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President Joko Widodo asks universities to advance e-commerce studies

VOI NEWS,  17:00 LOCAL TIME, GMT+7, 12.09.2017

President Joko Widodo has asked universities to advance their e-commerce studies, particularly through the faculty of economy. During the 50th anniversary of Padjajaran University (Unpad)’s commemoration event in Bandung, West Java on Monday, the President stated that he always repeats the same message at any university he visited in a bid to encourage decent information and technology subjects to be taught to the students. President Joko Widodo also remarked that he wants Unpad to anticipate as people are now facing a rapid change in globalism. He also added that the faculty of economy in Indonesia, which only has three majors, namely management, development, and accountancy, has not changed for years. The President explained about 30 percent of malls has been closed as consumers have turned to online purchasing. This also highlights the issue of unemployment as people do not need to go out for shopping anymore, as they think online shopping is cheaper and faster. (Ant)


President Joko Widodo advises people not to be divided because of general elections         

President Joko Widodo told the people not to be easily divided because of different political choices ahead of general elections in 2018. This was stated by the President when the distribution of land certificate in Brigif 15 Kujang II Cimahi, West Java on Monday. President Joko Widodo said that the people should always keep the unity of the country. The President also remarked that people should think clearly and use common sense in exercising their rights to vote. He hopes that people are not easy to be divided because the choice is different. In the distribution of the certificates, the President was accompanied by Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Minister of Public Works and Housing, Basuki Hadimuljono, Minister of Agriculture and Spatial Planning, Sofyan Djalil, Chief of Staff, Teten Masduki and Deputy Governor of West Java, Deddy Mizwar. (Ant/Trans by Rhm)


Vice President Jusuf Kalla ends his visit in Kazakhstan

Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla ended his visit to Kazakhstan and left the country on early Tuesday morning for the United States. During the visit to Kazakhstan, VP Jusuf Kalla and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev held a bilateral meeting to discuss efforts to improve bilateral relations, especially in the economic field. The two leaders 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. Earlier, VP Jusuf Kalla had remarked that economic cooperation between Indonesia and Kazakhstan is still small, valued at only some $25 million dollars. On Tuesday morning, the VP Jusuf Kalla and his entourage left Kazakhstan for the United States. He will attend the UN General Assembly in New York from September 18-23, 2017.(Ant)


Chairman of MPR, Zulkifli: People should carefully choose a trustful leader

Chairman of the People's Consultative Assembly, Zulkifli Hasan reminded the people to be careful, critical and rational in choosing candidates for the leadership of democracy contestation both general and regional elections to produce a trustful leader. This was stated by Zulkifli Hasan while providing Socialization of Four Pillars before 500 students at the University of Muhammadiyah Cirebon, West Java on Monday. Zulkifli Hasan explained that with the mandate of the constitution, Indonesian citizens have sovereignty to determine their own attitude. He also pointed out, the sovereignty can be used to select candidates for leaders ahead of the general and regional elections.  Zulkifli also views that there is now a shift in value, and the rich are regarded as honorable and have a high social status, regardless of where to get the money. If the people choose the leader who is determined by money, after being elected, the leader will forget the voters. In fact, he also asserted that in the 1945 Constitution article 33, it states that natural wealth is the state property and fully utilized for the welfare of the people. (Ant/Trans by Rhm)


Ministry of Health encourages fulfillment of domestic health equipment production

Ministry of Health held a workshop on Improving Utilization of Domestic Medical Devices in Jakarta on Monday. This workshop is to promote and develop the domestic medical equipment industry as well as to strengthen economic competitiveness both nationally and internationally. Minister of Health, Nila F Moeloek on the sidelines of Workshop told media that the Ministry of Health encourages domestic industry players to continue to produce domestic medical equipment.

“…Now, it is much better, we have made a lot and I do encourage to motivate them to continue to do. But of course, we must keep the quality. Our tension-meter has been exported overseas. I think this can be a pride; why not made here? I've seen, for example, this bed is now generally made in Indonesia and has been used abroad which is made in Indonesia. So, this is what we encourage,” said the Health Minister.

According to data from the Ministry of Health, the types and quantities of domestic health equipment can already meet 48.5 percent of the hospital needs -Class A. Currently, there are 3.705 domestic medical devices that have a distribution license as a guarantee of requirement quality security and use.  Meanwhile, the price of domestic health equipment is more affordable than import one. With the same standard and quality, this is, of course, able to reduce the cost of health services by 20 to 30 percent overall. (AF-VOI/Trans by Rhm)


ASEAN Foreign Ministers to discuss Rohingya humanitarian crisis

The Foreign Ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations -ASEAN will meet each other to discuss the Rohingya humanitarian crisis. Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister, Retno Marsudi said in Jakarta on Monday that the UN general assembly session is scheduled for September 23 in New York, the United States. A meeting will be held on the sidelines of a session of the UN general assembly. At the meeting, foreign ministers will talk about the latest situation in Myanmar. They will also discuss how to contribute, particularly in the distribution of humanitarian aid to the affected residents. She also said that humanitarian aid will be the main issue to be discussed in the meeting. FM Retno said that relief efforts for residents of Rakhine State are currently hampered by aid modalities that have not been agreed by the Myanmar government, the International Committee of the Red Cross -ICRC and nations that offered relief items, including Indonesia. (Tempo)


BI predicts 2018 growth rate at 5.26 percent

Indonesian central bank -Bank Indonesia -BI has predicted the country’s economy to grow 5.26 percent next year, less than the government-set target of 5.4 percent in the draft 2018 state budget. BI Senior Deputy Governor, Mirza Adityaswara stated at a working meeting with the government and the House Commission XI in Jakarta on Monday that BI predicts the gross domestic product –GDP to reach 5.2 percent in 2018. He was responding to several lawmakers call for the central bank to finalize its previous forecast of 5.1 to 5.5 percent for 2018. BI also revised its inflation target for 2018 down to 3.3 percent from its previous forecast of 2.5 to 4.5 percent. The figure is also lower than the government’s inflation rate assumption in the draft 2018 state budget at 3.5 percent. BI projects the inflation rate at 3.3 percent. Deputy Governor Mirza also remarked that the increasingly lower inflation rate may help improve the country’s competitiveness. (Ant)


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