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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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Jakarta - Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati believes the initial trade agreement between the United States and China will lend a sense of certainty to the global economy after the trade war that protracted several months.

"We will see if this agreement could last. This is a good initial step," Indrawati remarked after attending the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Financial Services Industry in Jakarta on Thursday.

The agreement between the two major economies of the world is expected to end the uncertainty rife until now.

She is upbeat about the initial trade agreement being sustainable, so that the global economy shows signs of improvement.

On Wednesday (Jan 15), the United States and China signed an initial trade agreement that will reduce some tariffs and boost Chinese purchases of US products.

The inking is also expected to ease an 18-month dispute between two of the world's biggest economies.

US President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He inked a deal on Wednesday at the White House that cut some US tariffs on Chinese goods in exchange for Chinese pledges to purchase more of the US farm, energy, and manufactured goods and address some US complaints concerning intellectual property practices, Reuters reported. China has agreed to step up purchases of US products and services by at least $200 billion over the next two years. China bought $130 billion in US goods in 2017 before the trade war began and $56 billion in services, according to the US data.

The United States will cut by half the tariff rate it had imposed on Sept 1 on a $120 billion list of Chinese goods, to 7.5 percent.

The US tariffs of 25 percent on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods, put in place earlier, will remain immediately unaltered. These could be rolled back as part of a Phase 2 trade negotiation, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stated on Wednesday. (ANTARA)


Jakarta - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) confirmed that electric-powered and autonomous vehicles will ply on Indonesia's next capital city to be located in East Kalimantan.

"This is since what we will use later are autonomous and electric vehicles in the city. Others are not allowed," the president noted in his remarks while addressing the Annual Meeting of Financial Services Industry 2020 held in Jakarta, on Thursday.

The head of state gave the event’s audience a peek into the planned new capital city through a video presentation.

The president affirmed that the new capital city will be based on the concept of Green, Smart, and Comfortable City, as well as Autonomous City.

Jokowi expounded that the rationale behind Indonesia moving its capital city was not solely focused on relocation of government buildings but rather a shift to a new mindset, he explained.

"What we want to move is a change in the mindset, work patterns, and the system that are all new. We will 'install' the system, so that everything follows the existing system," Jokowi stated.

Means of public transportation in the new capital will be operated autonomously and run on electric power to realize values in accordance with the concept, he added.

In fact, private cars operating later in the new capital must be electric powered vehicles.

Taking into account the geopolitical and geostrategic aspects as well as the readiness of supporting infrastructure and financing, the government has decided that the country's new capital city will be located in Sepaku Sub-district, North Penajam Paser District, and Kutai Kartanegara District in East Kalimantan Province.

The land area to be provided for the new capital region spans 256 thousand hectares, with an estimated construction cost of Rp466 trillion. The core area of the capital city will be built on an area of 56 thousand hectares. (ANTARA)


Bandar Seri Begawan - Indonesia has overtly echoed its readiness to co-chair the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2021 and host the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2022.

Deputy Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Angela Tanoesoedibjo made this confirmation at the ASEAN Tourism Ministers Meeting at The Empire Hotel, Brunei Darussalam, on Wednesday.

"Next year, precisely in 2021, Indonesia will be the vice chair of ATF activities in Cambodia. In 2022, Indonesia will host ATF activities. We will prepare ourselves well for both events," she stated.

The Indonesian government will prepare a long-term plan for the implementation of the event in 2022.

"We will coordinate with relevant parties to determine our venues for the implementation of activities," he remarked.

The ASEAN Tourism Ministers Meeting was held to coincide with the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2020 organized on January 12-16, 2020.

In addition to the tourism ministers of Southeast Asian nations, several fellow ministers from China, Japan, South Korea, and India attended the meeting.

The ASEAN Tourism Ministers Meeting discussed several issues concerning achievements in 2019 to joint plans in 2020, among other things.

Furthermore, in future, relevant stakeholders will apply the seven pillars of ASEAN as a single tourism destination.

