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3 Years of JokowiJK Tenure, Indonesia’s Investments Up 3-Fold Three international institutions of Fitch Ratings, Moody’s, and Standard and Poor’s (S&P) were convinced by the Jokowi-JK government to improve the investment grade rating for Indonesia. Head of Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Thomas Lembong said the achievement is something to be proud of, because it is the first time in the last 20 years ago. Thanks to the increasing rating, the investments flowing to Indonesia have jumped up triple and keep growing. However, Thomas said the government still has a lot of things to do regarding the investment regulation. According to him, there

are still 43,000 rules related to investment that sometimes become complicated. As a result, some investorshave canceled their investment plants. Although there are still some short comings, the investment sector should be admitted having shown progress in the 3 years of Jokowi-JK tenure. The investment contribution to the GDP rose from 31.7 percent to 32.6 percent. The Gross Fixed Capital Formation (PMTB) grew 5.8 percent or above the economic growth. Additionally, 124 licenses, which previously handled by ministries and agencies, have been delegated to the BKPM and can be done online through the One Stop Services (PTSP). BKPM also provides a 3-hour service for the investment licensing. (TRB/ TPP)

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“Two-state solution is the only solution with East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine” President Joko Widodo

Jokowi Completes 26 Strategic Projects until December 2017 The government until December 19, 2017 has completed 26 national strategic projects (PSN), consisting of 20 projects completed in 2016 and 6 projects completed in 2017 with a total investment worth Rp46.5 trillion. Chairman of Executor Team of the Priority Infrastructure Acceleration Committee (KPPIP) Wahyu Utomo said the six completed projects in 2017 are Tanjung Priok Access Road, PLBN (border post) of Nanga Badauin Kapuas Hulu Regency, PLBN of Arukin Sambas Regency, PLBN of Winiin North Central TimorRegency, Soreang-Pasirkoja toll road and the Surabaya-Mojokerto toll road, with a total value of Rp13.1 trillion. Additionally, there are 145 projects and one program that have entered the construction

phase, 9 projects in the transaction stage while 86 projects and one program in the preparation phase. Out of the 145 projects under construction, 37 projects are partially operational. For example, the MedanKualanamu-Lubuk PakamTebing Tinggi toll road, BekasiCawang-Kampung Melayu toll road, KEK (special economic zone) Tanjung Lesung and KEK Mandalika. “The projects that we have partially operated are counted as projects in the construction

phase because they are not yet fully operational,” said Wahyu at the Penang Bistro, Jakarta, on Wednesday (12/20). Meanwhile, the achievements for the 35,000 MW electricity provision program per December 2017 comprise 998 MW (3%) already operational; 15,676 MW (44%) in the construction phase; 13,782 MW (38%) have completed the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) but yet to reach financial closure; 3,163 MW (9%) in the procurement stage and 2,228 MW (6%) in the planning phase.

For the 37 priority projects, 20 projects have entered the construction phase, five projects are in the transaction process, and 12 projects are still in the preparation stage as of December 2017. The Balikpapan-Samarindatoll road project, the MRT Jakarta North-South Corridor, the Palapa Ring Broadband, the Batang Power Plant, and the Tangguh LNG Train 3 are some of the priority projects in the construction stage. Some priority infrastructure projects that have been partial-

ly operated are the Medan-Binjai toll road and the PalembangIndralaya toll road. The priority projects targeted to operate in 2018 are the Pekanbaru-Kandis-Dumai toll road, the Makassar-Parepare railway and the Palapa Ring Broadband. The projection for the progress of PSN until 2020 is 170 projects will have been operational (either partially or fully), consisting of additional 50 projects will be operated in 2018, while other 56 projectsin 2019, and 23 projects more in 2020. (SND/TPP)

South Korea Interested in Investing in LRT Project

South Korea has expressed its interest to invest in the cons­ truction of Jabodebek Light Rail Transit (LRT). Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of South Korea Kim Hyunmee said that while meeting Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan in Seoul on Tuesday (12/19). Minister Kim said her country has committed to participate in financing the LRT phase two and three, but she also expected the investment certainty. “South Korea is very interested in participating in the tender for the rolling stock of LRT.Our product is already globally famous,” Kim was quoted

We are allocating a big fund for infrastructure financing in the developing countries.” as saying by the press release from Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs on Wednesday (12/20). According to her, South Korea has successfully done the construction of fast train by adapting the French technology. Kim said that her country is currently allocating more funds

for infrastructure investments abroad. She added that along with the current global trend, South Korean government is now very actively investing in the infrastructure. “We are allocating a big fund for infrastructure financing in the developing countries. This year we raised the fund to US$500 billion. From that amount, US$100 billion of the fund is allocated for the ASEAN countries,” she said. In the meantime,Luhut welcomed and promised to notify her when the tender is opened. He said foreign investment is needed, given the state budget is not sufficient to finance the infrastructure projects in Indonesia. (TRB/TPP)

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Jokowi Shows Off First Wind Power Plant in RI

Defending Palestine at OIC Summit, Jokowi Suggests 6 Steps Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) suggested six moves in defending Palestine at the extraordinary summit of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, Turkey, on Wednesday (12/13) while delivering his speech. President Jokowi was firmly against US President Do­nald Trump’s unilateral decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. “The recognition is un­ acceptable. Once again, President Trump’s recognition is unacceptable and must be strongly condemned,” he said. He called on all OIC countries to unite and set aside any differences to defend the Palestine. “The issue of Palestine should bring us back together.

We rounded up the voice and unity to defend the Palestine,” said the Indonesian leader. According to him, President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel not only hurt Muslims, but also hurts the sense of justice of mankind. “The hope for independence is shunned by this very unjust decision. The decision diminishes the hope of a lasting peace. Therefore, the decision must be rejected,” said Jokowi. President Jokowi further said the US unilateral decision also violates various UN Security Council Resolutions related to Palestine. Therefore, Jokowi re-affirmed his rejection. “The people of Indonesia and I believe the people of OIC

countries expect much from this summit. They hope that this summit can produce optimal and actionable results; the results whose impact can be felt for the future of Palestine,” he said. He then suggested six moves to be taken by the OIC member countries. “First, the OIC must reject the unilateral recognition. Two-state solution is the only solution with East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine,” said President Jokowi. Second, he calls on all countries who have embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, to not follow the US decision by moving it to Jerusalem. “Third, the OIC must persuade the countries have yet to recognize Palestinian indepen-

dence to do so immediately,” he said. Fourth, the OIC member countries who have relations with Israel should take di­ plomatic steps. “Including the possibility of reviewing the relations with Israel in accordance with various OIC Resolutions,” the president added. “Fifth, the OIC members should take steps together to increase humanitarian aids, improve the capacity and economic cooperation with the Palestinians,” Jokowi said. Sixth, the president said the OIC become should become a motor for the movement in va­ r ious international and multila­ teral forums to support the Palestinians, including in the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly.

Vice President JK Presents Proper Award 2017

E & P Indonesia Rimmau Asset Oil and Gas EP; PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy; PT Bukit Assam (Persero) Tbk Tanjung Enim Mining Unit; PT Pertamina Hulu Energy Offshore North West Java Migas, EP; PT PJB Paiton Generation Unit, Energy Power Plant; PT Pertamina EP Asset 5-Field Tarakan; PT Pertamina Hulu Energy Offshore West Madura; PT Pupuk Kalimantan Timur; PT Pertamina EP Asset I-Field Rantau; Star Energy Geothermal (Wayang Windu) Ltd; JOB Pertamina-Talisman Jambi Merang; PT Aneka Tambang (Persero) Gold Mining Business Unit Pongkor; PT Pertamina (Persero) RU VI Refinery of Balongan Oil and Gas; PT Pertamina (Persero) Marketing

gigantic: 80 meters high. On the tip of the steel pole, a large propeller is mounted. Its diameter is 57 meters, so the total height reaches 137 meters. Yes, they are the gigantic wind turbines of the first Wind Power Plant (PLTB) in Indonesia. On the hills, 30 wind turbines are being installed with a capacity of 2.5 megawatt each or 75 MW in total. Sidrap mountainous area has a good wind potential with an estimated speed of about seven meters per second that is suitable to drive the propellers of the turbines. Built since April 2016 by PT UPC Sidrap Bayu Energi with an investment of US$150 million, the PLTB will be operated commercially next year. The Sidrap PLTB is capable to supply the electricity to approximately 80,000 households of 900 VA customers. In addition to Sidrap PLTB, we are also developing Jeneponto PLTB, still in South Sulawesi, which involves an investor from Denmark. The potential of wind energy in this country is about 60.6 GW. The government encourages the use of renewable energy sources of water, geothermal, and wind. (LPT/TPP)

Jokowi Expects Komodo Bond to Attract Foreign Investors to Invest in RI State-owned highway company PT Jasa Marga (Persero) listed its first global bond with nominal in rupiah called the Komodo Bond on the London Stock Exchange on Wednesday (12/13). This is one of the efforts to find new funding sources to finance the infrastructure development in Indonesia. PT Jasa Marga becomes the first Indonesian stateowned enterprise (SOE) who has listed its bond, worth Rp4 trillion, on the international securities market. “The bond issuance adds to the liquidity access. This also proves that the international investors have a high interest in investing in Indonesia,” said President Jokowi after attending the OIC

Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, on Thursday (12/14). Jokowi said he hoped the Komodo Bond will attract the foreign investors to invest in Indonesia. Thus, the infrastructure development can be accele­rated, while creating more employment in Indonesia and introduce rupiah currency to the international investors. “Besides it also opens the access to the new funding sources to finance the infrastructure development,” he said. The bond is named Komodo after the typical indigenous Indonesian animal in East Nusa Tenggara. The naming of the bonds imitates the local currency bonds issued by other countries such as China’s Dim Sum Bond and India’s Masala Bond. (TPP)

Jokowi Calls on Millennial Generation to Grab US$130 M Investment Opportunities

Vice President Jusuf Kalla held the ceremony of awarding the Corporate Performance Rating Program (Proper) in Environmental Management Year 2017 at the Vice Presidential Palace, Jl. Merdeka Selatan, Central Jakarta, on Monday (12/18).

The award aims to encourage the companies to develop innovations in managing the environment, which generate novelty elements, positive impacts, economic benefits, and value-added for employees, consumers and society. The Proper 2017 classified the companies into the ranks of gold (19 companies), green (150 companies), blue (4,486 companies), red (130 companies) and black (1 company). The Proper gold and green were handed by the Vice President and the Minister of Environment and Forestry. The gold award went to PT Badak NGL-Migas LNG/ LPG; PT Bio Farma (Persero); PT Pertamina (Persero) Marketing Operation Region IV TBBM Rewulu; PT Medco

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) continues encouraging the use of new renewable energy, given the fossil energy reserves are running out. Besides, the carbon emission of fossil energy is also too high. Various power plants using renewable energy sources such as geothermal, solar, and wind continue to be built by the government. Regarding the wind po­wer generation, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has proudly showed off the giant project of the first Wind Power Plant (PLTB) in Indonesia. In his official Facebook account, Jokowi said that Indonesia is one of few countries in Asia who have a wind farm aside of Japan, China and Korea. President Jokowi’s full writing on Saturday (12/2) is as follows: Dozens of white poles are lined up on the backs of the hills in the Mattirotasi Village and Lainungan Village, Watangpulu, Sidenreng Rappang Regency, in the middle of South Sulawesi, about 200 kilometers from Makassar. The rows are so prominent,

Operation Region III TBBM Bandung Group; PT Tirta Investama Mambal, Bottled Drinking Water, Bali; and PT Pertamina (Persero) Marketing Operation Region V DPPU Ngurah Rai. The vice president congratulated the awarded companies. The gold and green awards ref lect the companies’ discipline in protecting the environment, he said. Kalla also urged all companies to keep the environment clean to provide comfort to the companies and communities. Meanwhile Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya said that Proper has succeeded in improving the company’s innovations. “In 2017 there are 401 inno-

vations made, an increase of 65% from the previous year. From the 401 innovations, 42 have been patented.” Also attending the event, the students of the Tapal Batas Sebatik Tengah school. This school is one example of corporate innovation done by Pertamina EP Tarakan by giving assistance in the form of learning facilities to 123 students who have limited access to education. Other dignitaries attending the event were Vice Presidential Secretary Mohamad Oemar, Special Staff of Vice President for Poverty Eradication and Regional Autonomy Syahrul Udjud, and Special Staff for Communication and Information Husein Abdullah. (TPP)

