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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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President Joko Widodo visited Airmadidi Market in North Minahasa Regency, North Sulawesi Province, on Thursday, January 19, 2023. President Joko Widodo's arrival was greeted enthusiastically by the people who had been waiting for him since morning.

The President immediately went around greeting traders to distribute social assistance (bansos) basic food and cash assistance. Apart from that, the President also used the moment of visiting the market to check the prices of basic foodstuffs.

"Usually, checking prices, especially the prices of basic necessities, rice, oil. I think in North Sulawesi conditions are stable, inflation is also very well maintained at 4 percent in Manado City and its surroundings, I think it is very good," the President said in his statement to the media crew at the Kuwil Kawangkoan Dam.

When they were about to enter the car to continue their journey, it seemed that thousands of people filled the road. Seeing that the roads were narrow because they were filled with people which would cause vehicles to move slowly, the President chose to walk while distributing T-shirts.

After walking for 30 minutes, the President entered the vehicle to continue his journey to the Kuwil Kawangkoan Dam.

Accompanying the President when visiting Airmadidi Market were Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono, North Sulawesi Governor Olly Dondokambey, and North Minahasa Regent Joune J. E. Ganda. (VOI)





Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi invited UN member states to make 2023 the year of progress in resolving the Palestinian issue.

"The United Nations has reported that 2022 is the deadliest year and has claimed the lives of many Palestinians since 2005," she said at the Security Council (UNSC) Open Debate Meeting, Wednesday (18/1) in New York, through an official statement received Thursday (19/1).

Therefore, at the meeting attended by the Special Coordinator for Palestine Tor Wennesland, Minister Retno Marsudi conveyed a number of matters related to the Palestinian issue which are of concern to Indonesia.

First, Indonesia welcomes the ratification of the UN General Assembly Resolution requesting a legal opinion from the International Court of Justice regarding the legal impact of Israel's occupation of Palestine.

"Various reports, mechanisms and UN resolutions have been issued. The world cannot act business as usual. There must be real follow-up on this matter," said Retno.

Second, the importance of drawing up concrete steps to reach a peaceful solution. The Indonesian Foreign Minister asked Israel to stop provocations, respect international law, and continue the peaceful process to reach a two-state solution, according to international provisions.

Third, the international community must provide humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people.

"In 2023 it is predicted that the world will experience a recession. More than two million Palestinians need humanitarian assistance," said Retno.

The UN Security Council meeting is chaired by Japan as the President of the UN Security Council in January 2023.

Apart from the 15 members of the UN Security Council, 29 countries also attended and made statements, including Palestine and Israel.

Countries highlight the situation in Palestine that is not getting better, and encourage the resumption of the peace process in order to achieve a long-term solution to the Palestinian issue. (VOI/Andy)





Minister of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Abdullah Azwar Anas on Wednesday informed that his ministry (Kemenpan RB) and other ministries and agencies have agreed to implement concrete steps to accelerate the electronic-based government system (SPBE).

The other ministries and agencies include the Ministry of Home Affairs (Kemendagri), the Ministry of Communication and Information (Kemenkominfo), the National Cyber and Crypto Agency (BSSN), and the Ministry of Finance (Kemenkeu), Anas said in a press release received in Jakarta on Wednesday.

"Currently, together with the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of Communication and Information, BSSN, and the Ministry of Finance are continuing to work on the implementation of thematic bureaucratic reform that has an impact on society, in accordance with the President's direction," Anas said.

 “One of them is digitalizing the government through the implementation of SPBE. We all agree to concretely work in accelerating the SPBE,” he said after a meeting with the ministries and agencies at the Office of the Ministry of Home Affairs in Jakarta.

Besides Anas, the meeting was attended by the Minister of Home Affairs Tito Karnavian; Minister of Communication and Informatics Johnny G. Plate; Head of the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) Suharso Monoarfa; the head of BSSN, Hinsa Siburian; and expert staff at the Ministry of Finance, Sudarto.

According to Anas, accelerating the implementation of SPBE, which includes the establishment of Digital Public Service Malls (MPPs), is an effort to boost the government's digital transformation to improve the quality of public services.

