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01
August

Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, Luhut Binsar Panjaitan attended tourism attraction of “Banyuwangi Ethno Carnival" in Banyuwangi on Sunday (29/7). Thousands of tourists and local people also attended the ethnic carnaval which has been held for 8 years consecutively. The carnaval is consistent in carrying the theme of local culture. On the occassion Minister Luhut Binsar Panjaitan on his writtten statement said that the government of Banyuwangi had proven that the rise of tourism was so effective to create jobs and to motivate the economy more quickly. Minister Luhur evaluated that it is a good step for Banyuwangi in improving the tourism sector which is currently became the largest contributor to the state revenue after energy sector, and it is predicted to be the country’s largest sources of revenue shortly. He also added that the central government also continue to accelerate the tourism infastructure development in Banyuwangi regency. The region has been set as cantilever of IMF and World Bank annual meeting next October which will be attended by 17.000 delegations from around the world. Some of the delegations will land in Banyuwangi Airport and will travel to "the Sunrise of Java" region. For the preparation, the central government spends 50 billion rupiahs to renovate infrastructures around Alas Purwo National Park. The Park has exotic prairie and Plengkung Beach with the best wave in the world for surfing. Furthermore, there is also infrastructure improvement to the area of Ijen Crater which is famous with the natural phenomena of blue fire which is famous worldwide. Regent of Banyuwangi, Abdullah Azwar Anas,appreciated the central government’s support for Banyuwangi. Thanks to the support of the central government, province, and collaboration with the people, Banyuwangi kept growing in the last few years, and its tourism sector became one of the supporter of the growth. The Regent also said, the poverty rate in Banyuwangi decreased sharply in the last 7 years to the level of 8.6 percent from the previous year. Income per capita of the people increases 120 percent in 2017 compared to the position in 2011. He said that the most challenging duty ahead is to push economic equity to the villages, suh as through Smart Village program.

24
July

 

In today’s edition, we will bring a topic about The Importance of Pancasila’s Values for Indonesian Young Generations.

Head of the Bureau of the Secretariat of the Leadership of the People’s Consultative Assembly of the Republic of Indonesia, Muhammad Rizal said that the values of Pancasila have begun to diminish. According to Muhammad Rizal, the values from this Indonesians’ way of life have gradually been subsided. Consequently, it is essential to re-internalize and foster the values of Pancasila, particularly toward Indonesian children and youths. During the Fourth Pillar Socialization of People’s Consultative Assembly -MPR, Muhammad Rizal said on Sunday (22nd July 2018) that this is the form of cooperation between MPR and the Youth Group of Deli Serdang Kulon Village, at Panongan District, Tangerang Regency, Banten He took for example that people residing in major cities have started to exhibit individualistic behavior and become apathetic toward their surroundings. In addition, the values of togetherness and ‘mutual assistance or ‘Gotong Royong’, have been disengaged from Indoneian people’s daily lives.

As stated by Muhammad Rizal, the disengagement of Pancasila’s values is caused by external influences, including the values resulted from globalization. In addition, various new ideologies have erupted and suppressed the existence of Pancasila, for example, ISIS and Liberalism. According to Muhammad Rizal, these ideologies do not align with Pancasila.

The establishment of Pancasila as the ideology and state philosophy of Indonesia has produced consequences. Such consequences make the values embodied in Pancasila to be deployed as the core and fundamental principles for the governance of country. Pancasila consists of five principles and these principles act as five basic values which are considered fundamental. Those values include the value of piety, the value humanity, the value of unity, the value of democracy and society, and the value of social justice.

Muhammad Rizal also explained that Pancasila belongs to all citizens of Indonesia; thus it belongs to neither any particular individual nor regime. Because, Pancasila has been rooted and cultured in Indonesia. Pancasila grows and flourishes as the result the cultural values, traditions, and religious values in Indonesia. Therefore, the values of Pancasila could integrate all citizens of Indonesia.

The first principle namely “Belief in the One and Only God” carries the value of piety. This means that Indonesia gives freedom for its citizens to choose their belief as well as perform their obligations and worships based on the religions of each individual.