President Joko Widodo has called on the young or millennial generation to take advantage of the current technological and market development. According to Jokowi, the investments in the digital economy in the next five years will reach US$130 billion or approximately Rp1.75 trillion (with exchange rate at Rp13.500 per US dollar). “In the next five years there are US$130 billion investment opportunities in our country (digital economy). It’s huge, how much in rupiah? These opportunities should be taken as soon as possible,” Jokowi said in Sabuga, Bandung, on Monday (12/18). He further said that time has changed, and the digital economy now becomes a potential that must be utilized as much as possible. Currently a company is no longer measured only from the number of employees, office building and other fixed assets, but also its brand value. Jokowi then compared his furniture business that he

has developed since 27 years ago with the digital business companies like Tokopedia and Amar­ tha whose operations run less than half of the period. “They have a brand value of billions. Mine I think is less than Rp30 billion. This is an opportunity for the young people to plunge into the digital economy, because it provides a great opportunity,” he said. Citing the World Bank, Jokowi added, a country will have a good economic condition if four percent of the population are entrepreneurs. Currently, Indonesia now has only 3.3 percent entrepreneurs. “A very big opportunity is wide open here, but using in a new way not old school like I used to do,” said the former mayor of Solo. Jokowi also said that starting a business is not easy. Failure always overshadows every entrepreneur. However, he urged the younger generation to not give up easily. “The most important thing is first, change the paradigm after graduating from college. Don’t all of you have a dream to become an employee,” he added.(TPP)

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NATIONAL Visiting Jababeka Sports Venues, Menpora: Jababeka Can Become Sports City Youth and Sports Minister (Menpora) Imam Nahrawi, accompanied by Deputy for Improving Sports Performance Mulyana and Director of PT Jababeka Tbk Sutedja Darmono, visited se­ veral sports venues in the Jababeka Sport Center, Cikarang, West Java, on Tuesday (12/19). The venues visited by the minister were Mukti Wibawa Football Stadium, Aquatic Center, UPT Multipurpose Building, and the Golf Residence which includes a swimming pool and outbound area. “This is a follow up of


my meeting with Mr. Darmono to see first-hand the sports facilities to be utilized and synergized with the government’s sports programs,” said Minister Imam Nahrawi quoted by as saying. The minister said he expected Jababeka will become a township with integrated sports facilities, since it already has a good stadium, good environmental facilities, edu­ cation, hotels, and dormitory for athletes. “Jababeka can also be developed into a sports city, because athletes need a nice atmosphere

while the government currently does not have an integrated sports center,” he added. According to Imam, the Mukti Wibawa Stadium is good already, so it only needs the right maintenance. The golf facilities are also considered adequate. “I think in the future, the commitment of Jababeka to encourage the students and other young people to play sports will generate professional athletes and golfers,” he said. Mukti Wibawa Stadium became the first stop of the visit of Menpora

Indonesia’s Manufacturing Industry Starts to Rise Again, Here are the Data

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and his entourage. The stadium which has a capacity of 30,000 spectators, according to Menpora, will be used as one of the 2018 Asian Games venues. He said he expected Inasgoc had come to Jababeka for the synchronization of sports venues. “I can see from the access issue, it’s good. The location is strategic, supported by various transportation modes of train, highway and others. What we need is maturing the plan comprehensively in including the Jababeka in the sporting events,” he added. (TPP)

The performance of the national manufacturing industry still showed a positive movement in November 2017, driven by increased demand from domestic and overseas markets. The improved condition was seen in the rise of purchasing managers’ index (PMI) to 50.4 in November from 50.1 in October. The PMI figure was released by Nikkei and Markit after surveying some purchasing managers at Indonesian manufacturing companies. A PMI above 50 indicates that the manufacturing is expanding, while below 50 suggests the manufacturing is in recession. “The greater opportunities from both domestic and export markets need to be optimally utilized by the domestic industry players to maintain the momen-

tum of this getting better growth,” said Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto in a written statement on Sunday (12/10). He said the government is building various infrastructure facilities and designing regulations which will certainly have a positive impact on the business development and the welfare of the society. “Mutual synergy among the stakeholders is needed to generate inclusive and highly competitive industrial development,” Airlangga said. To achieve the target of national industrial growth, the Industry Ministry has been running six priority programs. The programs are strengthening the human resource competences through vocational education that links and matches with

the SMEs and industry, improving the industrial structure through the strengthening of the value chain, the development of exportoriented labor-intensive industries, the development of small- and medium-scale industries with digital platforms, the development of natural resource-based industries, and the development of industrial estates. “We continue to focus on encouraging the development of national industries to be more competitive in the global arena,” Airlangga said. According to him, the industrial sector provides benefits to the national economy through the increase of added value of the domestic raw materials, the absorption of local labors, and the foreign exchange earnings. It also plays an important role as the largest contributor to the economic growth in Indonesia. The Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) reported the non-oil/gas manufacturing industry still gave the largest contribution to the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the third quarter of 2017, reaching 17.76%. The contribution is higher than other sectors. Meanwhile, the growth of non-oil/gas manufacturing industry in the third quarter of 2017 reached 5.49% or above the economic growth of 5.06%. The exports of non-oil/gas processing industry in October 2017 reached US$13.67 billion, up 4.22% compared to September 2017. In comparison with the nonoil/gas exports in October 2016, it increased 17%. The non-oil/gas exports from January-October 2017 rose 14.32 percent compared to the same period in 2016. The main export destinations were China, United States, Japan and European Union. (DTK/ TPP)

World Bank: Stronger Investment and Export Growth Continue to Strengthen Indonesia’s Economy

World Bank: Stronger Investment and Export Growth Continue to Strengthen Indonesia’s Economy. The Indonesian economy continued to expand at a solid pace during the third quarter of 2017 helped by commodity tailwinds and stronger domestic and external demand, according to the World Bank’s December 2017 Indonesia Economic Quarterly. Real GDP growth increased from 5.0 percent in the second quarter to 5.1 percent in the third quarter of 2017. Investment growth rose to its highest level in

more than four years and foreign direct investment recorded the largest net inflow in more than seven years. Export and import volumes registered double digit growth for the first time since 2012. “In addition to external factors such as higher commodity prices and stronger global growth, the solid performance of the Indonesian economy was also supported by a better business environment that is attracting more foreign direct investment, as well as more public capital investments, which is the direct positive impact

of fuel subsidies reduction two years ago,” said Rodrigo A. Chaves, World Bank Country Director in Indonesia. “This reflects the importance for the Government to persevere in implementing further ambitious reforms such as increasing tax collections and continuing to rationalize subsidies to accelerate infrastructure and human capital development.” There are also signs that private consumption has started to recover. Sales of consumer durables such as car and motorcycles rebounded, with the latter

jumping double-digits in the third quarter after three years of consecutive contractions. Real GDP growth is projected at 5.1 percent for 2017, accelerating to 5.3 percent in 2018 driven by continued strong investment growth, further recovery in consumption, and an increase in government spending. Effective government spending is also crucial to economic development. More than half of total government spending across all levels of government in Indonesia is conducted by sub-national governments, with 38 percent managed by district governments and 15 percent by provinces. This substantial allocation of resources to local governments, a product of Indonesia’s decentralization policy since the early 2000s, reflects the primary responsibilities of local governments to deliver basic services, notably health, education and local infrastructure. Decentralization has increased opportunities for local solutions to local problems. Access to services has improved over the past 15 years of greater decentralization, but service de-

livery outcomes vary widely among local governments. The report, titled Decentralization that delivers, examines the wide-ranging performance of local governments and identifies mechanisms to help local governments perform better. “Improving service delivery by local governments requires working on three i’s: more incentives for better performance in spending the resources the central government transfers to districts; more information for citizens and the central government to better mo­ nitor local government performance, and more interaction between citizens and businesses and their local governments and service providers to demand better quality,”said Frederico Gil Sander, Lead Economist for the World Bank in Indonesia. The launch of the December 2017 Indonesia Economic Quarterly is part of Voyage to Indonesia, a series of events leading up to the 2018 IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings in Bali. The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade supports the publication of the report. (WB/TPP)

Meeting 60 Percent of World Demand, Industry Minister Appreciates Barbie Producer in Indonesia

Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto has appreciated PT Mattel Indonesia (PTMI) for its success in developing the business for 25 years operation in Indonesia. Minister Airlangga Hartarto remarked the statement while giving a speech on the achievement of PT Mattel Indonesia during the event of 25th Anniversary of PTMI in Cikarang, West Java, on Monday (12/4). “The success is certainly achieved by strategic steps in product innovation following the market development, the hard works of all directors and employees, the improvement of product quality and the commitment to become the leading producer in the world,” said the minister. Airlangga added that he also appreciated PTMI in developing the toy industry in Indonesia which has absorbed 10,000 workers. “I am proud that Indonesia can become the

world’s largest producer of Barbie dolls for supplying 60% of the demand worldwide.” Meanwhile, Roy Tandean as Vice President of PT Matell Indonesia said the toy industry is still promising in the future. He also said the toy business has a special large segment of market. “The Barbie business is still good right now. A lot of kids love the dolls,” Roy said. According to him, the world market share of toys, especially dolls and toy cars, is still dominated by Mattel Inc. as much as 50%. PT Mattel Indonesia is currently only targeting the export market, as 100% of the products manufactured in Indonesia are sold to America, Europe and Asia. PT Mattel Indonesia, known as Barbie producer, will increase the production of Hot Wheels (toy cars) to 150 million pcs in 2018 from currently 50 million pcs. (IND/TPP)

Industrial Sector Absorbs 1.5 Million Manpower in 2017 The industry in Indonesia has become the largest employment sector in Indonesia. Throughout 2017, the industrial sector has employed 1.5 million workers. According to Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto, the growth of industry this year is quite encouraging. The highest growth occurred in five sectors. The first is the industry of basic metal, followed by food and beverages, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, machinery and equipment, and transportation. “The highest growth is the base metal industry at 10.6%, followed by food and beverages at 9.49%, chemicals and pharmaceuticals at about 8%, machinery and equipment at 6.45%, and transportation at 5.63%,” said Airlangga at the National Seminar Industry Outlook 2018, Jakarta, on

Monday (12/11). He also said that the contribution of industrial sector to the Gross Domestic Product (PBD) is higher, related to the increased employment. “If we look at the contribution of the industry in the structure of GDP, it is still the largest contributor. If combined with its derivatives, the contribution is more than 30%. In terms of employment, there is also an increase to almost 1.5 million workers this year,” he added. Airlangga further said that the growth of non-oil and gas industry in 2018 is projected to reach 5.67%. The growth will be supported by the industries of basic metal, food and beverages, transportation, machinery and equipment, as well as chemicals, pharmaceuticals and electronics. (DTK/TPP)

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Indonesia, Chile Sign Comprehensive Trade Agreement Indonesian Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita and Chilean Foreign Affairs Minister Heraldo Muñoz have agreed and signed the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement bet­ ween Indonesia and Chile (IC-CEPA) in Santiago, Chile, on Thursday (12/14). The IC-CEPA is the first bilateral free trade agreement between Indonesia and a country in Latin America. The HPI and Amerop Directorate Generals play an active role in the 6-round IC-CEPA negotiations since 2014. The Directorate General of HPI even served as lead negotiator on the Working Group on Legal and Institutional Issues. The signing of IC-CEPA is a manifestation of a bilateral agreement between the Indonesian president and the president of Chile during the visit of Chile’s President Michele Bachelet to Indonesia on May 12, 2017 to complete the ICCEPA negotiations in 2017. The signing of IC-CEPA, which agrees to abolish import tariffs on some of Indonesia’s flagship products,

is expected to increase the direct trades with non-traditional trading partners in Latin America, especially Chile, which is potential to become a trade hub for Indonesian products. IC-CEPA is the second bilateral free trade agreement after the IndonesiaJapan Economic Partnership Agreement signed in 2007. Currently, Indonesia is also negotiating se-veral other bilateral free trade agreements, including with Australia and the European Union as a priority of the Indonesian go­vernment. Another free trade agreement has been signed by Indonesia is with ASEAN. The implementation of IC-CEPA will commence soon after the exchange of ratification instruments by Indonesia and Chile. The two countries also agreed to expand the IC-CEPA coverage in the future from currently only for goods to include the services and investments. For Indonesia, the IC-CEPA is expected to further strengthen the Indonesian economic diplomacy in Latin America. (KEMLU/TPP)

