarang Dry Port is designed with the length of 3.06 kilometers and width of 7 meters covering a land area of 7 hectares. Although the construction of the Pasir Gombong flyover has not been completed yet, the vehicles will still be able to pass through the access road of Cikarang Dry Port then continue to the Jababeka area and Cibarusah road. The opening of this flyover will reduce the over capacity of Tanjung Priok Port and decrease the density of trucks passing through the Jakarta-Cikampek toll road. (DTK/TPP)

Venues for Asian Games 98 Percent Ready Vice President Jusuf Kalla has said that some issues still need to be addressed for the upcoming Asian Games in August 2018. The first, he said, is the readiness of the venues for every sport game. According to him, there are several venues that are still under construction. “The venues are 98 percent ready. Some of them will be completed this month and next month. The DKI velodrome will finish next month,” Kalla said in Monas, Central Jakarta, on Sunday (5/13). He added that the second problem is about the readiness of the organizing committee. For example, he continued, how the committee can ensure that the Asian Games are going well from the opening to the closing. “The third is achievement. Our athletes have been trained at home and abroad,” said the man who is familiarly called JK. Previously, JK kicked off a parade of ‘Towards 100 Days Asian Games’. The parade started at Monas, Jakarta, held as a socialization of the Asian Games which will begin on August

18, 2018. “Today is 98 days away. God willing, we will carry out a big event after 1962,” said JK. According to him, all the preparations needed to carry out the Asian Games has been done maximally, including the trainings of athletes. JK said he hoped all the matches in the Asian Games will run well. “Our athletes have been trained in Indonesia and overseas. I thank all those who have coached the athletes,” said JK. About 5,000 people participated in the parade of ‘Towards 100 Days Asian Games’. They were 43 groups of ministries, companies, and communities who support the 18th Asian Games. In addition to JK, the parade set-off was also attended by Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, Vice Governor of DKI Jakarta Sandiaga Uno, Tourism Minister Arief Yahya, Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi and Chairman of the Asian Games 2018 Organizing Committee (Inasgoc) Erick Tohir. (Heros/TPP)

How is Jakarta-Cikampek Elevated Toll Road Project Going? The Jakarta - Cikampek Elevated Toll Road project (Japek II) is planned to be completed in 2019. General Superintendent of Japek II Elevated Cikunir - West Karawang Project Development of PT Waskita Karya, Fatkhur Rozaq, said that the company is currently working on bore piles which have completed 90 percent, pile caps 70 percent, columns 60 percent, pillar heads 40 percent, erection girders 15 percent, and casted floor 8 percent. “The whole work has now reached 30 percent. The elevated toll road worked on by Waskita Karya has a length of 36 kilometers which is expected to reduce

40 percent of the traffic density on the currently operated Jakarta - Cikampek toll road,” he said after reviewing the project site on Thursday (4/3). Based on the data of the Toll Road Regulatory Agency (BPJT), the Jakarta - Cikampek ll (elevated) toll road consists of 9 sections, namely Cikunir - Bekasi Barat, West Bekasi-East Bekasi, East Bekasi -Tambun, Tambun – Cibitung, Cibitung - Cikarang Utama, Cikarang Utama - West Cikarang, West Cikarang - Cibatu, Cibatu - East Cikarang and East Cikarang - West Karawang. The total length of this toll road is 39 kilometers. (DTK/TPP)

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TOURISM DPR Calls for Enhancement of Indonesia-Japan Tourism Cooperation

Speaker of the House of Representatives Bambang Soesatyo has called for the cooperation between Indonesia and Japan in tourism to be further improved. In 2017, the number of Japanese tourists visiting Indonesia reached about 700,000. “The Indonesia - Japan diplomatic relations entered the 60th year now. The long journey has provided many benefits for both countries. We hope the cooperation in tourism will play an important role in enhancing Indonesia-Japan relations,” Bambang said when receiving

the Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on Japan’s Tourism Sector, Keiichi Kimura, at the House of Representatives Building on Thursday (26/4). The data from the Central Bureau of Statistics show the number of Japanese tourists visiting Indonesia in 2014 reached 492,000 and in 2015 increased to 528,000. However, along with the economic turmoil in Japan in 2016, the number decreased to 513,000. “I hope in 2018, the number of Japanese tourists will be close to 1 million people. We have made

UNESCO Acknowledges 13 New Geoparks, 2 in Indonesia

many breakthroughs. Garuda Indonesia Airlines has been serving direct flights from Indonesia to various airports in Japan. Promotion is also done by the Ministry of Tourism involving many local travel agents,” said Bambang, adding currently Indonesia is aggressively promoting the 10 priority tourist destinations. “They are interesting and beautiful, namely Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Bangka Belitung, Tanjung Lesung in Banten, Kepulauan Seribu in DKI Jakarta, Borobudur Temple in Central Java, Mount Bromo in East Java, Mandalika Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara, Komodo Island in East Nusa Tenggara, Wakatobi National Park in Southeast Sulawesi, and Morotai in North Maluku. Everything there is not less beautiful than Bali. I’m sure foreign tourists will love them,” he said. Bambang also invited the Japanese government to participate in developing the 10 tourist destinations given their return of investment is quite promising. (BTS/TPP)

