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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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Members of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) have an obligation to maintain the upholding of Pancasila, the Constitution, the Unitary State of Republic of Indonesia -NKRI and Unity in Diversity -Bhinneka Tunggal Ika. This was disclosed by Chairman of the People's Consultative Assembly, Zulkifli Hasan while leading the swearing-in procession of the Interim Replacement Appointment (PAW) 2014-2019 at the Parliament Building in Jakarta last Wednesday (23/5). As quoted from the page, Zulkifli Hasan said that the years 2018 and 2019 are political ones. So, the service and devotion of the members are waited to keep the unity of the Indonesian nation.

On the other hand, MPR continues to hold the socialization of the Four Pillars of the MPR namely Pancasila, the 1945 Constitution, the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia and Bhinneka Tunggal Ika to the public. Vice Chairman of MPR, Oesman Sapta on Monday (28/5) in Pontianak, Kalimantan West held a socialization of the importance of understanding the values ​​of the four pillars of nationality. This socialization reminds the public of the dangers of drugs. He reminded that the state of Indonesia is being undermined by foreign countries that want to seize the natural wealth and resources of Indonesia. They intervene through drugs.

Meanwhile, Prof. Azyumardi Azra from the State Islamic University of Jakarta, as quoted from proposed a national training for lecturers and teachers of Madrasah in Indonesia. The proposal is proposed to address the spread of radicalism through college and school in Indonesia. He said in Jakarta (25/5) said that radicalism entered through infiltration; one of them is through college. Therefore, to respond to radicalism must be done through national education for students and lecturers. According Prof. Azyumardi Azra, education and training for teachers should be implemented considering the true teachers never touch the training of nationality after officially became a teacher. It is different from the students who still get civic education.


Indonesia’s Readiness in hosting the 2018 Asian Games Games received praises from two participating countries, namely the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Japan. Delegates from each National Olympic Committee-NOC arrived in Indonesia on Tuesday (22/5). During the checking for the preparation of the Asian Games they were accompanied by representatives of the Asian Games 2018 Organizing Committee-Inasgoc. The Saudi NOC delegation came with a group of 10 people, while Japan six. Although both NOCs came in small groups, they asked many things, especially regarding the readiness of athletes' accommodation, arena and transportation. Secretary General of Inasgoc, Eris Heryanto said on Tuesday (22/5) that both NOCs were satisfied with the readiness of Indonesia to hold the Asian Games 2018 August. He stated, overall, they expressed satisfaction, also gave some inputs. Saudi delegation leader Prince Fahad bin Jalawi Al-Saud was pleased with Indonesia's preparations. He in particular brought representatives from the board of some of the country's flagship sports who will compete in the Asian Games. The branches of the sport are Karate, shooting, bike racing, handball and Taekwondo. Prince Fahad said the concern of the Saudi NOC focuses on the readiness of athletes' kampong and a number of arenas, especially those that will be the battleground of Saudi Arabia's flagship sports branch. Meanwhile, the Japanese delegation, majority of whom represented by the sports department of the Japan Olimpic Committee-JOC, also expressed its readiness. During this visit, they also focused on ensuring the completion of all arena. According to the representative of the Japanese delegation, Kenji Kasahara, the number of new sports competed in the 2018 Asian Games is the main attention of the country. Like roller sports, climbing and baseball / softball, because these sports are also competed in the 2020 Olympics which will be held in the Capital of Japan, Tokyo. The Indonesian Asian Games 2018 Organizing Committee-Inasgoc-INASGOC Chairman Erick Thohir has confirmed, with only 86 days remaining, all preparations must be action oriented. According to Erick, with less than three months' time, any idea which is still ​​a discourse will only a waste of time. Erick also asserted, meetings with all departments related to the preparation of the Asian Games are always held. They are conducted every day to discuss what will be done in the next day. Management must be professional, transparent and have a vision and mission.


Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi met her counterpart –Peruvian Minister Néstor Francisco Popolizio Bardales in Lima, Peru on last Wednesday (23/5). During the meeting, they discussed bilateral cooperation between the two countries. A press release of the Indonesian  Foreign Affairs Ministry  in  Jakarta on Thursday (24/5) stated that the working visit of Minister Retno Marsudi to Lima was the first official visit to Peru since the opening of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1975. In the meeting, Minister Retno Marsudi said that Peru is an important market for Indonesia, and the economic cooperation between the two countries has not yet reflected the existing potential. Peru is the 4th largest trading partner for Indonesia in South America. The value of bilateral trade between Indonesia and Peru in 2017 increased by 5.3 percent compare with the previous year. To enhance trade cooperation, the two Foreign Ministers agreed on the importance of trade agreements between both countries. Minister Retno also expressed the importance of working harder to improve interaction between entrepreneurs and diversifying  products in trade between the two countries. Thus, she invited Peruvian entrepreneurs to attend the Trade Expo Indonesia (TEI) in October 2018. She also conveyed Indonesia’s planned participation in the "Expoalimentaria and Mistura Food Festival" in Peru this year. In addition to trade cooperation, both Foreign Ministers also discussed efforts to improve cooperation in agriculture, fisheries and socio-culture. Related to this, the government of Indonesia proposed the establishment of Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between Indonesia and Peru  to be implemented gradually,  starting with "Trade in Goods Agreement" (TIGA). Beyond bilateral issues, both of them also exchanged ideas on various regional and global issues, such as the issues of refugees from Venezuela and Rakhine State, efforts to overcome the use of chemical weapons, and issues of concern in the UN Security Council. Furthermore, the Peruvian government expressed support for Indonesia's nomination as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, and the  election will be held on June 8, 2018.


