Daily Archives: December 15, 2018

Jokowi promises to increase village fund in 2019

Banda Aceh, Aceh (ANTARA News) – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has promised to raise the budget for village fund to Rp70 trillion in 2019 from Rp60 trillion this year.

“We would continue to increase the budget for village fund. In 2019 the government would provide Rp70 trillion,” the president said when socializing the priorities in the use of village fund in the building of AAC Dayan Dawood Unsyiah, Banda Aceh, on Friday.

Thousands of invitees mainly village chiefs and apparatus yelled in excitement “long live Jokowi” in hearing the presidents announcement.

The socialization program was also attended by Minister of Village, Development of Disadvantaged Region, and Transmigration Eko Putro Sandjojo, and regional leaders including the acting Governor of Aceh, regents and city mayors.

The president, however, warned the local leaders that fund could be used for rural infrastructure development to support rural economic development.

The president went on to say village funds must be properly spent to boost rural economic growth .

Minister of Village, Development of Disadvantaged Region, and Transmigration Eko Putro Sandjojo said the budget for village fund has increased from year to year.

“Every year the village fund increases . In 2016 it was Rp40 trillion , up to Rp60 trillion in 2018. In 2019 the President decided to raise the amount to Rp70 trillion,” Eko Putro Sandjojo said.

Source: ANTARA News

Government provides easy access to tourist destinations along Trans Java

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The government is making every effort to provide Christmas and New Year 2019 holidaymakers with easy access to various tourist destinations near the gates of the Trans Java toll road.

“We have made preparations (for the effort). We have coordinated with regional governments, tour operators, and managements of tourist destinations near the toll gates to get ready (for the visits),” Head of the Public Communication Bureau at the Tourism Ministry Guntur Sakti stated here on Saturday.

To give holidaymakers information on the tourist destinations, Guntur said his side has also put up information boards at several toll gates.

He believed the move will have a significant impact on the mobilization of domestic tourists to visit the tourist destinations.

“We need to work hard as we realize that the performance of our tourism and the target of tourist arrivals this year will be hindered due to several disasters, including earthquakes in Lombok and Palu as well as plane crash,” he stated.

The Trans Java toll road to become operational by the end of this year offered a momentum to increase the performance of the countrys tourism industry, he said.

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said the ministry planned to develop the concept of nomadic tourism along the Trans Java toll road as part of the efforts to promote the tourist destinations.

Nomadic tourism is any activity or business that links nomadic lifestyle and culture using facilities, such as glamp camp, home pod, and caravan as accommodation.

The concept of nomadic tourism is one of the key solutions to the development of tourist destinations owing to its relatively fast development and growth.

The minister is keen that the program targets the millennials as one of the potential segments to develop the tourism sector.

Source: ANTARA News

Indonesia notes down Australias statement on Jerusalem

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Indonesia noted down Australias statement to not move its embassy to Jerusalem despite recognizing West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“Indonesia also noted Australias position to support the principle of a two-state solution, with East Jerusalem as the future capital of a Palestinian state,” according to a statement released by the Indonesian Foreign Ministry in Jakarta on Saturday.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the recognition of West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel but would not immediately move its embassy from Tel Aviv.

Australia remains committed to a two-state solution and resolved to acknowledge the aspirations of the Palestinian people for a future state with its capital in East Jerusalem.

Although delaying the moving of the Australian embassy from Tel Aviv, Morrison said to have a trade and defense office established in West Jerusalem.

“We look forward moving to our embassy to West Jerusalem when practical, in support of and after, final status determination,” Morrison said as reported by ABC.

Indonesia reiterated that Jerusalem is one of the six issues that must be negotiated and decided as the final part of a comprehensive peace between Palestine and Israel, within the framework of a two-state solution.

Indonesia invites Australia and all members of the United Nations to immediately recognize the Palestinian state and work together to achieve sustainable peace and agreement between Palestine and Israel based on the principle of a two-state solution.

“Indonesias support for Palestine is a constitutional mandate, and Indonesia will continue to support the struggle of the Palestinian people to get their rights,” according to the ministrys statement.

Source: ANTARA News

Indonesia notes down Australias statement on Jerusalem

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Indonesia noted down Australias statement to not move its embassy to Jerusalem despite recognizing West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“Indonesia also noted Australias position to support the principle of a two-state solution, with East Jerusalem as the future capital of a Palestinian state,” according to a statement released by the Indonesian Foreign Ministry in Jakarta on Saturday.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the recognition of West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel but would not immediately move its embassy from Tel Aviv.

Australia remains committed to a two-state solution and resolved to acknowledge the aspirations of the Palestinian people for a future state with its capital in East Jerusalem.

Although delaying the moving of the Australian embassy from Tel Aviv, Morrison said to have a trade and defense office established in West Jerusalem.

“We look forward moving to our embassy to West Jerusalem when practical, in support of and after, final status determination,” Morrison said as reported by ABC.

Indonesia reiterated that Jerusalem is one of the six issues that must be negotiated and decided as the final part of a comprehensive peace between Palestine and Israel, within the framework of a two-state solution.

Indonesia invites Australia and all members of the United Nations to immediately recognize the Palestinian state and work together to achieve sustainable peace and agreement between Palestine and Israel based on the principle of a two-state solution.

“Indonesias support for Palestine is a constitutional mandate, and Indonesia will continue to support the struggle of the Palestinian people to get their rights,” according to the ministrys statement.

Source: ANTARA News