Borobudur Edupark opens for visitors, showcases Indonesian art

Borobudur Edupark, a destination promoting education and art on Magelang-Yogyakarta Road in Central Java, has opened for visitors.

Following its inauguration on Monday (January 9, 2022) by Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo, the Edupark is ready to welcome tourists, Borobudur Edupark director and sculptor, I Nyoman Alim Mustapha, said here on Saturday.

Some religious leaders, tourism business players, and stakeholders, as well as the president director of PT TWC, the state company that manages popular destinations such as Prambanan Temple and Ratu Boko, also attended the opening.

The price of admission to Borobudur Edupark has been set at Rp30 thousand for adults and Rp20 thousand for children and students, Mustapha said. However, during the soft opening, the park is offering promotional tickets priced at Rp25 thousand for adults and Rp15 thousand for children and students, he added.

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The Edupark, which includes the Unique Gallery of Borobudur Art (GUSBI), is expected to grow and develop the tourism industry as well as provide new insights and benefits to the tourism sector, Mustapha remarked.

Meanwhile, PT TWC president director Edy Setijono said that the Borobudur Temple is not a mere grandiose monument, but also a center for knowledge.

“Today, we see Mr. Mustapha and his team at Nakula Sadewa creating a creative work that is inspired by Borobudur. Mustapha has produced an appreciative work domestically and internationally,” Setijono added.

He also expressed the hope that more figures like Mustapha would emerge from the Borobudur area.

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“Borobudur must be a real opportunity for the nation and people with different expertise,” he said.

Borobudur Edupark showcases the work of Mustapha, a Balinese sculptor who has long settled in Magelang district.

His sculptures are world-known and have featured at the Miniature of Borobudur Temple in South Africa, Pairi Daiza Zoo in Belgium, Minimundus Amusement Park in Austria, Wat Khao Sukim Temple in Thailand, Venlo in the Netherlands, and many other sites.

A workshop on constructing four iconic gates to the Borobudur area can also be observed at Borobudur Edupark, Mustapha said.

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SOEs minister supports coal gasification

State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir encourages the processing or gasification of coal mining materials into gas in order to meet the current gas energy requirements.

“Indonesia has plenty of coal resources that must be processed or gasified, so that this coal can be used as Dimethyl Ether (DME) to replace liquified petroleum gas (LPG), as LPG prices have currently increased in the market,” Thohir stated during his speech at the University of Muhammadiyah Malang, monitored virtually on Saturday.

Furthermore, Thohir believes that this change cannot be brought about immediately, as Indonesia needs time, investment, and technology to start the process. However, he pressed for starting it from now.

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“In 2060, coal will no longer be used for electricity. This is because we will produce electricity from new and renewable energy sources, such as solar, geothermal, water, and wind. Now, while we are still able to process coal, and we will conduct gasification for gas,” Thohir explained.

Earlier, Thohir noted that the coal gasification project could cut LPG imports while boosting the national economy.

Coal gasification has a direct added value to the national economy on a macro basis. It will save the trade balance, lower dependence on LPG imports, and save foreign exchange reserves.

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Pertamina had inked a cooperation amendment in the coal gasification project (DME Coal) on Tuesday, January 11.

This agreement is also a Processing Service Agreement (PSA) on the coal gasification process, which is one of the government’s programs to boost national energy security.

The minister welcomed this collaboration, as he assessed that coal gasification is a step to improve the national economy in general. In addition to maximizing its potential, this project will eliminate dependence on imported projects, he remarked.

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Ministry heeds traders’ suggestions on Legi Market’s arrangement

The Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Ministry remains committed to accommodating the traders’ suggestions regarding the arrangement of Legi Market, Solo City, Central Java Province, scheduled to be inaugurated in January 2022.

“The merchants complained about the exhaust fans. Initially, the fans were installed since the center area of the market was a bit hot,” Director General of Human Settlement at the ministry Diana Kusumastuti stated during her visit to the market on Saturday.

However, several traders reported that their activities were disturbed by the loud sounds of the fans, she noted.

“We will solve the problem later. We will create a more conducive environment for them,” she remarked.

Another issue raised pertained to raindrops entering the kiosks through the building’s large vents.

The director general noted that it is natural for the rainwater to enter the kiosks since the market applied the green building concept that necessitated proper air circulation through the vents.

