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PLN Gradually Recovers Electricity Supply

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State-owned electricity firm PT PLN has recovered electric power to Balaraja Extra High Voltage substation in Banten Province, and furthermore it will be channeled to Suralaya steam-fueled power plant (PLTU) to gradually recover its operation to reach its capacity of 2800 MW of electricity.

In addition, power supply from Gandul Extra High Voltage substations in Depok, West Java Province, will be channeled to Muara Karang gas and steam power plant (PLTGU) to supply electricity to the Indonesian capital city, Jakarta.

Acting President Director of PLN Sripeni Inten Cahyani said here on Sunday that the power supply to Jakarta was expected to recover within three hours.

"We apologize for the inconvenience today, and currently all efforts have been made to recover the Java-Bali power system, especially in the area of West Java, Banten, and Jakarta," Cahyani said.

The company has focused on power supply to PLTGU Muara Karang and PLTGU Priok to recover the system in the capital city.

Previously, PLN has recovered the operation of hydro-generated power plant (PLTA) Saguling and PLTA Cirata which are functioned as power stabilizer, and, at the same time, supply the electricity to PLTU Suralaya through Cibinong, Depok, Gandul, Lengkok, Balaraja and Suralaya extra high voltage substations.

PLTU Suralaya is expected to return to its normal operation within six hours to normalize power system in West Java and Banten.

Blackout that affected thousands of homes and public facilities in West Java, Jakarta, and Banten was caused by several troubles in the extra high voltage 500 kV transmission of Ungaran - Pemalang.

"PLN has taken its best efforts and will have evaluation to prevent recurrence of today's incident," Cahyani said.

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22
August

President Joko Widodo reviewed the Tenau Port loading and unloading activity in Kupang City, Wednesday, August 21, 2019. This review was part of a series of President's work visits to the Province of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT).

To reporters, President Joko Widodo alluded to the operation of livestock ships that normally carry cattle from NTT to Jakarta. He said that of the 6 routes of cattle ships, 5 of them came from East Nusa Tenggara. Every year, according to the President, about 70 thousand cows are sent from NTT to Java, especially to Jakarta and its surroundings.

“This ship was once subsidized. Formerly it was Rp 700 thousand, now only Rp 200 thousand. That's what we want. It must have been empty at the beginning, subsidies, not long, now full of hold,” said President Joko Widodo.

Regarding the port development, the Head of State said that the capacity of the Tenau Port can still be optimized. Of the container dock terminal capacity of 240 thousand TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) per year, the loading and unloading activities recorded in 2018 only reached 110,000 TEUs per year.

The government also strives for the future, in addition to cattle ships, the Port of Tenau is also crowded with ships going back and forth to other areas. These efforts, for example, are related to efforts to increase salt production in NTT which can later be sent to other regions.

Tenau Port of Kupang was built in 1964 with a pier length of 23 meters. This port activity is managed by Pelindo III in collaboration with the Class III Office of the Harvesting and Port Authority (KSOP) of Kupang.

Accompanying President Jokowi in the review of the Port of Tenau included the Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi, Chief of Staff of the Presidential Moeldoko, Special Staff of President Gories Mere, and NTT Governor Viktor Laiskodat. (VOI / ANDY / AHM)

22
August

President Joko Widodo-Jokowi, Wednesday (08/21/2019) afternoon, observed the operation of salt ponds in Nunkurus Village, East Kupang District, East Nusa Tenggara Province (NTT).

President Jokowi, who was accompanied by First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo, said that he wanted to ensure that the development of salt pond production in the area had been running at the same time seeing the potential it had.

The location of the salt pond visited by President Joko Widodo is producing on a 10 hectare pond area of ​​600 hectares of potential.

The development of the salt industry in NTT requires considerable investment. However, the full utilization of the 600 hectare pond will be pursued in the coming year. In addition, the President continued, local pond farmers will also be empowered so as to improve welfare.

“I'm just here to make sure that the program for salt business has started. Because we know that our salt imports are 3.7 million (metric) tons, which can only be produced domestically at 1.1 million tons. Next year will be completed 600 hectares, pond farmers will also be included. Working as well as participating (owning) like shares, so that later the people's income here can be better,” said President Joko Widodo.

