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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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Indonesia is considered to have opportunities in the midst of a trade war between the United States and China. Because, Indonesia still has strong economic fundamentals in facing the current global situation.

"For Indonesia, actually the US-China trade war is a zero sum game, which means no one benefits. But here we have a chance. With this trade war, people see our country in a safe zone, "said Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto in Jakarta on Sunday (16/6).

The Minister of Industry explained that Indonesia had entered the investment safe zone 20 years ago, namely after the end of the New Order and the start of the Reformation period. "As a country with fairly stable geopolitical conditions, Indonesia is increasingly being targeted by foreign investors," he said.

Some time ago, rating agency Standard and Poor's (S & P) Global Ratings upgraded Indonesia's long-term debt rating or sovereign credit rating from BBB to BBB with a stable outlook. Thus, Indonesia now has an investment grade status from the three international rating agencies, namely S & P, Moody's, and Fitch.

Airlangga added, Indonesia is being seen as one of the countries that is serious in developing the digital economy. It has become a positive value for business people in the world. "In fact, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sees Southeast Asia especially Indonesia as a ground for digital economy," he said.

For this reason, one step that needs to be done now is to increase the competitiveness of the national manufacturing industry so that it can be more competitive with neighboring countries such as Thailand and Vietnam. "Indonesia is still an attraction for investment in electronics, garment, footwear and food and beverage-based industries," he added.

For example, the electronics manufacturer Sharp Corporation and LG Electronics will increase the capacity of their factories in Indonesia. The products they will produce for export and domestic purposes.

The Minister of Industry said, his side continued to monitor the development of the LG and Sharp factory expansion or expansion. "We are still monitoring until they are realized. The discussion has been long, "he said.

According to Airlangga, the two electronics-based industries already have a production base in Indonesia, so that if there is a factory relocation, it will be expansion. "So, it is expansion. One of them is because they already have experience in Indonesia, and Indonesia is considered to be stable," he added.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Industry Director of Electronics and Telematics Janu Suryanto said, Sharp would relocate a two-tube washing machine factory from Thailand to a factory in Karawang International Industrial City (KIIC).

The plan, the inauguration of the Sharp plant expansion will be carried out next month. "So, there will be additional production lines. This is also for the export market. "They will absorb hundreds of workers," he said.

Meanwhile, LG will relocate air conditioner factories from Vietnam to production facilities in Legok, Tangerang. "They will start production and will be marketed in September 2019 as many as 25 thousand units," he said.

Furthermore, the production amount is targeted to increase to 50 thousand units. "Yes, at least it can be exported (also) to ASEAN. Sharp and LG investments are around hundreds of billions of rupiah," he added.

The manufacturing industry is one sector that contributes significantly to total investment in Indonesia. In the first quarter of 2019, the non-oil and gas processing industry contributed 18.5% or IDR 16.1 trillion to the realization of domestic investment (PMDN).

The three sectors that support the largest total domestic investment in the three months earlier this year, namely the food industry that poured funds reached Rp. 7, 1 trillion, followed by the base metal industry Rp. 2.6 trillion and the tobacco processing industry Rp1, 2 trillion.

Furthermore, the manufacturing industry also deposits up to 26% or USD 1.9 billion towards the realization of foreign investment (PMA). The three sectors that support it, namely the base metal industry amounting to USD593 million, followed by the food industry USD376 million and the chemical industry and goods of chemicals USD217 million. (kemenperin) 


President Joko Widodo wants the first estuary reservoir in Indonesia, the Muara Nusa Dua Reservoir in Denpasar, Bali, to function as a tourist attraction after the rehabilitation and arrangement project was completed later this year.


"Not only the function of raw water, but also for restaurants, for tourist attractions," Jokowi said.

While showing the masterplan of the reservoir revitalization project, President Jokowi said that in the future the reservoir would be a good tourist attraction.

"Yes, this left and right will be like a restaurant, cafe. Here is the picture. Yes, if possible, the function is not only raw water, it can be used for tourism, it can be used for restaurants, "he said.

Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Minister Basuki Hadimuljono who guided President Jokowi during the review added that so far many anglers had come to fish in the reservoir area. Until the future the reservoir is also potential to be used as a fishing tourist destination of interest.

