Update News October 16, 2017

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Jakarta gears up for Anies-Sandiaga inauguration
The Jakarta Post 16 October 2017

The inauguration of Anies Baswedan and Sandiaga Uno as Jakarta governor and deputy governor, respectively, on Monday afternoon will be guarded by the Jakarta Police and Indonesian Military (TNI), an official has said. 

Jakarta Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono said security personnel would be deployed to secure the State Palace and City Hall. 

"After the inauguration at the State Palace, the event continues at City Hall and the Jakarta Regional Council’s [DPRD] office. There will also be a pesta rakyat [people's party] held at City Hall in the evening. We will secure all those events," he said as quoted by kompas.com. 

Heru Budi Hartono, a close aid of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, said that Monday’s ceremony would closely follow that of a presidential inauguration. 

"[But] outside the palace, the procedure might be different," Heru said on Tuesday. (rdi/wit)

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7,000 police, military officers deployed to guard Jakarta Governor inauguration
ANTARA News 15 October 2017

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Jakarta Metro Jaya Police and Military Command will deploy some seven thousand personnel to guard the inauguration of new Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan and Vice Governor Sandiaga Uno, on Monday.

"The inauguration will be held at the Presidential State Palace," Senior Commissioner Argo Yuwono, spokesman of the Jakarta Metro Jaya Police, said here, Sunday.

The joint police and military team will guard the palace and the City Hall, the office of Jakartas Governor.

Several activities, which will include an evening public fiesta will be organized following the inauguration.

Anies Baswedan, former education minister, and Sandiaga Uno, successful businessman, will be installed officially as the Jakarta Governor and Vice Governor for the 2017-2022 period after the General Election Commission of Jakarta (KPU Jakarta) on May 5, 2017, officially confirmed that they won the second round regional head election (pilkada) held in Jakarta on April 19, 2017.

Based on the ballot count recapitulation of the KPU Jakarta, Anies-Sandi won 57.96 percent (3,240,987 votes) from a total of 5,591,353 votes.

The pair defeated incumbent Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) and Djarot Saiful Hidayat (Ahok-Djarot), who collected 42.04 percent (2,350,366 votes).

In the Kepulauan Seribu District, Anies-Sandi won 62 percent (8,796 votes), of the total 14,187 votes, while Ahok-Djarot won 38 percent (5,391 votes).

In North Jakarta, Anies-Sandi got 52.73 percent (466,340 of the total 884,408 votes), while Ahok-Djarot won 47.27 percent (418,068 votes).

In West Jakarta, Anies-Sandi collected 52.8 percent (684,980 of the total 1,296,739 votes), while Ahok-Djarot won 47.18 percent (611,759 votes).

In Central Jakarta, Anies-Sandi collected 57.77 percent (333,033 of the total 576,449 votes), while Ahok-Djarot won 42.23 percent (243,416 votes).

In East Jakarta, Anies-Sandi won 61.87 percent (993,173 of the total 1,605,266 votes), while Ahok-Djarot won 38.13 percent (612,093 votes).

In South Jakarta, Anies-Sandi got 62.15 percent (754,665 of the total 1,214,304 votes), while Ahok-Djarot 37.85 percent (459,639). 

The voter turnout in Jakartas pilkada was 77.08 percent of the total eligible voters amounting 7,218,280 people. The largest voter turnout, notably 80.75 percent, was in Kepulauan Seribu District.(*)

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Indonesian Motorcycle Exports Soared in September
TEMPO.CO 16 October 2017

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesian motorcycle exports soared in September. The Motorcycle Industry Association (AISI) reports on October 15 that the total exports last month stood at 42,005 units.

The figure represented 77.73 percent increase compared to the same period last year of 23,634 units.

PT Kawasaki Motor Indonesia was the only sole agent (APM) that failed to record positive performance at the global market. Kawasaki sold only 288 motorcycles Last month or dropped 48.57 percent compared to September last year of 560 units.

Meanwhile, other sole agents managed to improve their performances. PT Astra Honda Motor’s sales jumped from 3,709 to 11,048 units, PT Suzuki Indomobil Sales sold 18.92 percent more motorcycles from 2,446 to 2,909 units.

PT TVS Motor Company Indonesia posted a 33.23 percent year-on-year increase to 2,019 units and PT Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing motorcycle sales rose by 68.25 percent from 14,900 to 25,070 units.

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Agriculture Ministry Ensures No Food Scarcity During Wet Season
TEMPO.CO 15 October 2017

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Government guarantees that there will be no food scarcity due to harvest failure as wet season has begun to set in. Agriculture Ministry’s head of Food Security Agency Agung Hendriadi mentioned that areas with harvest potential are larger than those that fail.

"We have mapped areas with flood endemic including in Pantura, Demak, Blora, and Tuban. It has been anticipated," he stated in East Jakarta on Sunday (15/10).

