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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 (VOI News) - Indonesia and India have been establishing bilateral and global diplomatic cooperation for more than 70 years. The cooperation of the two countries showed an increase since Indonesia and India, cooperation, trade and international affairs in 2018. It was stated by Indonesian Minister of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning / National Land Agency Head Sofyan Djalil representing Indonesian government in the reception of the Republic Day of India in Jakarta, Friday (24/01). Sofyan Djalil believes Indonesia-India relations will be even brighter in the future.

Last year our two leaders had met two times. Both sides agreed to boost trade and investment in potential sectors, such as agriculture, infrastructure, energy, health and in pharmaceuticals. They also committed to boost the agreement of bilateral trade target of 50 billion US dollars by 2025. We agreed to extend collaboration in strategy, defence industry, academic, science and technology including outer space. I am confident that if we build strong ties of friendship and complementary peace between our two economies, the future will be bright for India and Indonesia.

Meanwhile, Indian Ambassador to Indonesia, Pradeep Kumar Rawat, in his remarks said India and Indonesia have much in common, even the leaders of the two countries also have similarities in terms of a development vision that emphasized the interests of the people. (VOI / AHM)


Yogyakarta (VOI News) - The international world faces uncertainty about peace. That is because there is no strong will to maintain agreements that are built and based on mutual awareness. It was stated by Vice President Ma’ruf Amin in his remarks at the Panel Discussion at the meeting of the Eurasia Centrist Democrat International Forum (CDI) in Yogyakarta on Friday (24/01).

“Whether we realize it or not, human civilization is currently facing a very serious challenge from the understanding, attitudes and actions of some of us who do not respect or even renege on agreements. Therefore it is a duty for all of us who love peace, love democracy, to advance dialogue again and build and maintain agreements,” said Vice President Ma’ruf Amin.

Before the CDI member countries, Vice President Maruf Amin said, Indonesia wanted to share that Indonesia consisted of 300 ethnic groups and lived in more than 17 thousand islands of the archipelago and each of them had different cultures, languages ​​and religions or beliefs. According to the Vice President, Indonesia might be the most heterogeneous country in the world, but Indonesia remains united because the Indonesian people are able to maintain the agreement that becomes the basis for the formation of the 1945 Indonesian Constitution, Pancasila and the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia. (VOI/AHMAD FAISAL/RINI/AHM)


Jakarta (VOI NEWS)- President Joko Widodo received a courtesy call from Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban's delegation on Thursday at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta. In his remarks, President Joko Widodo expressed his appreciation for the bilateral cooperation that has existed between Indonesia and Hungary in the field of water supply. Jokowi also assured that he would study further the cooperation proposal submitted by the Hungarian side in the field of hospital construction. Hungary volunteered to collaborate with Indonesia to build a hospital focused on cancer therapy and a military hospital.

“First, of course on, our cooperation on clean water supply I appreciate the project completed in December 2019 and implemented in 36 locations in 12 provinces in Indonesia. I hope we can continue this good cooperation. Second, I take a note and will study further the proposal to develop 3 hospitals with oncology detection and treatment facilities and military hospitals. Third, on the e-toll cooperation please make sure that the document for the project is submitted by 31st of January 2020 at the latest. The bidding process will take place in April 2020,” said President Joko Widodo.

Meanwhile, Hungarian Foreign and Trade Minister Peter Szijjarto who was present accompanying Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban, said that Hungary supported the plan to grant visa-free for Indonesian citizens to the European Union. He also expressed his support for negotiating a free trade agreement between Indonesia and the European Union. According to him, it would provide benefits not only for Indonesia but also for ASEAN countries.

