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15
May

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated that Islamic economics has great potential at the global level, at the world level. Quoting the Minister of National Development Planning, the President said that the potential in 2023 would reach 3 trillion dollars or approximately Rp45,000 trillion.

"I can't imagine such numbers because what we manage our current state budget is around 2,000 fewer," said President Jokowi when delivering a speech at the launch of the Indonesian Islamic Economics Masterplan 2019-2024 in the Ministry of National Development Planning / Bappenas , Central Jakarta, Tuesday (5/14) afternoon.

According to the President, this is a great power that must be seen and begun to think about, to take on this huge economic opportunity.

But unfortunately, the President continued, according to the Global Islamic Economy Indicator, in 2018 Indonesia was still ranked 10th in the ranking of countries that implement Islamic economics. According to the President, Indonesia's position is still far behind Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Jordan, Qatar, Pakistan and Kuwait.

"This is our big work together," said President Jokowi.

The President stressed, the time had come to arouse Islamic economic potential in Indonesia, and make Indonesia the center of the world's leading Islamic economy, because Indonesia is indeed the country with the largest Muslim population in the world.

President Jokowi believes that Islamic economics can also help alleviate poverty, improve people's welfare, encourage social justice, and also preserve the environment. This, continued the President, is also in line with the sustainable development goals carried out. For this reason, at the beginning of the year, according to the President, the government has formed executive management of the National Islamic Finance Committee, which will also oversee the implementation of the Indonesian Islamic Economics Masterplan in the future.

"So there are those who escort, so that every development, we can check every progress and we follow it," continued the President.

By launching the Indonesian Islamic Economics Masterplan 2019-2024, President Jokowi assessed that Indonesia made a big leap to strengthen Indonesia's Islamic sharia ecosystem, because building this ecosystem is indeed the most difficult.

"The master plan that will guide us all is carried out in its implementation, to monitor the progress of its development, to ensure that we ensure its achievements," said President Jokowi.

The President stressed that the government will continue to strengthen the halal value chain with a focus on the food and beverage sector, fashion, tourism, media, recreation and pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. And as a supporter, the government will also strengthen Islamic finance. "We will continue to strengthen our MSMEs, we will strengthen our digital economy," he said.

On that occasion, the Head of State admitted that he was very happy to hear that there are now markets that not only offer 1-2 halal products.

"I think this is a step for us to market our many products. So that we not only become the largest consumer country of global halal products but also become the largest producer of products that will enter other countries, "said the Head of State.

According to the Head of State, many have now focused for example in Muslim fashion. He saw that in terms of design the class was really very visible, going into the upper middle class. Designed very neatly and nicely, according to the President, the price if seen is also very competitive.

"Things like this that I think we should give space so that we can display those products in the Indonesian marketplace and then put them into the global marketplace / global marketplace network," said the Head of State.

President Jokowi believes that when all are committed to running this Indonesian sharia economic masterplan, Indonesia will soon become the center of the world's leading sharia economy. (kemensetkab)

 

15
May

The Indonesian Government has decided to lower price ceiling for domestic airfare by 12-16% which will be effective from 15 May for Java routes as well as for flights to Jayapura.

“The Government takes this measure for the sake of both airlines and the passengers,” Coordinating Minister for the Economy Darmin Nasution said during Coordination Meeting on Airfare at the office of Coordinating Ministry for the Economy, Jakarta, early this week.

The Government, Darmin added, has noticed an airfare surge among domestic airline companies since the end of December 2018 and the airfare has not dropped after 10 January 2019. The impact of airfare hike will affect the people, especially before the Eid homecoming season, he stated.

The Minister also said that the price ceiling for domestic airfare regulated in the Decree of Minister of Transportation Number 72 of 2019 has not changed significantly since 2014 and was suspected to be one of the reasons for high airfare.

According to Darmin, another factor to be calculated is aircraft fuel price increase. At the end of December 2018, aircraft fuel prices reached US$86.29 a barrel, the highest since December 2014, resulting in an increase in the operational expenses of airline companies so that they needed to be compensated by rising airfare.

“The decision to cut the price ceiling will be effective after the signing of Minister of Transportation Regulation on the expected date of May 15, 2019. This decision will be continuously evaluated based on applicable regulations to maintain airfare for domestic flights by considering a balance between consumer protection and business continuity,” Darmin said.

Darmin further said that collaboration between Ministries/Agencies and related business entities is needed for regular basis evaluation of the national aviation industry so potential problems or issues can always be identified earlier. “Thus, the aviation industry, especially air passenger services, can perform better and be more stable,” he said. (Coordinating Ministry for the Economy )

 

15
May

United Nations Security Council (UNSC), under Presidency of Indonesia, adopted Res. 2469 on the extension of the mandate of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), New York (14/5).

