Daily Archives: July 4, 2019

Indonesia, South Korea ink agreement to build three more submarines

Surabaya, E Java (ANTARA) – Indonesian shipbuilding company PT PAL and South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) reached an agreement to construct three more submarines as part of the nation’s minimum essential force (MEF) program.

Under the agreement inked in Bandung, West Java, on April 12, 2019, the cost to build the three submarines will reach US$1.2 billion to be sourced from foreign loans, PT PAL Finance Director Irianto Sunardi remarked while receiving the Defense Ministry press corps at the company’s office in Surabaya, East Java, on Wednesday.

The loan proposal is still being processed at the Finance Ministry, he noted.

Sunardi expressed optimism that construction of the type 209-1400 submarines will start before the year-end based on DSME’s readiness.

“Similarly, PT PAL is also ready with all its agreements, especially which of the sections were made here and those that were developed there in the past until the sixth submarine is fully built here,” he explained.

All agreements between both sides have been in place. They currently await a decision from the Finance Ministry, he stated.

Currently, Korean Exim Bank is ready to finance the project. According to the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), the bank is categorized as an Export Credit Agency (ECA).

Nonetheless, the Finance Ministry still perceives the loan obtained from the bank to build the first batch of such submarines as expensive.

“The Finance Ministry views Indonesia as now having a good investment rate, so the price would hopefully be lower than that of the first such batch of submarines. However, an agreement had yet to be reached. If everything is alright, Insya Allah (God Willing), we can start the project at the end of this year,” he remarked.

Construction of the second batch of submarines will be aligned with Indonesia’s requirements, including weaponry and convenience.

Indonesia has received the first batch of submarines built in cooperation with South Korea. Two of the submarines — Nagapasa 403 and Ardadedali 404 — were developed in South Korea and are currently operated. The other submarine — Alugoro 405 — is undergoing a sea trial north of Bali Island.

Indonesia is currently the only Southeast Asian nation that is capable of building submarines.

Chief of the Public Relations Service of the Defense Ministry Secretariat General Brigadier General Totok Sugiharto affirmed that Indonesia is the first Southeast Asian nation to build submarines.

Source: Antara News

Indonesia, South Korea ink agreement to build three more submarines

Surabaya, E Java (ANTARA) – Indonesian shipbuilding company PT PAL and South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) reached an agreement to construct three more submarines as part of the nation’s minimum essential force (MEF) program.

Under the agreement inked in Bandung, West Java, on April 12, 2019, the cost to build the three submarines will reach US$1.2 billion to be sourced from foreign loans, PT PAL Finance Director Irianto Sunardi remarked while receiving the Defense Ministry press corps at the company’s office in Surabaya, East Java, on Wednesday.

The loan proposal is still being processed at the Finance Ministry, he noted.

Sunardi expressed optimism that construction of the type 209-1400 submarines will start before the year-end based on DSME’s readiness.

“Similarly, PT PAL is also ready with all its agreements, especially which of the sections were made here and those that were developed there in the past until the sixth submarine is fully built here,” he explained.

All agreements between both sides have been in place. They currently await a decision from the Finance Ministry, he stated.

Currently, Korean Exim Bank is ready to finance the project. According to the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), the bank is categorized as an Export Credit Agency (ECA).

Nonetheless, the Finance Ministry still perceives the loan obtained from the bank to build the first batch of such submarines as expensive.

“The Finance Ministry views Indonesia as now having a good investment rate, so the price would hopefully be lower than that of the first such batch of submarines. However, an agreement had yet to be reached. If everything is alright, Insya Allah (God Willing), we can start the project at the end of this year,” he remarked.

Construction of the second batch of submarines will be aligned with Indonesia’s requirements, including weaponry and convenience.

Indonesia has received the first batch of submarines built in cooperation with South Korea. Two of the submarines — Nagapasa 403 and Ardadedali 404 — were developed in South Korea and are currently operated. The other submarine — Alugoro 405 — is undergoing a sea trial north of Bali Island.

Indonesia is currently the only Southeast Asian nation that is capable of building submarines.

Chief of the Public Relations Service of the Defense Ministry Secretariat General Brigadier General Totok Sugiharto affirmed that Indonesia is the first Southeast Asian nation to build submarines.

Source: Antara News

APINDO welcomes Jokowi’s plan of a young Cabinet

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Indonesian Employers Association (APINDO) has welcomed Incumbent President and president-elect Joko Widodo’s goodwill and intention to appoint young talent to occupy ministerial posts in his upcoming cabinet line-up.

