VOI NEWS 16.03.2017, 11.00 LOCAL TIME, GMT+7

Indonesian Foreign Minister, Retno LP Marsudi is visiting Penang and Johor Baru, Malaysia on March 15 to 17 2017. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Armanatha Nasir said that the main goal of the minister’s visit is to strengthen protection and service for Indonesian citizens who live in Malaysia. In a press briefing held on Wednesday March 15th 2017, Armantha explained that the minister will meet regional heads of Penang and Johor Baru. Several agendas will be done by Minister Retno Marsudi during her visit, such as visiting Indonesian workers center especially in several farms. Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi will also officially inaugurate several new innovations which have been applied by the two Indonesian Consulates in the filing process of passport and consular services. Armanatha also stated that Malaysia is an important country to increase its services and protection related to large number of Indonesian citizen staying there.

“There are 1.4 million Indonesian citizens in Malaysia. The figure is recorded in the Indonesian Embassy and Indonesian Consulate General in Malaysia and the protection system in Jakarta. The number does not include in the official procedure, so the number could be bigger,” Armanatha said.

Armanatha Nasir further said that in Malaysia there are many Indonesian citizens experiencing various legal problems such as unpaid salary, immigration violations, torture and human trafficking. Armanatha added that Minister Retno Marsudi’s visit to Penang and Johor Baru is the first visit in the last 30 years. It shows the focus of Indonesian government toward Indonesia’s effort in increasing service and protection of its citizens in the two regions. According to Armanatha, in the visit, Minister Retno Marsudi has no plan to visit Kuala Lumpur related to the murder cases involving Indonesian citizen Siti Aisyah //Sekar; Trans : NK



The Spokesman of Foreign Affairs Ministry, Armanatha Nasir said that Indonesian government will sue full responsibility on the damage of coral reefs committed by MV Caledonia Sky ship. In a press briefing in Jakarta on Wednesday March 15th 2017, Armanatha explained that Indonesian government has made coordination with Coordinating Ministry of Maritime, Transportation Ministry, Maritime and Fishery Ministry, Law and Human Rights Ministry, the Police and the Attorney General’s Office. The Indonesian government will take further steps to gain the ship’s accountability.

“Indonesian government is really concern that this can happen and all steps will be taken to request its responsibility on the damage, whether it is in the context of criminal or civil law, to compensate the damage. Because it is the natural conservation area, so we need the criminal aspect,” he said.


Armanatha Nasir further said that every country that sails in the international water should obey the International Law of United Nations Convention on the law of the sea. Indonesian government is now focusing on doing some investigations, the impact of damage and what steps to be taken. This time, the ship and the captain of the MV Caledonian Sky ship, Keith Michael Taylor from England has left Indonesia without waiting the ongoing assessment process //Sekar;Trans : NK


Jokowi wants Indonesia in 40th place on doing business index

----  Indonesian President Joko Widodo has reaffirmed his desire for Indonesia to jump to 40th place on the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business (EODB) index in 2018 from its current 91st position . To achieve the target, the ministries have to draft their detailed plans, the President said, adding that they had to make improvements to fulfill the EODB's indicators . The report claimed that Indonesia was among the world’s top 10 most improved based on reforms, along with Bahrain, Belarus, Brunei Darussalam, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Pakistan, Serbia and United Arab Emirates . Furthermore, there were seven key areas that Indonesia had reformed, including the ease to establish a business, access to electricity, registering property, acquiring finance, paying taxes, cross-border trade and establishing contracts  //  Voi.JP



Indonesia's first private airport to open up in 2018

----  Indonesia's first private airport is set to open up on Bintan Island in Riau Islands province by the end of 2018 following approval from the Transportation Ministry last year . The airport will be located inside the Bintan Resorts area, close to Bintan's Raja Haji Fisabilillah International Airport and the Hang Nadim International Airport in Batam . It is said that the airport will be used primarily to support tourism in the area . PT Bintan Aviation Investments managing director Michael BK Budy said the airport would be constructed without using state funds and would be supervised by the ministry . According to kompas.com, the initial investment for the airport is between US$100 and $150 million . The airport is expected to serve 1 million passengers and feature a Maintenance-Repair-Overhaul center for both domestic and foreign airlines   //   Voi.JP


Indonesian Government to Launch 15th Economic Package on Logistics

---- The government sets to launch the 15th economic policy package on logistics following the issuance of the 14th package on e-commerce in November 2016 . Edy Putra Irawadi, Coordinating Economic Deputy Minister for Industry and Trade said that logistics and e-commerce cannot be separated . Edy said at his office on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 that the government currently preparing things to be done related to e-commerce . It’s not only about a demand roadmap, but also a combination of origin and demand .  Irawadi revealed that six main topics in the logistics sector are service providers, distribution center infrastructures, e-commerce, regulation unification, and vocation. In the 15th economic policy package, Edy proposed to focus on service providers or infrastructures . According to him, the role of state postal service firm PT Pos Indonesia is vital, particularly in an endeavor to uniform prices across the country . However, Edy Putra Irawadi emphasized that synergy among state-owned companies is a must . PT Angkasa Pura and Pelindo will be involved in the effort to support PT Pos Indonesia //   Voi.Tempo



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