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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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Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah has urged Asian-Pacific countries to encourage efforts toward inclusive and human-centered post-pandemic recovery that are in line with the International Labor Organization’s (ILO’s) campaign.

"It is time for Asia-Pacific (countries) to rise together by promoting cooperation, solidarity, social justice, and the spirit of humanity," she said at the ILO’s 17th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting here on Wednesday.

Countries in the Asia-Pacific region that are looking to boost their national productivity and achieve human-centered recovery must focus on four priorities, she said.

First, they must keep carrying out sustainable human resource development.

The minister said that bolstering skill development programs would help prepare the workforce, especially the youth, women, workers in the informal sector, persons with disabilities, and migrant workers to face uncertainties in the future.

“One of the relevant initiative strategies, which might be suitable (to be implemented) in the Asia-Pacific region (to increase skill development) is community-based vocational training," she said.

The other priority is creating institutional frameworks to support people working in the informal sector to become formal workers with decent jobs since they usually have limited opportunities to obtain decent work, she informed.

She said that this can be achieved by encouraging job formalization, for instance, by simplifying business registration, providing incentives, raising awareness on the importance of job formalization, as well as giving financial and technical support.

Furthermore, countries in the Asia-Pacific region need to prioritize the establishment of a strong foundation for social and employment protection.

"Comprehensive, adequate, and effective social and employment protection is key pillar of inclusive growth. It also contributes to ensuring a sustainable, fair, and inclusive labor market as well as increasing the resilience of our economy," Fauziyah noted.

Meanwhile, the fourth priority is to strengthen multilateralism to promote human-centered development and recovery programs.

Hence, the minister invited the ILO to help Asian-Pacific countries carry out these priorities and encouraged the countries in the region to collaborate for overcoming global challenges in employment.

"Indonesia is ready to cooperate with other countries in the Asia-Pacific region through social dialogue to create the best conditions for our government, workers, and business players," she said. (Antaranews)





The Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture has asked the community to strengthen the implementation of the health protocols ahead of the year-end holidays to stem the spread of COVID-19.

"Epidemiologically, toward the year-end holidays, there is usually an increase in mobility, so from now on, it is better to strengthen the health protocols," the ministry's deputy for health quality improvement and population development Agus Suprapto said when contacted on Wednesday.

He explained that when there is an increase in people's mobility, the potential for disease spread is also expected to rise.

"When people's mobility is high, the risk of disease transmission can increase. Not only COVID-19 but also other infectious diseases such as ARI (acute respiratory infection) or tuberculosis," he said.

To this end, the wise step that people can take is to strengthen the implementation of the health protocols, he added.

Apart from strengthening the health protocols, people who have not taken the primary and booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine must immediately get vaccinated, Suprapto said.

He also advised older adults with comorbidities not to delay vaccinations so that they can get optimal protection against the virus.

"Those who have not received primary vaccinations, get vaccinated immediately; those who have not received booster vaccination, get vaccinated immediately; and older adults who have not received the second booster dose or the fourth vaccine dose, please get vaccinated immediately," he said.

The deputy highlighted that the pandemic is not yet over, therefore, people must still pay attention to the health protocols and vaccinations.

He affirmed that the Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture is continuously encouraging the community to play an active role in preventing COVID-19 transmission.

The first case of COVID-19 in Indonesia was confirmed in March 2020. According to data from the COVID-19 Handling Task Force, as of December 7, the nation has recorded 6,689,532 COVID-19 cases, 6,481,690 recoveries, and 160,112 deaths. (Antaranews)





Religious Affairs Minister Yaqut Cholil Qoumas condemned Wednesday’s suicide bombing at Astanaanyar Sectoral Police Station, Bandung city, West Java province, and emphasized that the attack was against humanity.

"We conveyed our deepest condolences for the incident at the Astanaanyar Sectoral Police Station, as it has resulted in many victims, damage, and even fear (among the public). It is clear that the suicide bombing is against humanity," he said here on Wednesday.

He noted that the terror attack killed one policeman and left nine other personnel injured.

