24
March

President Joko Widodo does hope that Musabaqah al-Quran and Hadiths can bring about a positive impact on the life of nation and state. Speaking before the participants of Silaturrahim Musabaqah of the 10th Annual Al-Quran and Hadiths -Prince Sulthan bin Abdul Aziz al-Su'ud for Asia and Pacific at the State Palace in Jakarta on Thursday, the President said, at this moment, Indonesia has become a role model for other nations due to its ability in managing pluralism. He hopes Muslims in Indonesia cannot easily be trapped in slander and hatred committed by irresponsible people. He perceives that Indonesian Muslims should be able to transmit valuable experience in maintaining this harmony to the world level.

“I also want to remind that from every Musabaqah al-quran and hadith event, I hope it brings about the trace and benefit in Indonesian nation’s life. Moreover, Indonesia today continues to be a role model for many countries in managing diversity because we have 714 tribes, more than 1.100 local languages, but we remain harmonious and united. So, we must keep being watchful so that the Muslims in Indonesia are not trapped with e slander and incitement hatred. In fact, we must transmit valuable experience of the Indonesian Muslims to the world in maintaining harmony, unity and maintaining peace in the earth of Allah,” President Joko Widodo said.

Meanwhile, Minister of Religious Affairs, Lukman Hakim Syaifuddin said that the Musabaqah Memorizing of Al-Quran and Hadith is intended to maintain and protect the sanctity of Islamic teachings from deviant and extreme religious understandings. That’s why, he said that there must be the understanding and practice of Islam which are based on ‘Rahmatan Lil 'Alamin’ by improving the quality of understanding and practicing the values of al-Quran and Hadith in the daily practice of life both in the context of the life of the nation and state. (VOI/Ndy/Rhm)

24
March

President Joko Widodo prioritizes the reduction of toll tariffs is only applied to logistic transportation. Speaking at the State Palace in Jakarta recently, the President said that he has asked the relevant ministries to reduce toll tariffs for logistic transportation. To reduce the toll tariff, President Joko Widodo mentioned several schemes that can be implemented by providing tax incentives in the form of tax holiday and extending the concession. Currently, the government is still calculating how to know exactly the amount of toll tariff reduction.

“I just ask Minister of Public Works, Minister of State-Owned Enterprises, and Minister of Transportation, to possibly reduce the toll tariff related to our logistics transportation or transportation of goods as soon as possible next week at the end of this month. Please count it. Recently, I have received the calculation. But, there is no decision of tax holidays, and how long the concession is,” President Joko Widodo said.

Regarding some people who are concerned with the concession whether it could eliminate ownership of the state assets, President Joko Widodo affirmed that the concession to be taken does not eliminate the state ownership towards its assets. He also explained that the steps to reduce the toll tariff for logistic transportation are aimed at improving both the efficiency of goods delivery and the competitiveness of the Indonesian nation. (VOI/Ndy/Trans by Rhm)

24
March

President Joko Widodo invited Egy Maulana Vikri, an Indonesian young and talented footballer who successfully plays at Lechia Gdansk club in Poland, to the State Palace in Jakarta. During the meeting, Egy was accompanied by Minister of Youth and Sports, Imam Nachrowi. After meeting President, Minister of Youth and Sports, Imam Nachrowi said that in the meeting, President Joko Widodo hopes that the presence of Egy overseas can be a good example for other young generations of Indonesia.  The President perceived that Egy’s presence at Polish football club will be the ambassador of Indonesia to glorify the name of the nation in the international arena. Thus, President Joko Widodo does hope that sports education can be a major concern to improve the quality of Indonesian youths.

“Yes, Mr. President really wants new Egys who can play abroad, not only 1-7 but there are more, so that they have experience and knowledge and have a high discipline because it is not just a matter of playing but the matter of glorifying the nation's good name that Indonesia is a big country with big talent players as well and Mr. President emphasizes that sports education should be number one,” Imam Nachrowi said,

Furthermore, Minister Imam Nachrowi said that the foundation of sports education, especially football for Indonesian generation should be a main focus in a bid to create prestigious athletes.  Thus, Ministry of Youth and Sports is committed to developing sports education both at sports schools and football schools in Indonesia. (Ndy/Trans by Rhm)

23
March

Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi invited alumni of foreign scholarship recipients in a special meeting held at the Diplomatic Cafeteria of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jakarta on Thursday night, (March 22nd). During the meeting, she had an opportunity to interact directly and shared information related to Indonesian foreign policy with alumni of foreign scholarship recipients who are mostly millennial generations. After the meeting, Minister Retno Marsudi explained that the meeting which lasted for approximately two hours was one of Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs efforts to make the ministry get in touch with various community groups.

“We, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs want to reach out many groups, especially young people and professionals to share information about Indonesia's foreign policies. Of course, in this interaction, there are some inputs and explanations that may be straightforward. Let’s say there are opinions or information that still needs to be straightened out. Then, this is an opportunity for us to straighten out,” said Retno Marsudi.

On the same occasion, Minister Retno Marsudi also expressed her admiration for the alumni of the foreign scholarship recipients. She added that their love to their homeland is very big, although they have spent many years studying abroad. Their love to their home land is a potential for the Indonesian nation that must be developed. Therefore, the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will continue to make good relations with Indonesian students who get foreign scholarships, whether they are still studying abroad or have returned to their homeland. (VOI/RezhaRhm)