“ We believe that the Hungarian-Indonesian bilateral relationship can be a very good basis for the future improvement of the cooperation between the EU and the ASEAN region,” said Peter Szijjarto. (VOI/ANDY)


Ambassador of India to Indonesia, Pradeep Kumar Rawat was very optimistic about trade in the palm oil industry despite the growing backlash the industry faces. It was stated by Indian Ambassador to Indonesia Pradeep Kumar Rawat in a special interview at Voice of Indonesia’s studio in Jakarta, Friday (24/01). During the interview, the ambassador talked about the close historical relationship between India and Indonesia and some of the potentials and challenges the two countries face, especially in the technology sector and the palm oil industry. Pradeep Kumar Rawat said that the leaders of both countries are placing significant emphasis on the relationship between the two countries. He also told that there are a lot of commonalities between India and Indonesia in the technology sector and stressed the importance of having technological cooperation.


"I would say the prospect is very good. India is already the largest importer of palm oil from Indonesia. And the trade is of close to US$5 billion. So, it's this large, I would say large amount and it's a large part of a trade and certainly, as the Indian economy grows, as our population grows, because we are still a growing population, the need for edible oil will certainly be large. The importance of India and Indonesia [technological] cooperation is that given the size and the diversity of our countries, our technology can be instrumental in providing better services and better connectivity," said Ambassador Pradeep Kumar Rawat.

Indonesia and India are aiming to reach a total of US$ 50 billion in trade cooperation by 2025. The current trades amount to only US$ 21 billion, predominantly arising through the trade of palm oil and coal. Ambassador Rawat said if the two countries can further diversify trade, considering the sizes of the Indian and Indonesian economy, the target of US$ 50 billion can even be called conservative. Ambassador Rawat was very optimistic about reaching this target considering that the size of India’s and Indonesia’s economy put together amounts to almost US$ 4 trillion. (VOI/SAYEE SHREE L.R/AHM)


Jakarta - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) received a courtesy call from Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to discuss several areas of bilateral cooperation including the supply of clean water in several regions of Indonesia. "I appreciate the cooperation in clean water supply. The project was completed in December 2019 and was carried out in 36 regions of 12 provinces in Indonesia," President Jokowi said in his address during the bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Viktor Orban at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta Thursday.

The President said the government will consider a plan to develop three hospitals in cooperation with Hungary.

He also invited Hungary to invest in e-toll cooperation.

Prime Minister Orban arrived at the palace at around 4.30 p.m. local time and was greeted by President Jokowi.

The two leaders later held a bilateral meeting. During the meeting, the president was accompanied by Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Minister/State Secretary Pratikno, and Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono.

In September 2019, Marsudi and her Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijjarto agreed to encourage business intensity and accelerate the completion of the Indonesia-European Union Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (I-EU CEPA).  (ANTARA)


Labuan Bajo - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) led a limited meeting with ministers, heads of agencies, and regional officials at a hotel in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara, Monday, to prepare it as a super premium tourist destination.

"Development of the super premium destination Labuan Bajo will likely have begun since the beginning of the year," Jokowi remarked while addressing some ministers, including Tourism Minister Wishnutama, SOEs Minister Erick Thohir, and Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya.

At the meeting, Jokowi highlighted several points linked to the development of Labuan Bajo, the first being how to organize the region since the government is eyeing it to be segmented on tourists spending higher than average.

"That is why we need to integrate some facilities here, especially related to hygiene, safety, and comfort, for tourists to stay," Jokowi noted while emphasizing the need to build more hotels in Labuan Bajo.

Jokowi spoke of some five zones that should be prioritized for this development: Bukit Pramuka, Bukit Air, container port as well as passenger dock, Marina, and Kampung Ujung.

The president stressed on the integration of all five zones, as they are prepared to be an integrated public area. "Thus, we are going to present a beautiful landscaping, expected to be such an 'engine' that encourages people's activities in Labuan Bajo," he stated.

Furthermore, more infrastructure development is required at the local airport, Komodo Airport, including the runway and terminal.

Jokowi had also commanded related officials to prepare human resources, local arts and cultures, as well as the resolution for land disputes, vessels registration, waste management, international-level events as promotion, and safety assurance for tourists. (ANTARA)


Jakarta - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and First Lady Iriana Jokowi left Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force Base in East Jakarta for Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara Province on Sunday to observe the latest development of tourism infrastructure facilities there.

