26
April

Vice President, Jusuf Kalla appreciates the 20th International Craft Products Expo or Inacraft 2018 held at the Jakarta Convention Center from 25-29 April. At this event, Inacraft chooses North Sumatra as the main icon exhibition with the theme of "The Loftiness of North Sumatra" following the central theme of Inacraft "Coloring the World". He said that by becoming the main icon of the exhibition, North Sumatra can provide employment, economic benefits, and pride.

“I want to congratulate the North Sumatera province to become host as main thing in this exhibition. I believe this would give us benefits in terms of manpower, economy and pride,” Vice President Jusu Kalla said during the opening ceremony of the Inacraft exhibition at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta on Wednesday (25/04).

Vice President Jusuf Kalla further said that as the main icon, North Sumatra Province is contributing in preserving Indonesian culture through this exhibition. The exhibition is participated in by 1,395 participants across Indonesia, represented by craftsmen, entrepreneurs, producers and exporters of handicrafts. Some friendly countries, such as Japan, Poland, South Korea, and some ASEAN member countries incorporated in the ASEAN Handicraft Promotion and Development Association also participate in the exhibition by displaying their handicraft products. (VOI/Egy/Trans Ndy/RHM)

26
April

Head of the Indonesian Creative Economy Agency, Triawan Munaf after the opening of Inacraft 2018 at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta on Wednesday (25 April) said that he would advise the largest exhibition in Southeast Asia's in order not only to showcase Moroccan and Indonesian products, but also to create cooperation of Indonesian and Moroccan culture.

“Next year, Morocco will become Country Focus for Inacraft. I would suggest to Inacraft not only to exhibit Moroccan and Indonesian products but to create joint products between two countries several months earlier. To establish cultural acculturation should be classic products in next 20 years. So, this does not stop only with our ego towards our products. There must be joint culture,” Triawan Munaf said.

Triawan Munaf added that this exhibition aims to expand the market of Indonesian creative products in the domestic market, and create a meeting point of buying and selling transactions between producers and consumers. (VOI/Egy/RHM)

26
April

Infrastructure and economy have strong relations. Infrastructure is to not only create economic growth, but also to fasten transformation to be developed country. This was stated by Deputy Minister for Coordination of Infrastructure and Regional Development, at the Coordinating Ministry for the Economy, Wahyu Utomo to media on the sidelines of the 3rd Thee Kian Wie Lecture Series, Infrastructure Development of Indonesia in Jakarta on Wednesday (25/04). He said that to get economic value, Indonesian government must apply Limited Concession Scheme -LCS to private sectors.

 “Limited Concession Scheme has several projects. We want to try to give asset management to private sectors. They buy the rights to manage assets; they must give compensation to government by off-road payment used to build other new infrastructures. We have sent Presidential Regulation to Cabinet Secretary and let us see the realization,” Wahyu Utomo said.

Meanwhile, acting Chairman of Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI), Bambang Subiyanto said that through infrastructure development, Indonesia must be able to encourage competitive edge and boost economy. He further explained that Indonesia needs to learn about economic management, because historically, error in good economic management will result in multi-dimensional crisis. (VOI/AF/RHM)

26
April

Vice President, Jusuf Kalla encourages the handicraft industry to take advantage of electronic commerce (e-commerce) to improve the quality of its products. He views that by utilizing e-commerce, handicraft industry must meet standardization of quality and size, because many people in the future will buy goods by looking at the catalog.

“Handicraft must change by the existence of e-commerce. What to change is how to create goods with good quality and high standard. Buyers will buy via internet by seeing catalog,” said Vice President Jusuf Kalla in his speech at the International Handicraft -Inacraft 2018 exhibition in Jakarta Convention Center, Jakarta on Wednesday (25 April).

Vice President Jusuf Kalla further remarked that if there is no standard of quality and size, it is very difficult to include it in e-commerce system. However, if standardization of quality and size measure has been fulfilled, the consumers will be able to trust and use this e-commerce technology. (VOI/Egi/Ndy/RHM)