26
January

On the sidelines of the ASEAN-India Summit, President Joko Widodo held a bilateral meeting with Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi in New Delhi, India on Thursday (25/1). In the meeting, President Joko Widodo conveyed the importance of efforts to improve economic cooperation. He assessed that the bilateral trade between the two countries has actually begun to grow since last year but still far from the real potential. President Joko Widodo hopes to enhance trade, including eliminating trade barriers. President Joko Widodo also pointed out that the increase in import duty rates is high enough to palm oil to India. The increase in the price of palm oil will affect Indonesia's exports. President Joko Widodo asserted that if Indonesia's palm oil exports are reduced, surely it will also affect the fulfillment of India's growing market needs. Thus, he strongly expects the Indian government to reconsider tariff policy on vegetable oil. (Release of the palace press bureau/Trans by Rhm)

26
January

Indonesian Ministry of Trade requires exporters and importers to use ships owned by Indonesian national shipping companies in their trading activities. Director General of Foreign Trade at the Ministry of Trade, Oke Nurwan said that Indonesia has not optimally maximized the potential in the field of shipping and trade insurance services. he explained in Jakarta on Thursday, (January 25th) that the use of national ships for the movement of domestic goods has been 95 percent. However, for international shipping, the number is still very small. Therefore, the government requires exporters and importers to use national shipping through Regulation of the Minister of Trade No. 82/2017 on Terms of Use of Sea Transport and National Insurance for Export and Import of Certain Goods. He also said that the policy is part of the package of 15th economic policy.  Oke said “…Because, there is no trigger if we do not intervene. Well, with 82nd ministerial regulation, we have a mandatory trigger. Well… later, we will arrange the exceptions”. 

Oke further explained that so far, exporters and importers have been in favor to use foreign shipping companies. Since, they are easier in terms of bureaucracy. Thus, the government will invite national shipping companies, insurance companies and exporters and importers to meet and discuss the issues. In the first phase, Oke targets that to export coal and crude palm oil -CPO is obliged to use national shipping services, and then other commodities will follow. This policy will take effect from 1st of May 2018. (Sekar/trans by Rezha)

26
January

Indonesian Ministry of Trade simplifies the regulation and supervision of the import trade system. Director General of Foreign Trade, Oke Nurwan said, this simplification aims to improve the ease of business or ease of doing business. After the event "Socialization of Regulatory Simplification and Monitoring of Import Import in Post Border" held in Jakarta, on Thursday, January 25th, he explained, there are five thousand two hundred goods prohibited or limited imports from total 10 thousand of goods. During this time, goods restricted imports, or called Lartas, are supervised by customs or in the Border. Customs controls the completeness of Lartas import permit documents which are publicized by various Ministries. Now, through the new policy, about two thousand two hundred kinds of Lartas are no longer checked in at Customs. The Lartas will be supervised by Indonesian Ministry of Trade and other Ministries or called the Post Border.

Mr. Oke further said: "The impact is the flow of goods will become more smoothly. Because our goal is facilitating the flow of goods in order to make lower figure of ease of doing business. The ranking also rises". 

Oke also explained, the goods are still checked in Post Border including pearl products, toys, horticultural products, ceramics, and so forth. Safety, health and safety related items will be kept under surveillance in the Border or at the Customs. With the new policy, the importer only needs to make an online statement or self-declaration online that the completeness of the product is complete. Accordingly, the Customs no longer supervises the completeness of the Lartas document. (Sekar/trs Rezha)

25
January

 

VOI News - Tour de Indonesia is one of the most prestigious cycling tour in Indonesia since 2004 until 2011. After 7 years of vacancy, in 2018 Tour De Indonesia will be held again with the highest category.At a press conference Wednesday afternoon ( 24/1) in Yogyakarta, General Chairman of Indonesian Bicycle Sports Association, Raja Sapta Oktohari, said the tour is different from the previous tours, because the first time Indonesia has 2.1 (two point one) race that has the race with the highest classification.

"This tour is different because for the first time Indonesia has 2.1 race, so this is the highest classification tour we have in Indonesia. And this is also the first bike racing tour that is broadcast live on streaming starting from start to finish, even this activity will be broadcast by a well-known foreign media, Eurosport."



The tour which will take place on 25-28 January originally took start location at Borobudur Temple, Yogyakarta, but there was a shift to Prambanan Temple, Yogjakarta due to technical reasons. The displacement of the start location also affects the race distance. The distance of the first stage from Prambanan Temple ending in Ngawi, East Java is 124.7 kilometer long. On the second stage, the rider will start the race from Madiun and end in Mojokerto with a distance of 117.7 kilometers. After finish, all riders will continue the trip to Probolinggo which become the location start of stage three to Banyuwangi with distanceof 200 km. For the last stage, all the riders will cross to Bali Island. The start line is from Gilimanuk and will finish in Denpasar, Bali with distance of 170,9 kilometer. The number of participants already registered in Tour de Indonesia 2018 is 22 countries joined in 15 continental teams, including 5 national teams from Indonesia, Malaysia, E ritria, and Mongolia.//voinews.yb/AHM