23
March

Lakes or reservoirs located in urban areas are one important element in the availability of clean water for the community. However until now, there are still many people trapped in the mindset that the lakes or reservoirs only have a role as a flood control system. Thus, the Indonesian Institute of Sciences -LIPI conducts social intervention through direct campaign efforts to communities in various regions of Indonesia.

“The most difficult thing is that they think just to keep the floods alone, though lakes and reservoirs can be source of water. This is still difficult for us, so slowly we try to campaign, because if not the community, community participation does not wake up. Yes, any technology will not be able to enter,” researcher from the LIPI Geo-technology Research Center, Rachmat Fajar Lubis said at the commemoration of World Water Day in Jakarta on Thursday (March 22nd).

Rachmat Fajar Lubis added that through this campaign, the threat of "Day Zero" in Indonesia, especially Jakarta can be avoided. The "Day Zero" is a condition where water cannot be used by humans in one area. Some time ago, Cape Town -the capital of South Africa faced such condition. Jakarta itself is forecast to be one of the major cities in the world that will experience similar condition if preventive measures are not immediately carried out. (VOI-Rezha/Rhm)

23
March

Indonesia and New Zealand have agreed to increase their trade value. The increase will be done gradually to reach 40 trillion rupiah. This was affirmed by Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to New Zealand, Tantowi Yahya in a special interview with Voice of Indonesia through a telephone.

“There is a commitment from both parties to keep renewing the relationship. Secondly, it is important that there are efforts by both parties to increase the volume and value of trade each year becoming 40 trillion rupiah or 4 billion New Zealand dollars in 2024,” Tantowi Yahya said.

Ambassador Tantowi Yahya added that the current trade value achieved by Indonesia and New Zealand ranges between14 to 16 trillion rupiah per year. This figure will be increased gradually until it reaches 40 trillion rupiah in 2024. He views that Indonesian government has prepared some initial steps to achieve the target. One of the first steps taken by the government is the bilateral visit of Indonesian President Joko Widodo to New Zealand to meet with New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern. (VOI/Rezha/Rhm)

23
March

Indonesia to Boost Trade with Africa through IAF

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Indonesia will strive to increase trade cooperation with African countries through the Indonesia-Africa Forum scheduled in Bali on April 10-11, a foreign ministry official said in Jakart on Thursday ( 22 March )

"Through the Indonesia-Africa Forum we will strive to continue increasing trade cooperation with African countries by reducing both tariff or non-tariff barriers," Africa Director Daniel Simanjuntak said.

He said many African countries still imposed high tariffs on Indonesian products. "It is hoped the African countries would be ready to use IAF as a forum to discuss tariff barriers and we could reduce them," he said. Daniel said one of the efforts yo be taken by Indonesia in the effort to reduce the tariffs was building cooperation with ECOWAS.

Economic Community of West African States is a regional economic entity consisting of 15 member countries in West Africa. ECOWAS aims to achieve collective self-sufficiency for all members by establishing a big trade block through development of economic and trade associations,

So, by building trade cooperation through ECOWAS Indonesia would be able to seek tariff reduction through especially West African countries, Daniel said.

Indonesia`s biggest trade partners in the Sub-Saharan Africa include Nigeria, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Madagaskar, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Benin, Djibouti whike the biggest partners in North Africa are Egypt, Algeria and Morocco. The country`s main exports to the African region are palm oil, processed food and beverages, soap, paper, garments and motir vehicles while its main imports from the region are crude oil, cotton, cacao kernel, pulp, chemical materials for fertilizers and industry, tobacco. (antara)

23
March

Indonesian Conducts Trading Mission in Taiwan

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The Trade Ministry will continue to intensify its trade mission in various regions, including in Taiwan, Director General of National Export Development Arlinda said.

"The Trade Ministry continues to intensify the trade mission in various regions to boost exports and achieve export growth target of 11 percent," Arlinda stated during the opening of a series of exhibition of the 2018 Indonesian Week in Taipei, Taiwan, on Thursday.

The ministry, in cooperation with the Indonesian Economic and Trade Office in Taipei, organized the 2018 Indonesian Week at the Taiwan World Trade Center, and brought 79 Indonesian business actors to participate in the exhibition. Arlinda explained that the participating business actors came from various promising sectors of fashion and accessories, footwear, food and beverages, paper, property industry, textiles, coffee, tea, palm oil products, bio diesel, travel agency, and skillful workers.

"This activity aims to provide a lot of information and to facilitate business actors from both parties to meet and get business partners," Arlinda noted.

Arlinda further stated that the event served as the government`s commitment to increase trade and cooperation and create a mutually beneficial business climate for both sides.

"On the occasion, the Ministry of Trade will promote various premium export commodities, such as coffee, crude palm oil, and services," Arlinda added.

The 2018 Indonesian Week consists of several series of activities, namely product exhibition, business forums, business matching, consultation forum, cultural performances, culinary competition, and batik fashion show competition. During business forums, business actors will be provided with information on matters concerning policies, business opportunities, investments, and cooperation opportunities. (antara )