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House of Representatives Discuss Taxing Plastic Bags

VOI NEWS 13.00 LOCAL TIME, GMT+7, 12.10.2017 

Finance Ministry’s Director General of Customs and Excise Heru Pambudi stated that the ministry is in the process of discussing the customs and excise for plastic bags with House of Representatives Commission IX by years end. Placing fees on plastic bags was originally set to be one of the country’s sources of income in 2017. Such plan had to be delayed for a period of time because of the tight schedule of House’ Commission IX.  Other than constituting plastic bags as a source of income, placing fees on plastic bags is also hoped to reduce the amount of plastic usage in general.  Previously on March 2017, plastic customs and excise were proposed to Finance Minister Sri Mulyani. It was considered to be a form of consumption disincentive, which takes the example of European nations that have already imposed such regulation//   Voi.TI


Tourism Ministry Appreciates Selayar Calendar of Events 2018

Indonesian Tourism Ministry appreciated the 2018 Calendar of Events of Selayar Regency which was launched at Balairung Soesilo Soedarman, Sapta Pesona Building in Jakarta on Wednesday (11/10). The appreciation was conveyed by the Tourism Ministry's National Tourism Marketing Development Deputy, Esthy Reko Astuti in her remarks during the same occasion. Esthy Reko Astuti said that this year, the Selayar Regency becomes the fastest region to launch its 2018 Calendar of Events.

“…Selayar regency becomes the first and the fastest region to launch its 2018 Calendar of Events. So, we need to appreciate it. And, I had seen almost all core events. It has 50 events consisting of 12 core events and 38 supporting events.” she said. 

Nevertheless, Esthy Reko Astuti expects that all dates in Selayar Regency's Calendar of Events have been fixed, because some agendas are still tentative. Besides, she also asked the Selayar Regency government to develop its tourism potential and promotion by cooperating with other regions around the regency// (Steve)


Sri Mulyani to Speak in the IMF and World Bank Annual Forum

Indonesian Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani Indrawati is set to speak in a number of economic forums and debates during the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank that will be held this weekend in Washington DC.  Minister Sri Mulyani will be accompanying IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim in several discussions on the current global economy. Previously on Wednesday, the former Executive Director of the World Bank acted as a speaker in a discussion about East Asia’s inclusive growth and the emergence of the middle class. Sri Mulyani will then appear in CNN debate on the global economy with Lagarde, France’s Finance and Economy Minister Bruno Le Marie, Canadian Finance Minister William Morneau, and Harvard professor of economy Harvard Gita Gopinath.  Several Indonesian state Officials will also be present in Washington to accompany Sri Mulyani, such as Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan and Governor of Bank Indonesia Bambang Brodjonegoro, who will also speak in several forums.  Luhut is present as the official delegate of President Joko Widodo or Jokowi and the coordinator of the organizing committee of the IMF and World Bank in 2018 which will be held in Bali. The large-scale event is predicted to attract 18 thousand participants and international media outlets too//   Voi.TI


Towards Indonesia VS Cina

Indonesia relies on players in women's singles, women's doubles and mixes in the last eighth round of BWF World Junior Championship 2017. This was stated by Indonesian team manager, Susi Susanti. After successfully defeating Spain with a score 3-0, Susi said on Wednesday that she has prepared the team as well as possible to be able to give the best achievement for Indonesia. According to Susi, in the eighth round, the strength of the team has been already more evenly. She will try to take point in the sector which is more possible. Overall, five numbers to be performed must be prepared well.

"The sector which has great opportunity is taken. Which sector that we have more opportunity is. The opportunity is in the single female, double female and mixed players, even though we are ready for mixed men players and single players." she said. 

Meanwhile, Coach of China team, Zhu Wii Lun said that Indonesia is as the strong team. So, his team will focus on every number to gain victory. He did not mention the number which becomes priority, because according to Zhu Wii Lu,  Indonesian team has the best player in each number.  Zhu Wii Lun  also promised that he will give interesting game for public who come to Amongrogo sport hall// (Par)


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