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To Attract Investment, President Reviews Infrastructure in Kaltara

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has reviewed the infrastructure in the province of North Kalimantan (Kaltara) to make sure it’s good enough to attract investment. According to the president, infrastructure is very important to attract investment. Some big investments will come to the new province. “The state-owned enterprise (SOE) Inalum will be moved here with a capacity three times bigger than the capacity in Kuala Tanjung, North Sumatra,” said Jokowi at the Agatish Field, Tanjung Selor, Bulungan Regency, North Kalimantan, on Friday (10/6). Jokowi said the government will also encourage investment in the hydro power plant, given the huge potential resources for that in North Kalimantan. “I already asked the governor, vice governor, and Bulungan regent and they said they have prepared 11 thousand hectares of land. That’s what they said when I asked about their preparation,” he said, quoting the official statement from the Palace. Meanwhile, related to the construction of the bridge connecting Tarakan and Tanjung Selor, the president said he has not decided yet about the timelines. According to him, the government needs to calculate it first. “Everything must be calculated, calculated, and see the benefits. Currently it’s in the process in the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR). It is being calculated in the PUPR Ministry,” said the President. (RPBK/TPP)

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If it can be simplified, why complicated if it can be accelerated, why should be slowed President Joko Widodo

“I recall the discussion with PUPR Minister Mr. Basuki, in 5 years how many kilometers we will get, how come in the past tens of years we only built 780 (km), while China built 4,000 to 5,000 kilometers per year,” said Jokowi.

Jokowi: By 2019, Toll Roads in RI to Get Additional 1,800 km The government continues to speed up the development of toll roads in various regions. According to President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), from the initial target of the construction of 1,200 km toll roads in 5 years, the realization will reach 1,800 km in 2019 or longer than the specified target. “I counted already, our target is 1,200 km in 5 years … then I whisperingly asked again to the minister (PUPR Minister), how many kilometers you estimate the additional toll roads in 2019? We count-

ed, added up, added up and we got 1,800 km. We can do it if we speed up,” said Jokowi on Monday (9/25). He said that while delivering a speech during the opening ceremony of Bawen-Salatiga toll road at the Salatiga tollgate. Jokowi added that the realization of toll road development will not just increase the length of the roads, but moreover it will show to the world that Indonesia is a growing country with adequate infrastructure availability.

The infrastructure will also help Indonesia to catch up with the development that has previously been constrained by the lack of infrastructure to connect the regions. “I recall the discussion with PUPR Minister Mr. Basuki, in 5 years how many kilometers we will get, how come in the past tens of years we only built 780 (km), while China built 4,000 to 5,000 kilometers per year,” said Jokowi. The rapid construction of toll roads currently, Jokowi added, can be done because his team

has found breakthroughs to solve the problems hampering the growth of infrastructure. One of the breakthroughs is the acceleration of the land acquisition process, the Law No. 2 of 2012 on the provision of land for infrastructure. “The problem is in the land acquisition. Why only 780 (kilometers)? I see (why projects) stopped, stopped, stopped, due to problems on land acquisition. The key problem has been found,” he said. Meanwhile PUPR Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said after

the 17.5 km Bawen-Salatiga toll road was inaugurated, the next will be the Salatiga-Kartosuro. The target is by the end of 2018 the Jakarta-Probolinggo will be directly connected by the toll roads. “The Solo-Ngawi, NgawiKertosono, Kertosono-Mojokerto, Mojokerto-Surabaya will be finished in 2018. So, by 2018 the Merak-Jakarta-Semarang-Solo-SurabayaProbolinggo will be completed, then Probolinggo-Banyuwangi will be done in 2019,” said Basuki. (DTK/TPP)

BKPM Boss: Investment in Indonesian Tourism Profitable Head of Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Thomas Lembong invites foreign and domestic investors to invest in the tourism sector. The Indonesia’s tourism sector provides very promising returns of investment. Thomas exemplifies the investments made by investors in the tourism, especially in Bali ten years ago and how they enjoy the benefits now. “The investors who invested in Bali ten years ago in hotels, resorts and villas, now surely they enjoy the benefits of tourism development in Indonesia. So now it is the time to invest in ‘New Bali’,” said Thomas on Monday (10/9). The BKPM invites the investors to learn the tourist destination profiles in the Regional Investment Forum (RIF) to be held in Padang, West Sumatera, on October 15-17, 2017. The growth of the tourism

in the first half of 2017 is 35 percent compared to the same period the previous year. This certainly shows a big opportunity to grow further. The BKPM data show during 2010 - 2016 the investment in tourism grew an average of 20 percent per year and absorbed 221,000 workers. In the first semester of 2017, the investment realization in tourism reached US$929.14

million or Rp12.4 trillion. This value grew 37 percent compared to the figure in the first half of 2016. Tourism Minister Arief Yahya also supports the RIF 2017 in Padang to boost the number of tourists visiting Indonesia. “The investors attending the event can learn the priority destinations offered before deciding where to invest. Hopefully that will increase

the number of tourists, foreign and domestic,” Arief added. Arief further said to provide enough 3A (Attractions, Amenities and Accessibility) to meet the needs of tourists visiting Indonesia, the government and the business community should work together. Meanwhile West Sumatra Governor Irwan Prayitno said that Padang has actually been known as an international hub port since the 16th century. “West Sumatra is very open to business and investment. The beauty of Mount Padang, Mandeh Beach, and the delicacy of typical Padang food are ready to welcome foreign and domestic investors,” he said. The investment promotion forum of RIF is organized by the BKPM, supported by the Tourism Ministry, Bank Indonesia and the Provincial Government of West Sumatra. Six

out of 10 tourist destinations of “New Bali” will be offered in the forum. The ten destinations are Lake Toba (North Sumatra), Tanjung Kelayang (Bangka Belitung), Tanjung Lesung (Banten), Kepulauan Seribu (Thousand Islands) and Kota Tua (DKI Jakarta), Borobudur (Central Java), and BromoTengger-Semeru (East Java) and the 2 integrated tourism spots in West Sumatra named Mandeh and Gunung Padang will be the main destinations in the offer. To date, 114 foreign investors from Australia, Japan, the United States, Singapore, China and the UK have confirmed to attend the event. Approximately 66 meetings have been scheduled between the investors, local governments and local entrepreneurs to explore the investment opportunities in the tourism sector. (KEMENPAR/TPP)

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Jokowi Calls on Craft Producers to Apply Sharing and Digital Economy

President Jokowi Appreciates Modern Farmer Cooperatives President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has urged the modern concept of farmer cooperative PT BUMR (Badan Usaha Milik Rakyat/People’s business entity) Pangan Terhubung in Sukabumi to be used as a model for other cooperatives. This was said by the president while visiting PT BUMR Pangan Terhubung in Sukabumi, on Friday (9/1). “I have heard about PT BUMR Pangan in Sukabumi since a long ago. This is what I often said how farmer cooperatives should be, yes it is,” the president told journalists after taking a look at the rice mill belonging to the cooperative. He appreciated the cooperative for its thorough concept starting from processing to sales. This includes modern

and attractive packaging that can go directly to the retail industry. “It is done in a modern way with a large scale. The packaging is also very modern, very interesting. They can go directly to the retailers. The farmers are grouped into an industrial scale,” said the president. The planting system is also done modernly by involving modern technology by paying attention to the soil condition, while the marketing used the online system. “I think our farmers should be like that. So, I guess I’ll copy it. Maybe next week, Mr. Luwarso (Chairman of PT BUMR Pangan Terhubung) will be invited to the Palace to talk. I want this to be copied as an example for other places. Let Mr.

Luwarso to guide it,” said the president. Currently, about 1,000 hectares of agricultural land are already incorporated in the cooperative. With a such land size, it took about Rp48 billion to establish the cooperative. The president said he would make a concept like this, including to find the solution of the funding system. “So, for 5,000 (hectares), it would need Rp254 billion. It must be like that. This is what I will figure out. How to borrow from the bank, how to pay the installments and how to involve all the farmers,” he added. The president further said he would invite the Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Trade and Minister of Public Works and Public Housing to the Presiden-

After for trials since September 15, the Semarang-Solo Toll Road Section III: Bawen-Salatiga, Central Java, was inaugurated by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) on Monday (9/25) afternoon. The Bawen-Salatiga toll road is part of the Semarang-Solo toll road with a length of 17.6 km. In his speech, President Jokowi said that the BawenSalatiga toll road is done by a consortium of state-owned enterprise of Jasa Marga, private company Astra Infra, Central Java Province, and Central Java Infrastructure Facility. “The consortium is working together, a combination of local governments, central government, a state-owned enterprise, a private company, all are joining together,” he said. The president added that

he believed if we work together like has been done on Bawen-Salatiga, the construction of toll roads will be fast, and so the financing. “Do not lag behind other countries. If the neighbor countries can do it, we can do it more. We are a big country,” said the president. According to President Jokowi, the logistics costs are still 2 - 2.5 times higher than Singapore and Malaysia due to the lack of highways. He reminded in a price, there are transportation and logistics costs, meaning if the costs are higher the goods purchased by the people also become more expensive. To that end, he asked the Village Heads, District Heads, Regents, and Mayors who attended the event to convey the message

tial Palace to develop the concept of modern cooperative. PT BUMR Pangan Terhubung is a cooperative that processes rice from downstream to upstream by cooperating with farmers located nearby. The cooperative also provides capital loans for the planting activities. The harvesting and packaging are processed using modern technology, including sales that are distributed directly to the retailers as well as online. The proceeds will be shared with the farmers of the cooperative members. During his visit, the president was accompanied by Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, Presidential Chief of Staff Teten Masduki and West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan. (BUMR/TPP)

President Jokowi Praises Consolidation of Central, Regional Governments and Private Sector while Inaugurating Bawen-Salatiga Toll Road

to the public, on what the benefits of toll roads for them. Regarding the financing problem in building toll roads, President Jokowi said he has now a lot of schemes. It no longer depends on the bank loans. It can be in partnership, sales of bonds, or limited concession scheme. “Many schemes will do,” he said. The president also reminded the Minister of SOEs to not like keeping assets. “If the toll roads are finished, sell them immediately. Not selling them and then gone, but sell them for 20 years for example. The proceeds can be used to build another. Sell again, build again. Like that. Other countries are also like that.” So, there is no need to own but still ours while utilizing it, because the roads are clearly

there, still belonging to the government of the Republic of Indonesia. “Do not think selling the physic of the toll road. We are selling its concession with a specified time limit, for 10 years or 20 years,” said President Jokowi, adding that this will speed the building of infrastructure elsewhere. “This is the work that we continue to do, so that the complete infrastructure can soon be realized,” he added. Other dignitaries attending the inauguration were First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo, PUPR Minister Basuki Hadimuljono, SOEs Minister Rini Soemarno, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo, Salatiga Mayor, Regents and Village Heads. (SETKAB/TPP)

President Joko Widodo has urged the handicrafts producers to continue innovating in their business operation. One way, according to the president, is by modernization such as implementing sharing economy and digitalization. “I need to remind on the need for modernization in the craft industry, modernization in the production process from upstream to downstream, from getting the raw materials, processing them, product manufacturing, packaging, to marketing,” said President Joko Widodo while giving a speech at the National Craft Council exhibition, Jakarta Convention Center, on Wednesday (9/27). The sharing economy, for example, can be done by establishing co working space for the craft producers. As it is known, co working space is a space used in share by various business players.

