Where is your squid coming from? Most likely unregulated waters, according to a new international study

New research fuses multiple data sources to advance understanding of the expanding footprint of global squid fleets

Washington, D.C., March 10, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Scientists and policymakers have voiced growing concerns about the decline of global squid stocks, but little has been done to date to target squid fishing activities that are expanding into unregulated spaces, according to a new international study.

The study, lead-authored by Katherine Seto, an assistant professor of environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, was published in Science Advances on March 10. It explores the unregulated nature of global squid fisheries across three oceans over a three-year period, and how these fisheries continue to grow and shift locations beyond the jurisdiction of management bodies. The research was conducted through a research partnership between Global Fishing Watch, the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security at the University of Wollongong, and the Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency.

Using satellite imagery, vessel tracking, and data monitoring, the study found that the fishing conducted by this globalized light-luring squid fishery was extensive, fishing between 149,000-251,000 vessel days annually, and that effort increased 68% over the study period from 2017-2020.

“These squid fisheries are highly mobile, fishing multiple oceans within a given year,” said Seto. “While some conservation and management measures are in place to regulate this type of fishing, our research found that actors may take advantage of these fragmented regulations to maximize resource extraction. To address this, we need to address the factors that promote the growth and expansion of fishing efforts, and increase data sharing and communication between management entities.”

The study found that these squid fishing vessels fished largely (86%) in unregulated areas, equating to 4.4 million total hours of fishing time between 2017-2020. While unregulated fishing is not necessarily illegal, it presents challenges for fisheries sustainability and resource equity, and has been connected to questionable human rights and labor practices.

“By synthesizing data from multiple sources, we created a robust picture of the fishing activity of the high seas squid fleets. Our analysis highlights the interconnectedness of fishing grounds used by the fleets,” said Nate Miller, head of applied research at Global Fishing Watch and co-author of the study. “It demonstrates the critical importance of comprehensive data sharing agreements between regional bodies for improving understanding of the movements of these vessels and quantifying their impacts on squid stocks.”

One major challenge has been the vessels freely fishing between regulated and unregulated spaces, fishing huge amounts of squid with little to no oversight or data reporting. Fishing in unregulated areas has also steadily increased and seems to be preferred despite concerns over stock status, according to the study.

“These unregulated fishing activities require urgent action. They occur in our global commons, shared by all, yet few receive any benefit, and neighboring coastal States are increasingly concerned regarding the impact on their own shared fish stocks,” said study co-author Quentin Hanich, from the University of Wollongong.

Masanori Miyahara, a co-author and advisor to the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan, agrees.

“These catches are often not reported to domestic or international management bodies, nor are they incorporated into estimates of fishing effort, harvest, or stock status,” said Miyahara. “While it is good to see both the North Pacific Fisheries Commission and the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation strengthen their management, urgent responses are also required in the Indian and Atlantic Oceans to ensure that fleets do not simply evade regulation by moving elsewhere.”

As we experience an increased demand for seafood products globally, we must understand the factors that facilitate the increase and expansion of fishing efforts to address the challenges of unregulated fishing, according to the study.

“Like all activities in the global commons, fishing on the high seas should be fully regulated. Yet the regional bodies with the competence to adopt management measures are restrained by a handful of states whose self-interests are best served when such activities are unregulated or done with few limits,” said Osvaldo Urrutia S., professor of international law at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso in Chile. “The global squid fishery shows how important it is to strengthen regional management of high seas resources and to continue international calls for states and regional bodies to take this challenge seriously.”


Lisa Tossey
Global Fishing Watch

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Gorilla Technology Chosen to Participate in UK Tech Delegation Visit to Southeast Asia

One of 15 innovative companies selected to meet with business and government leaders in the region

LONDON, March 10, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Gorilla Technology Group Inc. (“Gorilla”) (NASDAQ: GRRR), a global provider of AI based edge video analytics, IoT technologies, and cybersecurity, today announced it is one of a select group of companies chosen to participate in the first ever UK-Southeast Asia Tech Week, sponsored by the UK Department for Business and Trade (DBT).

The DBT will lead the delegation of 15 innovative UK technology companies offering best-in-class, export ready solutions in the Net Zero and Internet of Things sectors, including Gorilla, to Jakarta, Indonesia and Bangkok, Thailand from March 13 to March 20 for a series of commercially focused engagements with influential businesses and government representatives from across the region.

