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FM: Humanitarian aid from Indonesia yet to reach Rakhine

VOI NEWS, 13:00 LOCAL TIME, GMT+7, 09-12-2017

The delivery of humanitarian assistance from Indonesia to Myanmar is still constrained due to the ongoing process of agreement on modalities of aid distribution among Myanmar authorities, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the donor countries. Minister of Foreign Affairs,  Retno L.P. Marsudi said during a hearing with House of Representatives Commission I in Jakarta on Monday that she had another talk with Myanmar National Security Adviser, U Thaung Tun to encourage acceleration of the modalities deal process for opening humanitarian aid access to Rakhine State. Indonesia’s initiative to send humanitarian aid for the people in conflicted area of Rakhine State has gained support from many countries, including ASEAN member states, European Union, United Kingdom, Australia, Iran, and the Netherlands. (Ant)

 

Gov. still optimistic of achieving 5.4 percent of economic growth

The Indonesian government remains optimistic that the economic growth target set at 5.4 percent would be realized despite domestic and global economic challenges next year. Finance Minister, Sri Mulyani stated while addressing members of the Commission XI during a hearing discussing the Draft State Budget 2018 in Jakarta on Monday that her Ministry still believes that 5.4 percent is achievable, but it needs additional hard work. To achieve the target, the consumption rate should grow above five percent. Next year, the consumption rate is expected to grow 5.1 percent. The investment rate is expected to reach 6.3 percent next year. She also explained that the biggest challenge next year will be industrial credit growth in the banking sector that has to grow strongly to support domestic economic growth. Banking credits this year should increase to Rp370 trillion as compared to last year to reach the economic growth of 5.2 percent. (Ant)

 

Kazakhstan shares experiences with Indonesia on shifting capital city

The government of Kazakhstan shared its experiences on relocating the capital and offered assistance to Indonesia during a bilateral meeting between Vice President Jusuf Kalla and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev. The meeting was held on the sidelines of the first Islamic Conference of Organization –OIC Conference on Science and Technology in Astana, Kazakhstan recently. Vice President Jusuf Kalla stated that he urged the president if he was willing to be an adviser. It is interesting that they were in a very difficult economic situation when they moved the capital. The president said it would be nice if a team is sent to Kazakhstan for comparative study. During the friendly meeting, Vice President Jusuf Kalla and President Nazarbayev discussed efforts to improve bilateral relations, especially in the economic field. The two sides agreed to encourage the two-way flow of trade and investment. In terms of trade, Kazakstan has offered the use of the Astana-China rail network to overcome transportation and geographical constraints, given the fact that the country does not have a seaport. Kazakhstan has successfully built the new city of Astana as a substitute for the capital city of Almaty. Astana transformed into a beautiful futuristic city, with wide roads, one of them being a bridge like Semanggi in Jakarta. (Ant)

 

Consulate: No Indonesian injured in Hurricane Irma

No report has been received of Indonesian citizens in the US injured due to Hurricane Irma, according to the Indonesian General Consulate in Houston. The Indonesian Consulate Office in Houston stated as received by Antara News Agency on Monday that up to date, the Consulate General has not received any information confirming an Indonesian casualty due to Hurricane Irma that had struck the Caribbean Islands on September 7-9, 2017. The consulate office has contacted seven Indonesian citizens who stay in Puerto Rico and five Indonesians in the US Virgin Islands. They confirmed that all Indonesian citizens are in safe condition. Additionally, seven Balinese people who work in the British Virgin Islands are unhurt despite their office being damaged. The Indonesian Foreign Ministry is also coordinating with the Indonesian Embassy in London to offer assistance. The Consulate General in Houston has also urged the Indonesian community in Florida and Georgia to be careful and intensively communicate, as Hurricane Irma will hit the areas on September10-12, 2017. (Ant)

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