President Joko Widodo said, it has been applied by many startup owners in big cities. According to him, the craft producers in regions and in the cities can apply the same way to strengthen the production and reduce the operational costs. “Please check it out whether it can be applied in our handicraft SMEs. In my opinion it can. That will lower their production cost because they share some of the cost,” said President Joko Widodo. Meanwhile, digitalization can be applied in the marketing. Compared to selling the handicrafts in stalls like in general, President Joko Widodo urged the craft producers to apply e-commerce or use the social media to sell. “Let us try to hire a good photographer collectively to make the best pictures of the products. With an Instagram suitable style, for example, given the social media is full of images,” said Jokowi. (TMP/TPP)

Jokowi Holds Groundbreaking of Three PLTUs with Capacity of 4.000 MW in Banten President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has undertaken a groundbreaking for three coal-fired power plants (PLTUs) named Java 7, 9 and 10. The total capacity of the three power plants is 4,000 Mega Watt (MW). The president was accompanied by Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Minister Ignatius Jonan during the ceremony. “The Java 7, 9 and 10 power plants and PLTU IPP Banten are part of the 35,000 MW program,” said Dadan Kusdiana, Head of Communication, Public Information and Cooperation Services (Biro KLIK), in an official statement on Thursday (10/5). The PLTU Java 7 has a capacity of 2 X 1,000 MW. The Unit 1 is expected to operate commercially in early April 2020 and the Unit 2 in October 2020. The selling price of the electricity from the power plants to PLN is US$4.21 cent per kWh, under the scheme of Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) for 25 years. The investment for the PLTU Java 7 reaches US$1.88 billion, using Ultra Super Critical Boiler technology with low calorie coal (4,000 4,600 kcal/kg Ash Received). This technology is considered highly efficient and more environmentally friendly. The PLTU Java 9 & 10 have a capacity of 2x1.000 MW, built adjacent to Suralaya 1 - 8 power plant in Suralaya, Banten Province. The plants are built by PLN’s subsidiary PT Indonesia Power based on the Presidential Decree No. 19 of 2017. The plants need US$3 billion to build under the BOOT scheme and use the environmentally friendly Ultra Su-

per Critical which provides higher energy conversion efficiency than the previous conventional steam power plant technology. The PLTU 9 & 10 are expected to operate commercially in 2022 under a 25-year contract with the Production Cost (BPP) of 5.1 cent/kWh. In addition to the groundbreaking, President Joko Widodo also inaugurated the PLTU Banten. The 660 MW power plant is operated by PT Lestari Banten Energi since March 2017. Its operation is also under the BOOT scheme for 25 years with the selling price to PLN at 5.99 cent/kWh. The investment for the 660 MW PLTU Banten is US$990 million. The president also inspected the construction of the coal terminal with a capacity of 20 million tons, adjacent to the PLTU Java 7 and is targeted to be operational commercially along with the plants. The coal terminal is built by PLN subsidiary called PT PLN Batubara with Gama Coorp. It functions as an emergency stockpile, safeguarding the supply of coal in bad weather and reducing the cost. The terminal is built on 20 hectares of land with an investment of US$145 million. President Director of PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) Sofyan Basir said that the PLTU Java 7 is built by PT Shenhua Energy Company Limited and PT PLN’s subsidiary of PT Pembangkitan Jawa Bali. The development progress of this plant has reached 35%. The PLTU Java 7 is expected to hire 2,000 - 4,500 people in accordance with the classification and skills. Meanwhile the PLTU Java 9 and 10 are built by PT Indo Raya Tenaga, a consortium of PT Indonesia Power (51%) with PT Barito Pacific Tbk (49%). (KTD/TPP)

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Japan to Visit Morotai to Relocate Fish Factory from Thailand to Indonesia The government has been encouraging the Japanese government to invest in Indonesian fisheries and develop its outermost islands, said Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti during a meeting with Hiroto Izumi, special advisor of Japanese Prime Minister, at her office in Jakarta on Wednesday (9/6). “This cooperation aims to ensure that the development of fishery and its security, including navigation, in Indonesian waters will run as expected,” she said. According to her, the six islands offered are Sabang, Natuna, Morotai, Saumlaki, Moa, and Biak. “I hope the Japanese govern-

ment will be able to encourage its companies to enter in the fish processing industry in Indonesia and managing the aqua culture as well. I believe Japan will be one of our strategic partners in the fishery sector,” said Susi. Director General of Sea Space Management of the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry, Bramantyo Satyamurti, said that the Japanese government now has been aware of the big potential of fish industry in Indonesia and a Japanese fishery company plans to move its plant from Thailand to Indonesia. He further said the Japanese government has also noticed the various programs launched by the Indonesian government to

maintain the sustainability of fishery products. “They (the Japanese government) say, ‘why don’t we (Japan) invest in Indonesia’,” said Bramantyo. Bramantyo heard that when he paid a working visit to Japan last week. Some companies expressed their interests in investing in Indonesia by setting up factories through the Japanese Ministry of Fisheries. “Obviously they want to build factories (fish processing plants) here. The important thing is, the investment in Indonesia will be getting better, then the decision will be B to B (business to business),” he added. At the meeting between Susi and Izumi, they also talked

one of the outermost islands that will be a joint project between the Indonesian and Japanese governments to develop the fishery sector. “They (Japanese) love tuna, skipjack, and mackerel,” said

about the plan to sell fish to Japan. To follow up this plan, the officials of the Japan Fisheries Agency will visit Indonesia next week. They plan to visit Morotai,

Bramantyo. The plan is the Japan Fisheries Agency will visit Morotai along with the other parties, such as fishing companies, ship machinery companies, and others. (ANT/KPS/TPP)

Internet Users Reach 93 Million People, Industry Minister Calls on SMEs to Take advantage of Digital Platform

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About 93.4 million people out of the Indonesia’s 250 million population have been using internet. The business community, especially the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) should utilize it for expanding the market access and increasing revenues. “SMEs play an important role as the backbone of the country’s economy,” said Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto at the eSmart IKM Workshop in Sidoarjo, East Java, on Monday (9/25). Based on data from the Central Bureau of Statistics, the number of SMEs reached 4.4 million business units and employed 10.1 million people in 2016. Therefore, one of the priority programs of the Industry Ministry is developing the SMEs with a digital platform called eSmart IKM, launched in January 2017. “E-Smart IKM is a national SMEs database system presented in the form of industry profiles, centers, and products that are integrated with existing marketplaces. The goal is to further improve the market access for

the SMEs through the internet,” said the minister. It is targeted that by the end of 2019, about 10,000 SMEs with 30,000 products will have participated in the e-Smart IKM Workshop. “The workshop aims to increase the capacity of SMEs in online marketing. To date, more than 800 SMEs from various regions have attended the eSmart IKM Workshop,” Airlangga said. The workshop is held in several cities/regencies like Bandung, Banjarnegara, Purbalingga, Banyumas, Cilacap, Kebumen, Solo, Cirebon, Jepara, Bogor, Sidoarjo, Tasikmalaya, Sukoharjo, Yogyakarta, Tegal, Bogor, Tangerang, Medan, Padang, Palembang, Lampung, Balikpapan, Bali, West Nusa Tenggara, Riau Islands, Goron-

Inaugurated by 2 Ministers, Soetta Airport Skytrain Starts Operation

The Automated People Mover System (APMS) or Skytrain at the SoekarnoHatta International Airport has officially been operated. This unmanned train operates on one track and one route from terminal 3 to terminal 2 and vice versa for the initial stage. The inauguration of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport’s Skytrain was conducted by State Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, and President Director of PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero) M. Awaluddin on Sunday (9/17). “This is the first APMS in Indonesia. For us, the SOEs

Ministry and the SOEs themselves keep our synergy with the private foreign and domestic companies in Indonesia and I am so proud that we start the operation of the APMS in 12 months,” said Rini during the inauguration at the Shelter Terminal 3 Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Tangerang. Budi Karya who participated in the inauguration also expressed his pride over the operation of the Skytrain of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. “The Soekarno-Hatta is the showcase of Indonesia, so it is the necessity to not only presenting the Soekarno-Hatta as a beautiful airport, but also with the facilities like in the other leading airports,” said Budi. Meantime Awaluddin said that the construction of the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Skytrain phase I, connecting the Terminal 3 and Terminal 2, took 12 months. It is quite fast because it continued to be sped up. “Let me report the construction of Soekarno Hatta APMS. The project was launched in September 2016. Now, in September 2017 it is inaugurated, so it’s exactly 1 year,” said Awaluddin.

In the initial operation of the Skytrain, one train with 2 cars capable of transporting 176 passengers in one trip is serving the route. It is expected that in the future the Skytrain will be fully operational with 3 trains connecting all passenger terminals and integrated also with the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport city train. The Skytrain will facilitate the movements of people between terminals. The plan is that the Skytrain will be also connected with the bus station which will be centralized in the terminal 1 of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. For the construction of the Skytrain, PT Angkasa Pura II invested Rp950 billion. For the procurement of the Skytrain trainset, done by PT LEN Industri (Persero) and Woojin from South Korea, PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero) invested Rp530 billion. For the infrastructure development, the Skytrain railway and terminal, PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero), invested Rp420 billion in which the construction was done by PT Wijaya Karya Tbk and PT Indulexco under the scheme of KSO (joint operation). (DTK/TPP)

talo, North Sumatra, North Kalimantan, Jambi and Riau. “Those, who have participated, are running a business on food and beverages, furniture, metal, fashion, cosmetics, herbs, jewelry, creative industries and handicrafts,” the minister added. In the two-day workshop, the participants are tutored by experts how to run a business effectively and efficiently. The tutorials also include information on getting a loan, machinery and equipment restructuring, product standardization, and product development and pricing strategies. In the implementation of e-Smart IKM Workshop, the Industry Ministry cooperates with and The e-Smart IKM Workshop, which was held on September

25-26, 2017 in Sidoarjo, involved 125 SMEs with food and beverage, furniture, metal and fashion products. Previously, the workshop was organized in Bandar Lampung, participated in by 30 SMEs from the food industry. Meanwhile, the same workshop was also held in Palembang, involving 40 SMEs from clothing and handicraft business sector. Director General of Small, Medium Scale Industry Gati Wibawaningsih said, “The SMEs now can use their smartphones for selling their products as a part of strategy in effective and low-cost marketing.” The Industry Ministry also provides the Plasa Exhibition Industry as a venue for the SMEs to participate in the various exhibitions for promoting their products. “If their products attract the

interest of the public, they will be invited to participate in the national or international level of exhibitions,” said Gati. Meantime East Java Governor Soekarwo appreciated the IKM e-Smart Worshop. “We have 6.8 million SMEs in East Java with 1,600 products already meet the export standard.” During the IKM e-Smart Workshop in Sidoarjo, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Indonesian Center for Industrial Development (BPIPI) of Industry Ministry and University of Nahdhatul Ulama and Adhi Tama Surabaya Institute of Technology on the Growth of New Entrepreneurship of Shoe Industry. (KEMENPERIN/TPP)

Transportation Ministry Encourages SOEs and Private Firms to Manage Ports and Airports with KSP/KSO Scheme To streamline the State Budget (APBN), the Transportation Ministry has encouraged the state-owned and private companies to manage the sea ports and airports in Indonesia under the scheme of Utilization Cooperation (KSP) or Operation Cooperation (KSO). Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said that after attending a Video Conference on the utilization cooperation of ports and airports at the Ministry’s Gedung Karya, on Tuesday (9/5). According to the minister, the both schemes would generate better, bigger and significant outcomes. “The president always wants to make our State Budget effective. With the support of private sector, our jobs will provide a better, bigger and more significant impact,” he said. Budi added that such a cooperation would reduce the spending in the regions. “We know the government needs a big fund to build the outermost and marginal regions. With this (cooperation), the state budget, expenditure of goods, capital expenditure, as well as human resources allocated for the ports and air-

ports can be transferred to the smaller marginal ones,” he added. For example, the Tanjung Karang Airport. Every year the ministry spends a quite big chunk of budget for maintenance, procurement of goods, and others, but the airport generates smaller income. If it can be cooperated with the private sector, the APBN fund can be allocated to others. The minister described how much the government would save from such a cooperation. “The largest budget is spent for Tanjung Karang and Sentani airports at Rp50 billion. Under the cooperation, we will earn Rp10 to Rp20 billion, so we will save Rp70 billion.” According to Budi, if the saving is between Rp10 billion and Rp70 billion, the total amount to be saved will be about Rp800 billion. “We can build 40 sea ports and 20 airports in other places, which can be utilized by the communities in the marginal areas.” The minister said he will visit Bima and Waingapu on Sunday (9/10) to witness the signing of MoU between Port Authority (KSOP) of Bima and KSOP of Waingapu with PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (Persero). “Under the MoU, the operational functions are delegated to Pe-

lindo 3, while the security functions are still carried out by the Transportation Ministry,” he added “We expect the handover will be done in December. We will standardize the processes with the assurance in the legal certainty to reallocate the budget elsewhere and to protect the state and private companies’ investments for 30 years. We can imagine how useful the 30 years protection to the assets,” he said. Based on the data as of September 5, 2017, there are 20 ports and 10 airports that have been proposed to be managed by state and private companies. The 20 ports include Probolinggo, Sintete, Bima, Waingapu, Tanjung Wangi, Badas, Kalabahi, Tenau Kupang, Ende, Lembar, Manokwari, Bitung, Ternate, Pantoloan, Parepare, Kendari, Biak, Fakfak, Sorong and Merauke. While the 10 airports include Komodo Airport Labuan Bajo, Radin Inten II Airport Lampung, Sentani Airport Jayapura. The conference was attended by Secretary General of Transportation Ministry Sugihardjo, Director General of Air Transportation Agus Santoso and Acting Director General of Sea Transportation Bay M. Hasani. (DEPHUB/TPP)

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Indonesian Products Sold Out in Nanning, China