“We will find a solution to prevent the rain drops from entering while still allowing the circulation of air,” she affirmed.

Furthermore, Kusumastuti noted that despite work on the market being fully completed, her side will continue to monitor management of the market.

“The building must be safe and clean. Cleanliness is important because if the market is dirty, it will become a slum. I call on the local government to urge the traders to be heedful to it, so that the market can be neater,” Kusumastuti stressed.

According to the director general, the market will be inaugurated on January 20, 2022, though she could not as yet confirm who will officiate the market.

Meanwhile, Solo Mayor Gibran Rakabuming Raka confirmed that the traders had reached a common consensus on the location of their stalls.

“We have entered the building to check the complaints. We have accommodated all of them. Regarding the issue of exhaust fans and raindrops trickling into the kiosks, we will fix it later,” he added.

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MSMEs to be developed through financing, investment: minister

State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir has said that micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) will be developed through financing and investment.

He made the statement while delivering a keynote speech at Malang Muhammadiyah University in Malang city, East Java province, on Saturday.

The government is encouraging extraordinary MSME development and targeting to expand the sector’s loan growth to 30 percent, he said adding, currently, loan growth has reached 20 percent.

The achievement is not enough, considering that Indonesia’s MSME loan growth is still far below Malaysia and Thailand, which have recorded a growth of 50 percent, the minister said.

“It means that something is lacking and must be improved. Our MSME market is huge and it keeps growing. Hence, the government is encouraging financing programs for MSMEs — not only for conventional ones but also for digital ones,” the minister informed.

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Thus, state-owned bank PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia, Tbk. has launched the Sembrani Fund, which is an investment in local products or brands, he said.

In addition, President Joko Widodo has inaugurated the Merah Putih Fund, which is a collaboration between a number of state-owned corporations, including Telkom, Telkomsel, Mandiri, and BRI, for investing in local start-up companies, he added.

The start-ups assisted by the program must be founded by Indonesians as well as operate and go public in Indonesia, Thohir said.

The Merah Putih Fund will mainly help ‘soonicorn’ start-ups — enterprises with a valuation below $200 million — reach a valuation of $1 billion, or the unicorn level, the minister added.

MSMEs play a very important role in Indonesia’s economy since the sector is mostly driven by the informal economy, Thohir said.

Thus, SOEs’ people-centered programs, such as BRI’s Sembrani Fund, can help many MSMEs apply for microcredit, he added.

The attempt will not only help revive the people’s economy in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, but also increase the volume of transactions, Thohir said.

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PLN directs CSR efforts at boosting Papua economy

State-owned electricity company PT. PLN (Persero) has continued to support the development of the economy in Papua and West Papua provinces as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) towards the community.

In collaboration with the government of Jayapura city, Papua province, PLN inaugurated the “Nila” community-owned fish floss processing business in South Jayapura sub-district for improving the local community’s economy.

Senior manager of finance, communication, and general affairs for PLN’s Papua and West Papua regional main unit, Rio Widiya Nugraha, said this was a form of PLN’s commitment and responsibility for supporting the community.

“Seeing the potential in Hamadi village, which is rich in fish catches, we assessed that it needs to be maximized by processing the fish (into processed products),” he said.

PLN hopes that the training would help the community to scale up production, he added. It is further hoped that the new knowledge acquired through training would stimulate innovation and help the community improve their product’s quality and boost sales, he said.

Meanwhile, the head of “Nila” group, Rosdiana, thanked PLN for providing training to the members of the group.

Production activities that had stopped earlier have resumed again with increased human resources capabilities, he observed. He expressed the hope that the group would become more productive in the future and earn more extra income.

In addition, Deputy Mayor of Jayapura, Rustan Saru, also lauded PLN and all parties who have coordinated, cooperated, and collaborated in helping the community, especially in the economic sector.

He said he hoped that the business run by the community would continue to improve both in terms of production and promotion.

Under its CSR program, PLN has also provided assistance worth Rp80 million to the Community Self-Support Agency (BKM) “Maju Bersama Hamadi” to empower the community and train them in fish processing, he noted.

Provided in collaboration with the Marine and Fisheries Office of Papua Province, the training is deemed necessary to improve the community’s capacity, he said.

Not only that, PT. PLN’s Main Unit for Papua and West Papua Regions has also supported 39 micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), he pointed out.

