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20
November

 

Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education, Mohamad Nasir has issued Minister Regulation No. 55/2018 concerning the Development of National Ideology in Student Activities in the Campus Environment. Later, each campus is obliged to establish a National Ideology Guards Student Activity Unit (UKM-PIB). This unit will bring back the extra-Pancasila-based organization in campus to help strengthen efforts to prevent radicalism in campus.


The unit will also be a forum for student organizations to contest in strengthening the fading national ideology in the campus environment with the spread of radicalism. As quoted by suarapembaruan.com, Director of Communication and Information of the State Intelligence Agency, Wawan Purwanto said in Jakarta (16/11) that however, the ideology of the Pancasila must be instilled both in campuses and in schools. Indonesian people must be aware that the post-reform, Pancasila has been absent in the realm of educational material. He perceived that if Pancasila in campus is not strengthened, of course it will be dangerous and eventually, foreign ideology will enter and it is also tending to be violent, radical and even will be attacking and undermining the government.


In addition, Wawan remarked that so far, President Joko Widodo has launched Pancasila education in both schools and universities. According to Wawan Purwanto, this is a revitalization effort so that finally, all elements of this educated society can again understand how the life of the nation and state based on the Pancasila. He added that by deepening Pancasila in campus, the Indonesian nation again carves out the noble values of the Indonesian people which were indeed born from the roots that had been initiated by the founding fathers of Indonesia.


Wawan Purwanto also emphasized that with the existence of the National Ideology Guards Student Activity Unit (UKM-PIB), students are free from and able to prevent the radicalism in campus. Being sufficient with understanding of Pancasila ideology, students will directly or indirectly be able to fortify themselves.

 

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19
November

The 16th economic policy package that has just been issued is focused on encouraging the entry of foreign capital through direct investment in the country. It is expected that the increase in direct investment will be able to cover the increase in the Current Account Deficit -CAD and increase investor confidence. This was stated by Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Darmin Nasution at the Presidential Office in Jakarta last Friday (11/16) when launching the 16th Economic Policy Package. Minister Darmin explained that the policies in the 16th package encourage the entry of larger foreign capital, including through Direct Investment. He also argued that Indonesia needs to continue to be prepared to face uncertainties in global economic conditions in 2019. This is worsened with the trade war that will still occur among countries. Relaxation of policies is  implemented by the government to maintain the resilience of the national economy; one of them is by issuing the 16th Economic Policy Package. At least, there are 3 policies implemented, namely expanding the Tax Holiday Reduction Facility, relaxing the Negative Investment List -DNI, and strengthening foreign exchange controls by providing tax incentives for the results of Natural Resources. Minister Darmin Nasution also explained that the policies in the 16th package are a form to encourage the entry of larger foreign capital, including through Direct Investment. Meanwhile, Bank Indonesia -BI will issue a new regulation that is obliged to bring export proceeds (DHE) into the country on January 1, 2019. One of these rules is the implementation of the improvement of the 16th Economic Policy Package. Governor of BI, Perry Warjiyo said that his side would make a special savings account (SSR) for foreign exchange depositors in the new regulation. In the deposit, BI will provide incentives in the form of deposit tax deductions. He also explained that a number of conveniences would be enjoyed by entrepreneurs who earn income from export proceeds, without reducing the need for companies to fulfill their foreign currency obligations. This Foreign Exchange Export Policy is in accordance with Law No. 24/99 concerning the ease of exchanging foreign exchange in Rupiah and providing incentives. Governor Perry added that the incentives to be given to foreign exchange exporters are in the form of deposit tax deductions. This is also regulated and distinguished in the foreign exchange which is saved between dollars and rupiah.

10
November

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This is RRI VOI with daily segment, “My Indonesia” which today is on “Eight State FAO Permanent Representatives Study Indonesian Agriculture”. Stay tuned.

 

Permanent representatives from eight member countries of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agency (FAO) visited a number of regions in Indonesia from 31 October to 3 November 2018 to study agricultural systems in the country. In a written statement from FAO received in Jakarta on Wednesday (11/7), the delegation was from Algeria, Australia, Chile, Jordan, Nigeria, Norway, Thailand and the United States. They visited two regions namely Central Java and Bali to witness FAO's support for the Indonesian government's efforts in improving agricultural development.

