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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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26
January

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Environment and Forestry (LHK) Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar has emphasized that the government will take strict action against business players found causing forest or land fires in Indonesia.

"If forest fires happen because of (the activities of) the private sector, there will be no mercy (for the business actors), because as soon as a hotspot is detected (in the area owned by them), we will immediately give a warning (to them),” she said here on Wednesday.

Hence, if a fire truly breaks out, the owner of the land will certainly be punished, she informed at a press conference on the “Preparedness to Handle the 2023 Forest and Land Fires.”

She said that the implementation of such law enforcement efforts is the best way to prevent the fires.

According to the LHK Ministry, the total area affected by forest and land fires shrunk by 43 percent in 2022 compared to 2021.

The ministry said that the area burnt by such disasters covered 204,896 hectares in 2022; 358,864 hectares in 2021; 296,942 hectares in 2020; and 1.64 million hectares in 2019.

The Indonesian Government has taken firm action against many perpetrators of forest and land destruction.

Recently, the Environment and Forestry Ministry won a lawsuit against a business actor over land and forest fires, which damaged a 1,500 hectare-peatland in Karya Tani Village, Barambai Sub-district, Barito Kuala District, South Kalimantan Province, in September 2019.

The panel of judges said that PT Agri Bumi Sentosa (ABS) had been proven to have committed an unlawful act, which resulted in the fires, and hence, the company was obliged to pay material compensation of Rp160.69 billion and environmental restoration costs of Rp591.55 billion.

Since 2015, the Directorate General of Law Enforcement of the LHK Ministry has carried out 1,919 operations to secure environmental ecosystems and forest areas.

The ministry has also sanctioned 2,591 corporations and brought 1,348 criminal and civil cases to court.

Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD asked corporations that have a business in forest management to jointly anticipate and handle forest and land fires in Indonesia.

"If something (a disaster) happens, the consequences or losses that arise will also befall the companies," he added.  (Antaranews)

26
January

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Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno on Wednesday outlined a number of achievements of the tourism sector in 2022, such as the number of foreign tourist visits exceeding the government’s maximum target.

At a working meeting with Commission X of the House of Representatives (DPR) here on Wednesday, he said that as of November 2022, international tourist arrivals had reached 4.58 million, while the most optimistic target set by the government was 3.6 million.

The number of domestic tourist visits also reached the target of 633 million.

In addition, Indonesia managed to rank 32nd out of 117 countries on the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Development Index 2021 released in May 2022, ahead of Malaysia and Thailand.

"We have created more than three million new jobs in 2022," the minister informed.

In 2022, the total number of workers in the tourism sector was 22.89 million and in the creative economy sector, 23.98 million, he noted.

Furthermore, the foreign exchange earned from the tourism and creative economy sectors was recorded at US$4.26 billion as of November 2022, or almost 2.5 times the target of US$1.71 billion.

"The tourism sector’s GDP (gross domestic product) contribution target of 3.6 percent was also achieved. The export value of creative economy products, which was projected to reach 25.33 percent (of Indonesia’s total exports), reached US$24.8 billion as of November 2022,” Uno informed.

Meanwhile, the added value of the creative economy sector reached the target of Rp1,236 trillion, he stated.

The overall realization of the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry’s 2022 budget reached Rp3.49 trillion as of January 17, 2023, or 97.13 percent of its budget ceiling of Rp3.59 trillion, he added.

According to the type of programs, the realization of the budget allocated for tourism and creative economy programs, vocational education and training programs, as well as management support programs has reached 98.14 percent, 97.1 percent, and 95.5 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, based on the type of expenditure, the budget for working units was realized 97.8 percent, tourism authority boards (BPO) 93.8 percent, the higher education implementing unit (UPT) 96.4 percent, and assistance tasks 92.7 percent. (Antaranews)

Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno on Wednesday outlined a number of achievements of the tourism sector in 2022, such as the number of foreign tourist visits exceeding the government’s maximum target.

At a working meeting with Commission X of the House of Representatives (DPR) here on Wednesday, he said that as of November 2022, international tourist arrivals had reached 4.58 million, while the most optimistic target set by the government was 3.6 million.

