Ministry urges small, medium industries to enter global supply chains

The Industry Ministry has urged small and medium-sized industries (SMEs) in the country to enter the global supply chain by increasing their competitiveness.

“In order to build a fair and inclusive industry, we need to increase the role of the community, especially SMEs, as part of the national manufacturing industry supply chain,” Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita said in a written statement here on Saturday.

He made the statement after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperative Partnerships, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)/SMEs in the Supply Chain of State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) on Friday.

“Empowering and increasing the role of the SMEs sector greatly helps the resilience of the domestic manufacturing industry,” the minister said.

Secretary general of the Industry Ministry, Dody Widodo, earlier on Friday, represented the minister at signing of the MoU with SOEs Minister Erick Thohir and Minister of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Teten Masduki.

According to data from the Statistics Indonesia (BPS), the number of SMEs has currently reached 4.41 million business units, with the number of workers in their employ reaching 15.64 million. SMEs contribute 21.2 percent to the growth of the non-oil and gas industry, with the most dominant sectors being food and beverage, fashion, and handicrafts.

“This achievement is a big potential for SMEs in accelerating the national economic recovery due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Widodo.

Therefore, to optimize the performance of SMEs, a strong synergy between relevant ministries and institutions is needed to create a conducive business climate, maintain social stability, and develop a dynamic private sector, he added.

“National economic recovery efforts require very hard, progressive, and collaborative efforts from all stakeholders,” he remarked002E The cooperation that has been signed by MSEs with a number of SOEs also shows that MSEs are able to meet the high requirements and specifications applied by SOEs, he said.

“Through the synergy of this partnership program, we will continue to encourage partnerships between MSEs and other SOEs to increase the use of domestic products,” he added.

Increasing competitiveness in order to revive the businesses of MSMEs/SMEs actors in the midst of the pandemic is one of the government’s priority programs, he noted.

“The government has currently increased the budget for handling COVID-19 to Rp744.75 trillion, Rp161.2 trillion of which has been allocated to support MSMEs and corporations,” he informed.

Various SMEs empowerment programs that have been initiated by the Industry Ministry include coaching and mentoring of SMEs to enable them to become a part of the domestic and global industrial supply chains, both through the development of supply chain ecosystems such as link-and-match as well as partnerships with large industries and SOEs, he said.

In addition, the ministry is also trying to build a digital ecosystem by encouraging SMEs to enter marketplace platforms and become involved in the procurement of government and SOEs goods/services, Widodo added.

He said that cooperatives and SMEs can have wider market access in the long term in the SOE supply chain.

“Besides being in line with the policy of the program to increase the strengthening of domestic products (P3DN), this partnership also supports import substitution policies that are simultaneous with increasing production utilization of the entire manufacturing industry sector,” he added.

Meanwhile, the cooperation signed by SME actors with SOEs includes SMEs of metal foundry CV Baja Kurnia, which will partner with PT PLN and repair and mechanical part manufacturer CV Byakta Prakasa, which will partner with PT Krakatau Steel, he said.

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Bangka Belitung to use serologic survey to tackle COVID-19

The government of Bangka Belitung Islands will use a serologic survey to optimize COVID-19 handling and break the chain of virus transmission in the province.

“This serology survey is a follow-up to the direction of Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian in optimizing the handling of COVID-19,” Bangka Belitung Islands Governor Erzaldi Rosman Djohan said in Pangkalpinang city on Saturday.

During a two-day working visit to Bangka Belitung Islands, the Home Affairs Minister advised the provincial government to conduct a serologic survey so that the handling of COVID-19 can be more focused, quickly directed, and efficient.

“The minister has advised that handling measures should be more centralized by tackling it quickly so it would be more efficient and targeted in enforcing policies in COVID-19 handling,” he explained.

According to Djohan, future policies of the Bangka Belitung Islands province will be based on the results of the serologic survey.

“If this survey is carried out, it will solidify the steps in making decisions, such as vaccinations,” he explained.

The secretary of the province’s COVID-19 Handling Task Force, Mikron Antariksa, said that he supported the strategy of using a serologic survey for more precise COVID-19 handling.

Based on the latest data, 311 COVID-19 patients have recovered in Bangka Belitung Islands: 91 people in Pangkalpinang city, 33 in Bangka district, 52 in Central Bangka, 26 in West Bangka, 23 in South Bangka, 49 in Belitung, and 37 in East Belitung, he informed.

