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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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Logo of Indonesia's central bank, Bank Indonesia, as seen in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Jan 19, 2017. (Photo: REUTERS/Fatima El-Kareem) - 

Voinews, Singapore - Indonesia's central bank kept policy rates steady on Wednesday (Feb 21), as expected, and maintained that it would likely have room to cut borrowing costs in the second half of the year, despite market predictions of an earlier easing.

Growth in Southeast Asia's largest economy fell slightly last year amid falling commodity prices, though at 5.1 per cent, it remained one of the fastest among countries in the Group of 20 major economies.

Some economists expect economic growth to remain around that level as last week's presidential and parliamentary elections and the expected smooth transition of power in October affect investment decisions.

Bank Indonesia (BI) left unchanged its benchmark 7-day reverse repurchase rate steady at 6.00 per cent, where it has been since October, saying current levels were consistent with efforts to keep the rupiah currency stable and inflation in check.

The move was widely expected by economists polled by Reuters. A majority of economists in the survey also predicted BI would deliver its first rate cut starting from the next quarter to sustain solid growth levels.

At a press conference after the policy meeting, Governor Perry Warjiyo said BI's baseline scenario remained that its policy pivot would be in the second half, highlighting its expectation for the US central bank to also cut rates in the same period.

"The BI rate for sometime will be kept unchanged. Be patient. Until when? We have already given a hint that the baseline plan is in the second half," Warjiyo said, adding any easing hinges on inflation and movements in the rupiah's exchange rate.

The governor focused his commentary on external factors, arguing that better-than-previously-anticipated global growth would help Indonesia's economic expansion this year, though he also warned of risks from potential supply chain disruption from geopolitical tensions and recession in some countries.

BI kept its 2024 economic growth forecast at a range of 4.7 per cent to 5.5 per cent.

Inflation in Indonesia has stayed within BI's target range since the middle of last year, with the central bank's 250 basis points (bps) in rate hikes between August 2022 to October 2023 keeping price pressures in check.

The rupiah, down about 1.7 per cent against the US dollar so far this year, strengthened by 0.16 per cent following BI's decision.

"With the recent elections laying the ground for stability and policy continuity, the central bank is likely to be focused on the spillover risks from global developments and geopolitics, including Red Sea disruptions, while staying on an extended pause," said DBS economist Radhika Rao.

Markets had cheered the victory of Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto, after so-called quick ballot counts by independent pollsters showed he had won the presidency with nearly 60 per cent of votes.

However, economists and rating agencies have also flagged rising fiscal risks due to costly campaign promises by Prabowo.

Asked about the election outcome, Warjiyo underlined that the central bank is by law independent from the government and that it would work with the incoming administration in accordance with the laws//CNA-VOI


Archive; Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister, Retno Marsudi during a press confrence on ASEAN Ministerial Summit 2023 (Photo: NK-VOI) - 

Voinews, Jakarta - The international court of justice (ICJ) will hold hearings on the status and legal consequences of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Therefore the Indonesian foreign affairs minister, Retno Marsudi will deliver Indonesia's statement on February 23rd 2024 in The Hague.

The UN General Assembly previously requested the ICJ to give an advisory opinion on the legal consequences of Israel’s prolonged occupation in Palestine. The ICJ’s advisory opinion is said to carry great legal weight despite not being legally binding. 

53 countries and 3 international organisation are scheduled to deliver oral statement.

According to ICJ’s official website, aside from Indonesia, countries such as Qatar and the UK are scheduled to deliver their statements later that day. China and Malaysia will have their turns the day before.

The public hearing that Retno will soon attend is a different track than what South Africa is pursuing. South Africa not long ago brought a genocide case against Israel at the ICJ.

Indonesia cannot join this lawsuit as it is not a signatory to the Genocide Convention, which becomes the basis of South Africa’s lawsuit. Even so, Indonesia has voiced its support for what South Africa is doing at the ICJ//VOI







President Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana showed their little finger after voting - 

Voinews, Jakarta - President Joko Widodo hopes that the 2024 General Elections can be participated in by all Indonesian people happily. After exercising his right to vote at poll station (TPS) 10 Gambir in Central Jakarta, Wednesday morning (14/2), President Joko Widod expressed his hope that the implementation of the elections will run according to the principles: direct, public, free, confidential, honest and fair.

