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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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VOI News, Jakarta: Kazakhstan will hold Parliamentary and maslikhat (Local Administrative Body) Elections on March 19, 2023. These elections can be considered one of the most consequential for the future of democratic politics in Kazakhstan. Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Kazakhstan for Indonesia, Kazbek Bokebayev after the Press Conference to the Media at the Kazakh Embassy in Jakarta, Friday (17/3) hopes that the democratic party can run according to expectations which can bring goodness to the people of Kazakhstan.

"Frankly, we hope that in the parliamentary election there will be no problems and obstacles. God willing, everything will go smoothly in a good way. We make every effort to provide security or events, all police officers and all forces will be involved to maintain order in the elections. So we hope that nothing else will happen,” said Kazbek Bokebayev.

Previously, in a Press Release received by RRI VOI (16/3) from the Kazakh Embassy in Jakarta, President of Kazakhstan Tokayev said in his statement "The holding of early Mazhilis and maslikhats elections is determined by the logic of constitutional reform, which was supported by citizens in a national referendum. According to the results, our country is turning to the establishment of a new, fairer and more competitive representative branch of power.”

Over the last 30 years the Kazakh people have created a stable, prosperous and inclusive society. Exercising its democratic rights through a national vote will certainly help strengthen what has been achieved. Elections will bring the country forward for the welfare of the people.

"The election will not change our country overnight, but will further contribute to the creation of a Just Kazakhstan-a prosperous society, and a more dynamic and competitive political system," explained President Tokayev.

In addition, President Tokayev also revealed that Kazakhstan would become a stronger and more committed partner for the international community, including for Indonesia. Once the new members of Parliament are elected, Kazakhstan will continue to develop close ties with Indonesia. (VOI/Faisal)





Jakarta (voinews): Deputy Head of Mission of the Kazakh Embassy for Indonesia, Kazbek Bokebayev after a Press Conference with the Media at the Kazakh Embassy in Jakarta, Friday (17/3) said that after the new Kazakh parliament formed, cooperation with the Indonesian parliament will be even better and can provide benefits and contributed to both parliaments.

"We certainly already know that there is such a thing as a friendship that is built both in the Indonesian Parliament and in the Kazakh Parliament. This friendship continues to be renewed from time to time. Hopefully, after this pandemic is over, this year or next year we will see the first session in the Parliamentary Institution where members of the Kazakh and Indonesian parliaments will gather and exchange ideas, and talk about how to develop cooperation between the parliaments of the two countries. This is because building a parliament with a wide range of dimensions is also important and of course for cooperation between Kazakhstan and Indonesia in the interests of both countries," said Kazbek Bokebayev.

Bokebayev also explained that the parliamentary and maslikhat (Local Administrative Body) election processes are good and will take place on March 19, 2023, of course, this will also produce good-quality legislatures. So according to Bokebayev, his party is ready to increase cooperation with any country.

“We will change the best practice in the legislative process. How to grow new ideas, so that this process greatly contributes to the quality of the legislative process in the parliament of Kazakhstan or other countries. So we are open to developing parliamentary cooperation with Indonesia," said Bokebayev.

Furthermore, Bokebayev hopes that in the spring the friendship between the Kazakstan and Indonesian parliaments will grow and be strengthened soon. The Kazakstan party will propose to communicate with Indonesian parliamentarians. (VOI/Faisal)





Jakarta (voinews): President Joko Widodo and Singapore Prime Minister (PM) Lee Hsien Loong held a bilateral meeting, Thursday (16/3), at the Singapore Presidential Palace.

During the meeting, the two leaders discussed a number of collaborations in various fields.

"Overall in today's meeting there were 20 letters of intent - private interest - Singapore to invest in IKN Nusantara. Then, 9 B-to-B MoUs in the fields of energy, healthcare and digital. And the 7 G-to-G MoUs, among others, in the fields of energy, health and digital," the President said in a joint press statement after the bilateral meeting, which was delivered via the Presidential Secretariat's Youtube channel.

Regarding the construction of the Archipelago Capital City (IKN), the President welcomed the high interest of investors from Singapore. In addition, the Head of State welcomed the agreement between the two countries to increase investment in new and renewable energy (EBT).

"Investment in the field of new and renewable energy will be used to fulfill the energy needs of the two countries," said the Head of State.