“We are honored to accompany the UK Department for Business and Trade and several fellow innovative companies for this important opportunity to build relationships and exchange ideas with leaders and officials in the region. This region continues to be of significant interest for Gorilla as we pursue our global expansion strategy,” said Gorilla Chairman and CEO, Jay Chandan.

During the delegation’s visit, Gorilla will have an opportunity to participate in one-on-one matching sessions with targeted potential partners and customers; on-site visits to local organizations and companies; workshops and roundtables on the ASEAN tech landscape and local market requirements; and networking events with key business leaders and influential government officials.

Natalie Black, His Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific, said: “I am pleased to welcome Gorilla Technology to Southeast Asia as part of a delegation of cutting-edge UK tech companies. Southeast Asia is an important region for the UK, with a digital economy projected to exceed US$360bn by 2025. I look forward to witnessing new and growing relationships unfold following UK-Southeast Asia Tech Week.”

About Gorilla Technology Group Inc.
Gorilla, headquartered in London, is a global solution provider in security intelligence, network intelligence, business intelligence and IoT technology. Gorilla develops a wide range of solutions including Smart Cities, Smart Retail, Enterprise Security, and Smart Media. In addition, Gorilla provides a complete Security Convergence Platform to government institutions, telecom companies and private enterprises with network surveillance and cyber security.

Gorilla places an emphasis on offering leading technology, expert service, and precise delivery, and ensuring top-of-the-line, intelligent and strong edge AI solutions that enable clients to improve operational performance and efficiency. With continuous core technology development, Gorilla will deliver edge AI solutions to managed service providers, distributors, system integrators, and hardware manufacturers.

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Ministry unveils IndoStar to support restaurant expansion to overseas

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry supports the expansion of the Indonesian restaurant owners’ business to overseas through a program called the Indonesian Restaurant Fundraising (IndoStar).The IndoStar program is currently open for businessmen and is entering the Open Call stage. IndoStar is expected to expedite the increase in the number of Indonesian restaurants overseas, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Salahudin Uno noted through his statement on Saturday. This is also undertaken to strengthen the image of Indonesian culinary arts known as the Mother of Spices, he remarked while opening the IndoStar program. Indonesia should be able to present restaurants with foods unique to the country overseas through good branding and management, he affirmed. With this, Indonesia can be known, through its processed foods and spices, to citizens around the world. IndoStar was unveiled on Friday in a hybrid format from Hong Kong, and 40 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) owned by the Indonesian diaspora in Hong Kong participated online. Indonesian restaurant owners in other countries also participated online. In the IndoStar reporting, Industry and Investment Deputy at the Ministry Rizki Handayani highlighted that a problem encountered by Indonesian restaurant owners in developing their business was the fact that they were not visible and bankable. Several factors affecting this include the fact that not many entrepreneurs understand financial literacy and can adapt to digital development to drive their businesses. “Thus, the ministry’s industry and investment deputy executes its duty and function to facilitate guidance and assistance for Indonesian restaurant owners, so that their businesses can grow through the IndoStar program,” Handayani remarked. Financing Access Director at the Ministry Anggara Hayun Anujuprana noted that IndoStar will be the first platform for the development of Indonesian restaurant business to overseas. In future, chosen entrepreneurs will be trained and assisted, so that they can receive financing from potential investors.