Bank Indonesia (BI), Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), and Bank of Thailand (BoT) have agreed on the local currency settlement framework for the trade transactions among the three countries. The launch of this cooperation is a follow-up to the signing of a bilateral me­ morandum of understanding between the central banks of the three neighboring countries. The three central banks agreed to work together in encouraging bilateral trades and investments using the local currency settlement framework. “Malaysia and Thailand are earlier than us. It is better for us to do this (too). So, the export-import transactions in Indonesia will be more diverse, the cost will be more efficient and certainly this will be deepening the Indonesian market,” said BI Governor Agus DW. Martowardojo, at his office, Jakarta,

Indonesia Officially Becomes MIKTA Coordinator for Year 2018 ship program. Meantime in the period of Indonesia’s chairmanship of MIKTA in 2018 it will focus on the issues of peace and security as well as creative economy. The focus is in line with Indonesia’s efforts to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council for the period of 20192020 and to develop the creative industry. Indonesia is currently running for a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the period of 2019-2020 of which the election will be held in June 2018. Meanwhile, the creative economy is considered important given the sector has employed about 16 million people in Indonesia and has contributed 7.3 percent of the GDP. Some programs to support Indonesia’s priorities as MIKTA Coordinator include MIKTA Interfaith and Intercultural

stable,” he said. Based on the BI data, the average annual trade between Indonesia and Malaysia during 2010-2016 reached US$19.5 billion. The figure consists of exports at US$9.3 billion and imports at US$10.2 billion. The average annual trade between Indonesia and Thailand reached US$15 billion consisting of exports at US$5.5 billion and imports at US$8.5 billion. To facilitate the cooperation, the three central banks have appointed several banks deemed to meet the qualification criteria to facilitate the bilateral transactions. The criteria are robust and sound in each country, having experiences in facilitating trades between two countries involved in the transaction, having business relationships with banks in both countries, and having a broad customer base and branch offices in the coun-

try origin. For the operational framework of rupiah-ringgit, BI and Malaysia’s central bank appointed six banks in Indonesia and five banks in Malaysia. The appointed banks in Indonesia are Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), Bank Mandiri, Bank Central Asia (BCA), Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI), Bank CIMB Niaga and Bank Maybank Indonesia. The appointed banks in Malaysia are CIMB Bank Berhad, Hong Leong Bank Berhad, Malayan Banking Berhad, Public Bank Berhad, and RHB Bank Berhad. For the rupiah-bath cooperation, BI and central bank of Thailand appointed BRI, Bank Mandiri, BNI, BCA, Bangkok Bank PCL, Bank of Ayudhya PCL, Kasikornbank PCL, Krungthai Bank PCL, and Siam Commercial Bank PCL. (KTD/ TPP)

Preparing visit of Russian President to Indonesia, Russia and Indonesia Hold Bilateral Consultation A total of 20 drafts of the Indonesian - Russian pending treaties were discussed at the Working Group on Legal Basis (WGLB) meeting at the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry in Moscow on Wednesday (12/13). Director for European III Ar­ dian Wicaksono, who led the Indonesian delegation, said that the pending agreements concerning transportation, health, strategic partnerships, prose-cutors, sister city of Yogyakarta-St.Petersburg, and standardization are expected to be deliverable during the Russian president’s visit to Indonesia next year. Chairman of the Russian delegation Director for Asia III of Foreign Affairs Ministry, Ambassador Lyudmila Vorobyeva, said she was optimistic that the pending agreement drafts will

Turkey officially handed over the MIKTA’s presidency to Indonesia for the period of 2018 on Wednesday (12/13) in Istanbul during the 11th MIKTA Ministerial Conference. The handover ceremony was also witnessed by the other three MIKTA member countries of Mexico, South Korea, and Australia. Prior to the procession, Turkey first reported the outcomes of its MIKTA leadership in 2017. From the seven core areas of MIKTA (fighting against terrorism, commercial and economic cooperation, sustainable deve­ lopment, gender equality, peacekeeping operations, good governance, and democracy), Turkey prioritized the fighting against terrorism, economic cooperation and refugee crisis. During its leadership period, Turkey successfully initiated the implementation of MIKTA Policy Planning Consultations as its flag-

on Monday (12/11). With this partnership, Agus estimated that the use of local currency will double by 2020. “We are targeting within three to five years the number will have doubled. We will monitor and evaluate it,” Agus added. He also said the cooperation will make the rupiah more stable. Currently almost 94% of Indonesia’s exports are carried out using the United States dollar, while the imports using US dollars reach 78%. By diversifying the use of currency in the transactions, it is expected to help stabilize the rupiah exchange rate. “The transactions between two countries do not need a third currency. BI sees the current stability of the financial system will be maintained in the future. It must start now to make the future of Indonesia and the countries in Asia more

Dialogue, MIKTA Workshop on Women and Peacekeeping, MIKTA Forum on Enhancing Cooperation on Creative Economy/ Start Up Fest, and MIKTA Workshop on Counter-Terrorism and Deradicalization. Indonesia also took the initiative to hold several outreach prog­rams such as MIKTA Goes to Campus and MIKTA Fun Walk and Charity Bazaar. “Such activities are expected to familiarize MIKTA to the wider community as well as our leadership and role there,” added Director General of Multilateral Cooperation, Febrian A. Ruddyard, who is also the Senior Official Leader of Indonesia for MIKTA. MIKTA is an innovative partnership consisting of Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey and Australia. This cooperation was established in 2013 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. (KEMLU/TPP)

be finalized on time. After the WGLB meeting, the two officials held a bilateral consultation to discuss bilateral and regional cooperation issues of common concern. The bilateral consultation is an implementation of the Plan of Consultation agreement signed by the Indonesian and the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministers on August 9, 2017 in Jakarta in a bid to improve the coordination between the two countries. In an intimate atmosphere, the two directors appreciated the positive dynamics of the two countries’ political dialogues and agreed to enhance the relationship between RI and Russia into a Strategic Partnership and to collaborate in the international information security. The plan to establish Free Trade Agreement (FTA) of In-

donesia and Eurasian Economic Union, whose working do­ cument is still discussed among EAEU member countries, was also mentioned. According to the Russian director, the cooperation document still requires intensive discussions with 4 other EAEU member countries. During the meeting the Russian director also praised the Indonesian Festival held by the Indonesian Embassy in Moscow which generated a positive impact in increasing the number of Russian tourists to Indonesia and welcomed the suggestion that Russia should hold such a promotional event in Indonesia. The two parties also agreed to increase cooperation among the higher education institutions and on diplomatic short courses to Indonesia as the implemen-

tation of cooperation agreement between Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry’s Training Center and Diplomatic Academy of Russia. Back to the WGLB meeting, another Indonesian delegation led by Director for Central Authority and International Law of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, Cahyo R. Muzhar discussed the draft of Mutual Legal Assistance/MLA agreement with his peer at the Russian Ministry of Justice in Moscow. The MLA document is expected to be deliverable in the visit of the Russian President to Indonesia next year. One more Indonesian delegation also had a meeting with the local officials to discuss cooperation on prison, international civil law and other legal issues. (KEMLU/TPP)

Indonesia - Montenegro Explore Cooperation in Strategic Sectors Special Staff of Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister for Strengthening Priority Program Mahendra Siregar met with CEO of Atlas Group International Dr. Duško Knežević in a business luncheon in Podgorica, the ca­ pital of Montenegro, on Friday (12/15). The meeting, also attended by Rector for Education and International Cooperation, University Mediterranean Montenegro, Prof. Janko Radulović, PhD; CEO of Montenegro Berza (Montenegro Stock Exchange) MSc Gojko Maksimović, CFA; and VP Public Affairs of Atlas Foundation Meli Meliha Ramusović, aimed at exploring the cooperation opportunities for the Indonesian and Montenegrin business people. Atlas Group International

is a Montenegro’s largest holding company, engaged in banking, finance, tourism, edu-cation, real estate and digital media. It has partnership footprints with the investors of Abu Dhabi Capital Group, Mace London, Emirates/Dubai Port, and Clinton Global Initiative. The two parties exchanged views regarding the progress, stability and economic growth in their respective countries. Atlas Group praised the development of Indonesia under the administration of President Joko Widodo. Atlas Group also said the join of Montenegro into NATO will further expand its market access to the countries in European Union. The dynamic European market today cannot be separated from the challenges that arise, including the domino effect of Brexit and the immigrant problems faced by many countries in the European Union.

The sectors of digital technology, tourism, and education were considered having the opportunities for the business cooperation between Indonesia and Montenegro. Mahendra Siregar emphasized the enhancement of tourism cooperation, since it has been supported by supporting infrastructure, transportation connectivity and ease in the immigration matters such as the exemption of entry visa. During the meeting Atlas Group offered a cooperation in the field of education. Currently, the University Mediterranean Podgorica has six faculties of Business Studies, Law, Visual Art, IT, Tourism and Foreign Languages which have the potentials for cooperation with the universities in Indonesia, mainly to improve the capability of the students in Indonesia and Montenegro. (KEMLU/TPP)

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Watching Construction Activities at HI Roundabout MRT Station

LRT Palembang to Operate in June 2018, Five Stations Ready to Use

PT Mass Rapid Transit Jakarta (MRT Jakarta) continues to work maximally to complete the MRT project on time. MRT Jakarta is currently working on the construction of MRT corridor 1 of South - North from Lebak Bulus to HI Roundabout. The 16 kilometers subway will have 13 stations consisting of 7 elevated stations and 6 underground stations. In general, the development progress of MRT phase 1 has reached 86.17 percent per November 26, 2017. From that percentage, the construction progress of the overpass from Lebak Bulus to Senayan has

reached 78.37 percent while for the underground channel from Senayan to HI roundabout has reached 93.95 percent. MRT Jakarta has set a target of construction progress to reach 90 to 91 percent by the end of 2017. On Thursday (12/7), KAORI had the opportunity to see first hand the progress of construction at one of the underground stations being built by MRT Jakarta. The station, the HI Roundabout, is the northernmost station in the SouthNorth subway of phase 1. When KAORI was visiting the HI Roundabout Station,

the workers were busy doing various construction jobs. In general, the works being done were the installation of tiles, electrical networks and the railway. On the 1st floor of HI Roundabout Station the works included the installation of tiles, air ducts and electrical networks. This floor will become a commercial and ticketing area. Some areas on the 1st floor have been tiled and completed with guiding blocks to help the visually impaired passengers. MRT Jakarta uses the guiding blocks with the same color as the tile which is gray. At one

Construction of SerangPanimbang Toll Road to Start in 2018, Land Acquisition to be Paid Soon The construction of the 83.6 kilometer Serang - Panimbang toll road, included in the National Strategic Projects (PSN) to access the KEK Tanjung Lesung in Banten, will begin in January 2018 without a groundbreaking ceremony. Head of the Regional Development Planning Board (Bappeda) of Banten Province, Hudaya Latucosina, said that previously the groundbreaking ceremony was planned to be held in October 2017 by President Joko Widodo, but failed due to various things. According to Hudaya, the cons­ truction of Serang-Pa­ nimbang toll road will be started in January 2018 without any groundbreaking ceremony. “The president will be too busy in that month, so PT Wika as the constructor has decided to drop the ceremony.” To building the toll road, 785 hectares of land areas are needed, spreading in 50 villages, 14 districts and four regencies/cities.

Construction of JakartaCikampek Toll Road South Section Starts in Mid 2018

“Next year we will start the construction, in the second semester,” she said on Monday (12/18).

