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PLN Gradually Recovers Electricity Supply

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State-owned electricity firm PT PLN has recovered electric power to Balaraja Extra High Voltage substation in Banten Province, and furthermore it will be channeled to Suralaya steam-fueled power plant (PLTU) to gradually recover its operation to reach its capacity of 2800 MW of electricity.

In addition, power supply from Gandul Extra High Voltage substations in Depok, West Java Province, will be channeled to Muara Karang gas and steam power plant (PLTGU) to supply electricity to the Indonesian capital city, Jakarta.

Acting President Director of PLN Sripeni Inten Cahyani said here on Sunday that the power supply to Jakarta was expected to recover within three hours.

"We apologize for the inconvenience today, and currently all efforts have been made to recover the Java-Bali power system, especially in the area of West Java, Banten, and Jakarta," Cahyani said.

The company has focused on power supply to PLTGU Muara Karang and PLTGU Priok to recover the system in the capital city.

Previously, PLN has recovered the operation of hydro-generated power plant (PLTA) Saguling and PLTA Cirata which are functioned as power stabilizer, and, at the same time, supply the electricity to PLTU Suralaya through Cibinong, Depok, Gandul, Lengkok, Balaraja and Suralaya extra high voltage substations.

PLTU Suralaya is expected to return to its normal operation within six hours to normalize power system in West Java and Banten.

Blackout that affected thousands of homes and public facilities in West Java, Jakarta, and Banten was caused by several troubles in the extra high voltage 500 kV transmission of Ungaran - Pemalang.

"PLN has taken its best efforts and will have evaluation to prevent recurrence of today's incident," Cahyani said.

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28
September

President Joko Widodo asked related government officials to prepare a detailed plan for the implementation of the COVID-19 vaccination within two weeks.

"So when the vaccine is available, we are ready to implement it directly," he said in a virtual limited meeting regarding the Report of the Committee on Handling COVID-19 and National Economic Recovery, at the State Palace, Jakarta, on Monday.

"The vaccination plan have to be planned in detail as early as possible," the President said.

He said that vaccination planning must include the timing, location, implementing agency, and vaccination targets.

Indonesia has two choices of sources for the COVID-19 vaccine, the first is the Merah Putih vaccine, which is being developed by the Ministry of Research and Technology, the National Research and Innovation Agency, and the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology.

The Ministry of Research and Technology hopes that mass production of the Merah Putih vaccine can begin in late 2021.

The second option is the vaccine produced in collaboration with pharmaceutical companies from other countries, namely vaccines produced by the Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac, vaccines in collaboration with Sinopharm and Group 42 from the United Arab Emirates, and a vaccine from a collaboration between Genexine from South Korea and PT Kalbe Farma. (Antaranews)

28
September

The Indonesian government emphasized that Vanuatu was not a representative for Papuans, when replying to the allegations of human rights violations that the Pacific country had brought against Indonesia.

"You are not a representation of the Papuan people, and stop fantasizing about being one of them," Silvany Austin Pasaribu, a young diplomat representing Indonesia said at the UN General Assembly, on Saturday.

In the official UN video footage, Silvany said Vanuatu had an excessive and unhealthy obsession with how Indonesia should act or govern its own country.

The reason is, almost every year in the UN General Assembly, Vanuatu always touches the issue of alleged human rights violations experienced by the Papuan people - an accusation that Indonesia considers deliberately echoed to support separatism.

"Indonesia will defend itself from all advocacy for separatism that is conveyed under the guise of artificial concern for human rights," Silvany said.

He emphasized that since 1945, Papua and West Papua are part of Indonesia which is a final and irreversible decision. This has also been strongly supported by the United Nations and the international community for the last few decades.

"The principles of the UN Charter that Vanuatu clearly does not understand are respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity," said Silvany.

In his answer, Silvany also questioned how Vanuatu, which has not ratified international conventions on the elimination of racial discrimination and signed international treaties on economic, social, and cultural rights, actually “lectures” Indonesia on human rights issues in Papua.