The minister said that currently, the pattern of digital public services provided by the government is still fragmented per agencies, sectors, and silo-based systems.

This has resulted in the data process input being carried out repeatedly. In addition, people have to create many accounts for various types of digital public services provided by the government.

"Therefore, the Presidential Regulation on the National SPBE Architecture aims to combine separate digital services into an integrated digital service through the National Government Administration Portal and National Public Services Portal, also known as Digital MPP,” Anas added.

At present, more MPPs are being built physically and have been inaugurated, he noted. It is hoped that, in the future, all regions will have MPPs, both physical and digital, that will cover all government services based on population data or digital IDs, he said.

“MPP Digital is in our focus in the short term, as directed by President Joko Widodo and Vice President Ma'ruf Amin,” Anas added.

He informed that all related parties and the SPBE coordination team will continue to oversee the implementation of SPBE.

According to Anas, a strategy and integrated steps are required to accelerate the implementation of SPBE, which will have an impact on expediting the achievement of common targets.

"We have drafted a timeline for the implementation plan and we are trying to realize it as soon as possible. This is a guideline for all of us to simultaneously carry out the National SPBE Architecture strategic initiative,” he said.

On the same occasion, Minister Karnavian expressed support for the concept of SPBE, which is currently being perfected by the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform, to build an integrated digital-based public services ecosystem.

"We invite the local governments to apply the system,” he added.

Minister Plate said that to support the SPBE, his ministry is developing the National Data Center (PDN), a government service liaison system, and an intra-government network.

With the related ministries and agencies, the Ministry of Communication and Information is developing and harmonizing the application, developing SPBE super-apps, and utilizing big data analysis and artificial intelligence, he added.  (Antaranews)





The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy (Kemenparekraf) has set a focus on encouraging sustainable tourism or sustainable tourism. In an effort to develop sustainable tourism, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy has several strategic focuses on quality and sustainability.

The Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno in an interview via zoom with Voice of Indonesia Monday afternoon (16/1) said the focus was on strengthening the supply chain to strengthen domestic products, encouraging domestic tourism capabilities of 1.4 billion movements of domestic tourists and 7, 4 million foreign tourist arrivals, strengthening the domestic ecosystem by revitalizing tourist destinations and improving tourist attractions. In addition to increasing human resource capabilities, increasing access to the financial sector for micro, small and medium enterprises, market development is also the focus of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy.

"We also strengthen the competence of local human resources, strengthen the implementation of inclusive and sustainable aspects of the tourism and creative economy sectors, increase access to the financial sector for micro, small and medium enterprises, and facilitate market development through increased marketing by participating in or holding expos, and to In 2023, we will also accelerate intellectual property rights as the basis for a strategy to strengthen the local economy," Sandi said.

Minister Sandi added that his party also continues to work with several stakeholders in maintaining the strength of the recovery of the tourism sector and the creative economy.

He emphasized that Kemenparekraf has 5 main sustainable tourism programs that must be well communicated with the training that has been provided.

According to Sandi, the community must really implement waste management. Indonesia became the first country in Southeast Asia to sign its commitment to net zero emission in the tourism sector.

"We are the first country in Southeast Asia to sign its commitment to net zero emissions in the tourism sector, these are efforts that are truly managed in order to move towards climate positive tourism, through carbonization and ecotourism," said Sandi.

He also added that it was a business commitment related to the tourism sector to carry out the Glaslow Declaration and carbon footprint calculations with existing campaigns. So all human resource capital must be able to convey how Indonesian tourism is different from others. (VOInews)





Member states of the United Nations (UN) rejected sanctions Israel imposed on the Palestinian Authority, over Palestinian efforts to seek the views of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Israel's decades-long occupation. On January 6, 2023, Israel announced a package of sanctions against the Palestinian Authority, including withholding millions of dollars from its tax revenues, halting construction activities in the West Bank, and revoking several government officials' "VIP" travel passes.

“... we reject the conviction as an act upon a request to seek the views of the International Court of Justice, and more broadly in response to a General Assembly resolution,” the UN states said.

