29
September

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) will act quickly and lead the humanitarian operations to help people in areas affected by a devastating earthquake in Donggala and Palu, Central Sulawesi.

This optimistic attitude of Jokowi was conveyed by Secretary of the National Campaign Team (TKN) of presidential and vice-presidential candidates Jokowi and Ma`ruf Amin, Hasto Kristiyanto, in Jakarta on Saturday.

He made the statement in response to the 7.4-magnitude earthquake that jolted Donggala in Central Sulawesi on Friday at 6:02 p.m. Central Indonesia Standard Time.

According to Kristiyanto, Jokowi-Ma`ruf`s TKN expressed deep condolences over the deaths in the earthquake and tsunami in Donggala and Palu and also expressed concern for the survivors or the people in the affected areas.

The secretary general of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle made assurance that the president`s main focus was the people, so various campaign affairs would be abandoned, and Jokowi would prefer to directly oversee the handling of victims.

"Let us boost solidarity and work together with the president to help the victims of the earthquake disaster in Donggala and Palu," Kristiyanto remarked.

Kristiyanto was taken aback on hearing the news of the earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale in Donggala. Videos circulating online, which illustrate the existence of a tsunami, are a matter of significant concern.

"Earthquake disasters are indeed difficult to forecast, but we believe the Government will respond quickly to help the victims," he added. (ANTARA)

27
September

Danish Ambassador to Indonesia in collaboration with Greenhouse Cowork organized the Danish Climate Fair and Exhibition in Jakarta, Wednesday (September 26). Danish Climate Fair and Exhibition was specifically held to support the implementation of more green and sustainable solutions in Indonesia, especially sustainable forest management, renewable energy, and waste utilization. Danish Ambassador to Indonesia, Rasmus Abildgard Kristensen said that Indonesia is a country with renewable and sustainable energy that is very abundant. Therefore, it encourages Indonesia to no longer build power plants that are not environmentally friendly and need high operational costs, such as coal-fired power plants.
 
“… And what we are looking into now is Indonesia is growing in its economy so it is building more power plants to produce more electricity. But it is super important that the electricity we start producing in the years to come will be sustainable and renewable. If we only build coal fired power plants we are paying very – very expensive power plants that would be basically useless and damaging in ten twenty-year time. So we have to get it right now because otherwise it  will be very expensive to change later. And I think the main point  I was trying to make in my presentation is that Indonesia probably if you look at it from you know the glasses of renewable energy would be paradise on earth. You have an enormous potential,” said Kristensen.
 
Furthermore, Ambassador Kristensen said, the most appropriate initial step to create awareness about renewable and sustainable energy is cooperation among the public, private and non-government sectors in finding effective solutions. In addition, a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach is also needed. Stakeholders from all sectors and different backgrounds join forces to fight the impacts of climate change; one of which is through the development of renewable and sustainable energy. Danish Climate Fair and Exhibition is a series of events consisting of climate quizzes and education booths with various experts from different backgrounds and experiences. This exhibition is equipped with Virtual Reality facilities to promote interaction and dialogue between stakeholders. (VOI/Rezha/RHM)
29
September
The death toll in a powerful 7.4 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami in the Central Sulawesi provincial capital of Palu reached 384 on Saturday, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).
 
"The death toll is 384. The figure may increase, as the joint team has not reached all affected areas," Head of the BNPB Data and Information Center and Public Relations Sutopo Purwo Nugroho stated on Saturday.
 
Nugroho noted that 540 residents in Palu had sustained injuries. The figure did not include those from Donggala District that also bore the brunt of the quake and tsunami.
 
The Disaster Victim Investigation team of the National Police has, so far, identified 56 of the 384 dead victims.
 
The agency has also received a report that 29 people were still missing in Palu City.
 
Sutopo confirmed the social media report and photographs of the quake and tsunami victims that had yet to be evacuated.
 
The evacuation and identification of quake victims are still underway.
 
He noted that both Palu City and Donggala District currently need heavy-duty equipment, power supplies, and telecommunication networks apart from fast food and other basic necessities.
 
"Last night, the joint SAR team heard somebody seeking help to remove the debris falling on him. However, it is increasingly difficult to evacuate victims in the dark," he revealed.
 
The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency earlier stated that an earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale had rocked the province on Friday evening. The quake, centered 27 kilometers (km) northeast of Donggala at a depth of 10 km, triggered a tsunami 0.5-6 meters high in the province`s western coast. (ANTARA)
26
September

Indonesian foreign affairs minister Retno Marsudi held a bilteral meeting with Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne during the 73rd UN Security Council General Assembly in New York on Tuesday (25/9/2018). That is the first opportunity for the two ministers to meet after Marise Payne replacing Julie Bishop. During the meeting they were discussing several issues such as the visit of Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morilrison to Indonesia last month and Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA). According to the press release received by Voice of Indonesia on Wednesday (26/9/2018) Retno Mrsudi stated her gratitude to Australia for its support in the Pacific Island Forum cooperation (PIF) and on a consistency on Indonesia territorial integrity admittance.

This is a new kind of partnership because Payne hold a portfolio as foreign affairs minister and I also express my gratitude to Australia for having a good cooperation in supporting Indonesia on the Pacific Island Forum cooperation and Australia's consistency to Indonesia territorial integrity,” Retno Mrasudi said.

Moreover Marsudi also discuss Indonesia's invitation to Australia to participate in Our Ocean Conference that will be held in Bali on October. Generally there are no bilateral issues discussed deeply because the meeting symbolically stated new partnership//Reza/trans : NK