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Here are 3 Key Points in Agreement between Jonan, Sri Mulyani, and Big Boss of Freeport The Government of Indonesia, represented by Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ignatius Jonan, and Finance Minister Sri Mulyani, has announced the agreement on the outcome of negotiations with PT Freeport Indonesia, represented directly by CEO of FreeportMcMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. Richard Adkerson. In the announcement, three terms of agreement have been made by the Indonesian government and Freeport. Here are the deals: 1. Freeport Indonesia agreed to divest 51% of shares to Indonesia 2. Freeport Indonesia is committed to build a smelter within 5 years until January 2022, or 5 years after the Special Mining Business License (IUPK) is issued. 3. Freeport Indonesia agreed to maintain the amount of state revenue so that it is better than the Work Contract (KK) “The president has approved, based on the Law on Minerals and Coal, a maximum extension of 2 x 10 years with the requirements to be written in the IUPK. The extension proposal can be submitted from now on. If it is fulfilled, it can be extended. The result of negotiations is according to the president’s instruction to prioritize the national interest but keep the investment climate,” said Jonan while announcing the result of the agreement at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Jakarta, on Tuesday (8/29). Sri Mulyani on the occasion said the three points in the agreement are also a directive from President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), and were not easy to get. “The government will push even harder to make the agreement officially sealed more quickly,” said Sri Mulyani. “We are optimistic to be able to make it official soon. The negotiations were not easy, the president is affirmative to safeguard the interests of Indonesia. With these three terms, an extension of the operating license can be granted to Freeport Indonesia,” she added. (DTK/TPP)

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“We also welcome the progress achieved within the Code of Conduct framework that will provide a strong basis for the normal, comprehensive arrangement of the South China Sea,” President Jokowi said

Targeting US$10 Billion Trade, Indonesia and Vietnam Agree on 6 Cooperation Six Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) were signed by Vietnam and Indonesia during the meeting of Secretary General of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong with Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, on Wednesday afternoon (8/23). The MoUs are: 1. The cooperation agreement on education, signed by Minister of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia Muhadjir Effendy and Deputy Prime Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Pham Binh Minh. 2. The cooperation agreement on rural development, signed by Indonesian Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Minister Eko Putro Sandjojo and Vietnamese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong 3. The MoU between the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Re-

sources of the Republic of Indonesia and the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on the cooperation in coal. 4. The cooperation agreement on natural gas, signed by signed by the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia Ignatius Jonan and the Minister of Industry and Trade of the Republic Socialist Vietnam Tran Tuan Anh. 5. The cooperation agreement on legal affairs, signed by Minister of Justice and Human Rights Yasonna Laoly and Minister of Justice of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Le Thanh Long. 6. A statement to enhance cooperation between the Indonesian Maritime Security Service and the Coast Guard of Vietnam, signed by Head of the Indonesian Naval Security Agency Vice Admiral Arie Soedewo and Vietnam Coast Guard Lieutenant General Nguyen Quang Dam.

Strategic Partner President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) in a joint press statement with Secretary General of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong said Vietnam is one of Indonesia’s strategic partners since 2013. Indonesia and Vietnam are also unified in the ASEAN, and the current Chairman of APEC is from Vietnam which will host the APEC Summit in November. “Indonesia supports Vietnam’s chairmanship. In this meeting, we focus on three main issues, namely the promotion of maritime and fisheries cooperation, trade and investment, and regional issues,” said the president. In the field of maritime and fisheries, President Jokowi added, Indonesia and Vietnam agreed to accelerate the process of border delimitation of the Exclusive Economic Zone Republic between Indonesia and Vietnam. Meanwhile, in the fisheries sector, both countries agreed to fol-

low up Indonesia’s proposal for the achievement of Sustainable Fisheries, and to work together in overcoming the Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUU Fishing). The trade between the two countries continues to increase in the past 3 years. “We have discussed various new steps and initiatives to reach the target of trade at a value of US$10 billion,” Jokowi said. He also explained that as the major producers of pepper and rubber in the world, both countries agreed to take concrete steps in maintaining the price stability and improving the quality of the commodities. Regarding investment, the Government of Indonesia expects Indonesian investors in Vietnam get enough protection and facilitation. According to the president, he and the Secretary General Nguyen Phu Trong also exchanged ideas about the regional issues,

especially ASEAN in entering the age of 50, and stressed on the importance of maintaining the unity and centrality of ASEAN, as well as the importance of working together to realize the vision of the ASEAN community in 2025. “We also welcome the progress achieved within the Code of Conduct framework that will provide a strong basis for the normal, comprehensive arrangement of the South China Sea,” President Jokowi said, adding the two countries also agreed to make ASEAN a driver for peace, stability, and regional welfare. According to a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam adopts a monopoly system in which the Secretary-General of the Socialist Republican Party is an integral part of the state’s existence, and has the highest authority that transcends the president and prime minister. (SETKAB/TPP)

President Jokowi Leads Proclamation of Independence Ceremony at Merdeka Palace President Joko Widodo presided the ceremony to commemorate the Proclamation of the Republic of Indonesia Independence Day, at the courtyard of the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, on Thursday (8/17) morning. At 8:00 am, various performances were held before the ceremony, including Aubade Gita Bahana Nusantara, Gandrung Jejer Banyuwangi colossal dance, Ari Lasso’s gig, marching band of Gita Handayani from Aceh, and the 8th best national costume parade from Jember Fashion Carnaval. The 6th Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Mrs. Ani Yudhoyono arrived at Istana Merdeka, wearing traditional clothing of Palembang. They were welcomed by

Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung who was wearing DI Yogyakarta custom clothing. Both sons of SBY, Agus and Ibas Yudhoyono were also at present. Agus was wearing Palembang traditional clothes. At 8:40 am, the Historical Flag and Proclamation Manuscript from the National Monument arrived at the courtyard of Merdeka Palace. As he walked to the front yard of the Merdeka Palace, President Jokowi was greeted by reporters who asked about customary clothes worn by him and the invited guests. The president said he wanted to introduce Indonesian culture. “Our country is rich in culture. This Paspampres (Presidential Security Force) also wears too,”

said the President while showing the clothes worn by the officer. At 09:57 am, President Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana along with Vice President Jusuf Kalla and Mrs. Mufidah Jusuf Kalla entered the ceremony field, sitting on the seats on the stage of honor. The Ceremony Commander then gave a report to President Jokowi as the Ceremonial Inspector that the ceremony was ready to begin. At 10:00 am, the commemoration of the proclamation began, marked by 17 cannon fires accompanied by the sound of siren. Acting as the Ceremony Commander was Colonel Pnb M. Yani Amirullah, and Commander of Flag Raising Company (Paskibraka) was Captain Inf. Priya Fir-

mansyah. The ceremony continued with the reading of the Proclamation Manuscript by Chairman of the People’s Consultative Assembly, Zulkifli Hasan, then a moment of silence was led by the ceremonial inspector. The following event was the handover of Historical Red and White Flag to the president by the flag-bearer named Fariza Putri S. from East Java. The raising of the flag was carried out by Paskibraka team, inaugurated by President Jokowi. It was followed by the demonstration of fighter aircraft F16 and Air Force Sukhoi and then the singing of national songs by Gita Bahana Nusantara which were gracing the event shortly before the anniversary of the Inde-

pendence Day of Indonesia was concluded. At 10:59 am the President and Vice President left the podium and shook hands with the invited guests. There was something unique in this ceremony, the president announced five names of guests with the best national outfit and awarded them with a bike each. The five winners of best national clothing were Minister of Law and Human Rights Yasonna Laoly (customary clothes of Nias), Oesman Sapta Odang (Minang traditional outfit), Assistant Adjutant of President Sharif (West Kalimantan Dayak clothes), Mrs. Tri Karnavian (Papuan traditional dress) and Mrs. Agati Sulie Mahyudin (Dayak customary outfit). (DTKC/TPP)


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Regarding Economic Growth, President Jokowi: Indonesia Only Lost to India and China President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) calls on all parties to be grateful for the economic growth achievement, as compared to the G-20 countries, Indonesia is in the best 3 after India and China. “South Korea, Mexico, Germany, EU, America, Saudi Arabia, Japan are all below us. This is what we often do not realize and not be grateful for,” said President Jokowi when opening National Pasanggiri and National Championship of Youth Martial Art of Pencak Silat (Persinas) ASAD 2017, at Pondok Pesantren Minhaajurrosyidiin, Lubang Buaya, Jakarta, on Tuesday (8/8) morning. Amidst the current very low world economic growth, the president said this country is still in the top 5 (five). “Just yesterday it was announced again for the second quarter of 2017, Alhamdulillah (thank God) our position is still in the top 5, at 5.01 percent. We

should be grateful,” said the president. The inflation is also well managed. In the past it was 8-9%, now it has been down, in 2015 was 3.35%, in 2016 Alhamdulillah was 3.02%, meaning that this price control works well, he added. President Jokowi also stressed on the importance of infrastructure. He said that the borders have been repaired and new ports are built, while the toll roads outside Java are also being constructed, as well as the railway outside Java, and the airports on the remote islands are expected to be completed in 3 years. “With all these what will we get? There will be mobility of goods and people who can lower the prices of basic commodities throughout the country,” explained the president. According to him, once all the infrastructure projects done, the government will start to focus on the human resource

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President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said that the government is paying great attention to the subsidized housing program. The fund allocation for subsidies and housing development from 2015-2019 at the Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Ministry reaches Rp74 trillion. “With such figure, the property development should go faster. There is a subsidy scheme of Mortgage Liquidity Facility (FLPP). People must know this, a government’s subsidy for the people who want to be able to buy a house with a good price and not burdened by interest rate. The subsidy in FLPP scheme is about 7%. There is also another scheme of 7% interest subvention/subsidy (SSB) so the people only pay 4-5% interest. I see these very helpful,” said President Jokowi during his opening speech at Indonesia Property Expo (IPEX) 2017 at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) Jakar-

ta, on Friday (8/11). He was accompanied by PUPR Minister Basuki Hadimuljono, State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Rini Soemarno, Jakarta Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat and President Director of BTN Maryono. President Jokowi said that people’s interest in subsidized houses is huge. “Our backlog is 11.4 million, too large. The housing development must be accelerated.” The main problem in the housing construction, according to President Jokowi, is the licensing. To that end, President Jokowi greatly appreciates the provinces as well as regencies and cities which have facilitated the licensing for developers who want to build subsidized houses for low income people (MBR). “Permit for housing is now only 6.5 hours to get. I really appreciate this. I think it’s obsolete to get permit in months,” he said.

development. That is because the airports, the ports, the toll roads, the railways need high quality human resources. “We have to prepare our next generation with the best education from elementary school to university, whether boarding school, diniyah, or vocational. So, they can manage the physical development to make our country strong,” Jokowi said. To that end, the president Jokowi asked the schools to agilely adapt to the current demands. He pointed out how vocational schools always majoring in buildings, machinery, electrical, when the world has been changing very fast. “Why not change the majors to megatronic, logistics, retail, animation, or even e-sports? Accompanied with good characters, these majors will be the strength of our country,” said the president. The faculties in the higher education are also the same, he said, adding that the Min-

ister of Research, Technology and Higher Education and the rectors should not be fixated on the majors of economics, law, social politics, but starting to focus on human resources development instead. The president also expressed his gratitude to Islamic boarding schools, including Pondok Pesantren LDII, for their religious character building. “Because science without faith and piety is also useless, meaningless.” The event was also attended by Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, General Secretary of PB Persinas ASAD Teddy Suratmadji, Chairman of Persada ASAD Brig Gen TNI (Ret) Agus Susarso, and Head of Pondok Pesantren Minhaajurrosyidiin KH Kasmudi Assidiqi. On this occasion, President Joko Widodo received the belt of honor and the title of main warrior Persinas ASAD handed by KH Abdul Azis Sulton Aulia. (setkab/TPP)

President Jokowi Has Great Interest in Subsidized Housing Program The shortage of land is another problem. Therefore, Jokowi will speed up the settlement of land disputes. He asked the regions to prepare a land bank as well as the spatial planning especially for the integration of public housing and public facilities. “Many developers pull out after having difficulty to get clean water or not integrated with public transports. It is the obligation of local governments to see it all so that the development can run maximally,” he said. Previously Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono gave awards to Provincial, Regency and City Governments that have contributed significantly in the ease of licensing for MBR housing construction under the One Million House Program. The local governments are North Sulawesi, South Sulawesi and West Java provinces. At the level of city and regency are Maros Regency, Bandung Regency, Malang Regency, Jambi City, Pontianak City and Manado City. “We give the awards to the local governments contributing in the ease of permit. For example, in Pontianak the permit can be obtained in just 6.5 hours,” said Basuki. The government launched the One Million House Program

on April 29, 2015, a joint movement between the Central Government, Local Government, Business Players (developers) to provide decent housing for Low Income People (MBR). From 2015 to August 2017, about 2 million houses have been built from the state budget (APBN) allocation of fund and subsidy amounting to Rp37.5 Trillion. After the opening ceremony, President Joko Widodo and Minister Basuki witnessed the signing of mortgage agreements by 1,393 BTN customers worth Rp167.6 billion, consisting of 363 customers signed the agreements worth Rp44 billion in in JCC Jakarta, while the rest of 1,030 customers will signed the agreements worth Rp123 billion in other cities. The exhibition was held in the commemoration of National Housing Day (Hapernas) 2017, falling on August 25, with the theme of Decent Houses Toward Prosperous People. “There are 201 booths in the exhibition, consisting of 117 nonMBR and 84 MBR housing developers, including the booth of the PUPR Ministry. The value of transactions expected in this exhibition is Rp5 trillion, increasing from Rp4.5 trillion in 2016,” Minister Basuki said. (TRB/TPP)

The central government today provides awards to the local governments which have provided ease of licensing in the housing sector. The award is given in the form of a trophy. However, President Joko Widodo has instructed to add the award with something else aside of the cups. A real award needs to be given like an infrastructure development project. “I told the Minister of Public Works and Minister of State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) that the governors, regents, mayors should not be given only trophies. You know what I mean, right? Give a project also, maybe a road development in West Java, or North Sulawesi,” he said at the Jakarta Convention Center, Jakarta, on Friday (8/10). The SOEs are also asked to play a role in the regional development. One way is by developing airports throughout Indonesia.