This is a party of democracy; we hope that this will be the party of the people, and will also take place fairly, and overflowingly, and will be participated in by all Indonesian people with joyBecause, this is a people's party, a party of democracy”, President Jokowi stated. 

After voting, President Joko Widodo further said that he would immediately return to the palace to monitor the quick election countHe and First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo arrived at TPS 10 Gambir in Central JakartaWednesday morning at around 08.48 to vote. At the TPS, President Joko Widodo registered as a permanent voter list with number 50, while Mrs. Iriana is registered with number 47//(/trans-yati/Sekretariat Presiden/PNA)


President Joko Widodo (right) meets with President of Tanzania Samia Suluhu Hassan at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, on Thursday (January 25, 2024). (ANTARA/Andi Firdaus) - 



Voinews, Jakarta - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) received a visit of his Tanzanian counterpart, Samia Suluhu Hassan, at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, on Thursday. President Hassan and her entourage arrived at the Presidential Palace at 10:30 a.m. local time and listened to the national anthems of Indonesia and Tanzania.

The two presidents then participated in a photo session, signed a memorandum of understanding, and attended a joint press statement at the Teratai Building of the palace. Jokowi and Hassan introduced officials and delegates attending the bilateral agenda before planting tree seeds in the backyard of the palace to conclude the activity.

President Hassan met with President Jokowi to follow up on the discussion on potential bilateral cooperation in trade, investment, oil and gas, mineral, energy, and blue economy during the latter's visit to Tanzania earlier in August 2023.

According to the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry, the Tanzanian president brought along three ministers and 131 business delegates who will accompany her during the Tanzania-Indonesia Business and Investment Forum at Hotel Mulia.

The forum is a result of coordination between the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) and the Government of Tanzania.

Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi, State Secretary Pratikno, Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin, and Investment Minister accompanied President Jokowi to Thursday's bilateral meeting.

During his visit to Tanzania last year, President Jokowi met with President Hassan to discuss workable measures for further stepping up their countries' bilateral relations.

At the meeting, Jokowi echoed Indonesia's commitment to assisting the Tanzanian Government in revitalizing the Farmers Agriculture and Rural Training Center in Morogoro and meeting Tanzania's needs for pharmaceutical products.

Jokowi also expressed Indonesia's keenness to strengthen energy investment cooperation with Tanzania and pushed both nations to formulate a preferential trade agreement and bilateral investment treaty to boost bilateral trade and ensure investment protection//VOI


Screenshot of Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi delivering Indonesia's statement at the UN Security Council open debate in New York, United States, on Tuesday (23/1/2024) local time (Wednesday 23/1/2024 WIB). (ANTARA/Yashinta Difa) - 



Voinews, Jakarta - Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi reminded that the UN Security Council has a mandate to maintain international peace and security, not to tolerate war, let alone genocide like what happened in Palestine.

“My question to the UNSC is: how many resolutions regarding Palestine have been adopted? And how many have been implemented?” said Retno, Wednesday morning (Tuesday, 23/1, New York time).

He made the statement after speaking at the United Nations Security Council's open debate on the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, which was monitored online, at the UN headquarters in New York, United States.

He deliberately conveyed this statement to the UN Security Council because Indonesia saw that many resolutions had been violated regarding Palestine, but there had never been any sanctions for the violators.

Furthermore, Retno questioned where Palestine should complain if the UN Security Council for decades failed to implement the resolutions it made itself, while Israel killed Palestinians with impunity.

“Israel must be held accountable for its actions, including atrocities in Gaza. "No country is above the law," said Retno, emphasizing.

"Once again, I urge DK members to immediately stop the fear that Palestinians face every day in Gaza and also in the West Bank," he said.

The UN Security Council consists of 10 countries, five of which are permanent members and have veto power so they can overturn any Security Council attempt to pass any resolution.

