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Indonesian Industry Ministry facilitated some national small and medium batik industry players in joining international exhibition entitled, “Indonesia Batik for the World” at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. One of the participants was Batik Azmiah, a premium-class batik small-medium industry from Jambi province which had penetrated European market. The exhibition held on June 6-12 was to commemorate the 9-year Indonesian Batik being listed as the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO since October 2 2009. That was said by Indonesian Industry Ministry’s Small-Medium Industry Director General, Gati Wibawaningsih in Jakarta last Monday (18/6). She said that the aim of holding the Indonesia Batik for the World was to show the wealth of Indonesian batik culture, craftsmen’s competence, and continuity of batik industry to the world. According to Gati, Indonesian batik keeps showing its identity in various international exhibitions. Gati also explained that this year’s exhibition, there are 100 premium batik cloths exhibited by batik craftsmen from many regions of Indonesia. In 2015, Industry Ministry awarded Three-Star One Village One Product (OVOP) for Batik Category to Batik Azmiah. According to Gati, Rumah Batik Azmiah is a batik small-medium industry, famous for its classic colors and unique patterns. Some of the produced patterns are kapal sanggat, tampuk manggis, bungo keladi, and merak ngeram. Something special about Azmiah batik is its batik-making process which is through six-time coloring until pretty colors appear. Gati further said that the batik industry plays an important role for the national economy. As market leader, Indonesia had conquered global batik market as well as moved both regional and national economy through it. In addition, the batik industry has provided thousands of job opportunities and contributed to national foreign exchange. The Industry Ministry recorded the value of batik export and product in 2017 had reached $58 million dollars. The main markets are Japan, the United States of America, and some European countries. According to Gati, this indicates that the national batik industry has comparative competitiveness in the global market. She also said, currently the batik industry is being dominated by small-medium industry players spread across 101 centers in Indonesia. The number of absorbed workers in the batik small-medium industry centers reaches 15 thousand people. Gati Wibawaningsih reaffirmed, the Industry Ministry keeps trying to increase the competitiveness and productivity of national batik industry. The strategic moves that have been implemented are manpower competence increase, product quality development, standardization, machinery and equipment facility, as well as promotion and exhibition.


Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said political and economic stability of regional countries, especially Indonesia, is key to the sustainability and success of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). According to Antara , Jusuf Kalla in Tokyo, Japan recently said, as a country with a population that represents 40 percent of all ASEAN, Indonesia has such an important key to promote economic and political stability in the eyes of the international world. Therefore, Indonesia's domestic stability will affect the region. Jusuf Kalla stated this in his speech at The 24th International Conference on the Future of Asia in Tokyo, Japan on Tuesday, June 12.According to Jusuf Kalla, political conditions in Indonesia are increasingly democratic, especially with the general elections, both president and vice president and regional head elections taking place in 2,400 regions. The implementation of elections in Indonesia, since the 1998 reforms, has been transparent without being followed by the chaos that led to ongoing conflicts within the country. He insisted that all elections are peaceful, and that next year's election will also be peaceful, even better than ever. Meanwhile, from the economic side, economic growth in Indonesia which reached five percent indicates Indonesia can improve the economy after the economic crisis occurred in 1998. Jusuf Kalla explained, Indonesia's economy continues to grow about five percent per year.Despite the stable political life in Indonesia, Jusuf Kalla did not dismiss the acts of terrorism that occurred several times . But it is a lesson for Indonesia to continuebe prepared to anticipate all forms of terror. According to Jusuf Kalla, the increasing and sporadic acts of terrorism in the world have affected Indonesia as well. Some terrorist attacks occurred recently. However, the Indonesian authorities have managed to handle it well. Jusuf Kalla said Indonesia continues to improve its intelligence capabilities. In addition, Indonesia made several necessary revisions to the rule of law to enable more proactive and preventive action. Indonesia also educates the public to participate in prevention and preventive measures.In front of conference participants, Jusuf Kalla also presented a number of government subsidy programs for the community. Starting from social programs, health, to education. He said the program is important to maintain the unity and stability of the nation. As a diverse nation, Indonesia believes in the importance of common prosperity to maintain a sense of unity and political stability. Jusuf Kalla added that over the past three years Indonesia has been able to reduce income inequality, poverty level and unemployment rate. However, Indonesia needs to work harder to narrow the gap with neighboring countries. This is my Indonesia this time.