Meanwhile, the province has added 251 new cases, which have taken the number of total cases in the province to 47,928, he said.

“Today, the number of patients who died increased by 10 people, bringing the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 exposure to 1,252,” he added. I

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207,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses donated by Dutch government arrive

Indonesia received the incoming 49th batch containing 207 thousand AstraZeneca vaccine doses donated by the Dutch government under a bilateral cooperation scheme on Saturday.

“The government receives new vaccine doses today to secure our vaccine stocks and continue our vaccination efforts,” Minister of Communication and Informatics Johnny G. Plate noted in his press statement, Saturday.

After the arrival of the new vaccine batch, the current stock of vaccines in Indonesia would reach 220.4 million doses, Plate remarked.

Plate highlighted the significance of sufficient vaccine stocks and prompt distribution as the key to expediting vaccination coverage in Indonesia. The minister also spoke of the government currently continuing to secure more vaccine doses through bilateral and multilateral cooperation schemes.

“Sufficient vaccine stocks are essential to accelerate vaccination coverage, and the government continues to secure more vaccine doses through all schemes available,” Minister Plate stated.

Thorough vaccination coverage is important for pandemic control and to achieve herd immunity in the community, he emphasized.

Vaccinated residents should not become complacent and neglect health protocol enforcement despite having already completed their vaccine doses, the minister stressed. “Although they have completed taking their vaccine doses, they should also remember that proper health protocols, such as disciplined use of masks, maintaining physical distancing, and washing hands, are also crucial for pandemic control,” Plate reiterated.

The minister further urged residents to install and use the national COVID-19 contact tracing mobile application, PeduliLindungi. The app is useful for contact tracing, and users are required to register on it for gaining access to premises.

“We urged the public to partake in efforts to control the pandemic by installing and utilizing the PeduliLindungi mobile application to help the government boost its contact-tracing process for identifying individuals suspected to have come in close contact with COVID-19 patients,” Minister Plate stated.

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Flash floods destroy 20 houses in Riau’s Luda Village

Flash floods that struck Luda Village, Kampar District, Riau Province, recently destroyed 20 houses, a school building, and a Muslim prayer room.

At least 450 people were affected by the floods, Chief of the Information Control and Operation at the Kampar District Disaster Mitigation Board Adi Chandra stated on Friday.

No casualties or injuries were reported in the floods.

“Alhamdulillah (Thank Allah), no casualties were reported in the floods,” he remarked. Flash floods that struck Luda Village, Kampar District, Riau Province, recently destroyed 20 houses, a school building, and a Muslim prayer room.

At least 450 people were affected by the floods, Chief of the Information Control and Operation at the Kampar District Disaster Mitigation Board Adi Chandra stated on Friday.

No casualties or injuries were reported in the floods.

“Alhamdulillah (Thank Allah), no casualties were reported in the floods,” he remarked.

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75.52% of Riau Islands residents aged 18 and over vaccinated

At least 1,037,195 or 75.52 percent of Riau Islands residents aged 18 years and older have received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, the COVID-19 Task Force has reported.

A total of 1,373,372 people were targeted for the first dose of vaccination in the 18 and above age group, Riau Islands Governor Ansar Ahmad said here on Saturday.

On average, 10 thousand vaccines have been administered daily to people from the age group, he informed.

Meanwhile, the number of recipients of the second dose of vaccination who are aged 18 and above is relatively small at 468,673 or 34.13 percent of the target, the governor noted.

Meanwhile, in the 12-17 age group, 207,663 Riau Islands teenagers have received the vaccine, he said. The number of teenagers who have received the first dose of the vaccine has reached 143,321 or 69.02 percent of the target, while the number of those who have received the second dose has touched 54,273 or 26.14 percent of the target, he added.

“The mass vaccination has involved a number of state institutions and other parties and has encouraged the hastening of vaccination. This is still ongoing. We appreciate all parties involved in the mass vaccination,” Ahmad said.

In Tanjungpinang, the government is targeting to vaccinate 154,242 residents aged 18 and above, he informed. The first dose has been administered to 123,141 people or 79.84 percent of the target, while the second dose has been provided to 82,553 people or 53.52 percent of the targeted recipients, he said.