Ministry Socializes Tourism Development in Majalengka Through FGD The Tourism Ministry socialized the tourism development in Majalengka Regency through the focus group discussion (FGD) titled Tourism Development Strategy in Majalengka Regency at the Hall of Majalengka Tourism Office on Friday (5/11). “The new BIJB airport will surely affect the Majalengka tourism, so all the stakeholders should work together,” said I Gde Pitana, Deputy of Marketing I of the Tourism Ministry. Pitana said the FGD was a follow-up of the coordination meeting between the ministry and the tourism stakeholders of Majalengka. With penthahelix scheme, the FGD presented speakers of Professor Arthur S Nalan from the Bandung Institute of Indonesian Arts and Culture (ISBI), Tourism Ministry’s Assistant Deputy of Strategy and Communication Hariyanto, Statistics Indonesia’s (BPS) Head of Tourism Statistics Rifa Rufiadi, and Director of BIJB Virda Dimas Ekaputra. Meantime, Hariyanto said that the Tourism Ministry will always support the regions. “The Ministry will always be ready to help and participate in the tour-

ism development in the regions.” He added that in addition to the FGD, there were four other tourism activities in Majalengka. On the same day a technical guidance (Bimtek) for tourism bloggers was held at a hotel in Majalengka, the launching of Indonesia Enchantment Generation (GenPI) of Majalengka was done on Saturday (5/12) at paragliding spot of Mount Panten, and the activation of Digital Destinations Market was held at Talaga Pancar, Lengkong Village, on Sunday (5/13).

“We also installed the Pesona (Enchantment of) Indonesia signage at the Talaga Pancar, Panyaweuyan Terassering in Argapura and in the Wana Wisata Gunung Karang,” Hariyanto said. According to Tourism Minister Arief Yahya, the BIJB Airport will also generate a challenge. “So far, the weakness in the regional tourist destinations is the lack of access, while the potential is usually extraordinary. That should be fixed.” (JPNN/ TPP)

Wow! Sriwijaya Air Offers Unlimited Flying for One Year at Cikarang Dry Port Booth in CeMat

The UNESCO Executive Council has awarded UNESCO Global Geoparks status to 13 geoparks in the world and 2 of them are in Indonesia. Each year, UNESCO’s Global Geoparks Council of the United Nations, receives proposals from the countries around the world including Indonesia, asking it to put their geoparks in the UNESCO’s list. This year, the UNESCO’s Global Geoparks Council, which is supported directly by the UNESCO Executive Council, has recognized 13 new geoparks for the period 20182021. The official website of UNESCO reported on Wednesday (5/2), the status was passed by the Executive Board of UNESCO on April 17, 2018. Indonesia should be proud. Two geoparks of Indonesia are included in the 13 geoparks that hold the status of UNESCO Global Geoparks, namely Geopark Rinjani (Lombok) and Geopark Ciletuh (Sukabumi). The recognition adds up to the list of Indonesia’s UNESCO

Global Geoparks to 4. Previously, the Geopark Batur (Bali) and Geopark Gunung Sewu (Central Java) earned the status. In addition to the 4 geoparks that have been acknowledged, Indonesia is still fighting for the Lake Toba in North Sumatra to be included in the list of UNESCO Global Geoparks. Here is a complete list of 13 most recent UNESCO Global Geoparks: 1. Beaujolais, France 2. Cao Bang, Vietnam 3. Ciletuh, Indonesia 4. Conca de Tremp-Montsec, Spain 5. Famenne - Ardenne, Belgium 6. Guangwushan-Nuoshuihe, China 7. Huanggang Dabieshan, China 8. Izu Peninsula, Japan 9. Mudeungsan, South Korea 10. Ngorongoro Lengai, Tanzania 11. 12. Rinjani, Indonesia 13. Satun, Thailand (DTK/TPP)

Cikarang Dry Port (CDP) is being promoted to serve the logistics companies. Supported with an integrated concept and quality warehouse facilities, Cikarang Dry Port becomes an ideal ecosystem for the logistics business people to perform their activities more efficiently. The port integrated concept was showcased by Cikarang Dry Port when participating in the exhibition of CeMat Southeast Asia 2018. The exhibition was held at ICE BSD, South Tangerang, on May 2-6 by Debindo in cooperation with Deutsche Messe, the world’s largest logistics company from Germany. The CDP booth in the exhibition provided door prizes of 3 Jakarta-Denpasar Sriwijaya Air round tickets and 2 vouchers to stay at Tanjung Lesung, drawn every day during the event. For the first day draw, the winner got one Jakarta-

Denpasar round ticket presented by Sriwijaya Air. Sales Manager of Sriwijaya Air Jakarta Area Geraldo Purba said Sriwijaya sponsored the event to promote further the brand of Sriwijaya Air. “So, besides branding, we also want to be known better. We want public to know that Sriwijaya also has interesting promos, not less than its competitors. Here, we also offer the Travel Pass, our new program. The passengers only pay Rp12 million and they can fly as many as they want in one year, no limit,” he said. “We chose to cooperate with CDP, because it is a land port company which has no competitors yet. Besides, CDP has many clients. Here is a very good market for Sriwijaya in doing promotion. Also, maybe we will get into the cargo businesses in our flights later,” he added. (Reza/TPP)