The number of domestic tourist visits also reached the target of 633 million.

In addition, Indonesia managed to rank 32nd out of 117 countries on the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Development Index 2021 released in May 2022, ahead of Malaysia and Thailand.

"We have created more than three million new jobs in 2022," the minister informed.

In 2022, the total number of workers in the tourism sector was 22.89 million and in the creative economy sector, 23.98 million, he noted.

Furthermore, the foreign exchange earned from the tourism and creative economy sectors was recorded at US$4.26 billion as of November 2022, or almost 2.5 times the target of US$1.71 billion.

"The tourism sector’s GDP (gross domestic product) contribution target of 3.6 percent was also achieved. The export value of creative economy products, which was projected to reach 25.33 percent (of Indonesia’s total exports), reached US$24.8 billion as of November 2022,” Uno informed.

Meanwhile, the added value of the creative economy sector reached the target of Rp1,236 trillion, he stated.

The overall realization of the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry’s 2022 budget reached Rp3.49 trillion as of January 17, 2023, or 97.13 percent of its budget ceiling of Rp3.59 trillion, he added.

According to the type of programs, the realization of the budget allocated for tourism and creative economy programs, vocational education and training programs, as well as management support programs has reached 98.14 percent, 97.1 percent, and 95.5 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, based on the type of expenditure, the budget for working units was realized 97.8 percent, tourism authority boards (BPO) 93.8 percent, the higher educat

25
January

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Minister for National Development Planning (Bappenas) Suharso Monoarfa has provided five recommendations for the proposed development of R-80 aircraft, which is being pushed by PT Regio Aviasi Industri (RAI).

The development of the aircraft has become one of the government's initiatives, as outlined in the 2022–2045 Road Map for the Development of the Indonesian Aerospace Industry Ecosystem.

"The first (recommendation) is that PT RAI's input has been accommodated in the 2022–2045 Indonesian Aerospace Industry Ecosystem Development Road Map," Monarfa said on his Instagram account @suharsomonoarfa, after a meeting with RAI officials in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Second, his ministry will conduct a roadshow at ministries/institutions (K/L) to ensure the adoption of the road map. The roadshow is expected to build stronger support, especially for research collaboration and strategic partnership building.

"Third, a request for support for the formation of a PMO (Program Management Organization), specifically for the R-80 can be facilitated through the PMO recommended by the 2022–2045 Indonesian Aerospace Industry Ecosystem Development Road Map to be formed under the coordination of the aerospace industry policy committee," Monoarfa said.

Furthermore, the R-80 aircraft is included in the Turboprop type aircraft category and has a capacity of fewer than 100 passengers, which is the focus of the aerospace product pillar of the 2022–2045 road map.

The potential market for R-80 aircraft is considered to be prospective, but with tough competition from global players such as Avions de transport régional (ATR), Bombardier, and China COMAC.

"Fifth, the need for PT RAI to build strategic partnerships with production partners can be facilitated by the government in the form of an endorsement without strings attached (acknowledgment without providing guarantees or funding)," Monoarfa said. (Antaranews)

25
January

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President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has said that all countries are competing for investment and the latest technologies.

"It seems so, for example, there are G20 meetings, and it looks like they are greeting each other, but they are competing with each other,” he observed.

He made the statement during the “National Working Meeting on Strategy for Family Development, Population, and Family Planning and the Program to Accelerate Stunting Reduction” in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Not only at the global level, as seen during the meeting of G20 countries that control 85 percent of the world's economy, neighboring countries in the Southeast Asian region are also competing fiercely for investment and technology, he pointed out.

"In ASEAN itself, you see us hugging, greeting, but we are competing. All countries are fighting over investments and technology,” he remarked.

Therefore, the President said improving the quality of human resources (HR) has become an important key to building the nation's competitiveness to attract investment to develop technology.

"The key is having a good quality of human resources," he added.

Given the importance of human resource quality, the President asked the National Population and Family Planning Agency (BKKBN) to carry out its duties to help maintain balanced growth and improve the quality of families.

"Creating a quality family is not easy, but I believe 1.2 million extension workers at the BKKBN and their assistants are able to do that. This means that good human resources are the key to the nation's competitiveness," he said.