Furthermore, the Head of State welcomed the cooperation between the governments of Indonesia and Singapore in the digital field, as well as the development of human resources (HR) in the field of information technology.

"Including (cooperation) on investment and data centers, and cooperation on human resource development in the field of information technology," said the President.

President Joko Widodo also welcomed the cooperation between the two countries in the field of trade, one of which is through Indonesian livestock products to meet needs in Singapore.

"In the field of trade, Indonesian livestock products have begun to enter to supply chicken needs in Singapore," said the Head of State.

Furthermore, the Head of State welcomed the cooperation between the two countries in terms of strengthening health services in the country.

"(Cooperation) strengthening basic health services and health technology as well as investing in developing hospitals in Indonesia," said the President.

Meanwhile PM Lee said the bilateral relations between Indonesia and Singapore had been going very well.

According to him, the two leaders of the countries have succeeded in taking a big step forward as well as resolving issues that have been going on for a long time.

"We will make a difference for future generations," he concluded. (VOI/Andy)





Jakarta (voinews): President Joko Widodo expressed his appreciation for Singapore's support for Indonesia, which is currently holding the chairmanship of ASEAN. This was conveyed by the President in a joint press statement held after a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, Thursday (16/3) at the Singapore Presidential Palace, via the Presidential Secretariat Youtube channel, which was monitored from Jakarta.

"I express my appreciation for Singapore's support for Indonesia's chairmanship in ASEAN," said the President.

President Joko Widodo emphasized that one of the priorities of Indonesia's chairmanship in ASEAN is to maintain the unity and centrality of ASEAN.

"Making ASEAN remain important and relevant to its people and to the world, maintaining ASEAN's unity and centrality so that it remains the engine of peace and stability in the region, and keeps Southeast Asia a center of economic growth," he said.

During the meeting, the two leaders also discussed the commitment of the two countries in resolving issues in the Southeast Asian region.

President Joko Widodo said that Indonesia would push for steps to implement the five-point consensus or five-point agreement of ASEAN leaders in resolving the Myanmar issue.

"Regarding Myanmar, as the chair of ASEAN, Indonesia will push forward the implementation of a five-point consensus regarding engagement with all parties to pave the way for an inclusive national dialogue, then emphasize the importance of reducing tensions and violence, and ensure that humanitarian assistance will reach all parties who need it. ,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong emphasized that Singapore will continue to work with all ASEAN members to push for the full implementation of the five points of the agreement.

"Singapore will continue to work with Indonesia and with ASEAN members, plus ASEAN partners such as the United Nations, to push for full implementation of the five points of agreement," said PM Lee.

In addition, PM Lee said Singapore and Indonesia as well as all ASEAN members would continue to work together to guard Timor-Leste as an ASEAN member.

"We will also work with Indonesia and ASEAN members on the roadmap for Timor-Leste's ASEAN membership, and do our part to help Timor-Leste prepare for the obligations and commitments that will be taken upon joining ASEAN," he said. (VOI/Andy)





Jakarta (voinews): Voice of Indonesia RRI and the Indonesian Diaspora Network (IDN) Global have agreed to work together to increase the dissemination of information on Indonesianness within and outside the country.

The agreement was realized in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Head of Voice of Indonesia RRI Soleman Yusuf and IDN Global President Kartini Sarsilaningsih.

"We should be grateful for this because programmatically we will be able to enrich the collaboration between IDN Global and Voice of Indonesia," said Soleman Yusuf in his report at the signing of the MoU, Thursday (9/3), in Jakarta.

He said that both Voice of Indonesia RRI and IDN Global agreed to make a broadcast program that could inspire the public, including Indonesia's younger generation.

"IDN Global will also be useful to contribute as our correspondents or contributors abroad," said Soleman Yusuf.

Meanwhile, IDN Global President Kartini Sarsilaningsih who is connected online, on the same occasion, said this collaboration was a very meaningful and strategic collaboration between two organizations that have the same goals and missions to spread positive things about Indonesia to the whole world, including as well as news about and from Indonesian diaspora abroad.

According to him, awareness of the potential of the Indonesian diaspora, its involvement and empowerment, will be something very important for the development of the Indonesian nation.

"The strength or privilege of the Indonesian diaspora lies in the presence or residence of all of us outside Indonesia and even in all corners of the world," said Kartini.

