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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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Indonesia has invited Ukraine to the G20 Foreign Minister's Meeting, which will be held in Bali on July 7 and 8, 2022, G20 Co-Sherpa Dian Triansyah Djani informed during an online briefing on Thursday.

"We already invited the Ukrainian foreign affairs minister, but we are still waiting to see if his attendance will be virtual or in person," he said.

G20 is an international forum comprising 19 countries and the European Union that work together to handle major issues. Indonesia is holding the presidency of the grouping this year.

Ukraine is among the 10 countries whose participation in the G20 FMM has been confirmed, in addition to the representatives of 10 international organizations.

The meeting will be attended by the foreign affairs ministers of all G20 countries, most of whom are scheduled to attend the meeting physically in Bali, Djani informed.

"Majority of them will come in person, but I cannot reveal their names due to security reasons and other issues. What is clear is that they have given their commitment to attend," he said.

At the meeting, the G20 foreign affairs ministers will discuss a variety of issues that have become global challenges, including multilateralism, energy, and food.

While the G20 FMM will not produce an official document or communique, the discussion on global issues by the foreign affairs ministers is expected to encourage more concrete cooperation in the future, he said.

Moreover, the FMM will be utilized by the ministers to not only discuss issues during the session, but also to conduct bilateral meetings officially or on the sidelines of the session, he elaborated.

The members of the G20 comprise 20 of the world's largest economies, notably Indonesia, Russia, South Africa, the United States of America, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, India, the United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Germany, Canada, Mexico, the Republic of Korea, France, China, Turkey, and the European Union.

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov would attend the Bali meeting, a Russian embassy official in Indonesia told the press , last Tuesday.

Ukraine is not a member of the G20, but  Indonesia which holds the G20 Presidency, can invite officials from non-member countries to attend G20 meetings. (Antaranews)




Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs, Mahfud MD, attended the inauguration of Ferdinand Marcos Jr as the President of the Philippines at the Manila National Museum on Thursday.

Mahfud, as the special envoy of the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, congratulated the new president and relayed greetings from Widodo.

"Earlier, I conveyed greetings and congratulations from President Joko Widodo to President Marcos. We hope that relations between the Philippines and Indonesia will improve and cooperation between the two countries will strengthen," Mahfud said in a press statement after attending the inauguration.

Upon his arrival in the Philippines, he was welcomed by the Indonesian Ambassador to the Philippines, Agus Widjojo, and officials from the Philippines Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

President Marcos Jr, who succeeds President Duterte, will be the 17th President of the Philippines and will serve a six-year term.

Marcos Jr, whose father also served as Philippine President , officially began his term at noon on June 30, 2022.

The Philippines Congress last month proclaimed his landslide victory, as well as that of his running mate Sara Duterte, the daughter of the outgoing president, in the vice-presidential race.

Marcos Jr received more than 31 million votes and Sara Duterte more than 32 million of the more than 55 million votes cast in the May 9 election.

Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan and US Vice President Kamala Harris's husband, Douglas Emhoff, were among the foreign dignitaries who attended the inauguration.  (Antaranews)




Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto and Minister of State for Defense Affairs of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi signed a cooperation protocol on the development of the defense industry on Thursday.

"The cooperation in the defense field is very crucial for the two countries, particularly to develop the defense industry in the future," Subianto said in a written statement received here on Thursday.

The agreement was signed at the UAE Defense Ministry office.

The cooperation protocol is aimed at paving the way for the advancement and development of bilateral cooperation in the defense industry, as well as the planning and development of industrial capacity in a mutually beneficial way.

It also covers cooperation in formulating a strategy for harmonizing the strategic planning of the two countries' defense industries.

In addition, the protocol also allows the formulation of policies on conducting joint research and development, joint production, international marketing, the national offset program, technological licensing, international talent provision, and human resource investment.

The two ministers also witnessed the signing of cooperation agreements between Indonesia's state-owned shipbuilding company PT PAL and the UAE government, as well as between Indonesia's state-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia and the arms industry PT Pindad and a private UAE company.

Earlier, the two countries had signed a cooperation agreement on the defense field in Abu Dhabi on February 24, 2020.

The cooperation agreement covers mutual visits of the armed forces' officers, exchange of information, scientific and technological cooperation in the defense industry, capacity building, and human resource development. (Antaranews)




Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) was welcomed by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at Maryinsky Palace, Kyiv, Ukraine, around 3 p.m. local time (UTC+3) on Wednesday afternoon.

According to a statement received from the press bureau of the Presidential Secretariat here on Wednesday evening, the two state leaders greeted each other at the palace door and then headed inside for a group photo session, introduction of the delegation, and a tete-a-tete meeting.

During the visit, Widodo is expected to talk to Zelenskyy about a peaceful solution to the Russian-Ukrainian war.

The two leaders posted some photos and videos of their meeting on their respective social media accounts.

On his Instagram account @jokowi, the Indonesian President posted two pictures that were taken while the two leaders greeted each other and held a tete-a-tete meeting.