The President claimed that so far when the reservoir revitalization project had reached 80 percent, the process was relatively satisfying. "I think the right arrangement is good," he said.

The Muara Nusa Dua Reservoir was built in 1996, which is the estuary of Tukad Badung with a river flow length reaching 19.6 km with a watershed area of ​​40.95 km2.

With a pool area of ​​35 hectares, the reservoir can accommodate 770,000 cubic meters with an effective storage volume of 595,000 cubic meters.

The Rehabilitation of Reservoir is based on emerging problems including very high sedimentation in the reservoir, reduced effective storage, meeting the increasing need for raw water, and the amount of waste entering the reservoir area so that water quality decreases.

So far, Bali has a number of tourist attractions that are already well-known to tourists, so it is considered necessary to develop new tourist attractions so that Bali is still in demand by both domestic and foreign tourists. (kemenpar)


President Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo this morning, Friday, June 14, 2019, began work visits to Bali by visiting Sukawati Market in Gianyar Regency. Arriving at 08.20 WITA, the President and Mrs. Iriana went straight to the field opposite Sukawati Market to hear an explanation from Gianyar Regent Made Mahayastra about the plan to revitalize Sukawati Market Blocks A, B and C.

After listening to the explanation of the revitalization plan of Sukawati Market, the President explained that the relocation of Sukawati Market traders had been carried out and the market revitalization work was targeted to be completed by 2020.

According to the Head of State, the budget used for revitalization came from the APBN amounting to Rp.89 billion and from the APBD Rp3.9 billion.

"We hope this will be finished next year," the president said when giving a press statement to the media crew at the location.

The President hopes that Sukawati Market can become a modern, clean and organized folk market that makes visitors comfortable to come and shop. Moreover, the market, which has been established for 38 years, supports 1,700 traders every day.

"If you don't go to Bali, you have not been to Sukawati to Bali. You have to shop. It supports 1,700 traders, this is amazing. I don't know how many times I've come here," he said.

For the traditional national market program, the President said the government had the same target as five years ago. According to him, over the past five years more than 5,000 large markets have been built and around 8,900 village markets.

"Going forward the same, I think we will remain the market as a meeting of sellers and buyers, products from farmers, fishermen, craftsmen. Markets throughout Indonesia do have to live," he said.

After giving a press statement, the President and Mrs. Iriana had time to shop for fruits, such as watermelon and salak.

After reviewing Sukawati Market, at 08.50 WITA the President and Mrs. Iriana and the group continued their journey to Kilobar Field, Bangli Regency. There, President Jokowi will hand over the certificate of land rights to the people.

The plan, after Friday prayer and lunch together, the President will head to the tourist area of ​​the Muara Nusa Dua Reservoir, Denpasar City. At this location, the President is scheduled to conduct a review of rehabilitation and structuring of tourist areas.

Also present accompanied the President and Mrs. Iriana to review the market, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Special Staff to President Ari Dwipayana and Johan Budi, and Bali Governor I Wayan Koster.


The Ministry of Industry continues to accelerate the development of halal industrial areas in the country. The halal industrial area is part or all parts of the industrial estate designed with systems and facilities to develop industries that produce halal products in accordance with the halal product guarantee system.

"There are four industrial estates that are included in the plan to develop halal industrial estates in Indonesia," said Director of the Directorate General of Resilience, Regional and Industrial Access (KPAII) Ministry of Industry Ignatius Warsito according to his statement received in Jakarta on Wednesday (6/12).

The four industrial areas are Batamindo Industrial Estate, Bintan Industrial Park, Jakarta Industrial Estate Pulogadung, and Modern Cikande Industrial Estate. The development of this area is one of the efforts to support the implementation of halal product certification on October 17, 2019.

"The four have submitted themselves to the Ministry of Industry to develop a halal industrial area. From them, the new Modern Cikande has been launched, "said Warsito.

The Ministry of Industry noted, Batamindo Industrial Park plans to develop a halal zone covering 17 hectares (ha) of a total area of ​​320 hectares, then Bintan Industrial Estate covering an area of ​​100 hectares from 320 hectares in total, and Modern Cikande covering 500 hectares.