In addition, a resident was also injured in the explosion, which occurred during the morning assembly of Astanaanyar Sectoral Police officers.

“The Astanaanyar bombing proves that acts of violence always harm many parties," the minister said.

He lauded the quick response of the National Police chief, General Listyo Sigit Prabowo, who went directly to the location of the incident.

The police also identified the perpetrator, who was confirmed to have died at the location.

Based on a fingerprint and facial analysis, the perpetrator was identified as Agus Sujatno, who was said to be affiliated with the terrorist group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD).

"We support the efforts taken by the National Police chief to thoroughly investigate this case and explore the possibility of other perpetrators," Qoumas said.

He further said that he is concerned with the actions of some people and groups who are still using violence to express their different views.

The method is clearly not in line with the teachings of any religion, which always prioritize respect, politeness, and safety of the community, he stressed.

In addition, all religions teach people to promote and carry out dialogue to resolve social problems.

“Hence, we encourage religious leaders to keep building good communication with the community to find the best solution (for issues). Religion must be used as a solution for life (problems), which is not an excuse for committing violence," the minister added. (antaranews)





Indonesia and Vietnam have increased their bilateral trade value target for the next few years to reach US$15 billion or around 234.59 trillion rupiah. Vietnamese Ambassador to Indonesia Ta Van Thong said in Jakarta on Tuesday that the value of bilateral trade this year has reached more than 11 billion US dollars.

Ambassador Thong said Indonesia and Vietnam would commemorate 10 years of strategic partnership by holding various interesting activities. He also expressed a commitment to increase cooperation between the two countries in the education sector, because more and more Vietnamese citizens had come to study in Indonesia. (antaranews)





The Indonesian government is exploring cooperation in the field of halal product assurance with New Zealand, with the aim of becoming a leader in the global halal industry by 2024. Discussion regarding this collaboration was one of the topics of discussion at the Deputy Minister of Religion Zainut Tauhid Sa'adi's meeting with New Zealand's Minister of Agriculture Hon Damien O 'Connor in New Zealand.

Zainut in a written statement received on Tuesday hopes that the two countries can immediately follow up the talks that have been held into a more concrete cooperation agreement. Zainut said that there are many opportunities for cooperation in guaranteeing halal products that can be carried out with New Zealand, one of which is related to the supply of halal meat. He hopes that the halal product guarantee cooperation that is carried out can provide benefits for the two countries. (Antaranews)





Indonesia has ranked 130th out of 199 countries on the Human Development Index (HDI), the National Population and Family Planning Agency (BKKBN) has said.

"Data from the World Bank shows that Indonesia's HDI is still at number 130 out of 199 countries, as well as our EQ ranking, which ranks 6th in ASEAN," BKKBN head Hasto Wardoyo said at the “2022 National Stunting Forum” in Jakarta on Tuesday.

Indonesia's stunting rate, which has been recorded at 24.4 percent, is a reflection of the low quality of its human resources, he observed. Given the low index score, stunting has become one of the main focuses of the government’s development efforts.

Based on the directions of the President and Vice President, in 2024, Indonesia will need to achieve a stunting rate of 14 percent to boost the quality of human resources and realize the advanced Indonesia goal, he said.

"In the past few years, stunting reduction has never exceeded 2 percent per year. In accordance with the direction of Vice President Ma'ruf Amin in 2022, it is hoped that stunting reduction can be optimized to reach 3 percent to achieve the target in 2024," he added.

In carrying out the mandate set in Presidential Regulation Number 72 of 2021, BKKBN is emphasizing the acceleration of stunting reduction by strengthening synergy and collaboration between relevant ministries/agencies through the National Action Plan or RAN PASTI.

Wardoyo said that several efforts have been made to improve human resources through stunting reduction, including providing “by name by address” data on families at risk of stunting and forming Family Assistance Teams (TPK), which have spread to districts/cities.

"We also provide assistance to all prospective brides before they reach childbearing age and conduct surveillance of special cases of stunting. For difficult cases of stunting, audits are carried out in all districts/cities in Indonesia," he disclosed.

