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Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan., Jakarta – All parties, including state apparatuses, should become more intelligent and wiser to work in a directed, united, and integrated manner in the industrial revolution 4.0 era, Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan stated.

“In this era of industrial revolution 4.0, we have to become smarter and wiser in building a team. It works by having an open mind and heart as well as a strong will,” Pandjaitan remarked during a conversation with newsmen after opening a seminar on “Strengthening the Capacity of Indonesian Leaders to Face the Age of Industrial Revolution 4.0” here on Monday (3/12/20180.

He noted that in future, programs, such as training to face the era of industrial revolution 4.0, will be conducted on a more massive scale. This will not only involve the ministries/institutions but also embrace various parties, including political parties and non-governmental organizations.

“We have invited leading academics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to such a seminar that has been held in Singapore, China, and several other countries to be better prepared to face the industrial revolution 4.0 and to equate our mindset. The National Resilience Institute (Lemhanas) and the Ministry of Research and Technology are appointed as leaders in this program,” Pandjaitan explained.

The minister stated that President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) had also called to increase the quality of Indonesia`s human resources through quality education.

“President Jokowi has stated that the best Indonesian children should be sent to study at the best universities at home and abroad and after returning home from their studies, they have to know what to do next,” Pandjaitan remarked.

In the meantime, Research, Technology, and Higher Education Minister Mohamad Nasir revealed that his side will reform the education system at Higher Education Institutions, which had been assessed as having shortcomings.

“We will make changes on a large scale, including the mindset about higher education, which has been confined to one campus, so that later it will open up and be able to see the world, how to progress and see what we are like. Hence, we can see what the `opportunity` is and continue to look forward and gauge how cohesiveness must be built together for the progress of the nation and state,” Nasir explained.

The Industrial Revolution 4.0 is the 4th industrial revolution that began with the internet revolution in the 90s, which was rapidly developing, so internet is now used in all fields.

The era of Industrial Revolution 4.0 is characterized by the emergence of supercomputers, smart robots, vehicles without drivers, genetic editing, and the development of neurotechnology that allows humans to further optimize brain function.

The term 4.0 Industrial Revolution was first introduced by Germany. (ant)





The strategy launched by the ministry aims to assure the quality and quantity of the seaweed yield this year, as the it has been part of the country's top export commodity., Jakarta – Indonesia’s Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries increases a seaweed production target in 2020 to 10.99 million tons, from 9.9 million tons in 2019, a director general said in a statement here, on Sunday (19/1/2020).

The ministry has prepared initiatives and strategies for the next five years to raise seaweed production which covers 60.7 percent of the total fishery yield in the country, Director General of Aquaculture, Slamet Soebjakto stated in Jakarta, Sunday (19/1/2020).

The strategy launched by the ministry aims to assure the quality and quantity of the seaweed yield this year, as the it has been part of the country’s top export commodity.

“The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry has committed to increase seaweed exports as an effort to support Indonesia’s economy growth,” Soebjakto remarked.

According to records of UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 2019, Indonesia is the world’s largest producer for Eucheuma or gusô (Eucheuma cottonii), a type of seaweed algae that commonly used as raw materials for carrageenan, an ingredient for cosmetics, food and drinks, as well as industrial manufacturing.

Indonesia also covers at least 80 percent of market share of seaweed trade in global market with China ranked first as top export destination for the product.

However, the ministry plans to increase added-value of Indonesia’s seaweed by restricting export of raw seaweed this year, Soebjekto remarked.

He expounded the ministry will increase exports more semi-refined carrageenan and refined carrageenan by 50 percent this year, as for the past years the raw seaweed export to China had reached nearly 80 percent. (ant)

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Chief of SKK Migas, Dwi Soetjipto., Jakarta – The plan of the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry to slash oil imports by state oil and gas company, Pertamina, is aimed at overcoming the country’s trade deficit, the Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Special Task Force, SKK Migas, said.

The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry will reportedly cut crude oil imports by 30 million barrels per year.

“This is part of our efforts to deal with the trade deficit. Only crude oil import will be reduced. If crude oil imports are reduced, then we must optimize domestic production,” Chief of SKK Migas, Dwi Soetjipto, said at the SKK Migas Office in Jakarta on Wednesday (15/1/2020).

The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) announced earlier that Indonesia’s balance of trade recorded a deficit of US$3.2 billion last year.

Since the quota of Pertamina’s oil import has been reduced, the country must push domestic fuel production through the mandatory use of 30 percent blended biodiesel (B30) in 2020, he said.

The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has targeted the production of biodiesel or fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) to reach 10 million kiloliters, with the domestic use of B30 projected to reach 9.6 million kiloliters.

Since the introduction of B30 late last year, the government has been able to curb fuel oil imports.

The use of biodiesel throughout 2019 reached 6.25 million kiloliters, or equivalent to US$3.35 billion or Rp48.19 trillion that the government could save, he said.

“The use of biodiesel will reduce (oil) imports,” Soetjipto said. (ant)

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Passengers of any airline, including Garuda, demand safe, secure, and comfortable flights so that they are able to arrive at their destinations safely., Pati – A member of the House of Representatives (DPR) supports and appreciates Garuda Indonesia’s decision to reroute its flights to Europe to circumvent the airspace over Iran for the sake of aviation safety and security.

“As a national flag carrier, Garuda must prioritize the safety and security of its passengers,” Marwan Jafar, member of the National Awakening Party (PKB) faction, here on Sunday (12/1/2020) commenting on Garuda Indonesia’s decision which was made following the crash of a Ukrainian plane inside Iran.

According to BBC, the Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) Flight PS752 which carried 176 people on board was brought down by a missile shortly after taking-off from an Irainian airport on Wednesday (8/1/2020).

Jafar said all passengers of any airline, including Garuda, demand safe, secure, and comfortable flights so that they are able to arrive at their destinations safely. Therefore, the airlines should not take any risk for their passengers’ safety.

Many other airlines, including Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways, have also avoided the Iranian and Iraqi airspace following the Ukrainian plane crash amid growing tensions of the US-Iran relationship after Washington killed a top Iranian general.

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has also banned the country’s operators from flying over the airspace owing to the soaring tensions of the US-Iran relationship.

In response to the recent killing of General Qassem Solaimani in a US airstrike in Iraq, Iran launched a retaliation attack on a US military compound in Iraq.

Acting Director of Operation of the airlines Tumpal M. Hutapea noted in a recent statement that Garuda Indonesia would adjust its flight route from and to Europe, which earlier passed over the airspace of Bucharest to the airspace of Egypt and Greece.

“Hence, all Garuda Indonesia services on the route can run normally,” he said, adding that Garuda would closely monitor developments of the situation in the region.

“We will intensively watch the development of the situation and coordinate with all stakeholders to ensure safety and security of Garuda Indonesia’s operation,” he remarked. (ant)

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