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Pancasila belongs to the whole people of Indonesia, not belonging to certain groups. This was affirmed by Chairman of Committee III of the Regional Representative Council of the Republic of Indonesia, Fahira Idris during the Socialization of Pancasila, the 1945 Constitution, Unitary State of Republic of Indonesia -NKRI, and Unity in Diversity (Bhineka Tunggal Ika) in Cipayung, East Jakarta on last Sunday (10/6). Fahira Idris also reminded there should be no attitude or actions of a group of people let alone supported by certain powers considered themselves the most ‘Pancasilaist’ and entitled to be interpreters of Pancasila values. He views that such an attitude will pose some distraction and threaten the unity of the Indonesian nation. Fahira Idris also explained that arrogance that considers herself or himself most Pancasilaist will be a source of commotion and seeds of disunity and this should not be allowed to happen.

Fahira Idris reminded that the debate about Pancasila has been completed one day after the Republic of Indonesia proclaimed its independence on August 18, 1945.That day was the birthday of Indonesian Constitution - the 1945 Constitution whose opening is Pancasila. He also perceived that now, Indonesian people should enjoy the strength of the five principles of Pancasila, especially ‘the social justice’ for all Indonesian people.

Meanwhile, Vice Chairman of the People's Consultative Assembly, Mahyudin, during the socialization of 4 Pillars in East Kalimantan on last Tuesday (5/6) as quoted by Antara News Agency said that it’s important to implement the fifth principle of Pancasila, the Social Justice for All Indonesian People. Mahyudin also remarked that in principle, the State should be able to create prosperity for its people. After 73-year independence, Indonesia is still facing a lot of poor people with malnutrition, not enjoying electricity, health and so on. So, he said the government should be able to solve the social problems.

Mahyudin reminds that Pancasila is the foundation of the State of Indonesia. So, without Pancasila, Indonesia can disband. Therefore, the values ​​of Pancasila should be implemented in daily life by Indonesian people, especially its leaders and elite people. Mahyudin also explained that the socialization of the four pillars is intensively conducted so that the public better understand the ideology of the State.


Before 500 farmers, President Joko Widodo pointed out that the role of farmers will be increasingly important and strategic in the future so it should continue to be developed along with the advancement of digitalization of agricultural technology. The President was quoted by Antara News Agency as saying that it is time for the farmers to improve themselves in order to increase their productivity. On the sidelines of a working visit, President Joko Widodo launched ‘the Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Digitalization Program of Agriculture’ in Sliyeg District, Indramayu Regency, West Java, on last Thursday (7/6). During his visit, President Joko Widodo was accompanied by Minister of State Owned Enterprises, Rini Soemarno, Agriculture Minister, Andi Amran Sulaiman, Minister of Industry, Airlangga Hartarto,  Deputy Chairman of Commission 6 of the House of Representatives -DPR, Dito Ganinduto and several directors of the State Owned Enterprises -SOEs. President Joko Widodo emphasized that the role of farmers is very strategic because food will become one of the commodities to be in great demand by most countries. The President also affirmed, the necessity to digitize agriculture supported by entrepreneurship capability of farmers becomes the main factor to win the competition in food sector. The President also emphasized the importance of developing the technology and entrepreneurial ability of farmers when post-harvest comes. Because, a lot of benefits can be obtained by the farmers. President Joko Widodo visited directly Mitra Usaha Milik Desa Bersama (MBB) Sliyeg who is also a partner of PT Telkom Indonesia. The MBB has a Village Owned Enterprise at regency level consisting of 14 Village Owned Enterprises and a Joint Group of Farmers (Gapoktan) Association, which consists of 127 Farmer Groups (Poktan) and 7,009 Farmers. Sliyeg's MBB production is 54,000 tons per year with a total land area of ​​4,384 hectares. MMB Sliyeg is one of the farmer entrepreneurship pilot projects that implement agricultural digitization system with an application of "Farm Logistics"  (LOGTAN). This application becomes a digital platform that integrates four cycles of agriculture. They are pre-planting, planting, harvesting, and post-harvesting in a bid to improve productivity and farmer's welfare. The types of MBB services include financing of People's Business Credit (KUR / Non-KUR), fertilizer distribution and horticultural marketplace with major customers of farmers and Village Owned Enterprises. President Joko Widodo said that such a business model would be evaluated within the next six months or a year. If the first program in Indramayu is successful, the government will do it for farmer groups in other regions. In essence, Indonesia wants to build a more efficient farmer corporation organization which is able to give farmers great benefits and  these models can be developed because the biggest benefit is post-harvest.