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Pursuing Business Target, Smartfren Offers Unlimited Internet Packages PT. Smartfren Telecom, Tbk, celebrates and welcomes the holy month of Ramadhan and Hari Raya Idul Fitri 2018 by offering 24-hour unlimited internet packages with big discounts. The rate that is usually tagged at Rp149,000, to celebrate the holy month Smartfren cuts it to Rp60,000 for one full month FUP 1GB/day with maximum connection speed. According to Smartfren’s Chief of Brand Roberto Saputra, Smartfren wants to facilitate its customers to stay in touch during Lebaran 2018 by presenting a variety of internet packages called super 4G unlimited, ranging from Rp50,000 to Rp100,000. “We give discounts for unlimited packages that we launched earlier, so the customers can choose according to their respective communication needs. Additionally, Smartfren has also performed network optimization along the homecoming routes as well as the centers of the crowd such as tourist attractions, terminals, and the airports,” said Roberto, in Jakarta on Monday (5/28). In the meantime, Smartfren’s Deputy CEO Djoko Tata Ibrahim said the capacity of the network prepared for these #Berkahgaterbatas unlimited packages has been calculated to give maximum services. He assured the network of Smartfren will have no problem although being used by millions of Indonesian people. “I asked our technicians, how if our network is being used by millions of people of Indonesia at once? They guarantee that the network is capable to accommodate 50 million users. So, we are confident with this,” he said. Djoko further said Smartfren cuts the price from Rp149,000 to Rp60,000 with the same service quality. Even the customers are given the facility of free call to other Smartfren users. “We give massive discounts, especially for the usage of internet. Statistics show that the average internet usage has jumped from previously 2 GB (per month) to 23 GB now,” he added. (TPP)

Jababeka Optimistic to Reach Total Sales at Rp2.25 Trillion in 2018 PT Jababeka Tbk., as the managing company of Jababeka Industrial Estate, is optimistic to reach the sales totaled Rp2.25 trillion in 2018. This was announced by PT Jababeka at the Public Expose in President Lounge Menara Batavia, Jakarta, on Wednesday (5/16). President Director of PT Jababeka Budianto Liman said, “The excellent access and connectivity with 3 tollgates to Kota Jababeka and the main transport infrastructures under construction along the East Jakarta Corridor to Jababeka is an attraction for the investors to do business in Jababeka.” The cooperation by establishing joint ventures with a number of parties is also a provision of the Jababeka’s optimism to be able to increase the sales figure. Two of the joint ventures are with PT PP Prop-

KIJA Develops Kendal Industrial Park Like Singapore

PT Kawasan Industri Jababeka Tbk (KIJA) targets its revenue from real estate and property at Rp2.25 trillion this year, or more than twice of last year’s figure of Rp1.07 trillion. Jababeka relies on its revenue from three estates, namely Jabebeka Cikarang (West Java), Tanjung Lesung (Banten) and Kendal Industrial Park (Central Java). The details of revenue target are Rp1.5 trillion from Cikarang, Rp500 billion for Kendal Industrial Park and Rp250 billion from Tanjung Lesung. To that end, Jababeka has been developing the real estate and property projects in the three estates differently, according to their respective characteristics. “For Kendal, we want to de-

erti Tbk for building the Riverview Residence and Creed Group from Japan for developing the Kawana Golf Residence. Additionally, Jababeka also relies on the power plant business of its subsidiary Bekasi Power as well as the integrated logistics and customs business at the Cikarang Dry Port. Particularly on the logistics, Budianto said, “The location of our industrial estate in Kendal happens to be adjacent to the railroad from Cikarang. This has become an attraction for the logistics players. It is good

velop it into a self-sufficient township based on industry referring to the development of Singapore,” said Tedjo Budianto Liman, President Director of PT Kawasan Industri Jababeka Tbk in Jakarta on Wednesday (5/16). According to him, the land price in Kendal which is relatively cheap will become an attraction for the investors. The labor-intensive companies which have been operating in there are engaged in textile and logistics businesses. In Cikarang, Jababeka continues the development of modern residentials, taking the advantage of ongoing infrastructure development. One of them is the light rail transit (LRT). Another concept is applied

in the development of Tanjung Lesung. As the special economic zone for tourism, the development concept has been referring to Nusa Dua, Bali. Unfortunately, the lack of infrastructure has been hindering the development of Tanjung Lesung. Muljadi Suganda, Corporate Secretary of PT Kawasan Industri Jababeka Tbk, said that the construction of SerangPanimbang toll road will significantly lower the obstacle. The data presented at the public exposure on May 16 show Jababeka’s total land bank is 3,347 hectares (ha). The largest land bank is in Tanjung Lesung at 1,537 ha, followed by Kota Jababeka Cikarang at 1,228 ha and Kendal at 582 ha. (KTN/ TPP)

for the distribution of their products as well as for the investors in Kendal.” Meanwhile, Director of PT Jababeka Hyanto Wihadhi said, “Many major companies, especially engaged in automotive and electronic industries have entered Indonesia. So, right now what we are after is a derivative industry. So, the current market is the industry that support the anchor industry of the earlier tenants.” Corporate Secretary of PT Jababeka Muljadi Suganda stated that in general the

sales target of Rp2.25 trillion will come from a combination of Jababeka’s three main estates, namely Jababeka Industrial Estate Cikarang, Kendal Industrial Park (KIK), and Special Economic Zone (KEK) Tanjung Lesung. According to him, the company is eyeing the marketing sales contribution of Rp1.5 trillion from the business in Cikarang. Then, Kendal is predicted to contribute Rp500 billion in marketing sales, and the other areas will contribute Rp250 billion each.

