29
September

Positive cases of the Covid-19 in Indonesia continue to increase. Latest data from kemenkes.go.id until Tuesday, coronavirus cases in Indonesia jumped by 4,002 cases. 

 

With the addition of these cases, the total number of positive corona cases in Indonesia is 282,724, an increase compared to yesterday's 278,722 cases.

This data was obtained from specimen tests carried out in the last 24 hours to 37,158 people.

Meanwhile, the number of corona positive patients who died rose by 128. With this addition, the total number of patients who died from Covid-19 was 10,601, compared to 10,473 the previous day. Meanwhile, the number of patients who recovered from Covid-19 increased by 3,567.

With this number, the total number of patients who recovered from corona reached 210,437, an increase compared to the previous day, namely 206,870 people. (RRI)

29
September

The Minister of Trade, Agus Suparmanto, confirmed that lye soda exports to Ukraine were not subject to the implementation of the safeguard rules because Ukraine had stopped investigating Indonesian lye products.

"Ensuring the smooth access to exports of Indonesian products in destination markets is part of our commitment to increasing exports, particularly to non-traditional export destination countries. This export opportunity needs to be made good use of by Indonesian producers or exporters,” the Trade Minister said through an official statement in Jakarta, Tuesday.

The termination of the safeguard investigation has been stated in the notification of the World Trade Organization (WTO) dated 16 September 2020.

The Ukrainian government has stopped the investigation based on the decision of the Interdepartmental Commission for International Trade Number SP-462/2020 / 4411-03 dated 2 September 2020. The lye product is chemical compounds that are alkaline and are made in the form of flakes, pellets, or granules.

The benefits of lye in the industry include the need for making pulp and paper, textiles, and drinking water. In addition, this product is also used for the process of making aqua dest and aquabidest water, soap, detergent, and the glass-making industry.

The metallurgical and metal mineral mining products processing and printing industries, as well as the seaweed processing industry, are among the users of lye in large quantities. The Ukrainian authorities initiated a safeguard investigation on the import of the said product on February 7, 2020.

The Indonesian government through the Directorate of Trade Security, Directorate General of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Trade, in collaboration with the Indonesian Embassy in Ukraine, actively participated during the investigation process by submitting a written defense and monitoring the progress of the investigation intensively.

The Director-General of Foreign Trade, Didi Sumedi, believes that the efforts made by the Ministry of Trade to safeguard the export opportunities of Indonesian products to non-traditional countries will yield positive results.

"Indonesia did not contribute to the increase in imports of lye, which triggered the initiation of a safeguard investigation. We believe that Indonesian producers or exporters have the potential to compete in the Ukrainian market,” Didi said. 

Meanwhile, Director of Trade Security Pradnyawati added that the Ministry of Trade is committed to overseeing and securing export market access for Indonesian products to encourage exports to non-traditional countries, including Ukraine.

"In the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic, many countries are using trade security instruments to protect their domestic markets. We are committed to guarding and securing export access to Indonesian products, and ensuring that trade security investigations are carried out fairly and transparently," Pradnyawati said. (Antaranews)

29
September

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) inaugurated the Manado Bitung toll road for the Manado-Danowudu section of 26 kilometers.

"Alhamdulillah, the 26-kilometer Manado-Bitung toll road for the Manado-Danowudu section has been completed, has been completed, and can now support business activities and facilitate public transportation," President Jokowi said at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, Tuesday.

President Jokowi inaugurated the toll road through a "video conference" accompanied by State Secretariat Minister Pratikno and Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, while Minister of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Basuki Hadimuljono, Governor of North Sulawesi Olly Dondokambey was present at the Manado Toll Gate, Manado City."

Later, when these sections are completed, the length will reach 40 kilometers, the gate is only 9 kilometers or 12 minutes from Sam Ratulangi Airport, so it is very close," President Jokowi said

According to President Jokowi, for people who will travel from Manado to Bitung or vice versa, the transit time will be much faster.

"What used to be taken for 1.5 hours is now only half an hour, this is speed, a change in pace that has changed," said President Jokowi. President Jokowi also acknowledged that the Province of North Sulawesi (Sulut) has a lot of economic potentials that must continue to be developed.

"There is a fishing industry, especially in Bitung, there is the agricultural sector, the plantation sector, and many tourism destinations. The development of these sectors really requires infrastructure support, including toll roads," President Jokowi said.

The Manado-Bitung Toll Road is also designed to be integrated with industry and tourism areas in North Sulawesi so it will speed up access, become easier to reach, more quickly recognized, and easier to develop.

"With this toll road, logistics costs from the international port of Bitung can also be reduced, so it is more efficient, competitiveness will automatically increase, the Special Economic Zone of Bitung can also be developed to be more advanced," President Jokowi said.

The Manado-Bitung Toll Road is operated by PT Jasamarga Manado Bitung (JMB), a business group of PT Jasa Marga (Persero) Tbk and was built with the concept of Public-Private Partnership (PPP).

The longest toll road on the island of Sulawesi comprises two sections, section I Manado-Airmadidi along (14.9 kilometers) built by the government and section II Airmadidi-Bitung (25.1 kilometers) built by PT JMB.

Various other tourist objects in Sulawesi will also experience easy access with this toll road, such as the Rumah Alam Manado Adventure Park, Kima Atas waterfall, Lembeh Mangrove forest, Tangkoko National Park, Gunung Dua Saudara, and other beaches. (Antaranews)

29
September

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) asked micro and small business actors not to close their businesses or go out of business and remain enthusiastic about entrepreneurship amid the pandemic.

"I have experienced the same as Ladies and Gentlemen, once again the spirit of work should not be slack, maintain your business, do not close, do not lose," President Jokowi said during the Provision of Working Capital Assistance (BMK), at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, on Tuesday.

On that occasion, dozens of micro and small business actors including mobile traders who usually operate in Bogor, West Java, were invited to the courtyard of the Bogor Presidential Palace.

President Jokowi directly provided working capital assistance of IDR 2.4 million to micro and small entrepreneurs.

The Head of State also took the time to have a dialogue with several micro-entrepreneurs and asked about their difficulties. A hodgepodge trader complained that his turnover had fallen by half during the pandemic, as did the hawkers who used to sell tissue and candy, who now only got around Rp 60,000 in profit a day.

President Jokowi said that similar conditions occurred not only in Indonesia but also occurred in 215 countries.

"The conditions are exactly the same, not only the small ones, the micro, the medium ones, the big ones are all in the same position, all have difficulties, therefore in this condition we must work even harder, have to endure, and work even harder,” President Jokowi said.

President Jokowi emphasized that in these conditions morale must not decrease.

"We hope that in December, vaccines will enter, and next year it will be normal, don't lose momentum when it is normal, there is no working capital, this must really be calculated," President Jokowi said.

President Jokowi also advised that the working capital assistance provided to micro and small entrepreneurs be used for business capital and not for consumptive purposes. (Antaranews)

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