General manager of PT. PLN’s Main Unit for Papua and West Papua Regions, Abdul Farid, said that the MSMEs are making several products including coffee, knitted bags, batik, and Papuan crowns.

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PLN’s agricultural electrification program

PT PLN has also continued to support efforts to increase agricultural productivity in Papua by encouraging farmers to utilize electricity through the “Electrifying Agriculture” program.

Manager of PLN’s Timika city branch, Wahyu Prihatnala, said PLN’s support in the agricultural sector is expected to help boost farmers’ welfare.

Among those that have benefited from the program is the SP4 Sopoyono Farmer Group of Wonosari Jaya village, Mimika Baru sub-district, Mimika district, who have switched from diesel fuel pumps to electric pumps for irrigating fields.

One of the farmers in the group, Budi, said that the electricity provided by PLN has greatly helped farmers as electricity is much cheaper than diesel.

A diesel pump requires about five liters of fuel, which costs Rp45 thousand to Rp50 thousand per day, to irrigate fields, he said.

In contrast, electricity for operating the pumps only costs Rp14 thousand, he added.

In addition, electricity has also allowed farmers to use lights at night to keep away pests and animals that can damage crops.

According to PLN’s Farid, the “Electrifying Agriculture” program is one of PLN’s efforts to increase the competitiveness of local farmers, especially in Papua.

PLN continues to strive to maximize its services to all consumers, including farming business actors, one of which is by providing reliable, easy-to-reach, and accessible electricity services, he said.

The “Electrifying Agriculture” program is a part of PLN’s spirit of transformation, he said adding, the reliability and ease in accessing electricity services continue to be improved for all business actors, including the agricultural sector.

“With this program and facilities, we hope farmers’ productivity can continue to increase so that farmers can compete amid difficult conditions such as the current pandemic,” Farid remarked.

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Assistance for business actors

Aside from supporting farmers, PLN has also distributed assistance of 40 induction stoves, worth Rp100 million, to Jayapura’s Numbay Coffee Community under the PLN Peduli (PLN Cares) program.

PLN has said it hopes that business actors will make the most of the assistance.

“This is a form of our concern for MSMEs in Papua, where this assistance is a stimulus for MSMEs, especially coffee shop entrepreneurs, to grow,” PLN’s Nugraha said.

The increasing popularity of coffee shops in Jayapura is a sign of the growing business climate in the city, he added.

The growth of coffee shops is hoped to improve the welfare of local coffee farmers supplying Papuan coffee beans to the shops, he said.

Meanwhile, Numbay Coffee Community chairman, Roger Liem, said that the induction stoves would be distributed to 38 coffee shops operated by the community.

In addition, PLN has also helped the “Doing Deep and Wise for New Generation” (D2WNG) community to provide coffee shop equipment to youth in Yoboi village, Sentani sub-district, Jayapura district.

Not only PLN, the Papua provincial government and several other parties also contributed to providing coffee shop equipment to the Yoboi youth, company officials said.

Secretary of the D2WNG community, Dhias Suwandi, said that after providing training for two days, his community donated coffee shop equipment to the Yoboi youth.

He said he hoped that after the training, the youth would put their knowledge into practice and open a small coffee shop in Yoboi village and support the village as one of the tourist attractions of Jayapura district.

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Expect number of unicorns to increase: SOEs Minister

State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir has said that he expects the number of unicorns, or start-ups with a valuation of more than $1 billion, in Indonesia to increase.

During a dialogue with the Start-Up Singo Edan Malang community, in Malang city, East Java province, on Saturday, he noted that compared to high-income countries, such as China and the United States, the number of unicorns in Indonesia is quite small.

“China has 107 unicorns, while America has more than 200 unicorns. However, Indonesia only has 8 unicorns,” he stated.

Indonesia has enormous potential to increase the number of local unicorns since the country’s population is huge – meaning that Indonesia also has a large market and human resource pool for developing start-ups, Thohir added.

Hence, with such great potential, there should be more unicorns in Indonesia, he highlighted. He said he expects dozens of new Indonesian unicorns to be developed in the future.

“We want our country to become the fourth-largest economy in the world. Thus, it is not enough to only have eight unicorns. To achieve it, we must have at least 25 unicorns. I hope there will be one from Malang city,” he remarked.

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Hence, young Indonesians, including start-up actors in Malang city, must take advantage of the available opportunities by becoming a productive generation, the minister said.

