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President Joko Widodo received Minister of Economy and Energy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Peter Altmaier at the State Palace in Jakarta on last, Thursday (1/11). On the occasion, President Joko Widodo was accompanied by Head of the Investment Coordinating Board -BKPM, Thomas Lembong and Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources -ESDM, Ignasius Jonan. After the meeting, Thomas Lembong explained that President Joko Widodo and Minister Altmaier discussed the industrial revolution 4.0 (four point zero).

"Germany is very strong in industrial internet or b to b, from corporate to corporate, but still weak in b to c, business to consumer. While, we are strong in b to c like tokpedia, traveloka, and bukalapak. It's all b to c. That's an example where our strengths complement each other. Interestingly, the minister conveyed, perhaps the most important of all the industrial technology 4.0 is artificial intelligence, machine intelligence. In his opinion, it is the most powerful creation since the steam engine 200 years ago. In the future in the industrial field, machine intelligence will be the same as the impact electricity. All machines, and all productions will be powered by machine intelligence," said Thomas Lembong.

Head of BKPM, Thomas Lembong said that in addition to industry 4.0, President Joko Widodo and Minister Altmaier also discussed vocational education. This has actually been discussed by Indonesia-Germany during President Joko Widodo's visit to Germany three years ago. The vocational education in this case is vocational training, practical skills for workers to master mechanical engineering, such as industrial machinery and automotive machinery. Regarding industry 4.0 or the fourth industrial revolution, robotics and automation were also discussed. As a follow-up of the Indonesian and German cooperation in the field of vocational education, German Minister of Economy and Energy, Peter Altmaier accompanied by Indonesian Minister of Industry, Airlangga Hartarto visited the Astra Manufacturing Polytechnic in Jakarta on last Thursday (1/11). The arrival of the two ministers was to see first-hand results of cooperation between Germany and Indonesia through the German-Indonesian Economist Association (EKONID) in the field of vocational education. On that occasion, President Director of Astra International and concurrently Chairman of EKONID, Prijono Sugiarto hoped that both countries could continue to collaborate in a bid to educate Indonesian people who have high competitiveness. At present, PT Astra has succeeded in fostering two instructors who won ‘Meister certification’ from Germany in 2017. This year, around 16 students won the certification of 'Deutsche Industrie und Handelskammer' -DIHK in the field of mecha-tronics automotive.


Every October 28th, the Indonesian nation commemorates the Youth Pledge Day. On October 28, 1928, Youths from various regions in Indonesia swore one homeland, one nation, one language: Indonesia. The Youth Pledge of 1928 is a very important milestone, becoming the foundation in building a pluralistic nation within the framework of the Unitary State of Republic of Indonesia. This was affirmed by Speaker of the House of Representatives –DPR, Bambang Soesatyo.

Quoting report, when attending the National Dialogue with the theme 'Ideology of Pancasila in the Era of Openness and Digitization,' in Surabaya, East Java, Sunday (28/10), Speaker Bambang Soesatyo affirmed that the values in the Youth Pledge are appropriate with the spirit of Pancasila formulated by the founders of the nation, especially in the third principle, Indonesian Unity. In addition, the diversity which is the wealth of the nation must be strongly maintained as the motto ‘Unity in Diversity’.

On that occasion, he reminded that the advancement of information and technology, especially through social media, brings about not only positive progress. But it also negative influence. Discourse, narration and propaganda wars also bring about the swift flow of information that cannot be stopped, including the development of any beliefs and doctrines that is not in line with Pancasila.

Speaker Bambang views that the efforts are needed to re-instill the ideology of Pancasila into the hearts of every Indonesian citizen. At least, there are four main lines that can be carried out. First, it is through the regulation in which Pancasila ideology stabilization law is needed so that the establishment of Pancasila ideology becomes a national system in constitutional politics. Secondly, it is through a policy that is currently carried out by President Joko Widodo in which every policy carried out by the government is the manifestation of Pancasila values. Third, it is through education by instilling the values of Pancasila through formal, non-formal and informal education. Fourth, it is through main and social media as a means of socializing the strengthening of Pancasila ideology.