Meanwhile, in the 12-17 age group, 18,780 or 78.95 percent of targeted residents have received the first dose of vaccination, while 8,933 or 37.55 percent of residents have received the second vaccine shot,he noted. In Batam, the vaccination program is targeting 789,451 people aged 18 years and over, he said. While 594,492 or 75.30 percent of the targeted recipients have received the first dose, the second dose has been administered to 235,400 people or 29.82 percent of the target, he added.

In the 12-17 age group, 117,866 Batam residents have been targeted for the first dose of vaccination, the governor said. While 78,979 or 67.01 percent of the targeted recipients have so far received the first shot, 26,400 people or 22.40 percent of the targeted recipients have been given the second dose in this age group, he sated.

In Bintan district, 107,028 people aged 18 and above have been targeted for the first dose of vaccination. While 81,236 or 75.90 percent of the targeted recipients have received the first dose, 48,294 people or 45.12 percent of the target have received the second dose, Ahmad informed.

In the 12-17 age group, 13,291 or 80.13 percent of the targeted recipients have been vaccinated, he added.

In Karimun district, 171,588 residents aged 18 years and above have been targeted by the vaccination program, the governor said. So far, the first dose has been given to 127,371 or 74.23 percent of the targeted recipients, while the second dose has been provided to 60,107 or 35.03 percent of the targeted recipients, he added. In the 12-17 age group, 15,860 or 65.34 percent of the target group have been given the first dose, while 5,413 or 22.30 percent of the targeted recipients have been provided the second dose, he said.

In Lingga district, 67,266 residents aged 18 years and above have been targeted by the vaccination program. While 45,331 or 67.39 percent of residents have obtained the first vaccine dose, 14,883 or 22.13 percent of the targeted residents have received the second dose. Meanwhile, of the 10,547 targeted recipients in the 12-17 age group, 5,835 or 55.32 percent of the targeted recipients have taken the first shot, while 2,181 or 20.68 percent of the the targeted recipients have received the second jab, the governor said.

In Natuna, 52,670 residents aged 18 and above have been targeted by the vaccine program, with 42,583 people or 80.71 percent of residents getting the first dose, and the second and 16,567 or 31.40 percent residents receiving the second vaccine dose, Ahmad said. In the 12-17 age group, of the 9,323 targeted recipients, 6,869 or 73.68 percent have received the first dose, while 3,316 or 35.57 percent have been administered the second dose, Ahmad disclosed. In the Anambas Islands, 31,037 residents aged 18 years and above have been targeted under the vaccination program. While 23,041 or 74.24 percent of the targeted recipients have taken the first dose, 10,869 or 35.02 percent of the targeted recipients have taken the second dose, the governor said. Of the 5,279 targeted recipients in the 12-17 age group, the first dose has been administered to 3,707 or 70.22 percent of the target and the second dose has been provided to 1,613 or 30.56 percent of the target, he added.

“We urge residents to get vaccinated to boost their immune system from the COVID-19 strike,” he said.

The effort to vaccinate residents of Riau Islands is in line with the agenda laid out by the central government.

President Joko Widodo is currently pushing for the vaccination of 70 percent of the Indonesian population by the end of 2021. He has instructed ministries and agencies to help the nation achieve the target.

Meanwhile, an expert from the Center for Indonesian Policy Study (CIPS), Andree Surianta, has forecast that the state will be able to vaccinate 2.7 million people per day should more vaccine stocks from overseas arrive in Indonesia.

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3,000 vaccinated Bantul students prepare for face-to-face learning

Some three thousand middle, high, and vocational school students at 1 State High School in Pundong, Bantul District, were offered COVID-19 vaccination that was implemented by the Bantul Resort Police of Yogyakarta.

During the inspection of COVID-19 vaccination at the Pundong 1 State High School on Saturday, Bantul District Head Abdul Halim Muslih praised and expressed gratitude to the Bantul Police for assisting in expediting vaccination, especially for the students.

“This vaccination will certainly bolster the target in Bantul, especially for those students, who will attend face-to-face learning after all are inoculated and when the pandemic can be controlled and cases decline,” he affirmed.

Meanwhile, Head of Bantul Police Adjunct Senior Commissioner Iksan remarked that the implementation of COVID-19 vaccination for students is the Bantul Police’s commitment to helping expedite nationwide vaccination, especially for students. Currently, Iksan noted that the vaccinated students in Bantul constituted merely some 24 percent of the total targeted 75 thousand students, so endeavors to accelerate vaccination continue to be made.