The appraisal team were negotiating the land price with the people in three districts of Bojong, Picung and Sindangresmi in Pandeglang regency in the third week of December. Ibrahim Hasan from the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) responsible for the construction of SerangPanimbang toll road said in Pandeglang, “We have a meeting with the residents in three districts of Bojong, Picung and Sindangresmi. The meeting is held on Wednesday in Sindangresmi, on Friday in Bojong and on Thursday in Picung. So, in these three days,” he said on Tuesday (19/12). He added the land acquisition process in the three districts will be completed this month. The land area in Pandeglang for the toll road reaches 2,500 hectares, stretching from Bojong to Panimbang. “The width of the toll road will be 20 meters, divided into two opposite lanes with 10 meters wide

point on a wall there was a sign reads “PI Entrance”. Later, on the wall there will be a door to directly access the Plaza Indonesia from the HI Roundabout Station. On the 2nd floor of HI Roundabout Station, the works being done were not too different. This floor is a platform area for up and down of the passengers. The platform has been shaped and was being tiled. Meantime the installation of track and railroad switch was also being worked on. On the south side of the station there will a railroad switch to move the train to the other track. (KRN/TPP)

each. The appraisal team has the standard price, but the final price will come out after the negotiation,” Ibrahim said. The price, according to him, might be different from one plot to another depending on the location. “Once the land plots have been paid, most likely in early January 2018, the construction can begin, especially in Bojong and Picung.” Meanwhile, Head of Pandeglang Land Agency, Rusli Yakob said that the land acquisition for the construction of Serang-Pa-

nimbang toll road is finalizing. “They have already agreed to sell their land plots. Once the price agreed, we will get the land certificates,” he said. If the certificate is valid and there is no dispute over it, then the PUPR Ministry will pay the land. The payment will be not in cash, but transfer to their bank accounts. “I and the members of the appraisal team have to work together closely to avoid any mistake in the payment of the land,” Rusli said. (TPP)

The progress of Light Rail Transit (LRT) development in Palembang has reached 76% and is ready to operate in June 2018. However, there will be only 5 out of 13 stations ready to operate and serve the passengers by then. Nevertheless, when inspecting the construction site, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said he hoped all the stations would be able to operate simultaneously to provide maximum services to the people of South Sumatra. “Hopefully all the 13 stations will operate simultaneously, but we will see whether it can be done or not,” said Minister Budi Karya while reviewing the development progress of LRT Palembang Zone I on Sunday night (12/10). According to the minister, the current development progress of LRT Palembang has reached 76% but the installation of steel box girder has been finished 100%. Meantime the works for the railway has reached 50% of the total of 47 kilometers. Once operating, the Transportation Ministry and PT

Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) as the managing company will conduct an assessment to determine the passenger fare. Up to now the minister estimates the ticket would be Rp5,000 with the government’s subsidy. Meanwhile Operations Director of PT Waskita Karya, Adi Wibowo, said there will be only 5 out of 13 stations to be operated during the upcoming Asian Games. This is because the 8 stations are still under construction and certainly will not completed during the Asian Games. “There are 3 stations that will be ready for trials in March and obviously there will be only 5 stations that can be operated during the Asian Games and the rest of 8 stations will be finished after the event,” said Adi. The 5 stations that will ope­rate first during the Asian Games are the ones at the Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Airport Palembang, the Palembang Icon Mall, the Cinde Market, the Jakabaring Stadium and the OPI Mall. (DTK/TPP)

To Accelerate Development of Floating Airport, AP I Plants Thousands of Mangroves in A. Yani Area The Authority of Ahmad Yani Airport Semarang is speeding up the development of floating airport. One of the efforts is plating 24,000 mang­ rove seedlings in eight locations. General Manager of PT Ang­kasa Pura I Ahmad Yani International Airport Semarang, Col (Cpn) Maryanto said the planting of mangrove seedlings has been done periodically in the past three years. On Friday (12/15), the 24,000 mangrove seedlings were planted on the area right under the new building of Ahmad Yani Airport. “We had already planted 44 000 during in the past three years. Today there are 24,000 more mangroves,” said Maryanto. “To speed up the mangrove planting, we involve all the stakeholders from the military/police forces, the Tawangmas residents living near the airport, and the mang­ rove farmers,” he added. Maryanto said the mang­ rove planting will be able to preserve the underwater eco-

PT Jasa Marga (Persero) has signed the Toll Road Concession Agreement (PPJT) for the Jakarta-Cikampek II south section. President Director of PT Jasa Marga, Desi Arryani, said the construction of the new toll road will begin in the middle of next year. “Next year we will start the construction, in the second semester,” she said on Monday (12/18). Desi added that the construction can only be done next year because the land acquisition is still underway and would need about six months to complete. “The land acquisition has not finished yet. If the land acquisition has reached at least 25%, then the construction can be started,” she added.

systems around the airport. This will also support the floating airport concept as a development of the new Ahmad Yani Airport. “This is in accordance with our master plan of floating airport concept,” he explained while showing thousands of hectares of mangrove spreading under the airport. Once the planting of mang­ rove seedlings finished, Maryanto said, he will make a tracking path for nature tourism as a supporting facility of the new airport. He added the AP I had budgeted a special fund to build a water management project, so that the water coming from the Java Sea can flow smoothly to the water treatment plant in the airport. The sea water then will be processed into clean water to supply the needs of prospective passengers and employees of Angkasa Pura I in the new Ahmad Yani Airport. “If you only rely on PDAM (state-owned clean water supplier), you will encounter obstacles,” said Maryanto. (BSN/TPP)

The toll road of Jakarta-Cikampek II south section connect Jatiasih, Cipularang, and Sadang with the length of 64 kilometers. It is longer than the Jakarta-Cikampek elevated toll road which is currently under construction. The Jakarta-Cikampek II toll road south section is located on the south side of the Jakarta-Cikampek toll road. This project is valued at Rp14.6 trillion. The construction will be done by PT Jasa Marga Japek Selatan whose shareholders are PT Jasa Marga and PT Wira Nusantara Bumi. “While waiting for the land acquisition complete, we are also holding the tender for the construction needs, so that once the land is ready, the construction can be started right away,” Desi said. (TPP)

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Pandeglang Receives Grant from Director General of Fiscal Balance

Pandeglang Regency has received a grant from the Directorate General of Fiscal Balance, the Ministry of Finance, amounting to Rp85.5 billion. Pandeglang Regent Irna Narulita signed the grant agreement on the Flood Management in Selected River Basins (FMSRB) program in 2018 at the Nagara Dana Rakca Building, Jakarta, on Thursday (12/7). Six regions have been selected for the pilot projects of the grant, namely Banten Province, Maluku Province, Regency of Pandeglang, Serang, Lebak and Ambon. The grant refers to the let-

ter from the Directorate General of Water Resources of the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing, number KU. 01. 01-DA/456 dated July 19, 2017 concerning the revisions of proposed allocations and lists of local governments receiving grants. Director General of Fiscal Balance Budiarso Teguh Widodo said the grant is intended to strengthen the f lood prevention plan in the regions.

He said the impact of f looding can lead to the destruction of roads and crops as well as polluting the clean water. “One of the outcomes of this grant is the reduction of f lood risk with the target of saving 19 thousand hectares of rice fields and 22 thousand households from f looding by 2022.” Budiarso added the grant came from the foreign loan (PLN) and has two main goals, improving the public services and the welfare of the com-

munity. “It is clear that the f loods have damaged the roads and other infrastructures which impaired the public services and disrupted the human health. So, this fund is expected to be able to prevent the f lood from happening,” he said. Budiarso further said the f loods can be caused by various factors, especially the river management which is not optimally yet both in the ci-

ties and in the villages. “The local government can also use the grant to improve the public services during the f lood.” Meantime Pandeglang Regent Irna Narulita said the grant is expected to cope with the impact of the f loods hitting the Pandeglang Regency frequently. “We would like to thank the central government for this grant. We also need a help in working on the river which caused the f lood to make the

Governor Soekarwo Gets Akuntan Award 2017 East Java Governor Soekarwo again performed an achievement at the national level. This time he got the “Akuntan Award 2017” given by the National Supervisory Board of the Institute of Indonesia Chartered Accountants (DPN IAI). The award was presented by Chairman of DPN IAI Mardiasmo and Chairman of the IAI National Advisory Board Moermahadi Soerja Djanegara, witnessed by Vice President Jusuf Kalla at the opening of International Seminar IAI 60th Anniversary Toward 2030: Transforming Role of Professional Accountants in the New Economy Order at the Ballroom of Crowne Plaza Hotel Semarang, on Wednesday (12/14) afternoon. The award is given to Soe­ karwo for his dedication, achievement, innovation and contribution in implementing good accountancy in the East Java administration system. He creates transparency and accountability which lifts the image of the accountant profession. Answering questions asked

by the media about the meaning of the award, Pakde Karwo (Soe­ karwo’s nickname) said the award was a form of success of all parties, both the East Java Provincial Government as a team work and East Java region as a whole. The main success is in the transparent and accountable governance. “Hopefully, this Akuntan Award will improve the performance of East Java Provincial Government in providing better services to the community,” he said. Pakde Karwo also expressed his gratitude to IAI as a great professional institution which has been existing for 60 years now. Meantime Vice President Jusuf Kalla in his speech said the accountant profession is very important, mainly because it is based on discipline, dedication and trust. Without all the three, the accountant profession will be unappreciable. “The accountant’s main asset is trust and skill. Without ac-

Kendal Regent Inaugurates PKBM Pandansari Community Learning Activity Center (PKBM) is an institution established by the community and engaged in education. PKBM is under the supervision and guidance of the local office of Education Ministry. PKBM can be either at a village or district level. Kendal Regency has many PKBMs, one of which is PKBM Pandansari located in Sambongsari Village, Weleri District. The regent of Kendal inaugurated the PKBM building by signing on the inscription witnessed by Head of Education Office Agus Rivai, Weleri District officials and hundreds of Sambongsari villagers. The regent said she hoped the PKBM would be useful for the community. “I am touched by the spirit of Sambongsari Village residents to keep learning so that they initiated to build this education center building. I and the head of Education Office highly appre-

ciate the awareness of the Sambongsari people to generate better generations,” said Regent Mirna. “Currently our children are playing Sepak Takraw in Thailand representing Central Java, while the Muathai athletes from Kendal Regency have reached the national level. The football team also has entered the national level. Let’s continue to be grateful together. My hope is there will emerge children with high achievements from Kendal regency,” she added. Before signing the inscription, Kendal Regent dr. Mirna Annisa visited the participants of education package B and C who were sitting the odd semester test. They looked cheerful while welcoming the number one person in Kendal Regency. Then Regent Mirna went to visit the class of sewing. (KENDAL/TPP)

water f low normally again,” she said. According to Irna, the grant is a top down policy. Thus, where the fund will be used to has been determined by the central government. “The fund will go to eight districts along the ri­ vers of Ciujung and Cidanau (BBWSC3), namely Cadasari, Koroncong, Karangtanjung, Pandeglang, Majasari, Banjar, Kaduhejo and Mandalawangi,” she added. (TNM/TPP)

West Java Provincial Government Acquires 1.7 Km of Land for Road to BIJB West Java Provincial Government continues to complement facilities at the West Java International Airport (BIJB) to maximize the function of the 1,800 hectares airport. According to West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan, one work currently being rushed is the construction of toll road and

regular road in 2018 to access the BIJB, located in Kertajati, Majalengka Regency, West Java. West Java Governor Aher said he must acquire some land plots for the construction of BIJB infrastructure. “BIJB needs about 1.7 kilometers of land for the construction of a regular road,” said Ahmad Heryawan, who is familiarly called Aher, recently.

countants, the country will be in turmoil and the companies will not know what to do,” said the vice president. To that end, he continued, maintaining the code of conducts of this profession, including holding secrecy, should be done to gain the public trust. The vice president, who is familiarly called JK, also said he hoped the accountants would not only look for mistakes, but also provide solutions for the companies to make them run well and transparent. According to JK, the accountant profession is also very dynamic. The development of technology has helped the accountants in preparing the daily, monthly, and annually reports right away. In addition to the East Java Governor, the Akuntan Award 2017 was also presented to Vice Chairman of BPK RI Bahrullah Akbar, Justice and Human Rights Minister Yasonna H. Laoly, and CEO of BCA Jahja Setiaatmadja. (JATIM/TPP)

Aher said, for the toll road, to be integrated with the Cipali interchange highway, will takes up approximately three kilometers of land. This toll road will make it easier to access the BIJB Kertajati from the Cipali highway. The land acquisition, according to him, has been completed in 2017 using the West Java Provincial state budget (APBD). Meanwhile the construction of the roads will be financed by the national state budget (APBN). Director of PT BIJB Virda Dimas Ekaputra said the toll road and regular road will meet in the location adjacent to the airport terminal. Virda said he hoped, after being inspected by Governor Aher, the process of land acquisition and the procurement of goods for the construction can be completed before the ope­ r ation of BIJB. “Hopefully after being inspected by the governor, the process of land acquisition and the construction can be completed before the operation of this airport,” he said. Virda added the development progress of BIJB until Saturday (12/30) has reached 82 percent. He also has communicated with PT Angkasa Pura (AP) II regarding the cooperation in the operation of the airport. “Until now, the construction has reached 82 percent and the soft launching will be done in April 2018,” he said. (TPP)