"As member states of the United Nations, we reaffirm our unwavering support for the International Court of Justice and international law as the cornerstones of our international order, as well as our commitment to multilateralism," they said in a joint statement.

They expressed deep concern about the Israeli government's decision to impose punitive measures against the Palestinian people, leadership and civil society following a request by the UN General Assembly for the views of the ICJ.

On December 31, 2022, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution seeking the ICJ's views on the legal consequences of Israel's illegal occupation of Palestinian territories. Signatories to the statement include Algeria -- in its capacity as Chair of the Arab Summit and members of the Arab Troika, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Pakistan -- as chair of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. (VOI)






All efforts must be optimized to ensure that people do not fall victim to identity politics in the run-up to the 2024 General Elections, President Joko Widodo has said.

"Regarding political and security stability issues in the run-up to the 2024 elections, I hope you can maintain a conducive situation and ensure the people are not becoming a political victim, an identity politics victim," he emphasized during the “2023 Regional Heads and Regional Leadership Forum National Coordination Meeting” in Bogor, West Java, on Tuesday.

While reminding the police and the military not to involve themselves in politics, the President also urged regional leaders to map election vulnerabilities in their respective areas.

"We must not act only after the incident occurs, nor point fingers to who we must blame," he said.

He asked all parties to show sensitivity in the upcoming election year by monitoring public conditions and allowing frictions and issues to be resolved sooner so that they do not lead to potential clashes.

Last December, People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Bambang Soesatyo had also urged political parties to refrain from identity politics that could cause polarization in society.

Political parties must not vie for popular support by promoting polarization based on religion, ethnic groups, and race, which could be harmful to Indonesia's democracy, he said.

"There is no time for anyone who promotes religious, ethnic groups, and racial polarizations (during electoral campaigns) to gain more voters as it will cause division among the people. Solidarity and national unity and integrity must be our priority," Soesatyo expounded.

Political parties and the people must also strive to make general elections an enjoyable "fiesta of democracy" that does not divide the nation, he remarked. (Antaranews)





Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno stated that the promulgation of additional leave days proposed by the ministry aims to drive domestic tourism to achieve the 1.4-billion movement target in 2023.

By declaring an extra day off a working day to substitute public holidays that fall on weekends, the minister believed that it could increase workers' productivity and well-being.

"It has been proven by studies that following a long weekend, (workers) will be fresher and have greater productivity, and we have its scientific reference," Uno stated at the ministry's weekly brief, as observed here, Monday.

Uno remarked that the Ministry of State Apparatus and Bureaucratic Reform (PAN-RB) had been notified about the proposed additional leave day plan.

"We have proposed this to the (PAN-RB) ministry, and the decision now depends on the (Tourism and Creative Economy) ministry's Deputy of Strategic Policies. We can start by declaring only some off days this year, but we must not hastily declare (year-round) extra off days," he expounded.

The minister said that extra leave days would give more time to residents to enjoy their holidays, particularly during Eid al-Fitr, Christmas and New Year's Day, and school holiday periods.

"We are now finalizing the arrangement, and I also propose more changes to be finalized. Thus, we could have longer holidays that could bolster tourism movement nationwide," Uno stated.

Meanwhile, he said that those in the industry sector could adjust their working days if they feel the extra off days are burdening.

"We are open (to criticism) if they feel it will burden them, and we must also consider ways to incentivize the industry to relieve their burden," Uno remarked. (Antaranews)





President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) appealed to regional leaders to diversify their region's branding in line with the local potential and avoid monotonous promotional taglines.

Jokowi pointed out that several cities and districts have a similar branding pattern, a single word starting with the Indonesian language prefix "ber-" as an abbreviation of the region's core values.

"Cities and districts must not have the same monotonous branding. We have 'beriman', 'berhiber', and 'berseri' (city brandings) that all start with 'ber-'," the president stated at the 2023 Regional Heads and Regional Leadership Forum National Coordination Meeting in Bogor, West Java, Tuesday.

Jokowi noted that Indonesia's 514 cities and districts in 38 provinces must prudently design their cities by optimizing the local potential and conceiving a forward-looking master plan.

With an appropriate master plan in place, Indonesian cities and districts would have diversified branding according to their local potential.