The second principle namely “Just and Civilized Humanity” gives the essence that every citizen must be treated respectively and equally according to his dignity of the God’s creature. These values remark the idea that all humans have the same degree, dignity, rights, and duties.

The third principle namely “The Unity of Indonesia” highlights the meaning and value of unity. It is the implementation of strong determination from every aspect endeavoring to accomplish the same vision and unity called Indonesia.

The fourth principle, “Democracy Guided by the Inner Wisdom in the Unanimity Arising out of Deliberations Amongst of Representatives” reveals the idea that all processes of making decisions must be conducted through a deliberation in order to generate conformed decision for every involved party. Besides, this value also emphasizes that the government of Indonesia is carried out from, by, and for the people of Indonesia.

The fifth principle, “The Social Justice for the Whole People of Indonesia” reinforces a message that duties and rights must work in balance in every aspect of life. 

30
July

Indonesian Ministry of Transportation and Japan International Cooperation Agency -JICA in Jakarta on Friday (July 27) signed a contract for the construction of Patimban port  for package 1 in the form of construction of container terminals and four wheel vehicles worth Rp6 trillion from a total of Rp8.9 trillion. The development of Patimban harbor in Subang regency, West Java province into the National Strategic Project will begin in the near future. In his opening remarks at the signing ceremony of the Port of Patimban of package-1 project in Jakarta, Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi said that the Patimban port project signifies the close relationship between Indonesia and Japan which this year celebrates the 60th anniversary. He also said that the package-1 project is the largest job of all packages of Patimban port’s development project. He believes that the first phase work of the package 1 is completed in less than 12 months so that motor vehicle and roll-on-roll terminal can be operated in early 2019. Minister Budi also hoped that the Patimban port will ease the distribution of goods to Jakarta, as well as create new fast mobility in logistics connectivity from home and abroad. Patimban port is one of the national strategic projects according to Presidential Regulation No. 47. It is a strategic project in Subang, West Java. And we know that this project is a project with Official Development Assistant or ODA Loan from Japan and signifies a close relationship between Indonesia and Japan, marking 60 years of relations between Indonesia and Japan, said Minister Budi. On the same occasion, the Japanese Economic Counselor for Indonesia, Mari Takada said that his side is committed to cooperating with the development of Patimban port, because this will also help the Japanese economy, considering the location of the port is very close to the manufacturing area of Japanese companies in Indonesia. Many Japanese companies set up manufacturing plants in Cikarang, Karawang, and Purwakarta in West Java whose distance from the port of Patimban is fewer than 150 kilometers. Mari Takada pointed out that Patimban port has the advantage of being able to overcome the traffic congestion that has occurred along the distribution channel to Tanjung Priok port in North Jakarta. He also stated that Japan fully supports the port development project by considering future investment prospects. Mari further explained that the cooperation between Indonesia and Japan in the Patimban port is not just a matter of financing. Both countries agreed that this cooperation could boost the economies of both countries. He added that besides cooperation in project development, Japan and Indonesia agreed to jointly operate this port.

