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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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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)






President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) received the official visit of Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste Taur Matan Ruak at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, on Monday.

Prime Minister Ruak arrived at the palace at 9:55 a.m. local time, accompanied by cavalry.

The presidential marching band and troops wearing traditional attire welcomed the arrival of the prime minister and the delegates of Timor Leste.

President Jokowi and several ministers welcomed Ruak at the palace courtyard. The president and the prime minister then listened to the national anthems of both countries.

State Secretary Minister Pratikno, Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi, Investment Minister Bahlil Lahadalia, Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang, and Education, Culture, Research, and Technology Minister Nadiem Makarim welcomed Ruak at the palace.

Jokowi then invited the prime minister to sign the state guest book and enter the veranda room.

President Jokowi had earlier received the state visit of President of the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste Jose Manuel Ramos-Horta at the Bogor Presidential Palace in July 2022.

At the meeting, President Jokowi encouraged the two countries to complete their bilateral investment treaty immediately.

Jokowi stated that the value of Indonesia's investment in Timor Leste had reached US$818 million in the banking, oil and gas, as well as telecommunications sectors.

The bilateral meeting in July 2022 resulted in four memoranda of understanding on agriculture, cross-border movement of buses, standardization, and metrology, as well as technical cooperation in trade.  (Antaranews)





Introduction and understanding of the culture of other countries is one of the soft diplomacy that is often carried out by several countries.

One manifestation of this diplomacy is the internship program for foreign students and students from one country to another.

Resident Director of, Australian Consortium for Country Indonesian Studies ACICIS for Indonesia, Adrian M Budiman told Voice of Indonesia in Jakarta, Thursday, said ACICIS is part of Australia's soft diplomacy program.

He hopes that internship students in Indonesia will get positive things from placement in Indonesia

"Our hope is that they will not only gain experience from the field of science they are studying but also gain cultural experience and a deeper introduction to Indonesian society," Adrian said.

According to Adrian, the Australian students were in Indonesia for 6 weeks, 2 weeks of language preparation and socialization and 4 weeks of placement in the field according to the field of study carried out and of interest to each student.

In Indonesia, students are placed in several institutions and institutions such as in the fields of Journalism, Law, economics, agriculture both government and private.

The Australian student placement activity is one of the programs of the New Colombo plan which has been implemented by the Australian government for a long time. (VOI/mstn)






Jakarta (voinews): Director General of Vocational Education at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology Kiki Yuliati drew attention to the improved trust of industries in vocational education.

"President Joko Widodo consistently supports the advancement of vocational education, and it continues to be promoted through the minister, who is also consistent in improving industries' trust in vocational education," Yuliati noted here on Tuesday.

The transformation of vocational education through the Vocational School Center for Excellence Program has created competent human resources in accordance with the needs of businesses and industries.

The improvement in trust of businesses and industries in vocational education is proven by their increased participation in the 2023 Vocational School Center of Excellence Matching Fund Scheme (SMK PK SPD) program.

Based on data from the ministry's Vocational School Directorate, 2,559 industries have registered and expressed their interest in the 2023 SMK PK SPD program, with total potential investment reaching Rp2.3 trillion (around US$152.1 million) for 56 types of expertise.

The number of participants increased significantly from 2022, namely 349 industries, with a total investment of Rp439.25 billion (around US$29.05 million).

Some 56 out of 128 types of expertise in the SMK PK SPD program were selected through a study with industries. Those types of expertise are considered to have huge potential in the future.

The ministry's Director of Vocational Schools Wardani Sugiyanto stated that the achievement is a positive signal for the transformation of vocational education through the revitalization of vocational schools and the Vocational School Center for Excellence program.

According to Sugiyanto, the 2,559 industries that have registered are dominated by medium- and large-scale industries, such as Astra, INKA Group, and others.

Apart from medium- and large-scale industries, several micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) have also shown interest in the 2023 SMK PK SPD program.

"We are inviting MSMEs, especially those in regions, (to participate), so that the 2023 SMK PK SPD (program) can be impactful and drive the economy in regions," he remarked. (antaranews)



Vice President Ma'ruf Amin affirmed that the government remains steadfast in its crusade against corruption despite a decline in Indonesia's Corruption Perception Index (CPI) score in 2022.

"It is normal; sometimes it hikes, sometimes it drops. Nevertheless, the government is committed to eradicating corruption," Amin stated at the Yogyakarta Presidential Palace here, Saturday.

The government will assess factors that might have been causal to the decline in the CPI score, Amin affirmed.

The vice president stated that the government will also evaluate where the worst decline occurs in order to ensure effective countermeasures to improve the national CPI score.

"We will assess the causes of the corruption index decline, we will assess it. KPK (Corruption Eradication Commission) employed three approaches of education, prevention, and action simultaneously. We will assess where the decline occurs," the vice president remarked.