"Make your city branding according to your potential and where we excel. For instance, make the city branding 'City of Banana', why not? Or 'City of fish', why not? 'City of Music', why not? Or 'City of Furniture', why not? But it must be consistent," Jokowi emphasized.

The president underscored that if a region, for instance, decided to highlight its banana produce, then it should start spotlighting its excellence in banana products.

He cited as an example the city of Davao in the Philippines as a success story in highlighting bananas as their branding point, as the city's banana industry and all aspects of bananas in the city "make people think of bananas when they think of Davao".

"(The regional authority) must plant more bananas in the region, then prepare the industry for the banana harvest. Prepare all aspects to ensure the city branding will be visible," he noted.

He also highlighted the success of High Point city in the US state of North Carolina to develop the largest furniture exhibition and Minneapolis in the state of Minnesota developing its golf courses as the city's backbone that should be emulated by Indonesian regions.

For Indonesian cities, the president suggested that Lampung enhance its "Banana city" or "Pineapple city" branding and Ambon in North Maluku develop its "Fish city" branding by emulating Tokyo's renowned Tsukiji Fish Market. (Antaranews)





Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Arifin Tasrif spotlighted the sustainability of the global energy transition at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) meeting in Abu Dhabi, the UAE, on January 14.

"This is a real step towards Net Zero Emissions in 2060 or sooner and Indonesia's support for the United Nations Climate Conference COP28 to ensure that the program is running as planned," he said as quoted from the official website monitored on Monday.

As the Vice President of the Assembly at the meeting, Tasrif highlighted Indonesia's commitment to accelerate energy transition until 2023.

That includes programs to accelerate the development of New and Renewable Energy (EBT), early termination of the operation of the Steam Power Plant (PLTU), cofiring biomass at the PLTU, the mandatory 30-percent biodiesel regulation, and the development of a supergrid electricity network.

Furthermore, the Indonesian government is preparing various legal umbrellas to provide conducive business certainty in the EBT sector as an effort to increase the utilization of EBT industry development and the national economy.

During the meeting, the minister also drew attention to the role of Southeast Asia in accelerating energy transition. One of the aggressive steps taken is the development of low-carbon technology innovations and large funding.

"According to the IRENA report, in 2050, ASEAN will need financing amounting to US$29.4 trillion including for fuel, operation, and maintenance costs as well as the financing cost scenario with 100-percent renewable energy," Tasrif remarked.

Meanwhile, Director General of IRENA Francesco La Camera said that the role of international cooperation contributed to the success of energy transition.

Those efforts must be accelerated while ensuring that the benefits are spread evenly across countries and communities, he said. 

"International cooperation will play an important role in ensuring that all countries have the opportunity to accelerate fair distribution of technology and secure the investments needed to achieve their goals. IRENA's membership offers a unique platform to drive the global energy agenda at COP28 and beyond," he said.

The IRENA meeting was chaired by La Camera along with India's Minister of Power and New and Renewable Energy as President of the 13th Assembly with the theme of "World Energy Transitions-The Global Stocktake".

At the meeting, Indonesia served as Vice President of the Assembly along with Zimbabwe, Belgium, and Uruguay. (Antaranews)





President Joko Widodo visited the Grand Indonesia shopping center, in Jakarta, Sunday evening, to re-check economic activity after the lifting of the policy of imposing restrictions on community activities (PPKM) in Indonesia two weeks ago.

Based on a press release received in Jakarta, Sunday, the President arrived at the shopping center around 19.30 WIB. The president, who was wearing a white long-sleeved shirt, then walked around to several shops while talking with the employees there.

When approaching one of the local brand clothing stores "Executive", President Jokowi was seen buying a black hat and shirt.

Executive staff named Rani said she was proud that the local brand shop where she worked was approached by the President.

"We are very proud that Pak Jokowi has visited a local brand," said Rani.

Meanwhile, related to the revocation of the PPKM policy, Rani said that this had a good impact on the shop where she worked. According to Rani, sales figures have increased again after the government revoked the policy.

"Thank God it's been amazing at Grand Indonesia," she said. (Antaranesw)

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