02
February

Indonesian Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya said that in 2017, Indonesia's tourism grew 22 percent. In a meeting of the Trade Ministry held in Jakarta on Thursday, (February 1st), he explained that the figure is 3 times higher than that of tourism in ASEAN region and globally. The tourism growth in ASEAN grew 7% and global grew 6.4%. Indonesia becomes the second largest tourism growth country in ASEAN after Vietnam with 25.2 percent growth. Minister Arief Yahya targets that tourism will become the largest foreign exchange earner in Indonesia. By 2016, tourism became the second largest foreign exchange earnings after Crude Palm Oil. He views that deregulation is the key in promoting tourism growth. There are three major deregulations that have been done by the government in promoting tourism growth.

“…For us to be fast, we have to do deregulation whether in tourism, trade, and investment. So do deregulation! But the philosophy, in tourism, is that ease for entering Indonesia. Make people easy to enter Indonesia. The big three were before, one was a visa free, the second one was easy to enter, the three is the cruise to easily enter into Indonesia,” Arief Yahya said.

Minister Arief Yahya further explained that to facilitate the entry of tourists to Indonesia, the Ministry of Tourism has granted visa-free for 169 countries. In 2013, only 15 countries were granted visa-free. He added, the technology revolution through online-based travel business also contributes the increasing growth of tourism in Indonesia. In 2018, the Ministry of Tourism targets 17 million foreign tourists or grows 20 percent. (VOI/Sekar/trs Rezha)

02
February

Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi appeals for support from the ex-separatist group of the South Philippines, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front–MILF in relation to the release of three Indonesian citizens who are still held hostage by the Abu Sayyaf militant group. Spokesperson of Indonesian Foreign Ministry, Arrmanatha Nasir in his press conference, Jakarta on Thursday (February 1, 2018) said the appeal was submitted by Minister Retno Marsudi in her meeting with the MILF delegation in Jakarta on Thursday (February 1st, 2018).

“…In the context of hostages problem, the Minister also expressed her concern about this matter; the Minister also stated that the government has made various efforts through all of our channels and of course, we also appeal for support from MILF if they can help to free the hostages, but more than the appeal, we also ask them to help preventing this problem in the future,” Armanatha said.

The meeting of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) delegation led by All Hajj Murad Ebrahim with the Indonesian Minister Retno in Jakarta was conducted with the main objective of studying the sucessful peace process or reconciliation in Aceh. Besides, the MILF delegation also held a meeting with Vice President Jusuf Kalla and representatives of Islamic organizations in Indonesia, such as Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah.//// (VOI/Rezha/AHM)

02
February

The Indonesian government will further encourage and develop the manufacturing sector. This is in accordance with the direction of President Joko Widodo to enhance the economic growth. Minister of Industry, Airlangga Hartarto said that the manufacturing industry sector is the mainstay of Indonesia's exports due to its high competitiveness. In a meeting of the Trade Ministry held in Jakarta on Thursday (February 1st), Minister Airlangga explained that there are five main commodities of manufacturing exports. They are food and beverage, chemical industry, metal, rubber and food. Thus, the government will improve the good climate in the manufacturing industry.

"... Well, if we see there, that the export we send is 74% of our exports from the industry. And from investment, it is the industry's highest sector. So, the only way we can do to improve the job is by providing industry with a good climate, including giving ease in getting raw materials. Well…, if this can be provided, I'm sure the investment will increase," Airlangga said.

Minister Airlangga further explained that in the future, there will be some sectors that can also be prioritized for exports, such as automotive, electronics, food and beverages. He views that the future of the sector will be the determinant sector of the world’s economy. These sectors have also run a 4.0 industry revolution or industry that utilizes technological advances to boost competitiveness. Minister Airlangga added that Indonesia's competitiveness rate has improved, namely at 36th rank out of 137 countries. But there are some sectors that still cannot compete in the field of primary education and labor market efficiency. To cope with it, the government encourages vocational education programs and facilitates the permits of foreign workers.///(VOI/Skr/AHM)

01
February

Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi received the visit of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front -MILF delegation led by All Hajj Murad Ebrahim. The delegation of ex-separatist group in the Southern Philippines visited Indonesia to learn about successful peace process or reconciliation in Aceh Province. It was conveyed by spokesperson of the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry, Arrmanatha Nasir in a press conference held in Jakarta on Thursday (February 1st, 2018).

“…The visit of the MILF delegation to Indonesia is to learn from the peace process that has been implemented in Aceh. During the meeting, the Foreign Minister expressed her support for the efforts being made in the Southern Philippines to achieve peace. The Foreign Minister also called all parties, including MILF to contribute in peace-building process and maintaining peace. In Indonesia, the MILF will also meet some representatives of Islamic organizations such as Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah, two largest Islamic organizations. The MILF delegation will also meet the Vice President,” Arrmanatha said.

Arrmanatha further said that the visit of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) delegation to Indonesia shows how important Indonesia’s role is in maintaining peace in Southeast Asia, including Southern Philippines. He added that apart from joining International Monitoring Team in the South Philippines, Indonesia has sent 84 Garuda personnel and civilians to be involved in the peace process./// (VOI/Rezha/AHM)