“Do not be a consumptive generation. You must be productive. You certainly can do it,” Thohir added.

Furthermore, he assured that the government will continue to encourage and assist in the establishment of new unicorns in Indonesia through programs such as the Merah Putih Fund and Sembrani Fund.

The Merah Putih Fund will mainly help ‘soonicorn’ start-ups — enterprises with a valuation below $200 million — to become unicorns, he said.

Meanwhile, the Sembrani Fund was launched by state-owned bank PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia, Tbk. as an investment program for local micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), he added.

As of 2021, Indonesia has eight unicorns, including Gojek (super-app services), Tokopedia (e-commerce), Traveloka (travel), Bukalapak (e-commerce), OVO (electronic payments), J&T Express (freight forwarder), Xendit (financial technology), and Ajaib (stock investment and online mutual fund).

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Ministry ensures electricity provision to Singapore well-regulated

The Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) has ensured that state electricity firm PT PLN’s agenda to provide renewable electricity to Singapore aligns with the existing regulations.

The KKP ministry has discussed the plan and strategy with PLN, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday, January 14, 2022, the KKP’s Acting Director of Marine Space Management, Pamuji Lestari, stated here on Saturday.

At the meeting, the KKP expressed its readiness to facilitate and consult about licensing for the utilization of marine space in accordance with Law No. 11 of 2020 on Job Creation and Government Regulation No. 21 of 2021 on implementation of Spatial Design.

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“We are ready to support and synergize strategies for supplying electricity to run in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations,” Lestari noted.

Earlier, Director of Electricity Business Development at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ida Nuryatin Finahari, lauded the plan to supply electricity sourced from renewable energy.

Meanwhile, PLN has planned to construct an electricity system in Sumatra to provide electricity abroad, according to PLN’s Executive Vice President (EVP) of Electricity System Planning Edwin Nugraha Putra.

For the Indonesia-Singapore interconnector, the electrical main station must be located on the foremost island as the most effective site for renewable energy power plants, Putra explained.

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PLN also built transmission lines between Indonesia and Singapore through the power wheeling scheme, and PLN’s business areas can be used for electricity exports to Singapore, Batam PLN President Director Nyoman S. Astawa stated in Batam, Riau Islands.

“The landing station must be located in Batam’s territories, and PT PLN in Batam has suggested the Lumba Besar Island as the site for the landing station,” Astawa stated.

On the other hand, Lestari pointed to the absence of an undersea cable corridor for serving as the interconnector between Indonesia and Singapore through the Singapore Strait, thereby eliciting the need for a review of zoning plans in the surrounding waters.

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Indonesia should champion investment for small-scale farmers at G20

The Indonesian government should make the most of the G20 Presidency event to vocalize the importance of bolstering sustainable and equitable investment, such as those for small-scale farmers.

“Indonesia must be brave to voice and offer a model of development or investment in the agricultural sector that is not only sustainable and resilient but also equitable, especially for small-scale farmers, women, and young people in the villages (to make them) producers and food providers,” national coordinator of the People’s Coalition for Food Sovereignty (KRKP) Said Abdullah remarked here on Saturday.

According to Abdullah, several investments in the regions have marginalized small people groups, including small-scale farmers.

In contrast, the coordinator drew attention to the constitutional mandate that states Indonesia should not only be strong in food security but also be food-sovereign, for which it is important to pay attention to farmers, as the food producers.

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“We must invest more in ecological agricultural models (and use more) environment- and society-friendly technologies that are fair for farmers, women, and young people in the villages,” Abdullah emphasized.

The G20 Presidency presents a good opportunity for Indonesia because as a host, the country is able to benefit from the forum, especially when it is related to the food sector development, he explained.

Meanwhile, State-owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister Erick Thohir also supported ID FOOD, an SOE holding specializing in the food sector, to improve the food supply chain that he viewed as having not shown any certainty and coordination.

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“The ecosystem in SOEs in the supply chain between SOE food (company) groups must be improved,” Thohir stressed at the launch of ID FOOD in Jakarta on Wednesday (January 12, 2022).

Earlier, the Indonesian government officially inaugurated ID FOOD to drive an integrated food ecosystem transformation from upstream to downstream and to bolster the inclusivity and welfare of farmers, ranchers, and fishers.

Source: Antara News