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With the existence of the MEKSI, Indonesia is expected to become a major producer within the global halal industry., Jakarta – The Government has unveiled the Indonesian Islamic Economics Masterplan (MEKSI) 2019-2024, which recommended four strategic steps with the goal of Indonesia becoming a major producer in the global halal industry by 2024.

National Development Planning Minister / Head of National Development Planning Agency Bambang Brodjonegoro, said at a press conference here on Tuesday (14/5/2019) that Indonesia is currently among the top ten global consumers in the sharia industry.

This is ironic, because Indonesia, which, in fact, is a country with the largest Muslim population in the world, is still a consumer country. However, on the other hand, Indonesia is still struggling to become a producer of halal products.

With the existence of the MEKSI, Indonesia is expected to become a major producer within the global halal industry.

“With this master plan, we hope that Indonesia can become a major player and producer in the global halal industry by 2024,” Bambang said.

For this reason, Bambang recommends four strategies, including strengthening the value chain of halal products, with a focus on sectors that are considered potential and highly competitive.

“Especially in potential sectors, such as food and beverages, tourism, fashion, media and recreation, as well as pharmaceuticals and cosmetics,” he said.

Furthermore, it is necessary to strengthen the Islamic financial sector with a master plan that was outlined in the previous Indonesian Sharia Financial Architecture (MAKSI) Masterplan and refined into this master plan. Sharia economic development will be prioritized in the retail sector.

In addition, the strengthening of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector is the main driver of the halal product value chain.

The fourth step includes strengthening the field of digital economics, especially trade (e-commerce, market place) and finance (financial technology), to encourage and accelerate the reaching of other strategies.

“Halal products and services will be added to ‘e-commerce’ (e-commerce). We will work with several ‘e-commerce’ platforms,” he said.

Through this master plan, the government also encourages public awareness, increasing the quantity and quality of human resources, along with strengthening research and development capacity, fatwas, regulations and governance of the halal industry in Indonesia.

“We can change our position from being only consumers to becoming producers. Indonesia is very fortunate,” he said.

Bambang continued, noting that the benefit will be reached when Indonesia becomes a producer in the halal industry and improves the current account deficit. So far, imports of halal products have also been the cause of the current account deficit.

“This can also improve the current account deficit. Most consumption is still consumed from abroad, so we need reinforcement on all sides, both from the supply chain and so on,” he said. (bpr)

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The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry's acting Director General for Oil and Natural Gas, Djoko Suswanto. [21:35, 8/16/2019] Ka Resna:, Jakarta – State oil and gas company PT Pertamina is operating normally despite a fire at its Refinery Unit V (RU V) in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan Province, on Thursday morning.

“It was a minor fire, so it did not affect Pertamina’s production,” Djoko Suswanto, the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s acting Director General for Oil and Natural Gas, said here on Thursday.

He said Pertamina had managed to control the fire that had engulfed one of the pipes at RU V, and that he had asked the company to investigate its cause.

Earlier, Pertamina spokesperson Heppy Wulansari had said the fire was localized and its main line was extinguished, but the cause of the accident would be known after the internal investigators finish their work.

Sparks were first detected around 9.30 a.m. local time, and Pertamina firefighters managed to handle the accident, she added.

There were no fatalities in the accident, Pertamina’s Vice President of Corporate Communications, Fajriyah Usman, told journalists here on Thursday (15/8/2019). (asn)

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The result showed that the combustion with CPO was not as good as compared to the use of 20 percent biodiesel blend or B20., Jakarta – The State electricity company, PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) has conducted tests using 100 percent crude palm oil (CPO) blend on several generators.

“We have conducted the tryout of the use of CPO blend on generators MAK#1 and MAK#2,” PT PLN Business Director for Kalimantan Region Machnizon Masri said at the Jakarta Convention Center Wednesday (14/8/2019).

The result showed that the combustion with CPO was not as good as compared to the use of 20 percent biodiesel blend or B20. In addition, the CPO-fueled generators also ran short of CPO supplies.

The tryout was conducted on diesel oil-fueled generators (PLTD) Kanan in Bontang, East Kalimantan province. PLN is currently preparing 167 tons of CPO for the running test of the CPO-fueled generators.

The use of vegetable fuel (BBN) and processed palm oil could save oil import budgets of up to US$500 million per year, Budi Santoso Syari, Processing Director of state oil and gas company PT Pertamina, said.

“Palm can produce 8.7 million tons of oil per year. The production from palm oil will be able to reduce the use of (fossil) fuel oil by up to 160 thousand barrels per day,” he said.

The 160 thousand barrels of oil per day is equal to $500 million, he added.

The area of oil palm plantations in the country has currently reached 14.3 million hectares. (asn)

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With the expansion of terminal 1, the airport can increase its capacity to 13.6 million passengers from 6 million passengers per year., Sidoarjo, E Java – State airport operator, PT Angkasa Pura I, plans to invest Rp685 billion to finance the expansion of terminal 1 of the Juanda Surabaya Airport in East Java.

The expansion of the eastern side of terminal 1 is necessary to ensure the convenience of passengers, General Manager of Juanda Surabaya Airport, Heru Prasetyo, said in Sidoarjo, East Java, on Wednesday (14/8/2019).

“We apologize to passengers using the transportation services at Juanda Airport for the inconvenience caused while the construction work is underway,” he said.

With the expansion of terminal 1, the airport can increase its capacity to 13.6 million passengers from 6 million passengers per year.

“The expansion of terminal 1 and (the improvement of) the interior design and supporting facilities have started and will be completed in 14 months,” he said.

He said he would also ensure the orderly movement of passengers descending and boarding the plane.

“At this moment, passengers who are going to board the plane, do so from terminal 1 A and 1 B. In the future, they will be at terminal 1 A, and terminal 1 B will be only for passengers descending the plane,” he said.

Angkasa Pura 1 has named state-owned construction company, PT Waskita, as the winner of the project.

“We will work round the clock so the expansion project is completed soon,” he said.

The project also includes the expansion of the airport’s parking areas. (dra)

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