Source: Antara News Agency

Ensuring healthy Bangka Belitung seas for better blue economy

Indonesia has been leading on a blue economy strategy as a form of its commitment to restoring the health of marine space in a bid to support sustainable national and regional economic growth. The sea offers myriad opportunities for humanity to flourish by offering itself as a source to get food, to traverse upon as part of the connectivity route, and other things of use.There are several issues in national sea management that could place the sustainability of marine life and resources at risk. Moreover, it compromises the livelihoods of fishermen, supply of seafood, and economic growth, all of which are highly dependent on sea. Hence, there is a need to create a healthy, secure, and productive marine life for the sake of national welfare. Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Sakti Wahyu Trenggono stated that currently, the ministry is focusing on five blue economy-based programs to maintain the marine ecosystem, ensure equity in growth development of coastal communities, and develop public welfare. Blue economy prioritizes marine ecosystem sustainability as a priority in developing marine economy sectors. The five programs in question include expanding the marine conservation area up to 30 percent; quota-based measured fishing; sustainable fish cultivation; managing and monitoring shores and small islands; and cleaning up plastic waste from sea through programs, such as Love Sea Month, also with participation from fishermen. ccording to Government Regulation in Lieu of Law Number 2 of 2022 on Job Creation, one of the requirements to establish business is permit on suitability between conducted activity and the space (KKPRL). Everyone who makes use of the sea consistently within the waters or jurisdiction area is required to possess a permit of Use of Sea Space from the central government. The permit aims to ensure that they use the space as intended in the marine space management. It is the basic instrument for the government to control progress of the blue economy in the management of marine resources. The permit is granted after review that takes into account spatial planning, ecosystem sustainability, and national, public, and traditional fishermen’s interests. They also consider the scale of business, supporting capacity, as well as risks and impacts for the environment. fter Government Regulation Number 21 of 2021 on spatial planning was released, the ministry issued as many as 95 KKPRL permits for several activities in Bangka Belitung Province’s waters. Of the figure, 85 are agreements and 10 are confirmations. The permits are for various types of businesses. For instance, it is for fishing facilities, underwater cables, special terminal, and mines, including for lead mining by PT Timah Tbk. Minister Trenggono commended the Bangka Belitung Islands Government and PT Timah Tbk for their commitment in prioritizing sustainability in collecting mineral resources under the waters as well as their efforts to revitalize the mangrove ecosystem with the general public. “Our hope is for the manifestation of healthy sea for a strong economy that ensures public welfare,” the minister stated during his visit to Bangka Belitung. cting Governor of Bangka Belitung Ridwan Djamaluddin stated that the KKPRL permit demonstrated that the company abides by the regulations. The ministry, on the other hand, follows up through keen monitoring to ensure that it goes accordingly. Blue economy ensures that all sectors can co-exist, as it emphasizes harmony between mining, fisheries, tourism, and environmental conservation. “(This is) because in essence, the lead is not mined for the current generation but also for the generation in the future,” Djamaluddin remarked. Main director of PT Timah Tbk Achmad Ardianto affirmed that the company adopts an integrated system in its mining activity, both on land and at sea. It also adopts good mining practices to minimize environmental impacts that can arise from mining activities. The government has tasked the company with high-quality lead mining. On the other hand, PT Timah Tbk has realized that lead mining technology needs to be improved. Thus, they are faced with challenges, including in ensuring safety of their workers and sustainability of the environment. Lead is a mineral whose demand continues to increase each year. As the second-largest lead mining company globally, PT Timah Tbk will set the pace of global technology development. Empowering the coastal community To balance out mining activities, the company conducts sea reclamation by setting up artificial reefs, which come in various shapes, such as coral garden, as well as by restocking squids and scyllas and monitoring seawater quality. Moreover, the company pursues the community empowerment program. PT Timah tbk is part of the Bangka Belitung community, and the lead mining industry has become one of the economic sources for the people. Thus, the company is committed to improving its performance and management so as to proffer benefits to Bangka Belitung, in particular, and Indonesia, as a whole. With support from the ministry, the company is confident of being able to realize an inclusive lead mining sector, through ways, such as ensuring secure mining while concurrently being beneficial to the people. “Of course, we want for this inclusivity to grow better each day, for the sake of national and state advancement and public welfare. We want to grow and develop for the people,” Ardianto noted. Ocean Accounting Expert on Ocean Accounting from the Bogor Agriculture Institute, Prof. Akhmad Fauzi, stressed the need for Bangka Belitung Islands to adopt ocean accounting to gauge the potential of marine resources of the area. Ocean accounting is an instrument to control or see the progress of balanced management between ecological and economical aspects of a region. It can be used as a tool to review and evaluate resources in Bangka Belitung Islands Province. “What we can use, how many can be captured. This is one of the important instruments because without ocean accounting, on evaluation, we have no idea of what we have and how to use it,” Fauzi elaborated. Fauzi stated that he and his team had formulated two inclusive solutions to integrate complex activity through a comprehensive scientific basis. One of the ways is through seven variables, known by the acronym RESPECT. The R stands for regulatory, as in, the business should be accountable before the law. E stands for economic variation that means the lead, fish, or residual items can be used for public welfare. S stands for socialization, which has to be inclusive. People will benefit from the mines, mangroves, and many more. P means politically supported. If there was no support, many conflicts would have been sparked. Meanwhile, E stands for environmentally acceptable. It should not exceed certain limits that have been set. The C in the acronym means community responsibility, and the public is expected to become prosperous through the activity. The last one, T, means technology that is not destructive. “These principles will support what is known as blue justice, and blue governance, as well as blue parameters,” he noted. The expert proposed a scheme of team on sustainability of lead in Bangka Belitung Province. It is expected that once the lead of the region is truly spent, the results can be tangible for the future generations. The spirit is in line with the blue economy concept, which is the utilization of resources backed up with environmental knowledge, to support economic growth, welfare, livelihood, and environmental conservation for current times and in the future.