“We call on the Vanuatu Government to fulfill your human rights responsibilities to your people and the world. So before you do that, please keep your sermon to yourself,” the diplomat who is also the Second Secretary for Economic Functions at Indonesian Permanent Representative Office in New York said.

Vanuatu Prime Minister Bob Loughman accused Indonesia of committing human rights violations in Papua, and it continues to this day.

According to him, allegations of human rights violations in Papua are of particular concern to Pacific countries who have called on Indonesia to allow the UN Human Rights Council to visit Papua.

However, said Loughman, the Government of Indonesia did not respond to the call.

"I ask the Indonesian government to respond to the calls of the Pacific leaders," he said.

Last year, Vanuatu also accused Indonesia of not giving permission to the UN Human Rights Council to visit Papua.

"We are concerned about the Indonesian Government delaying the confirmation of time for the Human Rights Commissioner to visit Papua," Vanuatu's Permanent Representative to the United Nations for Sumbue Antas said in 2019. (Antaranews)

25
September

The Indonesian Ambassador to the United States (US) Muhammad Lutfi seeks to promote Indonesia as a US investment destination to hundreds of US businessmen who are members of the US Chamber of Commerce (US Chamber of Commerce) and the US-ASEAN Business Council.

On Sep. 23 and 24, Ambassador Lutfi held a marathon meeting with more than 30 members of the US Chamber of Commerce and more than 70 representatives from US-ASEAN Business Council member companies scattered in various parts of the world.

"To achieve the target of economic growth before 2036 and get out of the middle-income trap, Indonesia needs to increase its investment contribution to GDP by creating a good investment climate," Ambassador Lutfi said in the release of the Indonesian Embassy in Washington DC on Friday.

Particularly related to Indonesia-US economic cooperation, Lutfi prioritized investment, two-way trade, digital connectivity, health, and human resources.

"In addition, Indonesia needs to maximize the contribution of exports and imports to GDP, as well as encourage manufacturing and industrialization. through innovation, technology transfer, and improvements to the education and health system," he added.

The appointment of Muhammad Lutfi as the new Indonesian Ambassador to the US received a positive response from US business circles.

"The election of Ambassador Lutfi as the Indonesian Ambassador to the US shows President Jokowi's seriousness in improving relations with the US in all fields, including the economy," the President of the US-ASEAN Business Council Alex Feldman said.

John Goyer, Executive Director of Southeast Asia affairs, US Chamber of Commerce, stated that Indonesia is a top priority for the US Chamber of Commerce.

The companies that attended the virtual meeting with Ambassador Lutfi came from various sectors, including the digital economy, infrastructure, energy, aviation, and health.

The US is Indonesia's 16th trading partner with total value of trade reached $30 billion (around Rp 448 trillion), the trade balance showing a surplus on the Indonesian side.

Based on data from the Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board in 2019, the US is the 7th source of foreign investment (PMA) with an investment value of $989,348.9 million (around Rp. 14.7 trillion) in 791 projects. (Antaranews)

25
September

Only three percent of the mechants and buyers at markets in the Greater Jakarta area are aware of the significance of following health protocols, especially social distancing, during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a survey.

"The survey was conducted by interviewing traders and buyers at markets about the awareness of market merchants viewed as being one group prone to contracting COVID-19," Secretary-General of the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) Sudirman Said noted in a press statement here on Thursday.

The survey was conducted by PMI, the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

The survey conducted on traders and buyers at markets in Jakarta and its suburban satellite cities of Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi aimed to curtail the transmission of COVID-19.

The survey showed that 85 percent of the respondents were unaware of ways to prevent COVID-19, some 80 percent still made payments through cash, while 69 percent think there is not enough space to maintain a safe required distance between traders and buyers.

The lack of moving space posed a challenge for market visitors to practice social distancing, he pointed out.

