The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) is expected to be involved in the development of education in Indonesia through Public-Private Partnerships (PPP).

"The national budget for education in Indonesia is 20 percent, or around Rp440 trillion, and this is the biggest among other sectors. However, this budget is not sufficient, given the complexity in enhancing the level of education, so the Public-Private Partnerships scheme is needed in this development program," Minister of National Development Planning Bambang Brodjonegoro remarked in a keynote speech at a workshop themed "Unlocking Indonesia`s Potentials in Procuring Social Sector Projects Through Public-Private Partnerships" held in Jakarta, Tuesday.

He added that the level of education in Java was relatively even, at 11.5 years. However, in other areas, such as Papua, the education level was still 8.5 years.

According to Brodjonegoro, the government is currently enhancing the quality of education and equitable distribution of educational facilities and infrastructure, ranging from early childhood education to higher education and at the same time improving the quality and competence of teachers.

"The government is also improving the quality of vocational education to reduce the rate of unemployment and offering education that is in tune with the demands of the industry through the link and match program that aligns education with the requirements of the job market," Brodjonegoro remarked.

According to Brodjonegoro, education is a new sector for the private sector in expanding its business.

He explained that the private sector can take part in designing, building, and financing the operation and maintenance of a development project, while the government has a role in the acquisition and provision of lands, issuance of regulations, and management of risks and uncertain conditions that might arise during the project.

"The IsDB can be involved in the PPP scheme for the construction of social infrastructure. Guarantees from the government, through ministries, government agencies, local administrations, and related state-owned enterprises, will make a project more feasible," Brodjonegoro stated.

In addition to education, IsDB is expected to be involved in health sector development projects within the framework of PPP.

Brodjonegoro noted that the health and education development program is expected to obtain financial support from IsDB, as the two sectors are not only included in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) but are also the prioritized agenda of the Indonesian government.

He stressed that SDGs are more of an opportunity to invest rather than the development goals.

The workshop held by the ISDB brings together several ministries, local administrations, and the private sectors to build in-depth knowledge on PPP in the development of social infrastructure, especially the health and education sectors. (ANTARA)


Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti has urged stakeholders to increase foreign exchange from the exports of shrimp, as it is a mainstay commodity.

"I appeal to all stakeholders to cooperate in advancing the economy, from both marine and aquaculture fisheries, especially shrimp, as this commodity provides a dominant share in the structure of national fishery product exports," Minister Pudjiastuti noted in a press statement received by Antara in Jakarta, Tuesday.

Earlier, Slamet Soebjakto, the director general of Aquaculture at the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry, stated that shrimp is one of the most ready fisheries commodities in the face of industry 4.0.

"In terms of profit investment, shrimp cultivation and business are very well-prepared, in terms of technology, facilities and equipment, as well as trade and marketing systems," Soebjakto noted.

Soebjakto explained that good and sustainable practices were applied in several shrimp aquacultures. In addition, shrimp farms have applied a biosecurity system to protect the commodity from diseases.

According to Soebjakto, the application of sustainable aquaculture is part of the transformation towards industry 4.0. In addition to shrimp, other aquaculture export commodities, such as white snapper, grouper, and seaweed, are among the most ready fisheries commodities for transformation towards the industry 4.0.

The government is urged to overcome a variety of domestic obstacles that hamper the improvement of competitiveness and enhancement of export volume.

"If the government only pursues the target of increasing export value in the near future, the way is not by signing several free trade agreements but by resolving issues that hinder the increase of Indonesia`s competitiveness," Executive Director of Indonesia for Global Justice Rachmi Hertanti noted.

According to Hertanti, the government`s perspective is also expected to expand in seeing trade cooperation that is not merely limited to exports and imports.

Rachmi asserted that competitiveness should be improved with various forms of economic cooperation that also benefits people.

According to a report from Reuters released by the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland, on October 2018, Indonesia`s Global Competitiveness Index 4.0 was ranked 45th out of the 140 countries.

The ranking is below Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand, which are at the second, 25th, and 38th position respectively. (ANTARA)


Indonesia has reaffirmed its important position in coping with the impact of climate change.

The Indonesian commitment has been declared in negotiations in the Conference on climate change (COP24) in Katowice, Poland, December 2-14, 2018.

Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar, leads the Indonesian delegation to the conference. It is estimated that around 45,000 delegates from 197 countries attended the United Nations Session discussing status and efforts to control the impact of climate change in the world.

The Indonesian delegation is ready not only for negotiation but also for "soft diplomacy" that Indonesia has made much progress in the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The Paris Agreement is implemented in Indonesia through cooperation of all concerned, Siti Nurbaya Bakar said.

"This is something that makes us proud. I am optimistic we could well handle environmental works according to the rule book, international convention and more on the rule of the 1945 Constitution. We just work well," she said.

The Indonesian Government is consistent with its commitment to bring down the green house gas emission and the program of adaptation to climate change as mentioned in the document of Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) as a product of the Paris Agreement.

Indonesia also has ratified the Paris Agreement . Through NDC, Indonesia is committed by itself to reducing Green House gas emission by 29 percent in 2030 and with international cooperation by 41 percent.

"Data in 2016, Indonesia succeeded in reducing gas emission by 8.7 percent through various sectors. In 2017, the reduction already reached 16 percent," Siti Nurbaya said.

In reaching the 29 percent target Indonesia has good modality in fulfilling NDC commitment, she said. (ANTARA)


Indonesia and Cambodia have agreed to intensify cooperation for ASEAN`s unity and centrality during the 4th Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation between Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and her Cambodian counterpart Prak Sokhonn in Jakarta on Tuesday.

According to Marsudi, the governments of the two countries have agreed to cooperate to ensure that Southeast Asia remained a peaceful, stable, and prosperous region.

Meanwhile, Sokhonn conveyed Cambodian government`s support for the Indo-Pacific concept promoted by Indonesia by prioritizing ASEAN unity and centrality.

"We reaffirm Cambodia`s support for the Indo-Pacific concept initiated by Indonesia, and we also reaffirm the importance of ASEAN`s centrality," he remarked.

In response, Marsudi expressed her appreciation for the support.

"Indonesia greatly appreciates Cambodia`s support in developing the Indo-Pacific concept, which encourages the principles of openness, inclusiveness, transparency, and respect for international law and ASEAN centrality," she explained.

Indonesia has been promoting the development of Indo-Pacific concept that underlines several key principles, including cooperation, inclusiveness, transparency, openness, and respect for international law.

The Indonesian government also refers to three main areas of cooperation under Indo-Pacific concept, namely maritime cooperation in tackling crimes in the sea, cooperation in connectivity to spur economic growth, and cooperation in realizing sustainable development through the achievement of inclusive Sustainable Development Goals. (ANTARA)

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