Overall, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Province has a large potential for salt production with a pond area of ​​approximately 21,000 hectares. Specifically in Kupang, at least 7,000 hectares of land can be developed for this purpose.

The Head of State also saw the salt produced by the pond and compared it with similar salt from outside the region. He made sure that the salt produced at Nunkurus was of very good quality.

During the visit, President Joko Widodo was accompanied by Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, and the Governor of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Viktor Laiskodat. (VOI / Ndy / AHM)

21
August

President Joko Widodo in his speech at Indonesia-Africa Infrastructure Dialog in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Tuesday (20/08/2019) explained Indonesian achievement in infrastructure development during his 5 years of his administration. The president said that Indonesia has succeeded in developing 782 kilometers of toll road and 3387 kilometers of national public road. 

 

"For the past five years, Indonesia has focused its greatest attention on the field of infrastructure development. We have built 782 kilometers of toll roads in the past five years, and 3387 kilometers of national public roads. Not to mention more than 191 thousand kilometers of provincial and district roads and village roads," said President Joko Widodo.

According to President Joko Widodo, the infrastructure development has some goals, among others: firstly, to unite the nation which has tribe, language, and religion diversities, secondly, to improve equitable development and reach outermost regions. Third is to increase connectivity to improve disparity and economic gap. Fourth is to create welfare and social justice for all the people of Indonesia.// (VOI/BORGIAS/trans-yati/EDT/AHM)

21
August

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has said that Indonesia and Africa could become a huge power if they are united through concrete cooperation to boost the welfare of the peoples.

"Indonesia is ready and pleased to forge cooperation with our brothers in Africa. Indonesia is your true partner, your trusted friend," Jokowi said in his opening remarks during the Indonesia-Africa Infrastructure Dialog (IAID) held in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Tuesday afternoon.

He said the peoples of Indonesia and Africa are brothers, particularly developed through struggles against colonialism, which led to the organization of the Asia-Africa Conference (AAC) initiated by Indonesia's first President Soekarno, among others, 64 years ago.

He pledged that his administration would focus its diplomacy on Africa particularly through concrete cooperation in the economic field.

The implementation of the 2019 IAID in Bali on Aug 20-21 is a follow up of the Indonesia-Africa Forum (AF) held in 2018, to strengthen the brotherhood between Indonesia and Africa.

Indonesia and Africa must work hard to turn uncertainty into certainty, to face the trade war, to promote economic transparency and integrity, and to confront narrow nationalism with global solidarity and multilateralism.

The President also encouraged equal and mutual beneficial partnership, among other things through South-South Cooperation.

"There is only one key that enables us to survive global turmoil, namely unity," Jokowi said.

Themed "Connecting for Prosperity", the 2019 IAID is participated in by 700 people from 53 countries.

The first ever Indonesia-Africa Forum (IAF) held on April10-11, 2018 in Bali, Indonesia. has paved new avenues for economic cooperation. IAF resulted in concrete economic cooperation amounting to USD586,56 million of business deals in sectors of strategic industries, infrastructure, financing, mining, textile, aircraft maintenance and trade in commodities. Infrastructure was one of the most highlighted issues in the forum, as both Indonesia and Africa regards this sector as a high priority for future development.

According to the Global Infrastructure Outlook from Global Infrastructure Hub, the investment needs for various infrastructure projects in Africa from 2016 to 2040 amounts to USD6 trillion, equaling to 5.9 percent of GDP dedicated to infrastructure within this period. Meanwhile, Indonesia has projected the need of USD1.7 trillion in the same period.

The Indonesian Government is committed on the infrastructure development of the country by allocating its national expenditure up to Rp415 trillion or USD28 billion for infrastructure in 2019. Compared to 2015, the budget in 2019 receives an increase of 61.6 percent, according to the Indonesian Foreign Ministry. (ANTARA)

17
August

To strengthen health services in 2020, the Government has allocated Rp132.2 trillion for the health budget. The amount has almost doubled compared to the realization of the 2015 health budget worth Rp69.3 trillion. This was affirmed by President Joko Widodo at the Parliament Building in Jakarta on Friday (16/8). He assessed that in 2020, the government continues to prioritize programs in the health sector by strengthening health services and access to first-level health facilities, including the availability of qualified health workers. In addition, the government will also strengthen preventive programs and expand the scope of activities to reduce stunting.

