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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

Manufacturing exports unhindered by coronavirus outbreak: Minister

Washington D.C. (ANTARA) – Manufacturing export performance remains unaffected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Indonesian Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto stated during an “Investment Roundtable on Infrastructure, Energy and Digital Connectivity” discussion at the Indonesian Embassy in Washington D.C., Friday.

Suparmanto made the statement while responding to questions from participants during the discussion session.

“Imports and exports to and from China are slightly down owing to the movement of people. However, we can see a huge opportunity in this situation, as we can escalate substitute products from China,” he stated.

Suparmanto remarked that the government had temporarily suspended the imports of live animals from or transiting from China.

“However, this is a temporary act until we evaluate that the coronavirus has petered out,” he revealed.

During the same forum, Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan affirmed that the coronavirus outbreak had yet to impact the manufacturing sector.

However, Pandjaitan stated that the tourism sector could be the one affected by the coronavirus outbreak, especially in Bintan and Manado.

“The first sector affected by the outbreak was tourism. As for the industry sector, some are affected, but the impact has not been that much. However, we strive as much as possible to minimize the impact that will occur,” he stated.

Currently, Pandjaitan noted that the government is preparing to re-boost exports to China since the country is likely to face a shortage after the coronavirus outbreak.

“The peak may be around March. After the peak, the (outbreak) will probably decline, and we must prepare for exports to China, as I think that is what China needs,” Pandjaitan stated at the event also attended by Minister of Communication and Information Johnny G. Plate and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mahendra Siregar in addition to several US organizations and businessmen, including the US Development Finance Corporation, the US Chamber of Commerce, and the US-ASEAN Business Council.

Source: Antara News

Manufacturing exports unhindered by coronavirus outbreak: Minister

Washington D.C. (ANTARA) – Manufacturing export performance remains unaffected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Indonesian Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto stated during an “Investment Roundtable on Infrastructure, Energy and Digital Connectivity” discussion at the Indonesian Embassy in Washington D.C., Friday.

Suparmanto made the statement while responding to questions from participants during the discussion session.

“Imports and exports to and from China are slightly down owing to the movement of people. However, we can see a huge opportunity in this situation, as we can escalate substitute products from China,” he stated.

Suparmanto remarked that the government had temporarily suspended the imports of live animals from or transiting from China.

“However, this is a temporary act until we evaluate that the coronavirus has petered out,” he revealed.

During the same forum, Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan affirmed that the coronavirus outbreak had yet to impact the manufacturing sector.

However, Pandjaitan stated that the tourism sector could be the one affected by the coronavirus outbreak, especially in Bintan and Manado.

“The first sector affected by the outbreak was tourism. As for the industry sector, some are affected, but the impact has not been that much. However, we strive as much as possible to minimize the impact that will occur,” he stated.

Currently, Pandjaitan noted that the government is preparing to re-boost exports to China since the country is likely to face a shortage after the coronavirus outbreak.

“The peak may be around March. After the peak, the (outbreak) will probably decline, and we must prepare for exports to China, as I think that is what China needs,” Pandjaitan stated at the event also attended by Minister of Communication and Information Johnny G. Plate and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mahendra Siregar in addition to several US organizations and businessmen, including the US Development Finance Corporation, the US Chamber of Commerce, and the US-ASEAN Business Council.

Source: Antara News

Majority of Indonesians have left mainland China: ambassador

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Majority of Indonesians in mainland China had returned to Indonesia following the Indonesian Embassy’s call for them to stay in their hometowns while waiting for the return of normalcy as the number of people confirmed to have recovered from the new coronavirus infection has climbed to 2,651.

“Majority of our citizens have returned home. The Chinese authorities have also extended the school holiday,” Indonesian Ambassador to China Djauhari Oratmangun told ANTARA who contacted him from Jakarta on Sunday.

The Indonesian Embassy in Beijing had issued an official statement letter containing a call for Indonesians across China to return home if they had no essential reasons to keep staying to help them get rid of the impacts of deadly novel coronavirus outbreak.

The official statement letter was dated on January 29, 2020, and signed by Coordinator of the Protocol and Consular Affairs at the Indonesian Embassy in Beijing Ichsan Firdaus.

Despite the fact that majority of Indonesians had left China, Ambassador Djauhari Oratmangun said seven Indonesians still stay in Hubei Province, the epicenter of China’s novel coronavirus outbreak.

They are all in good health, he said, adding that he holds daily video calls with them to know about their health condition. “Alhamdulillah (Thank God), they are all well,” he said.

The Indonesian Government had brought 238 Indonesians home. They were airlifted using a chartered aircraft and arrived in Batam city, Riau Islands Province, on Feb 2. On the same day, they were all flown to Natuna and quarantined.

Before their departure, the health of these 238 Indonesian evacuees had been thoroughly examined by the Chinese authorities before being allowed to board the aircraft.

The Chinese health authorities confirmed that they were all in good health and could be airlifted, according to Indonesian Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto. There were seven other Indonesians who did not join the evacuation.

Four of the seven were offered the opportunity to join the emergency evacuation but refused because they felt more comfortable there, while three others failed the health examinations by Chinese authorities, Putranto said.

The novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan has seriously challenged mainland China as the death toll of this virus has risen to 813. Thus, the death toll of this 2019-nCoV has exceeded that of SAR epidemic.

Considering the rising mortality rate and the number of those infected inside and outside mainland China, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared this 2019-nCoV as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

According to WHO’s official website, as of February 3, 2020 there had been 23 countries which have been reported with confirmed 2019-nCoV cases. Among them are Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, Australia, Malaysia, USA, and the Philippines.

Indonesia and many other countries are working with the Chinese authorities to evacuate their citizens from Wuhan. The evacuation is part of the accountability of the governments of those countries to their respective citizens.

Source: ANTARA News