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TOURISM Just Being Launched, Helicopter Tour Jakarta Overbooked

The Helicity by Whitesky Aviation gives its own color in spending holidays. The travelers to Jakarta have welcomed the helicopter tour services enthusiastically. Dozens of traveler groups had taken the helicopter tour. The helicopter tour services were officially launched on December 4 by Tourism Minister Arief Yahya and Transportation Minister Budi Karya

Sumadi. “The responses are good, from the day of launching until today we had served 15 flights,” said Ari Nurwanda at the Aldiron Helispot Pancoran, Jakarta, on Friday (12/22). From December 4, 2017 to January 5, 2018 or during the Wonderful Joy Flight program, the travelers will get a special price. You only pay Rp5.6 million per helicopter for 3 people

and 15 minutes flight. “But after that dates, the rate will be back to normal, which is Rp7 million per 15 minutes,” Ari added. The route for Wonderful Joy Flight starts from Aldiron Helispot Pancoran, flying to the north over the Ancol and Old Town, then heading west towards the House of Representatives (DPR) Building or Senayan and Semanggi areas. “So, we cooperate with Tourism Ministry in arranging this route so that there is a historical value and not just flying,” said Ari. “The Wonderful Joy Flight was also booked for December 24 and 27,” he added. Currently, the Helicity is focused on the city tour. However, it also serves the reservations for pick and drop. “We are still in the development stage of the routes in the city, not out of town. Most of the customers who book it are also still from family circle,” Ari said. (TPP)

Biggest Cruise Ship in Asia Stops by at Surabaya

A cruise ship named Genting Dream belonging to the Genting Cruise Lines stopped by at Surabaya on Tuesday (12/12). The ship departed from the Port of Singapore and arrived at the Terminal Gapura Surya Nusantara Tanjung Perak at 07.45 am. Carrying 2,561 tourists from a total capacity of 3,352 people, the Genting Dream is the largest cruise ship in Southeast Asia that ever stopped by in Indonesia. “This is a historic day because it is the largest cruise ship that ever stopped by in Indonesia, es-

pecially Surabaya,” said Dream Cruises President Tatcher Brown in his speech at the Zodiac Theater. Brown said the Genting Dream has always been the pioneer of the cruise ship industry in Asia. “Dream Cruises is no stranger to Indonesia. Several branches of our company have visited Indonesia several times to Komodo Island, Anambas Islands, Bali, Medan and Jakarta in 2015,” he added. Brown also said that his company supported Indonesia’s tourism by visiting the Port of Tan-

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya Inaugurates Two Homestays in Sigapiton

jung Perak, Surabaya, and the Celukan Bawang Port, North Bali. “Indonesia is a butterfly route, the key of the cruise ship industry in Southeast Asia, spanning from Singapore, Surabaya, to Bali.” Once getting off the boat, about a thousand passengers went on a city tour to see the House of Sampoerna, the Hero Monument, and the city parks. Some chose to cross to the Madura Island for a moment. Most of the 2,561 tourists were Singaporeans (632 people) and Malaysians (314 people). The rest were from various countries in Asia, such as India, Myanmar, Australia, Hong Kong, Philippines, China, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, and even Indonesia. The Genting Dream takes the guests for shipping trips from Singapore to some destinations in the Malacca Straits and the Java Sea. There is the Malacca Strait Cruise Package traveling to Kuala Lumpur-Penang-Phuket, while the Java Sea package sails to Surabaya and North Bali. Some of the passengers combined the Malacca Strait and the Java Sea packages for a 12 nights trip. (TMP/TPP)

Once Kertajati Airport Operational, West Java Will Attract 50 Million Tourists

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya has inspected the locations supporting the tourism in Lake Toba, a tourist destination for priority development. After accompanying President Jokowi in inaugurating the Silangit International Airport Terminal, he went to Sigapiton Village, Toba Samosir Regency, on the eastern edge of Lake Toba. The small village has been selected as a pilot project for the Homestay Village Development by the Ministry of Tourism. It was the second visit of the minister to Sigapiton Village, while the first was held on July 8. Since October 15, 2017 two units of homestay named “Jabu Na Ture” have been set up. The homestays were built

based on the designs made by participants of the competition of bamboo made Homestay Nusantara and Homestay Ecopod held by the tourism ministry. Bamboo is a type of plant that grows quickly in many are­as in Indonesia. Bamboo is easy to find, and its maintenance is also easy. The design of the Jabu Na Ture Homestay is inspired by the typical Jabu Bolon, the traditional house of Batak Toba tribe, but with a modification by using bamboo material which is cheaper and environmentally friendly. The homestay development is funded by the Tourism Ministry to socialize to the community how to maintain the local architectural characteristics (archipelago architec-

ture), and to make the homestay as one of community tourism businesses. The further development of the homestay will be offered to the private investors. The two homestays in the Lake Toba area are expected to boost the interest of local people to designs their homes as homestays so that the village can run the tourism business independently. Minister Arief Yahya also visited Tomok and had a look at the Sigale-gale Souvenir Market and Cultural Tourism Objects located in front of the distinctive customs houses. “If you want to be global players then always make sure to use the global standard,” he said while meeting with the Tourism Awareness Group

(PokDarWis). In the meeting, PokDarWis proposed to get financial assistance for renovating 14 homestays, especially in the interior design. Minister Arief responded positively and said that the Tourism Ministry would disburse a fund for renovating 20 homestays no later than December 2017. Meanwhile, for the revitalization of buildings and toilets, he will coordinate with related parties such as PUPR Mi­ nistry. The minister also noticed the involvement of Pelindo in supporting tourism in Tomok and said he hoped PokDarWis and the regent would enhance the coordination with other parties to develop tourism for prospering the local people. (TPP)

The Government of West Java is optimistic the number of tourists will increase significantly after the Kertajati West Java Airport (BIJB) operational in 2018. According to West Java Tourism and Culture Office, 50 million of foreign and domestic tourists will visit West Java afterward. Head of West Java Tourism and Culture Office Ida Hernida said the airport, located in Kertajati District, Majalengka Regency, will provide a new access for the domestic and foreign tourists. “Our target is in the year 2018, we will bring in 48 million domestic tourists, I believe will be more, and more than one million foreign tourists,” said Ida Hernida in Bandung, on Friday (12/15). Ida further said that the figures were not overestimated, because until November 2017, the number of tourists coming to West Java had reached 46 million. This number has already reached the target for 2017. As for the foreign tourists, unfortunately it is still under one million until early this December.

“For foreign tourists, the number only reached 600,000 per November but this must increase in December due to the Christmas and New Year holidays,” she added. According to Ida, tourism is very important to continue to be developed, considering that this sector can become the locomotive for the economic growth as well as to serve as the main source of state revenue. The data from Bank Indonesia (BI) in 2016 show the tourism contribution to the economy in West Java, especially accommodations and restaurants, reached Rp33 trillion. Even the national tourism contributes the second largest foreign exchange after the oil and gas sector. “The BIJB will benefit the tourism sector even more. It will surely boost the number of tourists, especially from the overseas with the availability of the direct flights,” said Ida. She added that the potential of West Java which is blessed with beautiful natural landscapes should be utilized maximally. “Nowadays who does not want to travel to West Java with its so many natural beauties.” (TPP)

PT Banten West Java Grants 6.2 Hectares of Land

PT Banten West Java (BWJ) as the developer of the Special Economic Zone (KEK) of Tanjung Lesung granted 62,434 square meters or 6.2 hectares of land to the Pandeglang Regency administration during the event of Technical Guidance and Socialization of Regional Property Management held in the Hotel Mutiara Carita on Monday (12/4) morning. The land document was handed over by President Director of PT BWJ Poernomo Siswoprasetijo to Regional Assistant for Public Administration and People’s Welfare of Pandeglang Regency Undang Suhendar. Besides as a form of cooperation, the grant is also to facilitate the participation of regency in the management of tourism in the region. Poernomo said that on some of the granted land will be built a road and a landfill in Kampung Cikadu, Tanjungjaya Vil-

lage, Panimbang District, covering 36,234 square meters of the land. Meanwhile the other 24,300 square meters of the land is for the development of Cikadu Tourism, and the rest of 2,000 square meters will be used for an office building. “This grant is fully our initiative (BWJ). It is expected to make the KEK Tanjung Lesung more attractive to the investors and tourists,” he added. Poernomo also said the technical development on the granted land is entirely the responsibility of the regency administration, in cooperation with the central government through the Directorate General of Human Settlements at the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR). “I am optimistic that early 2019 the KEK Tanjung Lesung will go global, considering the regional development planning in 2018 has been done well.”

Meanwhile Regional Assistant Undang Suhendar said he will soon make the plan on how to manage the granted land in KEK Tanjung Lesung optimally to achieve the goal. “The goal is to prosper the community around the KEK. They are not a spectator, but a player who should benefit from the existing of the tourist destination,” he said. Undang added there is no problem for the regional and the central governments in funding the KEK development as long as the land ownership status is clear. “If a land is built by the government, the land should belong to the government.” On the same occasion, Head of Regional Tax Services (BP2D) of Pandeglang Regency Utuy Setiadi said the contribution of PT BWJ to the local revenue is quite good. The value reaches Rp200

million per month. “That is the amount of taxes from hotels and restaurants only, not to mention the other sectors such as the underground water retrieval.” Utuy added he hoped the contribution of PT BWJ will continue to increase along with the increasing number of tourists. “I am sure Pandeglang people will prosper if KEK Tanjung Lesung continues to grow, especially for the surrounding community.” Also attending the event were Director of Institute of Leadership of Indonesia University (UI) Kamarudin, President Director of PT Paramount Kristian, Head of Regional Finance and Asset Management Agency (BPKAD) of Pandeglang Muslim Taufiq, and other officials of Pandeglang Regency. (RDB/TPP)

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Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya, witnessed by Vice President Jusuf Kalla, to Director of Jababeka Hyanto Wihadhi at the Vice President Palace, Jakarta

Jababeka, the only Industrial Estate that Wins Green PROPER Award 2017 PT Jababeka Tbk has been awarded with Green PROPER 2017, for its clean production system, biodiversity programs, and community empowerment which exceed the standard. The award was presented by Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya, witnessed by Vice President Jusuf Kalla, to Director of Jababeka Hyan­ to Wihadhi at the Vice President Pa­ lace, Jakarta, on Monday (12/18). Vice President Jusuf Kalla congratulated the receivers of PROPER Green and Gold. He said 3 things must be done to avoid public anger. “The first is democracy; authoritarian will only make people angry. Second is human

rights; violating human rights will be punished by the world. Third is the environment; the world keeps an eye on how we improve the environment in the nature and in the industry,” he said. “In the past, the smokes in the air and the dirty water in the rivers due to the industrial disposals were the signs of developed countries. Now it’s the opposite, a good environment will benefit all parties. With a good discipline, the environment can be managed well. This can only be done by mutual compliance,” he added. Meantime Minister Siti Nurbaya said awarding the business entities was done by eva-luating the compliance to the envi-

ronmental management re-gulations, the energy efficiency, water conservation, emission reduction, biodiversity protection, 3R B3 waste and non-B3 solid waste reduction and the community empowerment. “The compliance in 1995 at the beginning of PROPER is only 30% while in the 2011s it was 70% and now it reaches 92%,” the minister said. “The PROPER parameters that can be calculated for 20162017 are the revolving funds for CSR programs which reached Rp7 trillion, the energy efficiency 230 million GJ, the reduction of greenhouse gas emission equivalent to 33 million tons of CO2, the water efficiency 492 million m3, the decrease in CO2 emis-

