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Minister of Communication and Informatics, Rudiantara., London – Minister of Communication and Informatics Rudiantara will be sharing Indonesia’s experience on press freedom at the Global Conference for Press Freedom Conference held in The Printworks, London on July 10 to 11. During his time in London, United Kingdom, Rudiantara, along with the Minister’s Special Staff in Media and Public Communications, Deddy Hermawan, also made an appearance in the meeting between Chevening scholars in Wisma Nusantara at the Indonesian Embassy in London Tuesday, July 7 evening. Chevening is an education scholarship program offered by the British government to students across the world.

The Global Conference for Press Freedom, held by the British and Canadian governments, became the pillar in the campaign to promote the protection of journalists while carrying out their duties. The conference also sought to promote press freedom across the world.

The event brings together more than 1,500 participants, including ministers, government officials, diplomatic communities, international organizations, journalists, civil members of society and academics. Challenges against the media and opportunities that can be created to promote a safer environment for journalists are also part of the discussion.

Freedom of the press is a universal principle, British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Jeremy Hunt said in his opening speech at the conference.

Media freedom is not a western value, but rather, it is the best universal principle to protect the people from abuse of power and help countries explore their potentials, he believed.

Furthermore, strong protection against the dark side of power came from accountability and the role of the media as a watchdog, he said.

The Global Conference for Press Freedom is also being attended by Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and the British Secretary of State Special Envoy for Press Freedom, Amal Clooney.

Participants from more than 100 countries, including 60 ministers and more than 1,500 journalists are also attending the event. (zey)





Industry Minister, Airlangga Hartarto., Jakarta – Indonesia and Singapore have agreed to follow up on the cooperation to develop the Nongsa Digital Park and Kendal Industrial Zone that is projected to intensify bilateral cooperation between the neighboring nations.

“Several cooperation agreements inked by the two countries are in the economic sector, such as in investment, trade, digital economic, and vocational education. This is a follow up of an agreement during last year’s Leaders Retreat,” Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto noted in a statement here on Wednesday (9/10/2019).

At the 2019 Annual Leaders Meeting in Singapore on Tuesday, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong discussed the cooperation. Jokowi was accompanied by Hartarto during the meeting.

Hartarto noted that the Indonesian government praised Singapore’s investment in the Kendal Industrial Zone (KIK), Central Java’s largest industrial zone and emblematic of the bilateral cooperation between Indonesia and Singapore.

“The integrated zone was inaugurated by Mr President Jokowi and Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loon in 2016,” Hartarto remarked.

The KIK development is conducted in three stages on a land totaling 2,700 hectares. KIK is an integrated industrial zone supported by seaport, fashion city, and residential areas.

“Several light industries have already been operating. Moreover, we will encourage the development of the components, fashion, footwear, and garment industries,” the minister stated.

KIK has been expedited to become a labor-intensive and export-oriented industrial zone.

As of September 2019, investment in KIK was valued at Rp11.4 trillion, with 59 tenants from Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan, and Korea, among others.

“Two Chinese industries were also relocated there. This can strengthen the domestic industrial structure. It has created over 6,950 jobs,” Hartarto stated.

The government has planned to upgrade the status of KIK into a special economic zone (KEK) to be able to attract investment, reaching Rp70 trillion, within the next five years.

Until 2024, KEK Kendal is expected to exports goods worth US$500 million annually and substitute imports up to $250 million yearly.

Furthermore, Singapore and Indonesia have agreed to the development of Nongsa Digital Park (NDP) in Batam to serve as a base to create industrialists engaged in digital businesses, such as startup, web, application, digital programs, films, and animation.

The project is being coordinated by PT Kinema Systrans Multimedia with cooperation of Infinite Studios.

As of August 2019, the number of tenants and startups in NDP had reached 50 companies, including startups from Singapore, specifically Glints, a talent recruitment start-up, and Fintech firm LiquidPay. (spg)

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Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi., Bogor – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) will visit Singapore on Tuesday (8/10/2019), to attend the annual leaders’ retreat of both countries, stated Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi at Bogor Presidential Palace in West Java Monday. “The leaders’ retreat being conducted with Singapore is aimed at discussing the progress both countries made on cooperation as well as to evaluate them after one year has passed,” Marsudi said.

She mentioned the progress of cooperation on last year’s Kendal Industrial Park and partnership in Batam as the two matters which will be discussed.

Speaking on the investment sector, Marsudi highlighted vocational education which is significant for both Indonesia and Singapore.

“We expect to also discuss vocational education since Indonesia and Singapore were already signed several agreements on this sector,” she stated.

Besides, there are the matters of partnership progress, investments, and human capital development that have been planned to be discussed, Marsudi added, it is possible for the leaders to talk about other issues as such counterterrorism.

However, she refused to talk more about the meeting’s details.

“I will not reveal more details on it because the further information will be delivered after tomorrow’s meeting,” she remarked.

Last year, the meeting of leaders retreat took place in Bali in October. (asm)

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Jakarta Governor, Anies Baswedan., Jakarta – Governor of Jakarta Anies Baswedan has abandoned his planned trip to Copenhagen, Denmark, to attend the C40 Summit, based on the current inconducive situation in the capital city following students’ protests against several controversial bills.

“No. It was canceled taking into account the current situation in Jakarta,” Baswedan remarked at the provincial parliament complex here on Thursday (3/10/2019).

Baswedan was scheduled to attend the world’s cities summit to convey environmental programs.

“In fact, Jakarta needs to attend the summit to convey its programs as part of the global society. The world is looking at us. They saw problems on the environment, air quality, and other issues,” he added.

However, Baswedan has decided to cancel the trip and remain in Jakarta based on the unstable situation in the capital city.

C40 World Mayors Summit is due to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, on October 10-11.

During the forum, Jakarta is expected to respond to questions on environmental issues in the city and reiterated its commitment to mitigating the impacts of climate change to create a developed city that is comfortable for its citizens.

Baswedan is scheduled to serve as a keynote speaker during a discussion session and sign the Clean Air Cities Declaration along with the mayors of Paris, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Delhi, and Portland.

The Jakarta governor and 19 other leaders of world cities will organize a discussion with former US vice president Al Gore and hold several bilateral meetings to establish sister cities.

Thousands of students staged protests in several cities as a mark of rejection against some controversial bills, including the draft bill on criminal code and the KPK law.

In Jakarta, the demonstrations, which often turned violent, have damaged public facilities and caused heavy traffic jams on several main streets. (rpg)

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