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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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30
June

President Joko Widodo held a bilateral meeting with Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Prince Mohammad bin Salman. The meeting was held on the sidelines of the second day of the G20 Summit, at INTEX, Osaka, Japan, Saturday, June 29, 2019.

In the meeting, President Jokowi put forward several things.

First, related to the plan to form a High-level Consultative Council proposed by Saudi Arabia.

As a follow-up to Indonesia's seriousness in this regard, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi discussed it with Saudi Foreign Minister Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf when the two met on the sidelines of the OIC meeting in Jeddah, May 29, 2019.

"I hope the formation of the council can be inaugurated along with His Holiness's visit to Indonesia which was delayed," said President Jokowi.

The second issue raised by President Jokowi was cooperation between Pertamina and Aramco. Regarding this, the foreign ministers of the two countries have discussed it in Jeddah and agreed to encourage the ministerial meeting of the two countries.

As a follow up, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Ignasius Jonan, BUMN Minister Rini Soemarno, and Pertamina Managing Director Nicke Widyawati had a meeting with Saudi Arabia's Minister of Energy Khalid Al-Falih on the sidelines of the G20 Energy Ministerial Meeting on 16 June 2019 Japan.

It is expected that the cooperation discussion can be completed in October, so that cooperation can be carried out immediately.

Indonesia is also ready to send a team to discuss other cooperation, for example in the field of petrochemicals.

On this occasion, President Jokowi also expressed Indonesia's desire to participate in the economic revolution to achieve Saudi 2030's vision. At present Indonesia has two state-owned enterprises namely Wijaya Karya and Waskita Karya that have experience and have representative offices in Saudi Arabia.

"I convey that Indonesian construction BUMNs are ready to support development in the housing sector or for the construction of NEOM projects," said the Head of State.

In addition, President Jokowi also expressed Indonesia's interest in being involved in the Saudi Arabia railway sector project. For this reason, the President wants the team from both parties to meet to discuss this specifically. (Source: Setkab)

28
June

During the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, President Joko Widodo received many congratulations on his re-election as President of the Republic of Indonesia in the 2019 presidential election.

Head of State Protocol Andri Hadi who accompanied and was close to President Joko Widodo said that almost all heads of state / heads of government who met President Jokowi expressed their congratulations.

"Congratulation ... congratulation," said Andri Hadi mimicking the first words of the heads of state / head of government when meeting President Jokowi.

According to Andri, the speech was conveyed on various occasions on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, such as when waiting for official welcome and family photos, and when the heads of state / head of government will start the Leader's Side Event.

The heads of state / heads of government include US President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Saudi Royal Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Australian PM Scott Morrison, Dutch PM Mark Rutte, President of France Emmanuel Macron, Italian PM Giuseppe Conte, British Prime Minister Theresa May, Indian PM Narendra Modi and Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez.

In addition, also congratulating President Jokowi was IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. (biro pers)

28
June

 President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and First Lady Iriana arrived at New Otani Hotel, Osaka, Japan, Friday (6/28) morning after around 7 hours of flight from Jakarta.  The President's arrival at the Kansai International Airport (Osaka), Osaka, was welcomed by Japanese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Toshiko Abe, Ambassador (Ambassador) of the Republic of Indonesia to Japan Arifin Tasrif, and Defense Attache Edwardus Wisoko.

Upon arrival at New Otani Hotel, Osaka, President Jokowi and Mrs. Iriana were welcomed with children who gave a flower bouquet as well as General Otani Hotel Manager General Masatoshi Hosoyama. Furthermore, President Jokowi and the official delegation will immediately attend the opening of the G-20 Summit at INTEX, Osaka.

On the sidelines of the G20 event, President Jokowi is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings including South Korean President Moon Jae-In and President of the People's Republic of China (PRC) Xi Jinping.

Also accompanying the President on the G20 agenda this time, Maritime Coordinating Minister Luhut B Pandjaitan, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Minister of State Pratikno, Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani, Minister of Trade Enggartiasto Lukita, Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto, and Head of the Investment Coordinating Board ( BKPM) Thomas Lembong. (setkab)

28
June

A few moments after the Constitutional Court delivered a verdict which rejected the lawsuit of the 2019 Presidential and Vice President Results of the Dispute, both the Candidate Pair Number 01 Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Kiai Ma'ruf Amin and the Candidate Pair Number 02 Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno delivered a press statement in a separate place.

