Spokesman of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Gerry Rice extended condolences to victims of terrorist attacks in Indonesia.

Gerry Rice made the remarks during today`s IMF regular press briefing in Washington DC.

"We extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims who`ve died under these terrible terrorist attacks in Indonesia," he said.

"As you can imagine, we are monitoring developments, working closely with our Indonesian partners to ensure the safety of all participants attending the 2018 Annual Meeting in Bali next October," he added.

He looks forward to having a successful meeting, and the Indonesian authorities are making extraordinary efforts to make sure that is the case, and he is working closely with them on that.

"The cooperation is excellent and we`re confident that we will have a successful annual meeting in October," he remarked. (ANTARA)


The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) and the Indian Embassy in Jakarta have set up an India Bilateral Committee to push cooperation between business people of the two countries.

"This committee is ready to facilitate Indonesian and Indian businessmen who are interested in expanding their businesses in the two countries," said the Kadin Deputy Chairman for International Relations, Shinta Widjaja Kamdani, during the inauguration of the India Bilateral Committee in Jakarta on Friday. The committee will work under the Indonesian Chamber for International Relations.

Shinta said the committee would serve as a catalyst in enhancing economic relations and achieving investment and trade targets, especially in mining, infrastructure, manufacture, pharmacy, digital and service sectors.

These six sectors are the focus of the agreement reached by business people of the two countries during the Indonesia-India CEO Forum held on the sidelines of President Joko Widodo`s visit to India in December 2016.

The committee would help businessmen of the two countries by providing relevant information, she said.

The Indian Ambassador to Indonesia, Pradeep Kumar Rawat, said the business people of the two countries still had many avenues to explore. "India will continue to offer a wide chance for Indonesian businessmen to cooperate with India in various sectors," he said.

For its part, the committee would encourage the availability of relevant information to develop Indonesian and Indian businesses, he said.

According to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), trade between the two countries reached US$12.9 billion in 2016, with Indonesia`s exports to India reaching $10.2 billion and its imports from India standing at $2.1 billion. The bilateral trade rose 28.7 per cent to $18.13 billion in 2017 with Indonesia`s exports to India reaching $14.08 billion and its imports from the South Asian country standing at $4.05 billion. (ANTARA)


Kalla Joins Peaceful Rally for Palestine

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Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla joined a peaceful rally for Palestine at Yenikapi Field in Istanbul, Turkey, ahead of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit on Friday.

Besides Kalla, the rally was also participated in by the delegates of OIC Summit participating countries, and the people of Turkey, according to a press statement received by Antara News Agency in Jakarta on Saturday.

"Vice President Kalla joined the rally on the invitation of President Erdogan as host," vice presidential spokesman Husain Abdullah remarked at the scene.

He said Kalla’s presence in the rally was part of Indonesia`s struggle for Palestine.

During the peaceful rally, Kalla and the OIC Summit delegations urged the United Nations to take decisive steps over the removal of the US Embassy to Jerusalem.

In addition they also urged the United Nations to investigate the deaths of a number of Palestinians during a rally in the Gaza Strip when it refused to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. (ANTARA)


To be cautious of terrorism and radicalism, Indonesian citizens in Malaysia are appealed to smartly use social media. Malaysian and Indonesian security forces continue to monitor the use of social media. This was stated by Police Attaché of the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Police Commissioner Chaidir to RRI on Friday (18/5). He urged Indonesian citizens in Malaysia to be cautious of the use of social media to avoid becoming victims of the terrorists’ network which is now growing rapidly.

“It’s necessary for the government to pay attention; there should be anticipation, and protection of our citizens. So, they are not easily trapped in the links of social media that have elements of radicalism. Do not try to participate in social media activities, because the laws in Malaysia are quite strict on the use of radically affected social media. Do not let us join in the activities of radicalism because here, the social media activities are detected by the authorities here,” Chaidir said.

In addition to avoiding terrorism and radicalism, Indonesian citizens are also asked to be smart in use social media so as not to become victims of fraud. Indonesian police officers along with Malaysian police noted the rampant fraud by Indonesian citizens as victims and as perpetrators. (KBRN/Okky/Trans by Rhm)