FAO's representative in Indonesia, Stephen Rudgard said, in this field visit they saw firsthand how FAO works in the field and how FAO tries to work well with the beneficiaries and partners. The delegates visited Central Java to witness a demonstration of rice-fish (mina-padi) in Sukoharjo District which is an FAO collaboration with the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and the government. Mina Padi is a combination of agriculture and fish farming in one field. On that occasion the participants from the eight countries took part in harvesting rice and fish with farmers and Sukoharjo Regent, Wardoyo Wijaya.

After Sukoharjo, the delegation also visited Yogyakarta to study a Ministry of Agriculture program, supported by FAO and the US International Development Assistance Agency (USAID), to detect and eradicate outbreaks of poultry diseases that also threaten the human population. The delegation visited a poultry market and the Veterinary Center in Wates, Kulon Progo.

On the last day, the delegation visited Sibetan Village, Karangasem, Bali, to study the Salak (snake fruit) Agroforestry project proposed by the government as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS).

The proposed GIAHS site includes landscapes that are rich in important biodiversity, which have evolved and adapted in harmony with communities in their environment. Salak Farmers in Sibetan manage agroforestry systems by utilizing local wisdom and philosophy that has been passed down for more than 14 centuries from generation to generation.

Head of delegation, Permanent Representative of Nigeria for FAO Dr. Yaya Adisa Olaitan Olaniran at the end of the visit said that he left Indonesia with enough good memories of how cooperation should be carried out. The FAO delegation highly respects the Government, people and FAO staff in Indonesia.

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12
November

Indonesia hosted the World Creative Economy Conference –WCCE for the first time. Located in Nusa Dua, Bali, the conference lasted 6 to 8 November and was attended by 1.500 participants from more than 30 countries. The WCCE produces the Bali Agenda for Creative Economy which will be delivered at the United Nations General Assembly next year. One of the points of agreement is the election of the United Arab Emirates as the location for implementing the next WCCE in 2020. Head of the Creative Economy Agency -Bekraf, Triawan Munaf said last Thursday (8/11) that the Bali Agenda for Creative Economy is an aspiration and reflection of the importance of the creative economy towards the global economy. Collaboration is needed to support the strengthening of the creative economy ecosystem. The declaration is expected to further strengthen international collaboration at the global level. This reflects the strong commitment of all participants to face challenges and take advantage of creative economic opportunities. Bali Agenda contains issues of capital access, market access, product development, promotion, infrastructure development, and many others. According to Triawan Munaf, Bali Agenda is a milestone in the development of the creative economy. This declaration is the result of a delegation meeting in the Friends of Creative Economy activity held on the first day of the WCCE 2018. The agreement includes four main points divided into 21 derivative points. The first important point is collaboration and collective behavior of the Friends of Creative Economy. The participating countries agreed to establish a Center for the Leading of Creative Economy in Indonesia. This Center of Excellence functions as a platform for creative economic actors from around the world to connect ideas, resources, information, and business concepts, including in the music, culinary, and digital applications. Other points are the development of a creative economic ecosystem; celebration, promotion, and empowerment of sustainable development goals -SDGs, cultural heritage, and diversity; the last point is the determination of the location of the next WCCE implementation. At her speech at the World Creative Economy Conference in Nusa Dua, Bali, Wednesday, 7/11, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi said that Indonesia would be a creative economic capital in the Southeast Asia region. Indonesia's rich cultural heritage has enabled Indonesia to develop creative industries, fashion, culinary, arts and crafts, and entertainment. This has become an anchor for the Indonesian economy, which enables it to remain strong in the face of the economic crisis. Indonesia has more than enough creative modalities from 700 ethnic groups throughout the archipelago. Thus, Minister Retno perceived that synergy among academics, business, community, government and the media is needed to make it come true.

05
November

President Joko Widodo received Minister of Economy and Energy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Peter Altmaier at the State Palace in Jakarta on last, Thursday (1/11). On the occasion, President Joko Widodo was accompanied by Head of the Investment Coordinating Board -BKPM, Thomas Lembong and Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources -ESDM, Ignasius Jonan. After the meeting, Thomas Lembong explained that President Joko Widodo and Minister Altmaier discussed the industrial revolution 4.0 (four point zero).