Meanwhile, Pulogadung Jakarta Industrial Estate plans to develop halal zones for fashion, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products, food centers, halal laboratories, and halal centers. Warsito is optimistic that there will be many companies interested in entering the halal industrial estate along with the increasing trend of using halal products.

"In fact, not only the industrial sector, in the region there will also be many supporting sectors. Ranging from halal certification offices to logistics transportation that is also halal. So, there will be a halal certification service that can have one stop service there, he has his laboratory, and his verification staff, "he explained.

Warsito added, in developing halal industrial estates, the Ministry of Industry has the duty to set standards, provide incentives, and facilitate promotion and technical cooperation. Later, these aspects are regulated in the Minister of Industry Regulation. Incentive aspects are also proposed in one-stop services to obtain halal certificates.

The criteria for halal industrial estates, among others, have management of halal industrial estates, owning or cooperating with laboratories for halal inspection and testing, clean water management systems in accordance with halal requirements, having a number of workers trained in halal product guarantees, and having boundaries halal industry.

Previously, the Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto stated, as a country with the largest Muslim population in the world, Indonesia needs to utilize the potential of halal industrial areas. This is in line with the large demand for halal products in both domestic and global communities.

"In 2019, the government targets the achievement of the halal industry to penetrate up to USD25 billion in world trade, or up 20 percent compared to three years ago," he said.

Airlangga also said, he hoped that business people operating in halal industrial areas could support efforts to increase exports of Indonesian halal products to a number of Middle Eastern countries.

"What we can do is convince foreign markets that the process of Indonesian halal products is good," he said. Related to the development of halal products, continued Airlangga, the Ministry of Industry also continued to update several things including regarding Bonded Logistics which had been launched by the government. "One of them is the export gateway for halal food products," he concluded. (kemenperin)


President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) invited entrepreneurs, especially those who are members of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) and the Indonesian Young Entrepreneurs Association (HIPMI) not to see any major problems from the trade war between the United States (US) and the People's Republic of China (PRC). However, the President invited to see the opportunity or opportunity that emerged from the trade war.

"In my opinion there is an opportunity, there is an opportunity that we can take from the height of this trade war. And I see all at the forefront of taking advantage of this opportunity, "said President Jokowi while receiving KADIN and HIPMI officials at Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, Wednesday (12/6) afternoon.

The President pointed to an example such as in the US which previously entered products from China, then could become Indonesia's opportunities to increase capacity so that products could enter there.

The Head of State also pointed out, for example, textile products, garments that were once filled with products from there, now that they were just busy being filled.

With electronic products, for example, or furniture products that I know, more than 50% of them are all from China, why are we not filled with them? .

Earlier at the beginning of his remarks, President Jokowi said, election was over but the process at the Constitutional Court (MK) is still continuing, the government hopes to be able to focus again, concentrate again on economic matters.

Attending the occasion included KADIN Chairperson Rosan P. Roeslani and HIPMI Chairperson Bahlil Lahadalia. (setkab)


President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) called on the private sector to become the main engine of the national economy because the influence of the National Budget on the national economy was considered small, notably only in the range of 20-30 percent.

"Our RAPBN (Draft State Budget) does not significantly affect the economy, only about 20-30 percent. In fact, it is the private sector that has major impact on the economy. Hence, we have to trigger the private sector to move faster," said President Joko Widodo in a special interview with ANTARA at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta, Wednesday.

The Head of State said the government continued to encourage the private sector to be interested in investing capital or money into the real sector.

"So that regulations that provide incentives must continue to be given in order to encourage them to invest, especially in export oriented sectors," he said.

The government also provides incentives for investment in sectors whose orientation is to replace imported goods.

According to him, licensing services must be delivered as fast as possible. Indonesia would not be able to compete with other countries if doing business as usual.

President Jokowi also revealed that in the five years of his future administration, he had no burden.

"The things that we used to see as difficult to carry out, we will do it. For the country, if we are hesitant to decide, we would just do routine things. Just, see after the inauguration," Jokowi said.