Consideration for appointing ministers should not be based on the age of potential individuals but on their capability, APINDO’s Deputy Chairperson Shinta Widjaja Khamdani told journalists here on Wednesday.

On the contrary, Khamdani underscored several key pre-requisites by the president-elect for the selection of youngsters having credibility to become his cabinet members.

“Professionalism ranks high on the list. The candidates must also possess a good track record. They should be able to walk the talk and have a solid understanding of what is really taking place on the field,” Khamdani stated.

Hence, those selected by Jokowi and his deputy, Ma’ruf Amin, to serve as their cabinet members should possess sound leadership skills, as it is paramount for leading a ministry, she emphasized.

“If they do not possess a good sense of leadership, how can they lead the ministries? This cannot be a trial and error. They must be able to work,” she affirmed, adding that Widodo’s upcoming cabinet members should have begun working.

Members of the business community are willing to offer the government insightful inputs to tackle issues plaguing the nation, she added.

Incumbent President Widodo had earlier hinted that his upcoming cabinet should be relevant to the demands of the current era. Hence, young professionals will be appointed in his next cabinet.

The National Democratic Party (Nasdem) has given the thumbs-up to the public discourse of picking young professionals to be part of the upcoming cabinet line-up.

Chairman of Nasdem’s Central Executive Board Taufik Basari reiterated that the current era is in search of individuals capable of adapting to the rapid developments in digital technologies.

Source: Antara News

APINDO welcomes Jokowi’s plan of a young Cabinet

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Indonesian Employers Association (APINDO) has welcomed Incumbent President and president-elect Joko Widodo’s goodwill and intention to appoint young talent to occupy ministerial posts in his upcoming cabinet line-up.

Consideration for appointing ministers should not be based on the age of potential individuals but on their capability, APINDO’s Deputy Chairperson Shinta Widjaja Khamdani told journalists here on Wednesday.

On the contrary, Khamdani underscored several key pre-requisites by the president-elect for the selection of youngsters having credibility to become his cabinet members.

“Professionalism ranks high on the list. The candidates must also possess a good track record. They should be able to walk the talk and have a solid understanding of what is really taking place on the field,” Khamdani stated.

Hence, those selected by Jokowi and his deputy, Ma’ruf Amin, to serve as their cabinet members should possess sound leadership skills, as it is paramount for leading a ministry, she emphasized.

“If they do not possess a good sense of leadership, how can they lead the ministries? This cannot be a trial and error. They must be able to work,” she affirmed, adding that Widodo’s upcoming cabinet members should have begun working.

Members of the business community are willing to offer the government insightful inputs to tackle issues plaguing the nation, she added.

Incumbent President Widodo had earlier hinted that his upcoming cabinet should be relevant to the demands of the current era. Hence, young professionals will be appointed in his next cabinet.

The National Democratic Party (Nasdem) has given the thumbs-up to the public discourse of picking young professionals to be part of the upcoming cabinet line-up.

Chairman of Nasdem’s Central Executive Board Taufik Basari reiterated that the current era is in search of individuals capable of adapting to the rapid developments in digital technologies.

Source: Antara News

UNS students bag gold for Bongi invention in international competition

Solo, C Java (ANTARA) – Five students of the Sebelas Maret University (UNS) in Surakarta, Central Java, won a gold medal in the Japan Design, Idea & Invention Expo held recently at the Tokyo Washington Hotel in Tokyo, Japan.

“During the competition, we presented our invention called Bongi, a mosquito repellent made from buffalo dung. We made it in the form of a spray,” Sofia Oka Rodiana, one of the students of the chemistry education study program of the university’s pedagogy faculty, remarked in Solo, Central Java, on Thursday.

The four other students were Rizhal Akbar Jaya Pratama, Nor Isnaeni Dwi Arista, Rahma Amira Zhalzabila, and Hifqi Himawan.

Bongi stands for the Javanese words “Kebo Wangi,” or meaning fragrant buffalo.

“The branding demonstrates that our product is made of buffalo dung called ‘keo’ in Javanese,” Rodiana explained.

The brainchild behind the invention of the mosquito repellent was Rizhal. The idea sprung up in Rizhal’s mind after he spotted large quantities of unused buffalo dung, she noted.

“When I conducted a practicum in Karanganyar I found unused buffalo dung lying around. The buffalo dung has, until now, been used as an organic fertilizer or compost,” Rizhal noted.

Hence, he conceived the idea of turning buffalo dung into something valuable for the community, especially the residents of Karanganyar.

He is optimistic that the innovation would encourage other Indonesian students to conduct research.

Source: Antara News