The seven pillars comprise intensifying promotion and marketing; diversifying tourism products; attracting tourism investment; raising capacity and capability of human capital; implementing and expanding ASEAN tourism standards for facilities, services, & destinations; implementing and expanding connectivity & destination infrastructure; and enhancing travel facilitation. (ANTARA)


Jakarta - President Joko Widodo led a limited Cabinet Meeting that discussed preparations for capital moving at the State Palace in Jakarta on Wednesday afternoon (01/15/2020). Through his direction, President Joko Widodo highlighted a number of aspects in the preparation for new capital of Indonesia. In terms of regulation, he also asked ministers to prepare a number of draft bills and regulations regarding the new state capital.  The President hopes that the draft legislation can be completed sooner so that it can be discussed immediately by House of Representatives (DPR).  President Joko Widodo also asked Minister of the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas),  Suharso Monoarfa to prepare the Capital Authority Agency.  It is expected that the institution can be formed immediately so that it can focus on preparing the movement of the capital.

“I think that great ideas for the design have already existed but  the design is a design that can be improved and it can change.  So, I hope that later on, all my ministers can provide inputs related to the design, and the transportation because in the new capital, public transportation will generally use autonomous vehicles and also the private vehicles will also use autonomous cars and the design will be explained by Minister of Transportation and Minister of Research. Regarding with readiness, the infrastructure will also be directed to the use of electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles,” said President Joko Widodo.

Moreover,  President Joko Widodo also highlighted the issue of land in the new state capital. He asked Minister Suharso Monoarfa to collaborate with Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya Bakar to be able to soon resolve land issues so that the designers of the new capital can immediately realize the final design of the capital. (NDY/AHM/TRANS: AF)


Jakarta - The relocation of the capital city to Eastern Kalimantan aims to encourage improvements in the mindset of the Indonesian people, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has said. The relocation does not merely revolve around the geographical sites or the moving of the palaces, President Widodo said at the inauguration of the Indonesian Young Entrepreneurs Association (HIPMI) event held in Jakarta, Wednesday.

What he had in mind was the transfer of mindset, transfer of work patterns, and transfer of work culture, he added.

He would first build a working system and a new lifestyle system, including a modern transportation system, he said.

He also dismissed the assumption that the movement of the capital city from Jakarta to North Penajam Paser District and part of the Kutai Kartanegara District, was a matter of moving the government building, rather, it was about the shifting of mindset and work systems.

One of the things due to be built is a mass transportation system that relies on autonomous vehicles and electric-powered vehicles, the former Jakarta Governor explained.

Aside from public transportation, Jokowi also hoped that private vehicles used in the new capital city would be autonomous and powered by electricity.

"We want to build this system, that way everything is efficient and everything is cheap," he said.

In the process of determining the country's new capital city in East Kalimantan Province, the government has paid attention to the geopolitical and geostrategic aspects, as well as the readiness of supporting and financing infrastructures.

The total land area that will be provided for the new capital region is 256 thousand hectares, with an estimated construction cost of Rp466 trillion.

The President has asked for support from all parties regarding the relocation plans of the capital city, aimed at transforming the economy and ensuring an equal development towards a better civilization. (ANTARA)


Jakarta - President Joko Widodo (popular as Jokowi) has ordered his ministers to finalize the drafts of the planned Omnibus Law in 13 days or before his 100-day run, which he will complete on January 28, 2020.

"Following our discussion on the Omnibus Law, I request the drafts to be completed this week," Jokowi ordered his ministers during a limited meeting at the Presidential Office in Jakarta, Wednesday.

During the meeting, Jokowi asked his ministers to set a time frame for the completion of the Omnibus Law drafts. The meeting was attended by Vice President, Ma'ruf Amin; ministers of the Indonesia Maju Cabinet; the National Police Chief, Gen. Pol. Idham Azis; the Intelligence Agency chief, Budi Gunawan; and the Attorney General, Sanitiar Burhanuddin.

