Singapore’s One World International School to Open Campus in Riyadh

OWIS will be the fourth school to be established in Riyadh under the RCRC’s International Schools Attraction Program

OWIS Riyadh Campus

OWIS Riyadh Campus

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, May 14, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Under the patronage of the Royal Commission for Riyadh City (RCRC), Singapore’s prestigious Global Schools Foundation is opening its first school campus in the Saudi capital in September 2022. The One World International School (OWIS) will be the fourth school to be established in Riyadh under the RCRC’s International Schools Attraction Program, an initiative to bring international schools to the Saudi capital in partnership with the Kingdom’s Ministry of Investment and the Ministry of Education.

Mazen Tammar, Head of Education Sector at the RCRC, said: “Attracting prestigious global institutions such as the OWIS is a big part of how Riyadh is creating a world-class education ecosystem. This is a significant milestone in improving educational opportunities for all Riyadh residents. The international institutions brought here by the RCRC will not only enhance the education sector but also contribute to the transformation of the capital into the world’s most competitive and liveable cities by 2030.”

Global Schools Foundation (GSF) has received 350 international awards in educational excellence and organisational excellence from world’s leading award bodies. It has created technology-enabled learning environments and provided diverse linguistic and cultural exposure to students in Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Cambodia, Thailand, India, United Arab Emirates, and Malaysia.

OWIS offers comprehensive and holistic educational programs that include arts, sports, music, and languages. The school provides personalised teaching for various stages of development through frameworks inspired by International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) and an American curriculum based on Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Atul Temurnikar, GSF Chairman, said: “OWIS believes in an all-inclusive education to help the next generation blossom into young adults with a global outlook. The school also adapted its education to meet the needs of the changing times. The Riyadh campus will give students the right foundation to propel them to international success in the future.”

OWIS students in Riyadh will gain exposure to peers, experts, and faculty from the GSF’s global education network through inter school, inter-campus and international activities to support in building strong student portfolios and global mindsets. GSF’s educational offering is underpinned by value-driven programs that builds emotional intelligence and equips students to flourish in culturally diverse environments.

About Global Schools Foundation

Founded in 2002, Singapore-based GSF has several international brands under its aegis, including OWIS, Dwight School – Seoul, GIIS etc. It operates 26 campuses in eight countries with a strength of over 25,000 students from 70 nationalities across Asia and the Middle East, and is internationally recognised for its high standards in academics. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be the ninth country in the GSF network.

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Papua armed criminal group torches senior high school teachers’ houses

Jayapura An armed criminal separatist group (KKB) has reportedly torched the housing complex of senior high school teachers in Wako Village, Ilaga Sub-district, Puncak District, Papua Province.

Chief of the Public Relations Section at the Papua Provincial Police Senior Commissioner Ahmad Musthofa Kamal confirmed, on Saturday, the arson that occurred at around 7 p.m. local time on Friday.

Soon after receiving a report of the arson, the provincial police sent a team of personnel, led by Second Inspector Kristofol R. Lewirissa and Damai Cartenz, to the scene, he stated.

The police managed to put out the blaze at 7:20 p.m. local time with the help of local residents.

The team of police personnel also patrolled around the scene to ensure no movement of armed criminal group members.

No injuries or fatalities were reported.

He said the armed criminal group on Wednesday (May 11) shot a truck driver identified as Nober Palintin, 31, while taking sand from Ilame River, Wako Village, Gone Sub-district.

Palintin was believed to have been swept away by water currents after he was shot while attempting to escape to the river. He was found by local people at Wilipur River, Kimak Village, Ilaga Sub-district, on Thursday, he remarked.

Source: Antara News

Biden’s warm welcome to Widodo reflects US trust in Indonesia: KSP

President Biden’s friendly attitude remained the same as it was when he served as a Vice President under President Barack Obama’s administration, especially during his 2015 state visit

Jakarta The warm welcome extended by United States President Joe Biden to Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) reflects the US’s trust in Indonesia, the Presidential Staff Office (KSP) has said.

The KSP issued the statement to refute speculations regarding a US cold shoulder to Indonesia after it invited Russia to the G20 summit.

KSP main expert staff Siti Ruhaini Dzuhayatin pointed to Biden’s warm gesture to Jokowi during the ASEAN-US Summit in Washington D.C. on May 13 to address speculations that the Indonesian President was not warmly welcomed by the US.

“President Biden’s friendly attitude remained the same as it was when he served as a Vice President under President Barack Obama’s administration, especially during his 2015 state visit,” Dzuhayatin affirmed on Saturday.