“The SOEs must do the same too. The airports belonging to state-owned PT Angkasa Pura which need to be expanded; give the opportunity to the regent or mayor to do it. Alright, don’t only give trophies. They already answered yes, so just ask. How come only trophies again and again. I know the governors, mayors, and regents are already tired of the trophies, because they said so to me. Mr. President, please give something real. So, that is my real command,” he said. It is expected that more local governments will be able to cut the licensing in the housing sector, because this is so influential to the investor confidence to Indonesia. “Nowadays it’s the era of speed. The faster country wins. The fast-paced provinces will win the competition, the fast cities/ regencies will win the competition. If there are too many licensing, how can they move fast?” he said. (OKZ/TPP)

Jokowi Wants RI Not to Only Export Coffee, but Also Barista Coffee from Indonesia is one of the best in the world. Unfortunately, Indonesia has been exporting coffee mostly raw. “The most important thing is how this coffee is not sold raw and alone but with baristas, for example to the Middle East,” said Jokowi after sipping Balinese coffee served at the State Palace, Jl. Veteran, Central Jakarta, on Tuesday (8/15). The value of RI coffee exports in 2015 according to BPS data was at US$1,189,551,300. The United States was the Indonesia’s largest coffee export destination country. “To the countries with a big number of coffee drinkers,

we should send the coffee with its baristas and we will work on this at a large scale. We may send baristas for private homes as well as for cafes. That’s the idea, but most importantly is people must taste the coffee first,” said Jokowi. Jokowi also invites the community to compare the taste of local coffee with the foreign brands. According to him, the local coffee is much better. “All are delicious. Try the Gayo coffee, it’s good; try the Mandailing coffee, it’s good; try the Wamena coffee, it’s good; try the Jember coffee, it’s good, and many more. Balinese coffee is good too. Now how to start generating more baristas. Do not sell raw coffee anymore,” said Jokowi. (DTK/TPP)

President Jokowi Inaugurates Initial Listing of Collective Investment Contract President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) inaugurated the Initial Listing of Asset-Backed Collective Investment Contract (KIK-EBA) of Mandiri - PT Jasa Marga Tbk.’s Jagorawi Revenue Based Securities (JSMR 01) at the Indonesia Stock Exchange Building (BEI), South Jakarta, on Thursday (8/31) morning. In his speech, the president said he had ordered to process the securities a year ago. Then, the State-Owned Enterprises Minister started to work on it 9 months ago and took 9 months to complete it. The president said he did not understand, why it took that long, seeming too complicated. “When I asked whether it’s finished, they said not yet; I asked again still not finished, not finished, not finished, but today alhamdulillah (Thank God) the egg has cracked (an expression for a birth of something),” said the president. According to President Jokowi, this should be appreciated and he expected after this one egg, the other eggs would also follow suit to crack continuously, both stateowned and private companies. “Not only the SOEs that we expect, but the private companies as well. So, this will trigger the capital inflows into our country,” he said. The president reminded that the securities are important because they will boost the capital inflows and reduce the burden of the State Budget (APBN). If this goes well,

President Jokowi said, it will also improve the balance sheets of the SOEs. According to the former mayor of Solo, he has repeatedly briefed the President Directors of SOEs and the Minister of SOEs as well, that SOEs should be developers not owners. “Build-complete-sell, build-complete-sell. After building a toll road, do not own it and be happy by receiving monthly income. Sell it, if the cost 100 sell it at Rp150, then build a longer toll road. Sell again, build another much longer. By this way, the infrastructure in this country will be complete quickly,” he said. “The private sector should do the same. So, build one at a cost of 100 and sell it at 150, use the money to build another bigger or longer one,” the president added. President Jokowi affirmed that the securities issuance is not the domain of the government and SOEs only. The private companies should do that too because the private sector can improve its efficiency drastically by issuing securities. The more number of private companies entering the securities market, the president said that he believed the more the capital inflows to enter our country. Attending the event also were Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, SOEs Minister Rini Soemarno, PUPR Minister Basuki Hadimuljono, Bank Indonesia Governor Agus Martowardoyo and Jakarta Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat. (SETKAB/TPP)


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INDEF: Reindustrialization Accelerates Development of Downstream Industry Researcher at the Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (INDEF) Ahmad Heri Firdaus has said that the government must immediately strengthen the inter-ministerial coordination to realize the re-industrialization or accelerate the development of downstream industrial sector. “Rising the manufacturing growth is not only the duty of Industry Ministry, but other related ministries must support it too,” Heri said in a press release in Jakarta, on Sunday (8/6). The synergy among the sectors is needed to spur the growth of domestic industry to lift the national economy. “For example, working together on meeting the demand for raw materials and energy for industries, free trade schemes, lo-

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cal government policies, as well as labor competence and wage,” he added. Meanwhile, Chairman of Indonesian Association of Industrial Engineering and Industrial Management Graduates (ISTMI) Faizal Safa said a policy that must be issued by the government is related to how to stop imports of goods already produced in the country. “The government must be serious if it wants to see sovereign industry in this country, because the growth of industry will advance a country,” he added. According to Faizal, a policy, such as decreasing energy and logistics costs, is needed in favor of domestic industry players to be able to compete in the domestic and international markets. “Increasing the competence of

human resources (HR) also becomes important. To that end, it is expected the facilitation for the cooperation between industry and universities in research and development activities,” he said. Chairman of the Association of Indonesian Food Beverage Entrepreneurs (GAPMMI) Adhi S. Lukman said the downstream industry is very important to boost the added value significantly in the country. Moreover, the national industry is now encouraged to enter the global supply chain and able to face the Industry 4.0 era. “There should be a policy to process local natural resources for higher added value. Through industrialization, it will certainly provide a multiplier effect for the economy such as the cre-

(RPJMN) 2015-2019. The strategic directions include increasing the competitiveness and productivity, industrial population growth, and the development of industrial zoning outside Java.

ation of jobs and tax payments,” Adhi explained. The Industry Ministry has set six priority policies of national industry, which is in line with the direction of the National Medium-Term Development Plan

“Given the important role of the industrial sector in contributing to the national economy, they are necessary policies to accelerate its growth,” said Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto. (JPP/TPP)

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“They relocated in Cikampek, West Java. This new plant, planned to operate in 2019, will increase the production by 200 thousand tons,” said Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto after meeting with CEO of Asahi Glass Co. Ltd. (AGC) of Japan, Takuya Shimamura and his staff at the Ministry of Industry, Jakarta, on Monday (8/7). The minister explained that the business expansion will be done by PT Asahimas Flat Glass Tbk., based in Ancol, North Jakarta, with an installed capacity of one million tons of glass sheets per year from two production lines. “One production line will be

moved to Cikampek with the capacity of 700 thousand tons per year, from the previous 500 thousand tons,” he said. To achieve these production targets, Asahimas Flat Glass asked for certainty of the raw material supply. Previously PT Asahi Chemical for three weeks experienced a shortage of salt, used to produce caustic soda as glass raw materials. “However according to them, the problem had been solved,” said Airlangga. Therefore, the Ministry of Industry continues to ensure the availability of raw materials and energy for the industry to support the production process. “The

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glass industry is a potential sector, for it is exportable,” he said. The smooth production will increase the added value, employment, and foreign exchange earnings. According to the Director General of Chemical, Textile and Multifarious Industries (IKTA) Achmad Sigit Dwiwahjono, the silica for Asahimas is supplied from Belitung, which has been delayed for some time and only able to meet 30 percent of the need. “They need 50 thousand tons of silica every month. If this raw material is imported, the production cost will swell,” he said. Meanwhile, Shimamura said, Asahi continued to invest in the

last three years in Indonesia. “Our total expansion in the last 3-4 years has been worth US$1.5 billion. The chemical plant alone is about US$1 billion,” he said. Currently, PT Asahi Chemical starts to build a power plant and a chemical plant worth US$400-500 million and the investment for relocation of PT Asahimas Flat Glass Tbk. is estimated at US$167 million. In addition to increase the production capacity, Asahimas also applies special technology at the Cikampek factory. According to its public disclosure to Indonesia Stock Exchange (BEI), the furnace used at the Cikampek plant is en-

vironmentally friendly and efficient in fuel use. The glass sheets to be produced are for architectural and automotive needs. Asahimas will sell the Cikampek factory products to the domestic and foreign markets. The export destinations will be the United States, Brazil, Belgium, Italy, Pakistan, Thailand, Singapore, China, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam and Japan. As of the third quarter of 2016, Asahimas domestic sales reached Rp1.71 trillion and exports Rp1.07 trillion. (Kemenperin/ TPP)

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The Directorate General of Immigration of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights launched the service of registration for passport application via WhatsApp on Monday, August 7, 2017. This service is simultaneously launched in 26 immigration offices in Indonesia with 150 passport applicants per day, such as Jabodetabek, Yogyakarta and Central Java. The service can be enjoyed by the Bogor residents for example. “Starting today (Monday), the applicants can register through the WhatsApp,”

said Head of the First Class Immigration Office of Bogor Herman Lukman at his office on Monday (8/7). He said most of Indonesian people now have a mobile phone equipped with applications such as WhatsApp. With this service, people who want to apply for passport or renew their old ones can register by sending a message to WhatsApp Bogor Immigration Office number of 08 1111 00 333. They must type #NAME#BirdDate#Date to go to the immigration office. For example #Budi#25011987#07082017 then send it to 08 1111 00 333,” explained Herman. After registering, there will be a reply from the Immigration Office in the form of a barcode number as a booking code. The applicants then will get the queue number, as well as the date and time to come to the Immigration Office. “With this service, there is a certainty of time. There is no need to wait too long, simply register at home and come as scheduled,” Herman said.

He added this mechanism is also expected to discourage brokers or jockeys because applicants must use their own numbers. The booking code obtained at the time of registration should be disclosed upon arrival to the Immigration Office. The applicants must arrive 30 minutes before the schedule. If they are late on a predetermined schedule the booking code will be forfeited. “If the booking code is forfeited, they must register again,” Herman said, added the applicants must bring the original documents and make sure all the data on the documents are the same. “This service is not applicable for a damaged or missing passport,” he said. In the first day of the WA registration implementation, it already showed result. The Bogor Immigration Office was not as crowded as it used to. “There is a certainty of time, unlike before this service, we have to wait a long time, in taking care of a passport,” said Abdul Kadir, an applicant from Bogor. (TMP/TPP)

Indonesia said it would trade palm oil, coffee and other commodities for Russian fighter jets. The barter deal to exchange 11 Russian-made Sukhoi Su-35 jets for key commodities was signed on August 4 in Moscow between Russia’s Rostec and PT Perusahaan Perdagangan Indonesia, both state-owned companies. “The idea was proposed last year and some people suggested Indonesia should trade

the jets with our main commodities,” Indonesia’s trade ministry spokesman Marolop Nainggolan told news agency AFP. The European Union and United States have slapped sanctions on Russia for alleged meddling in the US presidential election and its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea. Indonesian Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita said the sanctions were an opportunity for Indonesia to revive trade with Russia which has fallen since 2012.