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RRI World Service Voice of Indonesia with a daily segment My Indonesia which today is on "Supporting Palestine, Indonesia Exempts Dates and Olive Import Duty".


Indonesia removes tariffs for certain Palestinian products. For the initial phase, Indonesia will exempt the tariffs of dates and olive oil originating from Palestine. This is a form of Indonesian support for the Palestinian struggle in the economic sector.


Indonesian Minister of Trade Enggartiasto Lukita conveyed it when meeting Palestinian Ambassador Zuhair Al-Shun in Jakarta, Tuesday (22/5). He said, in the future other products will be selected and agreed by both parties.


The Minister of Trade said this meeting as a follow-up to the signing of a memorandum of understanding concerning the preference for the exemption of import duty tariff of 0% for certain products from Palestine. The signing of the MoU was conducted at a bilateral meeting between the two countries on the sidelines of the 11th World Trade Organization - WTO Ministerial Conference on December 12, 2017.


According to Minister Enggartiasto, Tuesday's meeting was the first with the Palestinian ambassador since his assignment in Indonesia in November 2017. Ratification of the MoU has been completed with the issuance of Presidential Decree no. 34 of 2018. However, this Memorandum of Understanding has not been implemented because the technical guidance of Implementing Arrangement has not been signed by both parties.


The Implementing Arrangement draft exchanges had been conducted several times and Indonesia submitted its last draft on 26 January 2018. If it has been signed by both parties, Indonesia will soon issue a Regulation of the Minister of Finance as the implementing rule for elimination of dates and olive oil tariffs.


Indonesia's exports to Palestine in 2017 amounted to 2.05 million US dollars. Export commodities to Palestine include extracts, concentrates and essences of coffee and tea; pasta; perfume; bread; and soap. Meanwhile, the value of Indonesian imports from Palestine amounted to 341 thousand US dollars. This value rose 20.09% compared to 2016. Indonesia's imported products from Palestine are dates, both dried and wet dates.



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Indigenous Forest as a valuable area is important for indigenous peoples, can not only serve as a source of community’s economy, like the Social Forestry scheme, but also serves as a place or habitat for wildlife conservation. Realizing it, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry-KLHK through Bali's Natural Resources Conservation Center (BKSDA) along with Friend of National Park Foundation, conducted animal release in Pura Besikalung and Pura Petali Indigenous Forests, Penebel Sub-district, Tabanan Regency, Bali Province on Saturday (19/5).

Dadang Wardhana, Head of Conservation Center of Natural Resources BKSDA Bali, said that the wild animals are 7 porcupines species (Histrix brachyura), 1 Pangolin (Manis Javanica), 1 pariah eagle (Milvus migrant), 1 sanca batik (Phyton reticulatus ) and several species of snakes. He said that the animals were the result of confiscation and submission of the community, who have been rehabilitated at Bali Wildlife Rescue Center (PPS) and Bali Reptile Rescue.

Dadang Wardhana moreover added, the release of animals is one of conservation efforts to prevent extinction. He also said in addition to habitat adjustment, the people’s commitment to keep the animal preservation, become consideration of the chosen Pura Besikalung and Pura Petali as the release location of the wild animals.

Animal Rescue Center (PPS) of Bali and Bali Reptile Rescue are the agencies under the management of Pencinta Taman Nasional Foundation. Also present to support the release activity were representative of the Military Rayon Commander, Chief of District Police and Head of Penebel subdistrict, academicians of Udayana University's Veterinary Faculty, and Babahan Village community, Penebel sub-district.



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Deputy Chairman of the People's Consultative Assembly -MPR, Hidayat Nur Wahid says that it’s important to re-affirm that Pancasila is the culture of Indonesian nation. So, Pancasila can penetrate into the soul of all Indonesian people. This was stated by Hidayat Nur Wahid at the National Cultural Workshop with the theme 'Pancasila Culture as Indonesian Civilization' held by MPR Assessment Institute (Lemkaji) at Parliament Building in Jakarta last Tuesday. (15/05).

As quoted from, Hidayat Nur Wahid said that it’s necessary to re-enliven Pancasila culture today, remembering that there has been rampant reoccurrence of terror and terrorism issues more recently. Hidayat Nur Wahid believed that if the Indonesian people implement Pancasila well, the problem of terror and terrorism can be overcome. He also explained the first principle of Pancasila, the One Supreme God; there is not any religion teaching terror and terrorism.