She said she viewed President Biden’s warm welcome to President Jokowi as important for Indonesia, both bilaterally, regionally, and multilaterally.

Bilaterally, it shows the US’s confidence in the potential of US investment in Indonesia and Indonesian exports in the form of finished commodities, such as electric car batteries and other downstream commodities.

Regionally, it reflects the US’s confidence in Indonesia as the coordinator of the ASEAN-US partnership. Moreover, this is the first time in 45 years that the ASEAN-US Special Summit meetings have been held at the White House and in Washington D.C.

“President Obama once invited the ASEAN-US Special Summit in 2016. However, the meeting was held in Sunnyland, California, not at the White House. This is a form of appreciation and also an honor for Indonesia,” Dzuhayatin remarked.

In addition, the US also sees Indonesia as a middle power country that is consistent in pursuing a free and active foreign policy, especially when it comes to ASEAN relations with big countries, especially the US and China.

In terms of multilateral relations, Dzuhayatin said that Indonesia, as the holder of the G20 Presidency, is considered to have an opportunity to play a strategic role in ending the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Indonesia is also considered to be able to encourage conflict resolution through negotiations since the country has good relations with Russia and Ukraine, she added.

“Indonesia is ready to become a part of the Russia-Ukraine negotiation,” she said.

Source: Antara News

ASEAN, US agree to intensify cooperation in climate change mitigation

The US supports the ASEAN to strengthen its infrastructure capacity in a sustainable way for essential medical products and joint researches.

Jakarta The ASEAN-US Special Summit issued an ASEAN-US Joint Vision Statement stressing commitment to enhance cooperation in various strategic sectors, including pandemic recovery and climate change mitigation efforts.

“As a coordinator, Indonesia chaired negotiations on a joint vision statement,” Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi noted in a press statement released online on Saturday.

Under the joint efforts for pandemic recovery and regional health resilience, the summit agreed on an ASEAN-US Health Initiative Program.

“The US supports the ASEAN to strengthen its infrastructure capacity in a sustainable way for essential medical products and joint researches,” she remarked.

To this end, economic cooperation and connectivity were also boosted to facilitate the strengthening of a supply chain and regional connectivity for medical equipment, medicines, vaccines, and farm commodities.

For climate change mitigation, both sides will allocate funds through the US-ASEAN Climate Future to support nationally determined contribution (NDC) in ASEAN member states.

In addition, partnership between the public and private sectors was boosted to accelerate clean energy transition through a funding scheme, blended finance, and technological transfer.

The ASEAN and the US agreed to enhance educational cooperation, including collaboration between universities and companies, through a Billion Futures Program aimed at improving educational development, teacher training, and gender mainstreaming.

Both sides also concurred on boosting maritime cooperation by strengthening coordination between law enforcement agencies in the fields of maritime domain awareness (MDA), search and rescue (SAR), maritime security, and eradication of illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fishing.

The meeting also reached an in-principle agreement on promoting ASEAN-US partnership, from strategic partnership to comprehensive strategic partnership.

The ASEAN-US Special Summit brought together US President Joe Biden and ASEAN leaders, including President Joko Widodo.

“The presence of Mr President (Jokowi) at the series of meetings at the ASEAN-US Summit would hopefully strengthen concrete cooperation between the ASEAN and US to contribute to ensuring peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific,” Marsudi stated.

Source: Antara News

Minister backs move to increase BRILink agents

BRILink agents are an integral part of realizing the BRIvolution 2.0 strategy

Surabaya, E Java State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir has voiced support for efforts by state-run PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia (Persero) to achieve financial inclusion by increasing the number of BRILink agents.

The bank is planning to increase the total number of BRILink agents –individual agents hired for its branchless banking service called BRILink– from 500 thousand to 600 thousand by the end of 2022.

Through the move, the bank aims to support the efforts of the Financial Services Authority (OJK) to achieve 90-percent financial inclusion, the minister noted at the BriLink Agent Association gathering at Pemuda Hall, Surabaya city, East Java province, on Saturday.

“In addition, BRI is also targeting an increase of Rp70 trillion (US$4.77 billion) in micro loan (KUR) –from Rp190 trillion (US$12.96 billion) to Rp260 trillion (US$17.73 billion),” he informed.

He asked BRILink agents to become drivers of Indonesia’s economic strength and micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSME) development.

“Hence, all of the BRILink agents must keep learning to be digital and technology savvy. They also have to be open to changes,” Thohir emphasized.

BRILink agents recorded a positive performance in April 2022, with the sales volume reaching Rp433.75 trillion (US$29.59 billion)—an increase of 40.04 percent compared to a sales volume of Rp309.73 trillion (US$21.13 billion) the previous month.