Lukita said the barter agreement could open up further bilateral trade deals extending to energy and aviation. Indonesia already operates 16 Sukhoi jets. The southeast Asian nation made its first purchase in 2003 while it was subject to a US embargo on arms sales due to the military’s human rights abuses. Details of the barter came as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was to was due to arrive in Indonesia for two-day visit later Tuesday. (DW/TPP)


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INTERNATIONAL Indonesian Ambassador Strives to Increase Export of Indonesian Products to New Zealand Indonesian Ambassador Tantowi Yahya has held a meeting with New Zealand Trade Minister Hon Todd McClay at his Wellington office as an effort to increase the bilateral trade between Indonesia and New Zealand to US$3 billion per year by 2024. The figure has become a target mutually committed by leaders of both countries. Ambassador Tantowi has been paying more attention to find ways to achieve the target. To realize it, the two countries need to immediately formulate the steps to work on the opportunities, given that most of the export products of the two countries are not competing to each other. Over the past five years the total trade value of both countries is US$1.2 billion per year on average. New Zealand has been a major supplier of dairy and meat products to Indonesia. But for the meat products, last year shifted to India. Indonesian exports to New Zealand include products of animal feed, wood, rubber tires, tissue paper, textile and shoes. One of the efforts to accelerate the increase of export value is by encouraging exports of high-value products such as four-wheeled vehicles, agricultural machinery equipment, building materials, fertilizers and furniture. In addition to the Minister of Trade, Ambassador Tantowi also met with the Primary Industries Minister who oversees agriculture, fishery, livestock, forestry and processed food, Nathan Guy, whose ministry also has an important role in New Zealand’s market access policy. The trade initiatives and cooperation between the two countries begin to show results. Another Indonesian flagship product has been boosted for export to New Zealand, the tropical fruits. Recently, New Zealand issued the provisions on the import of Salak (snake-skinned fruit).

Ambassador Tantowi said he believed the influx of Mangosteen to the New Zealand market, followed by Salak and Mango, would be well received by the New Zealand people due to good taste and uniqueness of the fruits. New Zealand applies strict rules on the security against pests and other organisms that may damage the local agriculture. Therefore, Minister Nathan Guy stressed on the importance of incoming products to meet the biosecurity standards. For the Mango and Salak from Indonesia, the country will soon issue the import health standards (IHS). In the meeting with Minister Nathan Guy, Ambassador Tantowi Yahya also invited New Zealand to engage in the development of the Integrated Marine and Fisheries Center (SKPT) in Biak Numfor, Papua Province. “The development of SKPT Biak is a good opportunity for the New Zealand Government as well as the private sector to increase mutually beneficial cooperation for both countries” explained Tantowi. The cooperation opportunities include the construction of refrigerated fish storage, facility for piling and handling live fish, fish processing plant, supports of cold chain system, and economic development of the local community through a business incubator program. To the clear explanation of Ambassador Tantowi, Nathan Guy said he would learn more the opportunities for the cooperation proposed by Indonesia. This is a positive thing in line with the maritime and fishery cooperation between New Zealand and Indonesia which continues to increase. The cooperation of two countries on maritime is quite close, especially in fighting against the illegal fishing (IUU Fishing). Both countries are active in various IUU Fishing forums both bilaterally and multilaterally. (KEMLU/TPP)

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Bali is famous as a world-class tourist destination that has been very popular internationally. Bali is also strategic for the development of small and medium industries such as food and beverages, spas, woven bags, Balinese sarongs, and garments.

To prepare the Balinese SME products in facing tougher competition during the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) era, the Directorate of Economic Cooperation of ASEAN of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with Business & Export Development Organization (BEDO) and International Labor Organization (ILO) held seminar and workshop titled “Ideas to Enhance the Competitiveness of Small and Medium Industry in Bali in Entering the ASEAN Market under the Implementation of 2025 ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint” on August 9-11, 2017 at Harris Riverview Hotel-Kuta, Bali. The seminar was opened by BEDO Program Manager, Jeff Kristianto Iskandarsyah, and continued with remarks by National Project Manager of ILO Indonesia, Januar Roestandi. In his speech, Jeff Kristianto urged the SMEs to change its paradigm to be ready to take advantage in the AEC free market.

Director of ASEAN Economic Cooperation of Foreign Affairs Ministry, Ade Petranto, explained that the seminar aimed to encourage Indonesian SMEs to prepare themselves in penetrating the ASEAN market. Almost one hundred percent of Indonesia’s 57 million business units are SMEs and they account for 56% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and absorb 97.30% of the workforce in Indonesia. The seminar presented speakers of an expert from the Free Trade Area (FTA) Center - Trade Ministry and the coordinators of Economic Function and Trade Attaché at Indonesian embassies in Bangkok, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Yangon. The ILO SCORE-certified trainers also took part. They delivered presentations about the penetration strategies to the ASEAN market, particularly related to regulation, product trend, packaging, and price estimate for SME products Meantime the workshop, ac-

cording to Ade, used the ILOdeveloped Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises (SCORE) program to help SMEs improve the quality and productivity, as well as occupational health and safety, reduce the environmental footprints, and strengthen the relationship between employers and workers. The workshop participants are SMEs, who have been trained in the SCEDE Module I program from BEDO about how to improve the competitiveness, to get the training in Module II focusing on expanding the market access. Ade added one current challenge is to change the mindset of Indonesian entrepreneurs who view the AEC as a threat instead of an opportunity. “They should be more proactive in sizing the opportunity.” AEC is one of the three pillars of the “ASEAN Community”, along with the Political-Security Community and Socio-Cultural Community. The AEC 2025 blueprint consists of 5 (five) pil-

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Festival Indonesia Moscow 2017 Attracts Over 90 Thousand Visitors

lars, namely (i) Integrated and cohesive economy; (ii) Competitive and dynamic; (iii) Improved connectivity and sectoral cooperation; (iv) An ASEAN that is resilient, inclusive, oriented and focused on the community; and (v) A Global ASEAN. BEDO is a community of SMEs to reach goals of enhancing entrepreneurship skills through capacity building programs and helping improve the production efficiency. BEDO was founded in 2006 and has been actively participating in the ILO’s flagship program of SCORE, a practical training program to improve productivity and working conditions of SMEs. The seminar was attended by about 80 participants of SMEs whom five of them were selected to participate in the two-day workshop. It is expected that by the end of the program, the participants (SMEs) will improve their competitiveness and productivity to be able to penetrate the ASEAN market. (Kemlu/TPP)

2017 was presenting a series of events beginning with the Forum and Business Meeting on Palm Oil on August 3, 2017, followed by the Business Forum of IndonesiaRussia on August 4, 2017, then the business meeting, exhibition of Indonesian products, including those from small and medium enterprises, as well as art and cultural performances. The visitors enjoyed the dances, songs, games and the display of traditional clothing from various regions of Indonesia. There were also classes for making batik and learning Indonesian language, demonstrations of cooking and martial arts, fashion shows, exhibition of photos, surfing and diving, traditional wedding ceremony, leather puppet, spa therapy, workshops, music and dancing area, information center and video footage on tourism of Indonesia. At the Business Forum of Indonesia-Russia, three Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) were signed. The first MoU is between the Jakarta Chamber of Com-

merce and Moscow City, the second is between the Central Java Chamber of Commerce and Samara Chamber of Commerce, while the third is between Institute Orgenergostroy JSC with PT Surveyor Indonesia (Persero). Cooperation agreements between provinces and cities of both countries were also signed. DKI Jakarta Province signed a cooperation program for the year 2017-2019 with the City of Moscow. The West Java Province with Bashkortostan, Central Java Province with Sverdlovsk, while Medan City with the City of Rostov on Don signed “Agreed Minutes” about the intention to establish cooperation. This festival is bigger than last year. The number of participants from Indonesia increased drastically, from about 400 in 2016 to about 1000 people from various circles, either central government, local governments, business people and art and culture teams. There were only 30 booths in the festival last year, increasing to 70 this year. The number of visitors

also rose from 68,297 people last year to 91,600 people this year. The regions participating in the 2017 Festival Indonesia were Aceh, North Sumatra, Bengkulu, DKI Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, East Java, Bali, East Kalimantan, Medan, Samosir, Bekasi, Bogor, South Tangerang, Banten, Cilacap, Semarang, Kediri, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Malang, Boyolali, Badung, Parigi Moutong, and Fakfak. Some delegates were led by governors (5), mayors and regents (8). The private business entities participating in the festival were the House of Ferry Sunarto, Steffie Collection, Yose Art Indonesia, Anya Design Handicraft, Bou-

tique Nunik Mawardi, IRD Fashion, Home Creative Jogja, Weaving Style, Batik Soemma, Delima Temple Amaizing, Tanah Air Beta Archipelago, Cristalia Eisha, Hanung Crafts, Flypower Indonesia, Batik Soul Guitar, Bank Indonesia of Bali Provincial Office, Mitra Sarana Perjuangan Cooperatives, Gumkemindo Penggerak Niaga, Global Mice Indonesia, GAPKI, Blanco Coffee Indonesia, Tehnika Ina, Bali Tourism Promotion Agency, Lake Toba Authority Agency, Kadin DKI Jakarta, Kadin Central Java and Kadin Semarang. The festival was opened jointly by Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita, Ambassador M. Wa-

hid Supriyadi, Assistant Deputy Southeast Asia Market Development Ministry of Tourism Kiki Handayani, Director of Third Asia of Foreign Affairs Ministry Vorobyeva Ludmila Georgievna Russian Federation, Moscow Municipal Representative Dridze Evgeniy Borisovich, and Chairman of the Russian-Indonesian Business Council Mikhail Kuritsyn. While attending the festival, Indonesian Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita called for further improvement in the cooperation between the two countries. According to him, the Russian market is very potential for Indonesian products. Both countries can complement each other. The Festival Indonesia Moscow 2017 is supported by a number of agencies and institutions in Indonesia and Russia, such as the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Trade. The private parties supporting the event are Sinar Mas, BPDPKS, Indonesian Oil Palm Entrepreneurs Association (GAPKI), Pertamina, Tehnika Ina, House of Ferry Sunarto, Indonesia Eximbank, Global Ship, Tora Bika and Good Day. “We express our high appreciation to all parties who have supported this festival and hopefully next year will be better,” said Ambassador M. Wahid Supriyadi. (KEMLU/TPP)

DPR RI Visits Iceland to Work on Geothermal Cooperation

was accompanied by the Indonesian Ambassador to the Republic of Iceland based in Oslo, Yuwono A. Putranto. A meeting with the Icelandic Parliament, called Alþingi (read: althing) in the local language, is an ‘obligatory’ agenda. The delegation was warmly welcomed by Iceland’s Parliament Speaker Unnur Brá Konráðsdóttir, who was accompanied by the Chairman of the Committee of Environment and Communications of the Parliament of Iceland, Valgerður Gunnarsdóttir, Icelandic Ambassador to Indonesia based in Tokyo (Japan), Hannes Heimisson, and the officers and staff of the Secretariat Parliament of Iceland. Vice Speaker Dr. Agus Hermanto and other delegation members exchanged opinions with their Iceland counterparts on the role of parliament and the legislative process relat-

ed to geothermal and fisheries businesses. At the end of the meeting, the Indonesian delegation proposed the formation of friend of parliament to facilitate communication and cooperation in the future which was responded positively by Iceland’s Parliament Speaker. The delegation also received the honor of being accepted by the President of Iceland, H.E Guðni Th. Jóhannesson at the Bessastaðir Presidential Palace. In this courtesy visit, Agus conveyed the purpose the delegation’s visit to Iceland, which is to strengthen the cooperation geothermal and fishery. The Icelandic president welcomed and agreed to improve relations between the two countries especially in renewable energy of geothermal. The delegation also met with academics and industry players in the geothermal and fisheries, namely Iceland Geo-

survey (ISOR), Green Energy Geothermal (GEG), and Svartsengi Power Plant where they learned first-hand the use of geothermal energy. The series of marathon meetings has succeeded in broadening the horizons and knowledge of Indonesian legislators on how the Icelandic Government manages a research center that sustains the Icelandic geothermal industry. “In Iceland, geothermal research has begun since 1945,” said Agus, adding that having a great research center is key to improve understanding of geothermal and reduce the risks in exploration, exploitation and utilization activities. Meanwhile, Indonesian Ambassador to the Republic of Iceland Yuwono A. Putranto said, “This is a historic visit, because it is the first time for Indonesian legislators visiting Iceland. Hopefully it will en-

hance the relationship both at G-to-G and B-to-B levels.” He added he hoped the visit would lead to a concrete cooperation in geothermal energy of which Indonesia keeps 40% of the world’s reserves. “The Svartsengi Power Plant is a good example for the optimal utilization of geothermal energy in cost-effective, reliable, renewable, sustainable and environmentally friendly way. It also can be used as tourist destination of sulfur hot springs.” The delegation also held a meeting with United Nations University - Geothermal Training Program (UNU-GTP), United Nations University Fisheries Training Program (UNU-FTP), HB Grandi fisheries industry while visiting its processing plant. A number of Indonesian students who are studying at UNU-GTP participated in the meeting. (KEMLU/ TPP)

About 90 thousand people visited the Indonesian Festival organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Moscow, Russian Federation, on August 4-6, 2017 at the Hermitage Garden, Moscow. The second festival with the theme “Visit Wonderful Indonesia: Enjoy its Diversity” got the most enthusiastic welcome from the Russian people. They were served with a variety of cultural performances as well as Indonesian food and fruits. Indonesian Ambassador to the Russian Federation, M. Wahid Supriyadi, said the festival was held to promote trade, tourism and integrated investment. According to him, the festival provided a facility for business matching and 25 companies utilized the facility. “The festival is in line with the economic diplomacy program to boost Indonesia’s exports to Russia as well as attract investments and tourists from Russia to Indonesia,” said Ambassador Wahid. Festival Indonesia Moscow

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A delegation of the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR RI), led by Vice Speaker for Industry and Development Dr. Agus Hermanto, paid a visit to Iceland on August 8-12, 2017. Those in the delegation

are: Satya Widya Yudha (faction of Golkar Party), Jazuli Juwaini (F PKS), Kurtubi (F Nasdem), Kardaya Warnika (F Gerindra), Agung Budi Santoso (F Demokrat), Aliyah Mustika Ilham (F Demokrat), Rooslynda Marpaung (F Demokrat) and Sayed Abubakar A. Asseggaf (F Demokrat). Some officials from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of RI and directors of state-owned enterprises running on energy and infrastructure businesses, namely PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy (PGE), PT PLN Geothermal, PT Geo Dipa Energi, PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (SMI) and AMETIS Institute, came along. During the visit, the delegation


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Development Starts, Angkasa Pura I: Kulon Progo Airport to be Operational in 2019 cdns.klimg.com

The state-owned Angkasa Pura I (Persero) has started the development of the New Yogyakarta International Airport in Kulon Progo Regency, Yogyakarta Special Region.

