11
March

President Joko Widodo highlighted the quality of democracy in Indonesia which has been moving towards a positive direction. Nevertheless, according to him, there are still things should be paid attention to, so that democracy in Indonesia can develop better. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Democrat Party’s National Leadership Meeting 2018, Saturday, in Bogor, West Java, the President said that democracy in Indonesia is running well, marked by the amendment of the 1945 Constitution which equates the People's Consultative Assembly with other state institutions. In addition, democracy in Indonesia has also grown positively with the decentralization of government and with the multiparty system adopted in combination with the direct elections at both the regional and central levels. However, according to the President, the journey of democracy in Indonesia should still be improved especially with the freedom of opinion in the community. According to the President, the government together with political parties in Indonesia and element of the society, must participate in building political maturity in the community. The President added the development of democracy in Indonesia should also be implemented by prioritizing the welfare and prosperity of the Indonesian nation.

“First we have to build political maturity, political ethics, and manners in politics, and also civilization in politics. Second, we must make democracy to be more felt by the people, namely democracy which is more prosperous to the people. These two things are important agenda in our political development. Contestation in the election of regional head, Contestation in legislative election and contestation in presidential level must uphold ethics and civilization. Contestation must be of mutual respect, not reproach and ridicule others,” the President said.

Furthermore, President Joko Widodo conveyed that in a political contestation, politicians in Indonesia must still uphold the eastern customs and tradition that put forward the decency and unity especially in providing examples and education for the younger generation. In addition, the President added that democracy in Indonesia should also produce the character of partisanship towards the people. Democracy must also be followed by governance with increasing efficiency. Democracy, according to the President, should also support innovation for national development. According to him, the Indonesian people can win the global competition while eradicating poverty and increasing equity. (VOI /Ndy/trans Alika/AHM)

10
March

Vice President, Jusuf Kalla instructed Haj money savings to be invested in Saudi Arabia because of the high profitability of the number of pilgrims from Indonesia. A member of Hajj Finance Management Agency (BPKH), Anggito Abimanyu said in Jakarta, on Friday that with the increasing number of pilgrims from Indonesia, the value of investment is higher and it brings about impact on high benefits. Anggito Abimanyu along with the President's Special Envoy to the Middle East, Alwi Shihab met VP Jusuf Kalla in Jakarta on Friday to discuss the follow-up of the Indonesian government's investment plan in Saudi Arabia using the Haj savings fund. In the near future, the Haj Financial Management Board along with Alwi Shihab will visit Saudi Arabia to meet with investors in Saudi Arabia and to discuss the follow up of the investment plan. (Ant-Mar/edit r/Trans by Rhm)

10
March

The government of Indonesia wants trade partner countries, especially the United States of America to carry out free and fair trade. The statement is related to President Donald Trump's move to impose high import tariffs on steel and aluminum products. Minister of Trade, Enggartiasto Lukita was quoted as saying on Friday that President Trump's move does not directly have a major impact on Indonesia as Indonesia's exports of steel and aluminum to the US are relatively small. But, Indonesia asks all countries to carry out free and fair trade. Minister Enggartisto affirmed that trade war will only be annoying and disadvantageous. President Donald Trump said that he would impose a 25-percent tariff on steel imports and 10 percent for aluminum products. The decision was made under the guise of protecting domestic products in the United States. President Trump's decision was viewed badly by his key economic adviser, Gary Cohn since the beginning of the administration. Gary Cohn resigned from his post after President Trump decided to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. (Ant-Mar/edit r/Trans by Rhm)

10
March

President Joko Widodo inaugurated the first integrated industrial zone in Indonesia, Java Integrated Industrial Port and Estate -JIIPE in Gresik, East Java on Friday (9/3). In his speech, President Joko Widodo expects more and more of this kind of industrial estate to be built in Indonesia. In addition to attracting investment industrial estates, it also opens new employment. President Joko Widodo said that he is happy with the existence of Java Integrated Industrial Port and Estate, because the area has very complete facilities, such as a seaport, industrial area and power plant. President Joko Widodo is also happy, because the Java Integrated Industrial Port and Estate industrial area is not only done by the private sector, but also the State Owned Enterprise (BUMN), Pelindo III. Pelindo III Port has an investment of 60 percent, while state-owned companies have invested 40 percent of industrial estates. (Ant/Mar/edit r/Trans by Rhm)