UN Awards Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi as World Agent of Change Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno LP Marsudi has received an Agent of Change award from the United Nations (UN) Women and Global Partnership Forum (GPF). The award is an acknowledgment for the breakthroughs created by the minister, especially in promoting the Agenda 2030 and sustainable development, as well as addressing global issues through humanitarian and peace diplomacy. “Indonesia will continue to contribute to the peace, security and prosperity in the world. Women have become a force and part of the solution to solve the world’s challenges,” said Minister Retno in her speech during the awarding ceremony held on the sideline of the 72nd UN General Assembly in New York, USA, on Wednesday (9/20). Representing Indonesia, Retno was considered very active in making various efforts to assist the resolution of the crisis in various countries, including in Rakhine State, Myanmar, which she has done it in the last few months. Minister Retno has initiated to build communication with various parties, especially Myanmar and Bangladesh Government, including proposing Formula 4 + 1 solution to Myanmar State Coun-

selor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. The proposal was highly appreciated by many countries. Through the Formula 4 + 1, Indonesia encourages Myanmar to restore peace and stability, refrain from using violence, protect all citizens regardless of religion and ethnicity, and open access to humanitarian aids. In addition to these four solutions, Indonesia also encourages Myanmar to immediately implement a number of recommendations proposed in the report of the executive body of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. According to Foreign Affairs Minister Retno, Indonesia will always be at the forefront in encouraging dialogue to prevent conflicts and bridge the differences in the future. She admitted that her diplomacy is somehow affected by her motherly instincts as a woman. The UN Women and GPF considered Retno, the first Indonesian female foreign affairs minister, as a role model and a source of inspiration for millions of women, both in Indonesia and the world. “This award will be a driving force for me to work harder. Working harder for the people and the nation of Indonesia, for peace and global prosperity, and for women around the world,” Retno said. (KEMLU/TPP)

Fifty three Indonesian small, medium, and big enterprises participated in the 14th China-ASEAN Expo (CaEXPO) in Nanning, China (9/12-15). Most of the exhibitors said they were satisfied with the sales of their products, ranging from furniture, snacks, coffee, jewelry and accessories, to batik. Everyday the Indonesian Pavilion was always packed with visitors. Many of them bought the various products offered. The best seller products were furniture, home decor, snacks and coffee. Some of the booths in the Indonesian Pavilion even sold out their products, such as Papatonk snacks, Kapal Api coffee, and Mayora snacks. The booth selling Kapal Api coffee was forced to close early after running out of stock. “From their comments, they knew just now that Indone-

sian coffee is good,” said Erick, manager of Kapal Api. According to the exhibitors, the CaEXPO is one of the best exhibitions for B2C (business to consumer/direct sales) in the southern China. Most of the them have participated in CaEXPO several times. “This exhibition is good for retail, as well as for promotion to direct buyers,” said Khen, manager of PT Tiga Pilar Mas which supplies a number of wafer and cookie products from Indonesia. He said he was satisfied for able to sell 98 percent of the stock. Meanwhile, Director General of National Export Development, Ministry of Trade, Erlinda said that Indonesia’s participation in CaEXPO aimed to achieve the trade balance between Indonesia and China. “For non-oil exports,

this is one way to achieve the trade balance,” Erlinda said on the sidelines of her visit at the Indonesian Pavilion at CaEXPO. Indonesian Consul General in Guangzhou, Ratu Silvy Gayatri said that to reduce the Indonesia’s trade deficit against China, the Consulate General in Guangzhou is always ready to facilitate Indonesia’s trade missions, especially in southern China. “I hope the Indonesian Representative in China can be used by the business people to promote Indonesian products in China,” said Silvy. The total trade between Indonesia and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (provincial level), China, in 2016 reached US$785.7 million. Last year, Indonesia’s exports to Guangxi were valued at US$499.75 million or an

Two Indonesian Proposals to Strengthen ASEAN-UN Cooperation The ASEAN-UN cooperation should be able to lead ASEAN to always be part of the solution to global problems. Foreign Affairs Minister Retno LP Marsudi said that at the meeting of ASEAN Foreign Ministers with UN SecretaryGeneral and President of the 72nd UN General Assembly in New York, United States, on Saturday (9/23). During the meeting, Minister Retno also appreciated the ASEAN-UN cooperation which continues to enhance from year to year. According to her, the ASEAN and United Nations need to fully implement what has been agreed and set forth in the ASEAN-UN Comprehensive Action Plan (Renaksi) 2016-2020. The Renaksi was designed very comprehensively, including the development of cooperation in the three pillars of ASEAN, namely politics, economy, and socio-cul-

ture. The minister also called for the strengthening of the ecosystem of peace, security, and prosperity in ASEAN. Related to this matter, there are two proposals for the ASEAN-UN cooperation. The first is the use of the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) to strengthen the efforts to maintain peace and reconciliation. The second is strengthening ASEAN sectoral cooperation with UN agencies, such as the role of ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance (AHA Center) with the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance. With such a cooperation, it is expected to assist the ASEAN in responding better to various requests for humanitarian assistance, both from ASEAN member countries and from outside the region. As

increase of 4.44% from 2015. In contrast, Guangxi’s export value to Indonesia amounted to US$285.95. Thus, in 2016, Indonesia experienced a trade surplus with Guangxi at US$213.8 million. In addition to Indonesia, CaEXPO was also participated in by nine other ASEAN member countries, namely Brunei, Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. In 1991-2016, China-ASEAN bilateral trade grew 56-folds. In the past eight years, China is ASEAN’s biggest trading partner. In contrast, ASEAN is China’s third largest trading partner in the past six years. In January-July 2017, ASEAN-China’s trade volume grew 14.5%, bigger than the average growth of China’s trade. (KEMLU/TPP)

such, ASEAN will always be part of the solution of global problems. Meanwhile, UN Secretary General Antonio Gutteres said that ASEAN has been a net peace contributor by sending around 4,000 UN peacekeepers. Gutteres also stressed on the need for strengthening the ASEAN-UN cooperation in fostering a culture of prevention, including increasing the contributions to the UN peacekeeping forces, cooperation on preventing extremist violence, tackling migration issues, and addressing issues of international concern. Prior to this meeting, another meeting was held between senior ASEAN-UN officials discussing the progress of cooperation and further efforts that could be made in the implementation of ASEAN-UN Comprehensive Action Plan 2016-2020. (KEMLU/TPP)

Indonesian Embassy in Den Haag cooperates with Garuda Indonesia Indonesian Ambassador to the Netherlands I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja and General Manager of Garuda Indonesia for Europe, UK, Russia and Africa Moh. Rizal Pahlevi signed a Cooperation Agreement at the embassy office in Den Haag (The Hague) on Wednesday (9/13). The agreement, according to Rizal, actually has been running for several years and in 2016 contributed significantly to the number of passengers and cargoes transported by Garuda. He expressed his gratitude to the Indonesian Ambassador in Den Haag and all his staff for their support and he hoped that the cooperation would be further enhanced in the future. Meanwhile Indonesian Am-

bassador Wesaka Puja offered his appreciation to Garuda on the signing of the cooperation agreement. It is expected to be able to improve the performance of Garuda especially for the Amsterdam-Jakarta route. The Indonesian Embassy, he said, always gives full support to Garuda Indonesia as a five-star airline. “We are targeting tourist arrivals from the Netherlands until the end of 2019 to reach 300,000 people. This cooperation is expected to support it,” Puja said. The cooperation agreement will also be disseminated to the Indonesian Embassies in the European countries so that they can make use the Garuda’s service. In the agreement, Garuda

provides certain discounts for the Indonesian and local staff of the Embassy and their family as well as the guests of the Embassy to travel from Amsterdam to destinations in Asia and vice versa, also the ease in changing the reservation. In return, the Embassy will meet the sales target in a year that has been agreed upon. The agreement is valid for 2 years. The signing ceremony was attended by the Indonesian Deputy Ambassador Ibnu Wahyutomo, Korfung Ekonomi Andrea Marentek, Transportation Attaché of Den Haag Embassy I Made Suartika, and Garuda’s Sales & Marketing Manager Rick Wouters and Account Manager Kenneth Moes. (KEMLU/TPP)

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Progress of 23 Presidential Strategic Projects on Railway There are 23 railway projects under the National Strategic Projects (PSN) outlined by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) in the Presidential Decree No. 58 of 2017. A total of 15 out of the projects are the construction of infrastructure and facilities for inter-city railways, while the other 8 projects are for urban trains. Based on funding source, 15 projects are financed by the State Budget (APBN), 5 projects are carried out under the scheme of cooperation between the government and business entities (KPBU), and the other 3 projects are pure investments. “Under the Decree, the 23 railway projects are PSN,” said Infrastructures Director of Directorate General of Railways at the Transportation Ministry, Zulfikri, in a press conference about the National Strategic Projects at the Transportation Ministry, Central Jakarta, on Monday (9/4). Based on the nearest operating time, the Prabumulih - Kertapati double track train project in South Sumatra with the length of 85 kilometers will operate this year. The train will transport coal and passengers from Prabumulih to Kertapati and vice versa. “The one to be fully operational in 2017 is the 85 km Prabumulih - Kertapati double track. It has been operated partially from Simpang. The travel time is estimated to be 40 minutes,” said Zulfikri. The railway projects estimated to be operational in 2018 will be 7, among others are the 44 km Makassar - Parepare phase I (Barru - Palanro) railway in South Sulawesi, the Bandar Tinggi - Kuala Tanjung railway in North Sumatra with the length of 21.5 km, MRT stage I

Lebak Bulus - HI Roundabout at 15.7 km long, and the 5.8 km LRT DKI Jakarta Kelapa Gading - Velodrome. The railway to Soekarno Hatta Airport is also targeted to operate next year with the trial to be conducted this year. The 23 km LRT South Sumatra will operate next year, followed by the 13.5 km railway to Adi Soemarmo Airport Solo. “The LRT Kelapa Gading - Velodrome is for the Asean Games,” said Zulfikri.

Jakpro: Physical Development of LRT Jakarta to Reach 90% by Year-end PT Jakarta Propertindo (Jakpro) has been accelerating the construction of Jakarta light rail transit (LRT). The Jakarta LRT covers seven corridors, namely Kebayoran Lama-Kelapa Gading, Tanah Abang-Pulomas, Joglo-Tanah Abang, Puri Kembangan-Tanah Abang, Pesing-Kelapa Gading, Pesing-Soekarno Hatta Airport, and Cempaka Putih-Ancol. “By the end of this year, the physical development will have reached 90 percent,” said Jakpro Operational Director Wahyu A. Harun after delivering a speech at the Jakarta Infrastructure Seminar in the Arifin Punirogo Auditorium, Al-Azhar University, on Tuesday (9/26). This infrastructure project will be fully operational in 2019. However, during the implementation of ASEAN Games 2018, some corridors of the LRT will be operated. “The deadline is the date of ASEAN Games, to be partly operational. Normally the commissioning takes 3-6 months. We have been working extra, 1 year for planning, 2 years for development, and 3 years for building network. Some LRT experts said its impossible job, but we still try to do it for the sake of the people,” he said. Regarding the LRT station in Dukuh Atas, planned to be the integrated transportation center, Wahyu said that he has negotiated with several related parties such as PT Adhi Karya Tbk as the Jabodebek LRT contractor and the airport train. “There will be 4 railways, 2 from us, the other 2 from Adhi Karya, and each has its own track and operator,” he said. The Jabodebek LRT routes include Cawang-Cibubur, Cawang-Kuningan-Dukuh Atas, Cawang-Bekasi Timur, Dukuh Atas-Senayan, Cibubur-Bogor and Palmerah-Bogor. Two LRTs intersect at Dukuh Atas, where the LRT Jakarta route passes through Manggarai and Dukuh Atas to Tanah Abang Wahyu also emphasized that the elimination of sectoral ego is a must to integrate the transportation modes, as stated also by elected Vice Governor of DKI Jakarta Sandiaga Uno in the discussion forum. In addition to working on the LRT project, Jakpro is also responsible for two other development projects, namely Jakarta International Equestrian Park Pulo Mas and Jakarta International Velodrome. (KTN/TPP)

Then, in 2019 there are 3 railway projects to be completed, including the double track of South Java railway consisting of 5 projects with a total length of 297 km, the 33 km Rantauprapat - Kota Pinang railway project in North Sumatra, and the 43.3 km LRT Jabodebek. Meanwhile, there are 7 national strategic railway projects still in the preparation stage of planning, whether in the form of feasibility studies or designing: 1. The Jambi - Pekanbaru

railway is in the stage of Detail Engineering Design (DED) 2. The Jambi - Palembang railway is in the stage Detail Engineering Design (DED) 3. The Kertapati - Simpang - Tanjung Api-api railway is in the stage of Detail Engineering Design (DED) 4. The Kulon Progo Airport railway is in the stage of Basic Engineering Design (BED) 5. Revitalization of Jakarta Surabaya railway is in the feasibility study stage

