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27
June

President Joko Widodo and President of the Republic of Argentina Mauricio Macri held a bilateral meeting with delegates from each country. The meeting was held at the Presidential Palace in Bogor, West Java, on Wednesday, June 26, 2019.

The bilateral meeting was held during a series of state visits by President Mauricio Macri with Madame Juliana Awada to Indonesia. In the bilateral meeting, the two countries discussed various matters, mainly increasing cooperation in two fields, namely trade and investment cooperation, as well as cooperation between people to people contact.

"Argentina is Indonesia's second largest trading partner in South America. Earlier we discussed the improvement of economic cooperation, especially in the fields of trade, agriculture and strategic industries. We discussed various efforts to balance trade between the two countries including counter trade," said President Jokowi in joint press statement.

During the meeting, President Jokowi also offered various goods and services products owned by Indonesia's strategic industries. PT Dirgantara Indonesia (DI) offers aircraft, PT GMF offers cooperation in aircraft maintenance services, and PT INKA offers products with international standard locomotives and carriages.

"President Macri will then discuss with the leaders of PT. DI and PT INKA this afternoon to get a clearer picture," he continued.

In addition, President Jokowi also expressed the need to open Indonesian agricultural commodities that could enter Argentina, either in the form of zalacca, mangosteen, pineapple and others. To that end, President Jokowi encouraged steps to bring Indonesian businessmen closer, including by inviting the participation of Argentine businessmen at the Indonesia Trade Expo.

"Indonesia also continues to push for increased trade cooperation with MERCOSUR, the largest trade bloc in the South American Region which consists of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay," he explained.

Meanwhile, to increase cooperation in the fields of education, trade and investment, today in a separate place, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed in the field of education, then a Joint Ministerial Statement on the Establishment of the Working Group on Trade and Investment.

As a fellow agrarian country, President Jokowi also sees the potential for cooperation in agriculture. President Jokowi welcomed the cooperation in developing the agricultural technology system as an implementation of the Action Plan for Agricultural Cooperation between Argentina and Indonesia.

President Macri said he was very pleased with the warm welcome from President Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo during his first visit to Indonesia. He also welcomed the various collaborations carried out by Indonesia and Argentina and assessed their potential to be very large.

"I am here to emphasize that there is enormous potential in the relations between Indonesia and Argentina and we want to develop it, deepen it in trade and cultural relations. This is very important progress and this must be two-way," said President Macri.

In the field of people-to-people contact, President Jokowi raised the issue of visa policies that were considered difficult for Indonesian citizens.

In response to this, President Macri promised to immediately improve the visa system so that the flow of Indonesians and Argentinians visiting each other could increase.

"Because these are two countries that are very beautiful and full of culture," he said. (setkab)

26
June

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) accompanied by First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo received a visit from the President of the Argentine Republic Mauricio Macri and his wife Juliana Awada, at the Presidential Palace in Bogor, West Java, Wednesday (6/26) afternoon.

Argentine President Mauricio Macri and his entourage arrived at the Bogor Presidential Palace at around 11:10 WIB. The convoy of horsemen and custom-made troops escorted the arrival of the President of the Republic of Argentina from the front yard of the Palace.

When welcoming Mauricio Macri, President Jokowi wore a black suit with a red tie. While the First Lady Iriana looks gracefully dressed in a pink folk kebaya wrapped in a brown batik scarf.

The state ceremony began a series of greetings which were colored by the national anthem of the two countries and the boom of the cannon. After the national anthem of the two countries, President Jokowi and President Mauricio walked to inspect the troops. When passing a row of traditionally clothed children, President Mauricio received a warm welcome. "Welcome to Indonesia," the children shouted.

Furthermore, President Jokowi and Mauricio Macri entered the Bogor Presidential Palace for signing guest books and joint photo sessions. After signing the guest book, President Jokowi invited the Argentine President to head behind the Palace, where the two heads of state carried out Veranda Talk.

This series of state visits was then followed by bilateral meetings in the Left Wing Master Room. After the meeting, the two heads of state were scheduled to submit a joint press statement.

Accompanying President Jokowi in receiving this state visit included Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Minister of State Pratikno, Minister of Trade Enggartiasto Lukita, Minister of Agriculture Amran Sulaiman. (setkab)

26
June

Vice President, Jusuf Kalla, opened the conference, emphasizing the important role of the armed forces in determining the effectiveness of the peace mission on Tuesday in Jakarta.

"As a multinational force combined with various UN member states, the effectiveness of UN peace missions will be determined by the effectiveness of the contributing countries themselves. Although I also have to emphasize that 'peacekeeping is more than the sum of its parts'," said the vice president in his speech.

According to Kalla, the armed forces are the backbone of the UN peacekeeping mission, which needs to be developed continuously.