“The target for student vaccination in Bantul reaches 75 thousand that is expected be achieved in September, as vaccination is one of the prerequisites for conducting face-to-face learning activities in schools,” Iksan expounded. Moreover, the vaccination event was supported by the police, medical personnel, and students, who are members of the Youth Red Cross of Pundong 1 State High School in charge of checking the body temperature and blood pressure of the vaccination participants.

Based on the Bantul COVID-19 Handling Task Force’s data, the total case count as of September 3 reached 55,225.

Meanwhile, 51,871 recoveries were recorded, 1,476 deaths were registered, and 1,878 active cases were identified of patients still under treatment or isolation.

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Jakarta still needs to vaccinate 2.7 million people: Governor

Governor of Jakarta, Anies Baswedan, has said that his government still has to vaccinate 2.7 million residents against COVID-19 despite reaching the target set by the central government.

“This is because half of the people who were vaccinated in Jakarta are non-Jakarta residents,” Baswedan explained while reviewing a vaccination program at Vihara Dharma Jaya Toasebio, Jakarta on Saturday.

This is because Jakarta authorities are not differentiating residents based on the home address cited in the Citizens Identity Card (KTP), he elaborated.

The vaccination centers are only checking whether or not an individual can be vaccinated, he added.

“(We are) not differentiating based on residency, since all of us are human beings and vaccination is a humanitarian activity,” Baswedan remarked. During Saturday’s vaccination program, Baswedan expressed his gratitude toward Vihara Dharma Jaya Toasebio for acting as a vaccination facilitator.

“We hope that through this vaccination, there will be more people who would want to come and participate in the vaccination program,” Baswedan said.

“We are grateful for Buddhist followers who have spent their time in order to be vaccinated, especially for the workers who took their time for this humanitarian activity,” he added.

Around 9.821.061 people, both Jakarta and non-Jakarta residents, have been vaccinated in the capital as of September 3, 2021, as per official records.

Meanwhile, 5,712,452, or 63.89 percent Jakarta residents have been vaccinated as of September 3, 2021.

There are still around 3,228,759 people, or 36.11 percent of residents, who have not been vaccinated, the data shows.

The first case of COVID-19 in Indonesia was officially confirmed on March 2, 2020.

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South Sulawesi commences vaccination for comorbid, elderly patients

The South Sulawesi provincial government has started the process to administer the Moderna vaccine to residents, especially the elderly and those with comorbidities.

Acting Governor of South Sulawesi Andi Sudirman Sulaiman noted in a written statement in Makassar on Saturday that 13 patients with comorbidities were given the Moderna vaccine since Thursday (Sept 2).

“Thank God, there is no problem. We are still keen to expedite vaccinations prioritized for (people with) comorbidities,” Sulaiman affirmed.

The acting governor noted that the Moderna vaccines were only administered at vaccine booths in hospitals in order to monitor their implementation.

Comorbid patients in the areas of Makassar, Maros, Sungguminasa, and Takalar, as well as areas with reported high transmission of COVID-19 were chiefly targeted for vaccination. Patients, who register or handled by a mobile vaccinator and found to be comorbid, will be further tended to at the South Sulawesi Provincial Government’s vaccine booth. He further noted that vaccines were administered to comorbid patients to safeguard against COVID-19 and as a precautionary measure against another wave of COVID-19 as well as to minimize casualties. “This is what I urged to speed up,” he affirmed.

Meanwhile, coordinator of the South Sulawesi COVID-19 Task Force, Dr Arman Bausat, noted that Moderna can be administered to all age groups.

“This Moderna vaccine is good for people of all ages, starting from 12 years. It is also safe for those with comorbidities and the elderly,” he explained.

The efforts to vaccinate the residents of South Sulawesi aligns with the agenda laid out by the central government.

President Joko Widodo is currently pushing for vaccinating 70 percent of the Indonesian population by the end of 2021. In doing so, he has instructed ministries and agencies to extend assistance in the progress.

Meanwhile, an expert at the Center for Indonesian Policy Study (CIPS), Andree Surianta, has projected that the state can vaccinate 2.7 million people per day in the event of more vaccine stocks arriving from overseas into Indonesia.

Source: Antara News