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President Joko Widodo meets Swiss Minister Johann N. Schneider Amman

VOI NEWS 15.07.2017, 13.00 LOCAL TIME, GMT+7

President Joko Widodo held a closed meeting with Minister of Economy Education and Research of Switzerland, Johann N. Schneider Amman at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java on Friday. Cabinet Secretary, Pramono Anung explained that the meeting agreed to increase bilateral cooperation between two countries. Switzerland is considered an important partner for Indonesia. So, the government welcomed the increasing cooperation, especially in terms of vocational education cooperation. Pramono Anung said that the relationship between Indonesia and Switzerland has dramatically increased over the last 3 years. Moreover, there are a lot of Swiss companies in Indonesia, leading in their field of business.

“…The visit is aimed at increasing bilateral cooperation as Switzerland is a potential country for Indonesia. It is related to vocational education cooperation. But the most interesting thing is that our relation with the Switzerland has grown almost 283 percent over the last 3 years. There are a lot of Swiss companies leading in their field of business in Indonesia. The Switzerland offers cooperation in terms of vocational and technical education. That was being discussed today,” he said.

On the other hand, Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Darmin Nasution said that German and Switzerland are the most developed countries in terms of vocational education. Thus, Indonesia will immediately follow up the cooperation. He expressed Indonesia’s readiness to develop further cooperation in vocational education. He also mentioned that Indonesia is expecting to have more vocational education and training in every region in the country. (Rini/Trans:Ndy)


French Ambassador Jean-Charles expecting to increase stronger cooperation between Indonesia and France

French Ambassador to Indonesia, Jean-Charles Berthonnet  is expecting that Indonesia and France can work harder to increase stronger cooperation between the two countries. This was stated on the sidelines of the Bastille Day Commemoration that took place in Jakarta on Friday. He highlighted the considerable distance between France and Indonesia which makes it difficult for French businesspeople to get to know Indonesia. Meanwhile, on the other hand, he also hopes that the government of  Indonesia can accommodate the needs of the French investors by creating a flexible regulation for France to invest in Indonesia.

“…Both sides have to work hard. I think first of all, Indonesia is very far away from France so that French companies that do not know exactly what is the Indonesian market, so they have to come here more often to understand how it works. And on the Indonesian side, maybe you could change some regulations; make the business climate more flexible in order to facilitate the investment of the French companies,”  he said.                                          

Furthermore, Ambassador Jean-Charles Berthonnet (dibaca : zyang charls bertone) also admires Indonesia. He views that Indonesia is a country that is very diverse and open to investment from France. In addition, Indonesia also has a good climate of tolerance in which religious and ethnic diversity can be managed positively. He also expressed his wish to be able to visit various regions in Indonesia to explore tourism potentials as well as to discover the potential for further expansion of cooperation between Indonesia and France. (Ndy) 


Narcotics Agency to cooperate with customs, intelligence, and armed forces to eradicate drugs

Head of National Narcotics Agency -BNN, Budi Waseso stated in Jakarta on Friday that his agency is developing cooperation with the Armed Forces, Police Department, and Customs to prevent drug smuggling from the Philippines. He also explained that the following measures are taken as Indonesia is considered potential market for drugs distribution by the transnational dealers which have earlier operated in the Philippines.

“…The market share in the Philippines has been changed to Indonesia. We also cooperate with the Customs and Intelligence Agency. I have spoken to the Armed Forces Commander to further explore about it," Budi Waseso said.

Budi Waseso added the international drug dealers are allegedly developing their business in Indonesia, involving 11 countries such as China, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Earlier, on Thursday, the Jakarta Police Narcotics Directorate thwarted the smuggling of crystal-meth from China to Indonesia in Banten province. The total crystal-meth secured by the police reached 1 ton. BNN also mentioned the delivery of that crystal-meth is part of transnational narcotics dealers, which can even generate approximately 17-45 trillion rupiah. (Retno/Trans:Ndy) 


Indonesian shops on the border expected to boost nationalism

The North Kalimantan provincial government believes the Indonesian shop development in the border region with Malaysia can boost sense of nationalism for border communities. The Indonesian store development plan in Krayan Sub-district, Nunukan District, North Kalimantan uses the regional budget in the form of special allocation fund. North Kalimantan Governor, Irianto Lambrie through a press release on Friday hopes that Indonesian shops will sell their products domestically, set the price nationally and make it easier for border communities to get domestic products at affordable prices. He also asserted, the development of Indonesian shops is expected to boost the love of the border community with domestic products. So far, local people in the border areas in the province of North Kalimantan have gained more daily basic needs from neighboring Malaysia instead of domestic ones. (Rep/Trans by Rhm)

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