Meanwhile, Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Human Rights, Wiranto in the socialization of the Presidential Instruction for the State Defense in Sidoarjo, East Java (29/10), as quoted by, said that Pancasila is the nation's ideology. This means that as Indonesian loyal citizens, they have to deeply study the true meanings and values of Pancalsila.

In addition, Minister Wiranto also said that Pancasila cannot be separated from the Unitary State of Republic of Indonesia –NKRI because both are final and must be defended by the Indonesian people. Because, both Pancasila and NKRI have created a lot of advantages for the nation.

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The governments of Indonesia and Germany keep collaborating to improve the quality of vocations to produce competitive human resources in the global era. This collaboration is in the form of a training program for advanced level trainer candidates from the industrial world to train more vocational trainers. The main objective is to strengthen the vocational education system to produce young people who are competent and highly competitive according to the needs of the labor market. Industrie-und Handelskammer (IHK), Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Trier from Germany provides trainer training programs, including helping them prepare vocational education curricula that are in line with the needs and development of the industrial sector. Deputy for Coordination of Creative Economy, Entrepreneurship, Competitiveness of Cooperatives, and Small and Medium Enterprises at the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, Rudy Salahuddin signed a declaration of cooperation between Indonesia and Germany with IHK CEO Trier Jan Glockauer in Jakarta on last Wednesday (10/24). The event was attended by Head of Development Cooperation of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Rafael Teck and Deputy Chairperson of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) for Manpower and Industrial Relations, Anton J Supit. Rudy Salahuddin, as released by Kompas, hopes that the collaboration will improve the ability to prepare curriculum and teach vocational training. He also said that President Joko Widodo had set 2018 as a momentum to prepare competent and productive human resources. Thus, the development of the quality of human capital, especially the younger generation, has received serious attention in the allocation of 2019 State Budget -APBN. The collaboration with the Trier CPI has been carried out in two phases, namely 2012 to 2015 and 2015 to 2018. In the third stage, the collaboration lasts 2018 until  2021. Its main target is to develop a strategy to synchronize the world of education and industry so that the younger generation is more competent and productive to be easily employed in the job market when graduating from vocational school. In previous collaboration, the Trier CPI focused on training pedagogical skills of teachers in several vocational high schools to have the ability to teach students' practices and theories on an ongoing basis. As for the next three years, Trier's CPI along with the government, Kadin Indonesia, and a number of partners will train the pedagogical capabilities of company workers to be able to educate vocational training participants according to the needs of the business world. Meanwhile, Deputy Chairperson of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry -Kadin for Manpower and Industrial Relations, Anton J Supit appreciated President Joko Widodo who chose vocation as a very strategic aspect to build strong human capital. He asked for the industrial world to support the large design of vocational training made by the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs so that the vocational education and training will run according to the increasingly competitive job market needs.



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The release of birds and fish seed marks2018 Cultural Performance

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The release of about 50 kilograms of fish seed in the stream of Lamat Muntilan riverMagelang Regency, Central Java and the various birds marks the peak of the seventh 2018 cultural performance organized by groups of localpeople on Saturday. One of the committees of the 7th culturalperformance , Sutikno explained that the release of these animals means that the local residents continue to pay attention to the importance to preserve theenvironment. He said that variuos fish seeds, such as Mujhair fish and turtles were released by the local community, including the ranks of local sub-district leaders.

Dozens of birds like kutilang, perkutu and sulingan kamparwere also released from the stream of the river close to the local residence of Pepe Village, Muntilan sub-district, Magelang Regency.

In the series of 7th culturalperformance that took place from 13 until 21 October.  the local residents of Pepe Village, Muntilan sub-district, Magelang Regency carried out  action  “clean Lamat River” and the workshop with theme Babad Sedulur Nglamat” was attended by some speakers. In addition, there were also a drawing and exposition, workshop of trash bankkid play, traditional exhibition, educational and culinary exhibition.

In the peak event during 20 and 21 october 2018art performance was held by some  local groups and some schools in Muntilan. Besides, mountain parade was also held and yellow rice was made from the local village to thesquare where stage has been established to perform with dozens of exhibition booths.