Build Up (CBU) cars. The construction of the first phase of Patimban first stage is targeted for completion in 2019. In the second phase of the first stage development, the container terminal will be expanded to 1,740 x 35 meters from the total quay length of 4,320 meters. Meanwhile the container field will be expanded to 66 hectares with a capacity of 3.5 million TEUs of the final 3.75 million TEUs. The capacity of vehicle terminal will also be increased to 382,000 CBUs out of the final 600,000 CBUs. The construction of the phase 2 of Patimban first stage is targeted for completion in 2023. Then the development of Patimban Port will

2. The development of railway in East Kalimantan Province 3. The Muara Enim - Baai Island railway 4. The Tanjung Enim - Tanjung Api-api railway 5. The LRT DKI Jakarta Kelapa Gading - Velodrome The 3 projects funded by investments are the Jakarta Bandung high speed train project by PT KCIC, the Soekarno Hatta Airport railway and the Jabodebek LRT by PT KAI (Persero). (IFP/TPP)

PUPR Minister Targets Trans Java Toll Road to be Completed in 2018

PUPR (Public Works and Public Housing) Minister Basuki Hadimuljono has said that the development of Trans Java toll road has almost completed, except for the Salatiga-Solo section. “Regarding the Trans Java toll road, it is obviously under construction. In fact, it is almost finished, except for the Salatiga-Solo section,” he said after delivering a public lecture at the Sultan Agung Islam-

ic University (Unissula), Semarang, on Thursday (9/14). Minister Basuki is optimistic that the 661-kilometer Trans Java toll road will be fully connected by 2018, so the access of Jakarta-Semarang-Surabaya will be running smoothly. “The (section) of Salatiga-Solo is still in the process. Some others are in the finishing touches. I’m confident that the Trans Java will be fully functional in 2018, God willing,” he

continue to stage 2 and 3. “The stage 1 consists of phase 1 and 2. After their completion, we will do the stage 2 and 3,” Bay said in a press conference at the Transportation Ministry, Central Jakarta, on Tuesday (9/5). The construction of Patimban Port is financed by Japan’s loan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) at US$1.03 billion and the domestic funding of US$90 million. The US$1.03 billion loan from JICA will be disbursed gradually until 2023. “The financing comes from the Japanese loan through JICA totaling US$1.03 billion or Rp13.7 trillion, while the domestic funding is US$90 mil-

added. Meanwhile the Trans Sumatra toll road, according to the PUPR minister, has been started on three points namely the south from Bakauheni to Palembang, targeted for completion in 2018-2019. The next is the middle starting from Pekanbaru which has begun the process and the north is a 40km Medan-Kualanamu section which will be inaugurated soon. “However, when the president

asked whether it could be completed in 2019, I did not dare to answer yes because Aceh has not started yet. If Aceh would has begun in 2018, I will say yes,” said Minister Basuki. He said that the challenge in infrastructure development, including the toll roads, is the vastness of Indonesia’s territory. Nevertheless, it must be realized to enhance the competitiveness through the connectivity. “To improve the competitiveness, the key is connectivity. Hence, the challenge must be faced, don’t take it as a problem,” he said. Moreover, Minister Basuki added, the society’s expectation of infrastructure development is now higher, so the PUPR Ministry responds it with accelerating the projects. “For example, recently people waited on the construction of emergency road in Semarang. We closed at 12 pm, but they (the community) waited until six o’clock in the morning to pass through,” he said. That means, according to Minister Basuki, the PUPR Ministry will continue to encourage the acceleration of the infrastructure projects including the Trans Java and Trans Sumatra toll roads. (JPP/TPP)

Construction of Patimban Port to Start Early 2018 The construction of Patimban Port in Subang, West Java, will begin early 2018. The development of Patimban Port will be divided into 3 stages and the first stage is divided further into two phases. Acting Director General of Sea Transportation of the Transportation Ministry, Bay M. Hasani, said that the first phase construction of Patimban Port will be the 430 x 300 meters container terminal from the total quay length of 4,320 meters. Meanwhile the container field will occupy 35 hectares with a capacity of 250,000 TEUs. The vehicle terminal will be able to accommodate up to 218,000 units of Completely

6. The East-West MRT is in the stage of Basic Engineering Design (BED) and the feasibility study is expected to be completed in 2018 7. The Jabodetabek Circular Line is in the Detail Engineering Design stage (DED) Meanwhile the 5 railway projects using the scheme of cooperation between the government and business entities (KPBU) are: 1. The Puruk Cahu – Bangkuang railway

lion or Rp1.19 trillion,” said Bay. The documents needed for the Patimban Port construction, consisting of Pre-Feasibility Study, Environmental Impact Assessment (AMDAL), Port Master Plan (RIP) and the location, have been completed. The Traffic Impact Analysis (ANDAL LALIN) is being prepared along with the concession studies. “The documents of Pre-FS, FS, AMDAL, and RIP are completed,” Bay said. “The loan agreement has been signed by the Minister of PPN/Bappenas and formally acknowledged the Japanese Embassy. Bappenas recommended Ministry of Finance to handle the loan,” Bay added. (DTK/TPP)

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REGION Kendal Regent Awards Medals to Javelin Throw Winners of Popnas 2017

After walking around for direct observations to several locations of the 2017 National Sports Week (Popnas) in the Kendal Main Stadium, Kendal Regent dr. Mirna Annisa was asked to award the medals to the winning athletes of javelin throw on Friday (9/15) afternoon. Some of the members of local legislative council (DPRD), Head of Kendal Sports and Tourism Office (Disporapar) Tavip Purnomo SH MM, Head of Kendal Education and Culture Office Drs. Agus Rifai, and Head of Kendal Communication and Informatics Office Drs. Muryono SH MPd were also at present. Regent Mirna Annisa said she greatly appreciated the appointment of Kendal regency to become the venue of the Popnas 2017. “That shows that Kendal won the trust to hold the event. This is a great appreciation from the organizing committee to the

sport venues in Kendal.” According to her, although has been appointed as the venue for the Popnas 2017, Kendal regency will continue to evaluate the existing sport facilities and infrastructure at the Kendal Main Stadium. She also called on the community to well maintain and care for the existing sport facilitie s. Mirna said she has conducted an evaluation and plans to improve some of the facilities. The local government has also conducted a review related to the improvement plan of the sport venues. “Some must be re-

paired, there are already studies to make them better. We also have to take care of them as a medium for the youths to be creative in sports. So, we must keep the environment clean,” she said. Meanwhile Head of Kendal Disporapar Tavip Purnomo said the facilities in the Kendal Main Stadium are not perfect yet. According to him, some spots need to be improved. “The arena is not quite perfect yet. Some spots are less illumination. For the venue of sandy volleyball, we need to add facilities, including the fence,” he added.

Regarding the number of Kendal athletes participating in the Popnas 2017, Tavip said it was nine athletes. They took part in four sports, namely athletics, fencing, sepak takraw, and weight lifting. “As the host, at least we want to provide excitement to the community.” Tavip added that one of the Kendal athletes, Lilik Rahmawati, won a gold medal in fencing. This certainly raise the name Central Java, especially Kendal Regency. “We earned gold in fencing. Our next target is sepak takraw,” he said. (Fatkhur). (KENDALKAB/TPP)

Getting Second Position, Governor Aher Appreciates Sharia Economic Growth in West Java

Bank Indonesia held the West Java Regional Sharia Economic Festival (FESyar) on Wednesday to Friday (September 13-15, 2017), aiming at introducing sharia products to the public.

West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan (Aher) considered such activity is a positive thing. “We welcome the sharia economic festival. The spirit of sharia is indispensable to our society, especially in West Java. Hopefully the sharia spirit will become the foundation in running the business, trade, and industry,” he said at the opening ceremony at the Islamic Da’wah Center (Pusdai), Bandung, on Wednesday (9/13). Aher also said he hoped the FESyar will improve the sharia-based economy, not only in West Java, but also in Indonesia. The development of shar-

ia economy in West Java itself is known to grow rapidly. Currently the growth of sharia economy in West Java is ranked second after DKI Jakarta as the center of the national economy. According to Aher, sharia economy is not a system exclusively for Muslims but for all people in the society. Because the system contains elements of justice, prosperity and uniformity in the processing of economic resources. Sharia economy applies to all parties even though the spirit originally came from Islam. “All the systems with universal values will apply for all,” he said.


Karawang Regent Inaugurates City Forest A ceremony to inaugurate a City Forest was held and attended by Karawang Regent dr. Hj. Cellica Nurrachadiana, Head of DLHK Drs. Wawan Setiawan, Heads of Karawang Governmental Offices, General Manager of TMMI dr. Ir. Aji Sapta, Division Heads of KIIC, eco-village partners, Karawang environmental activists and invited guests recently. To support the green environment development, PT Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia (TMMI) and KIIC Karawang together with the Regional Government of Karawang Regency through the Karawang Environment and Sanitation Office has inaugurated the Karawang City Forest. In the inauguration ceremony of the forest, Karawang Regent dr. Hj. Cellica Nurrachadiana said that the Local Government of Karawang appreciated the Karawang City Forest that will pro-

vide benefits for the community of Karawang. This is also in line with the local government’s program to make all the land in Karawang regency green to protect the soil, to provide aesthetics, and to function as carbon dioxide absorbance. The Karawang Regent also invited all parties to continue to increase awareness of the importance of planting and maintaining the sustainable trees to apply clean development mechanism in Karawang. The inauguration of Karawang City Forest was marked by the planting of Java Plum (Syzygium cumini) by Karawang Regent and witnessed by Heads of Local Governmental Offices, GM of PT TMMI and Division Heads of KIIC. There were 1,076 trees planted in the Karawang Forest City, consisting of 798 forest trees and 278 fruit trees. (JABARPROV/TPP)

Aher added that people, especially Muslims, should be able to follow the development of information and communication technology so that the sharia economy can continue to grow along with the development and human needs from time to time. He appreciated the achievement of West Java in sharia economy, hoping that it will keep growing to prosper the people. “Hopefully it improves further, generating benefits and welfare to the society.” According to Deputy Governor of Bank Indonesia Rosmaya Hadi the potential of sharia economy is very big. It is supported by large human resourc-

es from the big number of Islamic boarding schools and higher education institutions scattered in West Java. Based on the data from the Ministry of Religious Affairs, there are 19,331 Islamic boarding schools (pesantren) in Indonesia. As many as 9,067 of the schools or about 47% are in West Java. This indicates that West Java has the potential to be the power of Islamic economy. According to Maya, Rosmaya’s nickname, if the number of the boarding schools is optimized, West Java will become the center of Islamic economic empowerment.

Launching Application, Central Java Governor Asks Farmers to Sell Online Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo has launched smartphone application called regopantes. com for the farmers. This application is expected to cut the distribution channels in selling various agricultural commodities from the Central Java farmers to the consumers. The application was launched at the commemoration of National Farmers Day 2017 in Central Java Province, taking place in the yard of Central Java Governor Office, Semarang City, on Saturday (9/23). Also attended the event was Minister of Agriculture Amran Sulaiman. The application is expected to be an online trading network for agricultural products to be sold from the farmers directly to the consumers. Ganjar asked the farmers to be technology literate and start us-

“West Java is the province with the largest number of pesantren in Indonesia, if it is optimized then West Java has the potential to become the center of Islamic economic empowerment,” said Maya. Based on the findings of Bank Indonesia, there are 54 pesantren with more than 500 students. It shows West Java has a potential as an alternative economic institution in community empowerment. “This is very supportive. Wes Java also has a big population of Muslims. That is why Bank Indonesia conducts the Sharia Economic Festival in West Java,” said Maya. (JPP/TPP)

ing the application to market their products. Through the application of, Central Java Provincial Government also wants to improve the welfare of the farmers by cutting down the distribution chain currently too long, resulting in low prices at the farmers level but too high in the consumers. “With this application, the farmers can post their crops and sell them online, while the consumers can buy directly through the same website,” explained Ganjar. The appropriate prices for both farmers and consumers will be balanced by regopantes. com system by comparing the prices from the farmers to the distributors with the prices consumers pay in the market. “The appropriate prices deserved by the farmers and the consumers will be offered by the system as a basis for transactions between them,” he said. The farmers’ prices will be higher than the distributors’

prices, but the consequence is the farmers have to guarantee the quality of their produces. Thus, the application is a tool or an alternative way for the farmers to get more reasonable prices and ultimately to make them more prosperous. The launch of the regopantes. com application was preceded by the signing of a cooperation agreement between the Central Java Provincial Secretary and the Head of PT BRI Regional Yogyakarta Special Region Office, the Head of PT BRI Semarang Regional Office, and the Director of 8villages Indonesia, on the “Improving Farmers’ Welfare through the Integration of Farmer Card System with the Digital-Based Farmer Application”. The signing of the cooperation agreement is the follow-up of the memorandum of understanding previously signed at Soropadan Agro Expo 2017 in Soropadan, Temanggung, Central Java, in July 2017. (HRJ/TPP)

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AP II Accelerates Kertajati Airport Operation, Tourism Minister: to Support Tourism Growth Rapid and tactical steps have been taken by PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero) with the hope that the air access from and to the tourist destinations in West Java, especially Majalengka, Kuningan, Cirebon, Indramayu, and Subang to be open soon.

