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SINGAPORE LAUDS INDONESIA’S FOREST FIRE CONTROL EFFORTS

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18,895 hotspots in Southeast Asia and Papua New Guinea in the past two weeks and warned people of the possibility of forest and land fires.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Batam – The Indonesian government’s efforts to combat land and forest fires have received appreciation at the meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states in Brunei Darussalam to discuss transboundary haze pollution. “We concluded the meeting only last night. During the two-day session no participant (complained about) transboundary (haze pollution) from Indonesia. We explained our concrete efforts in the field but we must admit that it is very difficult to put out peatland fires,” Director of Land and Forest Fire Control of the Environment and Forestry Ministry Raffles B Panjaitan said in a written statement released Wednesday (7/8/2019).

“I met with Singapore Minister of Environment and Water Sources Masagos Zulkifli. He thanked the Indonesian government for its efforts to handle land and forest fires and sent best regards to Minister Siti Nurbaya,” he said.

The integrated land and forest fire control task force comprising personnel from the military, police, national and regional disaster mitigation agencies, village heads, firefighters, fire brigades of national parks, natural resource and ecosystem conservation agency have continued their efforts to control fires arising from vulnerable areas, Raffles said.

As of August 6, 2019, 38 helicopters and planes have been involved in patrolling and extinguishing land and forest fires in the country.

Of the total, 19 have been deployed in Riau Province, four in South Sumatra Province, six in West Kalimantan Province, five in Central Kalimantan Province, two in South Kalimantan Province and one in Jambi Province.

Until August 5, 2019, helicopters and planes have conducted a total of 24,660 water bombing operations with 90,457,400 liters of water to put out fires in the areas that the team could not reach by land.

In addition, weather modification through cloud seeding has also been conducted, focusing on vulnerable areas. By August 5, 2019, 170 sorties of cloud seeding with 125,616 kilograms of salt have been conducted in the districts of Bengkalis, Siak, Indragiri Hilir, Kampar, Pelalawan, Ogan Ilir, and Meranti Islands and the municipality of Dumai in Riau Province.

The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) identified at least 18,895 hotspots in Southeast Asia and Papua New Guinea in the past two weeks and warned people of the possibility of forest and land fires.

“The increasing number of hotspots was due to the current atmospheric conditions and relatively hot and dry weather that tends to scorch plants more easily,” BMKG’s Deputy of Meteorology Mulyono R. Prabowo stated here Wednesday.

Information on the number of hotspots was obtained from the Terra Aqua Satellite (LAPAN) and Himawari Satellite (Japan JMA) imagery that was then analyzed by BMKG.

Based on the monitoring conducted by BMKG, the number of hotspots in some Southeast Asian regions has increased, from 1,395 as monitored on July 25, 2019, to 2,441 hotspots on July 28, 2019.

Furthermore, the hotspots began to reduce to 1,782 on July 29, 2019, and then to 703 hotspots on August 1, 2019.

The number of hotspots increased again to 3,191 on August 4, 2019, and was concentrated in the Indonesian provinces of Riau, Central Kalimantan, and West Kalimantan. The hotspots were also detected in some other ASEAN countries of Malaysia (in Sarawak), Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, and the Philippines. (vps)

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JAPAN FULLY SUPPORTS PRESIDENT JOKOWI’S PRIORITY PROGRAMS

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President Jokowi on the sidelines of the 35th ASEAN Summit at the Impact Exhibition and Convention Center in Bangkok on Monday (4/11/2019).

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed to fully support the priority programs of President Joko: Widodo (Jokowi) during his second term of office.

Abe was responding to the Indonesian government’s development programs unveiled during a bilateral meeting with President Jokowi on the sidelines of the 35th ASEAN Summit at the Impact Exhibition and Convention Center in Bangkok on Monday (4/11/2019).

At the meeting, President Jokowi unveiled the priority programs of his government in the next five years, including the development of quality human resources, the continuation of infrastructure development, and the simplification of government regulations and bureaucracy reform, Chief of the Press, Media and Information Bureau of the Presidential Secretariat Erlin Suastini said in a press statement.

“At this meeting, I would like to focus on two issues, namely cooperation in the development of infrastructures and the development of quality human resources,” Jokowi said.

Prime Minister Abe warmly welcomed the priority programs.

