Ani Hasanah

Ani Hasanah

07
April

President Joko Widodo emphasized that infrastructure development across Indonesia, which is currently being promoted by the government, is an effort intended not only to build the economy but also to maintain unity. In his meeting with a number of cultural activists at the State Palace in Jakarta, the President gave an example when he traveled to Papua. At that time, he found a price disparity of fuels when compared with prices in Java. President Joko Widodo views that the inequality may bring about an impact on possible disintegration of the nation, if not addressed by infrastructure development.

"Infrastructure is not only about economic aspect. In my understanding, it is not like that. This infrastructure will unite us. If the inequality as I said before, we cannot be united. Unifying means that I used to carry out and experienced; I flew from Aceh in Banda Aceh, and directly flew to Wamena. It took 9 hours 15 minutes. What does it mean? Yes, this makes us be aware that this nation is a great nation. If we fly from London 9 hours it reaches Istanbul in Turkey. It has already passed how many countries; maybe 6, 7 or 8 countries. Yes, this is our country. But if we do not prepare it whether the airport, the seaport or the road, the occurrence of inequality among regions will be getting bigger," the President said.

Furthermore, President Joko Widodo also disclosed that after completing the stage of infrastructure development as the first stage of nation building, the government will continue the second major development stage by investing in human resource development. He perceived that this is done because of the high value of Indonesian culture in supporting the development of the Indonesian nation. The President added that the development of working ethos, productivity and integrity will be the backbone and foundation of Indonesia's future development. (Ndy-VOI/Trans by Rhm)

06
April

Indonesian state owned bus operator, Perum Damri plans to expand its business to Timor Leste to operate the bus-based passenger service in the country. President Director of Perum Damri, Setia Milatia on Thursday, April 5, 2018 in Jakarta said, Perum Damri has been serving the needs of transportation on the East Timor border with Indonesia. However, it wants the service to be expanded to the country. Therefore in the near future it will hold a special meeting in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara to discuss it with Timor Leste.

“It is still being discussed, later if I’m not mistaken,  we will discuss it next week in Labuan Bajo. Actually, we have existed, but only served around the border. So, the operators from Timor Leste will transfer the passanger to the country. We will disscus it more deeply. So, we can get to the other side or the country, not just on the border,” President Director of Perum Damri, Setia Milatia said.

Furthermore, Setia Milatia still can not specify the number of buses that will be operated in the country. This will depend on the number of requests from East Timorese and Indonesian people who need the services. In addition to operational expansion, Perum Damri also plans to revitalize a number of buses serving the public in Indonesia. Revitalization aims to encourage the improvement of services to the community. Recently Perum Damri has stated that by 2018 it will add 55 new buses with a budget of 90 billion rupiah to strengthen the existing fleet which consist of 2,200 buses throughout Indonesia. (VOI/REZHA/AHM)

06
April

Safe Travel application that will be launched by Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs  in the near future not only provides benefits namely to increase services and protection for Indonesian citizens who travel abroad, but also offers advantages such as to exchange certain points with various interesting offers in the homeland.

“This app also introduces batches system of points system. So,  you will get points if  doing many activity in this app. Later,  when you have landed, we have cooperated with several restaurants and so on. So, you can check the number of your points. More activities you’ve done in the application will create more points,” the Director of Protection of Indonesian Citizens and Legal Entity of Indonesia, Lalu Muhammad Iqbal in his press conference on Thursday, April 5th, 2018 in Jakarta said.

Lalu Muhammad Iqbal added in addition to the point system, the application of Safe Travel also provides reciprocity in the form of batches or rank to each user who reaches a certain number of points. According to Lalu Muhamad Iqbal, the higher rank achieved, the more profits gained by the users. One of the examples described by Lalu Muhammad Iqbal is, the opportunity to get a special invitation from Indonsian Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, Retno Marsudi along with other users who have high rank. Safe Travel application will be officially launched on 14 April, but now the application can be downloaded for Android-based smart phones through Google Play Store. As for the IOS-based smart phone, the applications can only be downloaded after it is officially launched. (VOI/Rezha/AHM)

06
April

Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the near future will launch a smart phone application or smartphone to improve the service and protection of Indonesian citizens abroad. The applications namely Safe Travel is specifically aimed at the citizens who are visiting or traveling abroad. After going through a one-year trial process the app will be launched on 14 April 2018.

“To improve the service and protection of Indonesian citizens abroad, our  product, namely Safe Travel, which is intended for the market segment is for the traveler. It combines between two applications that are responsible and fun. So, the motto is responsibly fun. This application have been tested for a year. Now, Alhamdulillah the application is ready in full version of Android and IOS. So, the full version on April 14 will be launched by Indonesian Foreign Minister,” said Director of Protection of Indonesian Citizens and Legal Entity. Lalu Muhammad Iqbal in his press conference on Thursday, April 5th, 2018 in Jakarta.

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Lalu Muhammad Iqbal added to access the application Safe Travel, Indonesian citizens must register themselves using their e-mail account and social media. In general, the application consists of eight main features namely, country info, travel list, insurance, tips, appeal, services, fun facts, and galleries that will appear on the main page. In addition, the application also features a panic button and the closest Indonesian representative information required by Indonesian citizens in an emergency state. The Safe Travel application also allows its users to share the latest information in the countries they visit and communicate directly with other users and the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (VOI/Rezha/AHM)