Meanwhile, President Zelenskyy posted two videos showing Widodo’s arrival and their joint press conference on his Instagram account @zelenskiy_official.

Prior to meeting Zelenskyy, the Indonesian President visited Irpin city, which is located about 30 kilometers (km) to the west of Kyiv, to observe buildings damaged in the conflict.

“We (Indonesia) hope that there will be no more cities in Ukraine ruined by the war," he remarked.

He also said that he was saddened by the damage caused to residential areas and public infrastructures by the war.

Widodo and his entourage, which included Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi and Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, also visited the Ukrainian Scientific and Practical Center of Endocrine Surgery, Transplantation of Endocrine Organs and Tissues in Kyiv, Ukraine.

First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo symbolically handed over medicine assistance to the hospital during the visit.

After the meeting with Zelenskyy, President Widodo was scheduled to return to Poland on an extraordinary train provided by the Ukrainian government. He will leave for Russia from Poland to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and seek a peaceful dialogue to end the conflict.(Antaranews)




During a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at Maryinsky Palace, Kyiv, Ukraine, on Wednesday local time, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) offered to relay a message from him to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"I offered to carry a message from President Zelenskyy to President Putin, who I will visit soon," Jokowi said while delivering a joint press statement with President Zelenskyy after the meeting, according to information provided by the press bureau of the Presidential Secretariat.

During the meeting, President Jokowi emphasized Indonesia's position regarding the importance of respecting sovereignty and territorial integrity of nations.

He also underlined the importance of reaching a peaceful settlement and said that the spirit of peace must never fade.

The President said that his visit to Ukraine was a manifestation of the Indonesian people's concern for Ukraine.

"I conveyed to President Zelenskyy that I made this visit as a manifestation of Indonesia's concern for the situation in Ukraine," he added.

He also expressed his concern over the impact of the war on humanity.

The Indonesian people and government are trying to contribute aid, including medicine, and to support the reconstruction of hospitals around Kyiv, Jokowi said.

He then extended a direct invitation to President Zelenskyy to join the G20 Summit, which will be held in November 2022 in Bali. He also conveyed Indonesia's commitment to continue to strengthen bilateral cooperation with Ukraine.

"This year is 30 years of diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Ukraine. I convey Indonesia's commitment to continue strengthening better cooperation," he remarked.

President Zelenskyy expressed his appreciation for President Jokowi’s visit to Ukraine. He said the visit was the first visit by a leader of an Asian country to Ukraine since the conflict with Russia began.

"I also invite Indonesian businesses to participate in the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine," the Ukrainian President said. (Antaranews)




Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy shared their meeting on their respective Instagram accounts on Wednesday.

On Instagram @jokowi account. Jokowi uploaded the photo of himself being received by Zelenskyy at the Maryinsky Palace in Kyiv, Ukraina.

In the description of the photo uploaded, Jokowi said he arrived at the palace around 03.00 p.m. and was greeted by Zelenskyy at the palace's entrance.

He also uploaded the photo of himself holding a tete-a-tete with Zelenskyy.

In the description of the photo, he said: "In this small round table, I and President Zelenskyy had conversation at the Maryinsky Palace, Kyiv. My journey to the capital of Ukraine and my meeting with President Zelenskyy are solely to bring peace mission."

Meanwhile, on his Instagram @zelenskiy_official account, Zelenskyy uploaded a video showing him greeting President Jokowi upon arrival at the Maryinsky Palace in Kyiv, Ukraine.

In the description of the video, he wrote: "The visit of our partner does not stop. Today I met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Kyiv. I am grateful that in this difficult time for our country. we feel the support from your country and people." (AntaranewS)




The national upstream oil and gas industry is exerting efforts to address issues related to human resources limitations due to ageing workers, according to the Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Special Task Force (SKK Migas).

"Some 22 percent of employees (in the sector) will retire within seven years," SKK Migas Head Dwi Soetjipto stated during the 12th Indonesian Human Resources Summit (IHRS) in Badung, Bali, Tuesday.

The issue exists due to the reduction in recruitment of fresh graduates since 2015 amid the decline in oil prices and general conditions of the industry at that time, which is causal to the ensuing lack of employee regeneration, he explained.

The issue poses another challenge to the industry exploration efforts due to limited number of G&G (geology and geophysics) core talent and lack of competitive salary as compared to other countries, the agency head remarked.

Soetjipto then urged industry actors to recruit employees annually to close the human resources gap due to retiring employees.

He also urged younger employees in the industry to increase their competencies promptly.

"They (younger employees) must be given challenges and new duties. Therefore, I hope (contractors of cooperation contract) colleagues can delegate duties on-site because that is the fastest way (for them) to gain mastery in technology," the SKK Migas head remarked.

Meanwhile, SKK Migas' Human Resources Division Head Hudi Suryodipuro stated that Indonesian regions have huge potential to supply employees, with appropriate competency, to work in the industry.

Some contractors of cooperation contracts have employed and trained local residents through apprentice programs by emulating methods employed at the British oil and gas company BP plc., he noted.