"Germany is very strong in industrial internet or b to b, from corporate to corporate, but still weak in b to c, business to consumer. While, we are strong in b to c like tokpedia, traveloka, and bukalapak. It's all b to c. That's an example where our strengths complement each other. Interestingly, the minister conveyed, perhaps the most important of all the industrial technology 4.0 is artificial intelligence, machine intelligence. In his opinion, it is the most powerful creation since the steam engine 200 years ago. In the future in the industrial field, machine intelligence will be the same as the impact electricity. All machines, and all productions will be powered by machine intelligence," said Thomas Lembong.

Head of BKPM, Thomas Lembong said that in addition to industry 4.0, President Joko Widodo and Minister Altmaier also discussed vocational education. This has actually been discussed by Indonesia-Germany during President Joko Widodo's visit to Germany three years ago. The vocational education in this case is vocational training, practical skills for workers to master mechanical engineering, such as industrial machinery and automotive machinery. Regarding industry 4.0 or the fourth industrial revolution, robotics and automation were also discussed. As a follow-up of the Indonesian and German cooperation in the field of vocational education, German Minister of Economy and Energy, Peter Altmaier accompanied by Indonesian Minister of Industry, Airlangga Hartarto visited the Astra Manufacturing Polytechnic in Jakarta on last Thursday (1/11). The arrival of the two ministers was to see first-hand results of cooperation between Germany and Indonesia through the German-Indonesian Economist Association (EKONID) in the field of vocational education. On that occasion, President Director of Astra International and concurrently Chairman of EKONID, Prijono Sugiarto hoped that both countries could continue to collaborate in a bid to educate Indonesian people who have high competitiveness. At present, PT Astra has succeeded in fostering two instructors who won ‘Meister certification’ from Germany in 2017. This year, around 16 students won the certification of 'Deutsche Industrie und Handelskammer' -DIHK in the field of mecha-tronics automotive.

30
October

Every October 28th, the Indonesian nation commemorates the Youth Pledge Day. On October 28, 1928, Youths from various regions in Indonesia swore one homeland, one nation, one language: Indonesia. The Youth Pledge of 1928 is a very important milestone, becoming the foundation in building a pluralistic nation within the framework of the Unitary State of Republic of Indonesia. This was affirmed by Speaker of the House of Representatives –DPR, Bambang Soesatyo.

Quoting idntimes.com report, when attending the National Dialogue with the theme 'Ideology of Pancasila in the Era of Openness and Digitization,' in Surabaya, East Java, Sunday (28/10), Speaker Bambang Soesatyo affirmed that the values in the Youth Pledge are appropriate with the spirit of Pancasila formulated by the founders of the nation, especially in the third principle, Indonesian Unity. In addition, the diversity which is the wealth of the nation must be strongly maintained as the motto ‘Unity in Diversity’.

On that occasion, he reminded that the advancement of information and technology, especially through social media, brings about not only positive progress. But it also negative influence. Discourse, narration and propaganda wars also bring about the swift flow of information that cannot be stopped, including the development of any beliefs and doctrines that is not in line with Pancasila.

Speaker Bambang views that the efforts are needed to re-instill the ideology of Pancasila into the hearts of every Indonesian citizen. At least, there are four main lines that can be carried out. First, it is through the regulation in which Pancasila ideology stabilization law is needed so that the establishment of Pancasila ideology becomes a national system in constitutional politics. Secondly, it is through a policy that is currently carried out by President Joko Widodo in which every policy carried out by the government is the manifestation of Pancasila values. Third, it is through education by instilling the values of Pancasila through formal, non-formal and informal education. Fourth, it is through main and social media as a means of socializing the strengthening of Pancasila ideology.

Meanwhile, Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Human Rights, Wiranto in the socialization of the Presidential Instruction for the State Defense in Sidoarjo, East Java (29/10), as quoted by detik.com, said that Pancasila is the nation's ideology. This means that as Indonesian loyal citizens, they have to deeply study the true meanings and values of Pancalsila.