Since being elected to a second term in office, President Widodo had vowed to revise at least 74 prevailing laws and synchronize them into a single law, a concept that was popular as the Omnibus Law. The draft will be submitted to the House of Representatives in mid-January this year, the president targeted.

Under his tenure for the 2019-2024 period, Jokowi's administration has planned to draft several omnibus laws, including the Employment Creation Act, the SMEs Empowerment Act, and the Taxation Act. The laws cover at least 11 clusters and harmonize regulations issued by 30 ministries and agencies.

For an omnibus law on taxation, the president believes it will support Indonesia's tax reform. "Our country will serve as a center of the regional and global economic gravities (once the taxation omnibus bill is passed into a law); I believe the law will have a positive impact on the creation of jobs in Indonesia," he expounded.

Despite the president's optimist stance over the omnibus law, several groups, including labor unions, expressed concerns over the plan. In December last year, a Confederation of the Indonesian Labor Union said the Omnibus Law on Employment Creation Act may hurt domestic workers as it will revise regulations on salary, working hours, and worker protection.

"Our concerns are that the Omnibus Law will harm labor because some of the regulations will allow foreign unskilled workers (to be employed); it will be a massive use of outsourcing, flexible working hours, and a change in the payroll scheme from monthly to hourly," the Confederation of Indonesian Workers' Unions (KSPI) Chairman, Said Iqbal, said in a statement.

Hundreds of workers staged a rally in front of the House of Representatives on Monday (Jan 13) to reject the Omnibus Law on Employment Creation Act. The rally continued next to the Merdeka Presidential Palace on Wednesday (Jan 15).

According to the protesters, the omnibus law may remove regulations on a minimum standard salary and severance pay, while lifting restrictions to outsource workers and unskilled foreign workers. They are also concerned the omnibus law may scrap legal sanctions over irresponsible employers/companies, and also compromise the labor rights to social security. (ANTARA)


Abu Dhabi - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) echoed his interest to take a sample from Abu Dhabi's Masdar City in the United Arab Emirates to construct Indonesia's new capital city in East Kalimantan Province.

"In building our new capital city, we tend to learn from the pioneers of city planning, including Masdar City," he told participants of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) 2020 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center on Monday.

According to Masdar's official website, Masdar City is claimed to be "one of the world's most sustainable urban communities, a low-carbon development constituting a rapidly growing clean-tech cluster, business-free zone, and residential neighborhood, with restaurants, shops, and public green spaces".

This city's philosophy of urban development "is based on the three pillars of economic, social, and environmental sustainability".

President Jokowi invited attendees at the ADSW 2020 to visit Indonesia. He also extended an invitation to members of the international community to bring the best technology, innovation, and policies for developing socio-economic sustainability.

Addressing this prestigious event's participants, including several heads of state and heads of government, the Indonesian president introduced his administration's plan to erect a new capital city by adopting a sustainable city concept.

"We do not build a small administrative city. In its place, we build a smart metropolitan city," he affirmed.

According to ANTARA, the development of infrastructure in Indonesia's next capital city will start in mid-2020. However, as revealed by President Jokowi in December 2019, the detailed design of the city’s construction is projected to be ready within six months.

The planned capital city will be divided into three areas, notably the core administration area, capital city area, and expanded capital city area, President Jokowi stated.

The location of the would-be state palace has yet to be decided by the architects drafting the development design of the capital city, he stated during his visit to the Sudharmono Tower in the PT ITCI Manunggal industrial forestry area in North Penajam Paser, the location of the next capital city, last year.

According to Agrarian and Land Spatial Minister Sofyan Djalil, the new capital city will be surrounded by forest and have a forest landscape to reflect the identity of East Kalimantan, known for its tropical rainforest.

"The 256,000-hectare capital city area will really become a forest area reflecting the actual Kalimantan," he added. (ANTARA)



President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) will shed light on the topic of sustainable city in connection with the development of Indonesia's new capital city in his key speech at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) 2020.