The cultural performance in Magelang regency was pioneered by Muntilam Museum Mission seven years ago. Sutikno explained that the annual agenda such as cultural performance is very important to support the spirit of the people’s brotherhood in the area. Headded that the cultural performance besides enhancing the local people’s brotherhood is aimed at uniting human beings with the world and the local area. The performance also builds spiritof ecological eduction which is the most important circle of the children. The local community makes the LamatRiver as meeting and learning place towards ecologicalawarenessThe water stream of Lamat River flows from the foot of Mt. Merapi around 20 meters of east Muntilan, the biggest district in Magelang Regency.

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The Indonesian government is committed to providing financial assistance worth 7 million US dollars or about Rp110 billion to support various Palestinian development programs. This was discussed by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi and Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyad al-Maliki during a bilateral consultation in Jakarta on last Tuesday (10/16). Minister Retno Marsudi in a joint press statement with her counterpart Minister al-Maliki said that the assistance is a concrete contribution to the Palestinian community. She affirmed that most of the total aid is used to increase significant contributions to the United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) from US$ 200,000 to US$ 2 million during 2019-2020. Meanwhile, the assistance of the Indonesian people to Palestine reaches US$2.92 million dollars and 2,000 tons of rice.In addition, the National Zakat Agency (Baznas) will also provide financial assistance to UNRWA and the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization for Palestinian refugees. The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) is currently discussing plans to build an Indonesian hospital in Hebron. The total assistance will also cover the area of capacity building. The Indonesian government will contribute to the capacity building cooperation worth US $ 2 million for the next three years. The assistance is included in the framework of the Cooperation Conference between East Asian Countries for the Development of Palestine (CEAPAD). Minister Retno Marsudi hopes that the capacity building will have a direct impact on the welfare of Palestinians, and for the independence of Palestine as an independent state. She also added that in 2019, Indonesia will train 90 officers and Palestinians in the field of women's empowerment, good governance, tropical fruit cultivation, drug and food supervision and flight training with Commercial Pilot License certificates in Indonesian pilot schools.The Chancellor's Forum and Padjajaran University will also provide scholarships for Palestinian students as part of Indonesia's efforts to prepare education for the young Palestinian generation. Since 2008, Indonesia has trained 1,887 Palestinian officers and citizens covering 171 fields of expertise, including the fields of government, law enforcement, drug and food control, and various other technical fields.Meanwhile, Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyad al Maliki greatly appreciated Indonesia's assistance and support given to his country. This support is not only shown politically, but also reflected in various development programs, including the establishment of hospitals in Gaza and Hebron. He emphasized that all this indicates that Indonesia is truly united for Palestine.


The World Bank has bee committed to providng loan assistance worth US$ 1 billiondollars or around Rp15 trillion fpr  Indonesia in the reconstruction process, post-natural disasters in Lombok and Palu and strengthen long-term resilience. This long-term loan is a continuation of the results of the talks between Vice President Jusuf Kalla and the Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank Group, Kristalina Georgieva, who discussed the assistance agreement for Indonesia. Kristalina Georgieva in her written statement quoted by Antara on Sunday (10/14) said that the Indonesian government's efforts to restore affected areas were very good. The loan package includes giving cash to 150,000 poor families affected in natural disasters for periods of six months to a year. This social security scheme is designed to strengthen the local economy and create jobs during the recovery period and prevent long-term damage to human capital. This one billion US dollar package can also be used for disaster recovery programs to finance public facilities and other important infrastructure. Affected infrastructure that can utilize the assistance, including hospitals, schools, bridges, highways, toll roads and water supply facilities. In addition, the assistance can strengthen monitoring and early warning systems, strengthen the reconstruction process of houses and rebuild the infrastructure and service environment.Previously Vice President Jusuf Kalla revealed that the loan tenor from the World Bank for disaster management could reach 35 years, so it would not burden the government. In addition to providing loan or funding assistance, the World Bank also contributed US $ 5 million for technical assistancein the form of grants, to ensure that the reconstruction process is carried out in the near future.The World Bank estimates losses for geospatial damage and infrastructure, buildings and houses affected by the tsunami in Palu reached 531 million US dollars or 8.1 trillion rupiah. The estimate does not include the calculation of casualties, loss of land or economic disruption due to lost livelihoods.Meanwhile Finance Minister Sri Mulyani said the commitment from the World Bank could strengthen efforts to increase resilience and improve the handling of natural disasters. However, he ensured, the disbursement of aid funds and their utilization must go through a discussion process with the parliament.


