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SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS TO BE INVOLVED IN BLACK CAMPAIGN ERADIRATION

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Voters must be able to access accurate information about the candidates as well as the election processes.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – A number of social media platforms are invited to participate in combating black campaigns during the 2018 Gubernatorial Election process, as well as the 2019 General Election.

“The General Election Commission, Election Supervisory Board, and the Ministry of Communication and Informatics, along with several social media platforms, will sign a partnership next month to ensure an aesthetically pleasing and exciting election, which can kindle the creativity of many people,” Chairman of the General Election Commission, Arief Budiman, stated in Jakarta on Tuesday.

“Involvement of social media platforms can contribute to the maintenance of a healthy competition”

He further noted that the cooperation is being carried out to ensure that the rights of voters are protected, especially to obtain the correct information.

Voters must be able to access accurate information about the candidates as well as the election processes, he added.

Through the cooperation, the circulation of information related to the election processes will be supported by various information facilities.

“Therefore, it would reach the public faster, while its accountability is ensured,” he remarked.

On a different occasion, Legal Researcher for Election and Democracy, Fadli Ramadhanil, revealed that social media platforms should be invited for specific discussions to address black campaigns in social media.

He believed that the involvement of social media platforms can contribute to the maintenance of a healthy competition.

“In addition to the Board, Police Force, and the ministry, various social media platforms should be involved in order to maintain a healthy competition,” he said. (dda)

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AFTECH HOPES DIGITAL ECONOMY TAX IMPLEMENTED TRANSPARENTLY

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The difference is on the tax collection procedure because not all of the Permanent Business Entity (BUT) involved in digital economic activities have representatives in Indonesia.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Indonesian Fintech Association (Aftech) expressed the hope that the digital economic tax plan proposed by the government can be made in a consultative way and transparently.

“We expect that all policies related to digital economy tax proposed by the government can be made transparent and after consultations with the private sector,” Aftech Daily Chair, Mercy Simorangkir said to here Tuesday (9/7/2019).

By consulting with the private sector in advance, the plan to implement the policy of digital economy tax would not hinder the growth of the digital economy in the country, Simorangkir argued.

“Therefore, the effort to impose taxes on digital businesses will not be a barrier to the growth of the digital economy in Indonesia,” he remarked.

Nevertheless, Aftech will support the government’s plan, he stated.

“The Indonesian Fintech Association strongly supports the government’s efforts to formalize business models and innovations that have emerged in the digital economy,” he added.

Earlier, Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani called for a plan to collect taxes from digital economic activities which had not been optimally done to increase state revenues.

This effort must be conducted because every economic activity in Indonesia must be taxed in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations, Sri Mulyani stressed.

The imposition of income tax rates from each the digital economic transaction will remain the same as conventional buying and selling activities, she assured.

The difference is on the tax collection procedure because not all of the Permanent Business Entity (BUT) involved in digital economic activities have representatives in Indonesia.

One approach to the tax collection sought is taxation obligations based on the number of economic transactions or the volume of economic activity obtained in one country.

This tax collection plan can be done in a transparent manner from sales information, advertisements, and other data, as well as being able to be integrated. (ant)

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INDONESIA-SAUDI ARABIA MOU ON DIGITAL COOPERATION

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Indonesia and Saudi Arabia have the potential to establish cooperation in Umrah (minor Hajj) Digital Enterprise, as many Indonesian Muslims are eager to go to Saudi for Umrah.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Indonesia and Saudi Arabia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in digital economy. The MoU was signed by Indonesian Communication and Informatics Minister Rudiantara and Saudi Minister of Communication and Information Technology Abdullah Alswaha in Riyadh.

“We are committed to making this cooperation not just an MoU or a Memorandum of Understanding, but MoA, notably a Memorandum of Action,” Rudiantara said in a press statement Thursday ( 4/7/2019).

In the digital economy field, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia have the potential to establish cooperation in Umrah (minor Hajj) Digital Enterprise, as many Indonesian Muslims are eager to go to Saudi for Umrah.

Umrah Digital Enterprise, it is believed, will be able to address problems concerning the Umrah departure process.

The Communication and Informatics Ministry will invite two Indonesian unicorns – Tokopedia and Traveloka, to run the Umrah Digital Enterprise.

“We are proud to present the two Indonesian unicorns – Tokopedia and Traveloka. I believe, this is a beginning of our collaboration in the digital economy to support the 2030 Vision of Saudi Arabia, and the vision of Indonesia, which is the largest digital economy in ASEAN,” he said.

Saudi Minister Alswaha lauded the cooperation with Indonesia.

“I believe that this partnership is very unique and special. We establish collaboration with the country having the largest Muslim population in the world. I am sure we could do more extraordinary things,” he said. (nat)

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GO ONLINE TO PARTNER WITH 8 MILLION MSMEs

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The ministry's Informatics Application Director General, Samuel Abrijani Pangerapan.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – The Communications and Information Ministry is targeting eight million micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to be partners of the Go Online program. Involving MSMEs and marketplace in the country, Go Online is a collaborative program between the government, MSMEs, and online shopping platforms to level digital market access and build a digital economy in Indonesia.

“Through this program, we are targeting eight million MSMEs to build a digital economy by partnering with marketplace platforms,” the ministry’s Informatics Application Director General, Samuel Abrijani Pangerapan said in Jakarta Monday (1/7/2019).

The method of marketing local products through the online needs to be informed widely, given that Indonesia has as many as 53 million MSMEs, Samuel continued.

In addition to introducing digitalization, Samuel assessed that the presence of new marketing media could improve the sale of local products by MSMEs which joined the program.

“Not only by introducing them (MSMEs) with new marketing channels but how these local products can be increased in sales and be improved in trend,” he noted.

In line with Samuel, Director of online marketplace Shopee Indonesia, Handhika Jahja welcomed the proposal of cooperation from the MSMEs under the Go Online program.

Shopee Indonesia has signed a cooperation agreement with the Communications and Information Ministry to support the program, following the other online platforms which have joined such as Tokopedia, BukaLapak, BliBli.com and Blanja.com.

Samuel is optimistic that the growth of the digital economy in Indonesia can develop in a better direction.

“The development of e-commerce in Indonesia has a lot of potential. I believe digital economic growth can be maximized with resources that continue to adapt to current global trends,” Handhika said.

The presence of a number of online shopping platforms in Indonesia have served to monitor new trends and provide advice for MSMEs to follow these trends, he added. (mhs)

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