Meanwhile, Amin stressed that the improvement and digitization of government services, such as through Public Service Centres established in several regions, aimed at providing quick services for residents and reducing corruption.

"Through digital and contactless services, (the process) will be quick, easy, and give zero chance for bribery. We have also established 'integrity zones' in bureaucracy as well as in corruption-free zones. All of these measures are to reduce corruption," Amin stated.

On Tuesday (January 31), Transparency International Indonesia (TII) launched Indonesia’s CPI data for 2022, which tanked four points to 34, from 38 in 2021 or is in the 110th position out of 180 countries surveyed.

The CPI draws on eight data sources and expert assessments to measure public sector corruption in 180 countries and territories. A score of 0 represents very corrupt while a score of 100 signifies very clean.

With these results, Indonesia was only able to increase its CPI score by two points, from a score of 32 over the last decade since 2012. In 2021, Indonesia's CPI score was 38, with a ranking of 96. (Antaranews)




Jakarta ( Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi delivered the outcome of theASEAN Foreign Ministers Retreat in Jakarta on Saturday.

Speaking to the press, Retno stated that the ministers agreed on implementing the 5 point consensus which also concerning the Myanmar crisis.

"As mandated by Leaders, as Chair, Indonesia has proposed and deliberated on the Implementation Plan of the 5 point consensus," she said.

The retreat also discussed the execution of Indo Pacific outlook, among other issues including external relations and global issues.

"We agreed on the implementation of the Asean Outlook on the Indo Pacific (AIOP)," Retno said.

"We discussed ways to bolster partnership with the European Union, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Canada, Australia, and Japan, including by intensifying engagements at the highest level," she added.

The 10 countries association, also including Timor Leste that soon going to have full membership, are also committed to promote implementation of the Code of Conduct (COC).

"Indonesia is ready to host more rounds of COC negotiation this year, the first one will be in March,"

The second day of the retreat wraps up the 32nd Asean Coordinating Council Meeting and the Asean Ministerial Meeting that was held on Friday and Saturday, 3-4 February 2023. (VOI/Yasmin)



Jakarta ( Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi stated that Indonesia has proposed 3 approaches in handling the Myanmar Crisis during the Asean chairmanship.

“During the working lunch meeting, we discussed the Myanmar crisis issue in an open, in depth, and frank manner as one family,” Retno said to the press as the Asean Secretariat Jakarta, Friday.

“Indonesia will put forward 3 approaches. First, it gets all stakeholders as a first step to facilitate possibilities of an inclusive national dialogue,” Retno said.

Second, she added, to build conducive condition to pave the way for an inclusive dialogue.

“And third, synergize Asean efforts with neighboring concerned countries and Special Envoy of the UN and other countries,” the minister stated.

She said that creating a conducive environment for an inclusive dialogue, requires reducing violence and ensuring delivery of humanitarian assistance improvement.

All Asean members representatives stated their full support to the approaches of Indonesia

“The foreign ministers reiterated the United approach in addressing the situation in Myanmar through the five points of consensus,” she said. (VOI/Yasmin)






Jakarta ( Coordinating Economic Affairs Minister Airlangga Hartarto and UK's Minister for Exports Andrew Bowie met to discuss ways to strengthen the digital economy as among the priority programs of Indonesia's ASEAN Chairmanship in 2023.

According to Hartarto, Indonesia currently has a relatively large demographic bonus that should be aligned with digital growth.

"To this end, collaboration in education is deemed to be very important for the development of digital talent," he noted during the meeting at his ministry office, here, Wednesday.

"This is especially important because, as we know, education institutions in England have advantages and educational quality that the world recognizes," he remarked.

The Indonesian government also lauded King's College London for agreeing to establish and intensify cooperation in Indonesia.

Hartarto also highlighted several important points during Indonesia's ASEAN Chairmanship in 2023, such as aspects related to sustainability, digitalization, facilitation of e-commerce, and strengthening of small and medium enterprises in the region.

Moreover, on the occasion, the two parties expressed their satisfaction over the development achieved within the Indonesia-England leadership cooperation scheme.

This encompasses commodity trade, forestry and agriculture dialogue, as well as the formation of the Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO).

England itself plays an important role in encouraging sustainability standardization recognition for Indonesia's several primary commodities in forestry, agriculture to chemical products.

Bowie emphasized England's readiness to continue to help Indonesia in the effort to encourage market access as well as acceptance and recognition of Indonesia's sustainability standards, particularly from the European Union.

He also echoed England's readiness to serve as a bridge or a hub for broader market access in Europe.

England is also ready to cooperate with Indonesia in the new and renewable energy sector, including through investment and technology transfer to Indonesia, Bowie stated. (antaranews)

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