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The Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the launch of the new Panchagarh Express train to serve Bangladesh's longest railway line that connects the Dhaka Capital with the city of Panchagarh on the northwestern tip last weekend. The Panchagarh Express uses a modern railroad car made by PT INKA Indonesia.

"The train made by PT INKA Indonesia has helped Bangladesh to improve intercity connectivity in Bangladesh," said Indonesian Ambassador Rina Soemarno who was present at the inauguration ceremony of Panchagarh Express in PM Sheikh Hasina's "Gonobhaban" official residence in Dhaka.

In the period of the past month, there have been 2 initial launches of intercity train lines using trains made by PT INKA. Previously on April 25, 2019, the launch of the Bonolota Express train has been serving the nonstop Rajshahi-Dhaka line.

PT INKA's railroad cars which were inaugurated by Bangladeshi PM through videoconferencing are part of the 250 passenger train cars ordered by Bangladesh and will be sent in full in 2019. The 250 passenger trains will join the other 200 cars made by PT INKA which have been sent to Bangladesh in 2006 and 2016.

"Bangladesh needs more modern passenger trains to increase intercity and provincial connectivity across the country. At the same time, the railway network in Bangladesh will be increasingly expanded and modernized to support poverty alleviation programs and improve people's lives, "PM Sheikh Hasina said in the inauguration speech at the Panchagarh Express.

On this occasion the Ambassador Rina Soemarno also stressed, "Indonesia is ready to continue to support the development and modernization of the Bangladesh railroad system. Indonesia is also committed to be a trusted partner of Bangladesh in development and achieving prosperity ".

The Panchagarh Express will serve the longest railway line in Bangladesh,  593 km, which is traveled for around 7 hours. The presence of Panchagarh Express will make it easier for Bangladeshi people to transport, do business and undergo intercity activities. The longest railway line in Bangladesh will depart daily from Panchagarh train station and transit at 4 stations before reaching Dhaka. ( Indonesian Embassy in Dhaka)


The Indonesian government and Inpex Corporation have reached an agreement in the development of the giant gas field in the Masela Block in the Arafuru Sea, Maluku. The investment value of the Masela Block development will reach around 20 billion US dollars.

"Both parties succeeded in achieving a win-win solution with a revenue-sharing scheme, where the government received at least 50 percent," Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Minister Ignasius Jonan said after meeting with CEO of Inpex Corporation Takayuki Ueda in Tokyo, Japan, Monday ( 27/5).

The historic final agreement was marked by the signing of the Minute of Meeting by Head of SKK Migas Dwi Soetjipto and CEO of Inpex Corporation Takayuki Ueda, witnessed by ESDM Minister Ignasius Jonan.

"Finally INPEX and SKK Migas agreed on the main points of the development of the Masela block this afternoon in Tokyo. The discussion has been going on for 18 years. The investment value is between 18-20 billion US dollars with fair distribution for the Republic of Indonesia and contractors. I was touched, "said Jonan.

The signing of the agreement between the Government of Indonesia and Inpex Corporation, according to the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, is planned to be held at the G20 countries meeting in Japan in the near future.

Thus the discussion of the Masela Block which has lasted more than 20 years has found an end point, which will have a positive impact on improving the national investment climate and the development of the eastern region of Indonesia.

This meeting is a follow-up meeting of Jonan's meeting with Ueda on May 16 in Tokyo. At a meeting on May 16, the Masela Block's Final Plan of Development (PoD) framework was agreed upon in the Arafuru Sea, Maluku. While at today's meeting discussed the detailed negotiations of the framework, so that an agreement between the Indonesian government and the Japanese Inpex Corporation could be signed immediately.

In this meeting, Jonan was accompanied by the Indonesian Ambassador to Japan Arifin Tasrif, Head of SKK Migas Dwi Soetjipto, Deputy Head of SKK Migas Sukandar, and SKK Migas Planning Deputy Jafee Suardin. (kemenesdm)


The Ministry of Industry  continues to encourage the development of technology in the industrial sector, one of its efforts is by establishing the Digital Capability Center (DCC). This digital capability center will be built as part of implementing the road map of Making Indonesia 4.0 to increase productivity and competitiveness of the manufacturing sector in the industrial era 4.0.

