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Budi Nugroho P.

 

21
February

 President Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo at around 16:40 local time (WS) arrived at National University Singapore (NUH) where Ms. Ani Yudhoyono was being treated. The arrival of the President and Mrs. Iriana was immediately welcomed by the first son of the 6th President of the Republic of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono and Mr. Hatta Rajasa. After that, the President and Mrs. Iriana went straight to the 8th floor, where Ms. Ani Yudhoyono was treated.

In the treatment room, the President and Mrs. Iriana were welcomed by SBY and Annisa Pohan. "Thank you for coming, Mr. President," said SBY. The President and Mrs. Iriana then saw Ms. Ani. "We and all Indonesian people pray for Ms. Ani recovery," said the President. After that, the President and Mrs. Iriana talked with SBY next to the treatment room. Also present at the meeting were Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko, Hatta Rajasa, youngest son of President Kaesang Pangarep, Agus Harimurti, and Annisa Pohan. At 5:20 p.m., the President and Mrs. Iriana, together with a limited group, left NUH to go to Singapore Changi International Airport to return directly to Jakarta. (biropers)

21
February

The draft government regulation on e-commerce will prioritize domestic products, Director General of Domestic Trade of the Trade Ministry Tjahya Widayanti stated.

"The draft regulation on e-commerce has yet to be finalized. However, it will prioritize domestic products," Widayanti noted here on Wednesday.

The draft regulation on electronic-based national trade system (SPNBE) has been discussed since 2015. Widayanti remarked that despite its priority on domestic products, the regulation will not explicitly mention the required percentage of domestic products that should be offered in online trading.

"However, we will prioritize domestic products to be sold on the e-commerce platform," she stated.

She admitted that the number of domestic products offered in e-commerce are limited, so the government has continued its efforts to increase online selling of domestic products.

"During the `Harbolnas` (national online buying day) recently, we have set a certain time to sell only domestic products," she added.

Widayanti could not as yet confirm whether the government would provide incentive for online platforms that sell domestic products, saying that they had yet to conclude the discussion on the draft regulation.(ant)

21
February

The idea to celebrate International Mother Language Day was the initiative of Bangladesh. It was approved at the 1999 UNESCO General Conference and has been observed throughout the world since 2000.

UNESCO believes in the importance of cultural and linguistic diversity for sustainable societies. It is within its mandate for peace that it works to preserve the differences in cultures and languages that foster tolerance and respect for others.  

Linguistic diversity(link is external) is increasingly threatened as more and more languages disappear. Globally 40 per cent of the population does not have access to an education in a language they speak or understand. Nevertheless, progress is being made in mother tongue-based multilingual education with growing understanding of its importance, particularly in early schooling, and more commitment to its development in public life. (unesco)

Multilingual and multicultural societies exist through their languages which transmit and preserve traditional knowledge and cultures in a sustainable way.

 

21
February

The 16th ASEAN-Russia SOM in Bali (20/2) discussed the review and future direction of the ASEAN-Russia Strategic Partnership. ASEAN-Russia agreed to redouble the efforts to implement the Plan of Action 2016-2020