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President Joko Widodo: Gov considers 3 provinces for next state capital

VOI NEWS 14072017 13:00 Local Time GMT +7

President Joko Widodo said that he is currently waiting for results of the assessment of three provinces which will replace Jakarta as the capital of Indonesia. The study conducted by the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) will see several aspects such as disaster vulnerability, economic factor, social and political factors, and the infrastructure. The President admits that he cannot reveal the locations to avoid land speculation that could potentially complicate matters even further. He said in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan that people would purchase available land if the government mentions the location. Considering that moving a capital city to another location can be extremely expensive, President Joko Widodo urges authorities and officials to keep the potential locations confidential. He also remarked that the government will talk about it as soon as the final report on the study is issued. (Tempo)

PAL asks for government support to export warships to Africa

Indonesian state-owned shipbuilding company -PT PAL Indonesia asks the government for license to export warships to a number of African countries. Chief Executive of PT PAL, Budiman Saleh said in Surabaya, East Java on Thursday (July 13th) that the company is studying the possibility of building and exporting warships to a number of countries in Africa. He said that Senegal wants to place order for a Landing Platform Dock (LPD) or amphibious warship, and two units of guided missile fast ship. In addition,  Guinea Bissau and Gabon also wants two units of 60 meters guided missile fast ships. He said, Senegal wants two units of 45 meter and 60 meters guided missile fast ship. Budiman added that a number of other countries in Southeast Asia have also shown interest in ordering warships from PT PAL. (Ant)

National Dialogue: The students in Egypt expected to continue their ideas

Students have a major role in nation building. This is revealed in the Nationality Dialogue with the theme “Student Synergy with the Government in Regional Development” held in Cairo, Egypt on Thursday (July 13). The National Dialogue was organized by the Banten Student Family (KMB) in Egypt by presenting a number of key figures, including the Chairman of Serang Regional House of Representatives, Muhsinin and Mulya Rahmatullah, who are Al Azhar alumni from Banten. Chairman of the Serang Educational Information Foundation, Mulya Rahmatullah on the sidelines of the National Dialogue at Al-Azhar University, told RRI that students can contribute to regional development through various means, such as giving ideas and suggestions to the government, and continuing what has been built or pioneered in Egypt.

“Let’s try together to sustain that the principle of Dakwah, ideas in this Egyptian ideals should not run aground at Soekarno Hatta airport, but this is a new spirit to continue in Indonesia.”

Mulya Rahmatullah further explained that students also act as culturists or cultural builders, such as developing the culture of Banten in accordance with the universal culture that comes from Islamic values. Next, students work together with the government to create well-ordered society. Mulya added that Da'wah conducted by Al Azhar alumni in the country can be done continuously both in school and in boarding schools. Mulya appreciated this new event for the first time on which the students presented ideas for regional development, especially for Banten. (Wati trans by Rezha)

50 years of ASEAN, Indonesia wants to improve public involvement in ASEAN

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. A.M. Fachir said that during the 50th anniversary of ASEAN, ASEAN needs to improve public involvement. To the media after opening the 50th ASEAN Symposium at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jakarta, on Thursday, July 13, he explained that the people of ASEAN member countries have already benefited from ASEAN but they have not felt it. He views that in the future, people should enjoy real benefits from ASEAN and more participate. He added that Indonesia always puts togetherness and consensus and it has a major role in boosting public participation in ASEAN.

“Our purpose is more and more stake holders that we involve in the process, especially participation especially in this case is welfare, especially in terms of economic progress.”

A.M. Fachir further explained, Indonesia has a very large number of middle class and young generations. This becomes Indonesia's potential to be empowered. He also remarked that the symposium held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to commemorate the 50th anniversary of ASEAN is one of the efforts to further boost public involvement in determining policy in ASEAN. Later, the results of the symposium will be brought to the ASEAN ministers' summit in the Philippines next August. (Sekar)



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