“The clearing works will be done by PT Pembangunan Perumahan in the next three months under a partnership system with Angkasa Pura. The third party, as a project executor, waits for the Presidential Regulation which is currently under process,” said New Java International Airport (NYIA) Development Project Manager of PT Angkasa Pura I Sujiastono in Kulon Progo, on Friday (8/11).

MRT’s 170-meter Special Bridge Built with ‘Special Method’

He said the construction of the new airport in Kulon Progo is to anticipate the arrivals of 20 million tourists to Indonesia. “The existing airport in Yogyakarta is now not enough to serve 14 million tourists targeted to visit DIY,” Sujiastono added. To accommodate 7 million passengers, it will need 15 thousand square meters of land area for a runway. For the Kulon Progo airport, the plan is that a runway would be built

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on a land area of 30 thousand square meters to accommodating 12 million to 15 million passengers per year. “Hopefully, the new airport will be in operation in 2019,” he said. Related to the location of the airport in Kulon Progo, said to be prone to disaster and tsunami, Sujiastono said he is ready to face any parties who question the issue. Nevertheless, the airport development in Kulon Progo continues. “As an illustration, let’s take Japan,

which is a vulnerable country to earthquake and tsunami, but it continues to build infrastructure. Without infrastructure, we cannot move forward,” he added. According to him, in the initial stage, AP I will build a runway with the length of 3,250 meters and the width of 60 meters. AP I expects with the size, today’s large aircrafts will be easily land on it. “DIY is a region with the second biggest number of tourist

gions throughout the archipelago. “We expect from the start of construction until the operation of airport, people in Kulon Progo are always taking part.” He also stressed on the importance of consistency applied by the central government and Angkasa Pura in all stages of the Kulon Progo airport development. “If the commitment is well implemented, the airport development will be smooth and beneficial for the community,” he said. (JPP/TPP)

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The construction of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project in several locations was inspected by MRT directors with media crew on Monday (8/14). One of the project sites is in the Fatmawati area, which will be used as an MRT station. The project in Fatmawati is a flyover called the Special Bridge, located above the Jakarta Outer Ring Road (JORR) of TB Simatupang section. Sony, a representative of Tokyu-Wijaya Karya as the consortium contractor working on the Fatmawati Station, said the Special Bridge is approximately 170 meters in length and 25 meters in height. The long winding flyover is in line over the Jakarta Outer Ring Road (JORR) TB Simatupang from Fatmawati to Cipete. It is built with a ‘special method’ using a special tool called form traveler. This tool helps to do the casting directly from above so as not to disrupt the traffic flow on JORR. “We installed the Special Bridge by casting it at the top. We set up the form traveler, the concrete box hanging above and moving forward,” Sony said. According to him, the construction of the Special Bridge above the JORR took about four months. One segment or per 4 meters of casting took nine days. The reason for choosing this special method is because the project location is above the highway. “If using the conventional method by installing precast concrete, it will disrupt the traffic on the highway below for we have to build pillars in the middle of the highway,” said Sony. With some of the above considerations, Sony used the special method to keep the project running without disturbing the highway. He also said that during the construction there were no obstacles such as a falling material or weather constraints. The progress of this flyover approaches the final stage of installing the parapet walls along the flyover. (TRB/TPP)

“The operation of this toll road is expected to cut the travel time from Semarang to Solo compared to the conventional routes.”

The Bawen-Salatiga section, part of the Semarang-Solo toll toad, is scheduled to officially operational on the Indonesian Independence Day on August 17, 2017. “Insya Allah (God willing) on August 17,” said Central Java Provincial Secretary Sri Puryono in Semarang, on Tuesday (8/8). According to him, the test on

the operation feasibility of the toll road section has started. Once declared feasible, the Bawen-Salatiga section will be operational on August 17, 2017, according to target. The 17.6 km Bawen-Salatiga section is part of the 72.6 km Semarang-Solo toll road. The toll road was operated during the Lebaran holiday sea-

RI-Japan Cooperates in 4 Transportation Infrastructure Projects Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has held a meeting with Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia Masafumi Ishii to discuss bilateral cooperation in four transportation infrastructure projects. “Today’s meeting is a follow-up to the discussion of infrastructure development cooperation and financing cooperation,” said the minister after the meeting at his office on Monday (15/8). The four cooperation projects are the development of fast train railway of Jakarta-Surabaya route, the continuation of cooperation agreement between Indonesia-JICA for the MRT East-West Corridor study, the loan disbursement extension

visits after Bali. It is expected that the overseas passengers who go to Bali will stop by in Yogyakarta before going to Bali, instead of having stopover in Singapore before going to Bali,” he said. Chairman of the Kulon Progo Parliament Akhid Nuryati said that he hoped the process of the construction of the airport will involve the Kulon Progo community. AP I always says the airport development in Kulon Progo is different from other re-

for Cikarang-Manggarai doubledouble track project, and the development of Patimban Port. According to the Transportation Minister, the fast train of Jakarta-Surabaya will shorten the travel time to only about 5 hours and the government of Indonesia has intensively discussed the preparation to realize it. He also confirmed on the commitment to continue the cooperation between the government of Indonesia and JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) for the study of the MRT on the EastWest Corridor. “After the Independence Day celebration, I assigned the Director General of Railways to meet with Mr. Ambassador to dis-

cuss the details of the follow-up of the Indonesia’s plan to implement the Loan Agreement for the Study of MRT construction on the East-West Corridor, in accordance with the agreement between the government of Indonesia and JICA,” the minister said. He will also ask the Director General of Railways to discuss with the Japanese Ambassador’s staff the loan disbursement extension from September 2017 to the beginning of 2018 for the construction of the CikarangManggarai double-double track. “We ask for this extension because there is a technical process with BPKP which requires more time. We expect the process will exceed the time limit of loan

disbursement agreed in September 2017,” he added. Meantime the development plan of Patimban Port, Transportation Minister Budi said the government of Indonesia continues to implement the work plan in accordance with the agreed schedule. “We also want to discuss further about the development plan of Patimban Port. In this case, the government of Indonesia continues to implement the work plan in accordance with the schedule agreed with the government of Japan. The government of Indonesia continues to discuss the cooperation in operating the Patimban Port,” he concluded. (JPP/TPP)

son this year to reduce the traffic density in the conventional routes. The operation of this toll road is expected to cut the travel time from Semarang to Solo compared to the conventional routes. The Semarang-Solo toll road is targeted for completion in the third quarter of 2018, where the land acquisition is already 99

percent done. The toll road consists of five sections, namely Semarang-Ungaran (10.85 km) and UngaranBawen (11.99 km) which are already in operation, while the Bawen-Salatiga section (17.6 km), Salatiga-Boyolali (21.47 km), and Boyolali-Kartasura (7.14 km) are underway. (IND/ TPP)

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Bandung City to Adopt Public Transportation System Like Mexico’s Bandung City Government continues to get the right design for the public transportation system that matches the characteristics of Bandung. The transportation system is still a crucial problem in the city of Bandung. One effort is by having a comparative study to learn the transportation system in other country, like recently done by Bandung Mayor Ridwan Kamil (Emil) while visiting Mexico recently. During his visit, Emil had the opportunity to conduct a comparative study of the transportation systems in the country. One interesting thing is it also uses buses like Trans Metro Bandung (TMB) in Bandung. “The transportation system in Mexico is the best in the world. I

Pandeglang Regent: Cibaliung People’s Party Promotes Village’s Flagship Products

instruct the Head of Transportation Department to immediately copy the system in a pilot project,” Ridwan said in a press release on Tuesday (8/15). Emil also said the local buses in Mexico City were designed to be very comfortable and spacious. According to him, there are also three-articulated buses so each bus can accommodate so many passengers. The roads are also wide so they can run through easily. He added that the success of local buses in Mexico is measured by their ability to change the people’s lifestyles. Previously the Mexicans also liked to drive their cars as the main mode of transportation, but now people are turning to the public transportation.

“The bus is so comfortable, the time between buses is short, and the bust stops are many. That caused people to change their lifestyles, from usually driving cars or motors, now they take the bus,” he added. In Bandung, Emil has to deal with the problem of narrow roads. Therefore, the articulated bus model used in Mexico will be difficult to run in Bandung. “So, we have to make the concept of TMB busway which is moderate but adequate. That is what we are thinking,” he said He plans to start operating the system he learned from Mexico in the near future. It will start with changing the urban transportation pattern to prevent the traffic jams from getting worse. (JBN/TPP)

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The Cibaliung People’s Party (PRC), which has been held for generations, brings in a positive impact to the local community, as it is promoting the Village’s Superior Programs (Prudes) and products of the community’s economic development. This was remarked by Pandeglang Regent Hj. Irna Narulita while opening the PRC event in the Cibaliung Square on Tuesday (8/15). According to Regent Irna,

PRC is now able to ‘shake’ Banten. She said the visitors and traders who attended the PRC event are not only from the Cibaliung District but also from other districts even outside Pandeglang Regency. “We must move together to develop creativity. These superior products can be offered to the domestic and overseas tourists as souvenirs,” she said. Meanwhile Kumaedi, a member of Pandeglang legislative

body from the National Awakening Party (PKB) faction, said the PRC had been organized for years with a different concept in each year. He said, the enthusiasm of the community was always very high for this event, and it has been supported by the creativity by the youth both Karangtaruna and other organizations. “As stated by the regent, this event indeed can revive the economy of the community

through the trade. Besides, Cibaliung also has the excellent product of brown sugar which got a record from Muri,” he said. Some other dignitaries attending the event were Asda Administrator H.M Olis Solihin, Head of Industry, Trade and Energy Office Tatang Efendi, Head Cooperatives Department Cecep Juanda, and Head of Education Office Salman Sunardi. (BP/TPP)

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Attending MPKMB 54 IPB, Aher: We’ll Make Indonesia World Super Power in Food West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan (Aher) attended the Campus Introduction to New Students (MPKMB) 54 Bogor Institute of Agriculture (IPB) Year 2017 at Graha Widya Building Graduation Campus IPB Dramaga, Dramaga Highway, Bogor Regency, on Sunday (8/13). In front of 3,975 new students of IPB for Academic Year 20172018, Aher encouraged and motivated them to become the driving and determinant force for Indonesian food policy. Food is super-essential in the world, he said, without food there will be no life on this earth. “Food is super-essential. Humans will never live without food. There are three crises that the world fear, the crises of water, food, and energy. The energy crisis is not directly related to human life, but the water crisis and the food crisis directly affect the human life,” said Aher in his presentation themed Dynamics of Life in West Java. For that, in front of IPB Rector Herry Suhardiyanto and all Civitas Academia of IPB, Aher called for guarding the food while preserving the environment, because the entire supply of life on earth comes from the nature. Aher encouraged IPB to play more roles and responsibilities in determining the availability of food.