As the President of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), Indonesia read out the agreed Press Elements on Lebanon, which reaffirmed the Council’s strong support for sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence and security of Lebanon. (kemlu)

14
May

Vice President Jusuf Kalla has proposed two solutions to improve upon problems faced during Indonesia’s 2019 elections in which more than 450 polling station workers died.

"The two solutions are the separation of types of elections and developing a closed legislative election system. Therefore, the parties can choose good candidates," Vice President Jusuf Kalla stated at the Vice President’s Office in Jakarta on Monday.

Jusuf Kalla opined that the complexity of counting votes for legislative elections caused many polling workers to die.

Meanwhile, polling group (KPPS) officers should recount the votes for each legislative candidate at central, provincial and district levels.

"Unification of legislative elections from central, provincial, and district levels through open systems causes polling group officers to work for long periods," he explained.

In addition, the Vice President said that the numbers of political parties in the 2019 elections increased, compared to the 2014 elections. As a result, polling workers had to work extra hours to count the candidates’ votes.

"So, the main problem is not in the presidential elections, but in the legislative elections. The number of political parties in the 2019 legislative elections increased from 10 parties in 2009 to 16 parties this year," he added. (ant)

Therefore, a study of the 2019 election should be conducted to develop better systems for the next elections.

14
May

Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu has appealed to heads of regional offices of the Defense Ministry to always give priority to upholding the state ideology of Pancasila and guarding against possible threats to it.

"The nation faces three threats in the form of real threats, not yet real, as well as that arising from the mindset and of the changing ideology," Defense Minister Ryacudu stated while issuing directives to the heads of regional offices of the Ministry of Defense on Monday.

In his brief, Minister Ryacudu highlighted that the state ideology of Pancasila is the fundamental basis of the nation's unifying power to protect the Unitary State of Indonesia from wide-ranging and persistent challenges and threats.

The minister pointed out that the threat of a specific mindset or ideology can be perpetrated via a small academic scope, including schools and universities.

"Hence, there is a pressing need to have in place a strong and final concept of ensuring that Indonesians gain national insight to prevent them from being easily influenced or provoked," Ryacudu emphasized.

To this end, the defense minister urged the heads of regional offices of the Ministry of Defense across Indonesia that were present at the briefing to fully comprehend their key duties along with forging deep and harmonious synergies with local government officials, regional military commands, and other security forces.

Representatives of the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) as well as officials of the Ministry of Defense also attended the briefing. 

10
May

 "The continued development of illegal settlements by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territories cannot be accepted," said Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno L. P. Marsudi stressed before the UN Security Council members when leading an informal meeting in the Arria Formula format with the theme "Israeli Settlements and Illegal Settlers: The Core of Occupation, the Crisis of Protection, and Barriers to Peace," at the UN Headquarters, New York, May 9, 2019.

The meeting was held by Indonesia together with Kuwait and South Africa, and was attended by Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki.

In a statement initiating the meeting, the Indonesian Foreign Minister said that Israeli illegal settlements continued to increase from around 110 thousand in 1993 to around 620 thousand in 2017. This shows that the continued increase in illegal Israeli settlements is a major obstacle to achieving peace between Israel and Palestine. However, even though the current situation is very difficult, all parties cannot be discouraged. "Although the current situation is very bleak, the international community must not lose hope of being able to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through negotiations and dialogue," Foreign Minister Retno said.

Furthermore, the Indonesian Foreign Minister conveyed 3 things as follows:

First, that the construction of illegal settlements in the Palestinian territories including in East Jerusalem further diminishes the hopes of the 2-state solution.

Second, the construction of illegal settlements is a source of various violations of law and human rights against the Palestinian people.

Third, the international community has a responsibility to stop Israeli illegal settlement policies. For this reason, there needs to be great pressure from the international community to stop illegal Israeli settlements in Palestine. One effort that can be considered is by establishing the International Solidarity Day for Victims of Illegal Settlements.

The meeting presented a number of prominent speakers, namely the Palestinian peaceful resistance movement activist, Mohammed Khatib, who conveyed his views through video messages; Ohio University international law expert, Professor John Quigley; lawyer and human rights activist Emily Schaeffer Omer-Man and Chair of the Arab Institute - America, Dr. James Zogbi.

The "Arria Formula" meeting is one form of informal UN Security Council meeting aimed at examining an issue that is considered complicated and requires a breakthrough by presenting resource experts through interactive dialogue.

The holding of a special meeting on Palestine in the Arria Formula format under the Indonesian Presidency is one form of Indonesia's special attention to the Palestinian issue, which is also one of Indonesia's priorities as a UNSC membership. The meeting was attended by all UN Security Council member states and other UN member states as well as representatives of international organizations and UN agencies.

