04
March

World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to examine the many important efforts that have been made to protect endangered species due to threats such as wildlife trade, human-wildlife conflict, and habitat loss. The United States (US) and Indonesia showcased joint efforts to strengthen wildlife protection and improve forest management and conservation areas through a series of events and exhibitions held in Jakarta, Saturday, March 3. The event was held as a partnership between the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forests and various environmental organizations. USAID Environment Director Matthew Burton in his speech stated that the US government is committed to continue partnerships with various parties in Indonesia on environmental issues.

“The US government is committed to the US-Indonesia partnership to protect wildlife and combat illegal wildlife trade. Through USAID the US government is working with the Indonesian government as well as various stakeholders to improve forest management and conservation areas and take steps to protect the currently threatened wildlife,” Matthew Burton said.

Matthew Burton added, Indonesia is home to many important species including Sumatran tigers, Sumatran rhinoceros, and hornbills that support ecosystem health. Hunting and deforestation has led to a sharp decline in the population of the extraordinary species that is typical of Indonesia. The International Union for the Conversation of Nature notes that there are only 400-500 Sumatran tigers and fewer than 100 Sumatran rhinos still living in the wild today. (VOI / Rezha;transbyAlika)

04
March

President Joko Widodo believed that local sneakers' products are of the highest quality so they can compete in the global market. Deputy on Protocol, Press and Media of Presidential Secretariat Bey Machmudin in a written statement in Jakarta on Saturday stated that President Joko Widodo Saturday afternoon visiting sneaker exhibition organized at one of the malls at Senayan area, Jakarta. In addition to spending the weekend with the family, the Head of State used the opportunity to see the development of the market and footwear industry, especially sneakers in the country. Although still dominated by products from overseas, President Joko Widodo believes Indonesia's sneaker products are superior to compete in the international market. Besides superior quality, the price offered is also more competitive. According to President Joko Widodo, this will further increase the sale value of Indonesia’s sneaker products. President Joko Widodo also invited people to participate together with the government to support and appreciate the products of the nation. (Release.4.3'18.mar /trans alika)

04
March

A Prototype of electric bus produced by PT Mobil Anak Bangsa in the exhibition of commercial vehicles of Indonesian Automotive Industry Association-Gaikindo Indonesia Commercial Vehicle Expo (GIICOMVEX) 2018 in Jakarta, became the attention of transportation entrepreneurs who visited the exhibition. Technical Director of the company, Bambang Tri Soepandji, on the sidelines of the exhibition, said some entrepreneurs from abroad were interested in their products, and asked about the potential for the development of the electric bus.

“It is amazing that they are interested in the design. It’s because the bus has international design, so it can be accepted by the tastes of Europeans, Australians, and other countries. Many are interested, they asked about the price. One of the countries in Eastern Europe is also interested, asking for potential cooperation” Technical Director of the company, Bambang Tri Soepandji, on the sidelines of the exhibition, said.

Bambang Tri Soepandji added that the electric buses, that are capable of running up to 300 kilometers per battery charging, are ready for mass production and marketed in 2018. Previously, the founder of PT MAB, General TNI (ret.) Moeldoko stated, PT MAB is ready to cooperate with investors from abroad for the production of electric bus batteries. The plan, investors from several countries invested in Indonesia in order to establish a battery factory. (VOI / Rezha;transbyAlika)

03
March

One of the bus or car assembly manufacturers headquartered in Ungaran, Central Java, namely Laksana, continues its efforts to expand its market abroad. After successfully exporting hundreds of buses to the Fijian Islands since 2009, in 2018 the manufacturer that has already been established for four decades plans to export its bus products to Bangladesh. On the sidelines of the exhibition of commercial vehicles of Indonesian Automotive Industry Association-Gaikindo Indonesia Commercial Vehicle Expo 2018 in Jakarta, Friday (2/3), Laksana's Export Manager, Werry Yulianto said so far it has signed a contract with a bus company in Bangladesh for booking a large bus that uses Swedish chassis.

From Laksana itself we have a contract agreement with them. Only our position is now still waiting for the arrival of the chassis. We plan to use chassis from Scania of Sweden. So we immediately re-export it. So we put the body in Indonesia then we send them there,” Werry Yulianto said.

Werry Yulianto added that besides Bangladesh and other South Asian countries, Karoseri Laksana also seeks to expand its market to Africa. This is, in his opinion, in line with the Indonesian Government's efforts to intensify the export of domestically produced goods to the country - Non-traditional country. Karoseri Laksana is one of the main players in the bus assembly industry in Indonesia supported by a 70,000 square meter wide factory with a production capacity of 1000 buses per month. In addition to producing buses for export needs, Karoseri Laksana also manufactures buses for transportation needs, both intra-city and inter-city buses in Indonesia. (VOI / Rezha;transbyAlika)