On Last Trading Day, IDX Records Domestic Investment Up to Rp340 Trillion

The Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) has recorded an increase in the number of investors by 44 percent in the past two years, followed by an increase in the value of domestic investments throughout 2017. “The number of investors is up to 1.12 million, while the increase in value of domestic investments reached Rp340 trillion this year,” Head of Corporate Communication Division of BEI Yulianto Aji Sadono said in a press release on Friday (12/29). Yulianto said the last trad-

ing day of the year was encouraging. In addition to the increase in the number of investors and the value of investments, the year 2017 was also closed with 37 additional companies listed at the stock exchange through the initial public offering (IPO). “The number is the highest ever at the BEI in the last 23 years and even the highest in Southeast Asia,” said Yulianto. He added that foreign investors kept investing in Indonesia with 15 percent realization of the total investment

increase of Rp261 trillion. According to Yulianto, the trading activity on the stock exchange also increased almost 20 percent so that the BEI stocks were more liquid than at the other capital markets in Asia. “The amount of funds collected reached the highest too in history, reaching more than Rp802 trillion,” he said. Yulianto added the funds were generated from the IPOs, rights issues, conversion of warrants, asset securitization and bonds issued by the government, state-owned enterprises, and private companies. Yulianto further said the achievements of BEI in 2017 included the increase in literacy on capital market. Based on the Nielsen survey, he added, the capital market literacy increased from 4.3 percent in 2016 to 15 percent in 2017. Yulianto claimed one driver of the increase was the campaign of “Yuk Nabung Saham” (Let’s Saving in Stocks) intensified by BEI since 2015. (TMP/TPP)

sions 75.7 million tons, the decrease of conventional emission 135 million tons, the decrease of wastewater load 535 million tons, the reduction of nonB3 solid waste 11.6 million tons, and the reduction of B3 waste 13 million tons,” she added. To, Jababeka Director Hyanto said, “From the 19 receivers of PROPER Gold, I noticed that their programs actually have also been done by Jababeka Group. May be because they’re not synergized, then only what have been done by Jababeka Infrastructure which have been recorded. For example, we have empowering farmers with 40 hectares which should be included into PROPER. Hopefully next year we can get the PROP-

ER Green again and if we get it three times in a row, we will get the Gold.” For Jababeka, the PROPER award was the third. The largest industrial area in Southeast Asia previously received the same award in 2009 and 2011. As many as 1,819 companies from several industries were ranked for the PROPER 2017. The PROPER compliance rate this year reached 92%, or increased 7% from last year. The PROPER 2017 ranks in sequence from the best are Gold 19 companies, then Green 150 companies, Blue 1.486 companies, Red 130 companies, and Black 1 company, while 33 other companies are under legal proceeding for contaminating the

land. The event also performed a choir by the Tapal Batas Sebatik School students, who are the children of migrant workers of oil palm plantations in the Indonesia-Malaysia border. They sang the national anthem Indonesia Raya (previously they only knew the Malaysian national anthem). The PROPER aims to encourage industry to apply green economy principles with assessment on environmental management, energy efficiency, water conservation, emission reduction, biodiversity protection, 3R of B3 waste and non-B3 solid waste reduction and narrowing the economic disparities by implementing community empowerment programs. (TPP)

JETRO Singapore Visits D’Khayangan Jababeka, Exploring Business Opportunities in Health Services, Health Care and Wellness

Senior Living D’Khayangan welcomed the representative of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) from Singa­ pore as the team of ASEAN Project for Asia Human Wellbeing Initiative on Tuesday (12/5) in Jababeka Cikarang. JETRO is a Japanese government-related organization that promotes mutually be-

neficial trade and investment relations between Japan and other countries in the world. The visiting group, consisting of 2 people from JETRO named Katsuya Yoshioka, Senior Director of JETRO Jakarta Office, and Dai Ito, Director of Business Development of the Singapore Office, as well as 2 people from Ja-

karta Shimbun was welcomed by Masami Kitamura, Director of Long Life Holding Co.Ltd, Yuzurihara Kazuma, Director of PT Jababeka Longlife City, and Marlin Marpaung as President Director of PT Jababeka Longlife City. Marlin, interviewed after the event, said that the vi­ sit of the group was in a bid to explore the business opportunities in Bangkok, Singapore and Jakarta or Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia for the Japanese investors on the health services, health care and wellness. After the meeting, the two representatives from JETRO were looking around the premise and did a survey on the facilities in the Senior Living D’Khayangan Jababeka guided by Yuzurihara Kazuma. They also met with one of the members of Senior Living D’Khayangan, Mr. Prajitno, who showed his painting works produced during his li­ ving at the D’Khayangan. (TPP)

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KIJA’s 9M17 Revenue Increases 20%

Launching Kawana Golf Residence: Talkshow, Rooftop, Helicopter, Golf Course and Oversold The launching of Kawana Golf Residence was a success, featuring a property talk show, a rooftop night event, and a helicopter ride. Jababeka Residence and Creed Group from Japan held the launching of Kawana Golf Residence at the golf course, Cikarang, on December 8-9, 2017 and oversold. The property talk show was held at the Celecton Hotel on Friday, presenting Lim Seng Bing as Managing Director of Jababeka Residence, Tatsuya Ichinomiya as Business Development Director of Creed Group, Alex Chan as Assistance Vice Director of Creed Group Singapore, and Andy K. Natanael as a property practitioner and Vice Chairman of DPI REI Training Board. It was attended by dozens of proper-

ty investors who were then entertained with dinner and live music at the rooftop of the fourstar hotel. “The property developers must develop, not just buying and selling buildings,” Andy said in his presentation. Before the launching ceremony began, the investors got the opportunity to enjoy the Jababeka Cikarang sights from the air by riding a helicopter. “The scenery is great from above and so much different from seeing it on the land,” said one investor, Lis Handayani. The launching of Kawana Golf Residence started at 10.00 am at the Jababeka Golf & Country Club, which was crowded by the investors who were willing to queue to buy the apartment units.

Kawana Golf Residence consists of 234 units of apartment with 3 types, namely Studio (26.55 m2 semi gross), 1 Bedroom (35.57 m2 semi gross), and 2 Bedroom (52 m2 semi gross). The prices per unit start from Rp1 billion to Rp3 billion. Each apartment unit will get a bonus of Term Membership Golf that can be used by the investors and the prospective tenants of Kawana Golf Residence. Sutedja Sidarta Darmono, President Director of PT Grahabuana Cikarang, said, “The response from the investors and property agents is very good. The sales target was 40%, but all the Kawana Golf Apartment units today are oversold.” The Kawana Golf Residence is designed with Japanese cul-

Presenter Helmy Yahya has been selected as the President Director of the state-owned television station TVRI for the period of 2017-2022 by the TVRI’s Supervisory Board. During his inauguration, Helmy promised to bring back the TV station into popularity again.

“It’s my job (to revive TVRI). This TV station has a very big potential. I know it and I believe it. Many people hope TVRI can be more alive again,” said Helmy as quoted by tribunnews on Tuesday (11/27). Some regional heads, entrepreneurs, academics and tour-

United Tractors’ Heavy Equipment Sales Rise 60% PT United Tractors Tbk (UNTR) is optimistic that the sales of Komatsu heavy equipment in 2017 reaching the target of 3,500 units. The company has targeted to sell 3,800 units in 2018. UNTR Corporate Secretary Sara K. Loebis said that in 2017 the sales of Komatsu heavy equipment by UNTR might reach 3,500 units. In 2016 UNTR only booked the sales of Komatsu at 2,118 units. That means the 2017 sales increase 60.47% year on year (yoy). The high target was supported by the good sales in the first ten months of 2017. Until October 2017, UNTR sold 3,058 units of Komatsu. On average, 306 units of heavy equipment were sold by UNTR per month. So, in the last two months of 2017, UNTR would only need to sell 442 more units to achieve the target. As of October 2017, UNTR’s heavy equipment business was dominated by heavy equipment

ism associations conveyed their supports and expectations to Ende Vice Regent Djafar Achmad said, “My hope is TVRI in the future will focus more on the results of development programs and the government policies for prospering the people. What’s in-

decreased slightly; from 38% in 9M16 to 37% in 9M17. This reduction is mainly the result from a lower gross profit margin from the Land Development & Property pillar in 9M17 at 61%, compared to 74% in 9M16. This lower margin is mainly the result from more contributions from sales in Kendal, which on average have significantly lower margins compared to Cikarang. The Infrastructure pillar gross profit margin increased from 20% in 9M16 to 23% in 9M17, whereas the gross profit margin for the Leisure & Hospitality pillar increased from 41% in 9M16 to 46% in 9M17. KIJA’s net income for the period as per 9M17 was recorded at Rp 165.7 billion; a decrease of 52% compared to the first nine months of 2016. This was mainly caused by a large net foreign exchange (forex) gain of Rp 186.3 billion in the first 3 quarters of 2016, compared to loss of Rp 22.0 billion in the same period of 2017. Excluding such forex gains the Company’s net income for the period would have in fact increased 18% from Rp 158.8 billion to Rp 187.7 billion. These amounts are the sum of operational and financial forex gains/losses and gain/loss on our hedging contracts. The details of this can be found in the financial and other income and expense sections of our 9M17 financial report. Largely in line with the Company’s revenue and gross profit, KIJA’s EBITDA in 9M17 reached Rp 672.3 billion, an increase of 15% compared to the Rp 585.8 billion achieved in the first nine months of 2016. (IDX/TPP)

Here Are the Expectations of Regional Head, Entrepreneur, Academician and Association to the New TVRI teresting is how to compete with private TV stations and choose the populist news.” Meantime Chairman of PT Jababeka S.D. Darmono said, “I hope TVRI will be different from others by broadcasting positive things about the progress of the country. The other commercial TV stations usually broadcast things that make people and investors anxious.” TVRI, according to him, should be educative and nurture the people to love the country, obey the law and support the economic development in prospering the society. “Educative, informative and entertaining with our natural and cultural richness is commercially profitable, because it is supported by the budgets of local governments who want to promote their regional natu-

ral beauty and the hospitality of their people in welcoming the tourists and investments,” Darmono concluded. Former Governor of Lemhanas and academic Prof. Budi Susilo Soepandji said he hoped TVRI would be able to channel people’s ideas on nurturing nationality, unity in various community activities in terms of tribes, religions and races. Also on how to establish honesty and peaceful atmosphere through various activities of community empowerment by millennial generation. While President Director of PT TWC Borobudur, Prambanan and Ratu Boko, who is also CEO of PATA Indonesia Chapter, Poernomo Siswoprasetijo said, “Hopefully new TVRI can cooperate with the Tourism Ministry and Transportation Ministry in developing the tourism potentials of

the regions’ natural beauty and cultural richness, through a special program that attracts tourists to travel to and investors to invest in those areas.” Helmy himself asked for supports for the new board of directors to run the tasks. “Hopefully we will realize the mandate and please support and pray for us,” he said, adding that he would improve the TVRI’s programs. A number of old popular programs will be recreated with the current and modern concept. “Our strategy is improving the screen, re-branding and there will be contemporary prog­ rams and contents. Many prog­ rams will also be re-packaged. Pray for us, so that we can make this public TV station to become a leading channel while remains neutral and independent,” he said. (TN/TPP)

Nippon Indosari Acquires 51% Shares of Prima Boga

sales for the mining sector. The portion accounts for 50% of the total sales. The second position is the construction sector with the sales of heavy equipment reached 22%. Then it was followed by agriculture and forestry sectors with the sales at 16% and 12% respectively. In 2018 UNTR sets a conservative target for heavy equipment sales. “The target in 2018 is 3,800 units or up 10%,” said Sara on Monday (12/18). (KTN/ TPP)

tural wisdom as the main concept. Adjacent and just steps away to the Jababeka Golf & Country Club, it is overlooking the green landscape of the golf course. The members of the Jababeka Golf & Country Club are 90 percent Japanese and South Korean expatriates. Kawana Golf Residence is the first and only golf apartment in Cikarang and its surroundings. It is the most important point that distinguishes this apartment from others in the region. Kawana Golf Jababeka is surrounded by a golf course that seems to make this apartment highly favored by the expatriates who works in the Cikarang area. Its residents will enjoy the golf atmosphere of green environment, fresh and calm. (TPP)

PT Jababeka Tbk (“KIJA”) recorded a total consolidated revenue of Rp 2,329.4 billion in the first nine months of 2017, an increase of 20% compared to the same period of 2016. This growth was mainly driven by the Company’s Land Development & Property and Infrastructure business pillars, which saw revenue increase 23% and 20% year-on-year respectively. Land Development & Property was mainly driven by an increase in revenue contribution from Kendal, which increased nearly tenfold from Rp 29.4 billion in 9M16 to Rp 269.7 billion as per 9M17 on the back of improved sales. Over the same period, revenue contributions from the power plant, part of the Infrastructure pillar, increased 25% from Rp 918.7 billion as per 9M16 to Rp 1,149.1 billion in 9M17 mainly because the power plant operated at full capacity in 2017 whereas parts of the second and third quarter of 2016 the plant operated at half capacity because of a leakage in one of the boilers – which was fully repaired in August last year. Total recurring revenue from the Company’s infrastructure businesses (power, port, water) equals 63% of total revenue in 9M17, equal to 9M16. Largely in line with re­ venue, the Company’s gross profit increased from Rp 742.0 billion in 9M16 to become Rp 857.7 billion in 9M17, an increase of 16%. At the same time, the Company’s consolidated gross profit margin

PT Nippon Indosari Corpindo Tbk (ROTI) is set to acquire 51% shares of PT Prima Top Boga (PTB), a company engaged in frozen dough of bread and pastry products in Indonesia.