During this time, the weakness in the western and southern West Java is the access. There are no direct flights to transport the tourists. They must pass through Jakarta and Bandung while Bandung has limited capacity. The MoU was signed by President Director of AP II Muhammad Awaluddin and representative of PT BIJB shareholders West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan and President Director of PT Jasa Sarana Mulyadi. The MoU was also signed by PT BIJB Director Virda Dimas Ekaputra and President Director of PT Danareksa Investment Prihatmo Hari Mulyanto.

AP II and Danareksa will buy the treasury stock of PT BIJB. Thus, once the agreement dealt, the shareholders of PT BIJB become the West Java Provincial Government, PT Jasa Sarana, AP II, and Danareksa. “The due diligence process relating to the purchase of the shares will be done no later than October 2017 so that the purchase of the treasury stock can be done no later than November 30, 2017,” said President Director of AP II Muhammad Awaluddin. “How much the percentage of AP II’s shares in PT BIJB will be formulated based on the due diligence result. Obviously, the pur-

chase PT BIJB shares by AP II will not reduce the percentage of shares owned by the West Java Provincial Government and PT Jasa Sarana,” he added. Holding some of BIJB’s shares is considered strategic to play a role in supporting the growth of tourism and economy in West Java. The sale of the PT BIJB’s treasury stock aims to finance the airport development and operation. On the same occasion, AP II and West Java Provincial Government and PT BIJB also signed an MoU on the joint operation of the BIBJ (Kertajati) Airport. Under the MoU, all parties do their parts before BIJB oper-

ation entirely handled by AP II. “AP II will operate the ground side, including the Airport and Airport Related Services. Basically, AP II’s job is to increase the national and local economic growth,” said Muhammad Awaluddin. Previously, AP II also signed an MoU with Banyuwangi Regent Abdullah Azwar Anas, wit-

nessed by Tourism Minister Arief Yahya at Blimbingsari Airport, in coincidence with the inauguration of Garuda Indonesia’s new flight route of Jakarta-Banyuwangi. “Banyuwangi is also strategic to become a complete tourist destination with Attractions, Accesses and Amenities! Remember the 3A formula, without it,

the development of tourist destinations will be very difficult,” said Arief Yahya. AP II will manage Blimbingsari Airport to bring in more flights in the regency dubbed as The Sunrise of Java. “The goal is to support the growth of tourism as the driving force of Banyuwangi economy,” said the minister. (KEMENPAR/TPP)

Tourism Minister: Serang-Panimbang Toll Road to be Done in 2019

98 Percent of Bali Tourism Sites Safe

The central government continues to accelerate the development of infrastructure, especially in the areas of 10 priority tourist destinations. One of them is the Special Economic Zone (KEK) Tanjung Lesung located in Pandeglang, South Banten. Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said he would carry out the plans to develop a marina at Tanjung Lesung, reactivate the Rangkasbitung-Labuan railway, build the Serang-Panimbang toll road and an airport in Panimbang. “Accessibility is very important. If you want to be a worldclass destination, the time needed to reach it cannot be more than 2 hours,” he said after inaugurating the Festival Pesona

Tanjung Lesung 2017, on Tuesday (9/5), in the Tourism Ministry’s Sapta Pesona Building. Arief further said currently the time needed to get to Tanjung Lesung from Jakarta is still more than 5 hours. Regarding the land acquisition for the Serang-Panimbang toll road, 40 percent of the land plots have been paid off and the groundbreaking will be done on September 15, 2017. The target of completion is in 2019. For the airport, it is still in the process of land inventory. According to the Banten Provincial Government, some plots of land are controlled by speculators so that the land acquisition becomes obstructed.

The land needed for the construction of the airport is 600 hectares, including the land area owned by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry. With a better access, the tourism minister said, it is not only Tanjung Lesung that will get the benefits, but other tourist destinations in Banten will also be more easily marketed overseas. One of them is Sawarna Beach which has been known as a surfing venue. Meanwhile, Banten Governor H. Wahidin Halim said that the acceleration of the KEK Tanjung Lesung development is underway, among others are the construction of the 83.6 km Serang-Panimbang toll road and

the Rangkasbitung-Labuan railway which will begin operation in 2020. “The development of infrastructure to support the Tanjung Lesung is a priority because it will make it easier for tourists to visit this excellent destination,” said Wahidin. He added that Banten tourism potential is very large with 1.166 tourist attractions consisting of 344 nature, 591 history and culture, and 231 special interest tourism sites. “The tourism sector becomes the mainstay of Banten Province, the growth of Banten tourism during the period of 20112015 is 7.35 percent on average,” he concluded. (TPP)

The Mount Agung in Bali is still showing bad signs. Even so, 98 percent of tourist destinations in Bali are considered safe. Bali Tourism Board (BTB) has held a discussion with dozens of media and tour operators, related to the forecast of the decline in the number of tourists visiting Bali due to the high activity of Mount Agung. The discussion was held at the BTB Building, Jl. Raya Puputan, Renon, Denpasar, Bali, on Tuesday (10/10). BTB’s Head of Division III Media, Dewa Gede Ngurah Byomantara, said the accuracy of information would be one solution to minimize the impact of the Mount Agung’s activity in declining the number of foreign tourist arrivals. “There are still many tourist destinations far away from Mount Agung safe to visit. We need to socialize that. Please, do not give an impression that if the eruption happened, all of Bali will be in disaster,” said Byomantara.

He added that not all the Karangasem Regency area will be affected by Mount Agung if it erupted. The Candidasa and Amed areas as well as many more are in the safe zone. “No less than 98 percent tourist destinations are safe, only 2 percent will be affected like Besakih and Tulamben. The Candidasa is still safe, while Kuta, Nusa Dua, and Sanur especially are far away from Mount Agung,” said Byomantara. Regarding the allegation of tourists canceled their visits to Bali because of Mount Agung, Byomantara assured there was no valid data. Some cancellation might be caused by factors other than Mount Agung. “Cancellation happened but we cannot provide an accurate data. It is predicted 15-20 percent per room per night. If the average visit is for 3 days, then divided by 3 and the result is only 5-7 percent of the cancellation. However, the data from the airlines is very small, only 4 percent cancellation for in and out flights,” said Byomantara. (DTK/TPP)

Pata Travel Mart 2017 in Macau Successfully Attract 60 Countries Pata Travel Mart 2017 was held on September 13-15, 2017 at Venetian Resort Hotel, Macau, attracting more than 1,000 delegates from over 60 countries. Organized by the Asia Pacific Travel Association (PATA) and hosted by the Macau Government Tourism Office, Pata Travel Mart is the Asia Pacific’s premier travel fair. Quoting on Monday (18/9), this exhibition aimed to help the travel and tourism organizations to build their networks, take advantage of the opportunities and enhance or maintain the good relations between countries. “Pata Travel Mart reiter-

ates that the event continues to provide a great business platform for networking opportunities between buyers and sellers from around the world,” said Pata Chief Executive Officer Mario Hardy. “The success of this event is also the result of partnership between the public and private sectors,” he added. Pata Travel Mart is one of the tourism exhibitions held annually in September in a different country each year. Exhibitors range from official tourism organizations to leading travel companies and small and medium-sized businesses, including airlines, hotels and others from Asia Pacific and beyond. (IND/TPP)

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Brand Jababeka Residence Increasingly Elegant, Prepares Residential for Upper Class There is something different when the Jababeka Residence opened its booth at the Indonesia Future City & REI Mega Expo 2017. The Jababeka Residence appeared with a new logo and a new tagline of ‘A City for Your World’. This is the first time the new logo and tagline introduced in the event that was officially commenced on September 14, 2017 by Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo.

Air China Set to Launch Beijing-Jakarta Nonstop Flights, Exploring Ancient Maritime Silk Road

On September 26, 2017, Air China will launch a new nonstop route between Beijing and Jakarta. The current route transits in Xiamen with a total flight time of 9.5 hours. The new route, using Airbus A330-300 aircraft, will need 7 hours only. The passengers can fly much more comfortably and arrive in Jakarta quickly. Jakarta is the capital and largest city in Indonesia. Located on the northwest coast of Java, Jakarta is the most populous and densely populated port city in Southeast Asia. Since the 15th century, Indonesia is a vital intersection between the Indian and Pacific oceans, and is an important cultural and trade center between East and West. During the period of the ancient maritime Silk Road, many ships stopped over here to load Chinese silk fabrics, porcelain and Indonesian spices, before sailing to their final destinations.

Official data from Indonesia show that more than 1.4 million tourists from China visited Indonesia in 2016. Up nearly 14% from a year before, making China the largest source of tourists’ origin. Since the autumn of this year, Air China passengers can fly nonstop to Jakarta, where they can break away from the hustling Beijing life. They can enjoy the unique history and culture of Indonesia as well as the dynamics of Southeast Asia. Visitors will feel the peace of mind while breathing in the sea air with the scent of young coconut, while enjoying the incredible scenery around them. Over the past few years, Air China has launched new routes between Beijing and Mumbai, Colombo, Islamabad, Karachi and other destinations on the Silk Road. Last year, Air China also released a new route between Hangzhou and Surat

Thani, as well as Chongqing and Nha Trang. The new nonstop route of Beijing-Jakarta is the latest development of Air China’s strategy to make Beijing a central airport with global reach, as well as increasing network coverage in Asia Pacific. Furthermore, Air China will continue to develop a range of convenient, high-quality and affordable travel industry products to help tourists explore Indonesia. Air China will use the flight number CA977/8 for the route of Beijing-Jakarta, which will fly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Take off from Beijing at 16:30 and arrive in Jakarta at 22:30 (local time). Meantime the JakartaBeijing flights are scheduled on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Take off from Jakarta at 00:30 and arrive in Beijing at 08:30 (local time). This flight uses Airbus A330-200 aircraft, fitted with 180° folding chairs which becomes beds in the Business Class, while the seats in the Economy Class are designed with 20% wider feet room and fatiguefree. All seats are equipped with a personal entertainment system. (PRN/TPP)

President Director of Jababeka Residence Sutedja S Darmono said that his company is targeting the upper-class market. The new logo and tagline, according to him, shows the change in concept, services, and products to the target of upper class. One example is the Jababeka Residence’s latest project of a golf apartment, he added. The golf apartment will be named ‘Jababeka Signature Golf Apartment’ and is an upscale apartment with golf concept on a total area of 3.7 hectares. “On October 21, we will hold an event to pick the apartment units of which marks the start of the marketing. We will create a big event as a surprise for our market and customers,” said Sutedja, who added that the golf apartment is located beside a golf course with 250 units. According to Sutedja, this up-

scale market is targeting the expatriates, especially from Japan. Although the main target is the Japanese, other expatriates from China, Taiwan, Korea, America and Europe will also be targeted, since the Japanese standard to be adopted in the apartment has been recognized internationally. The facilities in Jababeka will also be the most comprehensive in Indonesia. “Later Kota Jababeka will become the township with the most complete facilities in Indonesia, with the most complete modes of transportation and infrastructure in Indonesia. Later there will be MRT, LRT, highspeed train, and elevated toll road. Transportation modes and access points will be the most complete,” he added. Besides complete in access points, including the Kertajati Airport and Patimban Port, Jababeka Residence is the most


President Director and Subsidiary of RNI Won BUMN Awards 2017

PT Rajawali Nusantara Indonesia (Persero) won two awards at the BUMN Awards 2017 night, held on Friday (9/15) at the Ritz Carlton in Kuningan, Jakarta. The first award was won by RNI’s subsidiary PT Mitra Kerinci as the Third Best State-Owned Enterprises (SOE/BUMN) for the category of Best Transformation. The second award was obtained by President Director of PT RNI B. Didik Prasetyo as the Third Best CEO of SOE in the category of Developing Talent. Didik Prasetyo himself went up to the stage to receive the award of Third Best CEO of SOE in the category of Developing Talent presented by Said Didu, a national figure who has involved in the state-owned enter-

complete in shopping centers in Indonesia. There will be the mixed-use block and Plaza Indonesia and Japanese malls among others. The middle and upper classes are increasing every year. This is in line with improving economic and political stability. The prospect of property sales for 2018 is believed to be getting better, especially in Cikarang. “I see in eastern Jakarta the prospect of property sales is quite good. Better than in the west, south and north of Jakarta. During 2017 this market response is very good and I am optimistic it will continue in 2018. For the apartment market, if other areas are targeting the middle class, we aim other market, meaning we will complement each other. We are building a city here with a huge market from lower, middle and upper classes,” said Sutedja. (TPP)

prises world for so long, who also was a judge of the BUMN Awards 2017. Meanwhile, the award of Third Best SOE’s Subsidiary in the Best Transformation category was received by Director of PT Mutra Kerinci, Yosdian Adi. The annual event was conducted through a rigorous selection involving PPM Management. The 103 SOEs and Subsidiaries listed as the participating companies must go through several stages of selection, starting from filling in the questionnaires, submitting supporting documents, verifying documents, to the last stage of interviews and presentations by the Boards of Directors. With the theme of “Improving the Value of SOEs for the Country” this event aims to appreci-

ate the contribution of SOEs by demonstrating their capability in competing at the national and global level. In this year’s 6th BUMN Awards event, the organizer of the SOE Magazine Track, supported by PPM Management, also involved the SOEs’ subsidiaries as the participants. Attending the event were Director of Business Development and Investment of RNI Agung P. Murdanoto, Director of Business Control and Risk Management of RNI Elka Wahyudi, and the members of the Board of Directors of RNI Group’s subsidiaries. Some national figures were also seen attending the event such as Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi and Tanri Abeng. (RNI/TPP)