"Some contractors of cooperation contract in East Java have begun adopting the method. We are currently also monitoring employees of local origin and the level of domestic component," Suryodipuro remarked. (Antaranews)




The Industry Ministry is seeking to strengthen cooperation between Indonesian and Japanese automotive industry players through the Automotive Spare Parts Business Forum in Nagoya, Japan.

"It is great to see so many Indonesian and Japanese companies participating in the event, indicating that there is a great interest in the (business automotive) opportunities," Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita remarked while attending the forum, according to a statement received here on Tuesday.

Indonesian small and medium industries (IKMs) have the potential to supply 4,500 of the 30 thousand different kinds of auto parts, the minister noted.

However, currently, Indonesian IKMs are only supplying around 900 kinds of auto parts, hence efforts are required to increase their supply.

"The government is committed to promoting the IKMs’ auto parts products and helping them to play a strategic role in the global automotive supply chain," the minister said.

The quality of Indonesian IKMs’ products is excellent since they have obtained various international certifications, such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 18001, he added.

The automotive industry has grown well at 14.2 percent in the first quarter of 2022, exceeding the average national economic growth of 5.01 percent, he noted.

The automotive industry can directly absorb up to 38 thousand workers. Furthermore, the sector can absorb an additional 1.5 million workers along its value chain.

Indonesia is seeking to become a global automotive player as well as an export hub for fuel-based vehicles and electric vehicles.

"We believe that collaboration of all stakeholders is very important for increasing production efficiency and product competitiveness through the implementation of Industry 4.0," Kartasasmita said.

The government is committed to creating a conducive business climate by synchronizing the regulations for the automotive sector as well as making Indonesia a production base, he added.

"Indonesia is ready to implement the zero-emission policy in accordance with the (government’s) commitment at COP21 Paris to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 29 percent by 2030 as well as (the commitment) at COP26 Glasgow to continue developing an electric vehicle ecosystem," he said.

Several regulations have been issued to expedite emission reduction and o attract investment in the automotive industry, such as Presidential Regulation Number 55 of 2019 on the Acceleration of the Battery Electric Vehicle Program for Land Transportation as well as Industry Minister’s Regulation Number 36 of 2021 concerning Four-Wheeled Motorized Low-Carbon Emission Vehicles (LCEV).  (Antaranews)




Indonesia recorded a surplus of US$1.12 billion in its trade with China during the January–April period this year.

During the period, Indonesia's exports to China reached US$22.74 billion, while its imports from the world's second-largest economy stood at US$21.62 billion.

"As a result, Indonesia recorded a trade surplus of US$1.12 billion with China," Indonesian Ambassador to China Djauhari Oratmangun informed on Tuesday.

During the period, bilateral trade between the two countries swelled 34.36 percent year on year to touch US$44.36 billion.

However, Indonesia's processed food and beverage exports to China in the first four months of 2022 fell 23.17 percent to reach US$1.46 billion compared to US$1.90 billion in the corresponding period of the previous year.

The ambassador attributed the drop to the General Administration of Customs China’s (GACC)'s new regulation on processed food imports, which came into effect on January 1, 2022.


The enforcement of the new regulation hindered the unloading of goods from Indonesia at several ports in China for not meeting the GACC requirements.

"The drop must motivate (us) that Indonesia's foods and beverages can be accepted and have the potential to increase their market share in China," he said.

The regulation makes it mandatory for foreign producers of processed foods and beverages to register their production facilities with the GACC before exporting their products to China.  (Antaranews)




Head of the National Agency of Drug and Food Control (BPOM) has expressed the hope that the indigenous Merah Putih (Red and White) COVID-19 vaccine would be registered with the World Health Organization (WHO).

"So that, in the future, it will not only become an alternative choice for the country but also become an export product," Penny Kusumastuti Lukito said at the launch of the Phase 3 clinical trial of the vaccine at Campus A of Airlangga University (Unair), here Monday.

After obtaining a permit from BPOM, Unair has officially commenced the Phase 3 clinical trial of the Red and White vaccine with 4,005 volunteers.

According to the BPOM head, if the vaccine is registered with the WHO and exported, it would be possible for the vaccine's name to be changed to a more universal one.

Lukito said she hoped that the Phase 3 clinical trial would run smoothly and the results would get obtained soon.

The successful development of Unair's Red and White vaccine has become a matter of pride for all elements of the country because it is the first locally-made COVID-19 vaccine, she added.

Meanwhile, Director of Pharmaceutical Production and Distribution at the Ministry of Health Agusdini Banun Saptaningsih expressed her optimism that the development of the Unair vaccine would prove to be a big step in Indonesia's efforts to achieve independence in the field of vaccine production.

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted policymakers to strengthen the health system's resilience in the country, Saptaningsih noted.

"We will also transform the health sector, one of which is the resilience of the health system through pharmaceutical resilience," she remarked.

Regarding the target groups, Saptaningsih said that the Red and White vaccine will probably be utilized for booster and children's vaccinations.  (Antaranews)

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