02
February

The Indonesian government continues its efforts to address malnutrition in Asmat Regency, Papua. Changes in the community pattern in Papua has contributed to affect malnutrition Problem. In general, the people of Papua today are very dependent on the poor supply of rice from the government. This was stated by Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection, Yohana Yembise to Media after a Consultation Meeting between the Government and House of Representatives at Parliament Building Jakarta Thursday (1/2). Another factor contributing to the problem of malnutrition in Asmat Regency is places where the Asmat tribes live which  are swampy, remote, and difficult to reach. Therefore the Ministry of Women's Empowerment and Child Protection will launch Child Friendly Regency Program.

“So we may come in, especially with the Declaration of the Child Friendly Regency where we must give attention to the children's rights to grow and development of the children, including special protection for the children there. Malnutrition, children in school or not, it includes in the 24 indicators under the Child Friendly Regency program. So we are launching the Asmat Regency to the Child Friendly Regency that will involve the traditional leaders, religious leaders including the the Regional Apparatuses and also the communities themselves who must support the program," Yohana said.

Minister Yohana Yembise also explained that if the Child Friendly Regency Program runs as existing and mechanism, then it will fulfill the right of the child among others Birth Certificate, education and health service. If those rights are not met, then that would have violated the Convention on the Rights of the Child. /// (VOI/AF/AHM)

02
February

Director of Politics and Foreign Security of the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chandra Widya Yudha in his press conference in Jakarta on Thursday (1/2) said the establishment of regional extradition instruments will be one of the issues that will be brought to the first meeting of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers in Singapore , on 4-6 February 2018. According to Chandra, the establishment of such instruments is not only important for Indonesia but also for Southeast Asian region as a whole.

“This is important not only for Indonesia, but actually for our region with the growing challenges related to transnational crime, as well as transnational issues. Technically it is currently being discussed. There are several approaches including attempts to start by first forming a law model,” said Chandra Widya Yudha.

Chandra added, one of the challenges that must be faced in the effort to establish the extradition instrument of this region is differenct law in each ASEAN country. Therefore the first ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting is expected to be the right momentum to deeply discuss the challenge./// (VOI/Rezha/AHM)

02
February

Indonesian economy development  is one of the fastest countries in Asia. This is also similar with technology development that emerges as the people’s needs. The combination between the two has a remarkable impact on trade and investment. During a press conference on the sidelines of Indonesia-Australia Digital Forum 2018 in Jakarta on Thursday (February 1st 2018), Chairman of Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board, Thomas Lembong stated that today,Indonesian people have gone through shifting of need from offline to online. That’s why,digital technology is needed.

“…I think digital economy is tremendously helpfull in moving small and medium enterprise and individual entreperneur from the informal sector to the formal sector. Think about grab, gojek, uber hundreds of thousand of drivers were already tukang ojek (motorcycle taxi) before this digital platform come along. But they were not organized, not in frame right not in an formal sector. Once they join the digital platform like grab or gojek or uber they become part of the formal sector. They receive some training. We now have data on those drivers. Digital platform is also collecting taxes on behalf of the government so the digital economy will have a big impact in moving from informal sector to formal sector,” Thomas Lembong said.

Thomas Lembong added that Indonesian people shift their needs in goods. This can be seen from the way they shop where they prefer to use online transaction. This is one of the impacts of digital technology for trade and investment development in Indonesia.//// (VOI/NK/AHM)

02
February

Indonesian Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya said that in 2017, Indonesia's tourism grew 22 percent. In a meeting of the Trade Ministry held in Jakarta on Thursday, (February 1st), he explained that the figure is 3 times higher than that of tourism in ASEAN region and globally. The tourism growth in ASEAN grew 7% and global grew 6.4%. Indonesia becomes the second largest tourism growth country in ASEAN after Vietnam with 25.2 percent growth. Minister Arief Yahya targets that tourism will become the largest foreign exchange earner in Indonesia. By 2016, tourism became the second largest foreign exchange earnings after Crude Palm Oil. He views that deregulation is the key in promoting tourism growth. There are three major deregulations that have been done by the government in promoting tourism growth.

“…For us to be fast, we have to do deregulation whether in tourism, trade, and investment. So do deregulation! But the philosophy, in tourism, is that ease for entering Indonesia. Make people easy to enter Indonesia. The big three were before, one was a visa free, the second one was easy to enter, the three is the cruise to easily enter into Indonesia,” Arief Yahya said.

Minister Arief Yahya further explained that to facilitate the entry of tourists to Indonesia, the Ministry of Tourism has granted visa-free for 169 countries. In 2013, only 15 countries were granted visa-free. He added, the technology revolution through online-based travel business also contributes the increasing growth of tourism in Indonesia. In 2018, the Ministry of Tourism targets 17 million foreign tourists or grows 20 percent. (VOI/Sekar/trs Rezha)