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December

The Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs is formulating a national digital economic strategy to help the nation face the challenges of technological advancement, a ministry official said on Tuesday.

Deputy for creative economy, entrepreneurship, and cooperatives and small, medium enterprises (SME) competitiveness at the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, M Rudy Salahuddin, said the strategy, which is being formulated by his office, will serve as an accommodating policy to support the creation of a level playing field, the empowerment of SMEs, and development of human resources with advanced skills.

"The scope of the digital economy is vast and unlimited, that digital ecosystems become complex and interconnected with one another, so they require special treatment and cannot be equated with conventional policies," he said at the virtual Indonesia Digital Conference. He joined the event from Jakarta on Tuesday.

Salahuddin said the national digital economy strategy is being formulated to realize the main vision of sustainable and inclusive economic growth, in line with the complexities of many intertwined policies.

Every ministry and institution has policies related to digital economy, which need to be merged into one national strategy, he explained.

The Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs has completed formulating the outline of the strategy, he said adding, discussions on the strategy are expected to begin next year and would involve related stakeholders.

The challenges to developing the digital economy in the country, he continued, include overlapping policies, high demand for digital talent, low level of digital literacy, and less-than-optimal exploration of the potential of the digital economy sector.

"This national strategy will also become the main framework and guideline in the development of the needs for digital economy in the country, for all stakeholders," he remarked.

The national framework will be sustained by four main pillars: digital talent, research and innovation, physical and digital infrastructure, as well as supporting policies and regulations.

"The strategy will also be derived into an action plan with timeframes, including medium and short ones, as well as the ones in between," he informed.

It is expected that all four pillars will bring added value and develop capacities of all business-makers, the people, and the government, and thus help achieve sustainable economic development, he added.

"This is what we will push. We hope amid the pandemic, we can prepare a national strategy for the digital economy, so that after the pandemic, it can be a referral for all stakeholders," he remarked. (antaranews)

16
December

The Ministry of Manpower has launched a Service Unit for the Disabled in Employment as part of the government's “concrete commitment” towards ensuring the rights of the disabled.

The unit has been formed under the Government Regulation (PP) Number 60 of 2020 on the Disability Service Unit in the Manpower Sector, which was signed by President Joko Widodo on October 13, 2020, Minister of Manpower, Ida Fauziyah, revealed at its launch in Jakarta on Tuesday.

Joining the launch virtually, she said: "In obtaining employment and economic welfare, those with disabilities have rights that are protected under Law Number 8 of 2016 concerning Persons with Disabilities, in accordance with the basic principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities."

However, Ida reiterated that the issues regarding people living with disabilities involve different sectors, which play an important role in protecting and fulfilling their employment rights.

The same sentiment was expressed by the Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture, Muhadjir Effendy, who praised the Ministry of Manpower's move to launch the disability employment unit, and expressed the hope that it would be a positive development for persons with disabilities in Indonesia.

Effendy said the COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on all sections of the public, including people with disabilities.

Data from the Ministry of Manpower's Mandatory Report on Employment as of January 2020 shows 546 companies employed 4,508 people with disabilities, out of a total workforce of 538,518, he revealed.

"On behalf of the government, we express our highest appreciation to companies that have consciously provided sufficient space for people with disabilities to give their performance, skills (a boost and provided them a chance to), develop their talents," he said.

He then urged other companies to meet the obligation to employ persons with disabilities, as mandated by Law number 8 of 2016, which has been set at one percent of total workers for private companies and two percent for state- or village-owned enterprises.

At the launch event, the Ministry of Manpower also presented awards to six companies employing workers with disabilities and fulfilling all requirements of employment.

Awards were also given to five Manpower Offices implementing the social safety net program for workers with disabilities who have been affected by COVID-19. The five agencies were from Kerawang district, Subang district, DKI Jakarta province, Central Java, and Yogyakarta Special Region. (antaranews)

16
December

Chairman of the Indonesian Ulema Council, Sudarnoto Abdul Hakim, reiterated his request to the Indonesian government to remain consistent in not normalizing diplomatic ties with Israel.

"All means of cooperation, including economic cooperation with Israel, must be rejected," he told reporters in Jakarta on Tuesday.

Israel, he said, has colonized the land and the people of Palestine for a long period of time. Indonesia needs to stay consistent to its identity as a nation against colonization, he added.

"We fully believe that colonization is not aligned with humanity and justice," he remarked.

The council, he continued, has expressed its highest appreciations towards the Minister of Foreign Affairs in responding to the question of normalization of diplomatic ties with Israel.

"The Ministry, especially the Minister of Foreign Affairs, that has shown a firm, clear, and consistent stance in carrying out Indonesia's foreign politics, that stood against colonization from the beginning," he said.

If Israel's occupation of Palestine is allowed, world peace and solidarity cannot be achieved, he added.

The world community must know that the beliefs and firm views of the Indonesian people against imperialism have served as the guiding principles of the foreign policy of the Republic of Indonesia since its independence, he observed.

"The Indonesian Ulema Council asks the government, especially the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, to continue to fight on the world stage for the independence of the Palestinian people. The council will always provide full support for efforts to fight Israeli imperialism," he said. (antaranews)

16
December

The Indonesian government, in cooperation with COVID-19 vaccine-producing countries, is contemplating a strategic step that will make Indonesia a manufacturing hub for the vaccine in Southeast Asia.

"The government will soon complete a number of domestic facilities to turn (the country) into a manufacturing hub for (COVID-19) vaccines in Southeast Asia," Syefri Lewis, a researcher who has been researching endemic diseases, said in a written statement issued on Tuesday.

The step to make Indonesia a hub for the distribution of vaccines is very important for the country to help it serve as a distribution center and make use of technology transfer to speed up its capability to produce the vaccines domestically, he explained.

Indonesia also deserves to serve as a hub for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines since it is functioning as the main vaccine distribution network in Southeast Asia, he noted adding, this is also inseparable from the fact that Indonesia has the largest population in the region.

"Indonesia must be able to serve as a hub for the manufacturing of vaccines due to its large population. If Indonesia is a hub for the manufacturing of vaccines, it will have faster access to obtain and distribute vaccines to all its citizens,” he said.

Becoming a hub for the manufacturing of vaccines in Southeast Asia will allow Indonesia to keep down vaccine procurement costs, he added.

To achieve this end, all concerned institutions should synergize under the aegis of the Task Force for COVID-19 Response and National Economic Recovery (PEN), he said.

He appealed to all sides to help end the polemic on vaccines and focus on cooperation to ensure the success of the nation’s vaccine program.

"All institutions should coordinate to achieve the large mission to distribute vaccines to all parts of Indonesia," he said. (Antaranews)

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