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The Sanctity Day Commemoration of Pancasila set every June 1st should be used as a moment of reminder, moment of spur, and moment of actualization of Pancasila’s values. This was stated by President Joko Widodo at Gedung Pancasila, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jakarta on last Friday (01.06) as quoted by Antara News Agency. Even, the President asked Indonesian citizens to make the Sanctity Dayof Pancasila as an effort to build the nation, and invite the ulama and all stakeholders to practice the values ​​of Pancasila.

In addition, President Joko Widodo also stated that Indonesia as one of plural countries consisting of various tribes and religions is often colored with intolerance issue. Therefore, he views that Pancasila needs implementing to deal with the issue. He also pointed out that any country in the world will always proceed to become plural society. Very often, this plurality is also overshadowed by the risk of intolerance, disunity and lack of cooperation.

In his speech, President Joko Widodo said that it is the right time for Indonesians to share their experiences in Bhinneka Tunggal Ika or Unity in Diversity in tolerating and in building unity and togetherness. He also called for all components of the nation to jointly practice Pancasila in their daily life. The President emphasized that the united spirit of sharing and achievement will confirm the steps of the Indonesian nation towards a developed and glorious country.

Meanwhile, Deputy Speaker of People Consultative Assembly –MPR, Muhaimin Iskandar, as quoted from Antara News Agency, called for Indonesian people to use the momentum of the Pancasila Sanctity Day June 1st to be a means of improving the unity of the nation. He also affirmed that the Pancasila Sanctity Day should be a momentum for the Indonesian nation to unite, cooperate and enhance unity.

On the same occasion, Chairman of the Pancasila Ideology Development Agency, Yudi Latief said that this year, the Pancasila Sanctity Day is special because it coincides with the political year, Ramadan and the Asian Games sports event. He hoped that people can grow a sense of unity, sharing and solidity. He also appealed to the differences of choice in society not to cause disunity. Yudi Latief hoped that the community will remain in the spirit of unity.


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The grand event of the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta - Palembang which will be held in August is expected to provide great benefits to Indonesia. One of them is the direct economic impact on various sectors. Chairman of the 2018 Asian Games Organizing Committee (INASGOC) Erick Thohir, explained that the 2018 Asian Games will provide legacy and bring a big positive impact for Indonesia in terms of economy. Based on the preliminary calculations of the National Development Planning Agency Bappenas economic impact of visitors expenditure during their stay in Indonesia for the 2018 Asian Games amounted to Rp 3.6 Trillion with 88 percent coming from spectators and tourists, followed by athletes, media crew, officials', and volunteer expenditure. Accommodation is estimated to be the largest expenditure component that reaches 1.3 trillion rupiah. Chairman of the Organizing Committee Asian Games 2018-INASGOC Erick Thohir in a press conference in Jakarta, Wednesday (30/05/2018)said the expected visitor spending also included the purchase of the 2018 Asian Games official merchandise.

