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President calls for improvement in sustainable energy

VOI NEWS 11.00 LOCAL TIME, GMT+7, 10-05-2017

Indonesian Government will support the construction of power plants generating energy from sustainable resources such as solar, wind, and water. It was stated by President Joko Widodo while launching electricity projects in Papua Province’s capital city, Jayapura. The President said further, oil and coal are non-renewable sources of energy that could run out in the future. Therefore, people should find some alternatives other than the existing resources. The president reiterated that as a tropical country, Indonesia has abundant resources of solar energy that can be optimized in the forthcoming electricity projects. President Joko Widodo further noted that following today’s launch, the government will develop more sustainable power plants which no longer use oil and coal. Therefore, he has assigned the Energy and Natural Resources Ministry to construct the mini solar plant in the province’s remote areas. The president remarked that the project, which is scheduled to be complete in 2019, will cover some 600 villages. The launching ceremony was part of the president’s working visit, which started from May 6 to 10 to some provinces, including Aceh, South Kalimantan, North Maluku, and Papua. Following the ceremony, the president is scheduled to launch the Mama Jayapura Market and visit the construction site of Wamena-Habema highway in Jayawijaya District. (antara)

Jokowi promises to continue development of border areas

President Joko Widodo said the government would not forget development in border area such as Skouw in Papua bordering on Papua New Guinea. The president said that on the day he was officially installed President he already said that frontier areas may not be forgotten as they stand in the forefront areas. He also added the area like Skouw should be a pride for the people of Papua and for all Indonesians. Development in border areas must give positive effect on the people especially local people, he said. Development of border areas must create economic center. The president asked the Public Works and Housing Minister to speed up development and modern market center in Skouw to be completed in 2019. He said the prices of consumer goods in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea are much more expensive than in Papua such as food and clothes and electronic goods. President Joko Widodo also stated that this is an opportunity for the people of Papua in trade with people from Papua New Guinea. Therefore, it is his duty to boost economic development on border areas. (antara)

President urges all parties to respect verdict on Ahok

President Joko Widodo has asked all parties to respect the decision of the two-year jail verdict for Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama or Ahok for religious defamation case as read out by the North Jakarta District Court on Tuesday (9/5). The president stated in a statement released by the setkab.go.id that he asks all parties to respect the existing legal process and the verdict read out by the panel of judges, including respecting the steps that will be taken by Purnama for an appeal. According to him, the most important point is for all parties to believe the existing mechanism of law in order to settle any legal problem in Indonesia. That is how a democratic country solves the existing long differences, the head of state emphasized, adding that the government cannot intervene with the ongoing legal process. With regard to dismissing Purnama from his gubernatorial post, the President noted that he has received information from the Home Affairs Minister. The president explained that he will ask the detailed information regarding dismissal for Ahok after arrival in Jakarta, following his working visits to several regions. (antara)

VP Kalla to deliver speech on Islam at Oxford

Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla is scheduled to deliver a speech on Islam and tolerance at the University of Oxford during a work visit to the Great Britain and Bosnia Herzegovina on May 16 to 24. Speaking to the press at the Vice Presidential Office on Tuesday (9/5), Kalla remarked that the University of Oxford had requested him to give a speech on Islam, particularly in Indonesia, to experts and diplomats. He revealed that he has been invited to speak at the University of Oxford. They want to know how Islam is practiced in Indonesia. Many experts and diplomats will be present there. Jusuf Kalla said that the experts and diplomats are keen to know the development of Islam in Indonesia, which is different from that in other countries. While in Bosnia Herzegovina, Kalla will give a speech on the Indonesian economy to some 1,500 people. (antara)


Countries concerned over security of tourist destinations: Wiranto

Coordinating Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto stated on Tuesday (9/5) that several countries, including Indonesia, have expressed concern over securing tourist destinations from the threat of terrorism. Hence, the Indonesian government supports the "Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Workshop on Strengthening Tourism Business Resilience against the impact of Terrorist Attack" being held in Nusa Dua on May 9-10, 2017, as part of the formulation of a cooperation strategy to secure tourist destinations from any threat. The attacks on tourist destinations as "soft targets" for terrorist networks have become a new phenomenon. Indonesia, in this case, has the experience of restoring its tourism industry after the terror bombings in Bali back in 2002 and 2005 that killed domestic and foreign tourists. Meanwhile, Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika noted that his province had learnt harsh lessons from the two bombing incidents that shook the tourism and economy of Bali and Indonesia. According to Pastika, Bali was safe and peaceful until it suddenly became a soft target of terrorists, and this should serve as an eye-opener that terrorism is a dreadful attack that could strike anytime and anywhere and could threaten tourism globally. (antara)


47 botanical gardens ideal for Indonesia

Indonesia is rich of biodiversity in all regions. Some of the biodiversity are conserved in botanical gardens. Indonesia needs more botanical gardens. It was said by Head of Center of Botanical Plantation Conservation of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Didik Widyatmoko to the Voice of Indonesia in the sideline of Seminar of Botanical Gardens and Water Resources Management at LIPI’s Conservation Building in Bogor West Java on Tuesday (9/5).

“We are optimistic that we could develop 47 botanical gardens representing 47 Indonesian eco-regions. They reflect biodiversity of Indonesia. There must be one botanical garden for every eco-region. Eco-region is a geographic area which has the same characteristic of plantations, animal, soil and climate. So if we build botanical garden, where certain plantations exist, it might be successful. That is the strategy. At least 47 botanical gardens,” said Didik Widyatmoko.

Didik Widyatmoko hopes in the next 5 until 10 years LIPI could build botanical gardens in the eastern part of Indonesia. He also asked local administrations which have no botanical garden to cooperate with LIPI in order to build one respectively. It could also be beneficial for the local people. (Voi/Faisal/edit r)


Botanical Garden Solution for Water Crisis

A number of regions in Indonesia are suffering clean water crisis. The people in small islands and border areas have limited access to clean water. It was said by Head of Indonesian Institute of Science LIPI, Iskandar Zulkarnain in a press conference on the sidelines of a Seminar on Botanical Gardens and Water Resources Management in Bogor, West Java on Tuesday (9/5). According to Iskandar botanical garden is a solution to the clean water crisis.

“Botanical garden plays a role as site of water resources conservation. How much water the botanical garden could provide for local people, depends on how much water in the soil of the garden. The amount could be converted to the need of water per family and per individual to make simulation. The point is that a botanical garden could prevent water crisis,” said Iskandar Zulkarnain.

Iskandar Zulkarnain said further, the solution of the water scarcity should also be accompanied by integrated water resources management. According to him LIPI in the last view years has succeeded in applying a concept of water security in a small area or island with limited access to clean water with a variety of LIPI innovations of technology. Iskandar said the concept is called One Island, One Plan, One water. (Voi/AF/trans: r)

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