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November

President Joko Widodo praised the harmony among religious followers in Lampung Province. This shows that Lampung’s condition is peaceful and conducive. This was stated by President Joko Widodo in his remarks during a visit to the Darussaalamah Salafiyah Islamic Boarding School in East Lampung Regency on Friday. He said that the Indonesian people are brothers and sisters across the country, Indonesia. Thus, they must keep o maintaining the unity. In the gathering at the Islamic boarding school led by KH Imam Sibawi, there were representatives of other religions. President Joko Widodo also reminded the democratic festivity to be carried out during the election of regional heads and presidential election could strengthen the nation's integrity and unity. (Ant-Mar)

24
November

Kadin Focuses on Increasing Exports

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Chamber of Commerce and Industry -Kadin focuses on the efforts to increase exports for equitable economic development. Deputy Chairperson of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Anindya N. Bakrie remarked in a statement in Jakarta on Friday that the subject of the discussion is highlighted with regard to national and international economic developments with all challenges and problems. The main focus is discussed in the National Leadership Meeting -Rapimnas. The Rapimnas will take the theme "Increasing Exports and Encouraging Competitive Industrial Development Towards Equitable Economic Development". The organization of this year's National Forum will be held on November 26-28 in Solo, Central Java. Anindya added that in the Rapimnas, Kadin will also discuss the various challenges facing the business world, such as the issue of DNI policy as part of the 16th policy package recently launched by the government. (Ant-Mar)

24
November

President Joko Widodo said the public would lose out if the influence of social media and political differences undermined unity and brotherhood. As quoted by Antara News Agency, President Joko Widodo in his remarks, while handing over land certificates in Central Lampung District on Friday told the people not to let things such as these happen due to political influence; because of social media influences. He also affirmed that the community has the right to choose the best candidates in regional elections and presidential elections. They can see achievements, track records and ideas from prospective leaders. President Joko Widodo also expressed concern at the time of entering the political year, due to the spread of slander, the circulation of false news and blasphemy through social media. (ROL)

24
November

Sumatra Island is expected to be able to transform into a downstream industrial center for palm oil derivative products (CPO), instead of just exporting CPO or semi-finished products. This step is believed to be able to make provinces in Sumatra stronger in facing the dynamics of the world economy, including prices of commodities such as palm oil and rubber which are now sluggish. This was affirmed by Minister of National Development Planning (PPN / Bappenas), Bambang Brodjonegoro at the Office of the Governor of West Sumatra on Friday (11/23). He considered that excessive dependency on superior commodities makes a region have unstable economy. This has been experienced by West Sumatra, which relied on CPO and rubber as the main export commodities. He also encouraged policy makers at the regional level to be able to focus on diversifying commodities such as rubber, CPO and petroleum. (Rol-Mar)