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February

2018 and 2019 are political years in Indonesia. In the years, two great events: Regional Head Election and Presidential Election will be held. Vice chairman of National Economic and Industrial Committee, Arif Budimanta said that based on a study of Economist Intelligence Unit, there is no political risk which is relatively significant to doubt the ability of Indonesia in managing its economy and government.

At a public discussion  themed ‘Synergy of Trading Industry based on Commodity, Warehouse Receipt System, and Commodity Auction Market in the Era of Digital Trading in Encouraging National Economic Growth’ which was held in Jakarta on Wednesday (7/2). Arif Budimanta explained that Economist Intelligence Unit viewed that it is optimistic with Indonesian economic prospect in 2018 and 2019. The study is in line with roundtable and expert panel of the committee which concluded that in political context, the election of regional head does not cause economic risk.

“…The point is that in 2018, there is no need of political chaos in Indonesia. Although ahead of the presidential election, it will be a little heating up, but that usually happens everywhere, not just in Indonesia. In the political context as well, most regions are closer to us; Malaysia is going ahead for the election. But in some major countries, such as America, Germany, and China, all the process has been completed. So, regional politics as well as geopolitics globally take place as a whole. They are driving machines of major changes in geopolitical imbalance. All of these are relatively completed," Arif Budimanta said.

Arif Budimanta hopes that something bad will not happen in the future. Until now, trend shows positive thing. On the same occasion, Minister of Trade, Enggartiasto Lukita asserted that the prospect and economic growth in Indonesia in political years is no doubt. He is optimistic that in the political years, money will circulate more and consumption will increase. The Minister also guaranteed that the government will strictly control the economy in the political years. (Sekar/trans-Yati/RHM)

 

 

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February
 
The United Nations for Human Rights High Commissioner, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said that the UN through United Nations Commission for Human Rights views that the implementation of Human Rights in Indonesia has made a significant progress. The progress can be seen from the government’s efforts to implement human rights on universal health for community, including the Sustainable Development Goals in the National Human Rights Action Plan. In addition, the existence of National Commission for Human Rights and Woman which is strong and independent also becomes supporting factors of the progress of human rights implementation in Indonesia. This was stated by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein in press conference in Jakarta on Wednesday (7/2). 
 
“…The government has embraced the Sustainable Development Goals, incorporating them into its National Human Rights Action Plan. Indonesia also has made considerable progress on realization of the right to health, expanding universal health coverage. And it has provided the space and resources for Komnas HAM and Komnas Perempuan to be strong, independent national human rights institutions, " Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said. 
 
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein also highlighted Indonesia’s role in human rights’ implementation in Southeast Asia region. He said that Indonesia is the most progressive country in Southeast Asia related to the implementation of human rights. It is proved with Indonesia's active involvement in the adverse conditions experienced by Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine, Myanmar, which are praiseworthy and indispensable. (Rezha/trans-Yati)
 
 
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February
 
 
Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister, Retno Marsudi received Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano at Pancasila Building in Jakarta on Wednesday (7/2). Minister Angelino Alfano visited Indonesia in a series of his visit to Southeast Asia, and Indonesia is the first country which was visited before other countries. In  a press conference after bilateral meeting, Minister Retno Marsudi explained that they discussed various efforts to improve bilateral relations between Indonesia and Italy.
 
"In a friendly bilateral meeting, we discussed various efforts to improve bilateral relations, such as Indonesian palm oil export to Europe, and then creative economy and interfaith dialog, " Retno said. 
 
Related to Indonesian palm oil export, Minister Retno Marsudi added that Italy is the most important country and third export destination country for Indonesia’s palm oil to Europe. Therefore, Indonesian palm oil also has contribution on Italian economy.  She also hopes that Italy can explain to European Union parliamentary to consider the lifting of restrictions on the use of Indonesian palm oil for biodiesel starting in 2021. The restriction will bring about serious impact on Indonesia as the biggest palm oil producer in the world, especially palm oil farmers. (Rezha/trans-Yati)
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February

 

The Indonesian government is committed to protecting children against cybercrimes by teaming up with other member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), an official stated.
"Cybercrimes, particularly sexual exploitation and harassment, are an important issue today. We are not aware that our children have been increasingly exposed to information technology at schools and other places," Director General of Social Rehabilitation of the Social Affairs Ministry Edi Suharto noted here on Wednesday.

As the most populous nation in Southeast Asia, Indonesia plays a strategic role in leading cooperation among ASEAN member states in addressing common issues, he remarked.
"The government, non-governmental organizations, and international institutions can work together to take precautionary measures against crimes related to child exploitation," he noted.
To this end, an inter-sectoral dialog on an integrated national response was held in Jakarta on Feb 7-8 as part of the efforts to put an end to online sexual exploitation and harassment against children in the ASEAN, he stated.
The dialog was organized by the East Asia and Pacific Regional Office of the United Nations Children`s Fund, in cooperation with End Child Prostitution in Asian Tourism, the ASEAN Secretariat, and Social Affairs Ministry, to formulate minimum standards to respond effectively to any sort of online sexual violence and exploitation against children. 
"Many perpetrators of sexual violence are from other countries, while the victims of sexual violence are very often children from developing countries due to their poor knowledge and economic needs. The children are only given a small amount of money sufficient to buy food items and toys," he stated. (antaranews)