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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: Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) entrusted the banking world to take on an active role in overseeing government policies in the downstream of mining industries.

"I also want to entrust the ladies and gentlemen with overseeing the downstream policy. Banks oversee this. If there are people, who apply for a loan to build a smelter, give it to them," President Jokowi stated, as a keynote speaker at the 2023 Mandiri Investment Forum in Jakarta, Wednesday, that was broadcast by the Presidential Secretariat's official YouTube channel.

The president expressed optimism that banks would not make it difficult for those looking to apply for such loans, as what is being done has clear benefits for the state and companies providing credit.

Jokowi emphasized that consistency in the downstream mining industries was one of the keys to boosting economic growth.

The head of state cited as an example the benefits of downstream nickel and at the same time implementing the policy of banning nickel ore exports since January 2020.

According to the president, the downstream has created a high jump in value from the Indonesian nickel mining industries, from earlier around US$1.1 billion to US$30-33 billion in 2022 based on his estimates.

"Imagine, about Rp17 trillion then jump to Rp405 trillion. What an enormous added value," Jokowi remarked.

Hence, the president said he persistently urged ministers of the Indonesia Onward Cabinet to not be influenced by the reactions of other countries and to keep moving forward in implementing the downstream policy.

The downstream mining industry is an important aspect in pushing Indonesia from a developing to a developed country.

"Sued at the WTO (World Trade Organization), we lose, but we keep going, because this is what will help our country to become a developed country, for our country. Do not think our country will become a developed country if we are afraid to downstream the raw materials that exist in our country," Jokowi stated.

Other attendees accompanying the president at the event were Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto, Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, and Minister of State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN) Erick Thohir. (Antaranews)





Jakarta - Voinews: Indonesia through the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy has the honor of being the host of the "ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2023" which will be held in the Special Region of Yogyakarta on 2 – 5 February 2023. Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno/ in The Weekly Brief With Sandi Uno, Monday (30/1) in Jakarta, said ATF is the biggest annual tourism agenda in the ASEAN region. According to him, at ATF 2023, Indonesia will bring back tourism based on conservation and education.

"We hope that here we will kick off conservation and education-based tourism again by being able to provide 1,000 to 1,200 tourists with a special package, namely an education and conservation package with upanat sandals that can climb the temple building, this is what we will be carrying out," said Sandiaga.

Sandiaga Uno further said that Indonesia has consistently fought for ASEAN countries and other countries to contribute to increasing the ASEAN tourism market. According to him, in ATF 2023, Indonesia is ready to compete and collaborate with all parties.

ATF 2023 is expected to be a trigger for accelerating the post-pandemic recovery of ASEAN tourism. A total of 157 booths and 308 delegations of B2B participants and 136 buyers from 29 countries in the Travex program can have an economic impact of over US$100 million for Indonesian tourism.

ATF 2023 held a series of agendas. Starting from the meeting of state delegations at both the Ministerial and NTO (National Tourism Organization) levels, and also the Travel Exchange (TRAVEX) which is a business forum for tourism businesses between ASEAN countries.

There will also be additional activities such as the Minister's Breakfast Meeting handled by US-ABC, Minister Business Luncheon held by CNN, Lao Night as the next leadership delegation event to Laos, post-meeting tour for VIP delegates, ASEAN Awarding Ceremony, to Global Modest Fashion Week.

Participants in the delegation meeting at the ATF were not only attended by ASEAN countries. But also several partner countries such as ASEAN Plus Three (Japan, Korea, China), India, Russia, and several other international organizations such as UNWTO, PATA, WTTC, ASEANTA, and US-ABC.

The theme for the ATF this time is “ASEAN: A Journey to Wonderful Destinations”. This theme represents the main hope of the tourism sector in developing major regional and international tourist destinations. As well as strengthening ASEAN's position as an accelerator of economic growth and job creation. (VOI/Thiodor)





Jakarta - Voinews: Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno said, based on the President's direction, the target of foreign and domestic tourists must be achieved by increasing the number of flights, ease of regulation and organizing quality tourism events. In this regard, Sandiaga in his statement, Monday (30/1) in Jakarta, emphasized that the government will simplify the licensing process for organizing tourism events, including through digitization steps. This effort is expected to encourage an increase in the movement of tourists, both domestic and foreign.

"Here direct instructions were given, Mr. President wants event licensing, be it MICE, sports, music and other creative events that we have just launched in the future must be made easier, must be digitized and this will increase the movement of domestic tourists and visits from foreign tourists," said Sandiaga.

Regarding the addition of flights, Sandiaga Uno explained, President Joko Widodo had also given directions to focus on three main markets, namely India, China and Russia. For this reason, according to him, the Indonesian government will cooperate with domestic and foreign airlines so that this target can be achieved. The three countries were chosen because based on data the demand from their people to visit Indonesia, especially Bali, is very high.

Specifically for the Chinese market, there are actually direct flights with a charter system. It is hoped that in the future it can be increased with scheduled direct flights so that the target of up to 7.4 million foreign tourists and 1.4 billion domestic tourist movements this year can be achieved.