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In a bid to grow the digital economy, the initiative of “Next Indonesian Unicorn (NexICorn)” has been launched. This initiative is a collaboration between the Ministry of Communication and Informatics, Venture Capitalists for Startups Indonesia (Amvesindo) and Global Consulting Firm Ernst & Young. NexIcorn aims to produce more unicorn digital startups in Indonesia. NexICorn’s first program was held at Ayana MidPlaza Jakarta on Tuesday (9/12) in the form of Indonesia-Japan Digital NextICorn Meet Up. There were three agenda. The first was sharing session with the topic related to the Digital Economic Movement by Minister of Communication and Informatics Rudiantara and Deputy for Coordination of Creative Economy, Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness of Cooperatives and SMEs at the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs Rudy Salahuddin. The second was presenting two Indonesian unicorns of Gojek and Tokopedia to share their

experiences in Indonesian market. The last was about NexIcorn as a medium to meet up the startups of Indonesia with the Japanese investors. The Minister of Communication and Informatics in his speech said the key to investing in Indonesia is the readiness of infrastructure as the main requirement for achieving the economic progress of 2030. “There are many reasons for investing in Indonesia. In addition to continuing to build infrastructure, the government also keeps improving the business environment including the ease on permits. The legal reforms and Indonesia’s first rank for public confidence in the government are also the factors,” Rudiantara said. He added Indonesia is the right place for investors to invest, considering the Indonesia’s stable economic growth in the past 10 years; Indonesia will be the top 5 countries with the largest economy by 2030; the demographic bonus of 180 million productive age population by 2030; and the rapid changes to the

business environment. The government has also conducted policy reforms in the ICT sector and the digital economy, among others through the Local Domestic Content (TKDN) policy of at least 40% for 4G smartphones marketed in Indonesia; simplifying the certification process for mobile phones, computers and tablets; and the revision of Government Regulation No. 82 of 2012 on Electronic Management and Transaction System. The digital economic policy reform is done by the issuance of Negative List of Investment (DNI) stipulated in the Presidential Regulation No. 44 of 2016; Circular Letter of the Minister of Communication and Informatics Number 5 Year 2016 on Safe Harbor Policy; and Presidential Regulation Number 74 Year 2017 on E-commerce Roadmap. Meantime Deputy Rudy Salahuddin said the programs included in E-commerce Roadmap for 2017-2019 are logistics, cyber security, ICT infrastructure, education and human resources, funding, and consumer protection.

NexICorn IndonesiaJapan Opens Investment Door for Indonesian Startups

The Target of One Unicorn Startup Each Year Minister Rudiantara said he hoped the meeting between the e-commerce community of Indonesia and Japanese investors will encourage the birth of new startup unicorns in Indonesia. Unicorns Gojek and Tokopedia were asked to represent the 45 startup companies attending the NexIcorn to share their experiences in the Indonesian market. Rudiantara targets to see one new unicorn per year. He also said that this event is the government’s first step in inviting foreign investors. “This is the first step to build a digital ecosystem. We will also come to the countries that are considered to have potentials to invest in Indonesia. We cannot be passive but pro-active to sell Indonesia in a positive way,” said Chief RA, Rudiantara’s nickname. The 45 startups attending the NexIcorn held one on one meetings with potential investors from Japan. They used the opportunity to present their ideas to the investors. (JPP/TPP)

PT Jababeka and PT Mane Indonesia Provide Free Medication in North Cikarang PT Jababeka Tbk again conducted Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity together with PT Mane Indonesia on Wednesday (9/13). This time it was done in Haji Basar Kampong RT 05/01, Pasir Gombong Village, North Cikarang District. The CSR activity was in the form of free medical treatments to 100 residents from 8 am to 12 at noon. Also present at this event were Senior Manager of PT Jababeka Infratruktur (JI) RB Bawono, CSR Manager of JI Taufik Hidayat, CSR Officer of PT Mane Indonesia Hayu Sri Ratna Dewi, Chairman of Pasir Gombong Communication Forum Ustadz Syamsudin, Doctor Hartono, Midwife Dina and Cadres of Posyandu Aster 3. “This free medication is one of our CSR programs in Health that directly touch people by visiting their locations, making it easier

for the people to seek medical treatments,” said Bawono. “This year we’ve been working with PT Mane Indonesia for five times, Insha Allah (God willing) in November there will be another similar activity in different places,” he added. Some time ago, General Manager Kukuh Sulaksono explained about the CSR programs of Jababeka to The President Post. Kukuh mentioned that Jababeka Industrial Estate, through CSR Chain Programs, seeks to maximize the role of the largest industrial estate in Southeast Asia and its tenants to work together helping improve the condition of local community through the 5 pillars of the CSR programs namely Jabat Sehat (Health), Jabat Pendidikan (Education), Jabat Ekonomi (Economy), Jabat Lingkungan (Environment) and Jabat Sosial (Social Affairs). Jabat stands for Jababeka Bersahabat/Jababeka is Best Friend. (TPP)

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CKB Logistics Expands Logistics Hub Capacity in Surabaya PT Cipta Krida Bahari (CKB Logistics), an integrated logistics service provider, has inaugurated a new warehouse in the Central Business Park Osowilangon with a capacity five times larger. President Director of CKB Logistics Iman Sjafei said the CKB Logistics moved its logistics hub to a new location in Osowilangon, Surabaya, East Java.

This new warehouse serves as a logistics hub of CKB Logistics in Surabaya, and has been operating since May 29, 2017 and is built on an area of 300,000 m2 with a capacity five times larger than its previous location on Jalan Raya Margomulyo No. 41, Surabaya, East Java. The warehouse is equipped with facilities of a 6,000 m2 closed warehouse, a 20,000 m2 open warehouse, and a 500 m2 office spaces. The capacity expansion is the company’s priority mission. This is in line with the increasing customer demand coupled with the company’s strategy in anticipating industrial growth in Eastern Indonesia. “With the larger and more strategic location in Surabaya, supported by an integrated logistics service as well, the logistics hub will generate cost efficiency and improve the distribution process to the customers. Our focus is to serve the customers better,” Iman said in a press release on Thursday (9/7).

The new logistics hub is supported by integrated logistics service, information and communication technology system, as well as an effective surveillance system. The hub also provides an 8,500 m2 facility of closed and open warehouses. The facility is expected to complement the added value of logistics services to the customers to improve the cost efficiency and distribution acceleration. That will strengthen the CKB Logistics’s position as an integrated logistics company in Indonesia especially in Surabaya. The CKB Logistics also has several other warehouses located in Jakarta, Karawang, Balikpapan, Banjarmasin, Samarinda, and Sorong. Currently, the government is focusing on the development of infrastructure and industrial estates in Eastern Indonesia. By investing in Surabaya, the CKB Logistics wants to help make the city as a hub for the trade and logistics distribution in East Indonesia. The central government has

For Logistics Center, Kertajati to Imitate Alibaba The Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs wants to make the logistic center at Kertajati Airport like the one owned by Alibaba. Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said the Kertajati Airport will be completed gradually with a bonded logistics center and become an aerocity. Luhut said he hoped Kertajati can be like Alibaba because it will make the cost of logistics more efficient. “Alibaba creates a concept that lowers the cost, so we can make it that way,” said Luhut. Alibaba Group is a giant ecommerce company based in China, owned by businessman Jack Ma. Kertajati Airport is one of the National Strategic Projects (PSN) which will become one of the logistics centers in Indonesia. The plan is that the government will build a hub for cargo shelter at

also established the Tanjung Perak Port, Surabaya, as one of the main ports in the sea toll lanes program for accelerating the flow of goods from western to the eastern Indonesia and vice versa. According to Iman, the CKB Logistics offers integrated transportation and logistics solutions with a focus on oil and gas, mining, construction, telecommunications, retail and ecommerce industries. Through its service concept, the CKB Logistics expects the customers to get optimum level of efficiency. “Logistics is one of the highcost business chains. With the strategy developed by the company, we expect to cut the logistics costs for the business players to make their competitiveness increases,” said Iman. Since obtaining the license as a PLB management in 2016, the CKB Logistics has managed 74,000 m2 of PLBs in four locations. The CKB Logistics targets to build and operate PLBs up to 300,000 m2 in various areas by 2020. (BNS/TPP)

this international airport. Kertajati is located in Majalengka, West Java, very close to Port Patimban which is designed to be the port for automotive exports and imports. Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said the government still has land banks for business expansion in the region. He also said that the government has decided that the Kertajati Airport will be jointly operated by PT West Java International Airport (BIJB) with 51 percent shares and PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero) with 49 percent shares. Currently, the Transportation Ministry is working on the apron extension for aircraft shelter. The runway is also extended from 3,000 meters to 3,300 meters. The airport will also be used for a hajj embarkation center in West Java to reduce the high traffics of hajj pilgrimage in Jakarta. (BNS/TPP)

ALFI & HKI Agree on Inter-estate Access Cooperation

Logistics Centers Reduce Distribution Cost Indonesia still lags in term of logistics efficiency. Therefore, the government is trying to catch up by adding more Bonded Logistics Centers (PLBs). President Director of PT Cipta Krida Bahari (CKB Logistics), Imam Sjafei, said that the government is intensively developing PLBs with the target to make Indonesia as an Asia-Pacific logistics hub. ‘’PLBs assure the acceleration of the distribution of raw materials to the industries. So, the production can be timely,” he said during the inauguration of PLB Hub Logistics CKB Logistics warehouse in

Surabaya on Wednesday (9/6). The 30 thousand square meters of warehouse was built with an investment of Rp20 billion. The warehouse is targeted to reduce the imports, because all this time the domestic industries stored their raw materials in Malaysia or Singapore. PLB Hub Logistics is the fourth PLB in East Java after PLB Kamajaya, PLB Adi Perkasa, and PLB Indra Jaya Swastika. Since the inauguration of the first PLB in March 2016, the PLB growth in Indonesia has been increasing rapidly. Late last year, there were only

28 PLB. The number increased to 73 in early September and is targeted to reach one hundred units later this year. The total investment in the PLBs is estimated to reach Rp910 trillion. Chairperson of the Association of Indonesia Bonded Logistics Centers Ety Puspitasari added that PLB will reduce the cost to get the goods out of the port to transport them to the warehouse up to 40 percent. The customs processing time is also cut from four to five days to two days. “The dwelling time is shortened.” she said. (JWP/ TPP)

The Indonesian Logistics and Forwarders Association (ALFI) and the Indonesian Industrial Estate Association (HKI) have agreed to cooperate in inter-estate access. ALFI Chairman Yukki Nugrahawan Hanafi said his party had discussed with HKI and formulated a number of cooperation points. “HKI welcomes and of course this will be communicated to the members of both associations and to the relevant ministries,” he said in Jakarta on Tuesday (9/19). According to Yukki, there are two things that become important points in the agreement. First, HKI agrees to open access between the industrial estates. Second, there may be two or three

locations of logistics centers in each estate. However, Yukki declined to further detail the cooperation. He only emphasized that the cooperation is not only a matter related to the limitation of truck operational hours. “We did not talk about trucks only, but more than that.” The cooperation of ALFI and HKI was established to find a solution from the plan to limit the operational hours of trucks on the Jakarta - Cikampek toll road. Jabodetabek Transportation Management Agency (BPTJ) will ban logistics trucks to pass through in peak hours of 6 am to 9 am. Previously, HKI Chairman Sanny Iskandar said he understood the conditions experienced by the logistics entrepreneurs regarding the many

restrictions on truck operating hours on the highway. “If it is restricted everyday how can we run it. Saturday and Sunday are restricted, holidays are restricted. While they say they want to increase the competitiveness,” he said. To that end, his association is ready to open access in the estates to make the traffics on the highway run smoothly. According to Sanny, about 40% of the trucks passing through the Cawang-Cikampek highway were empty on their return to the base. HKI advises the truck owners to rent a land plot in an industrial estate to park the trucks. Thus, the empty trucks do not need to run on the toll road. In addition to reducing congestion, it is also considered more efficient on the operational side. (BNS/TPP)