The UN peace mission requires modernization that is not only limited to technology, as well as modern doctrine, but also to the capabilities and capacities needed by peacekeepers.

"(These include) things like the ability to establish good relations with the local community, or an adequate understanding of international humanitarian law," said the vice president, citing "soft skills" needed by the armed forces to understand their mandate and work environment.

The capability and ability of "soft skills" of the peacekeepers said that the vice president must be able to win sympathy from the people on duty.

The vice president appreciated the conference as an opportunity for a number of countries to exchange ideas and prepare to be effective in the 21st century.

"Because peace cannot be maintained by force; it can only be achieved with understanding," said the vice president.

Navy Chief of Staff, Admiral Siwi Sukma Adji, said that as many as 29 countries and one regional organization attended the International Conference on the Preparation of the Modern Armed Forces for the Maintenance of Peace in the 21st century. "Also present were speakers who were international figures in the field of world peace missions," Admiral Siwi said in his remarks at a conference jointly held by the National Defense Forces  (TNI) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

He hoped this activity would emerge as one of the positive contributions of Indonesia and the entire country to a more peaceful and prosperous world. (ant)

26
June

Although not rising rapidly, the Indonesian economy is growing in quality. Indonesia's economic development shows an increasingly positive trend in the midst of global economic uncertainty.

"We are still able to print economic growth that consistently rises from year to year. 4.88 in 2015; 5.03 in 2016; 5.07 in 2017; and 5.17 in 2018, "said Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution at a Joint Meeting of the House of Representatives Budget Board (Banggar DPR), in Jakarta, Tuesday (25/6) afternoon.

This is supported by low and controlled inflation in accordance with the targets set in the APBN. Not only that, the quality of growth is getting better marked by poverty rates, unemployment rates, and declining gini ratios.

"The investment climate is getting better. On May 31, 2019, S & P upgraded Indonesia's rating rating by one level to "BBB" with a stable outlook. Indonesia also received investment grade at the "BBB" level with a stable outlook from all rating agencies, "Darmin said.

Not only that, said the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Indonesia still has the attraction as an investment destination country based on the assessment of The Economist and IMF. Based on the evaluation of the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook (WCY), Indonesia's competitiveness rankings also rose 11 places from rank 43 to rank 32 in 2019, and became the country with the highest increase in the Asia Pacific.

Regarding the economic development target in 2020, the Government is targeting a poverty rate of 8.5-9.0%, the unemployment rate of 4.8-5.0%, and the gini ratio of 0.375-0.380.

The macro assumptions in the Draft APBN 2020 agreed to by the government together with Commission VII and Commission XI of the DPR RI include: economic growth in the range of 5.2-5.5% (yoy), inflation ranges from 2.0-4.0% (yoy), the rupiah exchange rate of Rp. 14,000 - Rp. 14,500 per US dollar, oil prices at US $ 60 / barrel, oil lifting at 734 thousand barrels / day, and gas lifting at 1,159 BOE / day.

The work meeting led by the Chairperson of the Republic of Indonesia DPR Budget Body Kahar Muzakir was also attended by Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto, Coordinating Minister for PMK Puan Maharani, and Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut B. Pandjaitan. ( Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs )

25
June

Minister of Transportation (Menhub) Budi Karya Sumadi confirmed the Patimban Port development project, in Subang Regency, West Java, went according to plan. For this reason, the Minister of Transportation targets Patimban Port to be operational by mid-2020.

"What we can plan is that maybe in the middle of next year, we will start the first use of the car terminal. Therefore I will coordinate so that it can be resolved, then everything will be finished by the end of 2020, "said the Minister of Transportation after holding a meeting at the Patimban Port Project Site on Sunday (23/6).

With the target to operate in mid-2020, Menhu hopes that road access from and to Patimban Port can be completed.

According to the Minister of Transportation, the progress of the construction of the Patimban Port is currently 29%. Whereas for the car terminal which will operate in the middle of next year the progress has reached 35%.

For information, the presence of a Car Terminal in Patimban Port is expected to reduce traffic density, especially for export-import of vehicles at Tanjung Priok Port. During this time, heavy vehicles, including export-import vehicles, contributed to traffic congestion, especially the section between Bekasi-Tanjung Priok, Jakarta.

The Patimban Port Terminal Car will have a capacity of 250 thousand to 300 thousand vehicles per year.

Reduce Logistics Costs

Meanwhile on the same occasion the Director General of Sea Transportation R. Agus H. Purnomo said the purpose of the Patimban Port development was to reduce logistics costs by bringing production centers closer to ports, strengthening economic resilience, reducing traffic congestion in Jakarta by distributing vehicle traffic flows, and ensuring shipping safety, including oil and gas exploration areas.