Source: Antara News Agency

President asks farmers to accelerate rice planting

East Java (ANTARA) – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has asked Indonesian farmers to accelerate the rice planting period after the main harvest season to maximize the use of rainwater and to avoid drought.”Because the rainwater is still available after the main harvest season, I ask all farmers to maximize it,” he said during the harvest season in Kartoharjo village, Ngawi district, East Java province, on Saturday. He urged farmers to utilize the remaining rainwater to irrigate rice fields and rice plants in order to augment national food stocks and security since the upcoming dry season is predicted to be longer than usual. In addition, Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo said that he was ready to follow President Widodo’s directive to accelerate rice planting after the main harvest season by coordinating with regional heads. While the total area under rice fields is 7.4 million hectares, the President is targeting that farmers accelerate planting on an area of up to 10 million hectares. “We have approximately 7.4 million hectares of rice fields but the planting area can reach more than that. For land that has been harvested, do not wait too long to plant it again. All regional heads will coordinate to realize this,” Limpo said while accompanying the President. ccording to him, the second national rice harvest, which President Widodo joined in Ngawi symbolically, marked a joint harvest of 1 million hectares, although the data in February showed that there were 1.20 million hectares that were harvested with an estimated production of 6.39 million tons of dry milled rice grain (GKG), which is equivalent to 3.68 million tons of rice. In March, 9.14 million tons of GKG, equivalent to 5.26 million tons of rice, is expected to be harvested from 1.70 million hectares of farms. In April, 6.09 million tons of GKG, or the equivalent of 3.51 million tons, of rice is expected to be harvested from 1.15 million hectares. “We hope that we will be able to speed up the harvest because we will be facing a longer dry season. Even though there might be a chance of rain during the dry season, we must still anticipate this weather anomaly,” he said. In addition, he noted that rice production in Ngawi district was higher with an average yield of 8 tons per hectare compared to only 6 tons per hectare in other regions. Farmers in Ngawi do not use irrigation to water rice fields, but water pumps instead. “Therefore, President Jokowi asked to increase the number of dryers, power threshers, and combine harvesting machines amounting to 1 thousand units through the People’s Business Credit (KUR) budget to help our farmers,” Limpo said. ccording to data, the harvested area in Ngawi district on March 2023 reached 32.676 hectares, with the current price of manually harvested dry rice grain (GKP) pegged at Rp4,700 to Rp4,900 per kilogram, he disclosed. Meanwhile, the price for rice harvested using a combine harvester machine can reach Rp5,000 to Rp5,500 per kilogram, he disclosed.

