Ani Hasanah

Ani Hasanah


Despite the digital era, the radio will still exist because radio is the core of communication in the world. It was stated by the Seychelles Ambassador to Indonesia, Nico Barito, at the Diplomatic Forum talk show themed "The Future of Radio" organized by Voice of Indonesia in Jakarta Wednesday (04/09/2019). According to him, there is a trend of back to nature, therefore even in the digital era, the radio will still be listened to.

‘So what I'm trying to say, I mean when many people are thinking like maybe radio is fading out, maybe this all-new digital era things is coming up, that one day radio and newspaper is not there in the market. I don't believe in that ideology, because there is always a trend of coming back to nature. You see today, our consumption is coming back to organic food today. We are talking about come back to Nature, save the paper Save the Planet. So I mean radio is the core value of the first communication in the world. This is one of the tools of communication. Every country is proud of its radio. Indonesia is proud of the radio because your moto say Sekali di Udara tetap Di Udara. Yeah, so you are always there, you know, so I don't think there's any worry about that. It's only about how creative we do and how we interact,” said Nico Barito.

Ambassador Barito added what has to be done is how to attract young listeners to keep listening to the radio by providing programs close to their lives. In addition, according to him, radio can also be used to promote tourism.

In addition to Ambassador of Seychelles, the Diplomatic Forum's talk show also featured Hendrasmo, Expert Staff Secretary-General of the Ministry of Communication and Information; Abdul Salik Khan Pakistani Ambassador to Indonesia; Muhamad Reza, Commissioner of the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI); Agus Sunarto, Director of VOA Indonesia and Agung Susatyo, Head of Voice of Indonesia. (VOI / AHM) 


The trade war between the United States and China is predicted to last for decades, just like the Cold War that occurred between the Soviets and the United States. Regarding the Trade War between the US and China, Head of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Thomas Lembong in his remarks during a meeting with Indian Foreign Minister Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar in Jakarta on Thursday (5/9) predicted that India and Indonesia would become a strong partner in the Non-Aligned Movement in the Asia Pacific region because each country has domestic opportunities and challenges that must be faced.

“What I predict is going to happen is a sort of re-emergence of the Non-Aligned Movement that we saw during the last cold war. And if you look at the lightly leadership of the non-aligned movement, I predict that India and Indonesia will be thrust into being sort of a reluctant pair of leaders, certainly in the Asia-Pacific region. I see reluctant because I believe that India's leadership, Indonesia leadership, we have so many domestic opportunities and domestic challenges to deal with, "Thomas Lembong said.

Thomas Lembong added that India and Indonesia will become a major economic force as long as the two countries increase and intensify economic cooperation between the two countries. (VOI / ANI / edit r)



The country's Special Economic Zones are ideal locations for the development of the circular economy, Country Representative for Global Green Growth Institute in Indonesia Marcel Silvius believes.

"A Special Economic Zone is a good place for the circular economy since clusters of companies can use the others' waste, so they can share resources," he said in Jakarta, Thursday. The Special Economic Zones refer to designated areas endowed with geo-economic advantages where special facilities and incentives are extended to attract investments.

A sustainable Special Economic Zone does not merely focus on zero waste practices but also on renewable energy sources, he said.

One of the Special Economic Zones he referred to was Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara, which is a seeded tourist destination promoted by the Indonesian government as one of the 'Ten New Balis'.

The Institute is currently working with the state-owned Indonesian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) in identifying measures to develop eco-tourism in Mandalika, making the tourism destination sustainable which includes ensuring that energy provision uses renewable sources, Silvius said.

At the moment, the institute is exploring options to make the city of Bitung in North Sulawesi, another Special Economic Zone, more sustainable. That means they are seeking possible investors and conducting feasibility studies in the area, he added.

"We are also looking now into Sei Mangkei in North Sumatra for another sustainability development, especially a hazardous waste treatment plant, as Indonesia only has one such plant in Java," he explained.

The Global Green Growth Institute is an international organization that promotes the development of green growth by working with country members.

Green growth refers to an economic development approach that simultaneously considers the full range of economic, natural and social values to ensure that growth is good for the economy, planet and people. (ANTARA)



Indonesia's franchise business is expected to recover and grow by five percent in 2019 after the country completes its presidential election process, the Association of Indonesian Franchise and License (Wali) said.

Wali's Chairperson, Levita Ginting Supit, admitted that the political situation during the 2019 elections brought about significant impact to the business sector, as entrepreneurs have adopted a wait-and-see stance before they expand.

"We admit that due to the political year, all businesses have experienced a downturn. Those who have planned an expansion have to delay it until a new government is elected. Hopefully, this year, (the growth) can reach five percent," she elaborated.

Supit said the franchise business has seen a three percent growth in 2018, and despite the uncertainty in the early period of 2019, the sector is expected to experience better growth.

"When we are done with politics, the business will grow. Foreign businesses will also enter the country," she continued.

Another factor that boosts the growth of franchise businesses is the development of basic infrastructure in some regions in Indonesia.

The lack of infrastructure has made businessmen reluctant to expand the franchise business in some regions, due to concerns with regard to long delivery and minimum security.

"Now, as the development of infrastructure has reached remote areas, businessmen are eager to open franchises in regions," she remarked.

The number of franchise businesses in Indonesia is predicted to reach 2 thousands, of which 60 percent are local franchises. Some 40 percent of the franchise business in Indonesia is in the food and beverage sector.

In 2018, the franchise business recorded a total turnover of Rp150 trillion (US$10.4 billion). (ANTARA)