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EIGHT INDONESIAN STARTUPS SHOWCASE INNOVATIONS AT AUSTRALIAN EXHIBITION

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Eight Indonesian startup companies showcase their innovations at Australia's.

Greatindonesia.co.id, 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 (Merakyat.co).

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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MINISTER ENCOURAGES STARTUP COMPANIES TO LIST THEIR SHARES

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Minister of Communication and Informatics, Rudiantara.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Minister of Communication and Informatics Rudiantara will encourage startup companies that carry the status of “unicorn” to list their shares on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX).

“Startups that are already `unicorned` and have not reached `decacorn,` must be pushed into the Stock Exchange. If later they become `decacorn,` I am afraid that the ecosystem will not be able to,” Rudiantara noted on the 30th Anniversary of the Indonesian Issuers Association (AEI) in Jakarta on Thursday (13/12/2018).

He stated that “decacorn” was a term for companies that valued more than US$ 10 billion. Meanwhile, “unicorn” is more than $1 billion.

He explained that there are four startup companies in Indonesia whose levels are already included in the “unicorn,” namely Go-Jek, Traveloka, Bukalapak, and Tokopedia.

Rudiantara said that he would help startup companies to enter the capital market. However, it depends on each “startup” to see opportunities in finding funds.

Meanwhile, the Chief Financial Services Authority (OJK) Capital Market Supervisor, Hoesen, remarked that startup companies in Indonesia could use the capital market through the mechanism of an initial public offering (IPO) as a source of funding.

“The existing capital market policies can be used or not by the company,” he noted.

According to him, each company also has its own strategy in determining future corporate actions.

“It is their decision to want an IPO or not,” he pointed out. (eli)

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HOME MINISTRY DENIES REPORTS ON BREACH OF ID CARD SECURITY SYSTEM

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Every electronic ID card stamp has a User ID or Chip ID number that distinguishes one another.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – The Ministry of Home Affairs has denied reports saying that the security system of citizens` electronic identification cards has broken down in connection with cases of buying and selling electronic ID Cards.

“The reports saying the security system for electronic ID cards has broken down are not true,” said the Head of the Information Center of the Home Ministry, Bahtiar, in his written statement, received in Jakarta on Friday (7/12/2018).

According to him, the ID cards cannot be printed anywhere because they have to use a specially designed printing machine, and the machine is specifically limited to production.

“To print an ID card, it is necessary to input certain data from the recording of personal data, fingerprints and others. Only the ranks of the Population and Civil Registration (Dukcapil) have access to the population database to be able to input the data into the ID card blank chip,” he said.

Bahtiar said population databases using networks that are private in nature are not public networks.

He also requested that the deceived people buy blank to report to the nearest law enforcement officials or local government because Law 24/2013 clearly stipulates that applying for having ID cards is free or free of charge.

“So, the information is not correct stating that the security system for electronic ID cards has collapsed. The electronic ID card system has a security system that is very strong and layered,” Bahtiar further explained.

Every electronic ID card stamp has a User ID or Chip ID number that distinguishes one another. This number is recorded systematically, so that it can be easily identified where an electronic ID card is blank and who printed it.

Regarding the case of buying and selling electronic ID cards, which was allegedly the result of a theft allegedly carried out by someone with the initials “NI”, he added, based on the results of initial identification it was alleged that the former Dukcapil official in Tulang Bawang District, Lampung Province, and now the case already handled by the Metro Jaya Regional Police.

“After tracking and investigating it was found that it was alleged that someone with the initials `NI` stole the electronic ID card blank, around March 2018 because on March 13, 2018 the ID card blank was submitted to the area and the blank was being sold now,” he said.

So, this is clearly a crime of theft. The ID card stamp was tried to be sold, Bahtiar said.

This problem, he added, needs to be taken seriously and the perpetrators have been processed by the police.

“We urge that we do not trust the information circulating in various social media regarding the case of buying and selling illegal population documents that could potentially disturb the public and even raise other problems,” he stressed. (shk)

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INDONESIAN HOSTS ASEAN TELECOMMUNICATION MINISTERIAL MEETING

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Indonesian Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Rudiantara.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Ubud – Indonesia is hosting the 19th Telecommunications and Information Technology Senior Officials Meeting (TELSOM) and the 18th ASEAN Telecommunication and Information Technology Ministers Meeting (TELMIN) in Ubud, Bali.

The Indonesian Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Rudiantara, opened the meeting by planting a tree.

“This is easier than planting fiber optic cables,” Rudiantara said here on Wednesday (5/12/2018).

TELSOM-TELMIN is an ASEAN regional-level meeting attended by telecommunications ministers from ASEAN member countries, several representatives from fellow countries, and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

The meeting, which takes place from Dec 3 to 6, 2018, discusses a theme of the future of the digital ecosystem for ASEAN.

The delegates discuss the dynamics of the digital technology in ASEAN in the next 5 to 10 years.

In addition, they will also seek inputs from major global technology companies regarding technological developments and their implications on the world, including impacts on ASEAN.

“We are looking forward to getting their suggestions for ASEAN to respond to the dynamics of technology,” Rudiantara remarked.

He noted that one of the changes recently is non-cash payment in daily activities.

In Indonesia, non-cash payment using digital cards or wallets are available everywhere, including for public transportation payments, such as trains and buses, and shopping.

“Later, when conducting cross-national transactions, we must understand how to, for example, maintain personal data,” Rudiantara noted.

He added that countries in Europe do not allow their citizens to make e-commerce transactions with those from other countries that do not have laws on personal data protection.

According to the minister, the Indonesian government will discuss the law on protection of personal data in 2019.

“The discussion about this law is included in the national legislative program,” Rudiantara pointed out.

Last year, the TELSOM-TELMIN meeting was held in Cambodia. (nat)

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