28
March

Indonesian House of Representatives` delegation, a member of the Drafting Committee on Emergency Issues representing the Asia-Pacific, delivered a resolution on Trump administration`s decision on Jerusalem as Israel`s capital at the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Session. According to a statement received by ANTARA in Jakarta on Tuesday ( 27 March ), Bara Krishna Hasibuan, a member of the Indonesian House`s delegation, had attended a session to discuss the draft resolution that was held in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday (26 March).

"As a consistent member of the IPU fighting for Palestinian independence, Indonesia has an obligation to be actively involved in drafting the IPU resolution that reaffirms the rejection of the US` decision on Jerusalem," Hasibuan emphasized.

According to Hasibuan, Indonesia`s election as a representative of the Asia-Pacific countries demonstrates international recognition of its strategic role in solving global issues.

"I am honored to represent the Asia-Pacific and Indonesian parliaments, especially in the drafting of this resolution," the politician noted.

The draft specifically addresses the IPU`s responses to the US` decision on the status of Jerusalem and the basic rights of the Palestinian people. Hasibuan explained that the draft comprises five points in the preamble and 10 points in a resolution that essentially contains a strong condemnation of the US` decision that recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The draft also encompasses support for Palestinians in defending their basic rights, including the right to Jerusalem.

"The resolution also confirms that the unilateral decision on Jerusalem is contrary to several UN resolutions and international laws," Hasibuan stressed.

The Drafting Committee also accepted the Indonesian proposal, submitted by Hasibuan, which encouraged Israel and Palestine to return to the peace process under an international framework to achieve a two-state solution based on territorial boundaries prevailing before the war between Israel and Arab countries in 1967.

"The acceptance of this proposal is a concrete contribution of Indonesia in pushing the world`s parliaments to unite and seek a permanent solution to achieve a comprehensive solution to the problem of Palestine`s status, specifically with regard to Jerusalem," Hasibuan remarked.

Trump`s statement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was delivered during a speech at the White House on December 6, 2017. ( antara ) 

28
March

The 5th Responsible Business Forum on Food and Agriculture is being held in Jakarta on March 27 and 28, 2018. The forum is organized by Indonesia Business Council for Sustainable Development (IBCSD), Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and PIS Agro. President of the Council, Shinta Kamdani explained, the background of this forum, is to make Indonesia achieve the targets which has been set in Sustainable Development, especially in the field of food and agriculture, namely the eradication of hunger and sustainable agriculture. In the forum, delegates from domestic and foreign businessmen discuss about sustainable food and agriculture not only from the economic aspect but also from the social and environmental aspects. This forum will produce multiple targets.

“Firstly, how about various stakeholders improve cooperation in the framework of SDG, so not only food and agriculture but SDG as a whole. Secondly how can we communicate the importance of trust and transparency in leading sustainable business,” Shinta Kamdani said.

Shinta Kamdani further explained that he hoped that through this forum will also concern on the role of women in agriculture. In addition, the business sector is expected to further enhance a healthy lifestyle. This forum will continue with many working groups that are constantly monitored. Large entrepreneurs can help small and micro entrepreneurs to practice social and environmental businesses. (VOI/SEKAR/NT)

27
March

Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla opened the National Coordination Meeting of Library in Jakarta on Monday (26/3). On the occasion, Vice President Jusuf Kalla also launched the Digital library of Indonesian Vice President. In his speech, Jusuf Kalla said that the meeting becomes a mutual step to improve reading habit of Indonesian people, along with the development of digital technology.

“In this opportunity, the National Coordination Meeting, not only offer the book, but how to read the digital book. Currently the world has changed rapidly. Because the speed and knowledge cannot be separated from digitalization,” Jusuf Kalla said.

Vice President Jusuf Kalla asked the National Library to increase socialization widely, especially in the digital era. This is followed by the digital library capacity that has not been utilized yet by the community. The socialization is needed to increase people’s reading interest through digital library. In the meeting, Vice President Jusuf Kalla also launched Digital library of Indonesian Vice President namely ‘Wapres Library’ and can be accessed through Play Store Android. (KBRN/Rizki/Trs.yati /NT)

27
March

Deputy Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Arcandra Tahar said Indonesia`s proven oil reserves at present are recorded at around 3.3 billion barrels. Based on data collected by ANTARA from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources here on Monday with constant assumption of 800,000 barrels a day Indonesia would no longer be an oil producer in the next 11 to 12 years unless new reserves are discovered.

"Perhaps it may not happen in the next 11 or 12 years as production will keep dropping. Next year it will drop to 700,000 barrels a day and so on," he said.

Technological and new reserve factors are key to sustaining oil production in Indonesia, Arcandra said. He said oil exploitation technology at present is only able to take 40 to 50 percent of reserves. "There has so far been any technology that could do more. If our later generation could find the technology we could produce more than that. With regard to gas, the situation is better as we still have reserves for up to the next 25 to 50 years," he said.

Arcandra said the proven oil reserves in Indonesia were not abundant. Compared to the world`s proven reserves they make up only 0.2 percent while Indonesia`s Reserve Replacement Ration is also considered still low, he added.

"We are still able to achieve 50 percent reserve replacement ration. That is about how much we can take from reserves we have found. We take twice more than we discover while RRR in our neighboring countries have been above 100 percent," he said.