Kawana Golf Residence, the Perfect Apartment for Expatriates

The Kawana Golf Residence apartment has become one of Jababeka Residence’s spear head to aim the expatriates in eastern Jakarta. President Director of Jababeka Residence, Sutedja S. Darmono, said the Kawana Golf Residence is the first and only apartment in Indonesia that has direct access to a golf course. According to him, it is the most important point that distinguishes this apartment from others in eastern Jakarta. “This is why the Kawana Golf Residence is welcomed with high enthusiasm by the investors. It is evident that until April

Muljadi added that the company has prepared the capital expenditure between Rp500 billion and Rp600 billion. “About Rp400 billion of is used for the development of Cikarang and Kendal Industrial Park, while approximately Rp160 billion is allocated specifically for the development of Cikarang Dry Port,” he said. Regarding the realization of capital expenditure so far, Muljadi said around Rp65 billion has been spent in the first quarter of 2018 for the land acquisition. (Reza/TPP)

2018, the Tower I of Kawana Golf Residence, which includes 234 units, has been 100 percent sold out,” said Sutedja on Thursday (4/26). The Tower I of Kawana Golf Residence is marketed at Rp33 million per square meter. As a residential developer targeting the middle and upper class segments, Jababeka Residence is committed to deliver the units on time.

The development of Kawana Golf Residence becomes the early marker of the successful transformation of Jababeka area from the industrial estate into an international standard integrated township. “After almost 30 years, we believe now is the time that the development of Jababeka area shall be targeting the upper class and expatriates,” Sutedja said. (JPNN/TPP)

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International Powermax, 28-30 November 2018 at JIEXPO Kemayoran, Jakarta The world is currently racing to utilize the new and renewable energy (EBT), including Indonesia. The government has targeted the use of EBT to reach 23 percent of the total energy through the National Energy Policy. Besides, Indonesia is not rich in oil and gas reserves. “Anybody here think that Indonesia is a country rich in oil?” asked Deputy Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Arcandra Tahar during the inauguration of EBT Power Plant in Agam, West Sumatra, on Thursday (5/24). He said that based on the ESDM Ministry’s data, Indonesia has proven reserves for petroleum of only 3.2 to 3.3 bil-

lion barrels. “Compared to the world’s oil reserves, ours is only 0.2 percent,” Arcandra said, adding that Indonesia’s gas reserves are only 1.5% of the world’s. Considering the data, it is the right move for Indonesia to temporarily revoke its membership of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). This decision was taken during the 171st OPEC meeting in Vienna, Austria, in 2016. The potential of renewable energy resources in Indonesia, according to him, is quite huge. The geothermal for example, Indonesia has a potential of about 11 giga watts (GW). Meanwhile, the potential of water can reach

about 75 GW. In a separate occasion, IESR’s Program Manager for Sustainable Energy Partnership, Marlistya Citraningrum, said the current policy on EBT is appropriate. “One of the economic risks if we do not prioritize renewable energy now is the stranded assets,” Citra said in Jakarta on Monday (5/21). This risk is very likely to arise because the development of EBT technology is going faster to reduce the cost of electricity generation and using the renewable energy is much cheaper. “The EBT technology has the opportunity to become disruptive technology for fossil fuel generators,” she said. (ESDM/TPP)

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Government Optimistic Oil and Gas Explorations Increase Next Year The government is optimistic that the oil and gas exploration activities will again show a positive trend in 2019. This consideration is based on the rising oil prices and the definite commitment for exploration works in the oil and gas working areas (WK) both the terminated and the new ones. “SKK Migas (Regulator of Upstream Oil and Gas) is optimistic that next year’s exploration activities will increase, at least seismically,” Amien Sunaryadi, Head of SKK Migas, said after the signing of contract between Pekawai and Yamdena at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources building in Jakarta on Monday (5/14). According to Amien, there are two things that underlie this optimism. First, the finance of oil and gas compa-

SKK Migas (Regulator of Upstream Oil and Gas) is optimistic that next year’s exploration activities will increase, at least seismically,” Amien Sunaryadi, Head of SKK Migas nies is improving along with the rise of world oil prices. Second, there is an additional term of definite commitment to conduct exploration activities. “Once the WK is operational, there will be more exploration activities,” he said. Another step to increase the exploration activities is to auction off 74 blocks which

have been returned to the state in the past three years. The return of the blocks is due to limited funding and the absence of oil and gas discovery at that time. “Most of the blocks are WK exploration. The contractors either did not find the oil and gas deposit or they did not do anything until the time was up,” said Amien. The 74 blocks, Amin added, have a definite commitment of more than US$400 million. Of that amount, some have been paid by the contractors, the rest is still being billed by SKK Migas. In re-auctioning the 74 blocks, the government is eyeing new contractors with more sound finance and technology so that the oil and gas exploration activities will run well. (ESDM/TPP)




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EVENT Rhino Kites Festival Tanjung Lesung, Appreciation Form of Indonesian Kite Culture

The sky of Tanjung Lesung suddenly turned to be festive that Saturday (5/12). Tens of flying kites adorned the blue sky above the Tanjung Lesung Beach Club in the framework of the first Rhino Kites Festival. Working together with the Indonesian Kite Museum located in Pondok Labu, South Jakarta, the committee presented international kites from the Netherlands, Belgium, Singapore, Malaysia and of course Indonesia as the host. To the media, Indonesian Kite Museum Owner Endang Ernawati Drajat said, “In India there is the Kite Festival every January 14, and I am always

there. If the other countries send one or two participants, Indonesia always sends 20 participants.” Endang added that almost every year Indonesia is invited to display various types of kites from several regions. “The other countries highly appreciate the history of kites from Indonesia which has been 800 years old. When we are invited, everything is paid by the host because they want to see the Indonesian diverse types of kites.” She added that she hoped the government would pay more attention to the preservation of the kites. “In almost every international festival, the three-dimen-

