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Malindo Air., Banda Aceh – The authority of Sultan Iskandar Muda (SIM) International Airport of Aceh Besar District said the Malindo Air expanded it operation by opening the round-trip route of Penang (Malaysia) – Banda Aceh in the near future.

“We have received a letter of request from Malindo to fly to Banda Aceh this month,” Operations Manager of SIM International Airport, Surkani said here on Monday (5/3/2018).

He said the operator’s plan under the auspices of Lion Air Group flew the route for three times a week and would start from March 15, 2018.

Malindo Air tries to provide convenience for foreign tourists to vacation by visiting tourist destinations in Aceh Province.

Besides, the route will facilitate Aceh people in conducting their health tourism in Malaysia.

“Our international flights become three airlines included the Malindo Air. Two of them are Air Asia with Kuala Lumpur-Banda Aceh round-trip route, and Firefly Penang-Banda Aceh route,” Surkani added.

Station Manager of Malindo Air in Banda Aceh, Abu Hanifah said, he and his staff would use the fleet of aircraft type ATR 72-600 with a capacity of 72 seats.

Malindo Air is a Malaysian-based airline with a major hub at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2.

This airplane started flying since March 2013 for domestic flights and has expanded its network to all major airports in Malaysia.

“We have already set the route to some destinations in Indonesia. Hopefully, the next destination will be Aceh,” he added. (ant)

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Minister of Communication and Informatics, Johnny G Plate., Jakarta – Indonesia’s Communication and Informatics Ministry would speed up the development of the information technology industry in the country.

Minister of Communication and Informatics, Johnny G Plate, said at the Presidential Palace here on Thursday (25/10/2019) that he has in place some measures to speed up the development of information technology.

“There are some moves that need to be accelerated to proceed with the deregulation in the ministry,” Plate said.

He added that the ministry would also focus on other issues including data sovereignty, cyber security and cyber crime.

The first plenary meeting of the Indonesia Moving Forward cabinet on Thursday did not specifically mention the ministry in the discussion, according to the minister.

“The Communication and Informatics Ministry was not specifically discussed during the meeting. But there are some moves that need to be accelerated, to proceed with deregulation in the ministry,” he said.

During the plenary meeting, President Joko Widodo directed cabinet members to ensure the smooth implementation of his five priority programs. He also focused on measures to create jobs.

“That should become the main focus, the goal of all the government’s measures is to create jobs,” Plate said. (ran)

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Industry Minister, Agus Gumiwang., Jakarta – Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang has stated that he plans to revitalize the manufacturing industry to boost growth.

“Breakthroughs must be sought for this, and we know that Indonesia’s market size is quite good,” the new minister, who was appointed by President Jokowi Wednesday (23/10/2019), told the press at the State Palace, here Thursday. The President ordered an improvement in the quality of human resources to meet the needs of Industry 4.0, he said.

Vocational education must meet international standards if we have to develop human resources, he remarked.

Jokowi also wanted regulations simplified to attract more investments.

“Within a month, every ministry, including the industry ministry, must report to me about regulations that need to be improved to attract investors and boost industry, which in turn is expected to create job opportunities,” Jokowi said.

While chairing a plenary cabinet meeting here Thursday, he said incentives must be awarded to industries oriented for export increase and those producing goods to substitute imports.

Jokowi also asked every ministry and related institutions as well as regional administrations to focus on job creation.

At the meeting, he also warned his cabinet members about working in cooperation as one team, instead of implementing their own programmes to boost Indonesia’s development.

“Our work is teamwork. It is not the goals belonging to each minister. It is not a sectoral ego,” said Jokowi, who was accompanied by Vice President Ma’ruf Amin at the meeting, held a day after Jokowi and Amin announced their new cabinet line-up.

In building a great nation such as Indonesia, the ministries and government agencies cannot work in isolation with their agendas, he said.

Instead, all ministries will be supervised by coordinating ministries, said the President.

Therefore, all ministers should be present if they are invited by their coordinating ministries to strengthen teamwork among related ministries for advancing the country’s development goals, he said. (bay)

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Minister of Industry, Airlangga Hartarto., Jakarta – The Industry Ministry, Airlangga Hartarto, plans to scrap 18 regulations as part of efforts in preparation for the continuing US-China trade war which is predicted to lead to a global crisis.

“Eighteen regulations are under the final process, with 12 of them being scrapped and six others being simplified. The process has been accelerated so they can be implemented before the inauguration of the new cabinet,” Hartarto said in a statement released on Wednesday (16/10/2019).

The 18 regulations mostly deal with the procurement of raw materials for industry, particularly the metal industry.

The metal industry is one of the main sectors because other industries need its products. In addition, the metal industry is also important because its derivative products are export-oriented, he said.

“Metal is a raw material for many industries. In fact, the metal industry has asked for protection,” he said.

The products of the metal industry will be protected by issuing the industry minister’s regulation. The regulations related to raw materials will be eased for domestic and export markets.

The decision to scrap some regulations in the industrial sector was based on inputs from business agents and upon instructions from President Joko Widodo.

The facility is expected to attract more foreign and local investors to realize their investment plans and business expansion so that they can deepen the structure and improve the competitive edge of the domestic industry. (ran)

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