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President Jokowi to Hold Meeting with Jinping to Boost Economic Cooperation

VOI NEWS 13.05.2017, 11.00 LOCAL TIME, GMT+7

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) will hold a bilateral meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the "Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation" in Beijing on Sunday (May 14). Foreign Ministry’s East Asia and Pacific Director Edi Yusup noted during a press briefing on Friday, stated that the meeting will focus on increasing trade and investment cooperation and will also be a follow up of the agreements reached at the previous meeting between both heads of state back in 2016. Last year, China had agreed to open market access to Indonesian agricultural products, particularly swallow nest, dragon fruit, durian, and dairy products. Other areas of cooperation that President Jokowi is keen to highlight during his bilateral talks with President Jinping relate to the feasibility studies of Indonesia’s infrastructure projects, such as ports, toll roads, Trans Sumatra and Trans Sulawesi railways, as well as the construction of dams. A memorandum of understanding on the agreement on economic and technical cooperation will be signed between the Indonesian National Development Planning Board and the Chinese Ministry of Commerce. In addition, Indonesia will invite Chinese investment in some national strategic projects, especially to boost industrial and tourism connectivity in North Sumatra and North Sulawesii///Antara


Indonesian and Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Hold Bilateral Meeting in Beijing, China

Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi LP, left for Beijing to hold bilateral meeting with Chinese minister of foreign affairs, Wang Yi, on Saturday, May 13 2017. The meeting is aimed at strengthening bilateral relationship, such as to follow up several issues that have been enacted from the meeting of Indonesian and Chinese presidents last November. The spokesman of Indonesian ministry of foreign affairs, Armanatha Nasir, in a press briefing, on last Friday (12/5), explained that the main issue related to the bilateral issues is about the Plan of Action 2017-2021. It is an implementation plan from strategic comprehensive partnership between Indonesia-China. The meeting also discusses issues related to the development of the situation in the region such as the South China Sea issues and the situation on the Korean peninsula.

“The framework of the CoC meeting has come to the last phase. We hoped that there will produce agreement related to the meeting mid of the year. One of the issues certainly to be discussed by both ministers is on how to accelerate post-framework meeting,” he said.

Armanatha further explained that, related to the regional issue, current situation at Korean peninsula will also become the main priority to discuss. Both ministers will discuss about what step can be taken by China to maintain conducive situation at Korean peninsula. On May 14-15, Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi is scheduled to accompany Indonesian President Joko Widodo to attend a meeting of Belt and Road Forum for International Corporation. The meeting will be attended by 20 heads of states. Indonesia’s attendance is to improve cooperation of the national infrastructure development acceleration and gain support from blue print connectivity and national infrastructure construction// (Dhyka)

Lithuanian President is to Visit Indonesia

Lithuanian President, Dalia Grybauskaite, is scheduled to visit Indonesia on May 17, 2017. The spokesman of Foreign Affairs Ministry, Armanatha Nasir, in a press briefing on Friday(12/5), explained that it will be the first visit of President Dalia to Indonesia. Both president will discuss improvement in economic cooperation especially trade.

“For Indonesia, it was a chance to open market access of products in Lithuania. Besides, renewable energy cooperation and energy conservation, as well as agriculture and transportation will also be discussed during the meeting,” he said.

Armanatha further explained, that based on the schedule, the twp heads of state will also discuss two agreements related to renewable energy and energy conservation and transportation. Lithuania has capability and specialty in renewable energy especially in biomass and bio-fuel. Indonesia expected there will be technology transfer from Lithuania to Indonesia. Armanatha explained that although trade value of both countries is relatively low, the potential are quite high. In tourism, the visit of Lithuanian tourists to Indonesia in 2016 reached to 5521. It was bigger than in 2015// (Dhyka)


Indonesian government through the Health Ministry in collaboration with the Tobacco Control Support Center- the Association of Indonesian Public Health Experts (TCSC-IAKMI) will hold the 4th Indonesian Conference on Tobacco or Health 2017 in Jakarta on 14-16th of May. Director of Health Promotion and People Empowerment of the Health Ministry Dedi Kuswenda on Friday in Jakarta said that the conference is aimed at facilitating various sides, the government, civil society, private sectors and academicians and achieving common sense and commitment to reach the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, the conference is also aimed at building agreement to integrate tobacco control program and sharing best practices in tobacco control.     


