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Maryati

25
March

Indonesian President Joko Widodo had signed the Presidential Instruction (Inpres) No. 4/2020 on Activity Refocusing, Budget Reallocation, and Service and Goods Procurement for Covid-19 Handling Acceleration.

On official website of Financial Ministry, the Presidential Instruction asked ministries and state institutions to prioritize available budget allocation to accelerate Covid-19 handling according to the protocol.

Indonesian government on March 11 2020 had mentioned about activity refocusing, budget reallocation, and service and goods procurement as measure for Covid-19 handling acceleration.

After the President ratified the Presidential Instruction, the ministries, state institutions, and regional government were asked to immediately revise their budget and then submit it to Minister of Finance, Sri Mulyani Indrawati.

The Presidential Instruction regulates the ministries and institutions to accelerate activity refocusing, budget reallocation, and service and goods procurement for Covid-19 handling acceleration by expanding and opening access according to Disaster Mitigation Law and its regulations.

Previously, Minister Sri Mulyani stated that her side had identified ministry and institution budget in the State Budget 2020 amounting to 62.3 trillion rupiahs that can be reallocated for Covid-19 spread handling fund.

Reallocation will be used to procure health equipment such as test kit, hospital equipment, Wisma Atlet preparation, and Covid-19 hospital development in Galang Island, Riau Islands.

Minister Sri Mulyani also explained, the budget reallocation can be done directly. She exemplified, it took less than two days for Health Ministry to revise their budget for import of test kit, protective equipment, and ventilator.

25
March

 

The Corona virus, Covid-19 pandemic has an impact on various aspects of life and human activities, whether individual and social, local, regional and even international. All countries affected severely limit the movement of their population, and prohibit  mass activities. The world sporting event, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which was planned to take place from July 24 to August 9, has to be postponed. Although initially reluctant, Japan as the host of the Olympics and Paralympic sport this time, finally agreed  to postpone the sporting event that had been planned several years ahead.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the postponement of the 2020 Olympics was due to the Covid 19 coronavirus pandemic. However, Japan remained committed to hosting the world biggest sports event. In a joint statement between the Tokyo government and the Olympic organizers, the IOC, it was agreed that the delay would be carried out until the summer of 2021 at the latest. Japan stated that it remained committed to be the host  and requested that the international event remain called Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The postponement of local, regional and international sports activities actually does not only occur with the Olympics and paralympic games 2020. European football match event, the Euro 2020,  was postponed until the summer of 2021. The first session of the Formula One race car, the grand prix in Monaco, was also delayed.

Postponement of large-scale sports activities is reasonable. Because these are  always attended by many people. The Olympics would even be attended by athletes from various countries in the world,  mostly affected by Covid 19. Indeed, sports events other than sports competitions are also an  opportunity where people from various nations meet. But in a situation like today, when the world is threatened by Covid 19, the safety of the athletes and the international community in general is certainly far more important. After all, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics was not canceled but postponed. Hopefully the Corona Covid 19 outbreak will soon pass.

18
March

Indonesian furniture industry was one of priorities and top sector which can give significant contribution towards national economic growth especially foreign exchange. That was stated by Cooperatives and Small Medium Enterprises Minister Teten Masduki when opening the 5th Jogja International Furniture and Craft Fair Indonesia (JIFFINA) in Yogyakarta over the weekend. This exhibition was held at Jogja Expo Center Yogyakarta on March 17.

Teten Masduki said, Indonesia has long tradition, raw material, strong craftsmen, and high demand of domestic furniture abroad. In addition,  Indonesian president has also set furniture as a top product for export.

Therefore, Cooperatives and Small Medium Enterprises gave appreciation for the exhibition, since it can facilitate interaction between furniture businesspeople, buyers, and other parties.

However, the minister also reminded that Indonesian export is still the smallest or only two percent in the available global market. Therefore, this became a challenge for all especially the industry players to seize the great export opportunity to be synergized. Teten Masduki also reminded, furniture sector is very dynamic and rapidly developing. If Indonesia cannot follow global market’s taste both in design material, and other things, the country can lose the competition. World also pays more respect to environment. Therefore, Indonesian furniture industry must also be sustainable.

Related to that, Cooperatives and Small Medium Ministry joined hands with Industry Ministry to develop human resources, technology application, funding, and partnership amongst craftsmen, big businesspeople, and buyers.

Meanwhile, Java-Bali Jogja International Furniture and Craft Fair Indonesia-JIFFINA Forum Head Timbul Raharjo in his remark said this exhibition became important strategic program for promotion and effort to seize creative product market to the buyers.

Timbul Raharjo further said, the 5th JIFFINA is important, because related ministries also gave support and they already had significant number of confirmed foreign buyers. By displaying furniture designs and crafts with artistic presentation, JIFFINA becomes the best exhibition in Indonesia.

18
March

Indonesia’s  nearest neighbor, Malaysia, has  taken  an important step to prevent the widespread of the Corona Covid-19 virus. The Malaysian government has officially imposed a national lockdown since Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyidin announced it  live on state television Radio RTM and Bernama TV. The national lockdown is valid until March 31, 2020.

During this time, all business activities and movements in or out of the country are stopped in order to prevent the wider spread of the Corona Covid-19 virus which had taken many lives. The Malaysian government's decision is based on the 1988 and 1967 Laws on infectious diseases. The lockdown order  is expected to reduce the number of infected people.

With the lockdown  order, the Malaysian government has stopped all business activities except supermarkets and grocery stores that sell basic daily necessities. All government and private buildings are closed. Only government offices and those providing important services may operate. Such as banking, transportation, pharmacies, ports and airports as well as food providers.

During the lockdown period the Government of Malaysia banned its citizens from traveling abroad. Likewise, no foreigners, including tourists, are allowed to enter Malaysia. Malaysians returning from overseas must quarantine themselves for 14 days.

The decision of the Malaysian government is considered appropriate to prevent the growing number of  people infected with Covid-19. Malaysia is indeed known as one of the popular destinations visited by many  foreign tourists. During this time, various tourist attractions in the country have drawn many  visitors. Especially foreign tourists, including from Indonesia and other Asian countries.

Lockdown or restrictions on the movement of people, domestically, as well as  in and out Malaysia, of course, has  its  impact on the country's economy. However, in order to protect its citizens from the catastrophe caused by the Corona virus, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyidin finally made the decision.