President, Joko Widodo and Singaporean Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong held a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the IMF-World Bank Annual Meeting in Nusa Dua Bali on Thursday (11/10). The meeting produced seven memoranda of understanding –MoU in various fields. Three agreements that were signed were witnessed directly by President Joko Widodo and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. First agreement is the cooperation on increasing and protecting investment between Indonesia and Singapore. President Joko Widodo at a press conference in Bali on Thursday said that this cooperation is expected to increase the confidence of Singaporean investors in investing in Indonesia. The second collaboration is in the field of financial technology (fintech). Indonesia and Singapore are committed to arranging details of the support provided to develop the fintech industry in both countries. Meanwhile, the third collaboration is in the field of cultural heritage for the period 2019-2021. In addition to the three collaborations, there are still four other cooperation agreements signed by representatives of the two countries' ministries. The four ones are the development and implementation of industry 4.0, cooperation in fintech programs for higher education, development of human resources for government employees and cooperation in shipping schools. President Joko Widodo added, Indonesia and Singapore are  also committed to continuously developing the Kendal Industrial Zone in Central Java and Nongsa Digital Park Batam, Riau Islands. Both regions are built on cooperation between the two countries. President Joko Widodo said that  in addition to economic cooperation, an increase in ASEAN cooperation was also discussed. According to President Joko Widodo, as the two founding countries of ASEAN, Indonesia and Singapore have a moral responsibility to keep strengthening ASEAN. Meanwhile, Singaporean Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong said that Singapore would continue to increase its investment in Indonesia. He emphasized that Singapore has also agreed on a MoU on industry 4.0 to face the industrial revolution ahead. He specifically conveyed Singapore's participation in the Kendal Industrial Area which will be able to attract 43 companies to invest their capital with the total investment of millions of US dollars. He said, the Kendal Industrial Area is able to employ more than 5,000 people.


The International Monetary Fund -IMF) called Indonesia's economic growth relatively good amid the heat of trade tension and the global economic slowdown. The IMF estimates that Indonesia's economy will still grow above 5 percent this year. The latest IMF World Economic Outlook (WEO) report projects global economic growth this year stagnates at 3.7 percent. The IMF also revised the 2019 global economic projection from 3.9 percent to 3.7 percent. Meanwhile, Indonesia's economy in 2018 is predicted to grow 5.1 percent or lower than the IMF projection in April 2018 which was 5.3 percent. IMF Chief Economist, Maurice Obstfeld at a press conference at the IMF Annual Meeting - World Bank in Nusa Dua, Bali Tuesday (9/10) said that Indonesia's economic growth projections were revised as the global economy declined. Because Indonesia will be affected by tightening monetary policy in the world, oil prices and trade wars. Even so, he saw Indonesia's economic growth is still quite strong. Based on the WEO report, Indonesia which groups the IMF into ASEAN-5 has the third highest economic growth. The ASEAN-5 countries in question are Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines. Indonesia's economic growth rate is higher than Malaysia and Thailand until 2019. Obstfeld also said, the IMF also views Indonesia to be able to maintain a consistent growth rate. He said, the Indonesian economy can grow higher if it is able to take advantage of all the potential it possesses. Indonesia has population growth. Indonesia will get a lot of tax revenue. According to Obstfeld, the government's seriousness in building infrastructure is considered to be a lure of investors to invest in Indonesia. He emphasized that Indonesia's economy is still strong because the rupiah exchange rate against the currencies of trading partner countries other than the United States had depreciated by only about 4 percent since the beginning of the year. The depreciation against the US dollar reaches 10 percent. In addition, the inflation rate is considered to be maintained amid the weakening exchange rate. Previously, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde said that Indonesia's economy has been managed so well that the IMF does not feel the need to provide loans to Indonesia. The same confirmation was made by Minister of Finance, Sri Mulyani at a press conference in Nusa Dua, Bali on Monday. According to her, Indonesia will not borrow money to the IMF because the loans are only given to countries that are experiencing a balance of payments crisis. According to Minister Sri Mulyani, the government has already anticipated measures in facing global risks, including running a mixed policy between Bank Indonesia and the Ministry of Finance. She believes that Bank Indonesia's response to US interest rate increases is able to maintain market interest in investing in Indonesia.


