Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Industry Minister, Airlangga Hartarto, said that the Hannover Messe 2020, the world’s leading industrial technology and investment expo, is an opportunity for Indonesia to showcase its capability in manufacturing.
“Specifically, Indonesia as an official partner country will take center stage at the Hannover Messe,” Hartarto said here on Thursday (3/10/2019).
The world will see Indonesia’s capability in five priority sectors of Making Indonesia 4.0, notably in the textile, food and beverage, automotive, electronic and chemical sectors.
This will prove that Indonesia has shifted from a commodity-based country to a manufacturing-based one, he added.
This is in accordance with the road map of the government of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) during his second presidential term, which encourages the industrial and manufacturing sectors.
He said President Jokowi is scheduled to be present at the opening of the Hannover Messe to be organized in Germany on April 22 and 24, 2020.
Hannover Messe will see the participation of 6,500 industries from 73 countries.
The annual expo is usually visited by some 225 thousand people from 91 countries and sees some 5.6 million business deals being inked.
As an official partner country, Indonesia will occupy a central pavilion measuring 1,300 m2 and several thematic satellite pavilions.
Indonesia also hopes to strengthen its national brand to attract more foreign investors and establish cooperation in the industrial sector.
The Hannover Messe 2019, with Sweden as the official partner country, recorded 211 thousand visitors from 98 countries, some 94 percent of whom were businessmen, while 66 of them were decision-makers in their companies.
After 1995, Indonesia has yet again been chosen as the official partner country of the Hannover Messe.
Indonesia will have a huge opportunity to seize the relocation of industries, Indonesian Ambassador to Germany, Arif Havas Oegroseno, informed the Indonesian and German media in Berlin on September 27, 2019. (ack)
FISHERY MINISTRY EYES FOR 10.99 MILLION TONS SEAWEED YIELD IN 2020
Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Indonesia’s Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries increases a seaweed production target in 2020 to 10.99 million tons, from 9.9 million tons in 2019, a director general said in a statement here, on Sunday (19/1/2020).
The ministry has prepared initiatives and strategies for the next five years to raise seaweed production which covers 60.7 percent of the total fishery yield in the country, Director General of Aquaculture, Slamet Soebjakto stated in Jakarta, Sunday (19/1/2020).
The strategy launched by the ministry aims to assure the quality and quantity of the seaweed yield this year, as the it has been part of the country’s top export commodity.
“The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry has committed to increase seaweed exports as an effort to support Indonesia’s economy growth,” Soebjakto remarked.
According to records of UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 2019, Indonesia is the world’s largest producer for Eucheuma or gusô (Eucheuma cottonii), a type of seaweed algae that commonly used as raw materials for carrageenan, an ingredient for cosmetics, food and drinks, as well as industrial manufacturing.
Indonesia also covers at least 80 percent of market share of seaweed trade in global market with China ranked first as top export destination for the product.
However, the ministry plans to increase added-value of Indonesia’s seaweed by restricting export of raw seaweed this year, Soebjekto remarked.
He expounded the ministry will increase exports more semi-refined carrageenan and refined carrageenan by 50 percent this year, as for the past years the raw seaweed export to China had reached nearly 80 percent. (ant)
INDONESIA PLANS TO SLASH OIL IMPORTS TO OVERCOME TRADE DEFICIT
Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – The plan of the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry to slash oil imports by state oil and gas company, Pertamina, is aimed at overcoming the country’s trade deficit, the Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Special Task Force, SKK Migas, said.
The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry will reportedly cut crude oil imports by 30 million barrels per year.
“This is part of our efforts to deal with the trade deficit. Only crude oil import will be reduced. If crude oil imports are reduced, then we must optimize domestic production,” Chief of SKK Migas, Dwi Soetjipto, said at the SKK Migas Office in Jakarta on Wednesday (15/1/2020).
The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) announced earlier that Indonesia’s balance of trade recorded a deficit of US$3.2 billion last year.
Since the quota of Pertamina’s oil import has been reduced, the country must push domestic fuel production through the mandatory use of 30 percent blended biodiesel (B30) in 2020, he said.
The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has targeted the production of biodiesel or fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) to reach 10 million kiloliters, with the domestic use of B30 projected to reach 9.6 million kiloliters.
Since the introduction of B30 late last year, the government has been able to curb fuel oil imports.
The use of biodiesel throughout 2019 reached 6.25 million kiloliters, or equivalent to US$3.35 billion or Rp48.19 trillion that the government could save, he said.
“The use of biodiesel will reduce (oil) imports,” Soetjipto said. (ant)
A LEGISLATOR APPRECIATES GARUDA’S DECISION TO AVOID IRAN’S AIRSPACE
Greatindonesia.co.id, Pati – A member of the House of Representatives (DPR) supports and appreciates Garuda Indonesia’s decision to reroute its flights to Europe to circumvent the airspace over Iran for the sake of aviation safety and security.
“As a national flag carrier, Garuda must prioritize the safety and security of its passengers,” Marwan Jafar, member of the National Awakening Party (PKB) faction, here on Sunday (12/1/2020) commenting on Garuda Indonesia’s decision which was made following the crash of a Ukrainian plane inside Iran.
According to BBC, the Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) Flight PS752 which carried 176 people on board was brought down by a missile shortly after taking-off from an Irainian airport on Wednesday (8/1/2020).
Jafar said all passengers of any airline, including Garuda, demand safe, secure, and comfortable flights so that they are able to arrive at their destinations safely. Therefore, the airlines should not take any risk for their passengers’ safety.
Many other airlines, including Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways, have also avoided the Iranian and Iraqi airspace following the Ukrainian plane crash amid growing tensions of the US-Iran relationship after Washington killed a top Iranian general.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has also banned the country’s operators from flying over the airspace owing to the soaring tensions of the US-Iran relationship.
In response to the recent killing of General Qassem Solaimani in a US airstrike in Iraq, Iran launched a retaliation attack on a US military compound in Iraq.
Acting Director of Operation of the airlines Tumpal M. Hutapea noted in a recent statement that Garuda Indonesia would adjust its flight route from and to Europe, which earlier passed over the airspace of Bucharest to the airspace of Egypt and Greece.
“Hence, all Garuda Indonesia services on the route can run normally,” he said, adding that Garuda would closely monitor developments of the situation in the region.
“We will intensively watch the development of the situation and coordinate with all stakeholders to ensure safety and security of Garuda Indonesia’s operation,” he remarked. (ant)
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