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Youth Must Change Mindset About Foreign Diplomacy: Minister

VOI NEWS 12.08.2017, 13.00 LOCAL TIME, GMT+7

Indonesia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno LP Marsudi has appealed to the younger generation in Indonesia to change their mindsets regarding foreign diplomacy. During the interactive lecture with dozens of university students during a public lecture themed Talk-show with Indonesia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs: Indonesia’s Diplomacy and its Challenges in the Ministry’s Nusantara Auditorium, on Friday, one of the participants pointed out that most youth in Indonesia were pessimistic about foreign cooperation, as they were unsure of the benefits Indonesia would get from these partnerships. Marsudi responded by saying that the younger generation should not think pessimistically. She emphasized the importance of fairness, as well as on the concept of take and give in diplomacy. Minister further stated that Indonesia was admittedly still a developing country, but it did not mean that it should not help other countries. Furthermore, she explained that the results of integrated cooperation may not be visible as they do not reach the people directly as individuals.// (Antara)


Presiden Joko Widodo Invites ASEAN to Take Lesson Learned From Brexit

ASEAN should be increasingly relevant and useful in addressing common challenges, amid the global economic slowdown. It was stated by President Joko Widodo in his welcome speech in the 50th anniversary of ASEAN at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Friday (11/8). The President also reminded, ASEAN economic integration should be able to bring benefits for the people of ASEAN, not only for big businessmen, but also for Small Enterprises, farmers, fishermen and informal sector. ASEAN must also bring benefits to women and young people, the President said. Joko Widodo also reminded that if the ASEAN development result cannot be felt by the people of ASEAN, then they will ask, what the benefit of ASEAN for them is. In this case Joko Widodo calls the Brexit case or the UK's exit from the European Union as a lesson.

"What happens with Brexit should be a lesson to learn for us. We must work hard so that the people of ASEAN can get benefit from ASEAN," the president said.

President Joko Widodo hopes ASEAN will continue to grow into the epicenter of the world economic growth. Because based on the World Economic Forum data, ASEAN is the 6th largest economic power in the world, and by 2020 it will be the fifth largest economic power in the world. Then, by 2030 ASEAN will grow into the fourth largest market in the world after the European Union, the United States and the People's Republic China. The celebration of the 50th anniversary of ASEAN was attended by the Secretary-General of ASEAN, Le Luong Minh, representatives of ASEAN member countries and a number of ministers. (VOI / edit r/ahm)


Indonesia Urges UN to Issue Rights of Ocean


Indonesia has urged the United Nations to issue Rights of Ocean or a legal regulation to protect marine potentials of the countries across the world. The minister of fisheries and maritime affairs, Susi Pudjiastuti, said, Friday that tilegal fishing has become not only a local but also a global enemy," the countrys. She stated when speaking at the 56th anniversary commemoration event of Economic and Business Faculty of Surabaya-based state Airlangga University that illegal fishing activities are not only fish poaching, but also smuggling of various kinds of goods,  The minister stated she had met with the United Nations to convey the need to issue Rights of Ocean. She mentioned that President Joko Widodo had already issued Presidential Regulation Number 44, 2016, to close the countrys fishery business to foreign investment, including for foreign ships, personnel as well as capital, so that the business would totally belong to the Indonesian people. (Antara)

Ministry of Marine and Fisheries Optimistic on Timely Ship Assistance Distribution

Directorate General of Capture Fisheries, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, will again build 1000 units of fishing vessels as assistance from the government for fishermen with total budget reached 510.6 billion rupiah. The ship consists of various sizes of gross tonnage. It was stated by Director General of Capture Fisheries, Sjarief Widjaja in a press statement in Jakarta, Friday (11/8). Sjarif is optimistic that the distribution of vessel assistance will be received by fishermen on time before 31 December 2017.

"Last June, July, we have completed all of our auctions. Our contract is finished, so the progress has started, even we can see the result.  This is the progress, I guess. The Director General of Capture Fisheries this year is really remarkable, because it completed 700 ships in 2016, plus this year a thousand ships. So we are able to complete 1,700 ships this year. We tried to complete it last year, and now in 2017 we are finishing as well," he said.

Sjarif Widjaja admitted the procurement mechanism of fishing boats by e-catalog last year slowed the production. Therefore, Sjarif said this year the procurement of vessels will be conducted through e-catalog combined with public auction so that it will be realized quickly. The aid ships will be distributed to 265 cooperatives spread across 130 districts and 29 provinces.////(kbrn/edit r)


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