"The plan is being conceptualized, and in the next two years we will have DCC in collaboration with multinational management consulting firm McKinsey. This facility needs to be built along with efforts to develop the industry towards technology 4.0, because domestic devices, networks, and applications (DNA) need to be built, "said Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto in Jakarta on Friday (24/5).

Airlangga said that the construction of DCC would also collaborate with a technology research and development institution in Taiwan called the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI). "The model might be similar to the DCC that already exists in Singapore. Further cooperation between ITRI and the Ministry of Industry, we continue to follow up, "he said.

According to Airlangga, the DCC development is expected to be utilized by industry players who have not implemented digitalization, especially the small and medium industries (IKM). Towards the industrial era 4.0, the Ministry of Industry has appointed a lighthouse industry for five leading sectors set out in Making Indonesia 4.0.

"Five major sectors prioritizing industrial development 4.0 are using sector-based approaches. In this sector, smart factory will be implemented with the implementation of internet of things (IoT), big data, digital printing and other tools that are part of 4.0 industry, "he explained.

Several companies that have become models in the implementation of industry 4.0, namely (1) PT. Indolakto for the food and beverage industry sector, (2) PT. Pupuk Kaltim for the chemical industry sector, (3) PT. Pan Brothers, Tbk for the textile and clothing industry, (4) PT. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia for the automotive industry sector, and (5) PT. Hartono Istana Teknologi for the electronics industry sector.

These companies are recipients of the INDI 4.0 award initiated by the Ministry of Industry. "Indonesia Industry 4.0 Readiness Index (INDI 4.0) is a benchmark index for industry and government in measuring the level of industry readiness to transform towards industry 4.0 in Indonesia," explained the Minister of Industry.

The Ministry of Industry believes, the application of the digital economy will be able to create new opportunities. Based on the results of research by McKinsey and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), digital economics was able to increase the added value of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by USD150 billion in 2025.

In fact, in 2025, Indonesia will also need as many as 17 million new technology-literate workers. So, they need new skills, including talents that are different from what they have now. In the manufacturing sector, it is estimated that there will be an increase of 4.5 million workers, while another 12.5 million are for the industry support services sector.

"Reskilling, retraining, vocational and polytechnic programs are the government's priorities," he explained. For this reason, preparing quality Human Resources (HR) is a priority program of President Joko Widodo for the second period.

Aim for investment

In addition to collaborating with Taiwanese technology institutions, the Ministry of Industry also aims at the emergence of new industrial investments from the country nicknamed the Little Dragon of Asia. According to the Minister of Industry, the Indonesian government is concentrating on providing tax holidays and other facilities needed by investors. Especially sectors that can open up many jobs, become import substitutions, and increase exports.

"Needs in these sectors are a consideration of the government to open up investment opportunities. With this, investors can benefit from doing business, not only to meet the export market, but also to supply a broad domestic market, "he explained.

Since last year, Taiwan is exploring opportunities for cooperation with Indonesia, especially in the manufacturing sector to strengthen the economy of the two countries. Potentially collaborated sectors include shipping, metal processing, ICT & Smart City industries and food technology.

Meanwhile, in 2017, the total trade between the two countries reached USD7.4 billion and Taiwan was ranked 11th as Indonesia's global trade and import partner. Meanwhile, the amount of Indonesia's direct investment in Taiwan amounted to USD32.2 billion. Meanwhile, Taiwan's direct investment in Indonesia, around USD397 million, makes Taiwan the 14th largest investor in Indonesia. (kemeperin)


The Swiss Federal Council has issued official documents related to the agreement comprehensive economic partnership between Indonesia and EFTA countries (IE-CEPA) and submitted to the Swiss Parliament on Wednesday (5/22) local time, for approval. 

The Indonesian Minister of Trade Enggartiasto Lukita said that this step was taken by Switzerland is the result of follow-up bilateral meetings with the Minister of Economy, Education and Swiss research Guy Parmelin on May 9, 2019 then in Bern, Switzerland.