sional kites from Bali usually win. Their beautiful designs and details are amazing. So, our potential is remarkable, and it is other countries who appreciate them more,” said the woman who is often invited to hold a workshop in other countries. Endang said that it is her duty to continue promoting kites to Indonesian children. “I hope they can play in the outdoor and stop for a moment from their attachment to the gadget. Almost every day I have a workshop for children so that they can preserve the sport that has been included in the Olympics.” She also expressed her gratitude for being invited by the

management of Tanjung Lesung, “I am really glad when Tanjung Lesung invited me. This is the appreciation of Tanjung Lesung to the kite culture in Indonesia. Hopefully it can be held annually. I am so happy that when I saw the wind it seems like it calls me to play the kite.” Rhino Kites Festival is part of a series of Rhino Cross Triathlon (or Rhino X-Tri), the first cross triathlon open championship event in Indonesia consisting of swimming, cycling and running across the beauty and natural challenges of Tanjung Lesung, a Special Economic Zone for Tourism, on September 29 - 30, 2018. (TPP)

Meanwhile Kayaba presented a new product to improve the performance of the rear suspension in the form of a pair of shock absorber and new spring. Complementing both, Furukawa introduced its new product of car battery and motor that is safe to use. Coffee Nation this time showed the members of the Calsic club how good the taste of the authentic Indonesian coffee. “To join Calsic, the candidates must pay Rp150 thou-

sand for administration fee, then the prospective members must participate in an activity three times before getting the starter kit consisting of a hull number, Calsic sticker, and membership card,” Ade said. “If they don’t participate for three times, the starter kit will not be given. This is to see the seriousness of the prospective members whether they want to become a club member seriously or just follow suit others,” he added. (Safak/TPP)

Owners of Calya and Sigra Cars in BekasiCikarang-Karawang Officially Launch Club at Hollywood Junction Jababeka By cutting of the rice cone, National Chairman Ade Habibie officially launched the Calya Sigra Club (Calsic) Chapter of Bekasi Cikarang Karawang (Becika) at the Hollywood Junction, Jababeka, on Saturday (5/5). According to Ade, the launching event of Calsic Becika was attended by 500 members, with the theme “Culture to Future”, taken to combine the existing traditions in the regions of Bekasi, Cikarang and Karawang. To enliven the event, various activities were performed starting from the ceremonial ceremony, the inauguration of Mardanu as the Chairman of Calsic Chapter of Becika and Ilham Riyandi as the Vice Chairman. Of course, there were music performances of dangdut, pop, jaipong, sexy dancers, rakusi, fun games, kids zone and door prizes from various sponsors like GT Radial, Kayaba, Furukawa Battery, TAM, NGK, SuperSpring GPS, W9, Warnaprima Kimiatama, Power Toyota, Incoe, Zein Variasi and Cikarang Coffee Nation. Calsic is a club membered by the owners of Toyota Calya and Daihatsu Sigra that has a goal to share information re-

lated spare parts, modifications, tips and tricks related to the cars. “Currently Calsic is transformed from a community into a club to be more organized with organization structure legalized by definite statutes. The establishment of the legal entity with statutes is considered important in order to be able to mingle with the Indonesian society, both socially and administratively. So, in the future this Club will be

able to socialize in the wider environment and many benefits can be obtained,” said Ade. During the event, Gramedia held a competition of coloring the Toyota Calya and Daihatsu Sigra cars, partaken by 80 children of the Calsic’s members. Eco Racing also enlivened it by educating the members on the new products of additive substances which are able to clean the engine and save fuel.

Currently Calsic is transformed from a community into a club to be more organized with organization structure legalized by definite statutes”

At First Anniversary, Hotel Ibis Styles Jababeka Cikarang Records 82 Percent Occupancy Hotel Ibis Styles Jababeka Cikarang celebrated its first anniversary on Friday (5/4). In commemorating the anniversary, the hotel management held a celebration by inviting orphans from Pesantren Tahfidz Ezzat El-fatir in Cikarang, media crews and all the employees of Ibis Hotel Styles Cikarang. “We have passed the one-year period which is not that easy. We can keep the property owner happy by reaching the occupancy rate at 82 percent. Currently the hotel is in good condition and this becomes our delight,” said General Manager of Ibis Styles Cikarang, Tannya Wirasmo. “We are grateful to the holding company and the operator who have guided us so that we can run well what have been mandated to us,” she added.

While celebrating the first anniversary of Ibis Styles Cikarang, Tannya said she hoped all the employees would maintain the good performances while seeking new opportunities in the future. “Hopefully the operational will keep going smoothly. We should continue to explore the new opportunities and new breakthroughs that make our hotel become a pioneer hotel in Cikarang,” she said. “We should be better in the future with a high credibility and provide satisfaction for the consumers. With this achievement, I hope we can contribute to the surrounding community,” she added. Ibis Styles Cikarang also launched “Buka Puasa Bersama” (breaking fast) package at Rp158.000, Purchase 5 Pay 4

and Residential Meeting package with the price starting from Rp400.000 net (twin share) including the accommodation in superior room, sahur or breakfast, 1x coffee break and dinner. Ibis Styles Cikarang is a hotel owned by Sun Motor Group and under the management of AccorHotels. The concept of this hotel is a modern minimalist by beautifying the interior with orchid flower ornaments in each room. The hotel consists of 161 rooms and 6 meeting rooms, a restaurant, a bar, a swimming pool, a fitness center and a massage parlor. The location of Ibis Styles Cikarang is easy to reach by accessing the Jakarta-Cikampek toll road and exit at the tollgate of KM 31 West Cikarang or KM 34 Cibatu. (Casanova/ TPP)

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EDUCATION Darmasiswa Students: We are United by Indonesian Culture

The Darmasiswa program has been conceptualized and designed to train young people from different countries aimed at enhancing a mutual understanding and offering a stronger cultural connection among countries through learning Art, Bahasa Indonesia and the Indonesian culture. During the period of May 5 7, 2018, it was my honor to be part of the Darmasiswa Closing Program 2017/2018 as a scholar under this program at President University. This gave me a deep sense of satisfaction that the Darmasiswa Program is culturally fascinating and a learning experience– to put it bluntly, I am truly flattered.