The five countries with veto rights are the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China.

Retno also highlighted that more than 25,000 thousand Palestinian lives had been lost and more and more of the population was starving and cold, because the UN Security Council was slow to act.

"I emphasize that all of us have a responsibility to respect International Humanitarian Law without exception, including (in responding to) the situation in Gaza," he said.

The UNSC open debate was the third held in the last three months to respond to Israel's war in Gaza, which has been ongoing since October 7 2023.

The government declared Foreign Minister Retno's participation in the meeting as Indonesia's commitment to continue supporting the struggle of the Palestinian people.

Israel has launched relentless air and ground attacks on the Gaza Strip, since a cross-border attack by the Palestinian Hamas militant group, which Israeli authorities say killed 1,200 people.

At least 25,295 Palestinians, mostly women and children, were killed in Israeli attacks while 63,000 others were injured, according to Palestinian health authorities.

Israel's onslaught has also displaced 85 percent of Gaza's population amid shortages of food, clean water and medicine, while 60 percent of the infrastructure in the enclave has been damaged or destroyed, according to the UN//ANT-VOI


President Joko Widodo (wearing jacket) at the handover ceremony of the C-130J-30 Super Hercules heavy transport aircraft at Halim Perdanakusuma Indonesian Air Force Base, Jakarta, Wednesday (24/1/2024). ANTARA/Rangga Pandu -


Voinews, Jakarta - President Joko Widodo witnessed the symbolic handover of the C-130J-30 Super Hercules heavy transport aircraft from the Ministry of Defense to the Indonesian Air Force at Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force Base, Jakarta, Wednesday. The aircraft was handed over by Minister of Defense Prabowo Subianto to the Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Air Force, Marshal TNI Fadjar Prasetyo.

"Yes, we witnessed the delivery of the C-130J Super Hercules aircraft. This is a transport aircraft that has been ordered, and is very important for both war and non-war purposes," said Jokowi.

He said the Super Hercules aircraft was very good for a country the size of Indonesia which has quite a lot of short runways. "Sometimes the airport only has a short runway, this Super Hercules can land, and it can fly 11 hours non-stop," said Jokowi.

This Super Hercules aircraft is the fourth of five aircraft ordered by the Ministry of Defense to strengthen the Indonesian Air Force's transport aircraft fleet.

The C-130J-30 Super Hercules heavy transport aircraft with registration number A-1344 in plain gray was flown to Indonesia from the Lockheed Martin Global factory in Marietta, Georgia, United States, on January 16 2023 and arrived at the TNI Air Base AU Halim Perdanakusuma on January 22 2024.

The relay flight of the C-130J-30 Super Hercules aircraft which had been given the registration number A-1344 from Marietta to Indonesia was led by the Commander of the 31st Air Squadron, Lt. Col. Pnb Alfonsus Fatma Astara Duta, accompanied by the Head of the Indonesian Air Force Halim Perdanakusuma Headquarters, Major Pnb Chandra Danang Jaya. , and Kaflight Line 1 Flighthar Skadud 31 Tech Captain Barry Yoga Patria.

A number of expert personnel from Lockheed Martin participated in this trip, namely Richard Anthony, John Justin, Rolland Mark, and Robert John.

Based on the information received, in an effort to improve and optimize Indonesia's air defense capabilities, the Ministry of Defense has successfully completed the procurement program for five C-130J-30 Super Hercules aircraft.

This procurement was a strategic step taken by Prabowo to strengthen the Indonesian Air Force, especially in the field of tactical transportation, while the planning for the procurement of the Super Hercules had been implemented at the time of the Indonesian Air Force Chief of Staff (at that time) Marshal TNI Yuyu Sutisna.

The procurement of five aircraft produced by Lockheed Martin Global Inc, USA includes spare parts, ground support and training programs, both for pilots and technicians. The total number of personnel carrying out the training program was 58 people consisting of 12 pilots, 40 technicians and six load masters.

The C-130J-30 Super Hercules aircraft is the newest and most advanced aircraft in its class using full-glass cockpit technology and a Rolls Royce AR2100D3 Turboprop engine with speeds reaching 410 nautical miles per hour or 356 knots.