"This is good news from Switzerland and shows the seriousness of the completion of the process ratification of the IE-CEPA, while signifying that the EFTA countries (Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein) became the first group of European countries to have an agreement "free trade with Indonesia," said Minister of Trade Enggar. Indonesia and EFTA countries signed IE-CEPA on December 16, 2018 in Jakarta.

The Minister of Trade explained, this agreement would increase market access and legal certainty in the field of trade in goods and services for Indonesia and EFTA. In addition, the agreement also includes various provisions regarding investment, protection of intellectual property, elimination of non-tariff barriers, including sanitation and phytosanitary provisions, competition, facilitation sustainable trade, trade and development, and economic cooperation.

In 2018 Indonesia is included in the 40 main trading partners with Switzerland. "As is This IE-CEPA, in the future, Indonesia and Switzerland are expected to increase trade bilateral mutually beneficial. We also hope that Switzerland can increase its investment in Indonesia, "said the Trade Minister.

In addition, the Trade Minister continued, the government was committed to socializing the benefits of IE-CEPA to the public, including business people and associations in various sectors to be able to use it this agreement is for broad economic interests. (kemendag)


In the past five years, the government has been trying to build infrastructure evenly throughout the country. The development is primarily intended so that more regions or regions in Indonesia will become connected with each other. To that end, the President asked the entrepreneurs to be able to take advantage of the development by presenting new economic centers that made the economy more mobile.

"This is the job of the businessman to continue what the government has done by building economic centers, economic centers, which are very important for our economic growth," said President Jokowi at the Indonesian Young Entrepreneurs Association (HIPMI) and breaking fast together. orphans held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Jakarta, Sunday (5/26) night.

The President explained, during his tour of Indonesia from Sabang to Merauke, almost all of the regions had the same problem, namely connectivity. Therefore, a number of construction of public facilities such as roads, toll roads, airports and ports are carried out on a large scale.

"This is our big job so that in our five years our concentration has been on building infrastructure. That is so that intercity, inter-district, and inter-province connectivity can really be connected, "said the President.

At the same time, the government also sought gradual bureaucratic reform with the main goal of making the licensing process easier. According to the President, simplification of institutions is absolutely necessary in order to work more efficiently and quickly so as to minimize the overlapping of authority.

"In the past five years we have disbanded 23 institutions that we have seen that are not relevant to the time and age. In the future, I think there will be many more institutions that we really don't need, which we will erase and eliminate, "said the President.

After the initial stages of national development through equal distribution of infrastructure, the government is now starting to target the human resources sector. The Head of State realizes that the development of this HR cannot be seen quickly. However, this must still be done so that Indonesia is able to jump into a developed country.

"This is a condition for the foundation of our economic fundamentals. If we don't do this, we will go into the middle income trap. Many countries are trapped there and cannot leave so that they cannot jump into developed countries, "said the President.

Therefore, the President hopes that HIPMI members and other associations can work together with the government to improve the quality of Indonesian human resources while absorbing them into the industrial world. Related to this, the government has prepared training and massive scholarships to increase national HR capabilities.

"Link and match between the industrial world and education is very much needed. I hope that later from Hipmi there will be cooperation with the existing ministries, with regions, provinces, districts and cities in the framework of human resource development so that the next five years upgrading of our human resources is truly visible, "he said.

Attending the occasion included Minister of State (Minister of State) Pratikno, Minister of Social Affairs (Social Minister) Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita, and General Chair of HIPMI Bahlil Lahadalia. (BPMI Setpres / ES)


Deputy Governor of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Josef Nae Soi echoed President Joko Widodo's (Jokowi's) promise to build 13 additional dams in NTT to take the total to 20 in the area.

"During his recent visit to NTT, I had the opportunity to converse with the president over increasing the number of dams in the area, and he had made assurance that in the next five years, more dams would be built to reach the total figure of 20," he remarked in Kupang on Friday.

The deputy governor made the statement while delivering a speech at the coordination meeting to discuss steps to accelerate the provision of clean water in the province.

Soi remarked that East Nusa Tenggara was in dire need of water. He pointed out that in other areas, NTT was already identified as a drought-affected area.

