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Fiji-Indonesia Follow-up Cooperation in Disaster Relief

VOI NEWS 12.08.2017, 14.00 LOCAL TIME, GMT+7

The Republic of the Fijian Islands cooperates with the Republic of Indonesia in the field of disaster management. This is marked by the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding "Plan of Action (PoA) in disaster management between Indonesian National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) and Fijian Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Mitigation. BNPB and Fiji signed a memorandum of understanding on disaster management in Suva, Fiji, 2016. Fijian Minister of  Agriculture, Rural & Marine Affairs & National Disaster Mitigation Inia Seruiratu said Friday that Fiji is a disaster-prone country and must work with other countries in the region to cope with it.

"Fiji is very small country with limited capabilities but very Vulnerable to disaster. And for that we relate on *ocean part within the region and we have the Australia, New Zealand and of course Indonesia. This is the arrangement that we have for desister this management and responses.  And this is why we are here, just building on this relationship,  so that we continue to in together in partners intelligent to help us did it more time of limit and we learn from arrangement that we have most importenly how we work togather ," he said.

According to him, the cooperation between the two countries also strengthens the partnership and friendly relations between Indonesia and Fiji. He added partnerships with many countries, including Indonesia, are vital as part of maintaining international relations.///RIFAI/EDT RINI/AHM TRANS


President 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) 


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)

Indonesia Revises Oil, Gas Block Investment Rule 

The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has issued Ministerial Decree No. 47/2017 on the mechanisms of investment return in upstream oil and gas business to amend the previous Decree No. 26/2017 on the same matter. Deputy Minister Arcandra Tahar said on Fridat that the decree, signed by Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan on Aug. 2, generally did not see many changes compared to its previous version except on unrecovered costs in oil and gas production. He stated that in the previous version, the government recovered all costs that had yet to be claimed in contracts without a time limitation.  Furthermore, according to the new decree, the value of any investment return is subject to review by the Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Special Task Force (SKKMigas). ///(JP) 


Minister Says e - Commerce Not the Reason for Weak Purchase 

The weak public purchase power is said to be caused by a shift in the way people shop—from conventional shopping to online. This opinion was stated by Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution. Darmin said that the e-commerce business in Indonesia is still in early development stages; very young in age compared to other countries. The sluggish consumption at the end for this year's quarter two, he said, was because a lot of people are spending less particularly before and after the Eid holiday—not because of e-commerce.  Darmin admitted that the e-commerce industry is growing rapidly. He said there are measures to take to capture the potentials offered by the sector.  INDEF economist Bhima Yudhistira shares Darmin's sentiments. He said that the growth of e-commerce was not the reason behind sluggish consumption. Bhima said e-commerce only contributes one percent to Indonesia's economy.  (Tempo)


National Gallery Displays $1.35 Million Russian Painting From Sukarno's Collection

The Presidential Palace's collection of paintings presented in the "Songs of Motherland" exhibition at the National Gallery in Jakarta, features two works by 19th-century Russian painter Konstantin Yegorovich Makovsky.  One of Makovsky's canvases displayed is a portrayal of a traditional Russian wedding, created by the artist in 1881.  The huge painting, measuring 295 centimeters by 450 centimeters and estimated to be worth more than Rp 18 billion ($1.35 million), was a gift for Indonesia's first President Sukarno, presented to him by Nikita Khrushchev during a visit to the Soviet Union. Due to conservation difficulties and the painting's size, it is not the original that the gallery displays, but its copy on a big LED screen.  Sukarno, who befriended many local and foreign artists, was also known as an avid art collector.  The exhibition features 48 paintings by 19th and 20th-century painters such as Basoeki Abdullah, Raden Saleh, Wakidi, Lee Man Fong, Rudolf Bonet, Itji Tarmizi, A.D Pirous, and Alimin Tamin.  It is divided into four sections: nature, daily life, tradition and identity, mythology and religion.  Beside paintings, the exhibition also showcases a number of important documents about the Presidential Palace's collections. "Songs of Motherland" will be open until Aug. 30. (JG)




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