Daily Archives: December 14, 2019

BNPB disburses Rp500 million in aid for Sigi flood victims

Sigi, C Sulawesi (ANTARA) – The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has dispatched funding of Rp500 million as aid for victims of a flash flood in Sigi District, Central Sulawesi, on Saturday.

The aid was handed over by BNPB Chief Doni Monardo to Sigi District Head Mohammad Irwan Lappatta and was witnessed by Central Sulawesi Governor Longki Djanggola.

On the occasion, BNPB also distributed 200 kilograms of beef rendang donated by the West Sumatra government for victims of the flood in Bolapapu Village, Kulawi Sub-district, Sigi District.

The flash flood struck Hamlet III Pangana, Bolapapu Village, Kulawi Sub-district, Sigi District, on Thursday (Dec 12) at 6:30 p.m. local time. It claimed two lives — a father and a son — aged 50 and 10 respectively.

They were asleep when the flood struck and had no time to save themselves until the flood swept away their bodies.

No further report was received on the number of victims and houses damaged by the flood.

The agency has also handed over Rp2 billion of funding assistance for reforestation. The funding was sourced from the leftover foreign fund for tree seedling and planting.

“We hope that Rp2 billion of funding would be used for tree seedling,” Monardo stated, adding that the fund will be utilized for the replanting of areas prone to landslide and floods in Central Sulawesi.

In the meantime, Central Sulawesi Governor Longki Djanggola confirmed that the government had mapped areas susceptible to landslides and flooding in the province.

Sigi District Head Mohammad Irwan Lapatta remarked that funding aid of Rp2 billion for conducting environmental rehabilitation in the province was in accordance with the district’s program of Green Sigi.

The program necessitates each village to plant five thousand trees in their respective areas.

Source: ANTARA News

Erick Thohir keen to witness talented young Indonesians lead SOEs

Jakarta (ANTARA) – State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir expressed keenness to witness people with high talent, capability, and high-integrity among members of Indonesia’s young generation taking up positions in the board of directors in the nation’s SOEs.

“The preferable ages of these young individuals are around 46 years old. My deputy minister, Mr Tiko (Kartika Wirjoatmodjo), is younger than I am. Well, we want to do more on this,” he stated while addressing participants of the 2019 Millennial Fest here on Saturday.

Apart from his keenness to promote youngsters with sound capability and track records as well as high integrity, Thohir highlighted the need for senior figures to become mentors and take up positions of the SOEs’ board of commissioners.

The capable millennials will be able to usher in innovation and changes in tune with the era of disruption. However, they still need senior and experienced figures to become their mentors, he stated.

“We still need our good seniors at the board of commissioners or at the SOEs Ministry. Our seniors can also become ministers but let our young and competent figures work and make breakthroughs,” he noted.

Last but not the least, Thohir reiterated the significance of possessing high levels of morality and integrity for those leading Indonesia’s SOEs. “Morality is part of the priorities in seeking competent figures,” he remarked.

Thohir has demonstrated his seriousness in defending the significance of morality in managing a state-owned enterprise.

On December 9, 2019, he officially fired five members of Garuda Indonesia’s board of directors, including its president director I Gusti Ngurah Askhara, after the case of Harley Davidson motorcycle and Brompton folding bike smuggling came to light.

The Herley Davidson motorbike and Brompton folding bike were smuggled through this national flag carrier’s new Airbus A330-900 Neo aircraft.

At the Millennial Fest 2019, held at Balai Sarbini, Jakarta, Thohir also expressed keenness to see the SOEs allocate its corporate social responsibility (CSR) fund for the education and environment sectors.

“CSR for the education sector is 22 percent, while for the environment sector it is only one percent,” he added.

Source: ANTARA News

Indonesian SOEs’ CSR to be focused on education and environment

CSR for the education sector is 22 percent, and for the environment sector is only one percent.

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Minister of State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Erick Thohir intends to allocate its corporate social responsibility (CSR) fund for the education and environment sectors.

CSR for the education sector is 22 percent, while for the environment sector it is only one percent, Thohir stated at the Millennial Fest 2019 held at Balai Sarbini, Jakarta, on Saturday.

In the meantime, he remarked that the world is currently veering towards the green energy era. President Jokowi, for instance, will soon launch the 30 percent blended biodiesel (B30) deemed to be more eco-friendly.