23
July

President Joko Widodo demanded Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources to accelerate the use of biodiesel. He said that the acceleration of biodiesel and renewable energy use should be carried out due to their extremely low implementation in Indonesia. During a limited working meeting about ‘The Acceleration of Biodiesel Use” at President Office in Jakara on Friday (22nd of July 2018), President Joko Widodo explained that Indonesia should not depend on fossil energy because fossil energy has its restricted amount. President Joko Widodo viewed that the implementation of acceleration of biodiesel use has not completely met the expectation in reality. Therefore, he reinforced that the use of biodiesel could be maximized. The President set a target for government to save less than $21 million dollars every day by switching to the use of biodiesel. He wants strong commitment from the Working Cabinet to accelerate the use of biodiesel. President Joko Widodo also reminded about the importance of paying attention to the safety and obstacles in using biodiesel as an alternative fuel. It is aimed to elevate and expand the use of biodiesel. In addition, President Joko Widodo asked all citizens from various elements to strengthen the commitment of altering to the use of alternative, new, and renewable energy in order to generate more advantages for the country. By using alternative energy, Indonesia could reduce oil import as well as develop Indonesia’s trade balance. Meanwhile, Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs, Darmin Nasution said that  the use of diesel fuels containing 20% Crude Palm Oil or B20 is claimed to save the country’s exchange up to $21 million dollars per day or equivalent to Rp302,4 billion. By using B20, the government could repress the import of the diesel fuels as well as increase the consumption of domestic crude palm oil. Minister Darmin also explained that Indonesia could save its foreign exchange reserves amounting to $5.5 million dollars or Rp79.2 trillion as the impact of using B20 for fuel. This profit is estimated in a yearly calculation. With the condition, the use of B20 has been implemented completely by public service obligation or non-PSO sector. Minister Darmin Nasution added that the use of mix crude oil has actually been regulated in Presidential Regulation No. 24/2016. Meanwhile, the 20% crude palm oil as the mix of diesel fuels is based on the Regulation of the Ministry of Energy and Renewable Resources No. 12/2015. Nevertheless, the regulation only concerns on the use of B20 in PSO. At present, the government is currently revising the regulation regarding with the use of B20 to be also implemented for the non-PSO. According to Minister Darmin Nasution, the government gives transitional period for industrial actors to apply B20 as their fuel.

19
July

A group of non-government organization –the Green Team of West Bangka, Bangka Belitung Province tries the process of organic waste by using worm.

Initiator of the Green, Arie Kurniadi told Antara News Agency in Muntok, Bangka Belitung on Sunday that the trials have been conducted for a few months and the results are quite encouraging. The team expects that in the future, the environmentally friendly patterns can be developed by residents and other groups so that the organic waste can be jointly controlled.

Arie Kurniadi also remarked that the pattern of decomposition of organic waste by using worm has been done in several locations in Java, and has been proven to control the buildup of household waste. In addition to being able to decompose organic waste quickly, the dirt worm also has high economic value because it is used as organic compost.

Arie Kurniadi added that his team tries to develop organic waste processing on a larger scale. Garbage is obtained from members of the Green Team which currently reaches around 350 households. Of the 350 registered households, the Green Team manages to control approximately 0.6 tons of household waste per day.

Initially, the Green Team established on January 10, 2018 only consisted of about 100 households in Sungaidaeng, Muntok. But now, the number of its members continues to grow to 350 scattering across Sungaidaeng, Sungaibaru, Tanjung, Airbelo and Belolaut Villages in Bangka Belitung.

Arie is optimistic that the pattern of waste control that is developed will have an impact on the preservation of the environment while providing positive benefits for the welfare of the community. He said that besides being able to control the garbage independently, the Green Team targets in the future can also contribute to the development of agro-tourism that is educative and healthy.

That’s My Indonesia!

17
July

Pancasila is the values of life for Indonesian people. It belongs to neither an individual nor to any regime. Pancasila is a common asset of the people of Indonesia. It unites the Indonesian nation. This was disclosed by Head of the Bureau of the Secretariat of the Leadership of the People's Consultative Assembly -MPR, Muhammad Rizal as quoted from rmol.com during the Four Pillars of Socialization to members of Citra Bhyangkaradi Curug, Tangerang on last Sunday (15/7). In this socialization, MPR calls for the members of Citra Bhayangkara Curug to implement the values ​​of Pancasila in everyday life.

Rizal affirmed that the founders of the nation have defined the national identity through a long process and history. Until finally, the Indonesian identity is formulated in the five principles of Pancasila. In addition, Rizal also explained that there are still many people who do not memorize the five principles of Pancasila, let alone to implement the values ​​of Pancasila. In fact, Pancasila is the values of life in Indonesian people. It is not only memorized but also implemented in everyday life. Rizal took example, the -first principle of Pancasila -Belief in the One God. Following any religion is the first implementation of the principle of Pancasila. If a person does worship, regardless of his or her religion, he or she will influence his or her attitude and behavior.