In addition, Minister Wiranto also said that Pancasila cannot be separated from the Unitary State of Republic of Indonesia –NKRI because both are final and must be defended by the Indonesian people. Because, both Pancasila and NKRI have created a lot of advantages for the nation.

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29
October

The governments of Indonesia and Germany keep collaborating to improve the quality of vocations to produce competitive human resources in the global era. This collaboration is in the form of a training program for advanced level trainer candidates from the industrial world to train more vocational trainers. The main objective is to strengthen the vocational education system to produce young people who are competent and highly competitive according to the needs of the labor market. Industrie-und Handelskammer (IHK), Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Trier from Germany provides trainer training programs, including helping them prepare vocational education curricula that are in line with the needs and development of the industrial sector. Deputy for Coordination of Creative Economy, Entrepreneurship, Competitiveness of Cooperatives, and Small and Medium Enterprises at the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, Rudy Salahuddin signed a declaration of cooperation between Indonesia and Germany with IHK CEO Trier Jan Glockauer in Jakarta on last Wednesday (10/24). The event was attended by Head of Development Cooperation of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Rafael Teck and Deputy Chairperson of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) for Manpower and Industrial Relations, Anton J Supit. Rudy Salahuddin, as released by Kompas, hopes that the collaboration will improve the ability to prepare curriculum and teach vocational training. He also said that President Joko Widodo had set 2018 as a momentum to prepare competent and productive human resources. Thus, the development of the quality of human capital, especially the younger generation, has received serious attention in the allocation of 2019 State Budget -APBN. The collaboration with the Trier CPI has been carried out in two phases, namely 2012 to 2015 and 2015 to 2018. In the third stage, the collaboration lasts 2018 until  2021. Its main target is to develop a strategy to synchronize the world of education and industry so that the younger generation is more competent and productive to be easily employed in the job market when graduating from vocational school. In previous collaboration, the Trier CPI focused on training pedagogical skills of teachers in several vocational high schools to have the ability to teach students' practices and theories on an ongoing basis. As for the next three years, Trier's CPI along with the government, Kadin Indonesia, and a number of partners will train the pedagogical capabilities of company workers to be able to educate vocational training participants according to the needs of the business world. Meanwhile, Deputy Chairperson of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry -Kadin for Manpower and Industrial Relations, Anton J Supit appreciated President Joko Widodo who chose vocation as a very strategic aspect to build strong human capital. He asked for the industrial world to support the large design of vocational training made by the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs so that the vocational education and training will run according to the increasingly competitive job market needs.

25
October

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The release of birds and fish seed marks2018 Cultural Performance

Welcome back to my Indonesia Today we’ll bring you a topic about’’ The release of birds and fish seed  marks2018 Cultural Performance.’’

The release of about 50 kilograms of fish seed in the stream of Lamat Muntilan riverMagelang Regency, Central Java and the various birds marks the peak of the seventh 2018 cultural performance organized by groups of localpeople on Saturday. One of the committees of the 7th culturalperformance , Sutikno explained that the release of these animals means that the local residents continue to pay attention to the importance to preserve theenvironment. He said that variuos fish seeds, such as Mujhair fish and turtles were released by the local community, including the ranks of local sub-district leaders.

Dozens of birds like kutilang, perkutu and sulingan kamparwere also released from the stream of the river close to the local residence of Pepe Village, Muntilan sub-district, Magelang Regency.

In the series of 7th culturalperformance that took place from 13 until 21 October.  the local residents of Pepe Village, Muntilan sub-district, Magelang Regency carried out  action  “clean Lamat River” and the workshop with theme Babad Sedulur Nglamat” was attended by some speakers. In addition, there were also a drawing and exposition, workshop of trash bankkid play, traditional exhibition, educational and culinary exhibition.

In the peak event during 20 and 21 october 2018art performance was held by some  local groups and some schools in Muntilan. Besides, mountain parade was also held and yellow rice was made from the local village to thesquare where stage has been established to perform with dozens of exhibition booths.

The cultural performance in Magelang regency was pioneered by Muntilam Museum Mission seven years ago. Sutikno explained that the annual agenda such as cultural performance is very important to support the spirit of the people’s brotherhood in the area. Headded that the cultural performance besides enhancing the local people’s brotherhood is aimed at uniting human beings with the world and the local area. The performance also builds spiritof ecological eduction which is the most important circle of the children. The local community makes the LamatRiver as meeting and learning place towards ecologicalawarenessThe water stream of Lamat River flows from the foot of Mt. Merapi around 20 meters of east Muntilan, the biggest district in Magelang Regency.