He said that in the next five years there would be no burden for him, because after that he could not run again in the future elections.

Meanwhile regarding the conditions envisioned after 2024, Jokowi wanted Indonesia's economic foundations to be strong.

"This means that instead of thinking of how big the economic growth,  we will focus on the quality of economic growth and equity," the President said.

According to him, to achieve rapid or high economic growth is easy, for example by making super economic corridors in northern Java because there are already economic and industrial zones supported by ports in the region.

He said the government will focus on economic equality because the country has 17 thousand islands, including Papua, Maluku, and East Nusa Tenggara, among others. (ant) 


President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) inducts Arinal Djunaidi and Chusnunia Chalim respectively as Governor and Deputy Governor of Lampung for a term of 2019-2024, at the State Palace, Jakarta, Wednesday (12/6) afternoon.

The inauguration procession begins with the submission of excerpts of the presidential decree by President Jokowi to Arinal-Chusnunia, at Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, at around 09.45 WIB. Furthermore, President Jokowi was accompanied by Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Minister of Home Affairs (Minister of Home Affairs) Tjahjo Kumolo, and the pair of Governors and Deputy Governors of Lampung to go to the State Palace.

The inauguration ceremony begins with the singing of the Indonesia Raya song accompanied by the Corps of Paspampres music, which was followed by the reading of the Presidential Decree No. 49 / P of 2019 concerning Ratification of the Appointment of Governor and Deputy Governor of Lampung for 2019-2024, dated May 2 2019.

Then the cleric occupies a predetermined position for taking oath of office. This oath of office was led by the President.

After signing the minutes of the inauguration of the governor and deputy governor, the event was closed by singing Indonesian Raya songs.

Furthermore, President Jokowi and First Lady Iriana and Vice President Jusuf Kalla and Ms. Mufidah Kalla congratulated the Governor and Deputy Governor of Lampung for being invited by other invited guests.

President Jokowi and Vice President Jusuf Kalla led the procession before inaugurating the Governor and Deputy Governor of Lampung, at the State Palace, Jakarta, Wednesday (12/5) afternoon. (Photo: OJI / Humas)
President Jokowi and Vice President Jusuf Kalla led the process before inaugurating the Governor and Deputy Governor of Lampung, at the State Palace, Jakarta, Wednesday (12/5) afternoon. (Photo: Oji / Humas)

Attending the occasion included the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto, Minister of Home Affairs Tjahjo Kumolo, Secretary of State Pratikno, Secretary of Pramono Anung, Minister of Manpower Hanif Dhakiri, Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartaro PDTT Village Minister Eko Putro Sandjojo, Indonesian MPR Chair Zulkifli Hasan, and Chairperson of the Republic of Indonesia Oesman Sapta. (setkab)

Arinal-Chusnunia was elected in the 2018 Governor Election by outperforming the other three pairs in the 2018 Lampung regional election. In the calculation results, the couple familiar with Arinal-Chusnunia's call received 1,548,506 votes or 37.7 percent.

Arinal Djunaidi had served as the Regional Secretary of Lampung in 2014-2016, while Chusnunia Chalim was the Regent of East Lampung for the period 2016-2019.


Indonesian Minister of Trade Enggartiasto Lukita along with Deputy Foreign Minister of Trade in Chile Rodrigo Yáñez Benítez exchanges Instrument of
Ratification (IoR) of the Indonesia-Chile Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IC-CEPA) , Tuesday (11/6) at the Indonesian Ministry of Trade, Jakarta.

"The implementation of the IC-CEPA is a very historic moment. Besides being the first trade agreement with the South American country, IC-CEPA will also open the door for Indonesia's export products in the South American region more easily.

"Chile's strategic geographical location will make Chile the country that connects Indonesian export products in South America," explained the Minister of Trade.

IoR exchange is an important legal procedure before the entry into force of IC-CEPA. In accordance with the mandate agreed in the agreement, IC-CEPA will take effect 60 days after IoR exchange, i.e. on August 10, 2019.

Before the IoR exchange event, the Minister of Trade and the Deputy Minister of Trade of Chile held a meeting to discuss efforts to utilize IC-C EPA maximally and effectively.

