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Indonesia proposes cooperation in digital economy with Singapore

VOI NEWS 11.00 LOCAL TIME, GMT+7, 08.09.2017

Indonesia has proposed to develop the digital economy under the framework of bilateral cooperation with Singapore in Batam, Riau Islands Province. It was stated by President Joko Widodo in a press statement along with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Singapore Presidential Palace on Thursday. The two leaders delivered a joint statement after a bilateral meeting at the same venue. President Joko Widodo noted that Batam is an ideal location for the development of digital economic cooperation due to the close location and adequate available network. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Lee said Singapore was the largest investor in Indonesia, with a value reaching US$9.2 billion in 2016. Singapore also contributes the largest number of foreign tourists to Indonesia. Singapore has also sought Indonesias support to chair the ASEAN in 2018. Prime Minister Lee is also seeking stronger bilateral cooperation, including in investment, education, and the digital economy, and encouraging regional economic growth and development in Indonesia. (antara)

UN praises Indonesia for protecting migrant workers` rights

The UN Migrant Workers Committee has lauded the Indonesian government for optimally implementing the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. The committee said the comprehensive and inclusive report submitted by the Indonesian delegation reflects the Indonesian governments commitment to protecting the rights of migrant workers, the Directorate of Human Rights and Humanity of the Indonesian Foreign Ministry noted in a press statement released on Thursday. Chief of the UN Migrant Workers Committee Jose Brillantes noted that the comprehensive and inclusive report submitted by the Indonesian delegation reflects the Indonesian governments commitment to protecting the rights of migrant workers. He stated that the committee is satisfied with Indonesia’s report and lauded the country’s efforts and commitment to protect might workers. The committee also warmly welcomed the dynamic and sustainable process followed by the Indonesian government by revising the convention. The committee made the statement on the first day of the dialog with the Indonesian government to discuss Indonesias initial report on the implementation of the convention at the UN Office in Geneva. (Antara)

Vice president to receive Adam Malik Award

Vice President Jusuf Kalla will receive the Adam Malik Award in recognition of his key role in a peace agreement between the Government of Indonesia and the separatist Free Aceh Movement. Adam Malik’s daughter Antarini remarked on Thursday that they were planning to hold the event to mark the 100th birth anniversary of Adam Malik. The Adam Malik Award ceremony will be held in October or November at the Pancasila Building, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jakarta.

“We want to appreciate the best Indonesians with Adam Malik Award. This time we give it to Mr. Jusuf Kalla as a father of national reconciliation, due to his contribution to the peace between Indonesian government and the Free Aceh Movement GAM” Antarini said.

In addition, Antarini cited other figures who had played a role in the peace agreement between the government of Indonesia and the separatist Free Aceh Movement, including former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and former minister of justice and human rights Hamid Awaludin as Indonesias representative in the Helsinki negotiations. The selection of the recipients of the Adam Malik Award was made by the Adam Malik Center team comprising observers of international relations, diplomats, and academics from several universities in Indonesia. Adam Malik was Indonesias foreign minister from 1966 to 1977 and vice president from 1978 until March of 1983. (rizki/trans: r)


World Parliament Agrees on Bali Declaration Without Agreement from India

Parliamentary representatives from 49 countries reached an agreement in the World Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development held at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center, on September 6 and 7. The agreement namely the Bali Declaration contains 17 points, one of which is the settlement of the humanitarian crisis against Rohingya, in Rakhine, Myanmar. Deputy Chairman of the Indonesian House of Representatives, Fadli Zon after closing the World Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development, said the Bali Declaration also mandates the role of parliament in the success of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda in 2030. He said 48 of 49 delegates have signed the Bali Declaration, except the Indian delegates.

"Of course we appreciate that standpoint due to political choices, or different perspectives in looking at the problem. At first there are also some countries which see the conflicts in their regions. They also want to put it in the agreement. So I think this is the dynamics of a forum let alone this is a parliamentary forum. Surely they have their respective standpoints. However we could achieve some kind of consensus, even though there is a note, which we also appreciated." Fadli said.

Fadli Zon said the World Parliament Forum appreciated the India's standpoints. Not only India, some countries initially rejected the Bali Declaration. But through discussions and negotiations, they softened and eventually agreed to sign the Bali Declaration. Besides India, Myanmar parliament which actually had interest in completing the humanitarian tragedy in Rakhine, was absent in this meeting. Fadli Zon said the participants the World Parliament Forum did not question it. The Bali Declaration will be brought to the ASEAN Parliamentary Assembly in Manila, 15 September 2017. (voi/hikmat/trans r)


Two Indonesian hostages in the Philippines freed

Foreign Affairs Minister Retno LP Marsudi said that two Indonesians taken as hostages by Abu Sayyaf militant group in the Philippines were rescued on Thursday morning. She added that the two Indonesians are Saparudin bin Koni and Syawal bin Mariam. Currently, the two have been shifted to the joint task force headquarters in Sulu for health checkup. On Friday (Sept 8), the two Indonesians would be transferred to the Army Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Retno revealed that the Indonesian Consulate General in Davao City would meet the two Indonesians in Samboanga. They could then be returned home to Indonesia. The two Indonesians are crews of a Malaysian fishing ship Madai II Kunak. They were abducted by Abu Sayyaf militant group on Nov 19 last year in Batu Lahat waters of Sabah, Malaysia. The militants reportedly held more than a dozen hostages as captives in Jolo and the nearby province of Basilan. (Antara)

Ministry Issues Fresh Rule to Accelerate Mangrove Restoration

The Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs has issued Regulation No. 4/2017 to accelerate mangrove forest restoration. Montty Girianna, deputy for energy, natural resources, and environmental management at the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs said that the rule regulates the determination of activities or action plans for ministries and agencies. The regulation has been issued to mitigate widespread degradation of Indonesia’s mangrove ecosystem. The Environment and Forestry Ministry said that 1.67 million hectares of mangrove forests have been destroyed and 1.82 million hectares are in good condition. Montty added that the rule also regulates strategies and programs and activities on four key values of mangrove ecosystem: ecology, economy, institution, and laws. He explained that Ministries and Agencies have two months since the promulgation of the ministerial regulation and report their activities on a six-monthly basis. (Tempo)


 Bandung to Host Art Event for a Month

The Bandung administration, in collaboration with local artists, will host an art event entitled Seni Bandung I. The event will last for a month starting from September 25 to October 25. The art event will involve 2,475 artists from 156 communities in the city. Bandung Mayor Ridwan Kamil said that a successful development is not only reflected by infrastructure and economic development but also of culture. Ridwan explained that the art event will be held to commemorate the 207th anniversary of the city. He said that Bandung is well-known for being one of the art development centers in Indonesia. There are many artists living and working in Bandung. Therefore, this city must have a routine event that they can be proud of. Seni Bandung I will feature fine artworks, dances, theater, music performances, and literature. Hundreds of artists and art communities will perform for a month at 44 performance arena, such as public facilities, schools, community venues, and residences. (Tempo)

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