16
March

Indonesian Institute of Sciences -LIPI will again hold ‘Indonesia Science Expo’ -ISE in Tangerang, Banten in November 2018. ISE is one of LIPI's efforts to introduce research results from Indonesian researchers and inventors. This was stated by Head, Bureau for Cooperation, Legal and Promotion at Indonesian Institute of Sciences Nur Tri Aries in a special interview to RRI World Service –Voice of Indoensia in Jakarta recently. Nur Tri Aries said that in next ISE, the world’s researchers will meet together to share experiences in research.

“Indonesia Science Expo is an event to interact each other and discuss research scientifically; we can share discussion not only with the scientists, but the most important thing is that we give opportunity to interact with the industrial sector,” Nur Tri Aries said.

In addition, Nur Tri Aries said that people will be able to see firsthand outcomes of technological research and various innovations. She expects the industrial sector to be interested to establish cooperation by using the results of research into industrial products. (VOI/AF/RHM)

16
March

Indonesian Ambassador to Malaysia, Rusdi Kirana said that his side wants to enhance tourism cooperation between Indonesia and Malaysia in a bid to increase tourist visits from potential countries such as China and Australia. He does not want Indonesia to regard Malaysia as a potential market only, and vice versa. This was disclosed by Ambassador Rusdi Kirana after witnessing Wings Air's inaugural flight ceremony from Pontianak, West Kalimantan to Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia at Miri International Airport on Thursday (March 15th).

“But the important thing is that we want to try Malaysia-Indonesia; Indonesia should not only consider Malaysia’s market and vice versa. But we are trying to collaborate together to a third country. So, we have hope there is a joint venture, such as promotion, dance performances and culture, the purpose is for trade and tourism. So, if we look at geography, Indonesia's right here and Malaysia's above; On the top of Malaysia is China. Thus, if Chinese tourists come to Malaysia and to Indonesia, this is so cheaper. There are two options,” Rusdi Kirana said.

On the same occasion, Ambassador Rusdi Kirana also explained that some examples of tourism cooperation can be implemented by Indonesia and Malaysia. The types of tourism cooperation are like between Kinabalu City and Manado, North Sulawesi; Miri and Yogyakarta; Penang and Silangit, North Sumatra. In addition, he added that with the cooperation, the relationship between Indonesia and Malaysia will be more harmonious. (VOI/Rezha/RHM)

16
March

PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) Tbk through its subsidiary PT Metranet disburses capital into Cellum Global Zrt, a provider of mobile payment solutions and Hungarian electronic commerce services. Speaking on the sidelines of the 170th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution in Jakarta on Wednesday night (14/3) Telkom Director of Digital & Strategic Portfolio, David Bangun said that Cellum Global Zrt is a company sought by PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk because Cellum has very strong financial services and has platform that can adapt to customer needs.

“All Cellum businesses in Indonesia are explicit with Telkom. Well, this Cellum is very strong for its financial services. So, it has a platform that can adjust to customers’ needs; this is what we pursue here because it is very strong on the platform side. Once upon a time, we had a consultant for Digital Business of Telkom. Well, specifically for financial services, we review from various platforms. Well, this Cellum is a technology partner of MasterCard, number one in the world. So, we see it the most excellent platform financial service,” David Bangun said.

David Bangun further said that Cellum is considered the most prominent company in the "financial platform" that can help develop Telkom's financial services business, including e-Money, T-Cash and T-Money, mobile phone payments payment as well as an event or festival ticket payment system. In addition to cooperation with Cellum, Telkom also brought in experts from Hungary for the development of start-up Telkom Indigo Incubator. (VOI/Ndy/Ahm/Trans by Rhm)

16
March

President Joko Widodo reminded  the banking sector in Indonesia to be more brave and more open in facing challenges from foreign banks, especially those who will enter and that has already operated in Indonesia. President Joko Widodo in a meeting with the leaders of Commercial Banks in Indonesia held at the State Palace in Jakarta on Thursday (15/3/2018) said that Indonesian banks should also take advantage of the positive momentum that is being achieved, especially to attract foreign investors into Indonesia.

"In the financial services, the world is now fully open. Our people can take credit, and can open savings anywhere in the era like this. For example, people can fly to Singapore to open an account, where it is very easy. Taking credit cards in there is also so easy, and taking a loan is also very easy. Therefore, we have no choice. In the future, we have no choice. We must be open, including competition with international banks that enter and exist in Indonesia; everything must be ready. I think, it is better for international banks to operate in Indonesia, instead of our customers go overseas. That’s the only choice," the President said.

President Joko Widodo said that the world's interest in Indonesia is still quite high, and it is proven by the release issued by US News and Report magazine, where Indonesia is ranked second, as the most attractive country for investment.  President Joko WI dodo views that of course, this is one of the positive achievements in which he wants to re-boost the performance improvement of business ease in Indonesia. Thus, President Joko Widodo reminded the banking players in the country to be more daring and also more open in facing challenges from foreign banks that will go to Indonesia and also those that have already operated in Indonesia. President Joko Widodo added that in return, foreign investors are interested in investing their capital because of trend, not condition of a country. On the same occasion, Chairman of the Financial Services Authority, Wimboh Santoso explained that the banking sector is in good condition because of the adequacy of the capital that reaches 23.26 percent. The Indonesian banking is not experiencing something very worrying. (KBRN-PRADIPTA-Mar/AHM/Trans by Rhm)