14
February


The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia received a bilateral visit
of Morocco's Deputy Foreign Minister, Mounia Boucetta at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jakarta, Tuesday, 13 February. To the reporter, A. M Fachir explained, in the meeting, they discussed the development of cooperation relations between the two countries. During the meeting, Morocco expressed its support to Indonesia to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UN).


 
"Yes this is a visit from the Secretary of State from Morocco, my counterpart, essentially we are trying to discuss how to promote relationships and cooperation. We are grateful to Morocco for supporting us to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council. Then that also we have no political problems, but we always work together on international issues. But bilaterally our challenge is how to translate that good in mutual cooperation, "A.M Fachir said.


 
A.M. Fachir added that in the meeting he also stressed the need
to have an agreement between Indonesia and Morocco to facilitate Indonesian businessmen in Morocco. Indonesia itself in January has proposed a draft of Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) to Morocco. The draft agreement is scheduled to be discussed in the near future so that Indonesian businessmen in Morocco can improve their performance. According to A.M. Fachir,the latest data collected related to trade between Indonesia and Morocco, there was a significant decline in trading volume at 110,000 US Dollar, which previously reached 150,000 US Dollars. (VOI/Rezha/AHM)



14
February
 
Indonesian President Joko Widodo receives the visit of Queen Maxima of Netherlands at Istana Merdeka, Jakarta, Tuesday. Queen Maxima comes in her capacity as United Nations Special Envoy for Financial Inclusion. After the meeting,  President Joko Widodo told reporters that to encourage financial inclusion in Indonesia requires the simplification of the system. Meanwhile, the United Nations Special Envoy for Financial Inclusion Queen Maxima appreciated the Indonesian government's move that has made much of the policy in the field of inclusive finance. But Queen Maxima reminded Indonesia still has a lot of homework because there are still many people in rural areas that have not been able to access banks and other financial services.
 
"I am really looking forward to continuing to work together with the government, but also with the private sector, not only the state banks but also other banks and also the non financial services to be really involved in this endeavor and so that can reach reach all Indonesians," Queen Maxima said. 
 
 
The Indonesian government is targeting the level of easiness of Indonesians in accessing financial services products or financial inclusion to be equivalent to other countries, especially India by 2019. Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Darmin Nasution, said in the last 1.5 years, the government has intensively pursued increased financial inclusion. A number of government programs in encouraging financial inclusion, among others through the Family Hope Program (PKH) in the form of assistance not directly through bank accounts. In addition, there is also a program of Nontunai Food Assistance (BPNT) with the recipients reaching 1.3 million families through the account receiver at the bank. (KBRN / rini h)
14
February

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, the United Nations Secretary General`s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, expressed readiness to assist in the expansion of financial inclusion in Indonesia.

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) received a courtesy visit from Queen Maxima of the Netherlands at the Merdeka Palace here on Tuesday.

President Widodo and Queen Maxima discussed the expansion of financial inclusion.
"We have been discussing ways to improve the national strategy on financial inclusion, and I am happy to say that Indonesia has made many decisions," the Dutch queen stated.

She believed that the discussions had resulted in several programs to boost financial inclusion in Indonesia.

"Several Indonesians still do not have access to banks or financial services and are mostly in rural areas, especially those working in the agricultural sector," she pointed out.
Hence, the government should solve the problems.

This particularly holds significance in the era of technology where technological developments play an important role.

Queen Maxima held a discussion with President Widodo on the simplification of the system to encourage financial inclusion.

The Queen also expressed readiness to continue working with governments and the private sectors as well as banking and non-financial institutions in an attempt to advance financial inclusion across Indonesia.(antaranews)

13
February
 
Responding to Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s request in a working meeting of Indonesian Representatives in Jakarta on Monday, the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore begins to improve services for Indonesians in Singapore. The Indonesian citizen protection and economy diplomacy becomes the two main focuses for the embassy. This was stated by Indonesian Ambassador to Singapore, I Gede Ngurah Swajaya to the media in Jakarta on Monday evening.  
 
“…I think that based on the President’s instruction disclosed through the Minister of Foreign Affairs, there are two focuses that we are trying to improve the services in Singapore. One of them is to serve and protect Indonesian people and the second one is about economy diplomacy. So, we are thinking how we can serve better and faster, more accountable and more satisfying for Indonesia people, including in the economy diplomacy context," I Gede Ngurah Swajaya said. 
 
 
 
Ambassador Ngurah Swajaya added that the Embassy has developed a technology information base system in connection with the protection and economy diplomacy. He views that the system will be renewed to create smart Embassy. Through the system, Indonesian citizens in Singapore can easily access many kinds of services. Besides, the system also provides online information about Indonesian products that are marketed in Singapore. (VOI/Rezha/Trans by NK)