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19
October

The Indonesian government is committed to providing financial assistance worth 7 million US dollars or about Rp110 billion to support various Palestinian development programs. This was discussed by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi and Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyad al-Maliki during a bilateral consultation in Jakarta on last Tuesday (10/16). Minister Retno Marsudi in a joint press statement with her counterpart Minister al-Maliki said that the assistance is a concrete contribution to the Palestinian community. She affirmed that most of the total aid is used to increase significant contributions to the United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) from US$ 200,000 to US$ 2 million during 2019-2020. Meanwhile, the assistance of the Indonesian people to Palestine reaches US$2.92 million dollars and 2,000 tons of rice.In addition, the National Zakat Agency (Baznas) will also provide financial assistance to UNRWA and the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization for Palestinian refugees. The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) is currently discussing plans to build an Indonesian hospital in Hebron. The total assistance will also cover the area of capacity building. The Indonesian government will contribute to the capacity building cooperation worth US $ 2 million for the next three years. The assistance is included in the framework of the Cooperation Conference between East Asian Countries for the Development of Palestine (CEAPAD). Minister Retno Marsudi hopes that the capacity building will have a direct impact on the welfare of Palestinians, and for the independence of Palestine as an independent state. She also added that in 2019, Indonesia will train 90 officers and Palestinians in the field of women's empowerment, good governance, tropical fruit cultivation, drug and food supervision and flight training with Commercial Pilot License certificates in Indonesian pilot schools.The Chancellor's Forum and Padjajaran University will also provide scholarships for Palestinian students as part of Indonesia's efforts to prepare education for the young Palestinian generation. Since 2008, Indonesia has trained 1,887 Palestinian officers and citizens covering 171 fields of expertise, including the fields of government, law enforcement, drug and food control, and various other technical fields.Meanwhile, Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyad al Maliki greatly appreciated Indonesia's assistance and support given to his country. This support is not only shown politically, but also reflected in various development programs, including the establishment of hospitals in Gaza and Hebron. He emphasized that all this indicates that Indonesia is truly united for Palestine.

17
October

The World Bank has bee committed to providng loan assistance worth US$ 1 billiondollars or around Rp15 trillion fpr  Indonesia in the reconstruction process, post-natural disasters in Lombok and Palu and strengthen long-term resilience. This long-term loan is a continuation of the results of the talks between Vice President Jusuf Kalla and the Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank Group, Kristalina Georgieva, who discussed the assistance agreement for Indonesia. Kristalina Georgieva in her written statement quoted by Antara on Sunday (10/14) said that the Indonesian government's efforts to restore affected areas were very good. The loan package includes giving cash to 150,000 poor families affected in natural disasters for periods of six months to a year. This social security scheme is designed to strengthen the local economy and create jobs during the recovery period and prevent long-term damage to human capital. This one billion US dollar package can also be used for disaster recovery programs to finance public facilities and other important infrastructure. Affected infrastructure that can utilize the assistance, including hospitals, schools, bridges, highways, toll roads and water supply facilities. In addition, the assistance can strengthen monitoring and early warning systems, strengthen the reconstruction process of houses and rebuild the infrastructure and service environment.Previously Vice President Jusuf Kalla revealed that the loan tenor from the World Bank for disaster management could reach 35 years, so it would not burden the government. In addition to providing loan or funding assistance, the World Bank also contributed US $ 5 million for technical assistancein the form of grants, to ensure that the reconstruction process is carried out in the near future.The World Bank estimates losses for geospatial damage and infrastructure, buildings and houses affected by the tsunami in Palu reached 531 million US dollars or 8.1 trillion rupiah. The estimate does not include the calculation of casualties, loss of land or economic disruption due to lost livelihoods.Meanwhile Finance Minister Sri Mulyani said the commitment from the World Bank could strengthen efforts to increase resilience and improve the handling of natural disasters. However, he ensured, the disbursement of aid funds and their utilization must go through a discussion process with the parliament.

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