Source: Antara News Agency

Govt to prepare relocation site for Natuna landslide-affected resident

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Indonesian government plans to prepare a relocation site for affected residents, especially in areas prone to landslides in Serasan Island, Natuna District, Riau Islands, which was hit by the natural disaster on March 6.Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy noted that the government will build around 100 houses at the relocation site. “We will conduct a relocation program after the Natuna landslide. Although there were only 30 families affected, but we must relocate other families, who live in landslide-prone areas. According to the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), we must relocate around 100 houses,” Effendy noted in a written statement received here, Saturday. During his visit to review affected houses and several evacuation posts on Serasan Island, March 10, he was accompanied by Head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), Lieutenant General Suharyanto; Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Minister Basuki Hadimuljono; Head of BMKG Dwikorita Karnawati; and member of Commission V of the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR RI), Cen Sui Lan. On the occasion, the minister reviewed the stocks of basic-need items for refugees that were sufficient for the next one or two weeks. He also pointed to an improvement in disaster mitigation at the location. “I have checked the availability of clothing and food for the next week. It is still sufficient,” he remarked. The minister lauded all elements of the local government, private sector, community, and related parties that had assisted in accelerating landslide mitigation-handling efforts. “I thank all parties for their help, both from the government and the private sectors as well as the people of Natuna District that have shown empathy, not just through words but also concrete actions,” he noted. Data from BNPB recorded that based on the progress in search and rescue efforts on March 9, at least 30 bodies had been found and identified. Meanwhile, 24 residents were still missing. The number of refugees had reached 1,216, and they were divided across four evacuation posts.

Source: Antara News Agency

Jokowi inaugurates Bulog’s modern rice milling plant in Sragen

Sragen, Central Java (ANTARA) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) inaugurated the Modern Rice Milling Plant (MRMP) belonging to state-owned logistics company, Bulog, in Karangmalang Village, Masaran Sub-district, Sragen District, Central Java, on Saturday.Jokowi noted that the MRMP had started to operate not only in Sragen but also in Subang, Kendal, Karawang, Lampung, Bojonegoro, and Magetan. The president affirmed that the rice millingplant will help Bulog to strengthen its ability in absorbing grain at large capacities from farmers. To this end, he urged the Bulog president director to absorb as much grain as possible from farmers, with the price of harvested dry rice grain (GKP) to be determined by the Head of the National Food Agency (NFA). “We want the price from farmers to be reasonable, so everyone can benefit from it, including the community as rice consumers,” Jokowi stated. ccording to the head of state, maintaining the price balance was no easy task. To this end, he ordered Bulog to absorb 2.4 million tons of rice to realize better price stability. On the same occasion, Bulog President Director Budi Waseso explained that his side would follow the market price for the absorption of rice instead of the government purchase price (HPP). “If rice is sold at Rp7,500 or Rp5,500 per kilogram, it will be purchased by the community according to the market price absorbed from many areas. This decision will be effective until further price determination is set by NFA,” Waseso remarked. By building MRMP, Waseso is optimistic that Bulog would be able to absorb 120 tons of GKP per day from seven MRMPs. “Bulog has a capacity to absorb 3.6 million tons of GKP. For this year, Bulog is assigned to absorb 2.4 million tons of rice reserves. About 70 percent of the 2.4 million tons can be absorbed during the main harvest period. This means that Bulog must be able to absorb around 1.5 million tons during the main harvest period and the remaining 30 percent during the dry harvest period,” he explained. During a working visit to the Bulog MRMP in Sragen, Jokowi was accompanied by State Secretary Minister Pratikno, Head of NFA Arief Prasetyo Adi, Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo, and head of Sragen District Kusdinar Untung Yuni Sukowati.