The BKKBN has also begun to mobilize religious leaders to educate people about stunting in their sermons, such as in Yogyakarta province and Brebes, Central Java. The program will be expanded across the region in 2023.

BKKBN has also begun to visit the homes of families at risk of stunting to check their latrines and sanitation, in collaboration with the Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Ministry.

Together with the Ministry of Home Affairs, BKKBN is also working to converge the regional budget to handle stunting cases. Meanwhile, next year, the government plans to provide complementary food to the target audience.

In addition, the agency is collaborating with the Ministry of Education and Culture to deploy university students to help make the government's stunting eradication program a success.

Wardoyo lauded all parties who have worked hand in hand to reduce stunting. He said he hopes that this cooperation will not stop even after the stunting rate reaches the target requested by President Joko Widodo.

"In August 2022, we have carried out reconciliation for the district provincial task force, especially in the 12 priority provinces. This is in line with the Vice President's direction," he added.

Earlier, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) reported that Indonesia's HDI in 2022 reached 72.91, an increase of 0.62 points (0.86 percent) compared to the previous year (72.29).

HDI status describes the level of human development achievement during a certain period. An HDI status of ≥ 80 is said to be very high, 70 to 80 is considered high, 60–70 moderate, and low if the figure is less than 60. (Antaranews)





Indonesia has been appointed the leading country along with Thailand for developing the “ASEAN Competence Standard for MICE & Event Professionals” as agreed upon under the ASEAN Mutual Recognition of Tourism Professionals (MRA-TP).

ASEAN MRA-TP's function is to support the mobility of professional manpower in the tourism sector in ASEAN, resources and institutional affairs' deputy at the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry, Diah Martini Mohamad Paham, said.

"We know that we are currently within AEC (ASEAN Economic Community), wherein there is a collective ASEAN MRA-TP agreement between AMS (ASEAN Member States)," she noted during the “ASEAN MICE Toolboxes National Convention” here on Monday.

"The goal is to create ASEAN member countries' mutual recognition in applying professional manpower competence standards in tourism and mobilize manpower exchange among ASM," she informed.

Indonesia is considered to have the privilege of the early development of work standards in ASEAN through the adoption of domestic work standards, she informed.

However, it needs to catch up in terms of tourism human resources so that it does not become a spectator within its own country.

To this end, collaboration between pentahelix stakeholders is important. There must be a regulatory alignment within the education, vocation, and training worlds, she noted.

The curriculum needs to be prepared so that the human resources that Indonesia produces are ready to enter a work environment that is already one level up, she said.

There should also be a harmonization of the industry world, associations, and practitioners so that everyone is connected and Indonesia is ready to compete in ASEAN's labor market, she added.

In line with the 4 AS work ethic (hard work, smart work, complete work, and sincere work) promoted by the Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno, Paham said she believes that Indonesian tourism human resources can compete and even enter international markets.

This focus aligns with other work ethic principles such as innovation, adaptation, and collaboration, as well as work strategies that emphasize quality and sustainable tourism and optimize digitalization.

The National Convention's outcomes will be presented at the ASEAN Tourism Professional Monitoring Committee Meeting (ATPMC) in Cambodia on December 6–8, 2022, she informed.

"We certainly expect that the collectively agreed upon documents will not just be documents, but can also be implemented and be beneficial for the industry's need in the future," she said. (Antaranews)





Indonesia and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) have agreed to negotiate an Indonesia-Eurasian Economic Union Free Trade Agreement (I-EAEU FTA).

"EAEU is a region which has a strong economy and large market potential in north Eurasia, and Indonesia sees EAEU as an important trade partner," Trade Minister Zulkifli Hasan said in a written statement released in Jakarta on Monday.

Hasan and a member of the EAEU Trade Ministry Council, Andrey Slepnev, officially launched the trade agreement negotiation online.

The trade agreement is part of Indonesia's efforts to expand exports to non-traditional markets, especially to Eurasian countries, including Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.

The trade agreement was launched with the signing of a “Joint Ministerial Statement on the Launching of Negotiations for the I-EAEU Free Trade Agreement.”