The president is scheduled to speak at the ADSW on Monday after holding a bilateral meeting with Armenian President Armen Sarkissian and meeting with SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son.

"The King invited the president as the main speaker at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. This is a prestigious event on sustainability, and it not only concerns the environment but also sustainable economy and sustainable technology, and so on," Minister State Secretary Pratikno stated in Jakarta on Sunday (Jan 12) while seeing off President Jokowi depart for Abu Dhabi.

The president will highlight Indonesia's plan to develop a new capital city during the gathering, he remarked.

"With the new capital city, the president is keen to invite the international community to make the new capital of Indonesia a showcase, a world model for a sustainable city, with all its aspects," he stated.

"As the president often says, there will be zero emission. It will be a compact city, with innovation and creativity, an economic engine, and so on," he stated.

After addressing the ADSW, President Jokowi is scheduled to hold a trilateral meeting with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son.

Jokowi is planned to depart for Abu Dhabi on Monday evening and arrive in Jakarta on early Tuesday. (ANTARA)


President Joko Widodo attended the opening of the 1st National Working Meeting (Rakernas) and the commemoration of the 47th Anniversary of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) in Jakarta, Friday afternoon (10/01). In his remarks, President Joko Widodo said that Indonesia's economy could still survive amid the global economic turmoil. However, the current account deficit continues to be a challenge for the national economy. Thus, he emphasized that the Indonesian government would prioritize economic transformation by reducing raw materials such as crude palm oil and nickel. President Joko Widodo perceived that instead of exporting these two raw materials and selling them cheaply, it is better to process and consume them domestically. This effort will make Indonesia self-reliant in the economic, political and cultural fields.

"The point is what Bung Karno said in his three-concept, Trisakti; we must be independent in the economic field. So, we are not easily pressured by anyone, any country, and we must be politically independent, and  politically sovereign. Because, we have everything we can process by ourselves. That's what Bung Karno taught, Trisakti: sovereign in politics, self-reliant in economic and personality in culture," said President Joko Widodo.

The 1st National Working Meeting and the commemoration of the 47th Anniversary of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) entitled 'Solid Moves to Realize an Indonesia National Research and Innovation-Based Industrial Country' with the sub-theme 'Spice Path Strategy in Five National Industrial Priorities to Realize a Self-Reliant Indonesia'. In addition to Chairperson of Megawati Soekarnoputri and a number of PDIP elites, the opening of the Rakernas was also attended by a number of national figures, such as former vice-president, Tri Sutrisno, members of Indonesian Cabinet Onward and leaders of political parties. (VOI/Ndy)


President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) urged Indonesian ambassadors and diplomats for foreign countries to direct their focus on economic diplomacy since it is viewed as being direly required by Indonesia. The head of state made the request at the opening ceremony of the work meeting of the chief delegation with the Foreign Affairs Ministry at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta, Thursday.

"We want all focus to be on economic diplomacy. Some 70 to 80 percent of what we have concerns that matter since that is what we need for now," Jokowi emphasized.

Hence, it is crucial that the ambassadors play their roles as investment envoys, for which they need to acknowledge investment opportunities as a future projection.

"The first one is the field related to commodities or products for import substitutions," Jokowi remarked.

For instance, Petrokimia’s fertilizer product, of which 85 percent is still imported. Hence, some opportunities still exist to boost investment in that field.

The president also reiterated the need to find investors for processing raw materials since to this end Indonesia has abundant resources.

To conduct economic diplomacy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has compiled several strategic steps including capitalizing on the strengthening of the Indonesian domestic market.

"Indonesia is a vast market with more than 260 million people. We need to take this as leverage in establishing mutually beneficial economic cooperation at the bilateral, regional and global levels," Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi said earlier this week.

Another issue that Indonesia needs to be on the lookout for, is protecting the domestic market from products that enter the market illegally or by dumping, or foreign subsidies – as a result of the current low global economic growth, she said. (ANTARA)

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