Slovakia will expand bilateral cooperation with Indonesia in various sectors. That was said by Ambassador of Slovak Republic to Indonesia H.E Michal Slivovic to the Voice of Indonesia during the commemoration of 100th Anniversary of the Establishment of Czechoslovakia and 25th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic in Jakarta, Monday (7/5). According to Ambassador Michal Slivovic, Indonesia always has cooperation potential, especially with its 260 million population.

We are trying to expand cooperation, all of possible areas of mutual interest. There is always potential, Indonesia is a big market. You know, a country of 260 plus million people, so it's a big market and we are trying to, our companies had tried to go here. It's not so easy because the competition is big from all around the world. But we are trying to do our best and hopefully in some possible future, we can do more concrete projects,” Michal Slivovic said.

From various potential cooperation sectors, energy became the main sector that is offerred by Slovak Republic. Because, according to Ambassador Michal Slivovic, Indonesia is attempting to reach the 35,000 MW power plant development target. Ambassador Michal Slivovic believed, the Slovak Republic can be very helpful for Indonesia to reach the target. (VOI/Steve/NITA)


May 8th is celebrated as the World Thalassemia Day. The commemoration of the World Thalassemia Day 2018 themed "Together for a better future". Secretary of Directorate General of Disease Prevention and Control dr. Asjikin Iman Hidayat Dachlan, MHA explained that Thalassemia can not be cured yet but can be prevented by avoiding the marriage of fellow carriers of Thalassemia. Therefore, early detection through screening is very important to know the someone’s status, whether they are carrier of thalassemia or not. In a press conference held on Monday (7/5), he said that the Ministry of Health will form the regulation of health minister to raise awareness and increase thalassemia screening activities.

“It is one of the most important programs and can break the chain of decline. It means when we do the best screening, we can find  the disease carriers. So it is attempted to seperate the person with the carriers until finally clean gradually. The ministry are preparing several programs to support the prevention of the disease. Even abroad, it has become the necessity, so we will make the regulation (Permenkes),” dr. Asjikin Iman Hidayat Dachlan, MHA said.

Asjikin further explained, in the series commemoration of the World Thalassemia Day 2018, Ministry of Health has held Socialization and Screening of Thalassemia to 240 students in Pandeglang and Garut and will conduct Socialization and Thalassemia Screening to the students in West Jakarta in May. On the same occasion, Dr. dr. Pustika Amalia Wahidiyat, Sp.A (K), from Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital said, that Indonesia currently entering the country with Thalassemia belt. Based on the basic health research in 2007, 8 provinces with a higher prevalence from national prevalence including Aceh, Jakara, South Sumatra, Gorontalo, Riau Islands, West Nusa Tenggara, Maluku and West Papua. (VOI/Trs.Sekar/Edt.N)


Metrology is one of pillars in the national quality infrastructure which has basic role to guarantee the health service quality. To strengthen its role, it needs synergy in fostering national quality infrastructure. Deputy of Scientific Service of  Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) Mego Pinandito on the sidelines of Scientific Presentation of Fostering Metrology Infrastructure to Guarantee Quality of Health Service in Jakarta on Monday  (07/05) said LIPI encourages all calibration laboratories in Indonesia to have international standardization of health measuring instrument. Mego Pinandito also said that the calibration test standardization of LIPI is expected to be reference for calibration laboratory in Indonesia, so that LIPI laboratories are equal to the international standard.

“LIPI as the highest metrology institution in Indonesia which has been approved by the world. LIPI will get similarity values internationally. LIPI with calibration laboratory and testing laboratory in Indonesia will hold comparative testing of calibration laboratory for calibration laboratory, while proficiency testing for testing laboratory,” Mego Pinandito said.

Mego Pinandito also said that LIPI Metrology Research Center has resulted many research output to support guarantee of health infrastructure quality such as the development of calibration system of  “ear thermometer”. He explained the system will be used in the international comparative test in 2018. (VOI/AF/NITA)


JAKARTA - The Indonesian government has offered keys to OIC countries in addressing global challenges during the 45th Ministerial Conference of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

"In order to be able to solve the global issues, OIC should improve the management and organizational decision-making process," Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia A.M. Fachir stated in a press statement on Monday.

He also offered a solution to some challenges faced by the Islamic world.

In the field of politics and security, Indonesia has proposed the establishment of Contact Group on Peace and Conflict Resolution as a common forum to identify and formulate ways to address security and peace challenges.

In the economic and social aspect, he conveyed Indonesia`s initiative in the construction of vaccine and biotechnology products development center for OIC countries.

He added that the effort is important to realize the self-sufficiency of cheap vaccine procurement for OIC countries.

In addition, the Indonesian government has also invited OIC member countries to conduct research and development cooperation through the establishment of a center for excellence that could be located in Indonesia.

In the context of OIC cultural cooperation, the Indonesian government has successfully submitted a resolution during the High-Level Consultation of World Muslim Scholars on Wasatiyyah Islam, which was held in Bogor, West Java province, from May 1 to 3, 2018.

The meeting has resulted in the resolution of Bogor Message on the principle of moderation for the promotion of peace, tolerance, and harmonious life in the Islamic and interfaith world.

The resolution also focuses on the development of a fair, prosperous, peaceful, and open society that is in accordance with Islamic values.

On the occasion, OIC member states expressed appreciation for the implementation of the Islamic Wasatiyyah meeting in Indonesia.

Furthermore, Fachir also invited OIC member countries to cooperate with the spirit of Islamic brotherhood in overcoming various humanitarian problems in Palestine, Myanmar, Yemen, and Syria.

The Indonesia government has conveyed a constructive view on the issue of Rohingya refugees in the special session of the meeting. On the occasion, the Indonesian government underscored the importance of addressing the crisis thoroughly and encouraging the settlement of the root cause in two ways, namely through constructive approaches with the Myanmar government and the provision of assistance for economic development in Myanmar, particularly in Rakhine State.

The 45th OIC Ministerial Conference was opened by the Prime Minister of Bangladesh and was attended by 56 OIC member states.

The conference has resulted in the Dhaka Declaration and several important decisions related to the Palestinian issues.

OIC has established a joint stance and statement to consistently help provide material resources to support the struggle of Palestinian nation to be free from Israeli occupation and to strongly condemn the unilateral decision of the United States to open its embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. (ANTARA)