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Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan., Jakarta – At an afternoon tea event with journalists in Jakarta on Wednesday (8/5/2019), Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said airline companies are expected to cut their upper tariff limit by 15 percent. All parties, including airline companies, have agreed to the plan, he said.

“It will decline by 15 percent. Garuda has said ok. In fact, Rini (state enterprises minister) has also said it,” he said.

The decline in the upper tariff limit should not disrupt the performance of airline companies, he said, adding that it will be evaluated.

Referring to public complaints about the high prices of air tickets, he asked them to remain calm and await a new decision on the upper tariff limit.

He said the government has made every effort to reduce the prices of air tickets by opening opportunities for the private sector to engage in the aviation turbine fuel (avtur) business, among other measures.

As such, state oil and gas firm Pertamina will compete with the private sector to provide avtur fuel and thereafter its price will be competitive.

“We are different from Singapore where (the avtur price) is almost 25 percent. We do not want the difference to be too much. Singapore itself imports it,” he said. (ade)





Chief of the National Traffic Police Corps Insp.Gen, Refdi Andri., Jakarta – Mudik Lebaran (Eid al-Fitr homecoming) is a compulsory tradition for most Indonesian Muslims to celebrate Eid al-Fitr with their families and in their hometowns.

Eid will always be accompanied by a long holiday, and those who do not celebrate Eid, also enjoy the long holiday by vacationing out of town.

The overwhelming flow of passengers and vehicles out of Jakarta by road, either by private vehicles or public vehicles to various areas of Java and Bali, can certainly cause extraordinary congestion.

The National Traffic Police Corps (Korlantas), as the party directly responsible for preventing congestion, has prepared a number of steps, and one of the most well-known actions is the implementation of a one-way toll road system from KM29 Cikarang Utama Toll Gate to West Brebes Toll Gate KM262.

“We have already monitored it and we have made sure it is possible,” said Chief of the National Traffic Police Corps Inspector General Refdi Andri, when visiting the West Brebes Toll Gate KM262 on Friday.

To ensure that a one-way toll road system can be used at the peak of the homecoming and backflow this year, Refdi Andri, held a three-day test of the Trans Java Toll Road along the Jakarta-Semarang-Surabaya-Banyuwangi-Denpasar Route.

Anti-jam Operation

In the review, Refdi Andri, said that anticipating congestion was the focus of the Ketupat Operation 2019.

“The 2019 Ketupat operation is correct in trying to anticipate congestion,” he said at the West Brebes Toll Gate on Friday.

At the peak of the homecoming, a one-way system will be put in place from May 30, 2019 until June 2, 2019. While the peak of the return flow will be carried out from June 7 to June 9, 2019.

​​​​​​​Refdi said the trial of a one-way system will be carried out on May 30 and is expected to provide an overview of the results of the system’s implementation.

He also said it would deploy personnel as needed, so that the movement from Semarang to Jakarta, and vice versa, was not disturbed by the current engineering.

After reviewing the GT West Brebes KM262, Refdi, along with the staff, continued the review and then paused to break the fast at Rest Area KM575 Tol Jombang-Mojokerto, Ngawi, East Java.

On that occasion, Refdi told the media that the location was a fatigue point for travelers going to East Java and Bali, while advising drivers to rest.

“This point is not a fatigue point, this is a happy point. The point that made drivers better after their rest, let alone continue the journey after breaking the fast,” he said at the Rest Area KM 575, Ngawi, East Java.

He also asked drivers not to lose their concentration while driving on the Trans Java Toll Road.

“Drivers must be extra careful in the afternoon. Why in the afternoon? Because the atmosphere in the afternoon includes a lot of sights on the left and right that can be enjoyed,” he added.

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General Manager (GM) of ASDP Ketapang-Gilimanuk, Fahmi Alweni, said that his party will increase the number of fleets and personnel alerted to prevent the buildup of passengers who will travel.

“We have prepared as many as 56 fleets, operating as many as 32 units per day, with 24 standby vessels,” Fahmi Alweni said, in Ketapang Port, Banyuwangi, East Java, on Saturday.

In addition to the reserve vessels, PT ASDP will also increase the number of operational jetties to seven jetties, along with seven reserve docks.

​​​​​​​Fahmi also said that the company will add a counter to anticipate passenger lines with details of 10 counters in Ketapang and 11 Gilimanuk counters.