Director of Merchandise of Asian Games 2018 Organizing Committee Mochtar Sarman said that the Committee prioritizes small and medium enterprises to become licensed official merchandise.This is an effort in promoting domestic products to the world. The 2018 Asian Games Organizing Committee has selected 17 companies and national SMEs as licensors to produce and sell the 2018 Asian Games official merchandise. Mochtar explains, 17 licensors had gone through a rigorous selection process related to the quality and originality of the product and the strength of the distribution network. In addition, the license holders must have the ability to absorb partners and empower the partners of UMKM and have good company credibility.

On the merchandise design side, Chief Executive of Asian Games - Erick Thohir explained that the whole products of the merchandiseare the work of Indonesians . Through the Asian Games, INASGOC strives to make Indonesian producers and designers rise globally. Interestingly, Erick explained that there is no State Expenditure Budget fund that is used for merchandise production, since it is done by partners with a profit-sharing scheme. Currently, the 2018 Asian Games official merchandise has been sold on the official website of the 2018 Asian Games, more than 2,000 franchise shopping centers, online shopping portals and official booths spread across several malls. INASGOC appealed to the people of Indonesia to always buy official merchandise, because the proceeds from the sale will be directly submitted to the country.


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In the past two weeks, Bank Indonesia-BI twice raised its benchmark interest rate by 0.25 percent. In the Board of Governors' Meeting of Bank Indonesia, on May 30, 2018, BI's benchmark interest rate was decided to rise to 4.75 percent. In the meeting, BI also raised the interest rate of bank deposits in BI in the form of rupiah by 25 basis points to 4 percent..

The decision means changing the policy stance of the central bank from neutral to tight bias. The change in policy stance was taken in response to changes in global economic conditions triggered by the move by the US central bank to raise its benchmark interest rate until the end of this year.

Following the announcement of Bank Indonesia, the rupiah exchange rate traded between banks in Jakarta, yesterday afternoon, moved slightly higher by 2 points (to 13,993 from 13,995) per US dollar.

Quoting a report by Antara news agency on Wednesday, the Director of Asia & Pacific Department of the International Monetary Fund, Changyong Rhee, said that the rate hike by Bank Indonesia is the right decision to anticipate risks.

Rhee said the decision to raise the benchmark interest rate to 50 basis points from 4.25 per cent to 4.75 per cent was a response to maintain the possibility of a rise in core inflation from the strengthening of the US dollar, the benchmark interest rate at global level and world oil prices.

This external pressure has led to a reversal of capital outflows and currency weakness in many developing countries, including Indonesia, in recent weeks.

According to Changyong Rhee, although this situation requires overall oversight, Indonesia has been in a stronger position than in the past in the face of external pressure, because it has good economic resilience.


International rating agency -Standard & Poors (S&P) maintained Indonesia's sovereign credit rating on BBB- / A-3 with a stable outlook. Through its press release issued on last Thursday (31/5), the agency affirmed that  Indonesia's ratings remain at an investment grade level. Some of the key factors supporting the decision are relatively low government debt burden, moderate fiscal performance and moderate foreign debt levels. The ratio of government debt to gross domestic product -GDP in the next few years is projected to remain stable. It reflects stable global demand and higher commodity prices. The rupiah's flexibility and prudent policy in managing corporate short-term foreign debt risk have driven the decline in the external financing need ratio to current account receipts (CARs). The risk of deterioration in external financing costs facing Indonesia has declined significantly. In addition, the formulation of Indonesian policy is considered effective in supporting sustainable government finance and balanced economic growth. To support purchasing power and consumption, the government is taking steps to curb rising oil and electricity prices. These efforts are considered temporary and the momentum of reform will strengthen again. In particular, Bank Indonesia –BI is seen as playing a major role in maintaining economic growth and reducing pressure on the economy and financial markets. Meanwhile, Governor of BI, Perry Warjiyo said that maintaining Indonesia's rating by Standard and Poor's at "BBB- / A-3 " or Investment Grade at a stable outlook is a reflection of Indonesia's good economic fundamentals and a credible domestic economic policy. He also said that the ratings of Standard and Poor's further strengthen investors’ confidence in Indonesia's economic outlook amid continuing global uncertainty. Perry Warjiyo  added that in connection with the ratings’ affirmation, inter-authority coordination will continue to be strengthened. This is to maintain macroeconomic stability and promote growth.