The Arria Meeting Formula is part of the series of activities of the Indonesian Presidency on the UN Security Council in May 2019. Some other activities are the Open Debate on the UN Peace Mission, May 7, 2019, Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians during Armed Conflict, May 23, 2019, The photo exhibition that carries the theme "Investing in Peace", May 6-17 2019, as well as the DIplomatic Reception and Indonesian Cultural Show, May 30, 2019. (kemenlu)

10
May

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated that Indonesia has a great opportunity to become the strongest economic country, could enter the world's top 5 strongest economies, and could enter the world's top 4 strongest economies in 2045.

"It has a great opportunity to get there," said President Jokowi when giving a speech at the Opening of the National Development Planning Conference (Musrenbangnas) in 2019, at Shangri-La, BNI City, Central Jakarta, Thursday (9/5) morning.

But to get there, according to the President, is also not easy, there are many challenges that must be solved, many challenges that must be faced.

He reminded, many countries are trapped into middle income traps / countries with middle income, trapped there because they cannot solve the big problems that exist in their country. Therefore, President Jokowi stressed, we must be able to solve the existing problems, which will be faced towards 2045, 100 years of independent Indonesia.

President Jokowi explained, the problem was the first, infrastructure. According to the President, this equal distribution of infrastructure must be resolved, and without this, do not think we are in the fifth, the fourth strongest economy in the world.

Therefore, the President asked the governor, regent, mayor, after the completion of some infrastructure that had been built, be it roads, toll roads, ports, airports, immediately the provinces, districts and cities connected with production points in their respective regions -one.

"Connect with industrial estates, connect with tourist areas, connect with small industrial centers, connect with production centers both agricultural and plantation. That is the duty of the region, "said the President.

The second, continued the President, structural reform. According to the President, bureaucratic reform must be truly implemented. Institution must be simplified. All licensing matters from the center to the regions must be cut off.

"Without it, don't also dream of becoming the top four, the world's top five strongest economies," the President said

On that occasion, President Jokowi claimed that he had talked about licensing. But the hatch can be said to be very small.

"The people come, come, come, want, want, want, but not net, because we cannot execute and realize," the President said while pointing to examples of power plants, both steam, wind, geothermal which he said were all complicated.

Attending the occasion included Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Minister of PPN / Head of Bappenas Bambang Brodjonegoro, Minister of Home Affairs Tjahjo Kumolo, and governors, regents and mayors from all over the country. (DND / HIM / RAH / ES)

09
May

On sidelines after chaired the UNSC meeting, FM Retno had a meeting with the Permanent Representative of Gambia to the UN this morning. Indonesia looks forward to welcoming Special Envoy of Gambia to Jakarta in May 2019 (8/5)

They also discussed the proposal to establish Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) between ECOWAS and Indonesia as part of our efforts to strengthen economic relations. Indonesia also extended its request for Gambia’s support towards Indonesia’s candidacy in the HRC 2020-2022. ( twitter menlu )

09
May

Indonesian Foreign Minister, Retno Marsudi had a meeting with FM Riyad Malki of Palestine at the Indonesian Mission, New York (8/5). They both discussed three issues: preparation for Arria Formula Meeting on Palestine (9/5); situation in Gaza; and plan OIC Summit. (twitter menlu)

08
May

The United Nations Security Council chaired by the Indonesian Foreign Minister as the President of the UN Security Council for May 2019, this time took place uniquely. The UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting room today was enlivened by a variety of batik and woven motifs worn by Delegates from various countries. No exception in this case is the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, who uses a brightly colored troso weaving motif.

The choice of batik as a dress code for the Security Council session is a form of respect for members of the UN Security Council who hold the Presidency of the UN Security Council for May 2019.

The various batik worn by the  SC delegates today are their individual collections. A number of delegates collected the batik not only from gifts from the Indonesian delegation in New York, or when they became chairmen of delegations at conferences in Indonesia, but also there were those who bought it themselves during a visit to Indonesia.

Besides the Secretary General of the United Nations, other delegates who were seen using batik included the United States, Germany, Ivory Coast, France, Peru, Dominican Republic, and China. "It is very nice that in today's hearing it is beautiful and colorful, because most members of the UN Security Council wear batik, including the Secretary General of the United Nations, wearing weaving from Bali," said Foreign Minister Retno.

The use of batik in the UNSC Session is expected to increasingly popularize batik which has now been recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage.

The Open Debate meeting with the theme "Sowing the Seeds of Peace" carried out Tuesday ( 7/5 ) was aimed at continuing to encourage the capacity building of the Peacekeeping Forces in various missions around the world. This meeting is one of Indonesia's priority agenda as long as it is a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in 2019-2020. (kemenlu)

 

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