Furthermore, Rizal said that Pancasila unites the Indonesian nation. Pancasila has been tested in the journey of the Indonesian nation. He disclosed that countries like the United States and other countries to praise Pancasila. Rizal pointed out that the Soviet Union could break into 15 countries. Yugoslavia broke out into six countries. Arab countries like Syria and Afghanistan are experiencing civil war. However, Indonesia as a large country with a diversity of tribes, languages, religions which are prone to split, has been proven to be united. Pancasila unites the Indonesian nation.

Meanwhile, Commissioner of the Board of Directors of Pancasila Ideology Development Board (BPIP), Mahfud MD while attending the study of Abuya Muhtadi in Pandeglang, Banten on last Monday (09/7) said that Islam does accept Pancasila as a state ideology of Indonesia whose ethnic, language and culture are diverse. That’s My Indonesia!

18
July

The Ministry of Industry is proposing to provide incentives for domestic milk processing industry to be more competitive. The fiscal facility is a form of appreciation to business actors who have established partnerships with local dairy farmers and absorb a lot of fresh milk in the country. It was said by Director of Beverages, Tobacco, Refreshing material, Directorate General of Agro Industry, the Ministry of Industry, Abdul Rochim, in Jakarta recently. Abdul Rochim added, by fulfilling the requirements of the partnership, the industry can apply for incentives.The providing incentives in the form of raw materials import duty is given as one of the efforts of the Ministry of Industry to encourage the development of national milk processing industry. In addition, it is expected that a number of dairy farmers will increase while milk consumption also increase to keep people healthy.Through the policy, Rochim is optimistic that domestic fresh milk products will continue to increase as the industry needs to get cheaper import duty incentives for raw materials. He also said the threshold for submission of incentives will continue to be raised, in an effort to encourage the industry to absorb more domestic fresh milk.The providing incentives is also one of the points discussed in the draft Regulation of the Minister of Industry concerning the Development of the National Milk Industry that is being prepared by the Ministry.Previously, Minister of Industry, Airlangga Hartarto said that his ministry focused on boosting milk processing industry in the country. The goal is to meet the needs of consumers both in the domestic market and for export. Therefore, the development of milk processing industry needs to be done through partnership program with dairy farmers in an integrated manner.The partnership program is expected to bring multiple effects, namely spurring regional economic growth, increasing local revenue and employment, so as to prosper the community.Minister Airlangga Hartarto believes that the milk processing industry also contributes significantly to the growth of food and beverage industry. This is indicated by the growth rate of the food and beverage industry in 2017 which reached 9.23 percent, far above the national economic growth of 5.07 percent. In addition, the role of the food and beverage industry subsector to the economy amounted to 6.14 percent and to the gross domestic product of non-oil and gas industries reached 34.3 percent, making it the largest subsector with the largest contribution compared to other subsector industries in the same period.

16
July

 

The government of Indonesia officially controls the majority of PT Freeport Indonesia's shares. The certainty was obtained after the signing of the terms of the PT Freeport Indonesia divestment agreement at the Ministry of Finance in Jakarta on Thursday (12/7). Minister of Finance, Sri Mulyani at a press conference after the signing at the Ministry of Finance Office on Thursday, July 12, 2018 said that the agreement is a step forward and strategic to realize the agreement between the government and PT Freeport Indonesia, which was previously announced on August 27, 2017. By signing the agreement, this means that the divestment has been achieved. Hopefully, the partnership between PT Freeport Indonesia and Indonesia Asahan Aluminum -Inalum and the government is able to increase certainty in the corporation and added value of Indonesia's extractive industry, and able to improve the prosperity of Indonesian people in general and Papuan people in specific. Meanwhile, President Joko Widodo at ICE BSD, Tangerang, Banten on Thursday (12/7) has received reports that Inalum has reached an initial agreement with PT Freeport Indonesia to increase Indonesia's ownership to 51 percent from 9.36 percent. He also explained that to control 51 percent of Freeport Indonesia's shares, it had to go through a very tough and very intense process for 3.5 years. Moreover, PT Freeport Indonesia has been managing mines in Indonesia for almost 50 years. President Joko Widodo hopes that with this ownership, the state will get more income from taxes, royalties, dividends and retributions so that the added value of mining commodities can be enjoyed by the people of Indonesia. In addition,  President Joko Widodo also stated that currently, the government is possessing 100 percent of Mahakam block oil. Mahakam block is submitted to PT Pertamina, which later can be collaborated with other companies. Meanwhile, CEO of Freeport McMoran Inc., Richard Adkerson claimed that Indonesia's revenue will reach $90 billion dollars or equivalent to Rp1,294.5 trillion, thanks to the PT Freeport Indonesia divestment agreement. He also said that Indonesia will receive revenue through taxes, royalties and dividends of PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminum (Inalum). Adkerson also promised to continue to benefit Indonesia, especially to the Papuan community by running the company's operations with high standards, encouraging the development of local communities, protecting the environment, and providing maximum benefits for Indonesia.

