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President Joko Widodo: Digital technology changes lifestyle

VOI NEWS 11.00 LOCAL TIME, GMT+7, 10.10.2017

President Joko Widodo affirmed that digital technology has changed the lifestyle of the Indonesian people who need fast services. He said that the economic landscape has changed, and social interaction also changed. He said when speaking about media transformation in the era of digitalization at a meeting with the mass media leaders of the Jawa Pos Group in Surabaya, East Java recently that he has checked there is only a shift from offline to online. The President acknowledged a number of supermarkets and shopping malls recorded a decline in sales as a result of the shift from offline to on line shopping. In addition, the change in lifestyle also has its impact on the media with many people no longer needing paid news media and entertainment services. Thus, the President said that the people seeking innovation toward technology advancement need to be facilitated with regulation. (Ant)


VP Jusuf Kalla to inaugurate Europalia 2017

Vice President Jusuf Kalla and his wife Mufidah visited Belgium to meet some 200 resident Indonesians and open Europalia 2017 at the Center for Fine Arts, Brussels, on Tuesday October 10, along with Belgian King Philippe. During a meeting held at Wisma Indonesia in Brussels on Sunday, Vice President Jusuf Kalla was accompanied by Indonesian Ambassador to Belgium, Yuri Thamrin to greet hundreds of Indonesian professionals, medical experts, students, and entrepreneurs. First Secretary of the Indonesian Embassy in Belgium, Ance Maylany informed Antara London that the Vice President had expressed gratitude for the warm welcome extended to him.  VP Jusuf Kalla remarked that Belgium is an important partner country for Indonesia to have cooperated in many fields, such as trade, investment, and social culture. (Ant)


Minister Budi Karya: Trunojoyo Airport to be completed by 2019

Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi said that Trunojoyo Airport in Sumenep Regency, East Java will be completed by 2019. President Joko Widodo has instructed the Minister to develop the airport’s runway and passenger terminal. With a population of 5.8 million people, Minister Budi said in Jakarta on Monday that Sumenep Regency has a huge economic potential and high mobility. He will coordinate with the local government to acquire land for runway improvement. The runway will be developed from 1.600 meters long and 30 meters wide to 2.250 meters long and 45 meters wide to accommodate wide-body aircraft. Minister Budi Karya will also develop the terminal in three phases. As for passenger terminal development, the first phase will be 800 square meters, the second phase. 1.160 square meters and the third phase will be 2139 square meters. (Tempo)


BKMP calls for foreign investment in new tourist destinations

Chief of Investment Coordinating Board –BKPM, Thomas Lembong has called for foreign direct investment in new tourist destinations that are currently being developed by Indonesian government. He said that investment in the sector would be profitable. He also stated that investors who have invested in Bali in the past ten years in hotels, resorts and villas are currently enjoying the yields from tourism sector development in Indonesia. He said in a press release received on Monday, October 9th that it is high time to invest in ‘New Balis’. Thomas has called on investors to see the profile of the new destinations in the Regional Investment Forum (RIF) that will be held in Padang, West Sumatra on October 15-17. The forum is organized by the BKPM and supported by Tourism Ministry, Bank Indonesia and regional administration. The event will showcase 10 ‘New Balis’, the government’s flagship policy. The new destinations are Lake Toba (North Sumatra), Tanjung Kelayang (Bangka Belitung), Tanjung Lesung (Banten), Seribu Islands & KotaTua (Jakarta), Borobudur (Central Java) and Bromo-Tengger-Semeru (East Java), as well as two integrated tourism areas in West Sumatra: Mandeh and Gunung Padang. (Tempo)


22 Indonesian soldiers promoted for UN peace missions in Congo

Some 22 soldiers of the Indonesian Army, Navy, and Air Force received promotions for UN peace missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This was stated by the Kizi TNI Konga XX-N/Monusco peace mission task force commander, by Lieutenant Colonel Czi Nur Alam Sucipto in a written statement received by Antara News Agency on Monday, October 9th. He said that the promotion ceremony was held at the Indo Eng Coy Bumi Nusantara base camp in Dungu City, Congo. In his opening remarks, the Commander congratulated the 22 soldiers comprising five senior commissioners, four petty officers, and 13 privates for their efforts in maintaining peace in the conflict area. Nur Alam also said that the soldiers have to feel proud. He hopes that the promotions would further motivate and improve the performance of the soldiers as peacekeepers. (Ant)


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