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Indonesian Government committed to Strengthen Protection for Consumers

VOI NEWS, 17:00 LOCAL TIME, GMT+7, 10-10-2017

Based on research from Mc Kinsey Global Institutte, in 2030 Indonesia will become the 7th Biggest Economy country in the world. By growing economy, Indonesia’s consumers will increase drastically. Deputy of Economy Ministry of National Development Planning / Bappenas, Leonard Tampubolon said, Indonesian consumer understanding toward consumer protection agencies is still low. According to him, the government should present in the issue of consumer protection. At the discussion group of the strengthening of the National Consumer Protection Institution  which was held in Jakarta on Monday October 9, he explained, the government in this case the Ministry and across sectors agencies have issued a national strategy of consumer protection through Presidential Regulation no 50  2017.

"The function of the national strategy of consumer protection as a guideline for the ministry, institution and local governments in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of consumer protection in accordance with their respective duties and authorities and guidelines for business actors and the community in realizing an active protection of consumers, " said Tampubolon.

Leonard Tampubolon moreover  stated, during 2017 until 2019 there are 9 sectors which become priority of consumer protection organization. The 9 sectors are among others, medicine, foods and beverages, finacial services, public service, housing or property, transportation, health services, telecommunication, durable consumer goods and e-commerce. Leonard Tampubolon also said, the nine priorities are based on number of complaints and consumer conflict//  Sekar/Trs.N


National and Foreign researchers shares science at  Indonesia Science Expo (ISE) 2017

Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) will hold Indonesia Science Expo (ISE) on  October 23 to 26, 2017 at  Balai Kartini Jakarta. Deputy of Technical Science Board who is also as Steering Committee of ISE 2017 Handoko after  Media Briefing about ISE 2017 at  Media Center of  LIPI  Jakarta on  Monday (09/10) said ISE will be an event to meet industry  businessmen with researchers both from Indonesia and foreign countries. Handoko also said LIPI will also exhibit research outputs from ministries, state institutions, universities as well as industries.

"Foreign researchers will definitely offer global research to public which has been approved internationally. Their participation will boost our leverage conference. Recently, it has been successful.  They mutually share how the development of recent science. There are a lot of scientific sharing," said Handoko.

Meanwhile, acting Chairman of LIPI, Bambang Subiyanto explained that  the Indonesia Science Expo –ISE will facilitate industries or businessmen to use research output. He said there were less industries which used research output because it is not based on their need. Therefore  Bambang hoped in the ISE 2017 researchers will know what are needed by industries/// Ahmad Faisal// VOI//====


Magnitude 6.0 earthquake jolts Mentawai Islands

An earthquake, measuring 6.0 on the Richter Scale, jolted Mentawai Islands District of West Sumatra Province on Monday evening, October 9th.  Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) stated on Monday that the epicenter of the earthquake was located on 6.96 degrees of Southern Latitude and 96.11 degrees of Eastern Longitude, or 670 kilometers southwest of Mentawai Islands, at the depth of 10 kilometers. Head of BMKG of Padang Panjang, Rahmat Triyono, stated in Padang Panjang that the earthquake had no potential to cause a tsunami. Although it was a strong quake, the temblor did not reach Padang, the provinces capital//   Voi.Ant


Hungary offers to boost educational cooperation with Bali

Ambassador of Hungary to Indonesia, Judit NemethPach, has offered to strengthen the educational cooperation with Indonesian province of Bali by providing scholarships to students from Bali who wish to continue their studies in Hungary. Ambassador Nemeth Pach said in Denpasar, Bali on Monday, October 9th after he met Bali Governor, I made Mangku Pastika that the scholarships will not only cover the tuition fees but also the living costs. Regarding the educational cooperation, the quota on the number of students exchange will be raised, he stated, without elaborating. In addition to educational cooperation, Hungary also wished to cooperate with Bali in the fields of economy, agriculture, and culture. In the meantime, Pastika hailed and appreciated the scholarships offer as a bid to improve the quality of Bali's human resources. The governor said that Bali does not have natural wealth like other regions. Bali only have culture, nature, and human resources. Thus, an increase in quality of human resources is very necessary. Bali appreciated all forms of scholarships provided by Hungary//   Voi.ROL


Loans for LRT to be channeled in November

Indonesian state-owned railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) plans to disburse loans to state-owned construction firm PT Adhi Karya in November, as part of the Light Rapid Transit (LRT) project financing. KAI finance director Didiek Hartantyo said in Jakarta on Monday, October 9th that the disbursement of the loan depends on an invoice from Adhi Karya. Deputy Finance Minister Mardiasmo added that the Transportation Ministry, KAI and Adhi Karya were still negotiating for the interest rates of the loans, adding that he hoped negotiations would be concluded by the end of the year. Mardiasmo also said that the government would issue Government Regulation (PP) for the disbursement of the state-capital injection (PMN) for the LRT project this month. PT KAI has so far raised Rp 4 trillion in equity, which was sourced from the revised state budget and re-allocation of funds from the railway operator’s trans-Sumatra project. A number of banks namely Bank Mandiri, Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI), Bank Central Asia, Malaysian-controlled Bank CIMB Niaga and state-owned financing company PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur have committed themselves to provide syndicated loans for the project//   Voi.JP


OJK sets 10 main policies till 2022

The Financial Service Authority (OJK) has set out 10 key policies, from optimizing Information Technology in overseeing industry players to non-bank financial sector and capital market reforms, for the period 2017-2022. Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Financial Services Authority Wimboh Santoso said in a press statement received on Monday, October 9ththat the authority has planned to make OJK an independent and credible institution for forming a sustainable financial services sector. In addition, the OJK should be able to protect consumers and society as well as facilitate the role of financial services sector in realizing the welfare of the people. The 10 main policies of OJK include developing the supervision of Financial Services Sector (SJK) based on Information Technology, followed by strengthening integrated arrangements, licensing, and monitoring of financial conglomerates. Furthermore, implementing the best Prudential International Standards with national interests. Reforming the Non-Bank Financial Industry to realize a strong and competitive industry, conducting efficiency in the financial services industry, and revitalizing capital markets in supporting long-term development financing. In addition, optimizing the role of Financial Technology through its proper arrangements, permits, and supervision//  Voi.ROL


Indonesia halts corn imports in 2017

Indonesia will not import corn from the US and Argentina in 2017. Agriculture Minister Amran Sulaiman noted after the launch of the farmers' card at Medanglayang Village of Ciamis District, West Java, Monday, October 9th that in the first year, Indonesia imported 3.6 million tons of corn, and last year, Indonesia had imported 900 thousand tons. This year, Indonesia corn imports from the US and Argentina are zero. Sulaiman said the administration of President Joko Widodo has been successful in ensuring synergy between cabinet ministers to coordinate to realize self-sufficiency in food. He added that Indonesia has demonstrated to the world that Indonesia does not import corn and rice anymore. In addition to imposing a floor price on the commodity, the government has made all-out efforts to support farmers to increase production. He noted that in Central Java, corn was also planted along the dykes of paddy fields and in cemeteries, such as those in North Sumatra and Jeneponto. Minister Sulaiman expressed hope that such efforts would contribute to boosting the nation's economy and realizing food self-sufficiency. Indonesia has now witnessed an increase in the production of corn and onion//  Voi.ROL


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