“PT Nippon and PTB have signed a cooperation agreement, stating that PT Nippon will buy 51% shares of PTB,” said Nippon Indosari management in a written statement to the Indonesia Stock Exchange

in Jakarta on Monday (11/27). PT Nippon Indosari, producer of Sari Roti breads, will make additional investments either directly or indirectly within the next three years. “The investment will be done in stages in accordance with the performance of PTB during the cooperation,” it said. Bonlight Investment, one of major shareholders of Nippon Indosari, partially discounted its shares on November 6, 2017. Bonlight released its 159,711,531 ROTI shares at Rp1,275 per share or Rp203,632,202,025. With the sale, the ownership of Bonlight Investment in PT Nippon Indosari decreased from 1,445,696,431 shares or representing 23.4% to 1,285,984,900 shares or 20.79%. As of the third quarter of 2017, Nippon Indosari Corpindo recorded a slight decline in sales compared to the

same period last year. This decline surely lowered the company’s earnings. As of September 2017, the company recorded sales at Rp1.83 trillion, while in the same period last year the sales reached Rp1.84 trillion. The gross profit and operat­ ing income per September 2017 decreased to Rp943.97 billion and Rp178.59 billion respectively, from Rp950.33 billion and Rp323.85 billion YOY. The profit before tax and current earnings attributable to the owners of parent company decreased to Rp124.54 billion and Rp97.35 billion from Rp268.80 billion and Rp203.69 billion respectively in the same period last year. Despite the decline in sales and profit, the company’s total asset and equity per September 2017 increased compared to the period until December 2016. (BST/TPP)

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Oil and Gas Still Main Source of Energy in Indonesia Head of Formality Division of Special Task Force (SKK) for oil and gas Didik Setiyadi has said that in the next 12 years Indonesia will run out of petroleum oil if new reserves are not found. Therefore, it needs the commitment of all parties to promote good investment climate for oil and gas upstream industry in Indonesia. “In the next 37 years, oil and gas will be still the main source of energy for Indonesia, especially for transportation, power plants and factories,” Didik said while speaking at the Focus Group Discussion (FGD) of Oil and Gas in Ku-ningan, South Jakarta, on Friday (12/15). According to Didik, recently the findings of new oil and gas reserves in Indonesia are decreasing due to lessening exploration activities. This happens because of many factors, includingthe too many licen-ses and uncertainty is-

sues on the rules and regulations. Based on the data of BP Statistical Review 2016, Indonesia’s proven oil reserves by the end of 2015 were only 3.6 billion barrels. The proven gas reserves, referring to the same data, were estimated at around 100.3 trillion cubic feet (TCF). “The problem is, the daily consumption of oil in this country reaches 1.6 million barrels. Of that number, only about 800,000 barrels are supplied from the domestic production while the rest have to be imported,” Didik said. He added that the licensing isone of the real challenges that must immediately get a solution to avoid the energy crisis from hitting Indonesia in the near future. “Currently, the oil and gas contractors must take care of 373 types of licenses to be able to sell their products,” he said, complaining. (IND/TPP)

Magnetic! PORTECH 2018 (Power and Technology) event takes over action support for industrial technology with smart performance in Indonesia

PLN Uses Solar Power to Cope with Electricity Crisis in Outer Islands Savings energy by new technology and smart performance for industry in Indonesia is a key that government needs, because Indonesia has a capacity 35.000 MW that powered 2500 places. PORTECH 2018 presents for advanced technologies such machine­ ries, equipment, services in power plant, oil, gas and manu­facturing automation industry to support pro-vident using energy. A great event

will be held in Jiexpo hall C2 at July 10-12th made to create a business platform and network against every company in every countries to represent their best or late­ st products that really helps for easier and faster industrial performance, also make a bigger plan to live the new po­ wer of technology for life. Other side, this event supported by ministry of industry Indonesia and associations (such APPI, AKLI, APER-

LINDO, ASIPBETI) and many more. Through PORTECH 2018 everyone can analyze a new update information and educated about new product knowledge, that will be identify consumer desire in industry field at once. In every year every needs getting higher, only the new technology can bring us into reality and carry the pressure, PORTECH 2018 will lead today to live better in future. (ADV)

To cope with the electricity crisis in the islands located in the outer, border and disadvantaged (3T) are­ as, especially in the Riau Islands Province (Kepri), PLN through its Riau Islands Regional Office continues to add the diesel generator units. The state-owned electricity company has invested Rp721 billion for power generation in the Riau Islands. In addition to the diesel generator, recently PLN has also installed thesolar panels to generate

the electricity. The islands are considered having better sunrays than the main land of Sumatra. “The solar power generation (PLTS) is simple and does not cost that much since we don’t need to buy the fuel. In the outer islands like these, transportation becomes the main obstacle for us to serve the customers maximally,” said General Manager of PLN Riau Islands Regional Office DwiSuryo Abdullah. According to Dwi, the PLTS have been installed in two islands, namely SugiBawah Is-

land, Moro District, KarimunRegency, and Siantan Island in the Rintis Village, Siantan District, Anambas Regency. Both PLTS are operated from 08.00 WIB to 17.00 WIB or approximately for nine hours. The PLTS in the Siantan Island has a daily capacity of 65 kW on average, so in a month they are able to produce 17,500 kWh of electricity. In the meantime, the PLTS in the SugiBawah Island, Moro, is bigger. The capacity of this PLTS can reach 150 kW daily which is considered more efficient. (SWA/TPP)




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1 Million TEUs of Containers Enter TPK Koja Throughout 2017

Going Smart, Cikarang Dry Port Launches MyCDP Application Cikarang Dry Port, managed by PT Cikarang Inland Port, has been developing a smart port concept to accelerate and simplify its services and support the national logistics system. The smart port concept is in line with the government’s efforts to streamline the national logistics and support the integration system of Indonesia National Single Window. As an early stage of the smart port development, starting from last early May, the Cikarang Dry Port has been implementing the auto gate system, truck membership and association connected to the port service system, customs and quarantine. This development aims to simplify the process and facilitate the exchange of data in a paperless system. Now the Cikarang Dry Port, as a spoke and hub of the Tanjung Priok Port, is preparing to launch a mobile application called MyCDP. The soft launching will be done tomorrow on Wednes-

day (12/13) in Jakarta according to the invitation received by pre­ The application will make users easier to track their containers, oversee the reefer containers, estimate the terminal charge bill, and order a truck for delivery. This will certainly make it easier for the customers to manage their logistics activities by only using their smart phone whenever and wherever they like. As a breakthrough in the logistics industry, we were curious about the MyCDP application. It can be downloaded from the Google Play although it’s still unreleased. However, we could not try it because we must have the registration ID which is only given to the Cikarang Dry Port customers after being verified. What we could do just looking around the features offered by the application. On the homepage there are 5 menus, namely Container Tracking, Reefer Data, Tariff Simulation, Associate and

Feeder Service. The Container Tracking menu provides information of container whereabout, the time of exiting or entering the sea port and the time of coming or leaving the Cikarang Dry Port, as well as information on related documents. The Reefer Data menu provides information on the condition and temperature of the reefer containers while in the container terminal of Cikarang Dry Port. The Tariff Simulation menu is a tool to estimate the total cost of terminals used by the containers after leaving them at the specified dates. The Associate menu provides information on the trucking or other transport modes providers can be used after the issuance of the bill of lading. The Feeder Service menu is used to order and monitor the delivery services, pickup, and domestic transportation modes. Wait for our next report tomorrow. (TPP)

The government’s efforts to improve the logistics efficiency seem to show results. At least it is reflected in the increasing volume of goods handled in a number of major ports in the country. The container terminal of TPK Koja records the throughput from both international and domestic shipping companies exceeding 1 million TEUs until the first week of December 2017. This figure is the highest ever since the terminal was established 20 years ago. “The throughput of more than 1 million TEUs is a monumental achievement for TPK Koja,” said General Manager of TPK Koja Ade Hartono in Jakarta on Sunday (12/10). According to him, until the end of this year, the management of TPK Koja estimates the total throughput will reach 1.095 million TEUs, or 31% higher than the target for 2017 set at 830,531 TEUs. The achievement will support the government program

in cost-efficient logistics to spur the national economic growth. The administration of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) targets to increase the efficiency and cut the loading and unloading time at the ports. Besides lowering the logistics costs, the goal is also to increase the volume of goods and services handled at the ports. Hopefully, the wheels of the economy will spin faster. “The achievement tanks also to the support of relevant stakeholders, especially the operation of the northern pier,” Ade said. He added the accomplishment will become a reference for the company to run according to the corporate roadmap that has been compiled until 2020. “We must continue to make improvements to maintain this achievement, especially in improving the service quality and repairing the supporting facilities.” Ade also said the exceeding 1 million TEUs throughput was supported by appropriate market penetration strategy according to the corporate roadmap. “In the future, TPK Koja will con-

tinue to focus on the growth of volume and profit as well as the creation of new services that support the core business, such as integrating the transshipment services.” Another achievement of TPK Koja this year as the increase of Box Crane per Hour (BCH), migration from ISO 9001: 2008 to ISO 9001: 2015, and awarded as the best implementation of Good Corporate Governance (GCG). TPK Koja Corporate Secretary Nuryono Arief said that the BCH (loading and unloading containers from and to the ship) as of September 2017 reached 23 boxes per hour, up from 20 boxes per hour at the same period last year. TPK Koja, Arief said, was certified with ISO 9001: 2015 in April 2017. At the end of October 2017, TPK Koja was declared worthy of ISO 9001: 2015 certificate after an independent audit. Arief also mentioned that TPK Koja is ranked first in the implementation of Good Corporate Governance (GCG) among dozens of subsidiaries of PT Pelindo II in 2016 and 2015. (DTK/TPP)

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President University Alumnus Pieter, Launch Box Inventor, Earns Rp30 Million per Month

Pieter Immanuel Sinaga, the inventor of Launch Box

Pieter Immanuel Sinaga, the inventor of Launch Box, is the son of Mr. Robin Sinaga and Mrs. Rehngena, He was born in Kendari on January 26, 1995. He is a young entrepreneur, an alumnus of President University Batch 2012 Business Administration (BA). Launch Box is a boxed rice coming with various menus. For Carbo, the customers can choose white rice, brown rice,

potatoes or noodles. For the Protein, there are chicken, fish, egg + tuna and egg + corned beef. The prices start from Rp15,000 with one Carbo, one Protein, Sauce and Topping. Launch Box is open from 8 am to 7.30 pm, taking orders up to 10 pm and promises that the order will be ready before the morning class the next day or around 6.45 am. Pieter decided to plunge into

the culinary business because he likes selling things and food is important for human survival. “Humans will not stop eating until they die,” he said. Besides he wants to develop his hobby on cooking. The brand name Launch Box came up after he learned that most of the students at the President University prefer something instant and efficient for their meal.

