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Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister, Retno Marsudi., Jakarta – Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi opened the Regional Conference on Digital Diplomacy (RCDD) to be held in Jakarta on (10-11/9/2019).

“This conference is a new initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that is a follow-up to the earlier discussion last year in June 2018,” Marsudi remarked in Jakarta on Tuesday (10/9/2019).

The RCDD is the first conference related to the field of digital diplomacy organized in the region. Representatives from 16 countries comprising 10 ASEAN member nations and six ASEAN’s dialogue partners, including Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, and New Zealand were attendees at the conference.

Minister Marsudi reiterated the significance of the implementation of RCDD that can be a forum for relevant stakeholders in the region to discuss opportunities and challenges in the path to conducting diplomacy in the digital era and ways to optimally utilize information and communication technology in diplomacy towards realizing progress and mutual prosperity.

The RCDD is also projected to encourage future cooperation in reducing the technological and digital divide in the region. This activity is also expected to offer an opportunity for all parties, including the private sector, to develop opportunities for cooperation in the field of digital technology.

The regional conference will agree on the document “The Jakarta Message on Regional Cooperation on Digital Diplomacy” that contains the recognition of the importance of digital diplomacy, joint commitment in building messages, and digital diplomacy cooperation between relevant stakeholders, including an appeal for building a community that is free from false information.

The results document will be supplemented by an action plan for ongoing cooperation between the government, private sector, and other stakeholders in building regional networks to step up the utilization of digital technology for diplomacy.

On the sidelines of the conference, a digital technology exhibition will be held on September 10-11, 2019. Indonesia’s unicorns, start-ups, and other potential partners will take part in the exhibition that is open to the public. (yna)





Go-Food handled over 50 million transactions per month in Southeast Asia, and the number of transactions doubled in the past six months., Jakarta – Go-Food, a food delivery service of Indonesia’s ride-hailing app Go-Jek, announced that its market share has reached 75 percent in Indonesia. “We continue towards becoming the market leader in food-delivery services with a 75 percent market share in Indonesia,” Chief Food Officer Gojek Group, Catherine Hindra Sutjahyo said in a written statement here Thursday (19/9/2019).

Based on data from research firm Nielsen, Go-Food handled over 50 million transactions per month in Southeast Asia, and the number of transactions doubled in the past six months, Catherine noted.

Some 84 percent of people who used more than one food delivery application considered Go-Food as the best service in Indonesia, far higher than the industry average of 39 percent, the most recent Nielsen report “Understanding the Online Food Delivery Market” revealed.

That fact is directly proportional to the growth of GoFood in Indonesia and Southeast Asia.

The app has become part of people’s daily lives. Consumers do not need to spend time waiting in line at restaurants because thousands of menu choices are at hand, Catherine said.

“So it makes life more practical,” she said.

Based on Nielsen’s data and findings, this app is rated by consumers to exceed the industry average because it was considered to have a diverse menu choice of 87 percent and 83 percent diverse traders by urban consumers.

In addition, it is easy to use, said 83 percent and Gojek’s driver partners are considered friendly, polite and informative, said 82 percent. With regard to the addition of balances the app was much easier, said 82 percent, while 79 percent of urban consumers rated its services as the fastest. (edy)

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The Agrarian and Spatial Planning Minister/Head of the National Land Agency, Sofyan A Djalil., Jakarta – The Agrarian and Spatial Planning Ministry/National Land Agency (BPN) has launched an integrated digital-based agrarian and spatial services at its 42 branch offices, the minister, Sofyan A Djalil stated here Wednesday (4/9/2019). “Initially, 42 branch offices of the National Land Agency in Greater Jakarta, Bandung City, Surabaya, Palembang, Medan, Balikpapan, and Makassar will start using the service,” Djalil said.

New clients may use the digital-based platform to apply for a mortgage loan, the minister explained. The platform would enable people to report and check their land/spatial information and liabilities, he added.

One of the prime services offered by the ministry’s new platform was a digital signature.

The digital signature, offered by the platform, would be soon available to validate legal land documents, Djalil explained.

Besides the digital signature, the ministry’s latest platform also includes several services such as land mortgage liability, land/spatial information, and land registration.

State-owned lender Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN) acting president director, Oni Febrianto Raharjo, also lauded the ministry’s new platform on land/spatial services.

“This new platform may help the bank apply for a liability certificate over certain lands. This certificate is a requirement for the bank before organizing a land auction,” Raharjo said. (mdg)

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Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto at the Yospan Papua dance and musical performance on the sidelines of Car Free Day in Jakarta on Sunday (1/9/2019)., Jakarta – The government will reopen the access to the Internet in Papua and West Papua after peace and conducive situation prevail in the easternmost provinces, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto said.

“It will be reopened for sure. Why should we block the Internet and social media when we already have peace in Papua,” Wiranto said on the sidelines of “Yospan Papua” dance and musical performance during Jakarta’s Car Free Day on Sunday (1/9/2019).

Similarly, he continued, the security personnel would be withdrawn from the provinces after the situation could have returned to normal.

“We will wait, until we can see peace and security (in the provinces). We’ll wait. Please be patient and calm,” Wiranto said.

Wiranto claimed that the situation in Papua and West Papua have been under control.

“Today I am happy. This morning, I have received reports that (the situation) in Papua and West Papua is conducive,”

Residents have returned to their daily activities. Shops have started to operate.

“Thank God, and thank our friends in Papua and West Papua who have realized that it is unnecessary for us to fight with each other, to create anarchy, to set fire to buildings and public facilities,” he noted.

Any dispute should be solved through peaceful negotiations without anarchic actions.

“President Joko Widodo has often called us to solve any problem calmly and peacefully without anger,” he said.

“We have tried to tell all people that we are brothers, and to tell all Indonesians, and the world that we are brothers. That we are ready to solve any problem in a good manner,” Wiranto remarked.

Since two weeks ago, Communication and Informatics Ministry have been applying a temporary Internet block in Papua and West Papua due to rampant distribution and transmission of hoaxes, false news, provocative and racist contents in the regions.

As of Tuesday (Aug 27), the Internet access in Biak and its vicinity areas have returned to normal despite slow data speed when sending pictures or video.

National Police Chief General Tito Karnavian asserted that the Internet access restriction in Papua aimed at curbing and lowering hoax information on social media platforms. Tito said some people intentionally despise peace and the conducive situation in the province. (syh)

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