Serial Number Pair 01 Joko Widodo and Kiai Ma'ruf Amin delivered a statement at Halim Perdana Kusuma Airport, Jakarta, Thursday (6/27) night, moments before Joko Widodo as the 2014-2019 Republic of Indonesia President flew to Japan following the Summit (Summit) ) Group 20 (G-20), in Osaka, Japan.

In his statement Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said that the Constitutional Court's decision was a final verdict. "We should respect and implement together," he said.

He thanked the KPU (General Election Commission), to the Bawaslu (General Election Supervisory Board) and to the DKPP (Honorary Board of Election Organizers) who through their respective roles have successfully ensured the implementation of honest and fair elections.

Not to forget, Jokowi expressed his gratitude to the Constitutional Court for its decision regarding the dispute over the 2019 Presidential Election which had decided on the presidential dispute in a fair and transparent manner.

He invited the people of Indonesia to reunite together to build Indonesia, together to advance Indonesia, our beloved homeland. "There are no more 01 and 02 that have Indonesian unity," said Jokowi.

According to Jokowi, we must respect each other, even though our political choices are different but we must respect each other, even though our political choices are different at the presidential election but we must, but we must convey the elected president-vice president is the president of all nations, for all Indonesian people .

On that occasion, Joko Widodo praised Prabowo and Sandiaga Uno, who according to him had the attitude of statesmen in facing the results of the Constitutional Court's decision to reject the claim of team 02. Jokowi stated that he had a common vision with Prabowo and Sandi.

"I believe in the greatness and statesmanship of my good friends, Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno," Jokowi said.

 

Meanwhile Prabowo called on all his supporters to remain strong, calm, and full of noble ideals, and to continue to maintain a framework of peace, non-violence, and loyalty to the 1945 Constitution.

“We must always think of greater interests, (which is) the integrity of the nation and state,” he noted.

In his speech Prabowo also expressed respect for the decision of the MK, although later he said he would consult with his legal team to discuss other possible legal steps regarding the election results.

The Prabowo-Sandi pair had filed a petition to the MK on May 23, 2019, on the recent presidential election result after the General Elections Commission (KPU) announced the final result of vote counting on May 21, 2019.

Group of Volunteers Jokowi-Amin, in a release after the verdict, last night, invite all indonesian to unite. The task of the group is finished. However, the next noble task has been waiting , namely eliminating friction, thinking, prejudice and other negative things that exist in the community as an impact of the 2019 Presidential Election. This the time to all elements of society to reunite, inviting cooperation again for Indonesia that we love. As Jokowi-Ma'ruf Amin Volunteer, We must take the initiative, be the front guard, to realize reconciliation at the grassroots, and restore Indonesia's strong and stronger unity and unity.

 

The final tally declared by the KPU at around 1:28 a.m. local time on May 21 indicated the Jokowi-Amin pair had secured 85 million votes, or 55.5 percent of the national vote, than the contenders Prabowo-Sandi's 68 million votes, or 44.5 percent.

The Jokowi-Amin pair had declared victory following the KPU's announcement of the final tally, while the Prabowo-Sandi pair rejected the KPU's official tabulation result and challenged it by filing an official lawsuit to the MK. (various) 

 

27
June

Ahead of the Group of 20 Countries (G-20) Summit, the Indonesian Government held an Indonesia Round Table Business Meeting held at The New Otani, Osaka, Japan, Thursday (6/27).

During the meeting the Indonesian Government Delegation was led by the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut B Pandjaitan, Minister of Finance (Minister of Finance) Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto, Minister of Trade Engagartiasto Lukita, and Head of the Investment Coordinating Board ( BKPM) Thomas Lembong.

A total of 21 (twenty-one) Japanese companies attended the meeting including Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Daihatsu Motor Co.LTD, Honda Motor Co.LTD, Marubeni Coorporation, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Mitsui and CO.LTD, Nippon Steel, Sumitomo Corporation, Toyota Tsuho Corporation.