Source: Antara News Agency

Creating shortcut to realize EV ecosystem through subsidy

It was perhaps inconceivable several years ago that electric vehicles (EVs) would become the mode of transportation drawing the attention of people in Indonesia and replacing fossil-fueled vehicles.However, EVs, both two-wheeled and four-wheeled, have been seen traversing the roads of the capital city. Moreover, several online ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers are using electric motorcycles to transport people and goods. Moreover, a switch was made from vehicles serving as modes of public transportation, such as TransJakarta buses, to the use of electric buses to transport passengers living in the outskirts of Jakarta that came along with an improvement in the transportation service. This phenomenon is supported by the Indonesian Government, which has since the start, paid special attention to the high demand for EVs in tandem with the development green technology and lifestyles. Technical aid has been provided, starting from the mandate to use EV as state vehicle, including for G20 events, and the provision of General Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (SPKLUs) at several places. Moreover, investment convenience provided through the Job Creation Law is expected to support potential investment for the management of nickel, the EV battery’s primary source, which foreign investors are seeking. t the regional level, Indonesia, which holds the reins of the ASEAN chair in 2023, also raised this theme as one of the important economic agendas. This is done in consideration of the fact that the region has adequate resources to develop the electric vehicle ecosystem. Indonesia believes that the development of the EV ecosystem from upstream to downstream can be done in the ASEAN. This development includes investment for EV production, formation of supply chain for spare parts, including battery and management of battery waste. Subsidy The government’s latest policy in supporting the EV ecosystem in Indonesia is the provision of the battery electric vehicle purchase incentive starting from March 20, 2023. The amount of the incentive reached Rp7 million, or US$451,565 per units, for the purchase of 200 thousand new electric motorcycle units. This US$451,565 incentive will also be provided for the conversion of 50 thousand fossil-fueled conventional motorcycles to EV. The government also plans to provide incentive for 35,900 units of four-wheeled EVs and 138 units of electric buses until December 2023. However, the detail from this plan is being discussed. Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan expects that the incentive program can provide greater affordability to improve the people’s purchasing power for EVs. Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita explained that the EV incentive aid, which awaits the issuance of technical regulation, will be delivered to consumers and EV producers. The incentive aid is given to EV producers that meet the 40-percent domestic-component level (TKDN) as stipulated within the system. Thus far, two four-wheeled vehicle producers — Hyundai and Wuling — meet the requirements. Meanwhile, two-wheeled vehicle producers — Gesits, Volta, and Selis — have meet the 40-percent TKDN requirement. For the early stage, electric motorcycle producers, who meet the criteria, are expected to not raise the selling price throughout the aid provision period and are committed to producing motorcycles within the established amount. Next, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are prioritized as the recipient target for the government’s aid for the conversion of conventional motorcycles. Specifically, the targeted MSMEs are those that receive the people’s business credit (KUR) and micro enterprise productive aid (BPUM). These MSMEs are also consumers of 450 to 900 VA electricity. In connection with this, the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry is aiming to have five percent of the existing conventional motorcycles to be converted to EVs. In other words, the ministry is planning to convert six million units by 2030 to save fuel oil by Rp3 trillion, or US$193.46 million, per year. In addition to providing convenience to the people in purchasing and supporting EV producers, the incentive, which was promised since the end of 2022, also serves as a stimulus to attract investment to Indonesia. The government is currently negotiating with electric automotive manufacturers Tesla Inc from the US and BYD from China with regard to this investment. Moreover, this policy can provide other economic benefits in the form of economic turnover of expenditure on conversion components and repair services. The plan can also support the role of educational institutions to encourage the acceleration of human resources’ readiness and technology adoption through research and development. Positive response When the discourse concerning this incentive emerged, General Chairman of the Indonesian Automotive Industry Association (Gaikindo) Yohannes Nangoi believes that the policy will increase the sales of electric and hybrid vehicles. The people’s potential interest over purchasing EVs in the future is estimated to be very high, so the subsidy is seen as the right move. On a separate occasion, Head of the Indonesian Electric Motorcycle Dealer Association (Ademoli) Indra Novint Noviansyah welcomed the subsidy from the government since it supports the underprivileged that are looking to transition to EVs. ccording to Noviansyah, several electric motorcycle dealers have received purchase messages for the next two weeks that reflects the people’s high level of enthusiasm. In fact, several dealers have already started to open the pre-order option for the subsidized units. In addition to the public, electric motorcycle dealers also support the program and will make all-out efforts to meet the targeted quota to support the EV ecosystem. Transportation Lecturer at the University of Gadjah Mada (UGM) Agus Taufik Mulyono also commended and supported the incentive since the discourse concerning this policy had spread since last year. In the long term, the policy can reduce emissions in the transportation sector that lowers the impacts of climate change and global warming. The policy is also beneficial to reach the Net Zero Emission (NZE) target by 2060 or earlier. Despite this, he encouraged the government to prioritize the EV conversion incentive rather than the new vehicle purchase incentive. The use of EVs should also be directed toward the provision of electric mass transportation, such as electric buses or trains. Moreover, the government should ensure the development of adequate road networks to support the goal of providing smart transportation. Thus, this incentive is an advanced step to develop the electric vehicle industry and to realize the use of clean energy with minimal pollution. This step should certainly be accompanied by consistent and continuous policy implementation. If it succeeds, it will give the national economy a new injection of life, considering that JP Morgan has projected that the EV industry will become a primary industry in Indonesia within the next few years.

Source: Antara News Agency