"Strengthening promotive and preventive programs are also carried out through the fulfillment of nutrition and immunization for children under five, as well as public education about the importance of healthy lifestyles to reduce the number of non-communicable diseases. The convergence of programs and activities to accelerate stunting reduction in 2020 is also expanded to include 260 regencies/ cities. Supporting programs for the health and safety of pregnant and childbirth women are also prioritized. BPJS Health and National Health Insurance are totally improved,” said President Joko Widodo.


Furthermore, President Joko Widodo said that in 2020, the government will also continue to provide protection, especially 40 percent of the lowest-level people from the womb to the elderly. For social protection to be effective and efficient, the Government continues to improve its targets, to increase synergy inter-programs, and to carry out evaluations for evidence-based policies.

Aside from assistance aimed at disadvantaged families, according to President Joko Widodo, the Government is also present to continue programs that support ultra-micro businesses and Micro-small-and-Medium businesses. This effort is designed to ensure the smallest social and economic units in the community, both families and Micro-small-and-Medium businesses that need help and can be touched directly with Government programs. (VOI/Ndy/AHM)

16
August

President Joko Widodo delivered a State Address in connection with the 74th Independence Day on Friday at the Indonesian Parliament Building, Jakarta. In his speech, President Joko Widodo conveyed Indonesia's readiness at the age of 74 to face the era of global openness. However, according to him, the readiness is accompanied by vigilance, both against foreign ideologies that threaten the state ideology as well as against foreign cultures that are not in line with local wisdom. In addition, President Joko Widodo also stated Indonesia's readiness in facing global competition, world competition that will be faced with the creativity, innovation and speed of the Indonesian nation.

 

"Indonesia is not afraid of competition. We face competition with the creativity, innovation, and the pace we have. Because there is no other choice, we must change. The old ways that are not competitive cannot be continued. New strategies must be created. New ways must be done. We don’t just say that we are better than before. But we must be better than the others. Once again, it is not enough to be better than before. But we must be better than the others," said Joko Widodo.

Furthermore, in his second speech before the House of Representatives (DPR), People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) and Regional Representative Council (DPD) Session, President Joko Widodo, who was wearing Sasak traditional outfit from West Nusa Tenggara Province, conveyed the importance of encouraging investment into Indonesia. In the midst of global competition where the whole world is fighting over market and investment influences, President Joko Widodo also underlined the importance of investment to create jobs that will benefit the nation.

 

"In a tight global competition fighting over the influence of the market scrambling for investment. We have to be faster and better than other countries. We must be faster and better than neighboring countries. Investment must open new jobs, must benefit our nation," said President.

To be able to reach all of that, President Joko Widodo encouraged all parties to move quickly, not just stepping up but jumping, to seize all the available opportunities. (VOI/NDY/AHM)

16
August

China will use its power to quell Hong Kong protests if the situation deteriorates further after some protesters have shown signs of terrorism, China's ambassador to London said on Thursday.

"Should the situation in Hong Kong deteriorate further ... the central government will not sit on its hands and watch," ambassador Liu Xiaoming told reporters.

"We have enough solutions and enough power within the limits of (the) Basic Law to quell any unrest swiftly," Liu said. "Their moves are severe and violent offences, and already show signs of terrorism."

He added: "the central government of China will never allow a few violent offenders to drag Hong Kong down a dangerous road, down a dangerous abyss."

Ten weeks of confrontations between police and protesters have plunged Hong Kong into its worst crisis since it reverted from British to Chinese rule in 1997 after being governed by Britain since 1842.

They have also presented the biggest popular challenge to Chinese leader Xi Jinping in his seven years in power.

China's ambassador accused unidentified foreign forces of fomenting violent protests in Hong Kong, warning them that their "conniving" efforts had been noticed and that they would end up damaging themselves.