People do not need to worry about supply scarcity since the areas inflicted by flood and drought were only 200 thousand hectares out of the total 12 millionhectares. In addition, Agriculture Ministry is encouraging farmers to begin planting this month.

As a result, Agung continued, we will reap harvest on January. Furthermore, farmers do not need to worry since they are under insurance in case harvest failure occurs, he said.

Agung also added that Agriculture Ministry is currently designing online system for Indonesia Agriculture Store. This is intended to facilitate shopping for basic needs with prices referring to government’s price and to cut commodity distribution chain. Therefore, the period of harvest storage will be shorter and production will be more often.

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IMF-WB 2018 Meeting Puts Indonesia on Spotlight
TEMPO.CO 15 October 2017

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Christine Lagardesaid that Indonesia will take center stage when hosting IMF-World Bank annual meeting in Bali inmid October 2018.

"All eyes in the economic world are on Indonesia. This is the right time to reveal success story," Lagarde said in Washington DC, U.S. on Saturday (15/10).

Lagarde added that Indonesia can gain additional value by hosting this event since this event can leverage business activities.

"This will leverage business since people will stay at hotels, eat at restaurants, and spend money. There will be results gained from this annual event," she said.

Lagarde explained that Indonesia deserves to be the host since Indonesia has good economic indicators and sufficient foundation in policy.

The indicators are evident in strong blend of policies that are able to strengthen economic defense and growth and structural reform one of which is through tax revenue.

"Indonesia has focus and efficiency. This progress is evident from growth projection of 5.2 percent or 5.3 percent," she said.

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Morocco ready to become non-traditional market for Indonesia
ANTARA News  15 October 2017

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Government of the Kingdom of Morocco has expressed readiness to support Indonesias efforts to enter the non-traditional markets in Africa by sending a delegation to attend the 32nd Trade Expo Indonesia from Oct 11 to 15, 2017, in Banten.

According to a press release received by ANTARA from the Moroccan Embassy in Jakarta on Saturday, about 30 Moroccan businessmen from three regions, namely Fez-Meknes, Souss-Massa, and Casablanca City signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) of Jakarta and Banten on Thursday (Oct 12).

In one of the contents of the agreement, the two sides agreed to increase trade and accelerate existing investment opportunities.

At the end of the visit to Indonesia, the Moroccan delegation, led by Ambassador of Morocco to Indonesia Ouadi Benabdellah, met Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita to discuss cooperation in the wider context.

At the meeting, Enggartiasto and Benabdellah agreed that the Special Trade Agreement to facilitate and enhance trade between the Moroccan Kingdom and the Republic of Indonesia was urgent and important.

As a form of support for President Joko Widodos statement at the opening of Trade Expo Indonesia (TEI) in Tangerang on Wednesday, Benabdellah asserted that Morocco was ready to be an entrance for Indonesias non-traditional market, especially for Africa.

The Moroccan delegations visit is expected to be a good opportunity to bring together the business associations of both countries to build bridges of cooperation, especially after the enactment of visa-free travel.

Benabdellah, when previously entertaining Indonesian businessmen at his residence, confirmed that the distance of thousands of miles between the two countries was not an obstacle to develop various forms of cooperation, including in the field of trade.

"Distance is meaningless now because the world is getting smaller with the internet, and you can buy anything from anywhere in no time," Benabdellah explained.

The Moroccan government is currently in partnership with the Indonesian Ministry of Trade to develop and expand the existing cooperation.

"There is a list of products that can be exchanged between the two countries so as to provide an opportunity for employers to cooperate and help each other," he noted.

Although Indonesia and Morocco have a very close relationship since the Soekarno era, yet, economically, trade relations between the two countries are low.

According to data from the Ministry of Trade of Indonesia, the trade volume of Indonesia and Morocco is still very low because until 2016, it only reached a total of US$134 million.

But the strengthening of trade cooperation between Indonesia and Morocco could be increased through coffee commodities. Gayo and Toraja coffee are a very popular commodities in the country, which is on the eastern tip of the African continent.

In addition to coffee, other commodities that also have the potential to be developed are iron tools, garments, and chemical fertilizers.(*)

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Indonesia, OCA agree on amendments to contract for Asian Games 2018
ANTARA News 16 October 2017

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian government and the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) have agreed on several amendments to the contract to host the Asian Games 2018, including addendum on the use of sponsor funds from local and foreign companies.

"We have signed several amendments to the contract to host the Asian Games 2018. In principle, the amendments are aimed at ensuring the smooth organization of the Asian Games, improving the quality of competitions and clarifying each others responsibilities," Vice President Jusuf Kalla, who is also the chief of the events steering committee said following a meeting with OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah here on Sunday.

Kalla said a number of domestic and foreign sponsors have agreed on the cooperation to organize the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra.

OCA President Ahmad Al Fahad said the council remains committed to cooperating flexibly with the Indonesian government to make the 18th Asian Games a success.