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President University’s Debating Team Gets Rank 14 of 112 at NUDC President University’s team made it into the quarter-final round at the prestigious National University Debating Championship (NUDC) held by the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education at the PGRI University Semarang (9/38). President University was ranked 14th out of 112 teams competing in this championship. President University’s debating team consists of three students: Natalie Gabrielle Wilhelmina Peleh (International Relations 2015), Nadya (Communication Science 2015), and Nabilla (Communication Science 2015). There were 112 teams selected from 12 regions of Private Uni-

versities Coordination (Kopertis) in Indonesia. The total number of participants in this national competition was 336 people consisting of 224 debaters and 112 adjudicators. “We are the first team who participated in this championship for the first time and went straight to the national level and kept going until the quarter-final round. That is why Mr. Agus Gumilar, the Coordinator of Kopertis Region IV, gave his appreciation and congratulation through the text message,” said Lambok Hermanto, a lecturer of President University. According to Lambok, President University’s debating team has been effectively trained to

face the competition for two months. However, he will train the debating team on an ongoing basis starting this month to prepare for the next year NUDC. For next year’s competition, the debating team will be selected from an internal competition at campus to screen the potential debater candidates who will represent the campus to compete at the Kopertis level and then at the national level. “This year we have scored a good track record as the beginner and participating the competition for the first time, hopefully next year we can upgrade the achievement and become a champion,” Lambok said. (PU/ TPP)

Let’s Go to the National Library and Enjoy Cool Educating Services! The National Library of Indonesia (Perpusnas), on Jalan Merdeka Selatan, Central Jakarta, has evolved from three floors at the early days to now 27 floors. In addition to developing the physical infrastructure, the government is also improving its services to be enjoyed for free. The National Library’s Chief Secretary Dedi Junaedi said that from the 27 floors available, the management of the Library uses the 24 floors for the public education services. The facilities at the National Library Building, according to Dedi, are able to accommodate all elements of the society. “Well, from the first floor to the 24th floor, there are facilities for children, elderly, disabled and all other elements of the society. Please use it for free,” said Dedi in Jakarta, on Friday (9/15). Aside of the on-site services, people can enjoy its online services as well. The Perpusnas has also been developing the E-Pusnas or online library, along with the IOS (Indonesia One

Search) service. IOS is an online library network throughout Indonesia that is integrated with the Library. Through the IOS service, people can search for library materials – like books, literatures and academic or non-academic references - owned by the libraries throughout Indonesia with just one online service. “Of course, we hope IOS will connect all libraries in Indonesia,” said Dedi. Currently, IOS service is equipped with five million metadata derived from 500 libraries that have been integrated in the IOS network. As for E-Pusnas, Dedi added, this service has been enriched with 120,000 books and 12,500 other library materials that can be enjoyed in full text form. “Now we have about 500 libraries joined in the IOS with five million metadata. We have also provided a facility of E-Pusnas. To enjoy E-Pusnas, people can get the application from the playstore or via our website There are 12,500 literatures and 120,000 books in there that can be read in full text,” said Dedi. (OKZ/TPP)

Metal Industry Polytechnic Facilitated by Industry Ministry to Become Nickel Based Innovation Center

Morowali Metal Industry Polytechnic will become the center of technological innovation and nickel based product development. This vocational school, established by the Industry Ministry, brings the concept of link and match with the industry.

Morowali Metal Industry Polytechnic will become the center of technological innovation and nickel based product development. This vocational school, established by the Industry Ministry, brings the concept of link and match with the industry. “So, in addition to providing education to produce competent and ready-to-work graduates, this campus will develop applied researches in cooperation with the industry,” said Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto in his speech at the Inauguration of the Morowali Metal Industry Polytechnic, Central Sulawesi, on Monday (9/18). According to the minister, the well preparation of skilled human resources (HR) is an important factor in spurring the growth of industry. “This polytechnic will support the metal processing industry, especially in Sulawesi.” The polytechnic is also expected to empower the local

communities to have better competence needed by the companies operating in the Morowali Industrial Estate. Currently, the 2,000 hectares industrial estate is housing nickel smelter factories with the workforce of about 10,000 people. The number of workers is predicted to reach 80,000 when the construction of all factories is finished. The metal industry experienced the highest growth in the second quarter of 2017, reaching 7.5 percent. This could increase the labor demand due to new investments and expansions. Airlangga said the Morowali Metal Industry Polytechnic was designed together by Industry Ministry and the industry players from the identification of competences needed, curriculum, to the selection of teaching staff. “So, the learning system is integrated between education on campus with the working practices in the industry or the so-called dual system.”

Currently we have entered the Industrial Revolution 4.0 era marked by the emergence of supercomputers, smart robots, unmanned vehicles, genetic editing, neurotechnology development, financial technology (fintech), and so on. However, the innovations were mostly produced by researchers abroad.

That was the reason why Melvin Harsono wants to become a researcher, by continuing his master’s degree (S2) education at Beijing Jiaotong University. The 22-year-old man has long been interested in electronic, programming, math, and physics. In 2013 Melvin decided to study at the Electrical Engineering Department of President Uni-

The 30-hectare polytechnic is equipped with complete research facilities and equipment, including the classrooms, laboratories, workshops, innovation centers, directorates, and libraries. These facilities aim to accelerate the process of technology transfer. According to Minister Airlangga, Morowali Metal Industry Polytechnic implements quality education providing scholarships with job placement. In the first year, the students will get a dormitory provided by PT Indonesia Morowali Industrial Park (IMIP) as the manager of Morowali Industrial Estate. The estate is developed under a cooperation between Bintang Delapan Group from Indonesia with Tsingshan Group from China. The first class of the polytechnic is 96 students who passed the entrance exam from 679 participants registered on July 14, 2017. They come from Morowali, Palu, Kendari, and Makassar. The D-III study pro-

gram will produce graduates of Mechanical Maintenance Engineering, Electrical and Installation Engineering, and Chemical Minerals Engineering. “We advise the students, who will undergo education for the next three years, to take advantage of this opportunity as well as possible. The education in Morowali Metal Industry Polytechnic is designed to train you with discipline and working attitude in accordance with the needs of today’s industry,” Airlangga said. IMIP’s Chairman Halim Mina projected that the Morowali Industrial Estate will need 25,000 more employees with D-III and D-IV educations in 2025. “We need a lot of professionals at the supervision level. It is hoped that the Morowali Metal Industry Polytechnic will produce graduates who master the technology of manufacturing factories in this industry.” Meantime Minister of Research, Technology and Higher

Education Mohamad Nasir gave the first lecture to the students. It was continued by the signing of Inauguration and First Lecture Inscription by both ministers. “We thank the Industry Ministry for facilitating the development of Morowali Metal Industry Polytechnic. We need good quality human resources to move forward this country,” said Minister Mohamad Nasir. According to Minister Airlangga, Morowali Industrial Estate has been contributing to increase Gross Regional Domestic Product (PDRB) of Morowali Regency by 29 percent on average during 2010-2016. He also said the Morowali Industrial Estate is designed to develop the nickel-based and stainless steel industries. It is expected to produce four million tons of stainless steel and housing carbon steel plants with a capacity of 3.5 million tons per year. The Morowali Industrial Es-

tate will also be developed into a modern integrated township with a research and development (R&D) center. Besides in Morowali, the ministry is also developing other polytechnics or community academies in other industrial estates. “We have assigned the Education Ministry to establish eight polytechnics or industrial community academies in Kendal, Banten, Dumai, Sei Mangke, Bantaeng, Batu Licin, Gresik and Bintuni Bay, which will be implemented gradually until 2019,” said Airlangga. The Industry Ministry has cooperated with the Swiss government in the development of dual system education. It has been agreed to be implemented in the Metal Industry Polytechnic in Morowali, the Community Academy of Manufacturing Industry in Bantaeng, the Steel Industry Polytechnic in Batu Licin, and the Furniture Industry Polytechnic in Kendal. (KEMENPERIN/TPP)

Easy to Adapt, Top Student of President University Continues Study in China with Scholarship versity. He chose President University for learning English as well since most of the lecturers graduated abroad. The first child of 2 siblings feels lucky to have studied at President University because it provides internship. “I once apprenticed at PT Denso Indonesia. I was tested beforehand and managed to get A. Here I learned the industry. In fact, I gave an input to PT Denso to make the productivity of one of its products better. Although my knowledge is basic electrical engineering, I learned the industrial engineering during the internship, so I’m ready for work,” said Melvin, who has a life motto “always learn from experiences”. As a student, he was active in several organizations and participated in competitions. “I was active in the Robotic Club President University Major Association of Electrical Engineering (PUMA EE) as a secretary for 2 periods (2014-2015 &

2015-2016), taking care of everything related to the proposals, reports and documentation of correspondences. I do have passion in organizing data. I was also active in KMB (Family of Buddhist Students) Ashokavardana, although I did not hold any position but I often helped organize events,” said Melvin, who is the Electromedic Competition Finalist at UMY. Wanting to be a technology inventor After graduating from President University in 2017, the Pontianak origin got a S2 scholarship from Beijing Jiaotong University. “I wanted to learn more about my thesis entitled Brain Computer Interface (BCI) for Land Mobile Robot Control Using Attention and Eye Blink Detection of FP1 Brodmann Atlas. Then, my supervisor, Dr. -Ing Erwin Sitompul recommended the Beijing Ji-

aotong University. Then, I signed up and managed to get full scholarship from CGS (Chinese Government Scholarship) to study in China,” said Melvin, a graduate with GPA 3.89. Currently, he lives in Beijing Jiaotong University Dormitory, where he is easily adapting to the new environment. “Here are a lot of international students. Because I was from President University, I have no trouble in terms of communication. I also use Mandarin to communicate with local people,” Melvin said. He chose China, because the country is leading in technology. Melvin pointed out, in Beijing they began to apply non-cash system using WeChat pay and Alipay for transactions in stores even street hawkers. Thus, here he can further learn the computer technology. “I aspire to be a researcher, and my big dream is to become

a technology inventor. I also want to set up a company that combines BCI and Virtual Reality (VR) for a better future to human,” said Melvin, who wants to be a conceptor and creates more conceptors in Indonesia, especially in computer technology. According to him, the technology development in Indonesia is still standard and lack of adequate facilities while relies on the imported ones. The solution to make Indonesia’s technology to not left behind is preparing its human resources. Indonesia should have more conceptors in computer technology, while the entrepreneurs should contribute in the Research and Development (R&D) so that the computer technology can grow and no longer depend on the applications from other countries. (PU/TPP)

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Senior Living D’Khayangan Introduces Paida & Lajin Self-Healing Method Senior Living D’Khayangan held a seminar about Paida & Lajin Self-Healing on Saturday (7/10) at the Care Center of Senior Living D’Khayangan, Cikarang, Bekasi. The seminar presented dr. Sally Halim and Philip as the speakers as well as trainers.

They demonstrated how to restore health using the Paida & Lajin method. The seminar attendees, mostly seniors, learned the Paida & Lajin method by patting the elbow area. President Director of Senior Living D’Khayangan Marlin Marpaung said, “One of our visions is to create a healthy lifestyle atmosphere. We continue to explore how exactly the healthy living therapies or methods can be applied sustainably.” He added that he wanted Senior Living D’Khayangan to provide the therapy regularly. “From the responses of the participants and also the masters (Pak Philip and Mrs. Sally), we are thinking to make D’Khayangan as the home base for Paida & Lajin in Indonesia and hold a regular event. So those who want to continuously practicing the self-healing method can participate in the event held at the D’khayangan or just interact with the therapists and have a gathering with other participants,” Marlin said. It was the first time the Paida & Lajin selfhealing therapy held in the Senior Living D’Khayangan. Previously, the Senior Living D’Khayangan once organized the Tai Chi selfhealing therapy event.

