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Kalla urges researchers, developers to gain mastery of basic technologies

VOI NEWS 11.00 LOCAL TIME, GMT+7, 11-08-2017

Vice President Jusuf Kalla has urged researchers and developers to master simple technologies used to meet the people’s daily basic needs, as Indonesian population is growing by 3.5 million per year. Kalla noted during the 22nd commemoration of National Technology Awakening Day (Hakteknas) in Makassar, Thursday that the growing population means they need food. Meanwhile, the land is decreasing, as the people build more houses. According to Kalla, technology is the only solution to fulfilling the people’s basic needs. He claimed that the cost to conduct studies on food and water, for instance, will not be high. Calling for focus and dedication from passionate and knowledgeable researchers, Jusuf Kalla expects technologies to be further developed to improve the country’s ability to meet the basic needs of the people without relying excessively on imported goods from other countries. On the other hand, Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Puan Maharani stated that the country still needs to build synergy and coordination to create a common perception that innovation is beneficial for Indonesia. (antara)

Indonesian, Thai air forces conclude military exercise

Indonesian Air Force TNI-AU and Royal Thai Air Force concluded their two-week joint military exercise at Roesmin Nurjadin air base in Pekanbaru, Riau province, Sumatra, on Thursday (10/8). The conclusion of the exercise codenamed "Elang Thainesia" was led by Deputy Air Force Chief of Staff Vice Marshal Hadiyan Sumintaatmadja at a military ceremony in Roesmin Nurjadin air base. He stated that he believes the exercise would enrich the experience and knowledge of the two countries air forces, especially their pilots, technicians, and other supporting staff. Hadiyan noted that the exercise was mainly aimed at strengthening the relations between the two countries. However, he also believed that capabilities and professionalism, as well as tactics and combat techniques in air operations would also improved. Thai Air Force Chief Marshal Surasak Toongtong admitted that the exercise offered a good opportunity for capability improvement for the two countries air forces, especially in air operations and tactics. He hoped the friendly relations that have developed so far would be deepened further in the future. He also hoped that Elang Thainesia exercise would continue to progress and bring a lot of benefits for TNI AU and RTAF. (antara)

Defense becomes main sector of bilateral cooperation between Indonesia and South Korea

Bilateral cooperation between Indonesia and South Korea keeps on increasing significantly. The two countries have concrete cooperation in economy, tourism, culture and defense. It was said by South Korean ambassador to Indonesia, Cho Tae Young at the special interview with Voice of Indonesia at the embassy of South Korea in Jakarta recently. He said the defense cooperation of the two countries is experiencing fast progress and brings mutual benefit for both countries.

“Defense is in this area Korea and Indonesia have shown excellent cooperation. For us Indonesia is the biggest market and also we bought a lot from Indonesia, that means we bought military transportation, aircraft from Indonesia we are still using this. You bought from us jet fighters, maybe for training of pilots and you bought from us submarine,” said Cho Tae Young.

Furthermore, Cho Tae Young also said Indonesia and South Korea have planned defense cooperation by building jet fighters KFX and IFX. The modern jet fighters will be built jointly by the two countries to support the main weaponry system. (AF/edit r)

 

 

Indonesia, Hungary Discuss Defense Technology Partnership

Coordinating Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto met with Hungarian Ambassador to Indonesia Judit Nemeth on Thursday to discuss a partnership in the field of technology. They talked about technology and technology transfer in the defense industry. The meeting between them lasted around 30 minutes. There were no talks about any offers or specific topics in the field of defense technology. However, Wiranto underlined that the technology that will be offered will be compatible with the Indonesian culture. Indonesia has partnered with Hungary in several fields, such as the 2016 meeting where President Jokowi and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban held a bilateral meeting to ratify several MOUs. Indonesia and Hungary partnered in the field of water management project in 34 districts across the country. Both countries have also worked in the field of renewable energy, information technology, digital economics, and agriculture. (tempo)

Indonesia to talk with China, Russia about spaceport project

Indonesia is eyeing the possibility of cooperation with China and Russia to support the government's ambition to set up its first-ever satellite-launch station. It was stated by National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) chairman Thomas Djamaluddin on Thursday (10/8). He said Indonesia would also talk with other countries with vast experience in aeronautics such as Japan, South Korea and India to support the project. Morotai in Maluku and Biak in Papua are the strongest candidates as locations for the project given their proximity to the Pacific Ocean, according to LAPAN. Thomas said at the 2017 Ritech Expo venue in the Central Point of Indonesia complex in Makassar, South Sulawesi. The exhibition is a side event of the 22nd National Technology Awakening Day held in the largest city of Sulawes. Thomas claimed that China was the only country that had shown an interest in supporting the project. But he stopped short and said "Indonesia would reach out to all countries. The agency has yet to estimate the timeline of the project or estimated cost. But it has set a target of Indonesia having its own satellite-launch station before 2040. (tempo)

 

 

Government to supervise developers involved in low-cost housing construction

The government is preparing a regulation that will become a legal basis for relevant government institutions to supervise developers taking part in the construction of low-cost houses with state money for low-income people. It was stated by Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono on the sidelines of the Indonesia Development Forum (IDF) in Jakarta on Thursday (10/8). He also stated that all people has the right to issue the regulation because they user FLPP [government-backed mortgages to build houses]. So they have the right to watch them. He, however, did not go into any detail on the type and content of the regulation, saying that it would simply complement the supervision carried out by lenders. The ministry hopes to disburse Rp 11.47 trillion (US$860.2 million) under the FLPP scheme this year, with which it will provide a subsidy for 20 years of installments and a fixed interest rate of 5 percent for people earning less than Rp 4 million per month. The government launched the One Million Houses program to reduce the country's housing backlog, which currently stands at 11.4 million, by constructing 1 million houses each year. (JP)

 

Police Expose Middle Eastern Human Trafficking Syndicates

The National Police’s Criminal Investigation Corps (Bareskrim) exposed a human trafficking case involving criminal syndicates in Abu Dhabi and Damascus. Bareskrim director Comr. Gen. Ari Dono on Thursday, August 10 said that the police have handled several cases over the last month by cracking down two international human trafficking syndicates in the Middle East. On July 10, the human trafficking task force together with the Manpower Ministry raided a shelter for Indonesian migrant workers located in East Jakarta under a company named Nurafi Ilman Jaya. They found 10 workers to be sent to Abu Dhabi even though the company’s permit had already expired. Authorities named six suspects in the case who served the role as sponsors. Commissioner Ari Dono revealed that police received information human trafficking activities conducted by the Damascus syndicate. Police also found a minor who is thought to be a victim of human trafficking holding a fake identity. The suspects will be charged with Law No 21/2007 on human trafficking practices. They will also be possibly charged with additional laws on protections for migrant workers and children. (tempo)

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