Soi noted that from his past experiences, whenever outsiders had expressed interest to work in East Nusa Tenggara, the question that constantly arose was the availability of water and electricity.

"I raise this question that mandates serious attention at this coordination meeting. Firstly, we save the idealistic dimension. We thereafter save discussions that are theories. Now, we must start to give focused attention on what I call the reality dimension, contextual. That is, several people are in desperate need of water, " he emphasized.

The former expert staff of the minister of law and human rights spoke while drawing reference to management science wherein he admitted to being more interested in employing the term collaboration instead of coordination. This is since it emphasizes mutually symbiotic relationships.

He opined that any sectoral ego in coordination is something arbitrary, whereas collaboration entailed a form of give and take.

"This is since the term that has gained greater popularity according to nomenclature is coordination, so it may be used. However, one needs to bear in mind that the term may be coordination, but the connotation is collaboration," he reiterated.

Moreover, the ex-member of the House of Representatives' Commission V revealed that meeting the water demand must not necessitate the use of structures and not debate authority. If regulations are posing a hindrance to meeting the obligation to provide water to the community, they can be discussed to be amended swiftly.

"The point is that the people must be able to access water. How do we provide water to the people? Only then, from here, look for water sources and ways to conserve water. How do we maintain the water resources. Let us work on this together," he stated.

During a visit to Belu District to officiate the Rotiklot Dam, President Jokowi affirmed that water is the key to realizing prosperity in NTT.

"I convey that NTT's prosperity cannot be achieved without water; forget it. The key is water," he stated.

President Jokowi pointed out that if only one dam was built in other provinces, seven were constructed in NTT while work on the Raknamo Dam in Kupang District and Rotiklot Dam had been completed. (ANTARA)



"Protection of civilians must continue to be the main focus of the work of the UN Security Council," said the Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi, at the UN Security Council Open Session on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, USA (23/05).

The meeting, which was chaired by the Indonesian Foreign Minister as the President of the UN Security Council in May 2019, was attended by more than 80 UN member states and international organizations. Some countries are represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and officials at the Ministerial level. The UN Secretary General also attended and delivered the Annual Report related to the implementation of the agenda of Civil Citizens Protection in Armed Conflict. The President of the International Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, and Executive Director of the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC), Federico Borello, were present as presenters.

The report of the UN Secretary General describes various achievements and challenges to the protection of civilians in the last 20 years. In this regard, the Indonesian Foreign Minister again reminded that the UN Security Council has a mandate and collective responsibility to protect civilians and the safety and security of civilians must always be put forward.

Indonesia also reaffirmed its support to strengthen international partnerships related to the promotion of human rights protection, especially for civilians in armed conflict. Indonesia's contribution so far has been reflected through Indonesia's active role in supporting issues of protecting civilians in various international forums and providing technical assistance to various countries in the field of infrastructure and good governance. Exemplified Indonesia's proactive efforts in empowering Palestinian communities with the establishment of hospitals for residents in Gaza, Palestine.

The Indonesian Foreign Minister stressed that community empowerment is a key element in increasing the country's capacity to protect civilians. The involvement of local communities, including women's groups, in designing and implementing a civil protection program will be more effective in achieving goals.

Protection of civilians is a multidimensional issue. Therefore, the Indonesian Foreign Minister encouraged 3 (three) things to be done in addressing these various challenges. First, the importance of strengthening the national capacity of the countries involved, including through community empowerment. Second, ensuring implementation and compliance with various applicable legal frameworks. Third, the development of innovative and practical efforts to protect civilians.

This Open Session is a series of main activities of the United Nations Security Council's Presidency in May 2019, which carries the theme "Sowing the Seeds of Peace". The meeting also marked the 20th anniversary of the discussion on the agenda of protecting civilians on the UN Security Council and the 70-year Geneva Convention on international humanitarian law. (source: Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs)



On the sidelines of the International Conference on Intellectual Property and Development at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in Geneva, Switzerland (20/5) the Head of BEKRAF, Triawan Munaf, was accompanied by the Indonesian Permanent Representative to the United Nations , WTO, and international organizations in Geneva, Ambassador Hasan Kleib, holding bilateral meetings with the Director General of WIPO.