Hasan said the launch of the trade agreement negotiations served as a historical momentum for the two sides to take bilateral relations to a higher level.

The effort is a part of strategies to expand proactively to more markets by tapping opportunities in non-traditional trade partner counties, he added.

The trade agreement covers trade in goods and economic cooperation regulations for facilitating trade, he informed.

"The agreement must play a role as the engine of growth and productivity in addition to creating jobs and promoting welfare," he said.

As per a feasibility analysis conducted by both sides in 2021, trade between Indonesia and EAEU is complementary in nature. The agreement is projected to promote welfare, boost economic growth, and increase Indonesia's exports to EAEU.

Meanwhile, Slepnev said Indonesia is EAEU's strategic partner in the Indo-Pacific region.

"Given the many changes faced by countries in the world as a result of technological transformation, it is important to build a strong framework of cooperation to help business players for the sake of people's welfare in EAEU and Indonesia," he added.

EAEU has a population of around 183 million and a per capita income of US$11,249.

Trade between the two sides was recorded at US$3.3 billion in 2021, with Indonesia's exports to EAEU reaching US$1.5 billion and its imports from the region touching US$1.8 billion. (antaranews)





Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, held bilateral talks with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Tharaka Balasuriya on Monday to discuss cooperation in maritime security and safety and blue economy investment.

"Indonesia and Sri Lanka need to better increase economic cooperation," Pandjaitan said at the meeting, which was held on the sidelines of the Archipelagic and Island State Forum (AID) in the Indonesian resort island of Bali.

The two countries need to make optimal use of bilateral cooperation to open up opportunities to promote the development of their economy, including maritime resource-based economy, he added.

"We warmly welcome and are ready to participate in boosting the two countries' economic growth. The framework of this cooperation will chiefly help Sri Lanka accelerate its economic growth," he said.

He further recalled Indonesia's initiatives to boost cooperation among developing countries through the "emerging economies cooperation" as a follow-up to a series of meetings at the G20 Summit in Bali last month.

In addition to economic cooperation, the two ministers agreed to explore the possibility of cooperation in the mining sector, sustainable fish farming, and maritime-based tourism.

Since Sri Lanka is prone to natural disasters, Indonesia considers it necessary to increase its cooperation with the South Asian country, particularly in disaster mitigation and disaster impact management.

"We can assist Sri Lanka through capacity-building in mitigating disasters," he said. (Antaranews)





Statistics Indonesia (BPS) has called on the Papua administration to pay more serious attention to tourism development as the sector is a promising source of locally generated income (PAD), the agency's official said.

Papua Province has abundant tourist attractions and destinations, Coordinator of the Functions of Statistical Distribution at BPS-Papua Office Akhmad Fauzi said in a statement that ANTARA quoted here Sunday.

Papua has a variety of stunning beaches as well as diverse cultural and historical heritages, he said, adding that these all could attract more domestic and foreign travellers to come.

In Sumberker Village, Samofa Sub-district, Biak Numfor District, for instance, there is a Japanese Cave.

As disclosed by the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry, the cave is one of remnants of the World War II where visitors can still find light and heavy weapons, bullets, helmets, planes, tanks, bombs, foodware, swords, and medical equipment, in the front yard of the site.

Several festivals that have annually been held could also contribute significantly to the province's economic growth if they were well managed, he said.

However, the regional administrations have yet to involve intensively in promoting and selling the province's tourist attractions and destinations, he said.

Instead, people still become the driving force of Papua's tourism industry due to their intensive involvement in promoting and selling the tour packages, Fauzi said.

The tourism sector can be developed more rapidly if the regional governments actively involve in developing and promoting the sector, and adopt it as an important factor for economic growth besides mining.

The tourism sector could also become a potential income source of PAD for the new provinces of Papua Pegunungan, Papua Selatan, and Papua Tengah, he said.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Association of Indonesian Tours and Travel Agencies (ASITA)-Papua Chapter Iwanta Peranginangin said he would promote tour packages in the three new provinces for local and foreign tourists.

To this end, more direct flights could hopefully be opened to the three new provinces, he added. (Antaranews)

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