11
July

A system is an effort of government in simplifying business license and creating integrated licensing service model which is cheaper, easier and definitely. This was said by Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution in an inauguration of Online Single Submission –OSS system in Jakarta, Monday (9/7). Minister Darmin Nasution also mentioned that the system can be accessed online and in an integrated manner in all ministries/agencies and local governments throughout Indonesia, to support the implementation of One Stop Integrated Licensing. He hoped, with the OSS system, the business license will be obtained by the business actor in less than an hour. The OSS system has been built since October 2017 as the implementation of Presidential Regulation No. 91, 2017 on Accelerating the Implementation of Business. The concept has been tested in Purwakarta - West Java, Batam - Riau Islands, and Palu - Central Sulawesi. This information technology-based system is the interconnection and integration of the licensing service system which is available in the Investment Coordinating Board. This system is also the Central One Stop Integrated Licensing and the Regional One stop Integrated Licensing which uses SiCantik system managed by the Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. The system is also supported by the system from several ministries and institutions of licensing publisher including Indonesia National Single Window syatem, General Law Administration System of Ministry of Law and Human Rights and Information System for Population Administration of Home Affairs Ministry. For the time being, the OSS system operation is carried out by the Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs supported by Indonesia National Single Window and other relevant ministries and agencies. After that the system operation will be submitted to the Investment Coordinating Board. Investors or other existing business activities then subsequently can adjust the licensing process through the OSS system, to obtain the Number of Parent Enterprise as well as the extension of business license or commercial license. The government also provides OSS Lounge as a place to assist investors in online licensing arrangements. The OSS Lounge is expected to become the standard in all One Stop Integrated Licensing including self-service, support services, priority services, general consultations of investment and clinics. The launch of the OSS was attended by Governor of Bank Indonesia, Minister of Home Affairs, the Minister of Communication and Information Technology, the Minister of Law and Human Rights, the Minister of Industry and the Minister of Agriculture and Spatial/Head of the National Land Agency, the Head of Investment Coordinating Board and the Chief of Presidential Staff.

01
July

The 2018 Asian Games Organizing Committee -INASGOC released a music video sung by the renowned Indonesian band Slank and DJ Dipha Barus. This 3-minute music video can be watched on youtube and will be broadcasted also through television stations. INASGOC committee chairman, Erick Thohir in his official statement in Jakarta said Wednesday that the video was the fourth music video launched after "Bright as the Sun", Janger Friendship and "Unbeatable". He said Music Video is one of INASGOC's efforts in making the people of Indonesia get caught in a fever of Asian Games 2018 and he was sure people would love it. The music video featuring the Slank group takes a backdrop at the Main Stadium and Aquatik, Gelora Bung Karno (GBK), which is the center of the 2018 Asian Games. The video featuring some artistic swimmers has a modern pop feel with dominant blue and red colors. In the video Slank and Dipha Barus also performed a unique, interesting but simple "Asian Dance" in the hope that people can easily follow it. Related to the song, One of Slank's members, Bimbim said Slank take the theme of peace and invite the public to unite and support the upcoming grand sport eventand put aside various differences. Bimbim added that they created the Asian Dance, because usually dancing can make people forget differences . Support from the public is needed for the success of Asian Games 2018 to be held in Jakarta and Palembang, to be followed by athletes from 45 countries. The implementation of the whole games is not only held in two cities, but also involves the city around Jakarta such as Bekasi, Cibinong, Karawang, Bandung and Banten.

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