"Foreign forces must stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs," he said. "Stop conniving in violent offences - they should not misjudge the situation and go down the wrong path otherwise they will lift the stone only to drop it on their own feet."

He added: "evidence shows the situation would not have deteriorated so much had it not been for the interference and incitement of foreign forces. Hong Kong is part of China. No foreign country should interfere in Hong Kong’s internal affairs."

Liu also accused Western media of being unbalanced in their reporting and of confusing right and wrong.

16
August

Indonesia believes that dialogue and communication between Pakistan and India wouldbe more desirable to resolve the Kashmir problem.

“From Indonesia's point of view, it would be better if Pakistan and India hold a dialogue and communicate to resolve the Kashmir problem, because a communication deadlock has led to information scarcity, hence various interpretations have emerged and the problem has escalated,” Teuku Faizasyah, spokesman for the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry, said in a statement here on Thursday.

In its most far-reaching political move on the disputed region in nearly 70 years, the Indian governmentrecently revoked the special status given to Indian-administered Kashmir in its constitution, AlJazeera reported.

A presidential decree issued on August 5 revoked Article 370 of the Indian constitution, which guaranteed special rights to the Muslim-majority state, including the right to its own constitution, and autonomy to make laws on all matters, except defence, communications, and foreign affairs.

In the lead-up to the move, India sent thousands of additional troops to the disputed region, imposed a crippling curfew, shut down telecommunications and the Internet, and arrested political leaders.

The move has worsened the already-heightened tensions with neighbouring Pakistan, which said it would downgrade diplomatic relations with India.

The Pakistani government has asked the United Nations Security Council to meet over India's decision to revoke the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir, according to AlJazeera.

"Pakistan will not provoke a conflict. But, India should not mistake our restraint for weakness," Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi wrote in a letter to the council seen by the Reuters news agency.

Indonesia, a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, said peace and security diplomacy must be prioritized in dealing with the Kashmir issue.

Indonesia is also of the view that the solution to the problem should be sought bilaterally by Pakistan and India.

“A bilateral solution is the key to deal with this problem. In the UN Security Council, Indonesia has emphasized the importance of the two countries exercising restraint and resolvingthe problem bilaterally,” Febrian Alphyanto Ruddyard, the Director General of Multilateral Cooperation of the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry, said.

15
August

China reported a raft of unexpectedly weak July data on Wednesday, including a slump in industrial output to more than 17-year lows, pointing to further slowing in the economy as the US trade war takes a heavier toll on businesses and consumers.

Activity in China has continued to cool despite a flurry of growth measures over the past year, raising questions over whether more forceful stimulus may be needed, even at the risk of racking up more debt.

After a flicker of improvement in June, analysts said the latest data was evidence that demand faltered across the board last month, from industrial output and investment to retail sales.

That followed weaker-than-expected bank lending and gloomy factory surveys, reinforcing expectations that more policy support is needed soon.

"China's economy needs more stimulus because the headwinds are pretty strong and today's data is much weaker than consensus," said Larry Hu, head of Greater China economics at Macquarie Group in Hong Kong.

"The economy is going to continue to slow down. At a certain point, policymakers will have to step up stimulus to support infrastructure and property. I think it could happen by the end of this year."

Industrial output growth slowed markedly to 4.8% in July from a year earlier, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed, lower than the most bearish forecast in a Reuters poll and the weakest pace since February 2002.

Analysts had forecast it would slow to 5.8%, from June's 6.3%. Washington had sharply raised some tariffs in May.

Infrastructure investment, which Beijing has been counting on to stabilise the economy, also dropped back, as did property investment, which has been a rare bright spot despite worries of potential housing bubbles.

Crude steel output fell for a second straight month in July, while production of motor vehicles continued to fall by double digits.

The industry ministry said last month that the country would need "arduous efforts" to achieve the 2019 industrial growth target of 5.5% to 6.0%, citing trade protectionism.

INVESTMENT, RETAIL SALES GROWTH COOLS

China's economic growth cooled to a near 30-year low of 6.2% in the second quarter, and business confidence has remained shaky, weighing on investment.