Said opined that market operators or associations should integrate audio in their campaign for observing health protocols, including the correct way to use masks, maintain social distancing, and lead a healthy lifestyle.

Market operators should routinely call on market merchants to always wear masks while conducting their activities. (Antaranews)

25
September

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has decided to extend large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in the capital city, which were scheduled to end on September 27, 2020, by another week till October 11.

The step was taken since the number of new COVID-19 cases will increase if the PSBB is relaxed, the governor said in a press statement released on Thursday.

Based on the results of monitoring and evaluation undertaken by the Jakarta Task Force for the Acceleration of COVID-19 Handling, the PSBB will be extended by another two weeks if the number of COVID-19 cases does not drop significantly.

“The coordinating minister for maritime affairs and investment has also approved the automatic extension of PSBB in Jakarta by another two weeks,” the governor said. (Antaranews)

24
September

President Joko Widodo told ministries and institutions to implement an integrated and solid strategy in growing the village economy and mitigating the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

President Jokowi, in a closed meeting at the State Palace, Jakarta, Thursday, asked the ministries and institutions not to carry out sectoral programs independently and to complement one another.

"If we do not integrate it, we would not see the results. Everything should be in a solid and integrated grand strategy," President Jokowi said at a meeting on the Acceleration of Village Economic Improvement.

President Jokowi asks that rural economic development must also coincide with poverty alleviation programs.

Rural economic growth must be a concern because rural areas are now an economic buffer for big cities after the reverse flow of population movement from cities to villages due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"This is a momentum to reinstall, improve, and also carry out reforms regarding the big strategy in transforming the village economy," President Jokowi said.

The President gave an example that the Ministry of Rural Affairs must ensure that they use the Village Fund budget for productive expenditure allocations.

Then add the rural basic infrastructure development program from the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing to the strategy.

He said the Ministry of Transportation could plan and build rural connectivity. The Ministry of Social Affairs can also focus on handling underprivileged residents. The Ministry of Cooperatives and Small and Micro Enterprises can focus on empowering small and micro business actors.

"This must be properly integrated," President Jokowi said. (Antaranews)

24
September

President Joko Widodo asked his staff to ensure that programs in the social protection net scheme run effectively and on target.

"In the short term, all program schemes related to social protection nets such as PKH, cash assistance, village cash assistance, need to run effectively," he said on a limited meeting via video conference on accelerating village economic improvement, in Jakarta, on Thursday.

The President said that the social protection net scheme must reach people in need, especially rural communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We need to observe the implementation of cash (program) for the village so it can reduce the burden on rural communities who have lost their jobs or come from poor families in the village," he said.

The President also said that the COVID-19 pandemic should be used as a momentum to improve and reform the grand strategy of transforming the village economy. (Antaranews)

24
September

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved a loan worth 500 million US dollars or around Rp7.5 trillion for emergency financing for Indonesia in the event of a natural disaster or disease outbreak such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

ADB Vice President Ahmed M Saeed said in a statement in Jakarta on Wednesday that this disaster resilience loan was beneficial because Indonesia is on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is highly vulnerable to earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, landslides, floods, and drought, and now the COVID-19 outbreak.

"This policy-based lending will help the government respond in a timely manner to such shocks and reduce the economic and social impact on public infrastructure and people's livelihoods, especially the poor and women," he said.

He explained that loans included in the disaster resilience improvement program offer disaster preparedness financing if there is a government declaration about a disaster emergency or health emergency.

To that end, this financing can support Indonesia's reforms in disaster risk management and health services as well as improve disaster resilience among various institutions and communities in Indonesia.

ADB Finance Sector Specialist Benita Ainabe added that the program is aimed at assisting the government in improving environmental sustainability, disaster and climate resilience, and human capital development, including health and gender equality.

"This program will help the government develop a recovery and reconstruction plan with greater certainty, reduce damage to infrastructure, and prevent casualties from falling in future disasters," he said. This program also focuses on three important reform areas, namely, first, to strengthen government policies and action plans in response to health-related disasters and emergencies, including social protection.