“Of course, Japan wants to cooperate in the fields which are the main priority, particularly infrastructure and human resource development ,” he said.

President Jokowi said the two countries have been engaged in many areas of cooperation in the infrastructure sector, including the construction of Jakarta Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system, Jakarta-Surabaya semi-high-speed train and Patimban Port in West Java.

“Looking ahead, I also want to encourage the use of more local contents and the transfer of technology in our infrastructure development,” he said.

The development of infrastructure has been able to connect economic centers to one another in the outskirt areas of the country, he said.

To realize the cooperation in human resource development, Jokowi invited Japan to enhance its cooperation with Indonesia in the fields of vocation and internship. (ant)

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PRESIDENT JOKOWI, IMF MANAGING DIRECTOR DISCUSS GLOBAL ECONOMY

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President Joko Widodo held a bilateral meeting with IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva at the Impact Exhibition and Convention Center in Bangkok on Sunday (3/11/2019).

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva discussed global economy when they met in Bangkok for the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit on Sunday (3/11/2019).

Before they began the discussion held at the Impact Exhibition and Convention Center, President Jokowi congratulated Georgieva on her new role as IMF managing director since October 2019, Chief of the Press, Media and Information Bureau of the Presidential Secretariat Erlin Suastini said in a written statement released on Sunday (3/11/2019).

Georgieva is the first IMF managing director from an emerging economy, Bulgaria, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said at .Hotel Grand Hyatt Erawan in Bangkok, on Sunday (3/11/2019).

At the meeting both sides exchanged ideas about the global and regional economic conditions, Retno said.

Georgieva said the global economy currently slowed down and even grew at the lowest pace in the past decade. However, the economic condition of ASEAN member countries including Indonesia is far better than those of the rest of the world.

“She said the ASEAN economy is still on the ‘bright spot in the world economy’. The bright spot is in ASEAN,” Retno said.

President Jokowi further unveiled the focus of Indonesian development including human resources development, infrastructure development and institutional reform in the next five years.

During the meeting, President Jokowi was accompanied by Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mahfud MD, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto, and Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung. (ant)

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INDONESIA FESTIVAL PROMOTES LOMBOK, SUMBAWA TOURISM IN PERTH

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NTB would continue to promote its natural scenery, culture, traditions and culinary to attract tourists from Australia which is geographically relatively close from Lombok.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Mataram – The 2019 Indonesia Festival held in Perth, Australia, on Oct 25-27 promoted West Nusa Tenggara’s islands of Lombok and Sumbawa tourism destinations.

The three-day festival was held to celebrate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Australia, at Elizabeth Quay, Perth, Anita Achmad, chairperson of the West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Tourism Promotion Office, said here on Sunday (27/10/2019).

The event was jointly organized by the Indonesian Consulate General (KJRI), the Tourism Ministry and the NTB provincial administration.

“Australia is a promising market for the tourism industry of Lombok and Sumbawa Islands. A direct flight from Australia to Lombok is available and Indonesia is the second home for Australian tourists,” Anita Achmad said in a statement.

NTB would continue to promote its natural scenery, culture, traditions and culinary to attract tourists from Australia which is geographically relatively close from Lombok.

Lalu Moh Faozal, head of the NTB Tourism Office said the existing Perth-Lombok direct flight is crucial for the tourism industry in the province.

“Next, we will encourage opening of other direct flight routes to Australia to help achieve our target of attracting 4.5 million tourists in 2020,” he said.

NTB will intensify tourism promotion activities to lure more Australians who usually travel overseas at least once or twice a year.

The Lombok-Perth direct flight has helped increased the number of Australian tourists to NTB.

Mandalika in NTB is one of Indonesia’s tourism development priorities and is expected to become a world class destination.

In addition to Mandalika, other Indonesia’s 10 priority tourist destinations include Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Tanjung Lesung in Banten, Borobudur Temple in Central Java, Mount Bromo in East Java, Wakatobi national marine park in Southeast Sulawesi, Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara, and Morotai Island in North Maluku. Comprising Lombok and Sumbawa Islands, as well as hundreds of smaller ones, NTB Province is blessed with beautiful white-sand beaches, forest-covered mountainous areas, and a distinct culture.

NTB is located not far from Bali and scenically no less beautiful than Bali. (yun)

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