At the meeting, the Head of BEKRAF and Director General of WIPO signed a cooperation agreement between BEKRAF and WIPO to create systems and policies that support brand development and design in Indonesia.

The long-term objective of such cooperation is to create added value for products and services, through Intellectual Property in the field of brand and design. The collaboration will also focus on developing KI facilitation through training and creation of the "Hub and Spokes" structure, which in turn will enhance the reputation of products and services through brands & designs on a wider market.

In addition to discussing the implementation of the cooperation, the Head of BEKRAF also discussed the possibility of further cooperation between BEKRAF and WIPO, including related support for Collective Management Institutions (CMOs) for creative and copyright industry players in Indonesia.

The Head of BEKRAF also discussed cooperation opportunities related to the application of digital technology for the management of intellectual property assets for creative industries. One of them includes the possibility of collaboration between the "Portamento" digital management music platform initiated by BEKRAF and WIPO's digital time-stamping service.

The Head of BEKRAF stressed that in this era of digital revolution, one of the main keys to increasing competitiveness at the global level is to integrate creative and innovative processes with intellectual property management. "Cooperation between BEKRAF and WIPO will continue to be improved, to support creative industries in Indonesia to take advantage of and also benefit from their creativity and intellectual assets," said the Head of BEKRAF on the occasion.

Meanwhile Ambassador Hasan Kleib also said that the development of innovation and creativity is one of the priorities of the Government of Indonesia which continues to be guarded at WIPO, both through bilateral cooperation and through multilateral negotiations for a global intellectual property system that supports Indonesia's national interests. (Source: PTRI Geneva)


President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) asserted that he opened himself to anyone to work together to build this country, to advance this country. But he stressed that it would not tolerate anyone who would disturb security, especially rioters.

"We will not make room for rioters who will damage our country, will damage the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia. There is no choice, there is no choice, the TNI and Polri will take firm action in accordance with applicable law, "President Jokowi said at a press statement at Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, Wednesday (22/5) afternoon.

Previously, the Head of State emphasized that as head of state and head of government, he had an obligation to maintain political stability and security stability.

While related to the election as an event from the long journey of the Indonesian state, President Jokowi reminded, that the constitution provided that all disputes, the dispute was resolved through the Constitutional Court (MK).

"I appreciate Mr. Prabowo-Sandi who brought the dispute to yesterday's Presidential Election to the Constitutional Court. I also believe that the judges in the Constitutional Court will decide according to the facts, based on the facts, "said President Jokowi.

The Head of State also reminded that at this time is the month of Ramadan, a month full of blessings, a month full of forgiveness, a month full of love for us all of mutual respect, mutual respect, and obligation as Muslims to multiply good deeds, do good. According to the Head of State, the situation is still under control. For that, he asked the public not to worry.

"I invite to knit back unity, knit back the brotherhood, knit back our harmony because Indonesia is our home together," concluded the Head of State.

Accompanying President Jokowi when delivering the press conference Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Coordinating Minister for Politics and Security Wiranto, Secretary of State Pratikno, Secretary of State Pramono Anung, Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko, TNI Commander Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, and National Police Chief General Tito Karnavian.

Meanwhile, presidential candidate number 02 Prabowo Subianto is called on all public officials, police, community leaders, religious leaders, and citizens to avoid all forms of violence that can be inflated during the month of Ramadan.

"We will not be able to occur again," said Prabowo Subianto said at a press conference in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Also, Prabowo Subianto asked the security forces to protect the people and not to harm or shoot protesters. (kemensetkab-ant)


Vladimir Putin sent a message congratulating President of the Republic of Indonesia Joko Widodo on his re-election as head of state.

Vladimir Putin noted that in Russia Joko Widodo is known as a principled advocate of the development of friendly relations between the two countries and expressed confidence that his activities as head of state would help further expand Russian-Indonesian cooperation in various areas, as well as partner-like cooperation in addressing topical matters in the Asia-Pacific Region.
The President of Russia reaffirmed his readiness for continued constructive dialogue and joint work for the benefit of the peoples of Russia and Indonesia. (source :

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