Ani Hasanah

Ani Hasanah

20
March

The Indonesian Health Ministry recorded an estimated 842 thousand cases of tuberculosis (TBC) in the country last year, down some 200 thousand from 1.020 million the previous year.


Indonesia is currently the world's third largest country in terms of TBC sufferers, Director of Communicable Diseases Prevention and Control of the Health Ministry Wiendra Waworuntu told the press in Jakarta on Tuesday.


The ranking fell one notch compared to last year when Indonesia was second only to India in terms of TBC, she said.


With the number of TBC sufferers estimated at 842 thousand last year, Indonesia is currently ranked third after India and China in terms of TBC, she said.


She said nearly 39 percent of the overall TBC cases in the country have not been found and reported.


Meanwhile, the number of drug-resistant TBC cases is estimated at 4.4 thousand.


She said 52,929 of the overall TBC cases affected children and 7,729 cases affected HIV carriers.


Nearly 89 percent of TBC patients in Indonesia could be cured last year, she said, adding: "TBC can be cured if the patients get routine treatment."

TBC is a direct communicable disease caused by bacteria. It can affect anybody, particularly children, and those who are of a productive age. (ANTARA)

20
March

Indonesia has once again been appointed as an honorary guest of the World Franchise Exhibition to be held in Saudi Arabia from April 27 to 29 this year, the Indonesian Embassy in Riyadh announced in a written statement released on Tuesday.

"Indonesia and Saudi Arabia are currently in the golden era, where Indonesia receives a special place in the eyes of the Saudi government and the people," Indonesian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Agus Maftuh Abegebriel said.


The Saudi General Authority for Small and Medium Businesses will organize the expo in cooperation with the East Provincial Government under the control of Prince Ahmed Bin Fahd Bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Governor of East Province.


Indonesia becomes an honorary guest of the expo this year thanks to the efforts of the embassy.


At the expo, the Indonesian Pavilion which covers an area of 144 square meters will feature several companies which have the potential to sell Indonesian franchise brands to Saudi Arabia, including those engaged in the food, beverage and garment industries.

By participating in the expo, more and more franchise brands of Indonesian products will hopefully be marketed in Saudi Arabia. Many Indonesian product brands, including Indomie, J-C0, ABC and Sasa are currently quite successful in Saudi Arabia.

Some 150 domestic and foreign companies with 600 brands will take part in the expo expected to be attended by some 100 thousand people from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries.


The ambassador said the appointment of Indonesia as an honorary guest at the expo reflects close relations between the two countries, which enter the golden era, particularly after King Salman's visit to Indonesia in March 2017.

According to data from the Trade Ministry, trade between Indonesia and Saudi Arabia reached US$6.1 billion in 2018, up 34.94 percent compared to the previous year.

However, Indonesia suffered a deficit of $1.7 billion in its trade with Saudi Arabia last year due to high oil imports. Through economic and cultural promotion, Indonesia aims to increase its exports to Saudi Arabia. (ANTARA)

19
March

Indonesia‚Äôs trade balance recorded a USD0.33 billion surplus in February 2019, reversing the previous USD1.06 billion deficit experienced the month earlier, the country's central bank spokesman revealed in a statement that Antara received in Jakarta on Monday.

"The surplus was primarily due to gains in the non-oil and gas trade balance as the decline in non-oil and gas imports outperformed the corresponding decline in non-oil and gas exports," Bank Indonesia (BI)'s Communication Department Executive Director Onny Widjanarko said.

Meanwhile, the oil and gas trade balance remained relatively stable on the dynamics reported in the previous period, Widjanarko remarked.

The non-oil and gas trade surplus stood at USD0.79 billion in February 2019, improving from a USD0.64 billion deficit the previous month.

Such developments were explained by a USD2.69 billion (mtm) decrease in non-oil and gas imports that exceeded the USD1.25 billion (mtm) dip in non-oil and gas exports, Widjanarko stated.

Non-oil and gas imports were held back by electrical machinery and equipment, iron and steel, as well as machinery and mechanical appliances, while non-oil and gas exports were influenced by shipments of mineral fuels, vegetables and animal oils and fats, as well as metal ore, crust and dust.

Widjanarko remarked that non-oil and gas exports have also decelerated in line with global economic moderation and sliding international commodity prices.

The oil and gas deficit was recorded in February 2019 at USD0.46 billion, relatively stable on the USD0.42 billion posted in the previous period, he said.

Widjanarko remarked that the deficit primarily stemmed from a USD0.15 billion (mtm) decrease in oil and gas exports combined with a USD0.10 billion downtick in oil and gas imports.

Gas was the main drag on oil and gas exports due to lower export volume and prices, while crude oil contributed to the import decline apropos lower import volume and prices.

Bank Indonesia considers the trade surplus recorded in February 2019 consistent with efforts to improve current account performance, Widjanarko remarked.

Moving forward, Bank Indonesia and the Government will continue to coordinate in order to monitor global and domestic economic developments, thereby strengthening external sector resilience, including the trade outlook.  (ANTARA)

19
March

The Indonesian Government has urged local residents and tourists to remain calm and not get influenced by rumours and misleading information in response to the 5.4-magnitude earthquake that rocked Lombok Island Sunday, March 17.

The Indonesian Government also pledged to cover the costs of medical treatment, medicine, and funeral of all victims of the earthquake, Spokesman of the Indonesian Tourism Ministry Guntur Sakti told journalists in Jakarta Monday.

The tourism ministry has been coordinating with the regional governments and other related agencies to handle those affected by the quake that had triggered a landslide at Tiu Kelep Waterfall area, one of the resort island's popular tourist sites, he said.

Due to this catastrophe, two Malaysian tourists identified as Tai Siaw Kim and Lim Sai Wah, as well as a local resident died, Sakti who is also head of the ministry's Tourism Crisis Center, said.

The Indonesian Government would do its best to rescue and evacuate 22 Malaysian tourists from the disaster zone.

Sakti also ensured that all costs of medical treatment of the wounded victims and funeral of the dead ones would be covered by the West Nusa Tenggara provincial government.

"The transportation of bodies of the two deceased to their families in Malaysia will also be handled by the West Nusa Tenggara provincial government. We are deeply saddened by this disaster," he said.

The landslide had caused around 40 tourists to get trapped in the tourist site of Tiu Kelep waterfall in Senaru Village, North Lombok District on Sunday, spokesman of the North Lombok District Government Mujaddin Muhas said earlier. Most of the tourists are from Malaysia.

Certain areas of West Nusa Tenggara Province, including North Lombok District, were rocked by the 5.4-magnitude earthquake Sunday at around 02.07 pm local time but it did not trigger a tsunami.

The earthquake's epicenter was located around 24 km east of East Lombok District, 36 km northeast of North Lombok District, 37 km northwest of Panjang Island in Sumbawa District, and 63 km northeast of Mataram, the capital city of West Nusa Tenggara Province, according to the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

Indonesia lies on the Circum-Pacific Belt, also known as the Ring of Fire, where several tectonic plates meet and cause frequent volcanic and seismic activities.

As a result, several parts of the archipelago are prone to earthquakes, including the deadly earthquakes in Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara Province, and Palu, the capital city of Central Sulawesi Province.

During 2018, Indonesia was hit by a total of 11,577 earthquakes, including several of them that caused serious casualties, with the number increasing significantly as compared to that in 2017.

A string of strong earthquakes that repeatedly rocked Lombok Island in 2018 had caused serious catastrophes. (ANTARA)