The construction itself is carried out in 3 (three) stages. In the first phase, Patimban Port is planned to be able to serve 3.5 million containers (TEUS) and 600,000 motorized vehicles (CBU). In the second stage, the service capacity will increase to 5.5 million TEUs and in the third stage will increase again to 7.5 million TEUs.

In general, Patimban Port will serve container and motorized vehicle types which are transported using large-sized vessels.

"Later the Patimban Port will also be supported by a support area (Backup Area) to support logistics efficiency from and to Patimban Port covering 356 hectares," Agus said.

Besides the activities carried out by the Ministry of Transportation, work has been carried out on the making of road access by the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (KemenPUPR).

The government hopes that the operation of Patimban Port can streamline the cost of exporting Indonesian products abroad, one of which is automotive products. (kemenhub)

25
June

Before leaving for Don Mueang Military Base to depart for Jakarta, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) took time to receive an honorary visit from the President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Takehiko Nakao, at Athenee Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday (23/6) yesterday.

In the closed meeting, the President was accompanied by Coordinating Minister for Economy Darmin Nasution, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, and Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung.

Minister of Foreign Affairs (Minister of Foreign Affairs) Retno Marsudi in his statement to reporters explained, the ADB President conveyed his appreciation to President Jokowi who had brought the current Indonesian economy in a fairly good condition.

"Nakao praised Indonesia's solid fiscal and macroeconomic management, as seen from economic growth of 5.2 percent, inflation of 3.2 percent, and prudence in fiscal management and foreign exchange reserves," said the Foreign Minister.

According to the Foreign Minister, the ADB President assessed that Indonesia is one example of a well-developed economy in the region. (setkab)

25
June

ASEAN Cooperation with Partners The speech continues to grow. In this regard, many fields of cooperation can be utilized specifically by youth and universities, including through the use of the ASEAN Trust Fund (ATF) and the ASEAN Project Fund (APF). "Thus the excerpt explained by Benny YP Siahaan, ASEAN External Cooperation Director, while providing socialization on "Utilization of the ASEAN Trust Fund and ASEAN Project Fund" as well as "Latest ASEAN Development" to students and academics in the International Relations Study Program, Faculty of Psychology and Socio-Cultural Sciences (FPSB), Indonesian Islamic University (UII) On Saturday (6/22).

Until January 31, 2019, there were 65 types of Trust Funds and Project Funds with a total fund of USD 207 million or around 3 trillion Rupiah. Unfortunately, Indonesia is one of the ASEAN member countries which is still not optimal in utilizing the ATF and APF. Therefore, Benny added that Indonesia as the host of ASEAN Capital must be able to utilize the ATF and APF optimally as an effort to realize ASEAN community integration and the concrete implementation of the ASEAN action plan with the Speech Partners. Furthermore, the potential contribution of Indonesian students in various ASEAN programs with their Partners also included youth exchange programs, ASEAN scholarships and prisons. "The role of youth is also very important to continue the continuity and relevance of ASEAN to the community," said Benny.

Dean of FPSB, UII Yogyakarta, DR. H. Fuad Nashori, M.Sc, in his remarks underlined the importance of HI Study Program students to find out about issues of diplomacy issues and the development of issues in the region. Furthermore, it was also conveyed that Indonesia's free and active diplomacy had made a great contribution and produced an impact and peaceful solution to various problems in the ASEAN region and the world.

This socialization activity is coupled with the activities of the Diplomatic Course of students of the HI Study Program, FPSB, UII Yogyakarta. Participating in the presentation of the event was Ambassador Foster Gultom and Head of Sub-Directorate of American, European and Other Regions, Danang Waskito, who explained the technical negotiations and procedures for ASEAN trials with Partners Speaking. Participants also received an introduction to the session through the East Asia Summit (EAS) simulation activities by discussing the issue of Combating Marine Plastic Debris.

The joint activity received a positive response from participants, both students and instructors. The students were also very enthusiastic about the role of the EAS state delegation in the trial simulation activities, with the main task of producing a draft EAS agreement to deal with the problem of plastic waste. The activity was seen as providing experience in the form of negotiation, diplomacy and public speaking practices for the participants.

FPSB UII appreciates the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and believes that after this the participants will increasingly understand the complexity of diplomacy and the process of achieving an agreement in the session.

This socialization of the use of ATF and APF is not the first time held by the Directorate General of ASEAN Cooperation c.q. Directorate of ASEAN External Cooperation. A similar activity was held in Cirebon on August 31, 2018 by involving various national Ministries / Institutions in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat. (kemenlu)

24
June

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) assesses Sub-Regional cooperation such as Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malayasia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) is the right forum to promote concrete cooperation between regions of the region so that economic development and prosperity can also be felt together.

The statement was delivered by President Jokowi while attending the 13th meeting of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malayasia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA), at Athenee Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday (23/6).