As of April 2022, the number of BRILink agents across Indonesia has reached 552,709.

Director of small and medium business at BRI, Amam Sukriyanto, said that BRILink agents have assisted in the provision of public banking services, especially in remote areas.

BRILink agents have contributed to the sharing economy system for the community, in line with BRI’s vision to become a “Champion of Financial Inclusion” as well as to develop an ultra-micro business ecosystem.

“BRILink agents are an integral part of realizing the BRIvolution 2.0 strategy. Hence, improvement of the role and governance of BRILink agents becomes our focus to improve our quality in serving the community and providing benefits for them,” he added.

Source: Antara News

Minister calls to protect MSMEs in e-commerce from harmful practices

Social conflicts will arise if all economic sectors are controlled by big investors

Jakarta E-commerce businesses should be protected from harmful practices that can damage the micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSME) sector, Minister of Cooperatives and Small, Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Teten Masduki stated.

“Conglomeration to the domination of large businesses over the e-commerce business sector in Indonesia must be prevented and minimized to provide opportunities for MSME players to grow in the digital-based business,” he noted in a press statement on Saturday.

Currently, the dominance of big businesses in the e-commerce business still continues. If that continues, then MSMEs in the digital business will definitely be unable to compete, Masduki stated.

“Big businesses only need to provide applications and then sell their own products. Social conflicts will arise if all economic sectors are controlled by big investors,” he affirmed.

Over the past two years, online businesses have experienced a major leap due to the change in shopping options for people that began to migrate from conventional shopping to online shopping both in urban and rural areas.

This change has encouraged an increase in the number of business players entering the digital business, with a total of 18.5 million MSMEs, or an increase of 131 percent since before the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The digital onboarding of up to 30 million SMEs is targeted by 2024,” the minister remarked.

However, the increase in the number of MSMEs entering the online business must be protected from the domination of big companies, so that MSMEs players can compete at a higher level.

India is one of the countries that is viewed as having implemented measures to ensure protection for MSMEs in entering the digital business. Masduki stated that India has created a conducive and fair business climate for the owners of businesses.

“We can learn from India as one of the countries that has protected its digital business from unbalanced competition between big businesses and MSMEs,” he concluded.

Source: Antara News

BRILink agents at forefront in advancing MSMEs: SOEs Minister

Thus, although I sincerely thank BRILink agents for their dedicated work, I expect that their capabilities will continue to be improved

Jakarta State-run PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia’s (BRI’s) smart selling BRILink agents have been at the forefront in helping micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) advance their business, State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir has said.

Speaking at a BRILink Agent Association gathering at Pemuda Hall, Surabaya city, East Java province, on Saturday, he noted that BRI has prepared 60–70 percent of the disbursement target for people’s business credit (KUR) this year.

With the government targeting to disburse Rp388 trillion (US$26.47 billion) in KUR in 2022, the company has prepared around Rp260 trillion (US$17.37 billion) of the targeted amount, he informed.

The establishment of the ultra-micro (UMi) financial holding comprising BRI, state-owned pawnshop company PT Pegadaian, and state-run microlending enterprise PT Permodalan Nasional Madani (PNM) can help MSMEs become drivers of Indonesia’s economic development, he added.

Hence, small businesses are continuously being encouraged to become advanced, while BRILink agents are pushing them to become drivers of economic activity.

The BRILink agents recorded a positive performance in April 2022, with the sales volume reaching Rp433.75 trillion (US$29.59 billion) — an increase of 40.04 percent compared to the previous month.

However, the minister asked the agents to keep striving and working hard.

“The world is changing very fast, especially in this era of digital disruption. Thus, although I sincerely thank BRILink agents for their dedicated work, I expect that their capabilities will continue to be improved,” he said.

Hence, he asked BRI officers to provide adequate training to agents.

“We hope that BRILink agents can start learning to analyze (the business pattern of) their customers. Moreover, as told by the board of directors of BRI earlier, there are additional features of the BRILink service, such as payment of taxes, state-managed healthcare and social insurance (BPJS), as well as (purchase of) ship tickets,” he added.

He then appealed to all BRILink agents to start improving their business and digital knowledge to develop and become better.

Source: Antara News

Finding common ground on poll campaign period, budget, mobile app

On April 12, 2022, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) inaugurated Asy’ari and his colleagues — Betty Epsilon Idroos, Mochammad Afifuddin, Parsadaan Harahap, Yulianto Sudrajat, Idham Holik, and August Mellaz — as KPU RI commissioners for the 2022–2027 term.