Furthermore, Kartini said that in her 10 years, IDN Global continues to listen to and voice the aspirations of the diaspora. Apart from that, according to him, the Indonesian diaspora also collaborates with various stakeholders to jointly achieve goals.

"Most of the goals of the diaspora are to remain connected body and soul and also love for Indonesia," he said.

Meanwhile, he added, Voice of Indonesia RRI can utilize this network to strengthen broadcast coverage among the diaspora and the international community.

"I believe this collaboration will be an extraordinary platform to promote the beauty, cultural richness and diversity of Indonesia throughout the world, as well as strengthen relations between Indonesian diaspora abroad and their homeland," he concluded. (VOI/Andy)






Jakarta (voinews): With around 20,000 registrations annually, Australia is one of the most popular countries for Indonesian students to study in the land of the Kangaroos. In 2009 Valerina Daniel was awarded an Australian Leadership Awards scholarship to continue her masters studies in the field of Master of Communications and MediaStudies at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She graduated in 2010 with the title of High Distinction. At the launch of the "70 Years Australian Scholarship Campaign in Indonesia" in Jakarta, Friday (3/3), Valerina Daniel admitted that she had a special impression of being able to continue her studies in Australia.

"As a recipient of an Australian scholarship and of course this is an extraordinary experience because this scholarship program is different from other programs, because what I'm going through is not only given the opportunity to learn from the educational side, but also to be developed, for example by working. This scholarship is something that has its own added value compared to other scholarships. And as evidenced by the existence of this scholarship for 70 years, it turns out that many of these alumni have also contributed in their respective fields in government and business. This proves that it is indeed not only in terms of education but also career and life in the future," said Valerina.

Apart from that, Valerina hopes that with this scholarship she can build close relationships, human relations between the people of Indonesia and Australia. Because according to her the most important thing in building relations between the two countries is of course the relationship between humans themselves. She also hopes that the campaign for the 70 year scholarship program can further increase the interest of the Indonesian people to participate in the scholarship program in Australia.

Meanwhile, Fahd Pahdepie, who is also an alumnus graduated from Monash University, Australia, majoring in International Relations, winner of the Outstanding Young Alumnus award at the Australia Alumni Awards in 2017, admitted that the Campaign for 70 Years of Australian Scholarships in Indonesia was an important collaboration to improve communication for alumni. Australia.

"Connection with various alumni of Australian campuses, not only to add to personal career development, but also to become a network that can help each other across sectors. So, there are friends in government, in business and friends in cultural sector. So we have mutual relations among Australian Alumni and at the time it will also become real collaborations that we are doing in various sectors," she said.

In addition, Fahd Pahdepie conveyed that the Australian scholarship program has been participating in developing Indonesia for 70 years. She hopes that the communication network built by fellow alumni can be maintained to become leaders in their respective countries. (AF/ RRIVOI)






Jakarta (voinews): 2023 marks 70 years since the first cohort of Colombo Plan Indonesia scholarship recipients arrived in Australia.

"The Australian scholarship program is the longest running program in Indonesia," said Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Penny William PSM at the launch of the "70 Years of Australian Scholarships in Indonesia" campaign in Jakarta Friday (03/3).

Ambassador Penny also said that alumni are very important for developing cooperation between the Governments of Indonesia and Australia and also building business, security and prosperity for both countries.

“Currently Australia has more than 200,000 including you alumni from Indonesia, including senior leaders in the government and business sectors. Our alumni come from various backgrounds. They are extraordinary and very talented people with various skills.”

In addition, to celebrate this historic year, the Australian Embassy and Consulate General in Indonesia will be holding a year-long campaign to celebrate the achievements of alumni and promote Australia's global Alumni program to a new generation of Graduates across Indonesia. (AF/RRIVOI)






Jakarta (voinews): President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has called on regional authorities to facilitate the granting of permits for arts and sports events, such as musical concerts and football matches, to bolster public spending.

He said that he had met governors, deputy governors, and regional secretaries for such permit granting matters.

"(I say) do not restrict because it is related to public spending. Let the public spend (their money) to watch musical concerts or football matches," the president stated, as observed from the Presidential Secretariat's YouTube channel.

