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PRESIDENT JOKOWI TO VISIT SINGAPORE FOR LEADERS RETREAT

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Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi.

Greatindonesia.co.id, 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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RI, S”PORE TO FOLLOW UP COOPERATION TO DEVELOP INDUSTRIAL ZONE

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Industry Minister, Airlangga Hartarto.

Greatindonesia.co.id, 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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BASWEDAN CALLS OFF TRIP TO ATTEND C40 SUMMIT IN COPENHAGEN

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Jakarta Governor, Anies Baswedan.

Greatindonesia.co.id, 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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INDONESIA RE-EXPORTS HAZARDOUS WASTE TO AUSTRALIA

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One of the companies even imported the waste without the required documents.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – The Indonesian government through the Directorate General of Customs and Excise will on Wednesday re-export nine containers of toxic and hazardous waste to Australia.

“Today we will re-export it to its country of origin,” Director General of Customs and Excise Heru Pambudi said at a press conference in Jakarta Wednesday. The Tangerang Customs Office in cooperation with the Environment and Forestry Ministry has taken action against three companies suspected of receiving the toxic and hazardous waste. The three companies have been identified by their initials as PT HI, PT NHI and PT ART.

One of the companies even imported the waste without the required documents, Heru said.

The first investigation was conducted on PT HI which imported 102 containers of plastic sheets and artificial plastic of various kinds. The investigation was jointly conducted by the customs office and the ministry which found 23 containers contaminated by garbage and toxic and hazardous waste.

As a result, the customs office recommended the re-export of 13 containers of hazardous waste to Australia, seven containers to the United States, two to Spain and one to Belgium.

“The remaining 79 containers were declared clean and can be issued usage permits,” he said,

The second measure was conducted on PT NH which imported 138 containers of chips. (mhz)

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