Second, increase the resilience of public infrastructure to disaster and climate risks, thereby reducing repair costs. And third, increase financing for disaster risk and pandemic response through insurance, improved health services, and targeted social spending.

The ADB-supported reforms will increase the share of disaster risk management in the national budget to 1 percent, or up from 0.04 percent in 2019, strengthen disaster response coordination among relevant ministries and agencies, and expand protection for vulnerable groups.

Overall, this resilience program reflects priorities for tackling climate change and reducing disaster risk, in line with the ADB's recently approved country partnership strategy for Indonesia for the period 2020-2024.

This program will complement the COVID-19 active response and expenditure support (CARES) program from ADB worth $1.5 billion for Indonesia to support the government's response in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

So far, ADB has also provided a grant worth $3 million under the Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund to assist the Indonesian government in procuring essential medical equipment and supplies. (Antaranews)

23
September

President Joko Widodo, Wednesday, delivered a speech at the virtual General Debate session of the 75th UN General Assembly in 2020. 

In his speech, President Jokowi said a number of views regarding the 75th anniversary of the UN this year. He said the UN must continue to improve itself in facing the changing world situation. The ongoing conflicts between countries, including the Covid-19 pandemic, are challenges that must be resolved by promoting multilateralism.

"The UN should continue to improve itself through reforms, revitalization, and efficiency. [It] needs to prove that multilateralism delivers, especially during the time of crisis, [it] needs to be more responsive and effective in tackling global challenges," the President said.

"And all of us bear the responsibility to further strengthen the UN, so the UN remains relevant and contributive in keeping with the challenges of time. The UN is not a mere building in the city of New York, rather it represents an ideal and shared commitment of all nations to realize world peace and prosperity for our future generations," he said.

"Indonesia has unwavering faith in the United Nations and multilateralism. Multilateralism is the only way that could guarantee equality," Jokowi said.

In addition, President Joko Widodo emphasized the importance of collective global leadership. Although each country in the world has its own agenda related to national interests. According to Jokowi, all countries also have a responsibility and must contribute to a solution to world peace.

"Collective global leadership has to be strengthened. We are all aware that when it comes to relations among countries in international relations, every country always protects its national interests. However, we must not forget that all of us have the responsibility to contribute to be part of the solution for peace, stability, and prosperity of the world. The world needs the spirit of collaboration and stronger global leadership to create a better world," he said.

In his speech, President Joko Widodo also emphasized the importance of cooperation in handling pandemics, both in terms of health and socio-economic impacts.

He said the Covid-19 vaccine is an important focus in handling the pandemic. Therefore, Jokowi encouraged all countries in the world to cooperate in ensuring equal access for all countries to vaccines that are safe and at affordable prices. (VOI)

22
September

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati requested to increase the benefits and roles of State Property (BMN) and Regional Property (BMD) to deal with COVID-19.

"With the current condition, the real role of BMN and BMD is very important. We must try not to be in vain or useless," Sri Mulyani said in Jakarta, on Tuesday.

She said many BMN and BMD properties can be optimally utilized for COVID-19 purposes, for example, as an isolation room to observation and treatment facilities.

"We can use it to deal with COVID-19," she said.

He hopes that ministries, institutions, and local governments will continue to increase the use of these state-owned goods so they function not only for the government but also for society and the economy.

"The role of state property is very important in our economy and must be improved," she said.

Sri Mulyani stated that BMN's assessment last year sees an increase of fixed assets value in LKPP's balance sheet from Rp 1,931.1 trillion to Rp 5,949.9 trillion.

“This indicates a change in market value, also illustrates our efforts in using state finances responsibly," she said.

She said it also increased the value of assets belonging to the central government from previously Rp6,325.3 trillion now to Rp10,467.5 trillion.

"I am grateful to all ministries and agencies who continue to improve their administration and update the assessment of BMN as a form of our accountability," she said. (Antaranews)

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