In this meeting, President Jokowi conveyed three things. First, connectivity cooperation must continue to be encouraged, not only physical infrastructure but also technological infrastructure.

"We must continue to increase the availability of ICT infrastructure to support the new economic growth of the digital economy," said President Jokowi.

In addition, we must maximize the utilization of existing connectivity lines, for example, the Bitung-Davao shipping and Manado-Davao flights.

"Issues related to the availability of commodities, the value of transportation services, and the relaxation of regulations need to be accelerated. Monitoring and evaluation must be carried out to achieve the vision of BIMP EAGA 2025, "said President Jokowi.

Second, the President reminded that maritime potential needs to be improved so that an inclusive marine-based economic empowerment program must be supported.

In Indonesia, the President gave an example, having Aruna start the fishery trade which succeeded in increasing fishermen's income by 20 percent. Therefore, the President said that innovative steps like this must be one of Indonesia's future focuses.

"The maritime tourism sector by involving the wider community needs to continue to be developed, such as the concept of community-based eco-tourism and cruise and yacht tourism," said President Jokowi.

Third, President Jokowi called for networking among his main private sectors through the BIMP-EAGA Business Council to be strengthened.

At the end of his remarks, the President conveyed that Indonesia saw an urgency to establish a Joint BIMP-EAGA Secretariat to support the implementation of various programs in the BIMP-EAGA 2025 vision.

In addition, President Jokowi also wanted to underline the importance of attention to security issues in the sub-region because various security threats such as kidnapping at sea, disrupting economic activities, especially the potential of maritime economy.

"For this reason, the effectiveness of security cooperation needs to be improved," said President Jokowi.

While attending the BIMP-EAGA Summit, the President was accompanied by Coordinating Minister for Economy Darmin Nasution, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Minister of Trade Enggartiasto Lukita, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Indonesian Ambassador Bangkok Ahmad Rusdi, South Sulawesi Governor Nurdin Abdullah, and North Kalimantan Governor Irianto Lambrie. (setkab)

24
June

Bilateral cooperation between Indonesia and the Philippines experiences a major uplift. One of the developments accomplished is the completion of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Boundary ratification process between both countries.

The news was conveyed by President Joko Widododuring a bilateral meeting with President Rodrigo R Duterte of the Philippines on the sidelines of the 34th ASEAN Summit in Athenee Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand, on Saturday night (22/6).

“I appreciate the smooth completion of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) boundary ratification process between Indonesia and the Philippines," said the President.

Foreign Ministers of the two countries plan to exchange the ratification documents in Jakarta next August 2019. This ratification will provide legal certainty to law enforcement and improve maritime sector cooperation.

“I suggest we each assign our team to immediately commence the negotiation on Continent Shelf," said President Jokowi.

Continuing on bilateral issues, President Jokowi communicated the plan of the country's private sector to intensify trade and investment in the Philippines.

“I also hope that Your Excellency's granting on the exemption of Indonesian instant coffee and ceramic products from the price-based special safeguard list," he continued.

Another issue discussed by President Jokowi was the Indo-Pacific cooperation. “I highly appreciate the support and contribution given by the Philippines to the development of the 'ASEAN Outlook on Indo-Pacific Cooperation'," he said.

At the beginning of the meeting, the President also expressed his appreciation for the Filipino Government's help in the release of Indonesian hostages.

“I believe Your Excellency agrees that we will continue to tighten security cooperation, including in Sulu Sea and the surrounding areas," said President Jokowi. (setkab)

24
June

ASEAN Outlook on Indo-Pacific proposed by Indonesia was adopted by the ASEAN Summit in Bangkok this Saturday (22/6).

“This Outlook represents the centrality and force of ASEAN in upholding the principles of peacekeeping, fostering a culture of dialog, and strengthening cooperation," said President Joko Widodo at the Plenary Session of the 34th ASEAN Summit in Athenee Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand.

President Jokowi expressed his appreciation for all ASEAN countries that had made major contributions to the development of the Outlook.

The ASEAN Outlook on Indo-Pacificis increasingly relevant to the world's developments today.

“The trade war between US and China has not shown any sign of reconcilement," the President continued. “There is a concern that the trade war is growing into amulti-front war".

Further, President Jokowi said that ASEAN shall hold strong, unite, and assume its role as the motor of peace and stability of South East Asia.

In addition to the issue of Indo-Pacific, during the Plenary Session of the ASEAN Summit, the President also encouraged ASEAN to affirm their commitment to concluding the Regional Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP) negotiations.

At the end of his remarks, President Jokowi announced that the new ASEAN Secretariat office construction had been completed and ready for inauguration on 8 August 2019, coinciding with the 52nd anniversary of ASEAN. (setkab)

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