The new commissioners of the General Elections Commission (KPU) vouched to pursue the prompt finalization of the 2024 general elections regulations as one of their first agendas.

On Saturday (May 14), at a working committee meeting, also known as konsinyering meeting, with Commission II of the House of Representatives (DPR RI), the Ministry of Home Affairs and the general election organizers, KPU, Bawaslu (General Elections Supervisory Agency), and DKPP (Election Organizer Honorary Council) explored the possibility of shortening the campaign period from the initially proposed 120 days to 75 days.

The campaign period, according to Commission II, can be shortened to 75 days if two conditions concerning the mechanism for procurement of election logistics and technicalities for resolving election disputes are met.

House Commission II member Guspardi Gaus, when contacted by ANTARA here on Saturday, said the campaign period can be shortened as long as the government is able to meet regulatory requirements to change the procurement mechanism for electoral goods and services.

“What we expect is the government’s regulation is in the form of a presidential decree to smoothen matters related to logistics procurement,” he explained.

The second condition pertains to the technical resolution of disputes involving the Supreme Court (MA) and the Constitutional Court (MK), he added.

“The task of the House, together with the government, (is to further) facilitate meetings with the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court to give convenience or make an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding on) how to respond to the implementation of the 75-day campaign because it is related to the trial period at the State Administrative Court (PTUN), the mechanism of which is regulated by the Supreme Court,” he elaborated.

If the two conditions can be met, Gaus said that he believes the 2024 general elections campaign period can be shortened to 75 days.

The same was also conveyed by House Commission II member Rifqi Karsayuda.

Karsayuda said that during the work meeting, the KPU had proposed a campaign period of 90 days, while all political party factions in Commission II had requested a shorter duration of 75 days with two conditions.

“First, changes in the mechanism of procurement of goods and services or election logistics be made simpler, efficient, transparent, and accountable,” he informed.

Second, Commission II asked the government and election organizers to draft a codification of the election procedural law, he added.

“Of course, (the drafting will) involve not only the government and election organizers but also the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court,” he said.

The discussion about the campaign period was one of the five issues discussed at the konsinyering meeting between the House, the Home Affairs Ministry, and the election organizers.

Four other issues that were considered crucial by participants at the meeting were the election budget, election digitization, logistics, and election disputes.

The results of the meeting will be discussed again during a hearing (RDP) between the committees. The reason: the konsinyering meeting was a semi-formal meeting whose purpose was to find common ground from differences in views on election implementation.

The goal of the meeting was to build inter-institutional understanding on several issues that often spark debate, including budgets, dispute resolution, campaign periods, and procurement of election logistics.

The work committee meeting was a part of the agenda for equalizing perceptions, and it was not an official agenda whose decision was official. “The official decision (will be taken during) the RDP,” Karsayuda said.

“In essence, the konsinyering is useful to facilitate, equalize perceptions, and refine the meetings that we will do in order to respond to the implementation of the 2024 general election,” Gaus added.

Meanwhile, during the meeting, the general election committees also signaled that the board members might approve the proposed 2024 election budget of Rp76 trillion.

“From Rp86 trillion (down) to Rp76 trillion. It means that there are already behaviors and steps of the KPU (which take) our inputs and suggestions (into account),” Gaus informed.

KPU can save more funds if the budget proposal is less than Rp86 trillion, he added. The budget savings include changing the budget cap for honors for the election ad hoc committee, he continued.

“(In the initial budget proposal draft), 70 percent of the funds are only for the honors, now it has been reduced,” Gaus informed.

KPU can save more expenditure by cutting other budgets if it can approach the Ministry of Home Affairs to request warehouse facilities, he said.

Digitalization

Through synergy and commitment, the members of election organizing bodies KPU and Bawaslu can mitigate the 2024 election problems and save more budget funds.

One of the efforts for anticipating electoral disputes is strengthening the Recapitulation Information System (Sirekap) to prevent people’s votes from being manipulated.

“The system will provide convenience for officers to recapitulate the votes. It will also serve as a publication tool for the vote counting results at polling stations (TPS). It is fast and accessible to the public. Thus, it is also expected to keep the voting results credible,” KPU Commissioner Evi Novida Ginting Manik said.

Using Sirekap, the recapitulation copies can be converted into digital data, thus it will reduce the workload on officers, she added.

She informed that the system includes Sirekap Mobile and Sirekap Web. The KPU will provide one account on Sirekap Mobile to one officer at each TPS.

After counting votes, the officers will manually write the results in a report called C Plano. The report will be photographed and uploaded on the Sirekap Mobile app.

Source: Antara News