"I convey to Deputy Minister Rodrigo the importance of using this agreement for business people in both countries. Thus, trade between the two countries will increase. For this reason, we invite the Chilean government to jointly disseminate the benefits and opportunities of IC-CEPA. I also suggested that Chile hold a series of similar socialization on Chile by inviting the Indonesian Embassy in Santiago, "added the Trade Minister.

IC-CEPA was signed by the two governments on December 14, 2017 in Santiago, Chile. Through IC-CEPA, the two countries will get each other preferential tariffs for exports to markets other.

After nearly 18 months of ratification in each country, on June 11, 2019 the process was officially completed by the two countries. For Indonesia, this process was carried out through the issuance of Presidential Regulation No. 11 of 2019, concerning the Ratification of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Indonesia and the Government of the Republic of Chile (Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Indonesia and the Government of the Republic of Chile).

Through IC-CEPA, 89.6 percent of Chile's tariff posts will be eliminated for Indonesian products entering the Chilean market, while Indonesia will remove 86.1 percent of the post the tariff for imported products from Chile. The main products of Indonesia that receive preferences include: palm oil and its derivatives, paper and pulp, fisheries, food and beverages, automotive products, footwear, furniture, jewelry, sorbitol, textile products, and others.

In accordance with the agreement, after the implementation of IC-CEPA was implemented, the two countries will continue negotiations to the next stage, namely trade in the service sector and investment. "After the goods tariff agreement, the next stage is negotiations in the services and investment fields, because IC-CEPA is indeed done in stages. For the deadline, it will be discussed further through the IC-CEPA Joint Committee, which will meet according to a joint agreement, "concluded the Trade Minister.


Indonesia-Chile Bilateral Trade Overview

The total trade between Indonesia and Chile in 2018 reached USD 274 million. Meanwhile, for the period January-March 2019 the total trade between the two countries reached USD 56.1 million with the value of Indonesian exports amounting to USD 34.9 million and imports of USD 21.2 million.
Chile is Indonesia's 55th export destination with total exports of USD 158.9 million in 2018, an increase of 0.3 percent compared to the previous year of USD 158.5 million.
Indonesia's main export products to Chile are footwear, fertilizer; cars, organic surfactants, locust beans, seaweed, sugar beets, and sugar cane. Meanwhile, Chile's main products exported to Indonesia are grapes, copper, chemical pulp, iron ore, fat, and oil and its fraction of fish or marine mammals. (kemendag-rel)


The Indonesian Minister of Trade, Enggartiasto Lukita met with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile, Rodrigo Yanez Benitez at the residence of the Ambassador of Chile Jakarta in Jakarta, Monday (10/6). This meeting is a series of activities of the Exchange of Instrument of Ratification (IoR) of the Indonesia-Chile Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IC-CEPA) which will be held tomorrow, June 11, 2019 which is an effort to improve Indonesia-Chile cooperation and good relations.

This activity is a continuation of the signing of the cooperation between the Indonesia-Chile Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IC-CEPA) conducted in 2017.

Meanwhile, as information from the Ministry of Trade's data, Indonesia-Chile for the January-February 2019 period has realized trade transactions of US $ 36.6 million. Of this figure, US $ 25.7 million is from Indonesia and imports are US $ 10.9 million.

That is, the value of Indonesia's trade transactions with Chile recorded a surplus of US $ 14.7 million. (kemendag-detik)


If coral reefs are the rainforests of the seas, then the Coral Triangle is the underwater equivalent of the Amazon.  In this region that’s half the size of the United States and passes through six countries (the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea Solomon Islands and Timor Leste), there are more marine species than anywhere else on the planet. 


Just as the Amazon is the symbol of the world’s rainforests – the so-called lungs of the earth – the Coral Triangle is developing iconic status as a marine treasure – the centre of the global marine diversity.

This where the Coral Triangle Day comes in.

Held every June 9, this is a celebration of the Coral Triangle. The event is celebrated in several locations around the Coral Triangle region through simultaneous activities such as beach clean-ups, mangrove planting, sustainable seafood dinners and exhibitions, bazaars, and beach parties, among others. (



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