"We have reached a good common agreement through addendum and this agreement will create mutually beneficial situation for all sides," he said.

Ahmad Al Fahad said the Asian Games 2018 will be one of the modern multi-sport events in Asia in accordance with the agenda of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2020.

"One of the things we have taken into account is lowering operating expenses. We have decided not to build new facilities and we prefer to renovate the existing facilities to adjust to the city development plan of the host," he said.

Chief of the Indonesia Asian Games 2018 Organizing Committee (INASGOC) Erick Thohir said Indonesia can use the sponsor funds without having to wait for the opening of the Asian Games 2018 on August 18 next year after both sides have agreed on the amendments to the contract.(*)

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President Jokowi receives delegation of Olympic Council of Asia
ANTARA News 16 October 2017

Jakarta (ANTARA News)- President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Vice President M Jusuf Kalla received a delegation of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) led by OCA President Sheikh Fahad Al-Sabah in Merdeka Palace, here, Monday.

Coordinating Minister for Culture and Human Development Puan Maharani, Sports and Youth Minister Imam Nachrawi, and Indonesias Olympic Committee Chairman Erick Tohir accompanied the President during the meeting with the OCA delegation.

Indonesia will host the 18th Asian Games, a regional sporting event for Asian nations, in Palembang, South Sumatra, and Jakarta simultaneously from August 18 to September 2, 2018.

Thousands of athletes from 54 countries are expected to participate in the games.

This will be the second time that Indonesia will host the Asian Games, with the first one being held in Jakarta in 1962, under President Soekarno.

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) is the apex sporting body which controls all the sports in Asia. It is one of the five continental associations recognized by the IOC.

The OCA was formed in 1982 and has its permanent headquarters in Kuwait. 

The main objective of the OCA is to develop sport, culture and education of Asian youth as well as to promote international respect, friendship, goodwill and peace through sports.

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Indonesia to promote tourism in United Arab Emirates
The Jakarta Post 15 October 2017

The Tourism Ministry is set to hold Sales Mission events in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Oct. 18-19.

“The impact of [Saudi Arabian] King Salman’s 12-day visit to Indonesia is very huge, that’s why we are going to hold Wonderful Indonesia Sales Mission in UAE,” said the ministry's deputy minister for overseas promotion I Gde Pitana.

Among the destinations that will be highlighted at the event are Bali, Bandung, Jakarta and Lombok.

According to the ministry's deputy assistant for Europe, the United States, Middle East and Africa tourism promotion Nia Niscaya, UAE’s market ratio is still smaller than Saudi Arabia and Oman, however the nation has a total population of 10 million. Only around 1.8 million of them are local residents while the rest are expatriates.

“Dubai is similar to Singapore where it hosts people from all over the world,” said Nia.

Additionally, the spending of Middle Eastern tourists is above the average. In general, these tourists usually take eight-and-a-half-day vacation with an average spending of US$1,190.

“In Dubai, our target is Middle Eastern families who usually take a summer break for two to three months and travel with family members,” Nia added. (kes)

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100 hectares of paddy to be planted in Kerinci
The Jakarta Post 15 October 2017

The Kerinci regency administration in Jambi, in cooperation with the Army, is set plant 100 hectares of paddy in the regency this year.

The effort is part of the administration’s attempt to support the government’s targets in food security across the country.

The Kerinci Agriculture Agency’s infrastructure division head, Ahfaz, said the paddy would be planted in phases in two districts, namely Gunung Tujuh and Bukit Kerman, bordering South Sumatra and Bengkulu provinces, respectively.

“There will be 75-ha in Gunung Tujuh and 25-ha in Bukit Kerman,” Ahfaz said on Saturday.

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The regency planted 350 hectares of paddy last year in 13 villages in two districts.

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is aiming for 1 million-ha of new paddy across the country to boost rice production and ensure rice self-sufficiency. (kuk/bbs)

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Garuda Indonesia Supports Aviation Liberalization Policy
TEMPO.CO  16 October 2017

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - An agreement between Southeast Asia transportation ministers on aviation liberalization has been welcomed by flag carrier PT Garuda Indonesia. Corporate Secretary Hengki Herdiandono said that the agreement presents an opportunity to expand its market share.

“We are pleased that the number of our international flight passengers can increase,” he told Tempo in a phone interview yesterday. Hengki said that the company has nothing to worry about as it already established international flight routes to Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

Therefore, he has called on an open aviation area according to the agreed routes. He said that reciprocity is a must.

The Southeast Asia airline codeshare agreement was co-signed by Indonesia Transportation Minister Budi Karya on Saturday. A codeshare is an aviation business agreement wherein two or more airlines share the same flight. A seat may be bought by an airline while operated by a partner under a different flight numbers and code.

Aside from flight routes, the agreement will help improve cooperation in airline catering services. “The investment has become more open and varied,” Minister Budi said.

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