“There were also some self-healing therapies based on a healthy lifestyle through food held here before, but for Paida & Lajin this is the first time,” he added. Marlin said, “In the future we will continue to hold events that lead to a healthy lifestyle that is promotive and preventive for good health, either self-healing or other method that can be applied by the society.” Paida & Lajin is a therapy that involves ‘pats and stretches’ to remove toxins from the body. In the beginning, this practice was taught by a Taoist monk who cured diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Senior Living D’Khayangan is an exclusive integrated residence for the elderly who put forward the concept of service customized to the specific needs of individuals. Not like other nursing homes which usually provide the same service for everyone, the Senior Living D’Khayangan fulfills the personal needs of each individual from trivial to serious things like favorite food and nutritional need, eating hours, waking hours, sleeping hours, hobbies, as well as the need for regular vitamins and medicines. (TPP)

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Cheap but Great Holiday Spots in Jakarta Jakarta is the capital city as well as the central government of the Republic of Indonesia. It is the largest metropolitan city in Southeast Asia. Among the traffic congestions and dense population, Jakarta offers a variety of holiday destinations, from historical sites, family holiday spots, to shopping places. Here are some of the tourist attractions in Jakarta that you should visit. 1. National Monument National Monument, shortened to Monas in Bahasa, is a tower with a height of 32 meters. This monument is the symbol of independence of the Republic of Indonesia as well as the landmark of Jakarta in particular and Indonesia in general. Monas was originally built to appreciate the heroes who sacrificed their lives for the Indonesian independence. Initiated by Indonesia’s first president Ir. Soekarno, Monas has a crown of flames made of pure gold. If you want to know the history of beloved Indonesian nation, you can visit Monas as the main destination of your vacation. The cheap holiday spot is open every day from 8 am until 3 pm. However, every last Monday of month, it is closed for the public. The entry ticket is affordable at Rp5,000 for adults, Rp3,000 for students, and Rp2,000 for children. Meanwhile, if you want to use the elevator to get to the top, you have to pay additional Rp10,000 for adults and Rp5,000 for children and students. 2. Taman Mini Indonesia Indah The holiday spot for recreation and education purposes as well is Taman Mini Indonesia Indah or TMII. It is suitable for all people ranging from children, adolescents, to adults. Here you can see the traditional houses from Sabang to Merauke. That is why TMMI is referred to as the miniature of Indonesia. There are also a number of parks, museums, various places of worship, a theater, and other fun recreational rides here. The 150 hectares TMII is located in East Jakarta and open on Monday through Sunday with the ticket prices vary for each site.







3. Dunia Fantasi Dunia Fantasi or Dufan is one of the amusement parks in Ancol Dreamland, North Jakarta. The rides available in Dufan are wide varied and the names are according to the themes. For example, there is a European theme park for visitors to feel the sensation of the blue continent. It is intended to enhance the imagination of the visitors and to bring unforgettable excitement. Its various rides have made Dufan to become a favorite destination for children who can explore and play as they please. The ticket rates range from Rp190.000 for weekdays and Rp270,000 for weekends and holidays. There is also a premium ticket with the price of Rp350,000 for weekdays and Rp450,000 for weekends and holidays. While the annual pass ticket is Rp350,000 for both weekdays and weekends. 4. Ragunan Zoo Jakarta’s tourism site with flora and fauna is the Ragunan Zoo, located on Jalan Harsono no. 1 Ragunan, South Jakarta. There are about 270 species of animals and about 171 species of flowers and plants in this zoo, the first zoo established in Indonesia in 1864 with an area of 140 hectares. This tourist spot becomes an alternative place for families to have vacation in the holidays. The 50,000 canopy trees make this zoo cool and shady, momentarily apart from the air polluted Jakarta. You can visit this zoo with a very affordable price. Adults will be charged Rp4,000/ person while a kid has to pay Rp3,000. The entry ticket does not include some fun rides such as horseback riding, amusement train, camel riding, and others. 5. Ocean Ecopark Ocean Ecopark is one of the tourist attractions in Jakarta that offers the sensation of “back to nature”. Still located in Ancol, precisely on Jalan Lodan Timur no.7, Ancol, Pademangan, North Jakarta. In addition to frequent gigs by famous singers both from inside and outside the country, Ocean Ecopark also presents thematic and fun rides. There are 4 themes namely Eco Care, Eco Art, Aco Energy, and Eco Nature. The entry ticket for this favorite tourist gateway is Rp25,000 per person excluding car parking. To enjoy the games offered like canoeing, paintball shooting, and outbondholic, it will be charged extra. Ecopark is an ideal place for recreation with an educational purpose where children can interact directly with nature such as planting trees and other activities. For those who want to buy souvenirs, the eco-market provides plenty. 6. Thousand Islands Kepulauan Seribu (Thousand Islands) is one of the nautical holiday places in Jakarta. As the name implies, it consists of many beautiful and amazing small islands. The main islands for tourist destinations are Tidung Island, Bidadari Island, Harapan Island, Pari Island, and other exotic islands. Things you can do on the islands are enjoying the beauty of the blue sea, white sand, various water sports and sunset charms. To go to Kepulauan Seribu, you have to ride a boat like KM Kerapu from Muara Angke. The operational hours to purchase the boat ticket is from 06.30 am to 7.30 am. The departure of the boat from Muara Angke is at 08.00 while from the island it leaves at 13.00. There are many routes offered and the rates range from Rp42,000 to Rp72,000.

7. Old Town Want to enjoy the atmosphere of Batavia? Just come to Kota Tua (Old Town). Here you will find interesting classic architectural buildings from the past. To circumnavigate the Old Town area, you can rent a bike. While wandering around, do not forget to stop for a moment to the museums there. Simply by paying Rp2,000 to Rp5,000, you can get additional knowledge of Jakarta history in the past. No wonder the Old Town becomes a cheap vacation spot in Jakarta. As the day begins to change to night, the merchants are increasing in number, offering various kinds of stuff from food, clothing, to the other souvenirs. The prices are also affordable especially for the ones who are able to bargain. If you want to enjoy the atmosphere ala cafe, all kinds of resto and cafe are available.



8. Istiqlal Mosque and Cathedral Church Jakarta’s recreation places vary from for having fun to religious tours, which can be done for contemplating or being gratitude to the divine. For Muslims, of course, the largest mosque in Southeast Asia of Istiqlal is a must. Meanwhile, for Christians, the Katedaral Church located on the opposite of Istiqlal Mosque is waiting to be visited. The location of the two places of worship is in Central Jakarta. 9. Planetarium To have vacation in Jakarta is not complete without visiting the Planetarium, located on Jalan Cikini Raya no. 73, Menteng, Central Jakarta, within the area of Taman Ismail Marzuki. As the name implies, in the building resembling a half-ball dome, you can see the planets in the universe. It will be merrier if you bring along the family members, especially the children. Here, their curiosity about the planets and the space will be fulfilled. The entry ticket is very, very affordable. It is only Rp7,000 for adults and Rp3,500 for children. The Planetarum is open from Tuesday to Sunday. On Tuesday to Friday it is open at 4.30 pm, weekends and public holidays open at 10.00 am, 11.30 am, 1.00 pm, and 2.30 pm. If a national holiday falls on Friday the opening hours are 4 sessions at 10.00 am, 1.30 pm, 3.00, and 4.30 pm.



10. Marina Beach You can enjoy the breeze and tinge of orange sunset on the beach without having to cross to Kepulauan Seribu or to Anyer coastline area. On the Marina Beach, you can enjoy the exotic of Jakarta bay by walking along the pier. The exotic romantic atmosphere will emerge when the sun is going down. You only need to pay Rp25,000 to get into this exotic beach area. 11. Fatahillah Museum As the capital city of the country, Jakarta keeps a variety of historical relics stored neatly in the museums. One of the museums is the Museum Fatahillah located at Jalan Taman Fatahillah, West Jakarta. This museum was originally the headquarters of the VOC in the Dutch colonial era. This museum is classified on a cheap tourist attraction in Jakarta because you only need to pay the ticket Rp5,000 (adults), Rp3,000 (students), and Rp2,000 (children).



12. Tanah Abang Market After getting around the recreation places across Jakarta, it’s time to go shopping in the Tanah Abang market. The largest wholesale market in Jakarta is offering various kinds of clothes with a variety of styles. There are thousands of stores and traders who sell various needs of clothing. If you intend to bring souvenirs for the dear ones, Tanah Abang market is the best choice. That are some of vacation spots in Jakarta you can visit. The variety of options in the offers will keep you and your family more comfortable to linger in the capital amid the annoyance of crowds and traffic jams. Hopefully the information above is useful and can be a reference to the destinations you will visit while in Jakarta later. Having recreation while learning the history of the country is certainly very beneficial. Happy holiday. (MT/TPP)

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Ende Offers Other Options for Group Holidays in Flores

Hilly islands with grasses that change color over the seasons, as well as the beautiful gradients of the sea water, are most likely what some travelers expect when they come to Flores. In fact Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, has other charms to be enjoyed, one of them is Ende. If you have got enough with the popular west coast, Ende can be a charming alternative when you have a vacation to Flores with the beloved ones. With various yet friendly ‘faces’, the land of a million smiles will not take long to capture your heart. You are unfamiliar with Ende and have no idea where to go? Don’t worry; this area will spoil you with so many charming tourist destinations. You can learn some of the places first before deciding where to go. Here some places to consider when you visit Ende; they might give you unforgettable experiences. Lake Kelimutu. Who does not know this lake? Already so popular, Lake Kelimutu is a mandatory spot while visiting Ende. Starting the trip to the lake in the early hours, so you can climb up to the top and enjoy the mysterious, magical three-colored lake waters. The famous beautiful panorama of sunrise here is a bonus. Kampung Adat (Custom Kampong) Wolotopo. Located 14 kilometers from the center of Ende

Town, Wolotopo is a megalithic customary village with a thick cultural presence. Here, you can walk around looking at custom homes and stone graves. The most fun is of course talking directly with the friendly locals. When visiting in the afternoon, you can even see the elegant of Sawu Bay and Table Mountain from the top of the hill. Traditional market. Want to enjoy a more local feel? Then the traditional market in Ende could be an interesting option. Maybe it’s not as unique as the barter market of Lembata, but the life in this place still interesting enough to be enjoyed. You can see various commodities and maybe want to buy some. Weaving Cloth Museum. Do not miss the chance to get to know the famous Ende weaving cloth, or you will regret it. Interestingly, here you can learn about the weaving patterns and the origin of each color, as well as the meaning of each motif in the woven fabrics. Batu Biru Beach. Back to the unique landscapes of Nusa Tenggara, Batu Biru Beach is another interesting destination in Ende. As the name implies, you will find blue stones with a variety in sizes scattering on the beach. If you want to relax and enjoy the familiar sea scent with your loved ones, do not miss this one particular place. (BTG/TPP)


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PGI and BIGC Hold Babel Golf Tournament XVI to Boost Tourism As many as 104 participants joined the Open Golf Tournament Babel Cup XVI Year 2017 at Bukit Intan Golf Course, Pangkalpinang, on Saturday (10/7).

The rotating trophy of the tournament was won by Ujang Permana as the winner of Best Gross Overall (BGO), while the Best Nett Overall (BNO) went to Asmidi. The tournament was officially opened by Deputy Governor of Babel (Bangka Belitung) H Abdul Fattah, accompanied by President Director of PT Timah (Persero) Tbk M Riza Pahlevi Thabrani, Chairman of PGI Babel Akhmad Rosidi, and Chairman of Executing Committee Dicky Sinoritha, who marked the start of tournament by hitting the smoke ball. The participant golfers came from Bangka Belitung, Batam, Jakarta, Bandung and Kali-

mantan. The Babel Cup tournament is an annual event. However the Open Golf Tournament Babel Cup XVI Year 2017 was held at the Bukit Intan Golf Course Pangkalpinang. Chairman of the Executing Committee Dicky Sinoritha said that there were 124 golfers who registered, but only 104 people were selected. According to Dicky the number of participants reaching more than 100 is considered quite good. “There has been no tournament for a long time. So, with that number of participant, the Open Golf Tournament Babel Cup 2017 can be said success-

ful,” said Dicky. He added the condition of BIGC golf course is sufficient enough, sponsored by PT Timah (Persero) Tbk. “Usually the tournament was held in Jakarta, outside Bangka Belitung. Now the golf course has been upgraded, so the PGI, Executing Committee and KONI Bangka Belitung organize the Open Golf Tournament Babel Cup XVI in Pangkalpinang.” Dicky said he hoped the next tournaments will be more successful. Chairman of the Indonesian Golf Association (PGI) of Bangka Belitung, Akhmad Rosidi, added the committee limited the number of participants to 104 only

adjusted to the capacity of the golf course and the caddies. According to Akhmad Rosidi, the BIGC was chosen so that the participants can be traveling as well. “The initial idea is for friendship and promotion of tourism as well as fundraising for coaching athletes.” The golf course in Pangkalpinang, Akhmad Rosidi said, is quite unique because the green field can be seen all from the second floor of the Club House Bukit Intan Golf Course Pangkalpinang. He expressed his gratitude for the support of PT Timah (Persero) Tbk. Akhmad Rosidi added that he hoped the Open Golf Tournament Babel Cup can be held in

Belitung next year if the 18-hole golf course there has been managed professionally. Representing the participants, golfer Apik Chakib Rasjidi expressed his gratitude to the organizer who held the Open Golf Tournament 2017 in Babel. Apik, who is also Chairman of the Babel chapter of KONI (Indonesian National Sports Committee), also said there is a financial difficulty in coaching golf athletes in Babel. To raise fund, a tournament should be held every year. “Coaching the golf athletes in Babel needs more fund, especially if we have to send them away for training,” he added. (TRB/TPP)

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