Meanwhile, Deputy for Marketing at the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Ni Made Ayu Marthini, explained that specifically for the Chinese market, there are direct flights with a charter system every week. Currently, a review by the Chinese government is being carried out regarding the aviation agreement.

"The industry hopes that there will be regular (flights), and many have entered (requests). Before the pandemic there were 16 direct flights, and the Chinese Government had said that those who had previously been given permits and slots (flights) had no problems. We hope that ( spring) April-May can start again," Made said. (VOI/Thiodor)





Jakarta - Voinews: The Representative Office of Bank Indonesia (KPwBI) for the Province of Bali echoes education related to Love, Proud and Understanding (CBP) Rupiah. The agency also encourages the use of the Indonesian Standard Quick Response Code (QRIS) at the 2023 Chinese New Year Festival in Denpasar.

Head of the Bali Province KPwBI Trisno Nugroho at the Nusantara Stage-Chinese New Year Festival event in Denpasar Sunday said at least 100 MSMEs participated in the festival activities which lasted for two days, 28 and 29 January 2023 at the Puputan Badung Field I Gusti Ngurah Made Agung and all of them have can accept payments with QRIS. This activity is also supported by community elements in Bali such as Flobamora. Ikawangi. Pusunda. antique car community and so on. (Antaranews)





Jakarta - Voinews: The government continues to intensify three policy strategies that are implemented on target to accelerate the eradication of extreme poverty by 2024. This was stated by the Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy in his statement Sunday.

The intended strategy includes reducing the public expenditure burden, increasing people's income and reducing the number of pockets of poverty. Minister Muhadjir added that the policy strategy was carried out by prioritizing integration, convergence and program synergy as well as cooperation between all stakeholders. (Antaranews)





Jakarta - Voinews: Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said that the culture of gotong royong had saved Indonesia from the severe impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The President admitted that he was very pleased with the behavior of the people who maintained a culture of helping each other, helping each other, and working together at the beginning of the pandemic that hit Indonesia. "Help each other, work together, and hand in hand, that is our country Indonesia, the country of Pancasila.

That is what saves us, helping each other, helping each other, and working together," said Jokowi at the opening of the 2023 National Chinese New Year Celebration at Banteng Square, Jakarta, Sunday. The president asked the public to be grateful for Indonesia's success in handling the COVID-19 pandemic which was relatively good and recognized the international world."Don't forget to be grateful that PPKM was revoked at the end of 2022 in December.

We often forget when it's delicious. Forget that it's normal now, even though this is still in a transition period," he said. Jokowi reminded that Indonesia had experienced difficult circumstances in meeting various needs for handling the COVID-19 pandemic, such as personal protective equipment (PPE), oxygen cylinders, and vaccines. This, he said, was exacerbated by the closure of public places that had to be taken to deal with the spread of COVID-19, such as malls, markets, cinemas, places of worship, to stalls and small shops.

Therefore, the President called for the culture of gotong royong and mutual help to be maintained entering the transitional period after the lifting of the implementation of restrictions on community activities (PPKM). "The big ones work hand in hand with the small ones, the middle ones work hand in hand with the small ones, the big ones work together with the small ones, all partners, a hand in hand partnership. If during a pandemic it is possible, even during normal times we must continue to help each other, helping each other so that everything will lift each other up," said Jokowi .

Previously, the Head of State began his remarks by conveying Kongzi Li's Happy Chinese New Year 2574 to all the people celebrating. "Happy Chinese New Year 2574, Gong Xi Fa Cai.

May happiness and prosperity always be with us all," said Jokowi. Also present at the opening of the 2023 National Chinese New Year Celebration included the Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Security Mahfud MD, Minister of Religion Yaqut Cholil Qoumas, Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin, Minister of Cooperatives, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Teten Masduki, BUMN Minister Erick Thohir, National Police Chief General Police Listyo Sigit Prabowo, and Indonesian Fifth President Megawati Seokarnoputri. (VOI/Akbar)





Jakarta - Voinews: Minister of Youth and Sports Zainudin Amali has expressed hope that the National Sports Weeks (PON) 2024 in Aceh and North Sumatra could benefit local people and the economy in Aceh.

"We hope people come to Aceh, not only because of the PON, but also for feeling at home and comfortable, and they will visit again and again," Amali said during the launching of the PON's mascot, logo, and tagline here on Saturday (January 28).

The repeated visits will certainly help push the province's economic growth, he added.

The minister said local authorities in the two provinces should make proper preparations to hold the national sport event and local people should become good hosts.

Besides showcasing achievements in national sports, the PON is expected to benefit its host provinces, Amali said.

He added that Aceh people must be proud because their region has been selected to host the PON.

"The decision to select Aceh and North Sumatra is not made without any basis, but because we believe that Aceh and North Sumatra are ready to be the event's host," he said.

He stressed the need for the two provinces to provide adequate facilities for athletes and visitors from all over the country.

According to Amali, there are some indicators of success in organizing the sports event, one of them is the economic benefit.

"The economic benefit must be enjoyed by all people around match venues and accommodation (places)," he said.

