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President Joko Widodo Receives Singapore’s Deputy PM Teo Chee Hean

VOI NEWS 11.08.2017, 17.00 LOCAL TIME, GMT+7

President Joko Widodo received the honorary visit of Singaporean Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on Friday (8/11) morning. The President was accompanied by the Chief of Presidential Office Teten Masduki and Deputy Foreign Minister AM Fachir. Singaporean Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and President Joko Widodo discussed about bilateral relations between the two countries as well as relations among ASEAN member countries related to the Commemoration of the 50th ASEAN Anniversary. Both personalities expect ASEAN countries to be more solid and strong in fostering relationships among others, because the organization will face increasingly diverse challenges in the future. One of the challenges is global geopolitical rivalry. (PR / WDA)

Foreign Ministers of Indonesia and Malaysia discuss Development of Cooperation

Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno L.P Marsudi met with Malaysian Foreign Minister Dato 'Sri Anifah in the 15th Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation or JCBC on Friday, (11/8) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Jakarta. After the meeting, at the joint Press Conference, Retno Marsudi explained, this year is a very important year for Indonesia and Malaysia because this year is the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries and the 50th anniversary of ASEAN where Malaysia and Indonesia are 2 of the 5 founding countries of ASEAN. The series of JCBC meetings have begun Thursday with a meeting of high officials. The Foreign Minister explained, in the meeting a lot of issues were discusses and it reflects the dynamic relations between the two countries. At foreign ministerial meetings, they talked on trade and investment, border issues, labor cooperation and the eradication of human trafficking and many more.

“As we know, Malaysia is one of Indonesia's important partners in trade and investment. In 2016 for example, trade between two countries almost reached 15 billion US Dollars. Malaysia is also one of the 10 largest investors in Indonesia with a value of 1.1 billion US Dollars, Retno Marsudi said.

Retno Marsudi further explained the two foreign ministers also discussed the issue of border. Indonesia and Malaysia have both sea and land borders. For the maritime border, since the last JCBC, Indonesia has held 9 meetings. Both parties have agreed on provisional territorial sea boundary or PTSB in Sulawesi sea and Indonesia has requested Malaysia to inaugurate PTSB. For land boundaries, Indonesia welcomes the signing of the 20th MoU on Joint Demarcation and Survey on Indonesia Malaysia International Boundary. Both countries agreed to resolve the border-related issues in the area of North and West Kalimantan. Both countries agreed to increase cooperation in the field of employment placement and protection through renewal of memorandum of understanding. They also talked on cooperation in combating human trafficking, the establishment of a Community Learning Center in Malaysia and oil palm to increase the sustainable palm and to promote against the black campaign of palm oil. The last issues discussed are related to maritime cooperation and other regional issues. (sekar/rezha/edit r)

Indonesia to increase cooperation with Singapore

Indonesia keeps increasing cooperation with Singapore in various sectors. That was conveyed by Indonesian Industry Minister Airlangga Hartato in his speech in the celebration of the  52nd National Day of Singapore in Jakarta on Thursday (10/8). In his speech, the Minister said, Singapore and Indonesia have been cooperating for 50 years to maintain regional security and stability. Minister Airlangga expressed hope that the two countries could maintain and increase cooperation in bilateral, regional, and multilateral framework.

“As both countries continue to work closely in bilateral, regional, and multi-lateral framework, we achieve much together within fifty years of our diplomatic relations. I have strong confidence that we will be able to collectively address new and emerging challenges, to utilize new potential for our mutual benefit. I wish to conclude by reiterating Indonesia’s commitment to further strengthen our bonds of friendship in the area of cooperation for both mutual benefits towards realizing full potential economy. I also look forward to working with you (Singapore) to further advance our bilateral agenda and pursue our shared interest at regional and multilateral form”, Airlangga said. 

Minister Airlangga also said, Indonesia and Singapore keep increasing cooperation in various sectors such as trade, economy, and cyber security. Previously, the Minister said, various activities were held to celebrate the 50-year bilateral cooperation of Indonesia and Singapore. One of the upcoming event will be the visit of President Joko Widodo to Singapore to attend country leaders meeting. (steve/edit r)


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, Ambassador Cho Tae Young said.

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 to push down poverty, inequality rates

The government is accelerating efforts to bring down Indonesia’s Gini ratio to 0.370 by 2019, from the current ratio of 0.393. The Gini ration is a measure of wealth inequality, in which zero represents complete equality and one represents complete inequality. National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) head Bambang Brodjonegoro said in Jakarta on Thursday, August 11th that the agency hopes the figure will decrease once again; if not to 0.36, then to 0.37. The figure is more optimistic than the government’s target, which was set at 0.380. He said the government was working to reduce inequality both between the poor and wealthy, as well as between regions. Meanwhile, the government is also targeting to bring down Indonesia’s poverty rate to between 7 and 8 percent from 11.22 percent in 2015. The country has already launched social safety net programs, such cash and rice assistance for low income families to improve their welfare. Bambang said, adding that one of the programs was to encourage the unemployed to open their own businesses that the agency also hopes that the effort to reduce inequality will be carried out more sustainably. (Jakarta Post)

Automotive Industry Grows as Public`s Purchasing Power Improves

Indonesian Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto claims that the public’s purchasing power has improved as reflected by the increasing car sales figure. Airlangga said at the 2017 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) in Tangerang, Banten, Thursday, August 10th that the people’s purchasing power is still there, the industry itself is also growing. The investment value in the automotive sector has reached Rp16 trillion this year. The growing investment is essential to increase investor’s level of trust, which will result in more jobs in the automotive sector.The automotive industry, according to Airlangga, absorbed nearly one million jobs in addition to five million jobs that are not directly related to the industry.  Airlangga claims that as the largest in ASEAN, the Indonesian automotive market is account for 30 percent of the global market. The heightened expectation from consumers will force vehicle producers to compete and create better products for them. (Tempo)

Borobudur Temple Sees 100 Percent More Foreign Visitors

Borobudur Temple in Magelang District, Central Java, has seen 100 percent more visitors. The tourism park administrator A.Y. Suhartanto said on Thursday in Magelang, Central Java that the increase in foreign tourist visits coincides with the holiday season in Europe. According to Suhartanto, foreign tourist visits to Borobudur have increased from 700-800 to 1,400 people per day since July. He added that summer holiday in Europe will extend to October. Suhartanto said that foreign visitors are mostly from the Netherlands, followed by Japan and Malaysia. The prospect of Malaysian tourist visits is quite promising; the same goes for Chinese tourists, whose number is increasing of late. As for domestic tourist arrivals, he said that the number has increased compared to last year. Borobudur Temple sees 5,000-7,000 domestic tourist arrivals on weekdays and 12,000-15,000 visitors on weekends. Domestic tourist arrivals peaked on Eid, end-of-year holidays and school holidays. On such holiday seasons, the number of Borobudur Temple visitors can reach tens of thousands of people. (Tempo)

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