VOI 11.10.17, 14.00 LOCAL TIME, GMT +7


---- Indonesian foreign minister Retno LP Marsudi in her working visit to Belgium held a meeting with her counterpart Belgian foreign minister Didier Reynders and Vice President of  European Comission for Foreign diplomacy and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini to discuss several bilateral issues of both countries in Foreign Ministry office Jakarta on Tuesday.  Secretary of Indonesian Embassy in Brussel, Ance Maylany said the visit of Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in Belgium is to open Europalia festival where Indonesia becomes a partner country. Indonesia and Belgium has a very big potential to develop especially in trade and investment sector. The trade development of both country in the first semester of 2017 is 16,86 percent. Specifically Foreign Minister Reynders appreciates Indonesian active diplomacy to resolve the humanitarian issues in Rakhine State. Belgium and Europe agreed the importance to run the recomendation and priority on Humanitarian assistance. After she met with the two ministers Minister Retno Marsudi accompanied Vice President Jusuf Kalla to meet Belgium Businessman Federation and conveyed the business comittment in Belgium and Indonesia to expand and elevate investment and trade of both countries// ANT.Trs.NK   


Ministry of Transportation Prepares 400 Billion Rupiah to Build Air Bridge

----  Indonesian Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi in Jakarta on Tuesday said the Ministry has allocated the budget for air bridge program amounting to Rp 400 billion. The air bridge program is the implementation of logistic cargo air transportation  from the airport to other airports or to the airports in the backward, remote, and border area.  The program is aimed to push down the price disparity of basic commodities up to 20 percent. Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said the existing budget will be used for infrastructure development at several pioneering airports, such as runway extension and Air Traffic Control (ATC) development space.  This year, the Ministry of Transportation will make three airports in Papua such as Timika, Wamena and Dekai to be the air bridge hub, with 12 flight routes. Currently the air bridge program has started auction process to determine the party that will serve the implementation of air transportation of cargo pioneer and cargo air transportation subsidy//  Tempo/trs/N



----   Indonesian Tourism Ministry made Europhalia Arts Festival Indonesia 2017 that  is held in Belgium as the event to promote Indonesian tourism because the European tourists are very potential. The Deputy Secretary of Foreign Tourism Marketing Ministry of Tourism Ni Wayan Giri Adnyani to the press in Brussel, Belgium on Tuesday said that although Europalia displays more cultures,  the activity  is also in line with tourism. The Europalia Arts Festival 2017 will be held from October 10, 2017 to January 21, 2018.  Europalian Committee  views Indonesia as the Multi-Ethnic country with culture’s diversity and it is time to get attention from European people.  To succeed Europalia Festival 2017 the Indonesian Tourism Ministry has promoted the event to a numbers of printed, online and electronic medias//  ANT. Trs : NK   


Jakarta Bay reclamation project resumes as moratorium lifted

---- Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, on Oct 5 issued a Ministerial Decree No S-78-001/02/Coordinating Minister/Maritime/X/2017 to revoke a decree on moratorium of Jakarta Bay reclamation project issued in 2016 by his predecessor, Rizal Ramli. Pandjaitan sent a letter informing outgoing Jakarta Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat that the moratorium was officially lifted as developers had fulfilled several requirements demanded by Ramli. The Indonesian Businessmen Association (Apindo) has lauded the governments decision to revoke the moratorium on reclamation in Jakarta Bay. The Indonesian Businessmen Association (Apindo) has lauded the governments decision to revoke the moratorium on reclamation in Jakarta Bay. As for the Jakarta Bay reclamation project, one of serious questions often asked is the source of sand, corals, and other solid materials needed for building the man-made islands. Massive sand and coral mining will endanger or even make an island and several islets vanish. Since the Jakarta Bay project is relatively close to the Thousand Islands (Kepulauan Seribu), several environmentalists suspect the reclamation project might source sand and coral from the Thousand Islands, which might lead to the disappearance of several islets in the area//    Voi.ANT

Ministers launches market operation to distribute 75 thousand tons of rice

---- Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita and Agriculture Minister Andi Amran Sulaiman have launched a market operation to distribute 75 thousand tons of medium-quality rice at the highest retail price (HET) of Rp8.1 thousand per kilogram. Enggar explained that the market operation, which is being held from October 2017 to March 2018, will be carried out by government rice reserves from state logistic board (Bulog).  The market operation is also being carried out to overcome the scarcity of medium-quality rice in Jakarta, especially after the implementation of the governments highest level of retail price (HET).  According to Minister Enggartiasto, the supply of medium-quality rice is actually available, but it is stored in merchant warehouses. Therefore, he expressed hope that the stored medium-quality rice would be sold to the market through the operation.   Market operations in Jakarta will be done by PT Food Station Tjipinang Jaya, as a regional government food firm , within the Provincial Government of Jakarta//   Voi.Ant


Indonesia Aims to Finish First Phase of Key Java Rail Line by 2019

---- Indonesia aims to finish the first phase of construction on a multi-billion dollar rail project linking the capital Jakarta to the country's second-biggest city of Surabaya in East Java by 2019, Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said. In a message posted to his Twitter account, Budi Karya said the government wanted construction of the "semi-fast" rail link connecting Jakarta to Semarang, the capital of Central Java, to be completed by 2019 and track work on to Surabaya to be finished by 2021. Indonesia and Japan agreed to initial discussions on the project in January during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's state visit to Jakarta, but it was not clear if a Japanese company would be involved in building the railway.The Jakarta-Surabaya rail project, which aims to more than halve journey times on the 600 km route to around five hours and would mostly involve upgrading an existing line, the minister said. Meanwhile, progress on the 150 km Jakarta-Bandung rail link has been slow. A consortium of Indonesian and Chinese companies building the railway signed a $4.5 billion loan with China Development Bank on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing in May, nearly two years after the project was awarded//   Voi.JG



 Indonesia Beats Mongolia 5-0

Indonesia managed to overcome Mongolia in its second match in the Badminton World Federation -BWF Junior Championships 2017. Indonesia, with a different composition of players in the match that took place at the Amongrogo Sports Arena, Yogyakarta, Tuesday (10/10), won 5 -0 over Mongolia. Indonesian team manager Susi Susanti admitted that her team is on paper better than Mongolia. But she still calls on her athletes to keep focusing and not to underestimate the opponents.

"In today's match between Indonesia against Mongolia, we won 5-0. Indeed, as we have predicted, we are still in a level above Mongolia, so our athletes could easily defeated them. We also always remind our athletes to stay ready and not be careless," he said.

In mixed doubles, Indonesia strengthened by Rinov Rivaldy and Angelica Wiratama managed to win 21-3, 21-10 against Kerlen Darkhanbaatar and Temuulen Gombodorj. Meanwhile, the Indonesian men's single player, Ikhsan Leonardo, defeated Sumiyasuren Enkhbat with 21-6 21-5. The Indonesian women's singles player, Choirunnisa also won with a score of 21-3 and 21-4 against Gantseseg Baatarsuren. The Indonesian male duet, Muhammad Shohibul Fikri and Jeremiah Erich made the victory to 4-0 after defeating Mongolian players Sumiyasuren Enkhbat and Temuulen Gombodorj with21-3 and 21-6. The Indonesian women's doubles, Agatha Imanuela and Siti Fadia, closed the match with a 21-7 and 21-4 against Gantseseg Baatarsuren and Kherlen Darkhanbaatar. With this result, Indonesia is ranked first in the group H1. In the next round, Indonesia meets Spain which is ranked first in the group H2. The event takes place on Wednesday at Amongrogo Sports Center// (paramita.trs.r)


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