The government is relying on investment to maintain the trend of economic recovery in 2023. In this regard, President Jokowi has set this year's investment target of Rp1,400 trillion or higher than that of last year which stood at Rp1,200 trillion.

With investment support, Indonesia is targeting economic growth of 5.3 percent in 2023. (Antaranews)

25
January

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Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi separately received the visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambian Citizens Abroad, H.E. Dr. Mamadou Tangara, and the visit of the Guinean Minister of Transport, Y.M Felix Lamah. The two meetings were held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tuesday (24/1) in Jakarta.

The meeting with the Gambian Foreign Minister discussed cooperation within the framework of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) forum and various opportunities to increase bilateral cooperation.

Regarding Gambia's plan to host the 15th OIC Summit at the end of this year, Foreign Minister Retno expressed hope that the OIC Summit could produce concrete deliverables.

"Indonesia supports Gambia to be able to produce cooperation that benefits the people of OIC member countries, including through cooperation to fulfill the right to education for Afghan women, as well as cooperation to strengthen capacity in agriculture," said Retno.

Foreign Minister Retno also conveyed Indonesia's readiness to provide protocol training and international trials to Gambia in order to increase Gambia's readiness to hold the OIC Summit.

"Indonesia wants to be part of the success story of African economic development," said Foreign Minister Retno.

In particular, the two Ministers of Foreign Affairs discussed the follow-up of several initiatives in the 2018 Indonesia-Africa Forum and the 2019 Indonesia-Africa Infrastructure Dialogue. Foreign Minister Retno also conveyed Indonesia's commitment to help renovate the Agricultural Rural Farmers Training Center (ARFTC) in Jenoi, Gambia, which Indonesia built in 1996. With this renovation, it was hoped that ARFTC would become a regional hub for training farmers in West Africa.

Foreign Minister Retno and Foreign Minister Tangara also discussed the Preferential Trade Agreement plan between Indonesia and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which was proposed by Indonesia since 2017. Foreign Minister Tangara expressed Gambia's readiness to follow up on this PTA plan.

In the health sector, Foreign Minister Retno informed that the Covid-19 vaccine made in Indonesia, IndoVac, is currently in the process of submitting an Emergency Use Listing from WHO. Foreign Minister Retno wants Indonesia to be further involved in the Gambia health program.

Meanwhile, in her meeting with the Guinean Minister of Transportation, Y.M Felix Lamah, Foreign Minister Retno discussed increasing bilateral relations, especially in the strategic industrial, infrastructure and transportation sectors.

Foreign Minister Retno welcomed the plan to sign a Letter of Intent (Loi) in the field of transportation between the Minister of Transportation RI and Guinea on January 26 2023.

"We will translate this agreement into real cooperation, especially in the fields of air, maritime and land (rail) transportation, both G-to-G and B-to-B," said Retno.

Apart from that, Foreign Minister Retno also encouraged cooperation between Indonesian BUMNs and their partners in Guinea. Furthermore, the two Ministers also discussed capacity building cooperation, including for the development of the aviation industry and the establishment of Guinea Air, which could include pilot training, mechanics and aircraft maintenance.

Apart from meeting with the Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Guinean Minister of Transportation is also planning to visit PT Dirgantara Indonesia to discuss support for the formation of Guinea Air and PT Wika Industri Manufaktur to explore cooperation in the development of the electric vehicle industry. (VOI/Andy)

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January

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Construction of the Ciliwung River waterway (sodetan) that is aimed at handling floods in Jakarta will be completed in April 2023, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated.

"It will be completed soon. Insya Allah (God willing), this Ciliwung Waterway, (whose work) has been halted for six years, will be completed this April," Jokowi noted while reviewing the Ciliwung River Waterway to the East Flood Canal (KBT) Development Project, here on Tuesday.

The head of state explained that over the past 1.5 months, the Jakarta provincial government had acquired land for the waterway construction work.

After the land acquisition, the drilling for the waterway project can be resumed after being halted for a long time.

After the waterway construction is completed, Jokowi is optimistic that the points prone to flooding in Jakarta would be significantly reduced.

