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Indonesia and South Korea Improve Cooperation in Various Fields

VOI NEWS 11.00 LOCAL TIME, GMT+7, 10.11.2017

President Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo received the visiting President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in and First Lady, Kim Jung-Sook in Bogor Palace, West Java on Thursday. In a joint Press Conference President Joko Widodo welcome the improvement of the partnership of the two countries into the special and strategic partnership.

“We talked about several things. The First is the step up of the partnership of the two countries into a special and strategic partnership with emphasis on industrialization acceleration in Indonesia. The second is Indonesia welcomes the increase of the South Korean investment for almost doubled in the first semester of this year. The third is we will continue to increase the trade that has jumped 19.3 percent in the first semester of 2017. The fourth is, cooperation in the creative industry that I have been discussed during my visit to South Korea in 2016 would also be followed up by, among other things, the opening of Korean Creative Content Agency Jakarta, in October 2016. The fifth is, we express appreciation to South Korea with regard to Indonesian migrant workers there and trust them especially those working in the fishery sector to President Moon,” the President said.

President Joko Widodo added, they discussed also the development of situation in Korean Peninsula. He Indonesia urged North Korea to comply with all resolutions of the United Nations Security Council on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and stop test-firing ballistic missiles. Meanwhile, President Moon is convinced that the Indonesian-South Korean bilateral relations would develop. President Moon admitted that he shared common view with President Joko Widodo with regard to prioritizing people and tolerant economic development. President Moon invited President Joko Widodo to visit his country next year. (marno/trans r)


Minister to study middle and upper class consumption pattern

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati will study the consumption pattern of middle and upper class societies who give a significant contribution to household consumption. She said that it is the upper class society who has purchasing power. They put their money in banks. This means a problem. Sri Mulyani stated that the middle and upper class people have much deposits in banks as the deposits grow more than Rp5 billion. In fact, third party fund placement in banks continue to increase. But she refused to divulge the reasons why the middle and upper class people hold purchasing power. As a matter of fact, consumer confidence index is on the rise. The government has been making every effort to provide social assistance to the lower and middle class societies through routine expenditure in the state budget as part of the efforts to maintain purchasing power without disrupting consumption pattern. She said the middle and lower class people have a problem with purchasing power due to low growth of wages at a farmer level. (Antara)


Bappenas expects more private involvement in infrastructure projects

The National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) expects more private companies to be involved in financing a number of infrastructure projects under the Non-Budget Investment Financing (PINA) scheme or the Government - Private Companies Cooperation (KPBU) scheme. The infrastructure projects need about US$353 billion, based on the National Medium Term Development Plan 2015-2019. Sixteen PINA projects in the identification phase include the construction of the R80 turboprop aircraft by PT RAI, 10 power plant projects by PT PJB, Flores Islands regional development by Flores Prosperindo Ltd, diesel-gas power plant development in Pesanggaran, Bali, airport development in Kulon Progo, Yogyakarta, as well as Kertajati Airport and two aero city development projects in West Java. Next year the government will offer 10 Quick Win Projects, such as Nambo regional waste management project, Probowangi Toll Road, Bandar Lampung Drinking Water Supply System, Serang Panimbang Toll Road and Jakarta-Cikampek Toll Road. (Antara)


70 Percent of Coffee in Egypt Come from Indonesia

Around 70 percent of Coffee in Egypt are imported from Indonesia. The Robusta Coffee comes from the provinces of Lampung, Bali, Aceh and West Sumatera. It was stated by Indonesian Trade Attaché in Egypt, Burman Rahman in Cairo recently. The from Indonesia imported coffee is Robusta coffee. Meanwhile, Egypt imports Arabica coffee from Brazil, Mexico and Vietnam.

“They purchase Arabica coffee from Brazil, Mexico and Vietnam and other Asian countries. We try to sell more coffee, if possible 80 percent of coffee in Egypt come from Indonesia. The Arabica coffee would be only nearly 10 percent,” he said.

Burhan Rahman said the Indonesian coffee would still be a prima donna of all imported commodities from Indonesia in Egypt until 2018. It was seen in trade transactions at the Trade Expo Indonesia in last October in Jakarta. 3 Egyptian Importers had purchased Indonesian coffee with a total value of 30 Million US Dollars. In this year Egypt earns 6 Primaduta Awards from President Joko Widodo, with 5 of them went to coffee importers. (retno/trans r)


Indonesian People Called for Understanding Essence of Commemoration of Heroes Day

The Indonesian Heroes Day on November 10, should not only be commemorated. All Indonesians should understand the essence of the commemoration. It was said by the chief of event organizer of the national commemoration of the Heroes Day 2017, Agus Tanzil Sjahroezah in a special interview with Voice of Indonesia recently.

“We should not only commemorate the day, but also understand the essence that everybody was ready to sacrifice their pleasure and their lives for the independence of this country. The educated independence heroes were then respected by the colonialists. Still they did not stay silent. They did not only enjoy the privilege they deserved. They fought for independence,” he said.

Sjahroezah added, all Indonesians especially the youth should fill the independence the heroes fought before with the useful things. The independence of the country is like debt that all Indonesians should pay to the independence heroes. (rezha/trans r)


Indonesia Officially Has 173 National Heroes

In the wake of Indonesia’s National Heroes Day on November 10, President Joko Widodo officially names four historical figures as national heroes, on Thursday. The four figures are Tuan Guru Kiai Haji Muhammad Zainuddin Abdul Madjid, Laksamana Malahayati, Sultan Mahmud Riayat Syah, and Lafran Pane. This means that Indonesia currently has 173 national heroes since its independence on August 17, 1945. Minister of Social Affairs on Thursday, November 9 said that the 173 heroes consist of 160 men and 13 women. These heroes come from civilians and military-police force. The naming of the four latest heroes was based on their services towards the country. Malahayati is chosen due to her role at leading the Indonesian marine fleets against the Dutch army and successfully killed Cornelis De Houtman in 1559. Lafran Pane from Yogyakarta, Central Java, was given the respectable title, not because of his involvement in a war, but he is considered a hero for his service in initiating the youth movement in Indonesia. One of them was through the establishment of the Muslim Students’ Association (HMI) back in February 1947. Lafran was also one of the figures who opposed the change of Indonesia's ideology from Pancasila to Communism. (Tempo)


Over one thousand villages to have electricity

The Secretary of the Directorate General of New Energy, Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation, Wawan Supriatna, said on Thursday that that 1,096 villages will have a power grid, provided by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, by the end of this year. The new and renewable energy development programs undertaken by the ministry include increasing generating capacity, through the development of geothermal power plants and hydro power plants, and providing modern energy access to isolated areas, through PLN (the National Electricity Company) networks, particularly in border and remote areas. The other programs are to reduce electricity subsidies for diesel power plant, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and save energy. Wawan added that the government was also working to light up more than 80 thousand houses in five provinces by providing solar energy saving lamp (LTSHE). The lamps will be distributed to people in areas that are out of PLNs grid and rely on solar power.(Antara)

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