The C-130J-30 Super Hercules aircraft was chosen by the Ministry of Defense because it is very effective for an archipelagic country like Indonesia which has a very large area and many short runways.

The C-130J-30 Super Hercules is capable of flying for 11 hours non-stop and takes off and landing on short runways, has a maximum take-off weight of 164,000 lbs, superior to the previous version, namely the C-130-H Hercules which has a maximum weight take-off155,000 lbs.

This aircraft is the fourth aircraft with registration number A-1344 of five aircraft ordered by the Ministry of Defense for the Indonesian Air Force.

The fifth aircraft (A-1342) is planned to arrive in April 2024. Meanwhile, the three previous aircraft have been handed over to the Indonesian Air Force, namely on March 6 2023 (A-1339), June 22 2023 (A-1340), and August 3 2023 (A- 1343).

Apart from the C-130J-30 Super Hercules aircraft, on that occasion Prabowo also symbolically handed over the results of the rejuvenation of the Fennec helicopter and its spare parts to the TNI AD which were received by the TNI AD Chief of Staff General TNI Maruli Simanjuntak as well as the results of the rejuvenation and critical spare parts of the AS 565 MBe helicopter Panther to the Indonesian Navy which was received by the Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Navy, Admiral TNI Muhammad Ali.

On this occasion, four C-130J-30 Super Hercules aircraft and four rejuvenated Fennec helicopters were displayed. Meanwhile, only three of the AS 565 MBe Panther helicopters resulting from the rejuvenation were deployed because the others were being used for routine operations and maintenance missions.

Apart from that, four of the eight TNI AU H225M Caracal helicopters which Prabowo handed over on December 1 2023 were also deployed//ANT-VOI


Vice President Ma'aru Amin gives press statement in Yogyakarta - 



Voinews, Jakarta - Indonesian Vice President Ma’aruf Amin welcomed the opportunity for cooperation between Indonesia and Vietnam regarding the provision of halal certification. This was conveyed by the Vice President when answering media questions regarding the Vietnamese Government’s desire to collaborate with Indonesia regarding the provision of halal certification.

VietnameseAmbassador to Indonesia Ta Van Thong conveyed his will for cooperation sometime ago. In a press statement after reviewing the Self-Help Housing Stimulant Assistance Program (BSPS) and handing over social assistance from BAZNAS tothe community, in Sleman, Yogyakarta Special Region on Tuesday (9/10, VicePresident Ma’aruf Amin said there are two options regarding halal certification.

“I think we will respond to Vietnam’s wishes. There are two things, are they just a kind of management agency whose certification is in Indonesia or do they also have an agency for their own certification. Only we provide guidance and recognition. Vietnam can choose between the two”, Vice President Amin said. 

Vice President Ma’aruf Amin stated that he would encourage the Vietnamese government to communicate with the Halal Product Guarantee Organizing Agency (BPJPH) in Indonesia.

The Vice President explained that Indonesiaalready has various forms of cooperation in the sharia sector with a number ofcountries, including in Korea there is a halal institution with the name “This is Halal Indonesia” and in Shanghai, China under the name “Al-Amin”//VOI


President Joko Widodo gives a press statement before carrying out a working visit to three countries at the Halim Perdanakusumah Airport - 


Voinews, Jakarta - Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Tuesday (9/1) began a series of working visits to three Southeast Asian countries the Philippines, Vietnam and Brunei Darussalam. In a press statement at Halim Perdanakusuma Air Base, Jakarta, President Joko Widodo said his visit is the first in five years.

"This afternoon, a limited delegation and I will make a working visit to the Philippines, Vietnam and Brunei Darussalam. My last visit to these three countries was more than 5 years ago, and they had visited Indonesia. Maybe not once, twice, three times, maybe even five times, for both the prime minister and the president", President said. 

According to the President Special Staff Coordinator, Ari Dwipayana at the Presidential Palace Complex in Jakarta on Tuesday (9/1), the bilateral visit to Brunei Darussalam was to fulfill the invitation of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.

