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Eight Indonesian startup companies showcase their innovations at Australia's., Jakarta – Eight Indonesian startup companies showcase their innovations at Australia’s largest information and technology exhibition, “Centrum fur Buroautomation, InformationTeknologie und Telekomunikation” (CeBIT), which is held in Sydney from May 15 to 17, 2018.

A statement from the Indonesian Consulate General in Sydney, received by Antara here on Wednesday, mentioned that the Indonesian Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf), in cooperation with the Ministry of Trade and the Indonesian Trade Promotion Center (ITPC), had opened the Indonesian Pavilion under a theme “Archipelageek” on Tuesday (15/5/2018).

Consul General in Sydney, Heru Subolo, attended the exhibition to open the Indonesian Pavilion at the International Convention Center Sydney along with Bekraf’s Deputy Marketing Josua Simanjuntak; Bekraf’s Deputy for Infrastructure Hari Sungkari; Trade Attach of the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra Iman Nurmansyah; and ITPC’s Head Agung Haris Setiawan.

“CeBIT can be a means to showcase the achievements of Indonesia’s digital sector to the Australian people and strengthen business ties between our businesses and various digital actors in Australia,” Consul General Subolo remarked.

He hoped that Indonesia’s participation in the event could attract more investments and build collaboration to improve Indonesia’s digital products.

The eight participating Indonesian startup companies were selected through a curation process. They are Squiline, Medico, 8Villages, Nicslab, Yava-Solutions 247, Jojonomic, Ukirama, and Metabuilders (

The participating companies offer their innovative solutions, ranging from hospital management, data management, business management, online language learning, efficient research facilities, and an improved system for agricultural production quality control.

Squline’s co-founder Tomy Yunus Tjen expressed hope that his company’s participation in CeBIT would increase and expand the number of online platforms for language learning users which he developed from Australians who are interested in learning Bahasa Indonesia.

Meanwhile, Kevin Eka Putra, the co-founder of Ukirama, who is also a graduate of the University of New South Wales, hoped his participation in CeBIT could be an inspiration for Indonesian students to work in the digital sector.

CeBIT Australia 2018 has been officially opened by the Minister of Finance, Services and Property of the Government of New South Wales, Victor Dominello, and will last for three days. (lwa)

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Chief of the task force, Tongam L. Tobing., Jakarta – Illegal foreign financial technology (fintech) services operating in Indonesia are mostly from China, Russia, and South Korea, according to the Investment Alert Task Force.

Chief of the task force Tongam L. Tobing said here on Wednesday (13/2/2019) that 23 companies out of 231 foreign and domestic illegal fintech which were forced to stop their activities during January-February were Chinese firms.

“Some 10 percent are (from China). Others are companies from Russia and South Korea,” he stated.

Tobing admitted the difficulties to eliminate foreign illegal fintech firms as they work virtually and could easily change their names.

The task force could only trace their location and identity with the help of the police cyber crime unit.

“Most of them are virtually operated and we do not know the server’s location. We can only trace them after the police investigate the case,” he remarked.

He called on the public to report to the police when they found alleged activities of illegal fintech.

“We call on the public to file a report if they were being fooled,” he added, saying that people could visit the Financial Service Authority (OJK) official site to see the list of 99 authorized fintech companies.

Authorized fintech firms would not intimidate customers, nor will they ask for access to all contact and pictures in their cellular phone, Tobing asserted.

The companies should also be transparent on fee and interest rate before they offer the services to customers.

“The Association of Indonesian Fintech (Aftech) has a code of conduct for its members,” he pointed out. (dra)

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Tourism Minister Indonesia, Arief Yahya., Jakarta – Tourism Minister Arief Yahya is promoting three tourism missions at the Feria Internacional de Turismo (FITUR) in Madrid, Spain, held on January 23-27, 2019.