According to Jokowi, when the Ciliwung Waterway is opened, it will reduce floodwaters by 33 cubic meters per second during the flood status level IV, or alert, and 63 cubic meters per second during the flood status level I, or critical.

The Ciliwung waterway tunnel has a length of 1.3 kilometers, he stated.

"In this 1.3 kilometers-long waterway, the right channel is 3.2 meters, and the left tunnel is 3.25 meters. When it functions later, it will greatly reduce flooding in Jakarta," he explained.

After the Ciliwung waterway is completed, efforts for handling the Jakarta floods will continue by maximizing pumps in the river and normalizing rivers that flow through the capital city.

Furthermore, construction is underway of a sea embankment and wall to tackle coastal flooding in the northern area of Jakarta.

"There is (the construction of a sea wall) in the north (of Jakarta) to (overcome) coastal flooding, both the sea embankments and the giant sea wall. I have ordered the acting governor of Jakarta (to oversee the project)," Jokowi stated. (Antaranews)

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January

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The Jakarta Health Service provides 60 thousand COVID-19 vaccine doses daily at 300 locations to support the fourth dose of vaccination, or the second booster, for the general public aged 18 years and above.

"We will provide 200 doses per location," Head of the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Immunization Department of the Jakarta Health Service Ngabila Salama stated in Jakarta on Tuesday.

To access the fourth dose of vaccination, Salama noted that people only need to bring along their identity card for registration.

The health service provides around 300 vaccination locations every Monday to Sunday and also in the afternoon and evening from 16:00 to 20:00 local time on Monday-Friday at 44 sub-district community health center (puskesmas).

The 300 vaccination locations are spread across puskesmas and can be checked through the Jakarta Health Service's Instagram social media account: @dinkesdki.

Apart from vaccination for the general public, the Jakarta Health Service also provides a fourth dose vaccination for State Civil Apparatus (ASN) and the general public aged 18 years and over from Tuesday, January 24 to January 27, 2023.

The vaccination will be held from 13:00 to 15:00 local time using Pfizer and Zifivax vaccines at the Jakarta City Hall, five Jakarta Mayor offices, and Seribu Islands Administrative District Office in the Mitra Praja Tanjung Priok building.

The first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine can be given to residents aged 12 years and above and the third and fourth doses can be administered to people aged 18 and over, Salama stated.

As for the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine, the gap between dose two and dose three must be at least three months while the interval between doses three and four is at least six months, without having to wait for tickets on the PeduliLindungi application.

"The period between any dose of vaccine from being cured of COVID-19 is at least one month and the period between any dose of vaccine from the other vaccine is at least 14 days," he stated.

The Jakarta Health Service noted that as many as 85 percent of those succumbing to COVID-19 in Jakarta had the last vaccine gap of more than six months or an average of six to 12 months.

Booster vaccination can double antibody levels in the body to kill the virus, she stated.

"It is declared endemic if cases are high, but there is no increase in deaths and hospitalizations (BOR). Immunity is the key to control COVID-19. The level of immunity in the community must be maintained at a good level," she stated.  (Antaranews)

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January

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President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) appealed to everyone to wait for further information on the Onwards Indonesia Cabinet reshuffle that has been frequently spoken about over the last few weeks.

"Wait for it," Jokowi stated during the sidelines of his observation of the Ciliwung River sewer project in East Jakarta on Tuesday.

The head of state did not disclose the exact date of the cabinet reshuffle and chose to not reply when the journalists inquired as to whether the reshuffle would take place in February.

The talks of a cabinet reshuffle had grown prevalent in recent weeks. Jokowi also hinted at a cabinet reshuffle on several occasions.

On Thursday, January 5, President Jokowi said that a cabinet reshuffle could be conducted any time.

"Tomorrow. It could be Friday, it could be Monday, it could be Tuesday, it could be Wednesday," he stated at the time.

On Monday, January 2, he also appealed to everyone to wait for a possible cabinet reshuffle.

"Yes, just wait," he remarked while visiting the Tanah Abang Market in Jakarta.

The Onwards Indonesia Cabinet for the 2019-2024 period had earlier undergone three reshuffles. The first one was on December 23, 2020, during which six new officials were selected to fill positions of the health minister, social affairs minister, religious affairs minister, trade minister, maritime affairs and fisheries minister, and tourism and creative economy minister.

