Daily Archives: June 23, 2020

Aero-Engines Europe Virtual, September 16-17, Will Replace Live Event

NEW YORK, June 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Aviation Week Network will hold Aero-Engines Europe Virtual, a digital event with enhanced matchmaking opportunities and high-quality educational content, September 16-17.  The proactive decision to transform this annual conference into a virtual event was made after reviewing government and business restrictions on travel and with the health and safety of its attendees in mind.  Aero-Engines Europe will return as a live event in Stavanger, Norway on September 15-16, 2021.

Aero-Engines Europe is the premier event exclusively dedicated to the trends and issues related to Europe’s engine MRO community, gathering stakeholders from across the value chain including OEMs, MROs, airlines, lessors and suppliers.  The virtual event will provide digital content and networking, and a forum where the airline, engine lessor, OEM and MRO supplier communities can connect with and source new and existing business partners and share knowledge and best practices.

“We understand how important Aero-Engines Europe, and the entire Aero-Engines series, is to the industry and how much effort goes into preparing for it,” said Lydia Janow, Managing Director of Events for Aviation Week Network.  “It was not an easy decision to replace the live event with a virtual event, and so, in this difficult time, we would like to thank our community for its understanding and support. We’re looking forward to continuing our role in driving our industry forward, connecting our communities and supporting businesses, we are in this together.”

The Aviation Week events team is working through details that will support this transition and will be sharing updates via the website and social media platforms in the coming weeks.

Aviation Week Network’s parent company, Informa, has developed AllSecure, a set of enhanced standards and guidelines that provide the highest level of hygiene and safety at all Informa’s events. All upcoming Aero-Engines and MRO events will be organized in accordance with the AllSecure standard, providing visitors with reassurance they are participating in a safe and controlled environment.

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Bulog to distribute 900,000 tons rice to 10 million families



Jakarta The State Logistics Agency (Bulog) is prepared to hand out 900 thousand tons of rice under the government’s social assistance program to 10 million beneficiary families nationwide impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bulog’s President Director, Budi Waseso, stated here on Tuesday that each family will receive 15 kilograms of rice under the Social Affairs Ministry’s program to run until December 2020.

“After the program was successfully implemented in Greater Jakarta, this time, we implement the program nationwide. Bulog is still entrusted with implementing the program,” he stated.

Waseso revealed that the rice will be distributed in two stages, with the first 450 thousand tons to be distributed within the next three months, while another 450 thousand tons to be handed out until the year-end.

Currently, Bulog has 1.4 million tons of rice stocks, and domestic staple food supply can be secured without imports.

“The national rice demand can be adequately met until December, and we do not need to import. This has also taken into account the weather aspect,” he noted.

Earlier in May and June, the agency had distributed the government’s social assistance in the form of 25 kilograms of rice for families in the Greater Jakarta areas of Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi.

The aid was distributed in two stages, with the first batch of 36,440 tons of rice distributed in 1.45 million packages on May 5-22.

The second batch was distributed on June 1-15, with 46,546 tons handed out in 1.86 million packages.


Source: Antara News



Indonesia successful in minimizing forest fires, claims minister

Jakarta Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Mahfud MD, has claimed that Indonesia has successfully minimized forest fires, with no massive fires reported in the country in the past few years.

The government has prepared some integrated measures to prevent land and forest fires, Mahfud said here on Tuesday, after a limited meeting on the issue, led by President Joko Widodo.

“In the meeting, we have discussed the situation in 2020, as we are not only dealing with land and forest fires, but also COVID-19. Hence, we have prepared joint measures to anticipate the oncoming dry season,” the minister informed.

“In the past few years, Alhamdulillah (thank God), we have managed to minimize forest fires, and we can say that no more massive fires have happened,” he claimed.

“Protests from environmental activists as well as neighboring countries, during the past four-five years, were fewer,” he noted.

Efforts to prevent and mitigate forest fires, the minister said, would need firm law enforcement.

He reiterated that some measures have been prepared in anticipation of forest fires this year.

In 2019, forest fires scorched nearly 16,000 square kilometers of land, mostly on the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan.

In 2015, the fires burned through 26,000 km of land, resulting in one of the worst haze episodes in the country’s history. (INE)


Source: Antara News


VP upbeat about rapid development in sharia economy in Indonesia

Jakarta Vice President Ma’ruf Amin is optimistic of rapid development in sharia economics and finance in Indonesia, particularly following the establishment of the National Sharia Economic and Financial Committee (KNEKS).