During the ceremony, President University among other Universities presented 5 female Darmasiswa scholars from Uganda, Vietnam, El Salvador, Zimbabwe and Senegal to mark their successful fond experiences to learn Bahasa and the Indonesian cultures. Along with the other Darmasiswa participants, we organized for the Parade of Archipelago (Parade Nusantara), displaying different cultures from the different Islands of Indonesia, a sense of collective learning and intelligence, as seen by our different cultural costumes of Sumatera, Sulawesi, Aceh, Bali, and others. Marching towards the Central of Jakarta near Grand Indonesia

Japanese government is very welcome for more students from Indonesia,” said Kazuo. with Gamelan melodies blown by the Darmasiswa participants, we enjoyed dancing Maumere (Tari Maumere). The systematic and comprehensive program and that it has was clearly demonstrated through Art, Dance and speaking Bahasa during the ceremony. This was truly amazing lis-

tening to foreigners speaking Bahasa learned just within eight months. The keynotes by the different Darmasiswa Officials clearly stressed the diplomatic relationship desired between countries participating in the program, thus allowing me to explore a deeper understanding of how the cultural philosophy works The closing ceremony was like a melting pot for foreigners now speaking Bahasa Indonesia, smiling, sharing experiences and laughter, eating Indonesian cuisines, taking photographs, dancing and singing among others. It was a celebration that we belong to one group. Therefore, I must affirm that the experiences accumulated are valuable as we have established a deeper working relationship with the Indonesian government under the Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the learning institutions and the Indonesian communities/people. We take back the rich learning experience we were fortunate to have during the program. We are eager and excited to share lessons with our people back home and also take back loads of fond memories of President University and the wonderful people we have met. We carry on the Vision to establish the desired state out of this learning experience. (Flavia Nambooze, Darmasiswa Student from Uganda)

Strengthen Family Business and Entrepreneurship in Disruption Era

Business and entrepreneurship in Indonesia is facing disruption phenomenon, business era where competition become random and occurs rapidly along with digital information technology growth. The effort to make family business and entrepreneurship to be able to sustain in disruption era become one of the key topics in International Conference on Family Business and Entrepreneurship (ICFBE) 2018 on May 2-4, 2018 in Bali. ICFBE 2018 is an international conference for researchers and academicians in Indonesia and from various countries, held by President University, one of international scale universities in Indonesia which was established to be research center,

the development of education, and community service. Attending the event, Veland Ramadani, Ph.D (Associate Professor, South East European University, Inderscience Journal Editor), Dr. Srividya Raghavan (Chairperson and Associate Professor, Center of Excellence – Entrepreneurship Development, Dr.Ir. Patdono Suwignjo, M.Eng. Sc (Director General of Institutional for Science, Technology and Higher Education, DIKTI), Ir. Adrianto Djokosoetono, M.B.A (Director, BlueBird Tbk. PT), Dr. Roeen Rahmani (Chancellor, Kardan University), and Ir. Dwi Larso, MSIE., Ph.D (Vice Rector for Academics, President University). ICFBE become a platform

where researchers and academicians from all over the world share their findings on Family Business and Entrepreneurship. There are several points highlighted on ICFBE 2018 and need to be noticed by family business and entrepreneurship practitioners in order to be able to face disruption era, namely: trusted person, and founder’s value adaptation in business strategy and transformation management in decision making. Family Business is one of spheres from Entrepreneurship. The phenomenon in Indonesia itself, 90-95% companies come from family business. Practically, in running a business, people tend to choose someone trusted, such as family or relatives. This

may cause conflict when the business started to grow. Moreover, in the current disruption issue, from Family Business perspective become important to be discussed. For instance, when a family business adopted values from its founder and face disruption, will the value can adapt fast with the era or will it be carried out by the rapid technology change and internationalization. The company’s adaptation toward disruption era can be seen by decision making in its strategic management. Strategic management is a discipline to formulate and implement strategy. When the rapid change occurs in this modern era, strategic alliance becomes important to measure whether family business could be agile in building alliance outside the family itself. In ICFBE 2017 on May 3-5, there were more than 110 academicians and researchers from 12 countries gathered in the event, sharing their findings, along with the business practitioners and local government. To name a few: Darmin Nasution, Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs, Republic of Indonesia, Prof. James Hoopes from Babson College, USA, Prof. Hora Tjitra from Tjitra & Associate, Haryadi B. Sukamdani, Chairperson of Asosiasi Pengusaha Indonesia, and other notable speakers. (PRESUNIV/TPP)

Indonesia Sends 19 Students to International Scientific Competition in Pittsburgh