The beauty of Indonesia is shown to the delegates of the International Monetary Fund-World Bank Group 2018 Annual Meeting -IMF-WBG in Bali. Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises -BUMN along with all state companies is ready to welcome around 34,000 participants through the Indonesian Pavilion.The Indonesian Pavilion showcases the uniqueness of Indonesia in terms of development, business, national strategic projects, tourism to the richness of cultural arts, and typical Indonesian handicrafts.Not only that, various investment supporting factors that can attract investors to invest in Indonesia are also displayed in an exhibition space of more than 2,000 meters. Special Staff I of the State-Owned Enterprises Minister, Sahala Lumban Gaol in a written statement in Jakarta on Monday (8/10) said, in the IMF-WBG 2018 annual meeting held in Nusa Dua, Bali, from 8 to 14 October, the Indonesian Pavilion could be the first window for the members of the delegation who were present to get to know Indonesia briefly. Although brief, the information is enough to represent all the advantages, beauty and uniqueness of Indonesia. Sahala Lumban Gaol explained, the contents of the Indonesian Pavilion convey the message of Nawacita. There is Indonesia in Numbers, which is meant so that othe people can rediscover Indonesia, to see the progress of Indonesia's development that need to be highlighted. In this case, Indonesia's infrastructure development that once was very far backward, but now it is extraordinary. Shown there is the success of infrastructure development, such as highways, toll roads, airports to ports. The Indonesian Pavilion is divided into several thematic rooms, such as State-Owned Enterprises Hall, Workshop area, Exhibition area, VIP Lounge, Investment Lounge, and Stage Pavilion / Coffee Shop. Guests can go through each room that has its own uniqueness. The SOE Ministry is not alone. The making of the Indonesian Pavilion was also supported by the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, the Creative Economy Agency, the Ministry of Communication and Information, and the Ministry of Finance.Sahala Lumban Gaol added that in the Indonesian Pavilion it was also shown that connectivity had been built in Indonesia, ranging from toll roads to seaports. Handicrafts to the art which is Indonesian wealth, all are exhibited at the international meeting.Around 150 micro, small and medium enterprises from 64 district / city governments in Indonesia were also involved in the exhibition of their work. Batik demonstrations, weaving, bag crafts, fans, masks, and other flutes and crafts are expected to be the main attraction for delegates. Delegates can experience their own Indonesian crafting experiences in the craft and art area. The Indonesian Pavilion was officially opened by the Minister of State-Owned Enterprises Rini Soemarno on Tuesday (9/10).


The Ministry of Industry is currently holding the International Moslem Fashion Expo (IMFE) which has taken place from 1st-6th of October 2018 at the Industrial Plaza, Ministry of Industry in Jakarta. Minister of Industry, Airlangga Hartarto remarked at the opening ceremony of the exhibition in Jakarta on Monday that the IMFE is a concrete effort implemented by the Ministry of Industry to make Indonesia as the World’s Muslim Fashions orientation in 2020. Minister Airlangga said that Indonesia has a lot of opportunities to be the World’s Muslim Fashion orientation, remembering that Indonesia is the country with the largest Muslim populations. The Global Islamic Economy has predicted that the growth of the World Muslim Fashion Market will reach US$ 327 billion dollars in 2020. It also said that Indonesia is one of the five major members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation exporting the most Muslim Fashion products besides Bangladesh, Turkey, Morocco, and Pakistan. In 2017, Bangladesh as the member of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation exported the most Muslim Fashion products worth US$33.73 billion dollars, followed by Turkey on the second position with the value of US$12.76 billion dollars, and Indonesia on the third position with the value of US$ 12.23 billion dollars. Minister Airlangga further explained that the markets of Muslim Fashion products have become more diversified as the growing number of Indonesian and global Muslim populations. Meanwhile, General Director of the Small-Medium Enterprises at the Ministry of Industry, Gati Wibawaningsih said that the IMFE is organized by the collaboration between Ministry of Industry and the designers joining the Modest Fashion Team Project (MOFP). She also said that the exhibition aims at realizing the vision of making Indonesia as the World’s Muslim Fashion Orientation in 2020.

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