The three missions were on Mobile Positioning Data (MPD), Sustainable Tourism Programs (Sustainable Tourism Development (STD)-Sustainable Tourism Observatory (STO)-Sustainable Tourism Certification (STC), and Homestay Rural Tourism, Minister Yahya noted in a statement here on Thursday (24/1/2019).

The Wonderful Indonesia Pavilion has organized a sales mission, table talks, and business matching at FITUR, one of the world`s largest tourism mart.

He highlighted the importance of the MPD program, as the latest means to keep a count of the number of tourists visiting a country through the use of digital technology.

Indonesia has applied the new technique with the assistance of the World Tourism Organization since 2016, according to Minister Yahya.

Yahya also noted that Indonesia is committed to STD and STO that could lead to STC.

Hence, the Tourism Ministry has intensified the drafting of concepts on sustainable tourism development over the last three years.

Indonesia is the second Asian country to have developed STO, after China.

The country has set up five STO models in cooperation with universities.

The five STO models are in Pangandaran, in cooperation with the Bandung Institute of Technology; in Sleman, Yogyakarta, with the University of Gadjah Mada; Sasaot Lombok, with the University of Mataram; Samosir, with the University of North Sumatra; and Sanur Bali, with the University of Udayana.

Seven more STO models are being developed, and all are within the regions of the 10 Priority Tourist Destinations.

The seven STO will be located in Tanjung Lesung in Banten, in cooperation with the University of Indonesia; Tanjung Kelayang in Belitung, with the Bogor University of Agriculture; Seribu Islands in Jakarta, with the University of Pancasila; Bromo Tengger Semeru, with the University of Airlangga in Surabaya; in Labuan Bajo Komodo, with the University of Flores, East Nusa Tenggara; Wakatobi in Southeast Sulawesi, with the University of Hasanuddin in Makassar; and Morotai in North Maluku, with the University of Khairun.

In the next stage, the Tourism Ministry will establish the Indonesian Sustainable Tourism Council to formulate guidelines and program for sustainable tourism certification program.

The minister is optimistic with regard to the Homestay program, as the country has 17,508 islands and some 75 thousand villages.

Indonesia has 1,734 tourism villages in 2018 and plans to set up two thousand more in 2019.

Moreover, the ministry has outlined a target of setting up some 10 thousand homestay accommodations in the 10 Priority Tourism Destination regions in 2019. (far)

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Minister of Manpower, M Hanif Dhakiri., Jakarta – The Ministry of Manpower has launched an application for the Indonesian Migrant Workers Information System called the SIPMI to improve services and protection of Indonesian migrant workers.

SIPMI is an Android and iOS-based mobile application that can be downloaded in both the play store or app store and is believed to be able to improve the service and protection of Indonesian migrant workers.

“This is a community-based forum where everything associated with migrant workers can be integrated directly through a digital-based platform,” Minister of Manpower M Hanif Dhakiri said in a statement received in Jakarta on Thursday (27/12/2018).

He revealed that the application can be used by prospective migrant workers, migrant workers, full migrant workers, the government, and all parties related to the development of migrant workers? issues.

The application is also hoped to be a communicative source of information from the government to the migrant workers.

“There is information related to regulations, procedures and processes for overseas migration as well as the conditions of the destination country for migration and so forth,” Dhakiri remarked.

The application, he continued, could be easily accessed and used by everyone, especially workers both at home and abroad.

As a community-based forum, SIPMI provides several facilities, such as chat through private networks and groups, and it can also be used to communicate with family.

“So, this is a special and specific path for Indonesian migrant workers. Through this application, the government can also absorb various aspirations from the migrant workers,” he added.

This application is one of the government`s efforts to get closer to stakeholders related to migration, especially the workers themselves.

SIPMI is also equipped with a panic button. Should someone be in an emergency situation, they can click the button and the application will send a notification to the nearest migrant worker.

“The hope is that there could be at least first-degree help,” he pointed out. (akf)

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