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The petrochemical industry complex owned by Lotte Chemical Indonesia in Cilegon, Banten with value US$3.5 billion dollars or Rp52.5 trillion rupiah was officially built. The construction was marked by a procession of laying the first stone by Minister of Industry, Airlangga Hartarto on Friday (7/12). In his remarks, Minister Airlangga said that the petrochemical industry is as important as the steel industry, as the mother of industry. Therefore, a stable environment and business climate need to be maintained so that this project is successfully implemented properly. Based on its characteristics, according to Minister Airlangga, the petrochemical industry is categorized as a type of manufacturing sector that is capital intensive, technology intensive, and energy-intensive. So, it needs special attention from the government for sustainable development. He also explained that in the Making Indonesia 4.0 road map, the chemical industry has been determined to be one of the sectors that received development priority to become a pioneer in the implementation of the Industrial Revolution 4.0. Therefore, the Ministry of Industry appreciates PT Lotte Chemical Indonesia to have realized its investment by building a petrochemical industrial complex with 100-hectare area. The petrochemical industry complex has a total production capacity of 2 million tons of naphtha crackers per year. The raw material is then processed to produce ethylene, propylene, polypropylene, and other derivative products which are also of high added-value. The production of PT. Lotte Chemical Indonesia is to meet domestic and global demand. The infrastructure development project is estimated to absorb up to 1,500 direct workers and indirect labor can reach 4,000 in the period 2019-2023. This effort is believed to improve Indonesia's economy fundamentally, by saving foreign exchange from import substitution, and will also be able to improve the trade balance. According to Minister Airlangga, the production of the petrochemical industry can support the reduction of imports of petrochemical products by at least 50 percent. He also hopes that the project will prioritize the use of local components, including workers who will be involved in this project. They must be prioritized from within the country.



The commitment of Indonesian citizens abroad to preserve the values of Pancasila continues to be fostered. Pancasila values are guidelines, philosophies, and life views of the nation and state. This was expressed by President of the Indonesian Diaspora Network-United (IDN-United), Herry Utomo in the Pancasila Week event in Melbourne, Australia (28/11). As quoted by, Herry Utomo said that the values of Pancasila must be implanted in the Indonesian diaspora and future generations as a form of love for the homeland, Indonesia.

The week event of Pancasila is a series of workshops, dialogues and seminars from 28 November to 1 December 2018. The event was also attended by members of the Steering Committee of the Pancasila Ideology Development Board (BPIP), Mahfud MD as the speaker at the event. He said that the history of Pancasila and the importance of Pancasila values are the fortress to prevent radicalism. He remarked that there has been an effort to eradicate the Pancasila ideology so that it needs socialization and guidance for the Indonesian citizens not only in the country but also abroad.

Meanwhile, Member of the House of Representatives, Daryatmo Mardiyanto in the absorption of community aspirations with the theme "Stabilization of Pancasila Ideology" at United Futsal Singocandi, Kudus, Central Java (29/11), as quoted by, viewed that rural communities have applied more values that contained in the Pancasila. The values are mutual cooperation, togetherness and tolerance. He also said that the communities, especially those who live in villages, are very familiar with cooperation.

Member of the Regional Representative Council (DPD) of the Republic of Indonesia at the Regional Election of Bangka Belitung (Babel), Bahar Buasan calls for all Indonesian people, especially Bangka Belitung people to strengthen the values of Pancasila in their environment. He views that the values of Pancasila must be taught mainly to the family. As quoted by, Bahar Buasan said that families play a major role in establishing Pancasila values in their activities. Take for example; they participate in ongoing socialization activities. Thus, the communities are able to re-practice the Pancasila in people's lives. Pancasila needs to be re-instilled from the family so that it can be understood and practiced in daily life. Bahar Buasan also explained that strengthening Pancasila values in people's lives at this time is very necessary because the national challenges to be faced by Indonesia in the future are even greater. He also added that strengthening Pancasila values could fortify itself from various negative influences from both internal and external, such as the rapid flow of globalization.



Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education, Mohamad Nasir has issued Minister Regulation No. 55/2018 concerning the Development of National Ideology in Student Activities in the Campus Environment. Later, each campus is obliged to establish a National Ideology Guards Student Activity Unit (UKM-PIB). This unit will bring back the extra-Pancasila-based organization in campus to help strengthen efforts to prevent radicalism in campus.

The unit will also be a forum for student organizations to contest in strengthening the fading national ideology in the campus environment with the spread of radicalism. As quoted by, Director of Communication and Information of the State Intelligence Agency, Wawan Purwanto said in Jakarta (16/11) that however, the ideology of the Pancasila must be instilled both in campuses and in schools. Indonesian people must be aware that the post-reform, Pancasila has been absent in the realm of educational material. He perceived that if Pancasila in campus is not strengthened, of course it will be dangerous and eventually, foreign ideology will enter and it is also tending to be violent, radical and even will be attacking and undermining the government.

In addition, Wawan remarked that so far, President Joko Widodo has launched Pancasila education in both schools and universities. According to Wawan Purwanto, this is a revitalization effort so that finally, all elements of this educated society can again understand how the life of the nation and state based on the Pancasila. He added that by deepening Pancasila in campus, the Indonesian nation again carves out the noble values of the Indonesian people which were indeed born from the roots that had been initiated by the founding fathers of Indonesia.

Wawan Purwanto also emphasized that with the existence of the National Ideology Guards Student Activity Unit (UKM-PIB), students are free from and able to prevent the radicalism in campus. Being sufficient with understanding of Pancasila ideology, students will directly or indirectly be able to fortify themselves.


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The 16th economic policy package that has just been issued is focused on encouraging the entry of foreign capital through direct investment in the country. It is expected that the increase in direct investment will be able to cover the increase in the Current Account Deficit -CAD and increase investor confidence. This was stated by Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Darmin Nasution at the Presidential Office in Jakarta last Friday (11/16) when launching the 16th Economic Policy Package. Minister Darmin explained that the policies in the 16th package encourage the entry of larger foreign capital, including through Direct Investment. He also argued that Indonesia needs to continue to be prepared to face uncertainties in global economic conditions in 2019. This is worsened with the trade war that will still occur among countries. Relaxation of policies is  implemented by the government to maintain the resilience of the national economy; one of them is by issuing the 16th Economic Policy Package. At least, there are 3 policies implemented, namely expanding the Tax Holiday Reduction Facility, relaxing the Negative Investment List -DNI, and strengthening foreign exchange controls by providing tax incentives for the results of Natural Resources. Minister Darmin Nasution also explained that the policies in the 16th package are a form to encourage the entry of larger foreign capital, including through Direct Investment. Meanwhile, Bank Indonesia -BI will issue a new regulation that is obliged to bring export proceeds (DHE) into the country on January 1, 2019. One of these rules is the implementation of the improvement of the 16th Economic Policy Package. Governor of BI, Perry Warjiyo said that his side would make a special savings account (SSR) for foreign exchange depositors in the new regulation. In the deposit, BI will provide incentives in the form of deposit tax deductions. He also explained that a number of conveniences would be enjoyed by entrepreneurs who earn income from export proceeds, without reducing the need for companies to fulfill their foreign currency obligations. This Foreign Exchange Export Policy is in accordance with Law No. 24/99 concerning the ease of exchanging foreign exchange in Rupiah and providing incentives. Governor Perry added that the incentives to be given to foreign exchange exporters are in the form of deposit tax deductions. This is also regulated and distinguished in the foreign exchange which is saved between dollars and rupiah.



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Permanent representatives from eight member countries of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agency (FAO) visited a number of regions in Indonesia from 31 October to 3 November 2018 to study agricultural systems in the country. In a written statement from FAO received in Jakarta on Wednesday (11/7), the delegation was from Algeria, Australia, Chile, Jordan, Nigeria, Norway, Thailand and the United States. They visited two regions namely Central Java and Bali to witness FAO's support for the Indonesian government's efforts in improving agricultural development.

