Daily Archives: November 3, 2019

Trade ministry to push lawmakers to ratify IA-CEPA agreement

In the light of IA-CEPA agreement, the governments of Indonesia and Australia agree to expand the markets, and urge businesses to assess the potentials of the trade cities in both countries

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Ministry of Trade will push communications with the House of Representatives members to accelerate the ratification of Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) that was inked on March 4 this year, the minister Agus Suparmanto stated.

During a meeting with Australia’s Trade, Tourism, and Investment Minister Simon John Birmingham, Suparmanto reaffirmed the Indonesian government’s commitment to the ratification of IA-CEPA into law.

“In the light of IA-CEPA agreement, the governments of Indonesia and Australia agree to expand the markets, and urge businesses to assess the potentials of the trade cities in both countries,” Suparmanto explained his meeting with Birmingham in a statement received here, Sunday.

During the meeting which was organized on the sidelines of the 35th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok on Saturday, Birmingham said Australia’s parliament had set a target of ratifying the IA-CEPA by the end of this month, or no more than early December.

Apart of the agreement’s ratification, the two ministers also discussed vocational education and the increase quota of working and holiday visa for Indonesian and Australian citizens.

Suparmanto also reaffirmed commitments of Indonesia’s government on launching the Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) as part of the IA-CEPA agreement to his Australian counterpart.

Following the IA-CEPA, the two ministers pledge to accelerate negotiations of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), as well as the general review of ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA).

Source: ANTARA News

EV owners just take 20 mins to charge batteries at PLN’s new station

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Owners of electric vehicles (EVs) in Jakarta have no more needed longer time to charge their EV batteries. They just take 20 minutes to do that at an ultra-fast public charging station that state-owned electricity firm PLN had set up last month.

ANTARA observed on Sunday that the EV owners could shorten the length of time needed for charging their EV batteries from at least an hour to some 20 minutes at the ultra-fast charging station at the PLN office in Gambir, Central Jakarta.

At the moment, PLN has built one charging station with ultra-fast technology in Indonesia.

Apart from this ultra-fast charging station, PLN has also set up five regular power stations with 25 KWs to 50 KWs capacity in certain places in Jakarta and South Tangerang.

These charging stations are located at PLN’s Jakarta Raya Office; PLN’s Bulungan Office, South Jakarta; Senayan City Mall; and AEON Mall BSD, South Tangerang City.

In the light of the EV development in Indonesia, the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources applauded the PLN’s efforts to build charging stations in Jakarta.

According to the ministry’s Electricity Director General Rida Mulyana, the availability of charging stations would support the electric car industries in Indonesia.

Source: ANTARA News

2,550 houses of poor families in Aceh’s Langsa city get renovated

Langsa, Aceh (ANTARA) – The Langsa city administration has facilitated 2,550 houses of poor families to get renovated through the Public Works and Housing Ministry’s “Bedah Rumah” (Home Renovation) Program from 2015 up to now, a local government official said.

“There are 2,550 houses that have been renovated. Insya Allah (God willing), more houses of low-income families in Langsa can be renovated,” Secretary of the Langsa city administration Syahrul Thaib said here on Sunday.

Thanks to the support of the Public Works and Housing Ministry and Aceh provincial government, Langsa has been declared as the best city for implementing the “Bedan Rumah” Program, he said.

The “Bedah Rumah” Program is one of the government’s endeavors to assist poor and low-income families to improve their welfare.

Regarding poverty rate in Indonesia, the central government has been striving to reduce its poverty rate that is expected to reach nine percent by the end of 2019.

As revealed by former National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro, the government had set a target of reducing our poverty rate to the level of 8.5 to 9.5 percent.

“If we still find that the last figure stays at 9.66 percent, we hope it would be recorded at the level of nine percent at the end of 2019,” he remarked.

To achieve the target, the government will focus on strengthening its social aid services for appropriate and eligible recipients, including the non-cash food assistance program (BPNT) and Indonesian Health Cards (KIS), he explained.

The targeted recipients of programs, such as the BNPN, KIS, Family Hope Program (PKH), and the Indonesian Smart Cards (KIP), are those belonging to the list of extreme poverty.

Those vulnerable to falling into the poverty line will be economically empowered by offering access to microfinance and by creating more jobs, Brodjonegoro stated.

As of September 2018, there are still 25.67 million poor people in Indonesia. The total number decreased around 0.28 million people as compared to that of March 2018 and around 0.91 million people than that of September 2017.

Source: ANTARA News

Indonesia will push digital transformation of sea toll system

As we understand, most people in Indonesia begin to get familiar with Gojek’s applications, and they’ll be more familiar with the (sea toll) digital platform designed by the firm

Yogyakarta (ANTARA) – The Indonesia’s government will push digital transformation of sea toll system by planning to launch an application designed by Jakarta-based multi-service platform GOJEK to halt monopoly practices in the sea transportation and shipment sectors, an official said in a statement here, Sunday.

The online system would increase transparency of the activities at the sea toll services such as goods shipment to the outermost, front-line and disadvantaged islands, Transportation Ministry’s Sea Transportation Director Capt. Wisnu Handoko stated in Yogyakarta.

Therefore, consumers at the regions could purchase goods with more transparent and fairer prices.

“As we understand, most people in Indonesia begin to get familiar with Gojek’s applications, and they’ll be more familiar with the (sea toll) digital platform designed by the firm,” Handoko remarked.

Since its first launching in 2015, the sea toll program is aimed to trim high prices of goods distributed to the outermost regions.

However, years afterwards, the authority claimed monopoly practices had crippled the sea toll systems, and as the result, the prices of goods remained expensive because of the lack of information and transparency of the shipment’s costs.

According to Handoko, the authority had mapped the monopoly patterns, and a preliminary identification revealed that the monopoly practices occurred at the country’s eastern regions of Maluku and Papua islands.

“Therefore, we plan to set up a collaboration with Gojek to halt the monopoly practices, so as the result, we are able to lower the price gap of the goods traded in the country’s western and eastern regions,” he added.

Source: ANTARA News