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Netherlands supports international trade agreements, says minister

I believe that inclusive trade agreements can foster new forms of prosperity, jobs, and enhancements of understanding. I think it is very important

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Sigrid Kaag has said that the Netherlands supports international trade negotiations, including the ongoing process of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between Indonesia and the European Union.

“I believe that inclusive trade agreements can foster new forms of prosperity, jobs, and enhancements of understanding. I think it is very important,” she told ANTARA in Jakarta, on Monday evening.

When asked whether the Netherlands supports the Indonesia-EU CEPA, Kaag reiterated that her country is supportive of all trade negotiations.

“Of course we have to see what the end outcome is, but we are firm supporters of international trade agreements speaking to the SDGs, creation of wealth, and of course the distribution of wealth,” she stated.

The Netherlands, she continued, will be very supportive on the issues regarding palm oil, in particular, as she observed that there is tension between the European Union and Indonesia in relation to palm oil.

To show their support of palm oil in Indonesia, the Netherlands invested in the production of sustainable palm oil, with hopes beyond the achievement of environmentally friendly production of the oil.

“We think this is an alternative way to help ease tension and, hopefully, arrive at a mutually acceptable solution,” she said, referring to the document signed between Indonesia and the Netherlands on the joint production for sustainable palm oil with small-holder farmers.

Source: ANTARA News

Minister urges KCIC to apply recommendation on project suspension

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi called on PT Indonesia-China High-Speed Train (KCIC), as Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Train Project’s executor, to immediately implement the Construction Safety Committee of the Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Ministry’s recommendation.

“I have called on PT KCIC to immediately implement the recommendation of the Construction Safety Committee of the Ministry of PUPR, so that this project can be resumed immediately and can be completed in accordance with the time target,” the minister noted in a statement here on Wednesday.

The Construction Safety Committee in its letter, had earlier sought a temporary suspension of the Jakarta-Bandung Expressway Project since the project was viewed as having an impact on the Jakarta-Cikampek Toll Road service.

At least six notes from the Committee are that the Construction of the Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway Project pays little attention to the smooth access in and out of toll roads; disrupts drainage, road cleanliness, and safety of toll road users; causes puddles and traffic jams and disrupts logistical smoothness; LRT pillars being constructed without permits; and the occupational safety and health (K3) regulations not been applied properly.

However, KCIC President Director Chandra Dwiputra admitted to having taken steps to follow up on the records of the Construction Safety Committee.

The steps taken encompass disciplining contractors in the use of openings and access to work on the Jakarta-Cikampek toll road on KM 7, KM 9, KM 10, KM 14, KM 15, KM 16, KM 30, KM 31, KM 33, KM 34, KM 129, and KM 141; ensuring that every toll road opening is equipped with signs, such as hose lamp, rotary lamp, safety fence, flagman, tire wash area, and traffic control zone; pumping water in drainage channels, cleaning drainage channels, and accumulation of material, especially in locations that had been flooded, and making temporary drainage to prevent waterlogging on the toll roads.

The Transportation Ministry and PUPR Ministry, along with relevant stakeholders, have agreed to jointly monitor the improvements made by KCIC in order to follow up on the Construction Safety Committee’s recommendation.

Source: ANTARA News

Minister urges KCIC to apply recommendation on project suspension

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi called on PT Indonesia-China High-Speed Train (KCIC), as Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Train Project’s executor, to immediately implement the Construction Safety Committee of the Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Ministry’s recommendation.

“I have called on PT KCIC to immediately implement the recommendation of the Construction Safety Committee of the Ministry of PUPR, so that this project can be resumed immediately and can be completed in accordance with the time target,” the minister noted in a statement here on Wednesday.

The Construction Safety Committee in its letter, had earlier sought a temporary suspension of the Jakarta-Bandung Expressway Project since the project was viewed as having an impact on the Jakarta-Cikampek Toll Road service.

At least six notes from the Committee are that the Construction of the Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway Project pays little attention to the smooth access in and out of toll roads; disrupts drainage, road cleanliness, and safety of toll road users; causes puddles and traffic jams and disrupts logistical smoothness; LRT pillars being constructed without permits; and the occupational safety and health (K3) regulations not been applied properly.

However, KCIC President Director Chandra Dwiputra admitted to having taken steps to follow up on the records of the Construction Safety Committee.

The steps taken encompass disciplining contractors in the use of openings and access to work on the Jakarta-Cikampek toll road on KM 7, KM 9, KM 10, KM 14, KM 15, KM 16, KM 30, KM 31, KM 33, KM 34, KM 129, and KM 141; ensuring that every toll road opening is equipped with signs, such as hose lamp, rotary lamp, safety fence, flagman, tire wash area, and traffic control zone; pumping water in drainage channels, cleaning drainage channels, and accumulation of material, especially in locations that had been flooded, and making temporary drainage to prevent waterlogging on the toll roads.

The Transportation Ministry and PUPR Ministry, along with relevant stakeholders, have agreed to jointly monitor the improvements made by KCIC in order to follow up on the Construction Safety Committee’s recommendation.

Source: ANTARA News

VP urges developers to be heedful of social, environmental aspects

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has appealed to property developers to be heedful of social aspects in building new housing complexes by prioritizing the culture of togetherness to thwart radicalism.

“The concept of developing millennial housing complexes and prioritizing the culture of togetherness, mutual surveillance, and religion should be maintained to thwart deviant sects and radicalism,” he stated while opening the Indonesia Property Expo (IPEX) 2020 at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) on Saturday.

Amin also appealed to developers to not only prioritize the concept of modernity in building new housing complexes for millennials but also pay attention to the environment in their development process.

In addition to focusing on the environmental impact analysis, developers should create housing complexes replete with good sanitation and clean water facilities, especially housing for people from the low-income group, he stated.

“I appeal to developers in charge of building housing complexes, both for people from the low-income and otherwise, to pay attention to offering clean water supplies and a good sanitation system in building housing complexes,” he remarked.

Clean water and good sanitation also facilitates the growth of children aged below five years and children living in housing complexes as part of the efforts to curb the stunting rate.

Since the government has outlined the target to lower the stunting rate to 14 percent in 2024, from 27.67 percent in 2019, the vice president expressed optimism that the developers would partake in achieving the target.

Source: Antara News

VP urges developers to be heedful of social, environmental aspects

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has appealed to property developers to be heedful of social aspects in building new housing complexes by prioritizing the culture of togetherness to thwart radicalism.

“The concept of developing millennial housing complexes and prioritizing the culture of togetherness, mutual surveillance, and religion should be maintained to thwart deviant sects and radicalism,” he stated while opening the Indonesia Property Expo (IPEX) 2020 at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) on Saturday.

Amin also appealed to developers to not only prioritize the concept of modernity in building new housing complexes for millennials but also pay attention to the environment in their development process.

In addition to focusing on the environmental impact analysis, developers should create housing complexes replete with good sanitation and clean water facilities, especially housing for people from the low-income group, he stated.

“I appeal to developers in charge of building housing complexes, both for people from the low-income and otherwise, to pay attention to offering clean water supplies and a good sanitation system in building housing complexes,” he remarked.

Clean water and good sanitation also facilitates the growth of children aged below five years and children living in housing complexes as part of the efforts to curb the stunting rate.

Since the government has outlined the target to lower the stunting rate to 14 percent in 2024, from 27.67 percent in 2019, the vice president expressed optimism that the developers would partake in achieving the target.

Source: Antara News