To cut the long queue of passengers in Trans Semarang Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) shelters, the management of Trans Semarang BRT has cooperated with Moovit Indonesia in using the Moovit application to monitor the BRT bus in corridor I to VI. Acting Head of Public Service Agency (BLU) Trans Semarang, Ade Bhakti, said there is a plan to expand the BRT shelters due to the increasing number of passengers. But it will take time in planning and budgeting. “With the Moovit application, it is expected the passengers will not crowd the shelters, especially during the rush hours, because they already know exactly when the bus will come, what corridors, what bus number they ride according to their itineraries. The users can download the application at the Playstore,” he said on Wednesday (8/9). According to Ade, Moovit Indonesia was chosen for its application has spread globally. Moovit is currently used by approximately 70 million users worldwide, covering 1,400 cities in 72 countries, using 47 languages and is supported by thousands of local communities. The application was launched by Semarang Mayor Hendrar Prihadi on August

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“Bung Karno once said - at the inauguration of IPB in 1963, that the matter of food and agriculture is a matter of life and death of the Indonesian nation. Thus, IPB is responsible for the future of Indonesian life affairs,” Aher said. Aher also said that he hoped IPB graduates will become great people in food affairs. “If the United States declares itself a super power in armed forces. Let us present our peace-loving nation, people who love to live harmoniously side by side, to be the super power in food.” He then briefly mentioned the import policy on some food commodities made by Indonesia. According to him, this happens because of lack of alignment and focus between the farmers and food products in the country. Therefore, Aher said he wants

IPB to play a bigger role in determining the national food policy. “Our food is still lacking, it seems rice is not imported anymore. But other foods are still imported. This is the matter of alignment and focus. Therefore, besides having to prepare the human resources for food security, IPB must also presents the statehood concepts that influence the state’s policy on food,” said Aher. “So, 80 percent of the decisions on food should be the concepts of IPB. Because this is what the agriculture campus all about and it is the biggest in our country. Let us present goodness in the food sector, agriculture. So that Indonesia will be safe in the future, because the safe country in the future is a country with a food security,” he concluded. (FJB/TPP)

Central Java Provincial Government has developed a digital library application that can be accessed by people using cellular phone. “The contents provided in the digital library will increase the literacy of the community so that the spread of hoax among the public can be minimized,” said Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo in Semarang on Thursday (7/13). According to him, the digital library will educate various layers of society and they also can write and create their own libraries. “In my opinion, (the digital

library, ed.) is good and interesting because it can educate and increase the reading interest of the community as well,” said the PDI-P politician. Head of Archives and Library of Central Java Province M. Masrofi explained that the application of digital library named “ijateng”, launched on July 18, 2017, will improve the literacy of Indonesian people, especially the ones in Central Java. He said the development of digital library was initiated by the low number of people in Indonesia who can access the library, which is only eight percent and most are in the urban areas.

17 simultaneously with the launching of TCash Semarang Terrific. Based on the trials in the field, the buses come in the range of 30 seconds to two minutes earlier than the time specified in the app. “We can monitor the bus arrival times anywhere. I suggest to come to the shelter five minutes earlier than the time of arrival in the application. This Silicon Valley-based application helps obtain the route selection information, bus position, arrival times, travel times, and transit points,” said Ade. He added the cooperation aimed to support Semarang Smart City program and to create safe, convenient and cheap mass transportation. “We expect this application will make the passengers or service users be more comfortable because their trips will be on time,” he said. A BRT service user, Novi Tri Sukmatwati said she was grateful with the application because she did not have to wait in the shelter for too long. “At certain hours, the shelters are so crowded, all seats taken, too tired to stand too long. This application makes our time more efficient, we do not need to wait at the shelter too long,” said the student of class XI SMKN 9 Semarang. (TRB/TPP)

Central Java Develops Digital Library The digital library application is expected to help people who have difficulty in accessing libraries, especially those in rural areas. Masrofi said the interest in reading among Indonesian society is also low. That shows at the position of Indonesia at the 60th out of 61 countries for literacy, he added. Nevertheless, he said, the contrary occurs on the use of social media of which Indonesia is on the top in the world so that the application of digital library “ijateng” becomes an opportunity to increase the people’s interest in reading and improve the community literacy. “Besides providing digital books for free and accessible anywhere, the public can also participate in adding a collection of books on the application, since the people can create their own libraries and upload the writings they make,” he said. At the launch of the digital library “ijateng” 3,270 titles of books are provided for free. The collection will increase with the participation of people who want to donate digital books and publish their writings. (ANT/TPP)


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Whitesky Aviation and Bintan Aviation Investments Cooperate to Develop Bintan Tourist Destinations PT Bintan Aviation Investments and PT Whitesky Aviation build strategic partnership to enhance the attractiveness and accessibility of tourist destinations in Bintan Island, Riau Archipelago. They plan to take the role of supporting the government program in bringing in foreign tourists to Indonesia. The government through the Ministry of Tourism has targeted 20 million foreign tourist arrivals until 2019. Of the target, Bintan and Batam are expected to attract four million foreign tourists or about 20 percent of the national target. Both agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the strategic partnership and

mutual benefits in providing helicopter services, as a transport means between tourist destinations in the Riau Islands and as tourist attractions as well (Heli Adventure Tour). Bintan Aviation Investments welcomes the cooperation with Whitesky. Each party with their respective specialties will take advantage of the existing poten-

tials in Bintan Island. Both also agreed to exchange data and information according to the MoU. “We are optimistic that this cooperation will increase the attractiveness of Bintan tourism destinations. Bintan Resort currently has 1,700 hotel rooms and will rise to 7,000 rooms by 2020. Thus, it is estimated that there will be more tourists visit-

ing the destinations in Bintan,” said Managing Director of Bintan Aviation Investments Michael Wudy. He further said that the tourist destinations on the small islands of Riau Islands Province will be more easily accessible from the island of Bintan. “In addition to tourism, we also plan to operate regular helicopter flights

from and to the helicopter base in Bintan. We will also build the FBO (fixed base operator) and MRO (maintenance repair overhaul) of helicopter in Bintan Aerospace Industry Park as well as helicopter flight school,” said CEO Whitesky Aviation Denon Prawiraatmadja after the signing of the MoU in the Lounge Helicity, Halim Perdanakusuma

Airport in Jakarta, on Monday (8/7). Denon said, in operating the helicopters his company will utilize the facilities in Bintan Resort, Bintan Airport, Aerospace Industry Park, and Southlinks Country Club Batam. The helicopter services offered by Whitesky include Helitour, Helicity and Helimedic. (SRM/TPP)

Tourism Ministry in Branding Collaboration with Bon Gout for Wonderful Indonesia

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“Since 20142015 it has been promoted heavily throughout the world, as an Indonesian tourism brand. Already far ahead from Malaysia and Singapore at the world level,” said Minister Arief.

The Ministry of Tourism under the leadership of Minister Arief Yahya continues to expand its branding cooperation with industry, an important element in the Pentahelix of ABCGM, academia, business, community, government and media. This time it is with Bon Gout cookies, producing “Bon Gout Indonesia” based in Surabaya. The cookies have been marketed in various regions of the archipelago and abroad, so there will be good co-branding while promoting Wonderful Indonesia. Deputy for Tourism Marketing Development of the Archipelago Esthy Reko Astuti said she understood the Bon Gout’s good track record in producing Indonesian cookies without preservatives. It becomes the strong point for the world

class cookies with distinctive touch of Indonesia. “Cookies are our loyal friends in many activities of our lives. Cookies color various moments in our lives. Cookies are also a subject while talking about culture of a city. Even talking about cookies usually leads to their origin,” Esthy said. To that end the ministry has invited the Bon Gout to collaborate in strengthening the brand through co-branding. The MoU on the co-branding was signed at Balairung Soesilo Soedarman, Sapta Pesona Building on Thursday (8/10). According to Esthy, the cobranding of Wonderful Indonesia with the food product is considered effective, especially when the product is also marketed internationally.

“Hopefully Bon Gout products will soon circulate in various countries while introducing Wonderful Indonesia,” Esthy said. Bon Gout Indonesia spokesperson Novianty Carollina said Bon Gout has intended to put Nusantara tastes to its products. With modern pack and taste, its products become practical and comfortable to consume by people with high mobility. Bon Gout cookies are the most sought products by local and foreign tourists visiting Surabaya or Indonesia. Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said, Wonderful Indonesia brand has been known worldwide and have a reputation. “Since 2014-2015 it has been promoted heavily throughout the world, as an Indonesian tourism brand. Already far ahead from Malaysia and Sin-

gapore at the world level,” said Minister Arief. Now the strength of the worldwide brand is expanded and strengthened, with another brand that also has a good reputation. “We open ourselves to synergy, partnership to build Indonesia through co-branding,” said the former CEO of PT Telkom. In addition to Bon Gout, there are other 16 brands to sign the similar co-branding MoU. They are divided into two categories of food and non-food partners. These brands include Achilles, Garuda Food, Plygon, Sahid Group, Tiket.com, Alleira Batik & Gaia, Sunpride, Sarinah, Sekar Group, Krisna Souvenir, Secret Garden, Sababay Wine, Martha Tilaar, Malang Strudle and Batik Trusmi. (KEMENPAR/TPP)

The government has been trying to realize the target set by President Jokowi to bring in 20 million foreign tourists to Indonesia until 2019. PT Kereta Api Pariwisata is also participating directly in the efforts to attract more foreign tourist visiting this country. One of the efforts of PT Kareta Api Pariwisata is partnering with PATA Indonesia Chapter to launch a transport service to a number of tourist destinations across Java starting next year. President Director of PT Kereta Api Pariwisata Totok Suryono met with President/CEO of PATA Indonesia Chapter Poernomo Siswoprasetijo at PATA Indonesia Chapter office in Jakarta, on Tuesday (8/8). Poernomo expressed his appreciation to PT Kereta Api Pariwisata for its efforts to participate in supporting the development of tourism potentials in Nusantara. As it is known, the management of PT Kereta Api Pariwisata plans to serve tourists visiting various destinations in Java with a tourist train. According to Totok Suryono,

the end of 2018 will be the right time to launch the service. He said that the state-owned company is currently restoring the existing carts to support the tourist train service by the end of next year. “The trip will start from Jakarta to Cirebon, West Java, and the tourists are invited to tour a number of destinations in Cirebon. It will continue to Semarang, Central Java, where the tourists can visit the Lawang Sewu. Then it continues to Yogyakarta, Solo, Surabaya, East Java, and Banyuwangi,” Totok told a press conference on the Priority class train tours in Jakarta, on Thursday (8/3). He added that it did not rule out PT Kereta Api Pariwisata would also serve the tourists who want to go to the island resort of Bali. According to him, in traveling to various tourist destinations in Java, the tourists have to spend the nights at some tourist destinations. “The train tour to various destinations in Java will need several days, may be about a week,” he said, adding that he’s optimistic this service will increase the tourist visits, including the foreign tourists to Indonesia. (PIN/TPP)

Cable Car Will Make Ijen Crater Become World Class Destination The construction of additional tourist facility Neruda Cable Car in the Ijen Crater area, Banyuwangi, East Java, will start soon. Moreover, the central government currently continues to encourage the regional economic development. “The synergy of central and regional governments is essential to ensure the economy grows better,” Coordinating Minister for Economy Darmin Nasution said during a coordination meeting with Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya, related staff and Banyuwangi Regent Abdullah Azwar Anas in Banyuwangi, on Thursday (8/10). The synergy also includes the tourism development.

“Tourism is an important need, the demand from the market never goes down,” he said. Earlier, at the end of July, Darmin received a Singapore business delegation led by Singapore Trade and Industry Minister Lim Hng Kiang. One of the Singapore’s companies, SUTL Enterprise, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to become a marine development consultant at Boom Beach, Banyuwangi. Meanwhile, Minister Siti Nurbaya confirmed that the licensing of the cable car has no problem. “The ministerial regulation has now been made to facilitate the regional cooperation,” she added. She also ensured to oversee

the plan. “So, hopefully this can be done quickly, especially since the director general is here, I told him to follow up immediately. I’ll keep monitoring it,” said Siti. Some other facilities in the Mount Ijen area, now has become tourists’ favorite, will also be improved, such as the telecommunication towers and toilets. “A cooperation scheme can be used here. I think it will be very useful for Ijen development in the future,” she added. Banyuwangi Regent Abdullah Azwar Anas said he was grateful for the central government’s support in the regional development. “I feel the strong chemistry between the central and the regional governments

to move together forward.” Anas said he believed the central government’s support will accelerate the regional economy, which eventually will lead to increase the national economic growth. “The cable car, based on the study and market analysis including from the Ministry of Tourism, will become a new vacuum machine to pull in foreign tourists,” he said. Besides, Banyuwangi is close to Bali and can be accessed through the direct flights from Jakarta. “This is to support the target of President Jokowi to bring in 20 million foreign tourists in 2019,” said Anas. (LPT/TPP)

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41 Singaporean Investors to Invest in Kendal Industrial Park Soon The Kendal Industrial Park is eyed by investors from Singapore. President Joko Widodo had a meeting with Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean discussing bilateral economic cooperation at Istana Merdeka, Jakarta.