“I am hopeful that the development of sharia economy in Indonesia will accelerate after the establishment of the National Sharia Economic and Financial Committee (KNEKS). As a chairman, I lead directly the development efforts of sharia economics and finance,” the vice president remarked while delivering speeches at the 56th Anniversary of the Universitas Muslim Indonesia (UMI) Makassar virtually from Jakarta on Tuesday.

To realize sharia economic development, the government, business actors, the private sector, and the community should focus more on at least four aspects.

Firstly, the development and expansion of the domestic halal product industry must change, from being a halal consumer to the largest producer of halal products in the world.

“Thus far, we have only been busy being halal seals, but we have not yet become a halal producer. With the development and expansion of the halal product industry, we are upbeat about Indonesia becoming the largest halal producer in the world,” Amin remarked.

Along with developing halal products, Islamic financial and banking activities must also be developed, one of which is the establishment of Islamic banks as part of conventional banks.

Third, sharia social funds must also be developed, especially endowments, zakat, and infaq, which have huge potential in Indonesia.

“The (social) funds collected today are far from the potential that we should have obtained. Hence, we will encourage sharia social funds, such as waqf, zakat, and infaq, to be more optimal,” he stated.

Finally, Amin called to also expand sharia business activities, especially those of micro, small, and medium businesses.

“I hope that all of us would continue to promote sharia economics and finance in Indonesia, so that they continue to grow and reach their potential,” he added.


Source: Antara News



Tourism Minister highlights significance of applying health protocols

Jakarta Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio highlighted the criticality of implementing strict health protocols before planning to reopen tourism destinations in the new normal times.

In a statement received in Jakarta on Tuesday, Kusubandio noted that several tourism sector players awaited the issuance of health protocol policies in the tourism sector and the creative economy since in the past three months, they were compelled to halt activities owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“At the moment, we are planning to open natural-based tourism venues and activities that have a low risk of transmission,” he stated.

Kusubandio reminded that under the plan to open nature-based tourism venues and activities, strict health protocols should be followed.

The health protocol for the tourism sector and creative economy prepared and proposed by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy was ratified through Minister of Health Decree Number HK.01.07/Menkes/382/2020 on Health Protocol for Communities in Public Places and Facilities in the Framework of Prevention and Control of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The health protocol is expected to serve as a reference for all parties in planning the opening of tourism activities and venues, including those related to nature-based tourism.

“Ensure that the reopening of tourism destinations does not lead to a spike in the number of new cases of COVID-19. This is since amending the protocol can take a day or two, but restoring the trust takes a long time. If we are not careful and disciplined in implementing it, the economic impact on the tourism sector can be even worse,” he stated.

The nature tourism areas planned to be opened gradually comprise marine tourism areas, water conservation areas, adventure tourism areas, national parks, nature tourism parks, grand forest parks, wildlife reserves, and geoparks.

In addition, non-conservation nature tourism areas include botanical gardens, zoos, safari parks, tourist villages, and nature tourism areas managed by the community.

Chairman of the COVID-19 Task Force for Accelerated Handling Doni Monardo stated that the natural tourism areas can be re-opened in stages, with visitors permitted to not cross 50 percent of the current normal capacity.

“Natural tourism areas permitted to be opened are those located in the green zone and/or yellow zone districts. For other zones, it will be regulated in accordance with the regional preparedness and area-wise management. Decision on opening natural tourism areas in 270 districts and cities in the green and yellow zones were left to the head districts and mayors,” Monardo stated.

Monardo remarked that the decision-making had to go through the process of deliberation with the Regional Leaders Communication Forum that involved the manager of the natural tourism area, the Indonesian Doctors Association in the area, epidemiologists, public health experts, community economists, religious leaders, cultural figures, community leaders, press figures, activists conservation, the business world especially the tourism industry, and the regional House of Representatives (DPRD).

“One must go ahead with this decision after undergoing the precondition stages of education, awareness raising, and simulation in accordance with the conditions of the natural tourism area and characteristics of the people in their respective regions,” he expounded.

If a COVID-19 case or a violation of the provisions in the nature tourism area is found, the district and city task force team will again tighten or close the tourism destinations after consultation with the provincial officials and central task force.

Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar noted that on the basis of the on-field work of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry along with local governments through the ministry’s technical implementation unit, 29 national parks and natural tourism parks were recorded to be able to open in phases currently until mid-July of 2020.

“We will open some national parks including Mount Gede Pangrango, Bromo Tengger Semeru, and Rinjani,” Bakar stated.

Several other locations to thereafter also be opened in stages comprise DKI Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, East Java, East Kalimantan, NTB, NTT, South Sulawesi, South Sumatra, and Bali.


Source: Antara News