According to Dwipayana, this was also a response to the Sultan of Brunei's previous visit to Indonesia. Apart from that, the President plans to attend Prince Abdul Mateen's wedding during his working visit. Prince Abdul Mateen is the youngest son of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. According to Ari, the President's visit to the three ASEAN member countries was to strengthen friendly relations and cooperation//VOI


President Joko Widodo hands out the El Nino direct cash assistance to drought-affected people in Banyumas District, Central Java, on Wednesday (January 3, 2023). (ANTARA/HO-Presidential Secretariat) - 



Voinews, Jakarta - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) emphasized that the government's El Nino direct cash assistance is specifically dedicated to people affected by the prolonged dry season-induced drought.

Jokowi made the statement during a dialogue with beneficiaries of the government rice reserves (CBP) food assistance at a warehouse of state-run logistics company Bulog in Banyumas District, Central Java, on Wednesday.

"Not everyone will receive this aid since this direct cash assistance is exclusive in nature," he remarked, as cited from the Presidential Secretariat's website in Jakarta.

The head of state affirmed that the government's goal in distributing the special aid is to help the people deal with hikes in prices due to the prolonged dry season caused by the global heat phenomenon El Nino.

On the occasion, he also reiterated that the government would continue to distribute the CBP assistance in the form of 10 kilograms of rice to each beneficiary up until March this year.

"Has everyone here received the aid for the January period? You will receive it again in February and March," he told the aid beneficiaries.

He then hinted at the possibility of the government further extending the CBP aid distribution period.

"I will initially calculate the capacity of our APBN (state budget). If possible, we will continue the aid distribution in April, May, and June," he pointed out.

Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy, Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono, Agriculture Minister Andi Amran Sulaiman, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, and Head of the National Food Agency Arief Prasetyo Adi, among others, accompanied the president during his activity//ANT-VOI


President Joko Widodo delivers a speech during the groundbreaking of Campus II of the Muhammadiyah University of Purwokerto in Banyumas, Central Java, on Wednesday (January 3, 2024). (ANTARA/Sumarwoto) - 



Voinews, Jakarta - President Joko Widodo encouraged the academic community of the Muhammadiyah University of Purwokerto (UMP) to properly prepare quality human resources as an effort to welcome Indonesia's demographic bonus expected in 2030.

In a live video broadcast by his secretariat, as followed in Jakarta, the president made the encouraging statement during the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of Campus II of the university in Banyumas District, Central Java Province, on Wednesday."I believe that Muhammadiyah, with its long-standing history in education, will manage to push UMP as an international-class superior university that the people of Purwokerto can be proud of. UMP will contribute to the nation's human resource development," he remarked.

Jokowi, as president is widely known, reiterated that in 2030, Indonesia is projected to face a demographic bonus, which constitutes a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a nation, noting that Indonesia should make the most of it in order to transform into a developed country.

"Countries in South America have been developing countries since 50-60 years ago. However, they have yet to emerge as developed countries," he noted while citing their failure to prepare superior human resources for welcoming a demographic bonus as the reason.

Jokowi went on to emphasize that the development of human resources is the key to optimizing a demographic bonus. According to Jokowi, Indonesia needs to focus on honing the skills of its young talents.

He then underlined the vital role of the national leadership in 2024, 2029, and 2034, saying that those governing the country during the mentioned periods could be decisive in Indonesia's journey towards becoming a developed country.

"National leaders should fully comprehend and know what to do to bring this country to progress," he affirmed.

Jokowi also noted that UMP, currently home to about 17 thousand students, should take part in developing Indonesia's human resources for the sake of enabling the country to make the most of the expected demographic bonus.

"The opportunity is in sight. Now, it is a matter of how to genuinely make the most of it. If we can do so, we will be able to make Indonesia a developed country," he concluded.

Campus II of the UMP will have 14 floors, and its construction will be supported by a budget of USD 13 million provided by the Public Works and Public Housing Ministry.

Indonesian National Armed Forces Commander General Agus Subiyanto, among others, attended the groundbreaking ceremony//VOI-ANT

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