This is in line with the focus of the 2019 Ketupat Operation to anticipate congestion, because at that node Ketapang-Gilimanuk Port is the main port that connects Java and Bali to be sure to face a surge in passengers during the homecoming and returning of Eid 2019.

“This year’s prediction for passengers has a 5 percent increase for passengers with two-wheeled vehicles and four-wheelers are predicted to rise 15 percent,” Fahmi said.

This prediction is based upon a number of factors, including sea freight tickets, which are much cheaper than air, and the opening of the Cross Java Toll Road.

“Tickets (planes) are quite expensive, as is baggage. I’m sure passengers will switch to sea transportation,” Fahmi said.

Inspector General Refdi praised the preparedness of the Ketapang-Gilimanuk ASDP in the success of the Ketupat Operation 2019.

The Ketapang-Gilimanuk Port looks like it has been managed in a way that it is expected to be comfortable for the community, as long as the flow back and forth becomes more manageable.

​​​​​​​Ketapang-Gilimanuk Port is estimated to be able to handle some 500 thousand people, with a peak at D-2 or D-3 Eid.

After conducting a review at the port, the National Traffic Police Corps and the group then traveled to Denpasar and arrived at the city at 21.00 WITA.

In two days the team traveled some 1,200 kilometers, which is considered an exceptional journey. (jmd)

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Minister Amran Sulaiman and his Brazilian counterpart, Tereza Cristina, here on Monday (20/5/2019)., Jakarta – The government has invited Brazil to invest in Indonesia’s agriculture sector, especially in the development of the sugar industry.

Possible investment in sugar has become one point of discussion between Indonesian Agriculture Minister Amran Sulaiman and his Brazilian counterpart, Tereza Cristina, here on Monday (20/5/2019).

Sulaiman said, as the world’s largest sugar producer Brazil could invest and transfer its technology, especially in the field of sugar processing.

“We discussed issues about sugar plants. Brazil’s Agriculture Minister has said she would be open to sharing experiences in sugar processing and ready to help Indonesia. We know that Brazil is the world’s largest sugar producer. They are eager to transfer their knowledge to Indonesia,” Sulaiman said.

In addition to the sugar industry, the government has also asked Brazil to open its market for Indonesian agriculture products, such as mangosteen and salak (snake fruit).

“They have opened the chance for us to export six types of strategic commodities.There is no limitation on which commodities could be exported to Brazil,” he added.

During the meeting, the two ministers agreed that Brazil would accept exports of Indonesian commodities, such as snake fruit, swallow bird’s nests, and pineapple, along with other commodities.

“The most important thing is that our agricultural products will be accepted. Up until now, Indonesian exports to Brazil had touched US$0.3 billion per year, most of it contributed by palm oil,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Brazilian Agriculture Minister has asked Indonesia to open its market to the country’s beef exports.

Responding to the request, Sulaiman said that the government would have to consider the issue of food security before it decided to import Brazilian beef. (sub)

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The government also wanted to improve the roads in Batuaji and Sagulung to support the shipbuilding industry, while at the same time aiding the local community., Batam – The Mayor of Batam in the Riau Islands, Muhammad Rudi, wants to revive the shipyard industry, which once was known as the finest shipyard throughout Asia Pacific.

Muhammad Rudi said here on Monday (20/5/2019) that efforts to revive the shipyard industry would include development of its infrastructure, along with assistance from the many industrial concerns in Sagulung.

“We will begin operating the shipyard again, and will rebuild the road going to the industrial area,” said the mayor.

He stated that the government also wanted to improve the roads in Batuaji and Sagulung to support the shipbuilding industry, while at the same time aiding the local community.

“We want to revive Batu Aji and Sagulung. They used to make their livings from the shipyard,” he said.

Further, the construction of the Great Mosque in Batuaji, also due to the efforts of the mayor, will reduce the need for workers to drive as far as they currently travel for Friday prayer.

In addition to the place of worship, the mayor hopes that the Great Mosque of Batuaji can stimulate the economy of the people in the surrounding community.

The Great Mosque was also designed as a religious tourism site for Muslims from throughout the archipelago, as well as foreign tourists, especially from Singapore and Malaysia.

The mayor noted that if the new mosque becomes a religious tourist destination that is visited by many tourists, then the local community must take advantage of such opportunities.

The plan for building the mosque, with a capacity for 25 thousand worshipers, is to be inaugurated in September 2019. (ant)

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