FAO's representative in Indonesia, Stephen Rudgard said, in this field visit they saw firsthand how FAO works in the field and how FAO tries to work well with the beneficiaries and partners. The delegates visited Central Java to witness a demonstration of rice-fish (mina-padi) in Sukoharjo District which is an FAO collaboration with the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and the government. Mina Padi is a combination of agriculture and fish farming in one field. On that occasion the participants from the eight countries took part in harvesting rice and fish with farmers and Sukoharjo Regent, Wardoyo Wijaya.

After Sukoharjo, the delegation also visited Yogyakarta to study a Ministry of Agriculture program, supported by FAO and the US International Development Assistance Agency (USAID), to detect and eradicate outbreaks of poultry diseases that also threaten the human population. The delegation visited a poultry market and the Veterinary Center in Wates, Kulon Progo.

On the last day, the delegation visited Sibetan Village, Karangasem, Bali, to study the Salak (snake fruit) Agroforestry project proposed by the government as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS).

The proposed GIAHS site includes landscapes that are rich in important biodiversity, which have evolved and adapted in harmony with communities in their environment. Salak Farmers in Sibetan manage agroforestry systems by utilizing local wisdom and philosophy that has been passed down for more than 14 centuries from generation to generation.

Head of delegation, Permanent Representative of Nigeria for FAO Dr. Yaya Adisa Olaitan Olaniran at the end of the visit said that he left Indonesia with enough good memories of how cooperation should be carried out. The FAO delegation highly respects the Government, people and FAO staff in Indonesia.

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Indonesia hosted the World Creative Economy Conference –WCCE for the first time. Located in Nusa Dua, Bali, the conference lasted 6 to 8 November and was attended by 1.500 participants from more than 30 countries. The WCCE produces the Bali Agenda for Creative Economy which will be delivered at the United Nations General Assembly next year. One of the points of agreement is the election of the United Arab Emirates as the location for implementing the next WCCE in 2020. Head of the Creative Economy Agency -Bekraf, Triawan Munaf said last Thursday (8/11) that the Bali Agenda for Creative Economy is an aspiration and reflection of the importance of the creative economy towards the global economy. Collaboration is needed to support the strengthening of the creative economy ecosystem. The declaration is expected to further strengthen international collaboration at the global level. This reflects the strong commitment of all participants to face challenges and take advantage of creative economic opportunities. Bali Agenda contains issues of capital access, market access, product development, promotion, infrastructure development, and many others. According to Triawan Munaf, Bali Agenda is a milestone in the development of the creative economy. This declaration is the result of a delegation meeting in the Friends of Creative Economy activity held on the first day of the WCCE 2018. The agreement includes four main points divided into 21 derivative points. The first important point is collaboration and collective behavior of the Friends of Creative Economy. The participating countries agreed to establish a Center for the Leading of Creative Economy in Indonesia. This Center of Excellence functions as a platform for creative economic actors from around the world to connect ideas, resources, information, and business concepts, including in the music, culinary, and digital applications. Other points are the development of a creative economic ecosystem; celebration, promotion, and empowerment of sustainable development goals -SDGs, cultural heritage, and diversity; the last point is the determination of the location of the next WCCE implementation. At her speech at the World Creative Economy Conference in Nusa Dua, Bali, Wednesday, 7/11, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi said that Indonesia would be a creative economic capital in the Southeast Asia region. Indonesia's rich cultural heritage has enabled Indonesia to develop creative industries, fashion, culinary, arts and crafts, and entertainment. This has become an anchor for the Indonesian economy, which enables it to remain strong in the face of the economic crisis. Indonesia has more than enough creative modalities from 700 ethnic groups throughout the archipelago. Thus, Minister Retno perceived that synergy among academics, business, community, government and the media is needed to make it come true.


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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