10
January

Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno LP Marsudi said that 2019 would be a busy year for Indonesia's foreign diplomacy. She remarked that Indonesia would continue to work hard on the priority sectors of foreign policy. The attention of Indonesia's foreign policy will also be devoted to Indonesia's membership in the United Nations Security Council. Minister Retno said in Jakarta on Wednesday (9/1) that the UN Security Council team at the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia in New York has been strengthened since October 2018. In its position as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, Indonesia would encourage various issues related to maintaining peace and synergy between regional organizations and the United Nations.

"Indonesia will hold the Security Council presidency in May 2019 and mid-2020. Issues related to peacekeeping; eradication of terrorism; synergy between regional organizations and the United Nations, Palestine, and many others, will be Indonesia's priority," said Retno LP Marsudi.

Minister Retno Marsudi further stated that Indonesia views the role of the region in supporting world peace to be strengthened. In this regard, Indonesia will keep working to strengthen the architecture of the Indo-Pacific region. In addition, in 2019, Indonesia also takes several initiatives, such as efforts to build dialogue between Indonesia and various regional organizations in the world. Indonesia will also prioritize the role of women in humanity and peace. (VOI/Ndy/AF/AHM)

09
January

Polemic of the investigation result of Taiwanese parliement member, Ko Chihen against an internship practice in Hsing Wu university at the end of 2018 on THE alleged forced labor against 300 Indonesian students until now becomes a major concern in Indonesia. The Indonesian government through its representatives in Taiwan and the Taiwanese government, are still carrying out serious investigation regarding the report. Director of the Protection of Indonesian Citizens and Indonesian Legal Entity, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lalu Muhammad Iqbal, in Jakarta on Tuesday (1/8) said that the government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Technology Research and Higher Education, agreed to re-mapping the scheme of internship program to Taiwan which currently refers to many policies issued by a number of stakeholders. Lalu Muhammad Iqbal explained that the number of internship schemes are recognized as bringing an effect in the absence of a single monitoring system.

“There are schemes initiated by the province, there are schemes under the research technology and high education ministry, there are also schemes under the foundations. We need to re-arrange it. We and the Ministry of Research Technology and High Education agreed to map it again, to make a better management,” said Lalu Muhamad Iqbal.

On the other hand, Lalu Muhammad Iqbal stated that Indonesia will ask further to Ko Chihen, related to the results of his investigation report on alleged "forced labor" involving hundreds of Indonesian students at Hsing Wu university. According to Iqbal since the investigation result was published Indonesian government have not received similar report from Indonesian students. (KBRN/RETNO//NK)

09
January

Indonesian Foreign Minister, Retno LP Marsudi stated that Millennial generation is a change and tolerance agent. They need to know closer look of Indonesian foreign diplomacy. The Minister stated during her speech at The Millennials Meet and Greet with Foreign Minister at Kantin Diplomasi, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jakarta on Tuesday (1/8). It was a series event of 4 years achievement of Foreign Affairs Ministry.

“If they understand, we also expect that they will be the agent of change and tolarance. And we also hope they will be the agent of positive energy of the campaign. Because Indonesia needs more positive energy,” said Retno Marsudi.

Minister Retno Marsudi added that the Millennial generation is part of Indonesian nations, so their voices are important to hear. She said, foreign policy has to voice the interests of the people, and the interests of the nation. Therefore, in conveying the success of foreign diplomacy, Indonesia must use millennial language (KBRN/RETNO/NK)

09
January

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) inaugurated Lieutenant General Doni Monardo as new chief of the National Disaster Mitigation Board (BNPB), replacing Commodore (ret) Willem Rampangilei at the State Palace here on Wednesday, Jan 9. Lieutenant General Monardo, formerly Secretary General of the National Resilience Council, was appointed to the post of BNPB chief based on Presidential Decree No. 5/P of 2019. Under the presidential decree, which began to take effect on January 9, 2019, Monardo has financial and administrative rights equal to that of ministers.
After reading out the decree, the head of state swore in Monardo, replacing Rampangilei as BNPB chief. Following the swearing-in ceremony, President Jokowi, Vice President Jusuf Kalla, and other invitees congratulated Monardo, who was the former commander of the Presidential Security Detail (Paspampres) during the term of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono`s government, on his appointment as new BNPB chief.(Antara)

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