While officials have cautioned it would take time for higher infrastructure spending to kick in, construction growth has been more muted than expected.

Fixed-asset investment rose 5.7% in January-July from the same period last year, lagging expectations of a 5.8% gain, the same as January-June.

But readings by sector showed a more marked loss of momentum in critical areas at the start of the third quarter.

Infrastructure investment - a powerful growth driver - rose 3.8% in the first seven months from a year earlier, slowing from 4.1% in the first half despite massive local government bond issuance, mainly to fund road and rail projects and other civic works.

Data from Japanese construction equipment maker Komatsu Ltd. showed activity remained weak in China in July, with operating hours for its machines falling for a fourth straight month.

In a sign the housing market's resilience may be waning as Beijing cracks down on speculation, property investment slowed to its weakest this year. It rose 8.5% on-year in July, from June's 10.1%. Though home sales inched back to growth, new construction starts cooled.

Retail sales are also pointing to growing consumer caution, most evident in falling auto sales but also in property-related spending on items such as home appliances and furniture.

Retail sales rose 7.6% in July, well off consensus of 8.6% and weaker than the most pessimistic forecast. Sales had jumped 9.8% in June, which many analysts had predicted would be temporary.

Job security worries may also be a factor. Nationwide survey-based unemployment edged up to 5.3% from 5.1% in June, though many market watchers believe it could be much higher.

"We maintain our view that (economic) growth has yet to bottom out and expect Beijing to maintain its easing policy stance," economists at Nomura said in a note.

Nomura expects growth will slow to 6.0% in the third and fourth quarters -- the bottom end of the government's target range.

Authorities have already announced hundreds of billions of dollars in infrastructure spending and corporate tax cuts over the last year, and repeatedly cut bank's reserve requirements (RRR) to free up more funds for lending and reduce borrowing costs.

But credit demand has been tepid, with companies in no mood to make investments given the cloudy business outlook and banks wary of rising bad loans.

Sources told Reuters recently that more aggressive action such as interest rate cuts are a last resort, as it could fuel a rapid build-up in debt and financial risks.

ESCALATING TRADE WAR

Recent months have been marked by a sudden escalation in the US-China trade war that has raised pressure on both economies and sparked fears of a global recession.

A brief ceasefire was shattered earlier this month after U.S President Donald Trump vowed to impose a 10% tariff on $300 billion of Chinese imports from Sept. 1.

China let its yuan currency slide to an 11-year low days later, prompting the US Treasury Department to label Beijing a currency manipulator and triggering heavy selling in financial markets.

Some much-needed relief came on Tuesday, however, after Trump said he would delay duties on some Chinese imports including cellphones and other consumer goods, in an apparent effort to blunt tariffs' impact on US holiday sales.

Still, new tariffs will go into effect next month on about half of Washington's $300 billion target list of Chinese goods, and analysts say the chance of any long-term trade deal after the recent escalations has sharply diminished.

15
August

Fires that raged through the land and forest areas in several provinces in Indonesia over the past few months have not affected the tourism sector, Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said.

Despite the fires, many foreign tourists are still visiting various tourist destinations in the country, he said after attending the commemoration of the South Kalimantan provincial government's 69th anniversary.

"Until now, we have not received any report about the impact of land fires on national tourism. Everything is running as usual," he said.

This could be the result of the work of the firefighters in putting out the land and forest fires in a quick and more integrated way, he said.

"In the previous years, land and forest fires disrupted the tourism sector. But this year, the impact has not been felt," he said.

Minister Yahya was in South Kalimantan on a four-day working visit during which he inspected a number of tourist sites in the province that can be developed into national tourist destinations.

He said South Kalimantan has extraordinary and unique tourism potential and that he believed the tourism sector in the province will grow rapidly.

The tourist sites include Meratus Geopark that has been declared a national geopark and other places which could be developed to aid the international tourism industry, he said.

"We agree that South Kalimantan is one of the world's tourist destinations," he said.

South Kalimantan Governor, Sahbirin Noor, asked the local residents to work hard to make the region better.

"Let us work hard. Don't be lazy to promote common prosperity," he said.  

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