“The role is to build commitment of stakeholders regarding measures on tobacco control as key to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. To build an agreement to integrate tobacco control measures and to achieve SDGs,” he said.

Furthermore Dedi Kuswenda stated that the government hoped that the meeting will produce commitments to strengthen tobacco control policy in Indonesia. The government also expects that the conference will produce policy options on tobacco control within the country either in the national or regional level.  The World Health Organization has put Indonesia as the third largest tobacco market under China and India. The data shows that cigarette’s epidemic in Indonesia has reached an alarming point that more than one third of Indonesia’s population is categorized as smokers. (ndy)



Chairman of the Tobacco Control Support Center-Association of Indonesian Public Health Experts (TCSC-IAKMI) Sumarjati Arjoso on Friday in Jakarta encouraged the government and all related parties to stop cigarette advertisement in media. According to her, the cigarette advertisement in media has a huge contribution to the increasing number of smokers among young people. One of measures to stop cigarette’s advertisement is through regulations of Broadcasting Law in the Parliament.

“The cigarette’s advertisement is truly poisoning the teenagers. Research of Hamka University shows that those teenagers are truly smoking because of the advertisement. The Parliament is currently revising the Broadcasting Law to forbid the drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes advertisement in media. Cigarette, according to Health Law number 36 of 2009 was stated as an addictive substance but why it can be advertised and considered a normal product. There must be de-normalization of cigarette,” she said.

The Ministry of Health noted that among teenagers aged 13 to 15 in Indonesia, 20 percent of them are smokers, 41 percent of whom are boys and 3.5 percent are girls. Smoking habits in Indonesia according to data from the Ministry of Health has killed at least 235 thousand lives each year and require substantial cost for treatment. Regarding to this, the government considers that Non-Transmitted Diseases through cigarettes can be a serious threat to the sustainability of the National Health Insurance Program// (Ndy)

Chilean President Begins State Visit to Indonesia

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), at the Merdeka Palace Jakarta on Friday, welcomed visiting President Veronica Michelle Bachelet of Chile who began her two-day state visit to Indonesia. The two leaders were scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting to discuss efforts to strengthen the relations between the two countries, the Indonesian foreign ministry stated. Jokowi and Bachelet are also expected to witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding and to issue a joint press statement. The Chilean president is focused on discussing bilateral cooperation in the areas of economy, trade, maritime, socio-cultural, and fisheries. Bachelet is also scheduled to attend a seminar on economic relations between Indonesia and Chile to be organized by the Indonesian Commerce and Industry.  The Chilean president’s visit is of key significance and is in line with the Indonesian governments priorities to expand the market for its products in South America, the ministry noted. The two countries are in the process of negotiating a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement that is expected to increase trade and investment between the two countries////Antara


Indonesia, Chile Optimistic of CEPA Negotiations Being Concluded This Year

The governments of Indonesia and Chile are optimistic that negotiations on the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) would be completed this year. He said President Bachelet’s visit to Indonesia comes at an opportune time, as Indonesia is intensifying trade and investment, and Chile is one of the priority countries. President Widodo lauded the business delegation accompanying President Bachelet during the two-day state visit to Indonesia. Both presidents also witnessed the signing of two memoranda of understanding on providing visa-free facility to the two countries diplomats and trade and economic cooperation between the chambers of commerce and industry of Indonesia and Chile. Indonesia has expressed hope that Chile would serve as the gateway for its products to enter South America. Chile is Indonesia’s third-largest trade partner in South America. In 2016, trade between Chile and Indonesia had reached US$227 million, with Indonesia enjoying a surplus of $60.5 million////Ant


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