“They discussed three focuses of future cooperation, among others is investment. As we know Singapore is the largest investor country in 2016 with the total investment of US$9.2 billion,” said Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister AM Fachir at the presidential palace, Jakarta on Friday (8/11) Deputy Prime Minister Teo met with President Jokowi at the Merdeka Palace on Friday morning. According to Fachir, 41 companies from Singapore are in the process to get permit for doing a business in Semarang, Central Java, expected to employ 4,000 workers. To date there are 30 Singa-

pore-based companies operating in Semarang with employment of 1,700 workers, he added. The second issue discussed by Jokowi and Teo was the potential for the business cooperation in the digital economy that will be talked over at the annual ASEAN leaders meeting in Singapore. “The third is about infrastructure, the ‘regional development’. Then Mr. President specifically mentioned, among other things, that the Kendal model can be developed elsewhere,” said Fachir. The Kendal Industrial Park is an integrated industrial estate in Central Java developed by Singaporean and Indonesian developers, which has been inaugurat-

Angkasa Pura I to Take Over Management of 6 Airports in 2018 ap2.co.id

State-owned PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero) will take over the management of six airports in eastern Indonesia in 2017/2018. Director of Human Resources and General Affairs of AP I Adi Nugroho, on the handover of general manager (GM) post of Frans Kaisiepo International Airport Biak, on Wednesday (8/9), said the six airports will be the ones in Palu, Luwuk, Labuhan Bajo, Tarakan, Sentani and one new airport in Java. “The preparation for the takeover of the six airports management is in the process

and it is targeted to be realized in 2018,” said Adi. He added that AP I has been building new airports in DI Yogyakarta, Semarang and developing the I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali under the 2017-2018 working plan. For the new airport in DI Yogyakarta, according to Adi, AP I has acquired 580 hectares of land area. “Yes, the remaining three to four percent of the land is still under process and hopefully it would be completed by this year,” he said. Regarding the change of general manager of Frans Kai-

siepo International Airport Biak, from Minggus ET Gandeguai to his successor Djon Herry, according to Adi, it was a refreshing needed in a bid to improve the performance of the airport. “The success of old official Minggus ET Gandeguai as general manager of Biak airport needs to be continued by the new one Djon Herry, so this is his task to develop further Biak Airport,” he said. The Frans Kaisiepo Interasional Airport Biak serves 22 flights a day by Garuda Indonesia, Sriwijaya Air, Nam Air, Trigana Air and Susi Air with the routes of Biak-Jayapura, Biak-Makassar and Jakarta as well as Biak-Serui, Biak-Nabire- Timika and Biak-Pulau Numfor. Based on the data, AP I was appointed as airport management company in the Central and Eastern part of Indonesia since 1987. Currently AP I manages and operates 13 airports, two Cargo Warehousing Services (CWS), and one Air Traffic Services (ATS). (JPP/TPP)

ed by President Jokowi together with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Long. According to Fachir, in the discussion, Deputy Prime Minister Teo said Batam, Bintan and Karimun would be the Singapore’s investment target. “Therefore we, Indonesia, will take steps to facilitate the convenience there,” he added. During the meeting, President Jokowi also congratulated Teo for the Singapore’s 52nd anniversary. The president said he hoped Indonesia’s relations with Singapore will grow stronger and closer both at the Asian and global levels. (IND/TPP)

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Ace Hardware Provides Protection Service for Its Products Ace Hardware Indonesia continues to innovate in its service development for customer satisfaction; this time by presenting ACE Assurance, a protection for products purchased at the Ace Hardware stores. “This service is the first in Indonesia for retail business of lifestyle and appliances,” said Nana Puspa Dewi, Marketing Director of Kawan Lama Group, in Mall Alam Sutera,

Tangerang, on Tuesday (8/15). She said Ace Assurance premium is quite affordable ranging from Rp79 thousand for the members of Ace Hardware to Rp99 thousand for nonmembers with the purchase of products from Rp300 thousand to Rp50 million in all Ace stores in Indonesia. “We do not only give priority to quality but also protection to the purchased products. The insurance is supported by

an easy, fast and convenient claiming process,” she added. Ace Hardware cooperates with Adira Insurance company for the product protection service. The protection provided by Ace Hardware includes damage from falling, bumping, crashing, including falling into the water, fires, explosions, riots, strikes, chaos or lightning disasters, hurricanes, tidal waves and tsunamis. (IND/TPP)


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PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk (GIAA) opens the opportunities for strategic investors in the initial public offering (IPO) of its subsidiary PT Garuda Maintenance Facility (GMF) Aero Asia. If everything is according to the plan, the IPO of GMF Aero Asia will be executed in October 2017. President Director of Garuda Indonesia Pahala Nugraha Mansury said that the IPO process of GMF Aero Asia has been running smoothly, as expected by the company. Currently, the company is finalizing the regis-

tration at the Financial Services Authority (OJK) and PT Bursa Efek Indonesia (BEI). After completing all requirements for the IPO, the GMF Aero Asia shares will be offered to the strategic investors. “We see the possibility to offer the shares to the strategic investors, but our main target is the public,” said Pahala at BEI Building, Jakarta, on Tuesday (8/8). As it is known, GMF Aero Asia will release 30% of its shares to the public. The money generated from the IPO will

be used for investment in the new projects. GMF Aero Asia, said Pahala, will explore an inorganic cooperation by forming a joint venture (JV). “If the strategic investors are not realized, in October the shares will be offered to public,” he added. The company has appointed joint lead underwriter in this IPO. Among others are Mandiri Sekuritas, BNI Sekuritas, Bahana Sekuritas, and Danareksa Sekuritas. (OKZ/TPP)

Raline Shah Appointed as Independent Commissioner of AirAsia

AirAsia Indonesia announced that actress Raline Shah has been appointed by the shareholders as an independent commissioner. CEO of AirAsia Indonesia Dendy Kurniawan confirmed when the reporters asked about the appointment of the artist, born in Jakarta on March 4, 1984, as part of the management of the airline. “Actually it’s not a director, but an independent commissioner. In other countries, sometimes commissioner is called director,” Dendy said on Tuesday (8/8). According to Dendy, an official statement from AirAsia Indonesia would be released soon, including the reason why the shareholders appointed the actress. This explanation at once straightened the previously circulated news that Raline Shah would be appointed as a director of AirAsia Indonesia. The news appeared after AirAsia boss Toni Fernandes uploaded his post mentioning that AirAsia Indonesia has a new director named Raline Shah. “Our new director in AirAsia Indonesia @ralineshah. Smart creative

humble. A real coup readying our company for IPO,” Fernandes wrote on the photograph he uploaded. Citing Wikipedia, Raline Shah was born in Jakarta on March 4, 1984. She is an Indonesian actress and model. Living and growing in Medan, Raline Shah is known as one of the finalists of Puteri Indonesia 2008 and won the title of most favorite. Raline studied at the National University of Singapore (NUS), majored in political science with a BA degree. Tony Fernandes this week said Indonesia AirAsia would go public by holding an initial public offering (IPO) in 2017. “Our IPO is hopefully to be done this year. The IPO plan depends on the growth of AirAsia Indonesia,” Tony said after the inaugural flight event of AirAsia Jakarta - Macau at 2D Terminal of Soekarno Hatta Airport, on Monday (8/7). He said the release of AirAsia Indonesia shares in the bourse would consider a number of factors especially the market condition. Tony refused to explain more detail about the IPO.

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But he said the funds obtained from the IPO would be used to increase the fleet size. “Buying additional aircrafts is basically an investment in a new destination,” Tony added. AirAsia will get eight new Airbus 320 aircrafts by the end of 2017. Three of them will be used by Indonesia AirAsia X for international routes. In a report released by CIMB and quoted from CNBC on Tuesday (8/1), AirAsia wants to centralize its businesses in Malaysia under one big umbrella. Currently, AirAsia has business units in Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, and several other countries outside Southeast Asia. The purpose of this business unification is to be able to go public under the new holding company. Dendy Kurniawan announced this consolidation plan when the airline’s business metrics are strong. “We are in a fantastic position. Currently the growth factors are very high, business is in good condition and we will buy 29 aircrafts this year,” Fernandes said recently. (KPS/TPP)


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Cikarang Dry Port Leading in Singapore Technology Application, Minister Luhut Wants Others to Follow Suit Cikarang Dry Port (CDP) is at the forefront in the usage of port technology like applied in Singapore. Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has encouraged the port management in Indonesia to cooperate with the Singapore-based company, Port of Singapore Authority (PSA) Marine Pte Ltd, to get the technology transfer in port management. His written statement received in Jakarta on Saturday (8/12) said that Luhut visited the port operated by PSA Marine Pte Ltd on Friday (8/11). In 2016, the hub transshipment operator handled throughput of 30.59 million TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) or 15 times larger than the volume of goods handled by Tanjung Priok Port in the same year, which was 1,913,958 TEUs. According to Luhut, such an achievement is supported with technological sophistication, including the usage of semi-robotic technology in the container carriers within the port and so the operation of the cranes which uses the remote control. The former Coordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs said he wanted the technology to be adopted by the Indonesian ports. “Priok, Patimban, Medan, Surabaya, Makassar can try this (port technology),” he said about the potential cooperation that could be done, in addition to the Cikarang Dry Port. “I want to see PSA come to Indonesia and train us,” he added. The visit was conducted on the sidelines while Luhut was lead-

ing the Indonesian delegation in a bilateral meeting with Singapore’s Trade and Industry Minister S. Iswaran on Friday (11/8). The meeting is a preparation for the implementation of “Singapore-Indonesia Leaders’ Retreat” as the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. One of the issues highlighted at the meeting was the cooperation to anticipate the digital economy era in addition to the collaboration in investment, training, and regional development. Minister Iswaran said ASEAN should focus on facing the changing world economy now dominated by internet and online commerce. “I think it is important for us to be on the same page and signal to the world that ASEAN not only succeeded in recovering from the financial crisis1997-1998, but also in fact focusing its goals on the global economic activities,” Iswaran said. Besides the bilateral meeting, Luhut also attended the “Indonesia’s Mid-term Investment and Infrastructure Review and Dialogue” at Pan Pacific Hotel, Singapore, on the same day.

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He explained that Indonesia’s economy is improving and the reforms continue to attract the investors overseas to invest in the country. “I guarantee the security and certainty for the investors, if there is any obstacle just report to me,” said Luhut. Luhut was accompanied by Head of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Thomas Lembong, Indonesian Ambassador to Singapore Ngurah Swajaya, Deputy Governor of Bank Indonesia, Vice Governor of North Sumatra Province Nurhajizah Marpaung, President Director of PT PLN (Persero) Sofyan Basir, Deputy of Bappenas for Facility and Infrastructure. The others were Head of the Tourism Authority of Lake Toba (BPODT) Arie Prasetyo, Director General of Resilience and International Industrial Access Development of Industry Ministry, Director General of Sea Transportation of the Ministry of Transportation, Head of Development Acceleration Working Group 10 Tourism Destinations Priority of the Ministry of Tourism, and President Director PT Jababeka Tbk. (IND/TPP)

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Market Demand Still Large, KIJA to Launch BizPark Phase II PT Kawasan Industri Jababeka Tbk (KIJA) continues to expand its warehousing business. KIJA considers the market prospect of this sector is still good due to the increasing demand. The eastern region of Jakarta has been experiencing rising demand from investors for the development of transport infrastructure. Jababeka plans to launch BizPark Phase II storage facility of 20 units this August 2017 in Cikarang, West Java. The 24 units of BizPark Jababeka Phase I, launched in the third quarter of last year, has been sold almost entirely. “The Phase I is well received by the market and the demand is still high. The con-

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Who Said Indonesian Logistics Startups Unable to Compete in Asean? Here is the proof Iruna eLogistics has been expanding its business into Southeast Asia. Chief Executive Officer of Iruna, Yan Hendry Jauwena, said he has established strategic cooperation with several companies from Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. Yan declined to reveal the names of the companies due to the confidential nature for now. However, he assured that the companies have agreed to make Iruna their delivery partner in Indonesia. “There are already strategic partnerships with several parties. We are clearly the first eLo-

gistics that go regional,” he said on Monday (8/14). Until the end of this year the company, with the official name of PT Jasa Digital Nusantara, is targeting to obtain investment fund series A worth US$20 million or about Rp266 billion. Iruna’s main business itself is fulfilment or warehousing. The increasing warehousing demand from e-commerce business players makes the demand for Iruna’s services continues to grow. “The up-trend is in the market and will continue to grow,” said Yan. The high demand has encour-

aged Iruna to build warehouses in other cities. Currently Iruna operates warehouses in Jakarta and Surabaya with the size of 5000 square meters and 3000 square meters respectively. This year Iruna is targeting other cities as the next warehouse locations so that its services can be spread all over Indonesia For that Iruna will prepare the investment fund of US$20 million. The locations for the new warehouses include Medan, Yogyakarta, Palembang, Manado, Makassar, Balikpapan, Pontianak, and Ambon. (INDB/TPP)

cept that we developed is indeed still in demand by SMEs since it can be used for dwelling as well,” said Director of Jababeka Sutedja Darmono on Saturday (8/12). The BizPark Jababeka Phase I, launched to the market in the third quarter last year, consists of 24 units of warehouses, while the BizPark Jababeka Phase II will have 20 units of warehouses. However, the selling price of the BizPark Jababeka warehouse units in the Phase II will increase by 10-15 percent compared to the selling price of the Phase I units. The selling price of BizPark Jababeka warehouse Phase I is Rp1.9 billion per unit. One warehouse is measuring 153

