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President Tells Ministers and Local Leaders to Tackle Drought

VOI NEWS 11.00 LOCAL TIME, GMT+7, 13-09-2017

Although the dry season in Indonesia in 2017 is not as severe as the El Nino disaster in 2015, the Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported that some parts of Indonesia did not experience rain for up to 60 consecutive days. The agency even reported that some areas on the island of Java are currently experiencing the peak of drought. Related to that, President Joko Widodo asked his staff including the Heads of Regions to pay attention to the condition of drought in the field. In the Working Cabinet's Limited Meeting held at the Presidential Office of Jakarta on Tuesday, the President instructed all concerned parties to immediately take anticipatory measures to mitigate the drought.

“I want related ministries, institutions and governors to really pay attention to what is happening on the ground and take measures to mitigate the ongoing drought. The short-term step is ensuring a clean water supply for people affected by drought. And I also ask for controlling the irrigation channels for agriculture in affected regions,” said President Joko Widodo.

Furthermore, President Joko Widodo conveyed, in the last 2 years, the Government has built dams and reservoirs in several places. They are expected to mitigate the prolonged dry season.

In addition, President also hopes that ministries and regional heads could anticipate food supply in drought-affected areas, control food prices and avoid food scarcity in the regions. The President also hopes that the government could be better prepared to mitigate the current dry season so that forest, especially peat-lands fires can be avoided. (Ndy/alika/edit r)


Minister Susi to Sink 90 Foreign Illegal Vessels in October

Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti said that she would consistently attempt to eradicate illegal fishing throughout Indonesian waters. She said that the vessels that already have legal provisions will soon be sunk. Susi Pudjiastuti at a public lecture in University of Indonesia on September 12 said that there are 90 vessels that will be sunk this year, it will likely to take place in October. Overall, she said, the vessels mostly consist of foreign boats that fly multiple flags during their voyage that made the authorities difficult to determine the fishing boat’s true origins. The minister said that there is a Vietnamese boat that flies a Malaysian flag or a Thailand boat with an African country flag on board. Trespassing boats from Vietnam have the smallest capacity to store their catches, meanwhile, Thailand fishing vessels have much larger capacities. Minister Susi Pudjiastuti said that the type of fishing tool also affects the amount of fish caught, using a trawl can catch fish from 30 to 70 tons, it could even reach 100 tons. (tempo)

Indonesia assures sustainable palm oil industry development

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs A.M. Fachir stated that the Indonesian government will always ensure that the domestic palm oil industry applies the principles of environmental sustainability. Fachir noted in a press release of the Foreign Ministry in Jakarta on Tuesday (12/9) Indonesia had long been making efforts to build sustainable palm oil industry. As the contribution of the palm oil industry to the Indonesian economy is significant, the Government is interested in ensuring that the industry adopts sustainability principles. The statement was made by Fachir during the opening of a seminar "CRC990: Towards Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil" at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jakarta recently. The seminar was organized by the Policy Assessment and Development Agency (BPPK), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to improve the understanding of Indonesia’s sustainable palm oil industry, in an effort to counter the black campaign against Indonesian palm products. The Government of Indonesia has taken the negative campaign seriously because it poses an adverse threat to the Indonesian palm oil sector. (antara)

Indonesia to have largest geothermal power capacity by 2021: Ministry

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has projected that Indonesia will become the world’s largest geothermal power producer by 2021. This projection is based on the growth of geothermal power plant installations that continue to increase rapidly from year to year. The ministry spokesman, Dadan Kusdiana, noted in a statement received by ANTARA on Tuesday (12/9)that based on his analysis, the capacity of geothermal power plants in Indonesia will beat the world’s largest producers, such as the US and the Philippines, by 2021. He explained that by 2018, Indonesia will surpass the Philippines to become the world’s second-largest geothermal energy user in the world, with consumption of around 2,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity. The increase in capacity will come from the Sarulla power plant, 2 x 110 MW; Karaha power plant, 30 MW; Sorik Marapi power plant, 2 x 20 MW; and Lumut Balai power plant, 55 MW. Furthermore, based on the roadmap, Indonesia will become the world’s largest geothermal energy producing country, defeating the US by 2021, with a geothermal electricity capacity reaching more than 3 thousand MW. (antara)

Sri Mulyani Reveals Plan for Writer`s Tax

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati confirmed the standard procedure for calculating tax on book authors in all offices of the tax region will be equated. The government will allow a 50-percent cut in the author's annual earnings, resulting in a smaller net income. Sri Mulyani said the adjustment is part of the tax reform. The Ministry takes into the norms of authors' income tax reduction as part of the book-making process that requires research, data survey and promotion, which are costs that take up to 50 percent of all authors' income, royalty or other earnings. The net income will then be deducted by the annual non-taxable income (PTKP) in order to obtain a taxable income. The taxable income is subject to a 15-percent royalty tax rate. The writer's tax polemic surfaced out after novelist Tere Liye ended his contract with publishers Gramedia and Republika. He protested the super-net taxes imposed on authors, regardless of survey and research costs. According to Tere, an author's royalties should be final and no longer taxed after being automatically deducted by the publisher. (tempo)


"Wonderful Indonesia" promoted in different countries

Indonesia has been aggressively promoting its tourism brand of "Wonderful Indonesia" in different parts of the world, such as in Asia, Australia, and Europe.  In Asia, Wonderful Indonesia was promoted in Chinas three main cities of Hefei, Wuxi, and Hangzhou from Aug 29 to Sept 1, 2017, in an effort to boost the visit by foreign tourists from the "Country of Bamboo Curtain" to Indonesia. Vinsensius Jemadu, the Ministry of Tourism Deputy Assistant for Tourism Market Development in Asia Pacific, remarked in a written statement recently that he had also extended the reach of tourism promotion and marketing to other cities in mainland China such as Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing, and Shenzhen. According to him, China is a major tourist market because of the country's significance among other markets in terms of quantity and growth. Moreover, a number of Indonesian airlines have also opened flights to major cities in China, making the promotion of Indonesian tourism in the country a necessity. In the meantime, Wonderful Indonesia will also be promoted during the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Travel Mart, which will be held from Sept 13 to 15, 2017. Hosted by Macao Government Tourism Office, PATA Travel Mart is Asia Pacifics premier travel trade show, attracting tourism officials and professionals from tourist destinations in the Asia Pacific region and beyond to Macao. (antara)

33 VIP toilet buses prepared for Asian Games

The Jakarta administration will prepare 33 VIP toilet buses, including 2 toilet buses for disabled people for the 2018 Asian Games. It was stated by Jakarta Environment Agency head Isnawa Adji on Tuesday (12/9). Furthermore, he added, each toilet bus would consist of two toilets and be equipped with air conditioning. The other facilities were a wash basin, diesel generator and an automatic tent. He said he wants to make sure that Jakarta is ready to be the host. Isnawa explained that eleven city-owned toilet buses had already been used in public places and during events, such as in Monas. (ang)



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