26
February

President Joko Widodo invited IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde to make impromptu visits to a number of locations in Jakarta after they had a meeting at the Merdeka Palace Jakarta Monday (26/02/2018). The first location was Pertamina Central Hospital in Kebayoran Baru area, South Jakarta. The President invited Christine to have a look at the services for participants holding Healthy Indonesia Card (KIS) and social security system for health.  The head of state said he is proud that Indonesia has a health service program in the form of Social Security Administration Body (BPJS) and Healthy Indonesia Card (KIS). Jokowi said many countries view that the health insurance program managed by Indonesia is big enough. However, he said it is not easy to manage the BPJS and KIS programs.

Meanwhile, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde appreciated the Indonesian government's ability to run the social security system for its people. Lagarde also promised to invite thousands of people to Bali to attend the IMF World Bank Annual Meeting in October 2018.

"I was very pleased to visit this hospital today with President Jokowi. I'm coming from France where we have had social security system for a long time. I was very impressed by the universal coverage. To have 90 million people for free it was a fantastic achievement. This facility is impressive, the size of the room, the speed which patients are included in the systems that support the digital economy, Bravo to you President and also for those who work in the hospitals,” said IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde.

During a visit to the Pertamina Central Hospital (RSPP), President Jokowi and Christine Lagarde saw the condition of the first and third-class patient care rooms. When visiting the third-class patient's room, President Jokowi explained to Lagarde that a good three-grade classroom is provided to patients for free. There is a difference with the first class room where the first room is occupied by two beds, while in the third-class patient room five beds. Although there are differences, President Jokowi says, the services provided to the patient will not be different. (KRBN/RINI HAIRANI/AHM)

26
February

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) invited IMF Director Christine Lagarde to have impromptu visit to Tanah Abang wholesale center, Jakarta, on Monday (26/2/2018).

After the impromptu visit, Jokowi told Lagarde that at Tanah Abang Wholesale Center, there are about 19 thousand kiosks showing small, medium and micro business sectors in Indonesia.

"In fact, we have more than 19 thousand kiosks at Tanah Abang. It's a great power. So this will be a field experience for Mrs. Lagarde so that the economic design to be done can be in line with the economic policy of each country," explains Jokowi.

 

Meanwhile, Lagarde stated, that she was impressed by the boisterous Tanah Abang Market. She also advised and put the hope to the government of Jokowi to continue reform in various sectors.

 

"I convey to the President that the economy is very good in Indonesia. This economy is driven by consumption, investment and export, and the three economic machines are doing well. I am very impressed with the reform program led by President Jokowi. I hope that the President and his team will continue this reform program in other areas, such as infrastructure, education, and other social sectors," Lagarde said.

 

Jokowi also previously told Lagarde that there are so many small, medium, and micro business sectors in Indonesia. Jokowi also said that all these sectors are facing openness and economic digitization. (KBRN/PR/AHM)

26
February

The President of the Grand Holy Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque Affairs, Sheikh Abdur-Rahman As-Sudais, said that the Indonesian language is used in the book of Khutbahs (sermons) of the holy mosques of Haramain. Sheikh As-Sudais said in Mecca on Sunday (25/2), that Indonesian language is very important in the world, and this is the holy mosque duty to use it to send messages of khutbahs in Haramain to the ummah (followers). The holy mosques use different languages as a means of spreading Prophet Muhammad`s messages which are universal in nature and it is also in line with Saudi government`s effort to go universally in the implementation of its vision 2030. The languages are used with new technology in order that the messages can be learned internationally, the president of the Grand Holy Mosque and the Prophet`s Mosque Affairs told visiting Indonesian senior journalists from Antara News Agency, the Jakarta Post and Republika. He is aware that it is now the era of media which use languages as a means of delivering messages to the public, especially their audiences both nationally and internationally. (Antara)

26
February

Indonesian Communication and Information Technology Minister Rudiantara targets all regencies/cities across Indonesia to be connected by high-speed internet by 2019, so everyone can access information anywhere The minister said in Yogyakarta on Sunday(25/2) that the government sides with the people and by 2019 all regencies/cities in Indonesia will be connected by high-speed internet backbone. Minister stated that information supported by high-speed internet is a must in this day and age as information media is shifted from print, electronic and television to online and social media. Minister Rudiantara mentioned that almost 90 percent of regencies/cities in Indonesia are connected by the internet, so by 2019 he expects supporting infrastructure of information technology will be ready. He added, there are 30 regencies/cities in Papua and West Papua that didn’t have high-speed internet backbone infrastructure and government has built such infrastructure there. (Antara)