The Launch Box was born at President University Student Housing in September 2016. Currently Pieter employs 7 students. The working hours at Launch Box are set based on the schedules of their classes and student activities. Pieter is able to manage such a schedule from his experiences working at a fried chicken restaurant when he was a student. “It was so tiresome working

President University, FHUI and Young Nationalist Discussion Forum Launch Kris Kris Wijoyo Soepandji launched a book titled “State Science: A Geopolitical Perspective Today” in the Batavia Tower, Jakarta, on Saturday (12/16). Nowadays various geopolitical dynamics, such as the racing on influence between the United States and China, the conflicts in the Middle East, and the spread of radicalism in the name of a transnational religion have an impact to the situation in the world, including Indonesia. Kris Wijoyo Soepandji S.H., M.P.P., a Legal Basics lecturer at the Faculty of Law, the University of Indonesia (FHUI), at the launch of his book said that the dynamics may affect the national stability. “Moreover, Indonesia will enter the election preparation years in 2018 and 2019. Do not let the geopolitical dynamics cause divisions in our nation. Geopolitical dynamics may affect directly or indirectly on the interests of the Indonesian people, both in the social, economic, political and military,” said Kris Wijoyo Soe­pandji. The Founding Partner of the Krisna Strategic Policy Firm in his book says there are four important historical events which were influenced by the geopolitical dynamics. First, the fall of Constantinople into the hands of the Ottomans that encouraged the European nations to seek alternative ways in the distribution

of commodities by controlling the trading routes from Asia, America, and Africa. Second, Indonesian independence diplomacy (19451949); third, the return of West Irian to Indonesia which took place during the Cold War between the US-led West Block and the Soviet-led East Block; and fourth, the separation of East Timor from Indonesia in 1999 after the end of the Cold War, at the time when the international opinions increasingly cornered Indonesia and led to the 1999 refe­ rendum. “In general, geopolitics talk about three things. First, human interaction in a political relationship within a certain

area; second, how the main geopolitical actor is no longer centered on the state but to non-state who increasingly have a high role and legitimacy; and third, relating to the mastery and utilization of the resources,” said Kris who earned his master’s degree at the National University of Singapore. Meantime Head of Legal Studies Division of FHUI Budi Darmono, S.H., Ph.D, said that the Proclamation of Indonesian Independence on August 17, 1945 is a proof of the geopolitical awareness of the founding fathers of Indonesia. At that time, the Proclamation of Independence was done by the founders of the nation

during the vacuum of power after Japan surrendered to the Allies on August 15, 1945. Prior to the Proclamation of Independence, the founders of the nation were united in the Investigation Agency for Preparation of Independence (BPUPK) who convened on May 29 to June 1, 1945, to formulate the foundation of the country, known as Pancasila, which offered a new idea on the statehood to the world. Up to now, the world is generally a dichotomy between a theocracy and a secular state. “However, with the principle of Belief in One and Only God, Pancasila offers a middle ground not to be a theocracy nor a secular state. This middle way offered by Pancasila is what needed to face the geopolitical dynamics,” said Budi. The book launching was organized by President University, FHUI and Young Nationalist Discussion Forum, supported by Krishna Strategic Policy Firm. The event was attended by noted figures such as Former RI Military Commander General Ret. Muldoko as the keynote speaker, Former Governor of Natio­ n al Defense Institute (Lemhannas) Prof. Budi Susilo Soepandji and Prof. Dadan Umar Daihani from Lemhanas. (TPP)

at the restaurant, running too many errands, losing 60 percent of the salary for transportation and the schedule was not flexible,” said Pieter. From beginning until now Pie­ ter’s business is going well. The turnover per day is about Rp1.5 million and the gross profit can reach Rp30 million per month. The main challenge he faces is related to the workforce, es-

pecially in managing the schedule of working hours for each employee since they are students with different hours they need for classes and student activities. Pieter said his dream is to franchise his business so that Lunch Box outlets are spreading in the big cities in Indonesia. You should try the Launch Box when you’re at the President University! (Widya/TPP)

ITB’s Geological Engineering Students Triumph Asian Competition The students from Engineering Geology of Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) won a competition organized by the Society of Petroleum Engineering Pandil Deanayal Petroleum University Student Chapter (SPE PDPU SC) at the Ghandhinagar, Gujarat, India, in November. The ITB team was victorious in two categories; the first ca­ tegory is Showcase (Paper and Poster Competition) won by Rio, Fernaldy Sebastian Santoso, and Betari Ayu Pramita (Engineering Geology class 2015). The second category is Geology (Geology Challenge) won by Fernaldy Sebastian Santoso, Rio, and Zaky Indra Putra Ramita (Engineering Geology class 2015). In the competition, Rio and his friends had to go through a series of difficult selection phases. At the Showcase category, the first stage of abstract selection required the contestants to come up with an idea or brief writing about geology. There were 60 abstracts submitted which after being discussed, were presented before the judges. Rio and his team presented an idea about mapping the pattern of seepage spreads of the

shallow gas on the east coast of Sidoarjo. The team also discussed various types of geolo­ gical factors that control the dispersion of the seepage pattern. According to Rio, the advantage of his team’s presentation to make them a winner was in its simplicity and easy to understand by multidisciplinary sciences. At the Geo-log category, the contestants had to answer basic questions related to geology. After that, from 100 Geolog parti­cipant teams, at the end 6 teams were selected to move to the final round where they were tested for their understanding on the basic geology concepts such as mapping and rock description. Rio said he experienced some obstacles to participate in the competition, especially related to the finance. Rio said his team did not have enough money to cover the transport to India, but the ITB’s Engineering Geology Study Program provided the financial assistance so that Rio and the team were able to fly to India and participate in the competition. Rio said he hoped ITB will continue to support its students to participate in the competitions both nationally and internationally. (TPP)

Winning National ICRC, FH Unair Students Represent Indonesia at Asia Pacific Level

Five students of Law Faculty (FH), Airlangga University (Unair) Surabaya, won “The 12th Indonesian National Round of the International Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition” organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Indonesia at Trisakti University, Jakarta, in November 2017. The five students are Cristian (oralist), Devi Salsabila (oralist), Amri Rahayu Putri (researcher), Aulia Putri Yunanda (observer), and Alfian Rasyidi (official). As the winner, the team is automatically chosen as the Indonesia’s representative in the Asia Pacific level of the competition next year in Hong Kong.

Their success was praised by the Rector of Unair Prof Moh. Nasih while welcoming them on Friday (11/1), accompanied by Vice Rector I Prof. Djoko Santoso and Chairman of the Department of International Law Iman Prihandono. “Congratulations and thank you for the achievement. I want the regeneration of students like this, so that this achievement can be maintained,” said Prof. Moh Nasih. Chairman of the Department of International Law Iman Prihandono added his students frequently triumph such a moot court competition, including winning the Spirit of The Jessup Award trophy twice in the “Phillip C. Jessup International Law

Moot Court Competition” as the oldest moot court competition in Indonesia. They also won the National Moot Court Competition held by Law Faculty of University of Indonesia late last year. “For the ICRC competition, the FH Unair delegation prepared it in four months with the support of the lecturers,” said Iman Prihandono. According to him, the team won the National Round after winning the semi-final in a fierce battle against the Gajah Mada University team. Then in the final round the Unair team beat the team from the University of Indonesia (UI). “Besides winning the first prize, one member of the delegation, Cristian, FH student

of class 2014 was awarded with The 3rd Best Oralist from the Whole Preliminary Round,” he said. As the winner, the team will be sent to represent Indonesia in the 16th AsiaPacific Round of the Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition 2018 to be held in Hong Kong on March 7-10, 2018. “As Indonesia’s representative to compete in the international arena, the delegates are asking for support and prayers from the Unair leaders and all UNAIR academicians so that they will be able to perform well and win the competition,” he said. (TPP)

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5 Tourist Destinations for Traveling with Seniors

It is quite tricky in determining where to go for traveling with elderly. The reason is the senior people have limitations and they are not as strong as the younger ones. They tend to get tired easily, though their spirit is still high to explore the premise. Therefore, you should choose the tourist destination wisely so that the elderly can enjoy the holiday as much as you. 1. Flower Garden or Park A flower garden like Gardens By The Bay in Singapore is a good place to visit with seniors. Most old people love the beauty and the serene atmosphere of a garden like that. They can also enjoy the fresh air while looking around the colorful flowers and produce interesting photos when their pictures are taken. 2. Resort or Relaxing Spa Old parents certainly will like it if you ask them to go for relaxing. So, try to book 2 full days in a resort that is quiet enough, with a view of a beach or a beautiful mountain. Sit back and relax while chatting with them and share stories that have not been told yet. 3. Historical Place Elderly do tend to like nostalgia and remem-

ber the past. Historical tour is not necessarily always boring. Touring the Borobudur Temple or Old Town provides so many interesting objects. Choose a beautiful place with a facility to rest and easy to walk around.

4. Museum If your parents like museums, choose a museum that is modern enough, so you will not get bored while accompanying them. One of the modern and informative museums for visit is Museum Angkut in Batu, Malang. Prepare the camera to take pictures of vintage things there. 5. Culinary Tour This is the easiest alternative. You just find out their favorite foods, then take them to the best restaurant in serving the foods. However, do not forget to know exactly whether they have to avoid some certain food ingredients. You do not want their health to drop after having the meal, right? Taking your parents to travel together is certainly fun and will generate a deep impression on you and your parents. Try to remember once again, when was the last time you really enjoyed the time traveling together with them? (TPP)

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Ucok Durian: Tasty, Good Services and Facilities Mr. Zainal Abidin Chaniago or Ucok, Ucok Durian Owner

I went to Medan in early December and for some reason what I thought was only Ucok Durian. Maybe because it’s been viral after visited by President Jokowi or just curious why many people sell the durian online in Jakarta. My first visit to the durian store was on the morning of December 2, 2017 at 11:00 pm. By using an online taxi, I went to the store which is quite close to my hotel. Once at the store, I could see the cashier was busy serving customers who were making payments or picking the durian packages for take-out. Ucok Durian prepares the packages nicely for take-out with the prices ranging from Rp125,000 for the smallest to Rp550,000 for the biggest. I asked for 2 durians for dine-in with my wife, and ... Ucok durian is indeed so delicious. I think it’s best for you to try yourself or you can guess the taste from the picture I took below. I really like it and what I can say this durian is very creamy and makes you want more. Ucok Durian also guarantee its products so that if the customer does not like the durian given, they can exchange it with another. Ucok Durian only accepts cash and you can withdraw money from ATMs in the store if you run out of cash. The 200-seat store is also completed with toilets and musholla, making the customers feel at home while enjoying the durian. A firm statement was displayed on almost every corner of the dining place, saying Ucok Durian does not have any branch and does not sell online. Any

complaint from other than the store will not be responded. But do not worry, Ucok Durian takes the orders for delivery in Medan and Jabodetabek area by the phone number printed on the board. Additional menus are also available like pancakes, dodol (sweets), cendol and ice cream, with durian flavor of course. I glimpsed Mr. Zainal, the owner Ucok Durian, briefly so I did not have a change to speak to him. On my last day in Medan or the next day, I went back at 5.30 pm. I was surprised to find the store was packed with customers and durians piled up, while the owner was watching. This time I got the chance to talk with Mr. Zainal Abidin Chaniago or Ucok, but not for long because I had to catch the train to Kualanamu Airport. “25 Years ago, I was selling durian at the corner of Jalan Iskandar Muda in front of a store,” said Ucok, adding he could only open his business after dusk, after the store was closed. Now Ucok is assisted by 30 employees and every day he can sell 3,000 durians. In holidays 7,000 durians are sold with a turnover per day reaches Rp75 million. It is a great achievement for Ucok. His store becomes a favorite destination for tourists who want to eat fine durian with good services and complete facilities in the middle of the city. Ucok Durian is located on Jalan K.H Wahid Hasyim Medan City. (Rachmat/TPP)

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Justin Rose Wins Indonesian Masters 2017 Golf Tournament

British Justin Rose won the Indonesian Masters 2017 golf tournament held at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club ending on Sunday (12/17). He continued to lead until the last round with the final score of 10 below par (62).

Weather disturbances, which forced the organizer to delay some rounds and rearranged the schedule, did not affect the performance of the world number six golfer. After finishing 10 holes in the third round on Sunday morning, Rose started the fourth round

after 30 minutes break. Rose opened the game in the fourth round with a birdie (a stroke below par) on the third hole before continuing his winning run with four consecutive birdies from the fifth hole and an eagle (two under par) in the ninth hole.

Rose’s domination was not interrupted as he added three more birdies in the next four holes, bringing the total score to 29. The 2016 Olympic gold medalist once made a bogey (one stroke above par) in the 16th hole, but he entertained the Royale Jakarta Golf Club audience with a birdie in the 18th hole to win a total score of 29-under par (259). The second position was won by Phachara Khongwatmai from Thailand with the score of 65, while Zimbabwe’s Scott Vincent completed the fourth round with a score of 69 and won the third place in the Indonesian Masters 2017 as the closing tournament of

the Asian Tour. Meanwhile, Indian golfer S. Chikkarangappa grabbed the Tour Card, ousting Chinese golfer Liu Yan-wei in last position of 61 in the Asian Tour Order of Merit. He is entitled to play in the Asian Tour next year. Regarding the achievements of the national golfers in the Indonesia Masters 2017 tournament, George Gandranata came out as the best with a total score of 287 (one under par). He is in the position 56 (T56), while the second best was Rory Hie with the score of 288 (even par) and in the position T59. (TPP)

The President Post English Edition Januari 2018  
The President Post English Edition Januari 2018  

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