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For Eff iciency, ALFI Asks Garuda Indonesia to Collaborate with Private Companies in Cargo Services Chairman of the Indonesian Association of Logistics and Forwarders (ALFI), Yukki Nugrahawan Hanafi, has criticized Garuda Indonesia for its plan to add 25 cargo service centers (CSCs) in the near future. Yukki said Garuda Indonesia should involve the private companies in such development because the future is the era of synergy and collaboration. “Garuda should build synergy with the private sector in forwarding or logistics to complement each other. Now is digital era, the online system without having to open offices, so there is no need to invest more

square meters (m²) with the land area 180 m². In addition to BizPark Jababeka Phase II, Jababeka also prepares the development of another warehousing with a new concept called logistics warehousing, strata warehousing or warehousing with Japanese concept. However, the company with the symbol of KIJA at the Indonesia Stock Exchange did not describe further the detail of the plan. In the first half of 2017, Jababeka booked revenue at Rp1.62 trillion or grew 19.12% compared to the first half of 2016. However, the net income attributable to the owners of parent company in that period shrank almost doubled to Rp179.58 billion. (INDRY/TPP)

by establishing 25 more CSCs. Garuda should do that,” said Yukki on Tuesday (8/15). He added the cooperation between Garuda Indonesia and private companies will boost the corporate earnings while reducing the losses experienced by the Indonesia’s oldest airline over the time. “Of course, by establishing a synergy with the private sector, Garuda Indonesia can boost its revenue and reduce some losses because the operational cost will be more efficient. Besides, this is also a strategic step in improving the company’s services in the cargo business,” explained Yukki. Previously, Garuda Indonesia announced it targeted to

add 25 cargo service centers (CSCs) during 2017 to support the corporate’s aggressive efforts in expanding the market segment. Thus, until the end of the year, the state-owned carrier will operate 94 CSCs across Indonesia. Meanwhile, Garuda Indonesia Freight Director Sigit Muhartono said that the year 2017 is a momentum for Garuda to develop its cargo business after focusing on the internal consolidation last year. “This year, we are trying to maximize our existing cargo capacity, so it is expected that the average aircraft cargo occupancy rate will increase from the previous year’s target,” Sigit said. (JTN/TPP)


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In celebrating the 72nd Anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Indonesia (RI), Indonesian students are presenting various achievements in the International Science Olympiads, either from elementary school (SD), junior high school (SMP), and High School (SMA). Their persistence in striving to bring up the name of Indonesia internationally is evidenced by their achievements, ranging from gold, silver and bronze medals through various International Science Olympiads and other championships. At elementary school level, from January to July 2017 Indonesia won two gold medals, three silver and two bronze. They were obtained at two competitions, the International Mathematics Competition (IMC) held on July 25-31, 2017 in Lucknow, India, and a chess championship (Thailand Open Chess Championship) held on April 8-16, 2017 in Thailand. At the IMC Indonesian students got one gold medal, three silver and two bronze. While in the chess championship, Indonesian students won one gold medal and one bronze. The high school students also proudly presented five gold medals, eleven silver, and nine bronze during the first half of this year. All the medals were won at various international competitions, namely International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO), International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO), International Physics Olympiad (IPO), International Biology Olympiad (IBO), International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI), and International Geography Olympiad (IGeO). In the meantime, the medals earned at international competitions by the junior high school students are fourteen gold, nineteen silver, and ten bronze, from late August to December 2016. Head of Talent and Achievement Section at Directorate of Junior High School Development, Retno June Rochmaningsih said that since the International Science Olympiads for Junior School level is usually held at the end of August, the data of medals for this year achievement is not available yet. However, Retno affirmed that the spirit of junior high school students to bring up the name of Indonesia is not less than the elementary and high school students, and this is evidenced by the number of medals won from September to December 2016. The fighting spirit of the students to win and raise the name of Indonesia should be emulated by the younger generation. The number of medals obtained by the Indonesian students shows that the quality of Indonesian education is not less than the ones abroad. (JPP/TPP)

82 Percent of President University Scholarship Recipients Have Minimum GPA of 3.5 Achievement by achievement have been grabbed by the President University’s students in various competitions, and so the success in career and business of its alumni, are the result of a measurable educational system. The international university, which educates students from 14 countries, applies strict rules all the way, even in the admission of new students, to produce the best graduates. As a university with the goal to create leaders, President University provides the widest opportunity for the best students all over Indonesia to enroll through the achievement-based selection. Dr. Agus H. Canny, M.A., M.Sc as Vice Rector for Student and Alumni Affairs said, “Every year we provide scholarships worth Rp65 billion to 1,400 graduates

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of SMA/SMK. Each of the recipients selected under the achievement-based receives a tuition fee of Rp220 million. This year, the scholarship recipients are top ten in their schools with the number of female 42% and male 58%. On the school origin, 51% are from public schools, 23% international schools and 26% private schools. “ For the new academic year of 2017/2018, the admission process has started since September 2016 and will end in August 2017. On August 5 and 6, 2017 some registration processes were done. Dr.Eng. Lydia Anggraini, S.T., M.Eng, as the committee of new students admission, said 1104 prospective students have filled in the registration forms, both the scholarship recipients and those who are in top grades in

the placement test. The subjects for the placement test are English, TPA (Test of Academic Potential) and Mathematics (especially for Faculty of Engineering). “The process starts with taking the queue number for validating the registration names and the administration fee has been paid. They then take Pre University Bridging Program 2017 docket which contains handouts, notebooks, pens, ID pin, a schedule and core values pocket book. After that, they go to PUSH (President University Student Housing) to get the keys and stay in the dorm for the next 1 year,” said Lydia Anggraini. The head of Mechanical Machine Study Program also said aside from Indonesia, the new students who registered come from Korea, Vietnam, China and other Asian countries.

She further said that Pre University Bridging Program 2017 this year will be held in the next three weeks. It will start with the provision of materials such as psychology test, TOEIC Test, English preparation and Reflection Core Values. Meet and greet with all the lecturers in the Study Program and Faculty will be the next, then the delivery of information about the rules and regulation at campus from the library, finance, academic, to the student housing. The next activity is Peak Awareness Training, Welcoming Ceremony and closed with Performance Day. “The Performance Day will show the results of the Pre University Bridging Program, especially about the core values of 9 President values, namely Passion, Responsibility, Excellent, Sincerity, Inclusiveness, Dedication, Entrepreneurial Spirit, Nationalism and Trendsetter,” said the lecturer who once developed the electric car. The admission of students based on their achievements is not enough to produce the best graduates. President University which uses English in lecturing also has a method of learning based on character education. Additionally, President University is supported by lecturers with a ratio of 1: 10 against students and always create an atmosphere of competition in the classroom. So, it will be not surprised if the statistics show that 82% of the scholarship recipients generate Grade Point Average (GPA) at least 3.5 or cum laude. “This year 96% of the graduates studied for 3.5 years. And in the last 3 years, 4 out of 10 students of Law School graduated with cum laude predicate. Better yet, 93% of the 2016 graduates had been employed before they graduated. There are 74% of the graduates get a job offer from 2 to 3 companies both national and multinational. They earn initial monthly salary between Rp8.5 million - Rp10 million,” said Agus H. Canny while showing statistical data. (CIPOS/TPP)

Kemenristekdikti Targets 75 Universities Accredited A Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (Kemenristekdikti) has targeted 75 universities to obtain A accreditation in 2017. It exceeds the target set in the National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN).

Research, Technology and Higher Education Minister Mohamad Nasir announced the target while speaking at the National Technology Revival Day (Hakteknas) 2017 in Makassar on Wednesday (8/9). “There are 4,530 universities in Indonesia and only 54 get accreditation of A. The target according to RPJMN has been achieved, but I want 75 to obtain the A accreditation,” said the minister. His desire to have more universities accredited A, according to him, was in a bid to put the Indonesian universities into the

world’s top 500. “The target is five universities will be in the list of top 500 in 2019. In 2018, University of Indonesia and Bandung Institute of Technology are listed in the top 250, Gadjah Mada University in the top 300, Bogor Agricultural University and Airlangga University in the top 500,” said Nasir. He called on Directorate General of Learning and Student Affairs (Belmawa) to continue mentoring the campuses to increase their accreditation. “I hope the rectors and vice-chancellors also participate, so that we can in-

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crease our nation’s competitiveness, including in obtaining the international accreditation for any study program.” The cooperation between Directorate General of Belmawa and international accreditation agencies is also important as an effort to advance the universities to be recognized by other countries. The requirements to be met for international accreditation includes hiring overseas lecturers in cooperation with domestic universities. “They stay at least one to two years in Indonesia. We need to re-

form the regulation. We want the college students not just graduate but hired right away by the domestic and overseas job market,” Nasir said. So far only five universities hold international accreditation, three are State Universities (PTN) and two Private Colleges (PTS). Belmawa Director General Intan Ahmad said international seminars and workshops with foreign accreditation agencies such as conducted in the series of Hakteknas-22 is one way to introduce the importance of having internationally accredit-

ed study programs to all universities in Indonesia. International Seminar and Workshop on Strengthening the Outcomes-Based Internal Quality Assurance System in Makassar, according to Intan, presented several speakers from accrediting institutions and foreign universities. “It is a place to exchange experiences in obtaining international accreditation.” The speakers include Quality Assurance Strategy Manager at The New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) Prof. Eve McMahon, Australian Universi-

ty Quality Agency (AUQA) Prof. Karen Treloar, Murdoch University Prof. Lyn Karstadt, an expert from ASEAN University NetworkQuality Assurance Dr. Jhonson Ong Che Bin and De LA Salle University Philippines Prof. Dr. Raymund Sison. The domestic speakers come from the National Accreditation Agency (BAN-PT), the Accreditation Institute of Higher Education of Health Indonesia (LAMPT KES), the Islamic University of Indonesia (UII) and the University of Bina Nusantara (Binus). (JPP/TPP)

This Pretty Girl is President University’s Spearhead in Admission of S1 Professional and Executive Students This beautiful oriental-looking girl has been very busy in the last few months. Jessica is entrusted for the admission of President University’s new students specifically in managing the services for the prospective students of S1 Professional (Night Class) and S1 Executive (Weekend). Graduated from the President University in early 2017 with the bachelor degree title of Business Administration [BA], the alumnus of 2013 class was selected by her alma mater to strengthen the Marketing Team, a Student Care Center providing services for the students of S1 Professional (Night Class), S1 Executive (Weekend Class) and S2 Information Technology. Currently, President University manages 4 faculties offered to the prospective students interested in the study programs of Information System, Economics (Management & Accounting), En-

gineering (Industrial) and Business. It also has the postgraduate (S2) program for Information Technology System with the degree title of Ms.IT, said Jessica, a first child of 2 siblings. She said that the S1 Professional Program [Night Class] is held on every Monday to Friday at 18.30 - 21.00 in the President University campus, Cikarang. This program is suitable for the busy professionals, staff and employees of industrial companies located in industrial estates such as Jababeka, MM2100, Lippo, Hyundai, KIIC and others in the area of Cikarang, Cibitung and

Filigree, so they won’t waste time to get to campus. The new Executive Class (Weekend Class) will be opened in the academic year of 2018/2019. The Night Class students will study for 3 years and 4 months to obtain the same degree certificate as the Morning Class. In 1 year there are 3 semesters, each semester maximum 15 SKS. Most of the applicants for the Night Class are the graduates of general and vocational high schools, but there are also some undergraduates (D3). Jessica, a graduate of Don Bosco High School Cikarang, added the class will use

Indonesian and English languages in lecturing. Jessica who currently lives in Cibitung, Bekasi regency, studied at President University under a scholarship program. “I know President University from friends who say it is the best private university in Bekasi, due to the intensive and extensive use of English and it also has an internship program at companies,” said Jessica who majored in Hospitality and Tourism Business and added someday she would build her own business. (TPP)


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ASLI EXPO, Celebration of Elderly Generation The Association of Senior Living Indonesia (ASLI) in collaboration with Adult Diaper Confidence held ASLI Expo & Senior Festival with the theme of ‘Celebration of Seniors’ at the Senior Living D’Khayangan Cikarang, Jababeka, on Saturday (8/12).