Indonesia sent 19 students to participate in the scientific competition of Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Pittsburgh, USA, on May 1318, 2018. The students who are finalists of the Youth Scientific Competition (LKIR) held by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and the winners of the Indonesian Student Research Olympiad (OPSI) organized by the Ministry of Education and Culture. They competed with 1,800 students from 80 countries. They were accompanied by a team of LIPI and the Ministry officials while leaving for the United States on May 11. Acting Head of LIPI Prof. Dr. Bambang Subiyanto advised the participants of the Intel ISEF 2018 to do their best as the nation’s science ambassadors. “Never feel inferior, you have to be confident, but do not be arrogant and do your best,” said Bambang in Jakarta on Wednesday (5/9). He added hopefully these young researchers would be able to build networks with the world researchers. “Networking is im-

portant to build the future of the students,” he said. Meantime, Acting Principal Secretary of LIPI, Laksana Tri Handoko, said that sending the students to participate in such an international science competition was to appreciate their achievements in the domestic scientific competitions. “Whatever the outcome you all are the winners. We need to continue to make efforts to motivate the teenagers to achieve recognizable works in the scientific researches,” Handoko said. The Director General of Primary and Secondary Education of the ministry called on the high school students sent to compete in the US to remain focused and confident while meeting with other students or seeing their works. The students participating in the Intel ISEF 2018 included 12 finalists and winners of 2015 LKIR. They were divided into seven teams of science projects and one student as a participant of the Broadcom Master International Program. The six winners of OPSI 2017 were divided into three teams of science projects. (RMOL/TPP)

Indonesia Takes Home 4 Gold Medals at The Robogames 2018 Competition in the United States Robotics team from UNIKOM (Universitas Komunikasi), Bandung represented Indonesia in the Robogames 2018 robotics competition that took place at the Alameda County Fair, Pleasanton, California on April 27-29, 2018. Led by professor and team leader, Rodi Hartono along with assistant professor Taufiq Nuzwir Nizar, the team consist of three students, Gyan Aditia Firdaus, Imam Robani and Feki Pangestu Wijaya. At this year’s competition, Team UNIKOM participated in 7 of 40 categories that were available. At The Robogames 2018, Team UNIKOM successfully took home 4 gold medals, 1 silver medal and 2 bronze medals in these categories: 1. Speeder Category Indonesian team did not win in this category. 2. Table Top Navigation Category Indonesian team took first place and won gold in this category. 3. Robo Magellan Category Indonesian team took third place and won bronze in this category. 4. Ribbon Climber Category 2 robots from Indonesia competed in this category which won first and second place. 5. Photovore Category

Indonesian team took third place and won bronze in this category. 6. Fire Fighting Category 2 robots also competed in this category, but only one was able come out victorious and won gold. 7. Walker Category Indonesian team took first place and won gold in this category. Rogobames, which is also known as RobOlympics is the “Olympics of Robotics” which brought world-wide robotics experts among individuals and academic institutions. This competition is held annually and attended by 25 countries with 40 categories to be competed. Apart from Indonesia other countries such as, Brazil, Canada, England, Australia, Japan, South Korea, China, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Egypt, Poland and The United States regularly participates in this international competition. Team UNIKOM Bandung has been actively competing since 2010. The success of the Indonesian team led by UNIKOM, demonstrates the ability of Indonesia in developing robotics, and is not inferior to other countries. Even in some categories, Indonesia shows more progress compared to other countries such as The United States and Germany. (KEMLU/TPP)

Innovation of Mercury Binding Product by UGM Students

A group of UGM students succeeded in developing an innovative magnetic carbon composites product that can absorb mercury waste. The students are M. Rifqi Al-Ghifari (Chemical Engineering 2014), Bagas Ikhsan Pratomo (Chemical Engineering 2014), Charlis Ongkho (Engineering Physics 2015) and M. Ilham Romadon (Accounting 2015). The four students joined a research group, SuperC6, in a research on mining waste. “We developed a powdershaped magnetic carbon product that can absorb mercury from wastes in the environment,” explained Rifqi, leader of the Su-

perC6 research team, to the journalists on Friday (5/25) at the Office of UGM Public Relations. The formula developed by the UGM students became a new breakthrough in solving the mercury waste problems. The product won the first winner title of the Business Plan Competition 2017 at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences UGM. Moreover, they also passed as the finalist of PGN Innovation, Kalijaga Research & Innovation competition and Economic Fair at UKSW. One of the cases occured in gold mining area of Kalirejo village, Kokap, Kulon Progo. Major-

ity of miners use mercury to purify gold from other materials. Meanwhile, the management of mercury waste in mining has not been implemented properly. “Mercury waste is collected in several pits,” Rifqi informed. In the first pit, mercury waste from mining is collected and cooled down for a while. After that, the water in the pit is flowed to the second pit and cooled down before the waste is disposed into the environment. “Even so, the precipitation does not reduce the mercury level in wastes,” he said. Considering the danger of mercury waste, they tried to find a solution to en-

vironmental pollution caused by mercury. The students then tried to invent a product that can handle harmful substances in the environment, including mercury wastes at gold mining areas. “The result showed that the product can bind mercury up to 0,01 mg Hg per gram of activated carbon,” he stated. The innovation of mercury binding product was developed using low-cost materials and easily accessible to the community. They utilized teak wood waste from the furniture industry that is not widely used.(UGM/TPP)