At the 2023 Association of Indonesian Provincial Governments (APPSI) National Working Meeting in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, Thursday, Jokowi said he had projected three thousand arts and sports events to take place this year following the end of the COVID-19 activities restriction.

Such events must be encouraged by regional authorities, as they could drive economic development by bolstering public spending, he affirmed.

The president noted that public savings worth Rp690 trillion were idling in banks, as residents controlled their expenses, especially during the activities restriction enforcement.

He also reminded governors of their obligation to maintain and increase household consumption.

To this end, Jokowi expressed optimism that by 2024, the public consumption rate would reach 5.4 percent, increasing from 4.93 percent in 2022.

Moreover, he urged regional authorities to expedite the granting of permits for arts and sports events, as event organizers complained that they often received the permit only as late as mere days before the event's D-day despite months of preparations being needed.

"A problem (that I noticed) after meeting event organizers is that our speed in granting permits is low. The permits were granted only two or three days before the event's D-day," Jokowi stated.

The president suggested regional authorities issue the event permit at least two months before the event day to ensure event organizers have more time to plan and promote their agenda. (Antaranews)






Jakarta (voinews): President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated he has yet to receive the resignation letter from the Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali following the minister's election as deputy chairperson of the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI).

"Officially not yet, nor written, but he has (conveyed the intention to resign) informally," Jokowi stated during his visit to the Ciliwung River normalization project here, Tuesday.

Amali was elected as the PSSI co-deputy chairperson, along with Ratu Tisha Destria at the PSSI Extraordinary Congress on Thursday (February 16). At the same congress, Minister of State-owned Enterprises Erick Thohir was elected as PSSI chairperson.

The president stated that as Amali is yet to officially resign from his position, he had not considered the name of a new minister to replace Amali.

"I will speak later about the (minister's) replacement after (Amali) officially (resigned)," Jokowi stated.

On Monday (January 20), Amali said that the president has allowed him, as PSSI deputy chairperson, to focus on managing the development of national football.

Clearing the air on whether his statement indicated that he would be stepping down as the youth and sports minister to focus on his new role, Amali steered clear of furnishing details.

Amali, instead, left it up to the journalists attending the press conference to interpret his statement and the current situation.

"So (once again), the president has allowed me to focus and concentrate on managing (national) football along with Mr Erick Thohir, Mrs Ratu Tisha, and Exco (the executive committee) of PSSI," he emphasized.

Meanwhile, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung confirmed that Jokowi had given permission to Amali to serve as PSSI deputy chairperson.

He also urged journalists to decipher on their own the meaning of Amali's statement regarding his ministerial position.

"If that is what had been conveyed by Mr Zainudin Amali, the interpretation will be as what he conveyed. Just wait," Anung stated. (antaranews)





Jakarta (voinews): The Industry Ministry is taking several initiatives to consistently encourage women's empowerment and an increase in women's labor force participation which are deemed able to reduce social and economic inequalities in the society.

"Considering that around 54 percent of Indonesia's workers are women, it is essential for the industry sector, companies, and the Indonesian government to implement a progressive strategy in women's empowerment," Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita said in a statement here, Saturday (February 18).

He underscored Indonesia's determination to support achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030, including on promoting gender equality and women's empowerment. 

"Thus, increasing the number of women in the labor force is one of the essential strategies to achieve the SDG goal," he said.

Kartasasmita said his ministry identified several challenges in increasing women's labor force participation.

The first challenge is the lack of choices for available childcare facilities around workplaces and residential areas. Most of the available childcare services come at a high cost that is unaffordable to lower-middle-income families.

"This causes women to decide to leave the world of work, especially those who have small children," he said.

The second challenge is it is hard for Indonesian women to prioritize their jobs and give their all at work because most of them are also expected to play their role and responsibility as housewives.

"The third (challenge) is the lack of inclusive policies that are able to encourage more women workers to participate in the labor ecosystem," he said.

The Industry Ministry has cooperated with private parties and other government parties in various projects to improve women's opportunities for education, especially in the fields of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

"We have also held the Women Innovation Camp with an emphasis on the understanding of the Internet of Things (IoT)," he said.

He explained that, in 2021, the program consisted of three activities: a webinar on women and technology, a workshop on women and leadership through sports, and IoT training.

The minister expressed his optimism that those efforts can improve the education and skills of Indonesian women in meeting the demands of business and industries. (Antaranews)

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