The president and his entourage boarded the presidential airplane at 09.00 a.m. Western Indonesia Time (WIB), and arrived at the Komodo Airport in Manggarai Barat District, East Nusa Tenggara, at around 11.50 a.m. Eastern Indonesia Time (WIT).

Among the top government officials who join the president's working visit until Tuesday (Jan 21) were Head of the Presidential Secretariat Heru Budi Hartono, Commander of the Presidential Security Detail (Paspampres) Major General Maruli Simanjuntak.

The President's Military Secretary Major General Suharyanto and the President's Special Staff Adamas Belva Syah Devara also joined this President Jokowi's visit.

During his visit, President Jokowi would observe the construction project of Labuan Bajo Pier's multipurpose terminal, and come to Puncak Waringin, a new tourist destination in Labuan Bajo, Head of the Presidential Secretariat Heru Budi Hartono said.

President Jokowi has also been scheduled to inaugurate a hotel, owned by a state-owned enterprise, he said, adding that the president would observe the infrastructure facilities constructed for boosting the district's tourism industry, he said.

"Labuan Bajo has been selected to be one of five highly prioritized destinations this year," he said.

In July 2019, President Jokowi had also visited the infrastructure facilities in Labuan Bajo, a tourist resort area that CNN International had placed in the world's second best spots for snorkeling in 2015.

At that time, President Jokowi visited Puncak Waringin, a new tourist destination in Labuan Bajo which covers a hilly area of one hectare and will be equipped with a souvenir center, an amphitheater, an open green area, and an observation deck.

Jokowi said the government would accelerate the development of infrastructure including an airport in the region to boost local tourism.

The president wanted the airports in the regions where tourist destinations existed to be managed by those having an international tourism network.

Labuan Bajo needs to be totally revamped with packages presenting attractive local art and cultural events to attract domestic and foreign tourists.

East Nusa Tenggara's tourism and creative economic office itself has identified 1,181 tourist attractions located in 22 districts and municipalities in the province. (ANTARA)


FIFA U-20 World Cup festivity is getting closer. The Indonesian government has continuously made preparations so it can organize the event optimally. President Joko Widodo at the Limited Cabinet Meeting on Friday (01/17/2020) afternoon at the Presidential Office in Jakarta explained he wants to ensure the stadium's readiness.  He wants the stadium to be prepared to host world class matches.  The government has prepared 10 stadiums for the 2021 U-20 World Cup.

"There are six main stadiums and 4 reserved stadiums.  I asked if those can really be checked directly in the field and they are truly equipped to be used for world class matches, starting from the environment, field, seats, dressing rooms, toilets, and even the press media room which is truly representative and if there is a shortage and those are needed to be renovated and   improved so that they are really prepared to be used in 2021.  I also wanted to see in detail the connection between the stadium and the transportation to the accommodation for FIFA U-20 world cup participants. For example, ensuring the match won’t be late because of connectivity problems. Therefore, the accommodation facilities and infrastructure must also have world class services," said President Joko Widodo.

Moreover, President Joko Widodo also wants the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2021 to become a promotional event for Indonesia. He also stated that Indonesia must be able to show the world that it is a strongly developing country that is able to hold international events. (VOI/Ndy/AHM)/TRANS:AF)


Jakarta - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has revealed that Vice Admiral Aan Kurnia will be the next chief of the Indonesian Maritime Security Agency  (Bakamla).

"Mr Aan," President Joko Widodo said in response to the press' questions about the new Bakamla chief, at the Merdeka Palace, here Friday. Kurnia previously served as Commander General of the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) Academy. He is an alumnus of the Navy Academy (AAL) of XXXI Class in 1987.

Kurnia will succeed the current chief, A Taufiqoerrochman.

On Thursday, January 16, Jokowi led a Final Assessment Team (TPA) meeting to discuss the appointments of chiefs of several strategic positions including Bakamla.

Since September 2018, Bakamla has been led by Taufiqoerrochman, who is turning 60 this year, and will enter his retirement period. (ANTARA)


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)

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