Representing President Joko Widodo, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut B. Pandjaitan in his remarks said that the Indonesian economy had developed well in the past 5 (five) years with an average growth of 5 percent. In addition, legal certainty in Indonesian investment is very important, and the President is very concerned about this.

The Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs also said that Japan was very consistent in being an Indonesian partner, and he had no doubt about Japanese businessmen working together in Indonesia.

"The ease of investment in Indonesia is definitely better in the past," Luhut said, saying that he believed Japanese companies had felt that way.

The President's message, continued Luhut, should never hesitate to invest in Indonesia and not want investors to be complicated in the investment process.

At the end of the statement, the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs said that the ministers present at the meeting were to answer obstacles from investors.

Ease of Taxation

During the question and answer session, Minister of Finance (Minister of Finance) Sri Mulyani Indrawati said that with this meeting Japanese entrepreneurs were expected to be able to increase their investment in Indonesia. That is because the Indonesian market is very large and also strategic to become a hub for other countries.

"In improving the investment climate we continue to improve policies. Currently President Jokowi continues to ask for an improvement in the investment climate, "said the Minister of Finance.

In the field of taxation, the Minister of Finance said that the Ministry he led continued to issue policies to ease tax matters. "The first facility is a tax holiday for new investments in 18 types of business sectors, whether it is petrochemical or electronic," he said.

If conducting training, the Minister continued, also will get additional tax. "The process given for tax holidays and allowances will be very easy if it is already included in that category. Currently there are 289 trillion new investments, "he said.

In addition to the tax holiday, the Minister continued, the Government also prepared a Bonded Zone or Industrial Zone with facilities provided by the government.

Meanwhile, Minister of Industry (Minister of Industry) Airlangga Hartarto said that raw materials were key in the operationalization of the industry.

"The development of the Merak port is a necessity for industrial development," he said while conveying the plan to develop Patimban Port.

After the Indonesia Round Table Business Meeting, a One on One Meeting was held between the Government of Indonesia and 6 (six) Japanese companies. (setkab)

27
June

With the consideration that in order to obtain accurate, up-to-date, integrated, accountable, easily accessible and shared data, it is necessary to improve governance of data produced by the government through the implementation of Indonesia Data One, the government considers the need for provisions governing Indonesian Data One.

For this consideration on June 12, 2019, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has signed Presidential Regulation Number 39 of 2019 concerning One Data Indonesia.

"One Data Indonesia is a government data governance policy to produce accurate, up-to-date, integrated, and accountable data, and is easily accessed and shared between Central Agencies and Regional Agencies through the fulfillment of Data Standards, Metadata, Data Interoperability, and using Reference Codes and Master Data, "reads Article I paragraph (1) of this Perpres.

According to this Perpres, Indonesian Data One must be carried out based on the following principles: a. Data produced by Data Producers must meet Data Standards; b. Data produced by Data Manufacturers must have Metadata; c. Data produced by Data Producers must meet Data Interoperability rules; and D. Data generated by the Data Manufacturer must use the Reference Code and / or Master Data.

Data Standard for Data other than Geospatial Data and Statistics Data, according to this Perpres, is determined by other central level Data Trustees, which is one of the Central Agencies given the authority to carry out guidance related to the Data as stipulated in this Presidential Regulation, in addition field of statistical activities or bodies carrying out government duties in the field of geospatial information.

"Data standards that apply across Central Agencies and / or Regional Agencies are stipulated by central level Data Trustees," read Article 6 paragraph (1) of this Presidential Regulation. While the Minister or head of the Central Agency can set a Data Standard for Data whose utilization is intended to meet the needs of agencies in accordance with their duties and functions, insofar as it is determined based on the Data Standards established by the central level Data Trustees.

Data produced by Data Producers, said this Perpres, must be equipped with Metadata, whose information follows a standard structure and standard format referring to the information section on Data that must be covered in Metadata, and refers to technical specifications or standards from Metadata.

The standard structure and standard format for data that applies across the Central Agency and / or Regional Institutions, according to this Perpres, is determined by the central level Data Trustees. While the Minister or head of the Central Agency can establish a standard structure and standard format for Data whose utilization is intended to meet the needs of agencies in accordance with their duties and functions, insofar as it is determined based on the standard structure and standard format established by the central Data Trustees. (setkab)

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 )

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