Meanwhile, Chairman of MPR Assessment Institute, Rully Chairul Azwar said that Pancasila does not color the economic, political, and legal system because there is a gap between the moral and reality. He also affirmed that Indonesian nation should not be doubtful to make Pancasila as the base of value to build the nation. Rully added that Indonesia has Pancasila whose values are pure and ​​it was created by the founders of the nation. From Pancasila, Indonesian nation has the initial capital of civilization development because Pancasila is the ideology, the basic philosophy of state, and national identity of Indonesia.

Rully Chairul Azwar regretted that there are still elites and some people who have not made Pancasila as culture into behavior to form civilized personality. He also pointed out that making Pancasila as a value base to build the nation toward a developed nation is very important because cultural links with the development of civilization need not be doubted.


The Chamber of Commerce and Industry -Kadin Indonesia together with the Embassy of the Republic of India in Jakarta established the Bilateral Committee of India to encourage the enhancement of economic cooperation between businessmen from Indonesia and India. Vice Chairman of Kadin on International Relations, Shinta Widjaja Kamdani, in the inauguration of the Indian Bilateral Committee for Indonesian Chamber of Commerce in Jakarta, Friday (18/5) said that the committee is ready to facilitate Indonesian-Indian businessmen who interested to expand their business in the two countries. The committee works under the coordination of Kadin on International Relations. Shinta Widjaja Kamdani also said that, the Bilateral Committee of India will become a catalyst in improving economic relations and achieving the investment and trade targets of the two countries’ businessmen, especially in six sectors, namely mining, infrastructure, manufacture, pharmaceutical, digital, and service sectors. In addition, the Indian Committee will provide needed informations, to simplify the businessmen of both countries. The six sectors are the focus of the deal generated by entrepreneurs from both countries at the CEO Forum Indonesia-India 2016, which was held on the sidelines of President Joko Widodo's visit to India in December 2016. Indian ambassador to Indonesia, Pradeep Kumar Rawat, on the same occassion said that there is still a lot of cooperation that can be explored by Indonesian and Indian businessmen. Indonesian Ambassador Pradeep Kumar Rawat moreover said that India opens wide opportunities for Indonesian business actors to cooperate with India in various sectors. Therefore, the existence of the Bilateral Committee of India will encourage the availability of relevant information for the development of Indonesian and Indian businesses. The committee also plays a role in promoting the Indonesian and Indian markets which become government’s priority and providing input to encourage conducive conditions for business cooperation between the two countries. He said co-operation can support each other to improve relationships and concern on the matter that happened in Indonesia and India, things that can be offered by Indonesia to India and vice versa. Central Bureau of Statistics noted that Indonesia-India trade balance in 2016 worth 12.9 billion US dollars, with a total export value of 10.2 billion US dollars and the imports value of 2.1 billion US dollars. In 2017, Indonesia-India's trade balance increased by 28.7 percent, and in the period of January-March 2018, Indonesia and India's trade balance declined. Both countries set a target of 50 billion US dollars for trade and investment by 2025.



Indonesian batik industry has dominated the world market, and has become  a driver for the national economy. This can be seen from the achievement of batik exports and batik products in 2017 which amounted to 58.46 million US dollars with the main destinations include Japan, the United States and Europe. Director General of Small and Medium Industries (IKM) Gati Wibawaningsih in Jakarta, Thursday (17/5) said, National batik industry has a comparative  competitiveness in the international market. Indonesia also  controls the world batik market. Gati explained, world apparel trade products currently reach 442 billion US dollars. This could be a great opportunity for the national batik industry to increase its market share, considering batik as a raw material for apparel products.According to Gati, Indonesian batik industry is dominated by Small and Medium Industries,  spread across 101 centers throughout Indonesia. Of these, the total absorption of workforce reaches 15 thousand people. This potential continues to grow, as government efforts encourage export-oriented labor intensive industries. The Ministry of Industry has implemented several strategic programs such as improving human resource competence and product quality development. In addition, standardization has been applied in  facilitation of machinery and production equipment, as well as promotions and exhibitions both at home and abroad. According to Gati, one of the activities she undertook is a cooperation with Yayasan Batik Indonesia (Indonesian Batik Foundation)  to organize the Twelfth Batik Cultural Exhibition in Jakarta. This exhibition aims to promote superior works of batik craftsmen in the country, as well as to expand their market which is dominated by Small and Medium Industries. This year's Batik Exhibition,  themed “Cheerful Enchantment of  Madura Batik”, held for four days, from 15 to 18 May 2018, was followed by 48 batik crafters of  Yayasan Batik Indonesia. Gati asserted, the current batik industry is required to become  environmentally friendly by using natural dyes on its products. This is a solution in reducing the impact of pollution and  can even make batik as  an eco-product of high economic value. Development of natural dyes also reduces the importation of synthetic dyes. According to Gati, in the midst of increasingly competitive and dynamic global competition, consumer preferences for environmentally friendly products. The Ministry of Industry continues to develop national batik industry.

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