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LIFESTYLE The Excitement of 1000 Seniors at ASLI EXPO and Senior Festival 2018 About 1000 elderly people flocked the ASLI EXPO and Senior Festival 2018 at Rukun Senior Living Sentul Bogor. According to Trisno Muldani, a representative of the Senior Living Association of Indonesia (ASLI), this is the first of three series of event held in different places for this year. “Today we are grateful to be able to hold the first event and the host is our member. This time it’s better because the previous year was only a seminar and performances with less visitors,” said Trisno, during the event on Saturday (5/5). In the meantime, Chairperson of ASLI EXPO and Senior Festival 2018, Nindya Apriani, said that the event was held to celebrate the National Elderly Day which falls on May 28. “It aims to introduce to the public about the business concept of senior living in an integrated residential. We hope people living in the senior living are happy, healthy, active

and productive,” she added. The number of participants, Nindya said, reached more than 1000. “This event is designed for all ages because the seniors usually come with a companion, either a caregiver or relatives. This is the fourth time we organize it, but the third in cooperation with ASLI.” The event was held the first time in 2015 with three hundred participants. Then the number of participants increased to 700, to 900 and is now more than a thousand. “In terms of sponsorship, it is also upgrading with products more specifically for seniors,” she said. Babakan Madang District Head Chief Yudi Santoso said he hoped such an activity would be held regularly. “From our side, the local government is ready to provide health services, while from the senior side, holding an event like this will improve their self-confidence,” he said. (TPP)

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When Two World Golf Champions Jason Day and Nick Faldo “Meet” at Jababeka Golf Cikarang

Seven Indonesia Golfers to Compete at MercedesTrophy Asian Final 2018 Seven golfers will represent Indonesia at the MercedesTrophy Asian Final 2018. They managed to record the best scores at the tournament of MercedesTrophy Indonesia 2018 held at Pondok Indah Golf Course, South Jakarta, on Monday (5/2). The seven winners of the MercedesTrophy Indonesia 2018 tournament will compete in the MercedesTrophy Asian Final held at Sanctuary Cove Resort, Australia. The best players in the Asian Final round will also have the opportunity to play at MercedesTrophy World Final in Stuttgart, Germany. The MercedesTrophy golf tournament is organized for the Mercedes-Benz owners throughout Indonesia. The prestigious golf tournament,

that has been held in Indonesia since 1992, is a form of appreciation of the MercedesBenz to its customers while providing an opportunity for the best amateur golfers to excel at the national, regional and international tournaments. This year tournament is the 22th in Indonesia. Until now, MercedesTrophy has been held in more than 60 countries in the world with the number of participants reaches more than 60,000 annually. The seven winners in the Indonesian tournament are Donny Andrianto, Reza Darmawan, Budi Rahajo, Raymond Pribadi, Nirwan Santosa, Liesan Jafar and Tina Effendi. They will represent Indonesia at the MercedesTrophy Asian Final at the Sanc-

tuary Cove Resort, Australia on August 5-8, 2018. The best players in the Asian Final will have the chance to compete in the MercedesTrophy World Final on October 2-7, 2018, taking place in Stuttgart, Germany. Roelof Lamberts, President & CEO of PT Mercedes-Benz Distribution Indonesia said Mercedes-Benz is committed to support the sports, particularly the golf, through the MercedesTrophy annual tournament. “Through this prestigious tournament, MercedesBenz hopes to strengthen the relationship with the customers and consistently deliver top-notch services. Thanks to all participants of the MercedesTrophy tournament today, and congratulations to the winners,” he added. (TGP/TPP)

June 9, 2018 is a historic day in the Indonesian golf world when the Australian Hills Golf Academy that gave birth to 2015 world champion Jason Day stuck its first flag in Indonesia. Hills International Golf Academy intends to build a golf dynasty in Indonesia by partnering with Jababeka Golf & Country Club, designed by 1992 world champion Nick Faldo. The two “met” on Saturday morning with the mission of creating future professional Indonesian golf players. At present in the “meeting” were the representatives of President High School, the school that prioritizes the development of leader character and will use the entire philosophy of golf as one way to instill the values of a future leader. The dignitaries attending the occasion included Hills Golf Academy’s Director of Coaching Tom Berndt, General Manager of Jababeka Golf I Nyoman Mertasari and International Headmaster of President High School Paul Mc Adam. “This is our first time in

Indonesia, and we have been looking for a good combination of golf course and school across Asia. We are very pleased to finally find this place because Indonesia is very easy to reach for people in Asia and we see this location is also easy to visit by the Indonesian people themselves,” Tom said to the According to him, what wonderful about the cooperation with the Jababeka group is that they can carry out a complete model. There are students with a dormitory, a golf academy, a worldclass golf course with excellent facilities and training venues which all are necessary to give birth to good golfers. “The integrated place also helps reduce time for the students in going through the distance for practices, and that’s great for the students. Our presence in Indonesia is also expected to provide something different for young players in Indonesia, where we can give them the path to becoming a player of the highest quality,” Tom added. “As young people, they need a good education. So, we really like partnering with the President High School, where our students

get a good education and we focus on preparing them in their next career phase.” Meanwhile Nyoman said that the presence of Hills Golf Academy in Jababeka is expected to create young golf players as seeds to revive the Indonesian golf world. “Who else should do this if not us; do not let this good golf course is ‘occupied’ by Japanese and Korean golfers because we don’t have good players. If Cikarang succeeds, we will apply this cooperation to the other Jababeka golf courses in Magelang and Tanjung Lesung later.” Paul added, “The President High School builds character, motivates and transforms students from being passive to active and even a confident leader and ultimately a successful person in their respective chosen career. The presence of the Hills Golf Academy will greatly help to build quality leaders from the students. It also opens the opportunity for the foreign and Indonesian students to excel in golf at early age by attending the President High School. Many of our alumni are very, very successful even when entering the university level.” (TPP)

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