Jokowi reshuffled the Onwards Indonesia Cabinet for the second time on April 28, 2021, by swearing into office two new officials to fill the education, culture, research, and technology minister's seat as well as the investment minister's seat.

The third reshuffle was conducted on June 15, 2022, in which Jokowi appointed some new officials to become the trade minister, agrarian and spatial planning minister, deputy minister of agrarian and spatial planning, deputy minister of home affairs, and deputy minister of manpower.  (Antaranews)

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January

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Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno encouraged micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to persevere in developing their business to become established corporations with legal status.

"MSMEs must not be stagnated; they must upgrade themselves to the corporation level," Uno stated at the Genpro (Professional Global Entrepreneurs) community seminar as revealed in a statement that ANTARA received here Sunday.

At the seminar, Uno was accompanied by the ministry's Deputy for Resources and Institution Martini M Paham, Special Staff for Monitoring and Evaluation of Strategic and Priority Policies Panji Gurnadi Danuhusodo, and Special Staff for Tourism Destination Security and Strategic Issues Brigadier General Ario Prawiseso.

Uno said that by achieving the corporation level, entrepreneurs would find more business opportunities and open more jobs for the people to help achieve the 4.4-million job target by 2024.

Meanwhile, Uno pointed out that the fundamentals of industries in the sectors of digital technology, healthcare, and environmental sustainability, would remain bright in 2023, and MSME entrepreneurs must seek opportunities from those sectors.

He also reiterated the ministry's commitment to helping improve human resources quality for MSMEs to ensure the MSMEs to be run by competent and quality human resources.

The ministry's deputy of resources and institution will also organise upskilling and reskilling programmes to help MSMEs develop as established corporations that may, in the future, offer their company shares to public at the IPO (initial public offering) in the stock exchange, he added.

"By doing so, our business and work opportunities will be more open," Uno remarked.

Earlier, Trade Minister Zulkifli Hasan has said that the government is supporting the improvement of MSMEs by seeking to integrate four pillars to build an ecosystem that helps develop their competitiveness.

During the visit to Binjai, North Sumatra, on Tuesday (January 17), Hasan noted that the four pillars include MSMEs, modern retail, marketplaces, and banking. All of which must be integrated into one ecosystem. (Antaranews)

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January

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Vice President Ma'ruf Amin highlighted the importance of national character building as it is the main foundation to save Indonesia's younger generation from the threats of radicalism.

"The national character is the primary foundation and essential filter to deter radicalism and other ideologies that are in opposition to Pancasila," he said in his speech that he delivered virtually at the Shalahuddin Al-Ayyubi Islamic Academy's undergraduate graduation ceremony here Sunday.

Amin urged universities in Indonesia, including Shalahuddin Al-Ayyubi Islamic Academy, to instill the national character in their students to make them part of the country's advanced future generation.

Enhancing the national character is inevitable amid the rapid flows of information and values of foreign cultures as nurturing nationalism and patriotism among members of younger generation is not a task that will get completed in a day, he said.

"The character development, particularly the national character, needs a long process and time, and it must be nurtured and developed continuously," Amin said.

He emphasised the importance of proper religious education, including knowledge, behaviour, and faith aspects. These all must be instilled in concurrence with tolerance, respect for differences, and national unity values.

Amin also highlighted that the Islamic higher educational institutions play an important role in developing a democratic Indonesian character.

He pointed out that many Indonesian Muslim figures who have become the spokespersons for peaceful, friendly, and civilised Islamic values at international level are educated at Islamic educational institutions.

Amin expressed hope that the Islamic educational institutions, such as the Shalahuddin Al-Ayyubi Islamic Academy, continue instilling noble values in their students at they will elevate Islamic values and Indonesia's prestige to the global community in the future.

"As one of the Islamic higher educational institutions in Indonesia, I hope the Shalahuddin Al-Ayyubi Islamic Academy will produce national Muslim figures who will contribute to the development, initiate changes towards progress, and elevate our nation's prestige at the global level," he said. (antaranews)

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