The event was attended by ASLI Chairman Marlin Marpaung, General Manager of RUKUN Senior Living Nindya, Deputy for Development of Tourism Destination and Industry of the Tourism Ministry Dadang Rizki Ratman, President Director of JETRO Daiki Kasugahara, and representatives from all Jabodetabek associations. The event thepresidentpost.com

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was also enlivened by guest star Laila Sari. The opening agenda was the Nusantara gymnastics, followed by stage performances of choir and West Javanese dance by Penabur Elementary School, then the Marching Band of SMA Penabur. In his speech, Marlin said that ASLI is an association of Senior Living service providers who have the same perception to educate and inform the community and improve the standard of residential feasibility for the elderly to meet the expectations of the service users in all over Indonesia. “Well, one of the media of information or socialization is the ASLI Expo like this which we combine it with Senior Festival,” he added. ASLI, according to him, has also prepared for the next generation of future elderly. “All members of ASLI have prepared for the arrival of the elderly generation with much better services than before, we also continue to improve the services,” said Marlin. He further explained about the need to communicate with the government agencies such as BKKBN, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Tourism, and Ministry of Social Affairs in terms of socialization and education about elderly issues to the community. Marlin said the goal of ASLI is to find the formulation of standard services for elderly

in Indonesia with Indonesian style. “Based on the local culture and local wisdoms with activities, technology and environment typical of Indonesia. So, in the future ASLI will have Senior Living with Indonesian style.” In the meantime, Dadang Rizki Ratman said his office will always support the ASLI Expo. “Because indirectly the senior living services will help increase the visits of foreign tourists.” Dadang also mentioned that the next target of foreign tourist arrivals is from ASEAN and Australia. “Hopefully, this Senior Living will become an attraction for foreign tourists throughout ASEAN countries,” he said. In his speech Daiki Kasugahara said that Indonesia and Japan have a great opportunity to work together. “Many Japanese people today are in the golden age and they certainly do not like winter,” he added. “Beside warm in weather, Indonesia is also warm in social system. Japan is accustomed to such a system, but now the system is slowly disappearing,” said Daiki. Finally, Nindya expressed her impression during her stay at the Senior Living D’Khayangan. She said services were good and friendly. “The people working there are kind, friendly, from welcoming to providing services,” Nindya added. (FAKHRI/TPP)


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BOOK REVIEW

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A SHIP WHILE SAILING S.D Darmono This latest contribution from businessman and industrialist, Bpk Djuandi Darmono, is a useful follow-up to his earlier book highlighting his philosophy of starting and developing a business venture, Think Big, Start Small and Move Fast. In this new book, he takes a panoramic view of what makes Indonesia from its genealogy, then through its fledgling days in the runup to the establishment of the Republic of Indonesia right up to the present day. He sets out the good and the needs for improvement and discusses how it can become one of the greatest success stories of recent history.

The metaphor used for the title is apt since the founders of one of the largest republics in the world and now also the foundation for the ASEAN union, established this archapelagic country of 17,000 islands out of the stormy waters that pervaded world politics and the socio-economic mess that was left at the end of World War II. Development of the new country, or the sailing of the ‘Ship called Indonesia’, had to be done while at the same time establishing all the foundations of government and in the correct form to ensure the country would progress for the benefit of all the people. The book is divided into eleven chapters and provides much thought and many ideas for all generations, first providing a useful historical background for the younger generations unaware of the many trials and difficulties faced by their forefathers and forthright suggestions for how the civil servants and private sector can raise the economy for the benefit of all. The first chapter, entitled the Genealogy of Indonesia, commences with a look back to the ancient history as to how Indonesia, as it is today, came into being over the billions of years since planet Earth was born. A summary of the pre 20th period of colonialism leads into the 1920s stirrings in the thinking of Indonesians benefiting from study in Europe and being introduced to the ideas of socialism as it entered into the mainstream of political agendas, in UK (birth of

the Labour party) for instance, and in its extreme form, communism as already then being administered in Russia. A cadre of young educated Indonesians signed the Youth Pledge in October 1928 to acknowledge one motherland and one nation, Indonesia and one language, Indonesian. The period saw the emergence of those who would later be among the founders of the country, Hatta, Yamin, Syahrir and Tan Malaka, not to mention Soekarno. The ideas took root to set the path of the new Republic of Indonesia, launched in 1945, and stating the Pancasila with its 5 principles as the constitutional foundation of the country. Reference is made to the storm of 1965 and the economic crisis of 1998, and how Indonesia weathered these, emerging as a fully fledged democracy with involvement by right at the highest seats of international government, discussion and policy. Chapter II provides an interesting profile of the founding fathers of the country, their strengths and weaknesses, and the roles that they played in the establishment and early development of the nation, while Chapter III follows on with the need to engage and play a full part in global affairs, while still respecting and sustaining the deep cultural roots embedded in the country. The chapter addresses the important subjects of what it means to be part of the Global Society, the importance of education and the impact on this and future of living in the Cyber Age, care for

the nation but without any inward-looking form of nationalism, issues for migrant workers and the proper meaning of patriotism. It discusses the nation state and its future and the role of unions of nations, such as ASEAN. Chapter IV is a tribute to the strong cultural roots of Indonesia, too often not properly appreciated, particularly by Indonesins themselves. The chapter lays out a set of principles to live by and warns against those to be avoided, and marks the challenges to nurturing a strong society, corruption being a major issue Care for our fellow human beings and our environement is stressed. Chapter V is entitled “Making the people prosper”, and delves more deeply into the challenges that the country faces in raising standards and spreading these more widely across the archipelago, linking education quite properly as the foundation for a people’s prosperity. It draws attention to the key roles that pushing further industialisation in the economyand working hard on the underdeveloped tourism sector can play in raising prosperity more fairly and widely. It also stresses how it is essential to break down governmental obstructions to private sector and community initiatives. This leads neatly into Chapter VI, which discusses actions needed to galvanise the resources and energy in the business world. It touches on the need to create tough business people,

but at the same time safeguarding business ethics, becoming less reliant on government and stamping out the eroding influence of feudalistic practices. The next chapter discusses the importance of learning from other nations, and presents the impact of the political development of the main world’s countries of China, India and the US. Reference is made to the application that Japan and S Korea made to the principle of observe, copy and modify as the foundation of their impressive growth after WWII. Tribute is paid to the very active way in which Australia has raised it education and training methods to the highest levels, and the single-minded dedication that Singapore has made over half a century to become a leading first world country in many technology development fields, and not just a place to go for shopping and medical attention. All this leads to the adoption of the Mental Revolution promoted by President Joko Widodo, a prerequisite to overcome negativity, suspicion and narrow-minded arrogance, often a substitute for ignorance, something that is in the forefront of thinking at President University. The inadequately promoted subject of Tourism and the huge cultural heritage across the country is the subject matter of Chapter VIII. Not only is an active tourist industry good domestically for the further internal socialising of the people of the archipelago, it is also the best way to promote the understand-

ing of what the country means to foreign tourists. All round, it also provides huge economic returns not just to government, but directly to the many people that can work in the industry. Indonesia’s immediate neighbours, especially, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, without the full diversity of culture and environment that Indonesia has to offer, have made huge strides in the development of their respective tourist industries, currently outmatching the efforts of Indonesia. The opportunities and rewards are huge and the challenge is there! Chapter IX considers the sobering subject of Improving Governance. The main thrust of this chapter concerns a proposal to get the different sectors of country governance, namely the government, private sector and education and academia all sharing and mixing together over the crucial decisions that are required to move the country ahead. The proposal is to develop executive clubs, on the principle of Jababeka’s Executive Club that was established in its successful Jababeka industrial estate at Cikarang, east of Jakarta, across the archipelago in each of the provincial regions of the country. The idea has been tried elsewhere and found to be a successful way in galvanising government and communities, wherein the decision making processes on development needs can be made in a corporate community spirit to serve the specific needs of a given area. In Chapter X the ongoing is-

sues around the Urbanisation of the country are raised, including the need to embrace the ­ever-changing technology that is a feature of the Cyber Age. Some further 90 million more Indonesians will live with town and city lifestyles within the next 30 years, in line with world trends, and there is an urgent requirement to consider how expansion is to be achieved, while also taking on board the many ideas that are being proposed around the theme of Smart Cities. Jababeka has taken the concept on board but there will be much to do in the years ahead, involving the whole range of development disciplines around urban develop­ ment – planning, architecture and engineering, environmental and various support services, to ensure that all the new areas are long-term sustainable. The final chapter is in form of a summary of the key points that the country has to take on board to ensure that the ‘Ship called Indonesia’ sails steadily and majestically into the future. There is no question that this is a ‘must read’ for all Indonesians who want to find out about their country, a land of opportunity, and put their hand up and say ‘Yes, I want to be part of the crew that sails the ship’. l Prof Scott Younger OBE DEng(Hon) PhD International Chancellor, President University l Preface by Prof Dr Komarudin Hidayat


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Island Hopping to the Beautiful and Historical Island of Morotai Marine tourism is the most sought tour by foreign tourists visiting Indonesia, especially to the eastern part of North Maluku. If you are going to North Maluku, take time to visit Morotai Regency which will amaze you with its exotic scenery of marine tourism. Morotai is one of the hidden paradise for divers. A total of 28 diving spots with beautiful coral clusters can be found here. The western part of the regency that has been inaugurated by President Jokowi as the Special Economic Zone, Dodola Island to be exact, is an island you should not miss when you visit Morotai. Dodola Island presents the beauty of various species of fish, especially the Black Tip shark. Do not worry, these sharks do

not attack humans. And if you are lucky enough, you will also meet orca, manta, and dolphins. In addition to the diving spots to enjoy, in Morotai you can also try Island Hopping tour. The Island Hopping tour includes the island of Mitita with its white sand, Kokoya Island, the island with a tourist village called Kolorai, and the island of Dodola. Besides being the most visited spot when visiting tourist destinations in Morotai, Dodola Island also has the phenomenon of ‘splitting sea’. When the sea water is receding, it will appear the sandy land that divides the sea into two sides with the boundaries like coastal lines. This sandy land divides the Dodola Kecil Is-

land and Dodola Besar Island. So, the ‘splitting sea’ is a condition where the sea water level between the two islands subsiding, making it looks like a split. Do not stop there, you can find ship and warplane wrecks on the seabed. They sank under the sea during World War II in the Dutch colonial period. The plane is allegedly a type of Australian-made Bristol Beuford which sank at a depth of 40 meters. In Wawama and Totodaku there are plane and jeeps used to belong to allied forces, while in Mitita there is a shipwreck, whereas in Buho buho and near Dodola there are fighter aircrafts. So, do not forget to include Morotai in your holiday destination list. (FAKHRI/TPP)

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Jababeka Golf Celebrates Independence Day with Tournament

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The Jababeka Golf & Country Club hosted a golf tournament titled “Merdeka Golf Tournament”. The tournament was held at the Jababeka Golf & Country Club, Cikarang, on Thursday (8/31). This event was organized in cooperation with PT Jababeka PP Property, Riverview Residence Apartment, Mayora Bank, Mayapada Bank, Sari Roti, Ibis Style Hotel Jababeka Cikarang, and Tanjung Lesung.

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As many as 86 golfers participated in the tournament, coming from several golfing communities in Cikarang and the members of Jababeka Golf & Country Club. The tournament used a game format of stroke play with 18 holes. Here is the list of winners of the “Merdeka Golf Tournament”: For the category of nearest to the pin # 13, the winner is Oh In Cheol with a distance of 4.6 m, while the category of nearest to the line # 9 was won by Mr. Suluh with a distance of 5 cm. In the Flight C Category (20 24), the Best Nett II was grabbed by Mr. Agus Asrico with gross 92, handicap 20, and nett 72,

while the Best Nett I was won by Mr. Yuki Wiyono with gross 99, handicap 27, and net 72, and the winner of Best Gross is Mr. Dunung with gross 92. In the category of Flight B (15 - 19), the Best Nett II was won by Noh Tae Jin with gross 90, handicap 19, and nett 71, while the Best Nett I title went to Kim Sung Soo with gross 86, handicap 15, and net 71, and the Best Gross was earned by Kim Dong Soo with gross 84. In the category of Flight A (1 - 14), the Best Nett II title went to Lee Chang Hoo with gross 85, handicap 14, and nett 71, while the Best Nett I was won by Oh In Cheol with gross 79, handicap 9

and nett 70 and the Best Gross was grabbed by Yun Jeong Beom with gross 78. The Best Nett Overall title went to Eum Sung Ho with gross 80 handicap 11 and nett 69, while the Best Gross Overall was won by Park Hee Jin with gross 74. In the closing ceremony of the golf tournament, some door prizes were distributed to the participants. Three participants managed to get the door prize of a television set each. General Manager of Jababeka Golf and Country Club Mamin Kasdiamah handed the prizes to the winners. Designed by world-class golfer and architect Nick Faldo, Ja-

babeka Golf & Country Club is located at KM 31 Kota Jababeka Cikarang, about 30 minutes from Jakarta. The Jababeka Golf & Country Club offers a challenging field with international class championships, equipped with strategic elements, such as water features, a wide selection of tees and various pin positions, and providing magnificent views and lush green fields at the same time. The 67 hectares golf course is characterized by 18 holes and 72 par, providing a true challenge and an unforgettable golfing experience for the busy executives, both domestic and foreign players. (TPP)

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