The minister also emphasized the success in organizing the PON will reflect Aceh's capability and elevate the local people's dignity and honor. (Antaranews)






Jakarta - Voinews: President Joko Widodo officially kicked off Indonesia's 2023 ASEAN Chairmanship at the launching event in Hotel Indonesia Roundabout here, Sunday.

Arriving at the roundabout with a bicycle, the president accompanied by Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, State-owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir, State Secretariat Minister Pratikno, and Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadmuljono.

Jokowi was welcomed by residents who flocked the roundabout for the launching, as well as a marching band performance and a parade of traditional costumes. Foreign ambassadors also attended the ceremony and welcomed the president.

In his remarks, Jokowi said that Indonesia continued the success of the G20 Presidency in 2022 with the ASEAN Chairmanship this year despite global uncertainties and challenges.

"Economic crisis, energy crisis, food crisis, as well as warfare, we face all of them this year," he noted.

The president, however, emphasised that ASEAN will remain essential and relevant for the people, the Southeast Asian region, and all. He also said that ASEAN would continue contributing to the Indo-Pacific region and maintaining regional economic growth.

"ASEAN will continue contributing to peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. ASEAN will help maintain economic growth because ASEAN matters and is the epicentre of growth," he emphasised.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Marsudi said that this year's ASEAN Chairmanship theme, "ASEAN Matters: Epicentrum of Growth," reflects what Indonesia is seeking to achieve in its chairmanship.

"If we see the theme, we have two major elements. The first element is ASEAN Matters, which means that through its chairmanship, Indonesia continues making ASEAN relevant and important, not only for the Indonesian people but also for the ASEAN people and beyond," Marsudi explained.

Indonesia is keen to make ASEAN the "locomotive" to maintain the Indo-Pacific region as a peaceful and stable region, she said.

The minister stated that the second element of the theme, "Epicentrum of Growth", means that Indonesia wants to capitalise on ASEAN's economic growth, which always records above-average growth than the global economy.

Indonesia took over the ASEAN Chairmanship from its previous holder Cambodia at the 40th and 41st ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on November 14, 2022. (antaranews)





Jakarta - Voinews: Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno said the ministry would help promoting the hidden gem tourist attractions in regions.

"I ask the governors, mayors, and district heads to inform (me) about hidden gems, tourism attractions that we do not know. Inform me and I will promote it. If we promote it, God Willing, more tourists will come," Uno stated at the 2023 Kharisma Event Nusantara (KEN) Festival launching in Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park (TMII) here, Saturday (January 28).

The KEN Festival in 2022 had driven three million domestic tourist movements and developed 11 thousand micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), 55 thousand event/art actors, 250 associations and communities, as well as created jobs for 11 thousand workers.

The 2023 KEN, involving 110 top events curated from 38 Indonesian provinces, is expected to attract the visit of domestic and foreign tourists which will benefit the national economy.

Among the events that participated in this year's KEN are Aceh Culinary Festival, Bogor Street Festival, Jember Fashion Carnaval, Samosir Music International, and Tomohon International Flower Festival.

Besides the 2023 KEN, the ministry also launched Sportive, a special classification for sports, music, and creative festivals, which includes 65 events this year.

"(Through) the Sportive and 2023 KEN we launched today, and through innovation, adaptation, and collaboration, let us be proud to travel in Indonesia," Uno said.

On the same occasion, the minister encouraged tourism associations to organise quality events at the start of 2023 to expedite the national economic recovery and growth.

"I see that all events from Sabang to Merauke can drive the regional economy through cultural, sports, and festival events. I also see that the key to economic awakening is to organise quality events," he remarked. (Antaranews)





The Medan City Government will increase the number of families that are subject to the garbage retribution fee to 250 thousand in 2023.

"In 2023, the mandatory garbage fee must cover 250 thousand heads of families," Head of the Medan City Environment Office Suryadi Panjaitan remarked here on Friday.

Panjaitan said that increasing the number of residents subject to the garbage fee will boost regional original revenue (PAD) in the waste retribution sector in the capital of North Sumatra.

The office head pointed out that in 2022, only 87 thousand heads of families compulsorily paid the garbage retribution fee, while the current number of families in Medan reached 500 thousand.

The Medan City Environment Office said that the city produced two thousand tons per day of organic and inorganic waste in 2021.

"(Hence), this garbage fee can be one of the regional original revenue sources, but this increase (of coverage) must also be accompanied by improved services," Panjaitan stated.

Earlier this week, Mayor of Medan Bobby Nasution urged the city's environment office to innovate in increasing the number of residents subject to the mandatory fee for throwing garbage.

"If manual payment is not effective, try using a digital system," he stated during a coordination meeting for the implementation of obligatory waste retribution fee in Medan, Wednesday (January 25).

He said for residents to understand the garbage fee as a mandatory payment, the regional governmental apparatus organization (OPD) must help improve the quality of environmental hygiene.

"If the environment is clean, Insya Allah (God willing), the community would be happy to pay the fee every month," Nasution stated.

Hence, the mayor urged related parties to improve performance, innovate, and collaborate with local administrations in providing better services in waste retribution. (antaranews)

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