Indonesia and India signed 15 documents of memorandum of understanding on cooperation in a number of areas, witnessed by Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi at Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, on Wednesday (30/5). After a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Joko Widodo told reporters that Indonesia is ready to make closer and stronger cooperation with India. The President said that the strategic value of the relations between the two countries is shown in the renewal of cooperation in the field of defense. The two countries also agreed to form the Task Force Units for infrastructure development, related to the port in Sabang, in Malacca Strait as one of the busiest shipping routes in the world. Moreover Indonesian and India agreed to cooperate in Exploration and Space utilization for peace goal, rail sector, science and technology, capacity development of the state civil servants, dialogue between government and interaction of research institute, medicine regulation, cooperation of Bali Province and Uttarakkhand as well as health cooperation. In the meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Joko Widodo especially demanded the lowering tariffs of import duty on Indonesian palm oil products to India. The President said that Prime Minister Modi agreed to review the policy related to the palm oil import duty. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India wants to increase trade values up to 50 billion US dollars in 2025. This is in line with the increasing trend of Indian investment in Indonesia which currently reaches to 18.7 billion US dollars. After bilateral meeting at the Merdeka Palace, President Joko Widodo and Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the India-Indonesia Kite Exhibition at Monumen Nasional (Monas) area. The Kite Exhibition was aimed to increase the two countries relationships. On the occassion, President Joko Widodo and Prime Minster Modi played kites together. During the event Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met and spoke to thousands of Indian diasporas in Jakarta. In his speech, Prime Minister Modi said, that the presence of Indian diasporas has contributed significantly in promoting bilateral relations between India and Indonesia. After his visit in Indonesia Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Malaysia on Thursday (31/5), then to Singapore.


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The target Indonesia of 'Free of Waste 2025' by reducing waste up to 30% by 2025 cannot succeed without high commitment of local government in waste management. The  Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) continues to encourage local governments to have policies and strategies for handling waste from waste sources to final waste processing. This was confirmed by the Director General of Waste Management, Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Materials (PSLB3), Rosa Vivien Ratnawati in her speech at the Mentoring Program of Local Strategic Policy Guidance (Jakstrada) management of Household Waste and Waste Similar to Household Waste in Kalimantan. The event was held in Jakarta, Wednesday (23/5).

According to Rosa Vivien, the local government should prepare Local Strategic Policy Guidanceas a document describing the target of waste management and achievement quantitatively. Through this guidance the Local Government develops integrated waste management programs from the source to the final processing site (TPA) and is implemented by the entire Organization of the Region. She said that the guidance will be a master plan of waste management in the regionthat measured its achievement gradually until 2025.

To support the implementation of Local Strategic Policy Guidance, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry has established a ministerial regulation on Guidelines for the Formulation of Regional Policies and Strategies for Waste Management of Household and Waste Similarto Household Waste. These guidelines will provide guidance to all regions, both provincial and district / city governments in preparing Local Strategic Policy Guidance.

Director of Waste Management, NovrizalTahar said that waste management problem is a small problem if the mindset in managing waste is changed. The issue of waste heap must be resolved from the source at the household level by sorting waste. Disaggregated waste will be more manageable, so it will be environmentally friendly and potentially have economic value.

The Program for Assistance in the Formulation of Local Strategic Policy Guidelines (Jakstrada) for the management of Household Waste and Waste Similar to Household Waste for Kalimantan Region this time, is the second technical guidance. Previously this program has been run in the area of ​​Bali, West Nusa Tenggara and East Nusa Tenggara.

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