To this end, the SOEs should align their vision with that of the government that prioritizes the environment and education sectors.

However, Thohir chose to not divulge details on the nominal allocation being increased, as he called to refocus on the fund flow.

For the education and environment sectors, we will increase the numbers. Perhaps, it can be 30 percent for education, and the ‘green’ can be five percent. It will be good for the next five years, Thohir noted.

Please allow this new minister to pay more attention to educational matters, so that our young generation will have a better future, Thohir stated while reiterating his concern on education.

Source: ANTARA News

Indonesia extends congratulations to British PM Boris Johnson

London (ANTARA) – The Indonesian government congratulated Prime Minister Boris Johnson over his thumping victory in the British election perceived by political analysts as heralding the United Kingdom’s smooth exit from the European Union on January 31, 2020.

Indonesian Ambassador to the UK Rizal Sukma informed ANTARA on Saturday that Johnson’s victory will bolster bilateral relations between the United Kingdom and Indonesia.

Jason Marc, a British political analyst, opined that Johnson’s resounding win on Friday would facilitate the smooth exit of the UK from the European Union on Jan 31 while contending that Johnson would not disappoint his voters in connection with the Brexit issue.

Reuters also claimed Johnson’s decisive election victory “will allow him to end three years of political paralysis and take Britain out of the European Union by Jan 31”.

He was quoted by Reuters as saying: “We will get Brexit done on time by the 31st of January, no ifs, no buts, no maybes. Leaving the European Union as one United Kingdom, taking back control of our laws, borders, money, our trade, immigration system, delivering on the democratic mandate of the people.”

This year, Indonesia and the UK commemorated seven decades of diplomatic relations.

In connection with the Brexit issue, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi had also conveyed in June 2016 that both nations’ bilateral relations would remain unaffected by the result of the British referendum (Brexit) on leaving the European Union.

In its place, both countries will continue to nurture cooperation in various strategic areas, she stated, adding that the Brexit’s direct impact on Indonesian politics would also be very limited.

The Indonesian-British partnership priority and the partnership between Indonesia and the European Union would remain unchanged.

“The impact of a number of agreements between Indonesia and the EU and the UK, such as Britain’s status in the Indonesia-European Union Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (Indonesia-EU CEPA) and licensed Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) will be connected to the approval of the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU,” Marsudi stated.

Britain has become a strategic partner of Indonesia since 2012.

Source: ANTARA News

Indonesia extends congratulations to British PM Boris Johnson

London (ANTARA) – The Indonesian government congratulated Prime Minister Boris Johnson over his thumping victory in the British election perceived by political analysts as heralding the United Kingdom’s smooth exit from the European Union on January 31, 2020.

Indonesian Ambassador to the UK Rizal Sukma informed ANTARA on Saturday that Johnson’s victory will bolster bilateral relations between the United Kingdom and Indonesia.

Jason Marc, a British political analyst, opined that Johnson’s resounding win on Friday would facilitate the smooth exit of the UK from the European Union on Jan 31 while contending that Johnson would not disappoint his voters in connection with the Brexit issue.

Reuters also claimed Johnson’s decisive election victory “will allow him to end three years of political paralysis and take Britain out of the European Union by Jan 31”.

He was quoted by Reuters as saying: “We will get Brexit done on time by the 31st of January, no ifs, no buts, no maybes. Leaving the European Union as one United Kingdom, taking back control of our laws, borders, money, our trade, immigration system, delivering on the democratic mandate of the people.”

This year, Indonesia and the UK commemorated seven decades of diplomatic relations.

In connection with the Brexit issue, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi had also conveyed in June 2016 that both nations’ bilateral relations would remain unaffected by the result of the British referendum (Brexit) on leaving the European Union.

In its place, both countries will continue to nurture cooperation in various strategic areas, she stated, adding that the Brexit’s direct impact on Indonesian politics would also be very limited.

The Indonesian-British partnership priority and the partnership between Indonesia and the European Union would remain unchanged.

“The impact of a number of agreements between Indonesia and the EU and the UK, such as Britain’s status in the Indonesia-European Union Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (Indonesia-EU CEPA) and licensed Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) will be connected to the approval of the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU,” Marsudi stated.

Britain has become a strategic partner of Indonesia since 2012.

Source: ANTARA News