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Why Indonesia | Indonesia’s Economic Outlook in 2018: Modest Optimism, Challenges Remain

Indonesia Snapshot

Capital: Jakarta
Population: 259 million (2016)
Currency: Indonesian Rupiah
Nominal GDP: $936 billion USD (IMF, 2016)
GDP Per Capita: $3,620 USD at Current Prices (IMF, 2016)
GDP Growth: 5.0% (2016)
External Debt: 36.80% of GDP (BI, Q2 2016)
Ease of Doing Business: 91/190 (WB, 2017)
Corruption Index: 90/176 (TI, 2016)

After a year of some disappointment over the course of 2017 (See: Indonesia’s Second Semester Economic Outlook: Focusing on Investments), it is predicted that the Indonesian economy will improve, albeit slightly, in 2018. This is in-line with the expected improvement of the global economy, including China, as well as the projected increase in domestic demand and household consumption.

The Indonesian government will rely on three sectors to drive the country’s economy in 2018, namely investment, consumption, and exports. Challenges, however, still remain as the country will hold simultaneous local elections in 2018 which will increase political tensions ahead of a national election in 2019.

Indonesian Economic Outlook 2018

Foreign investment is expected to go up as a result of three international rating agencies, namely Fitch, Moody’s, and Standard and Poor’s (S&P) having elevated Indonesia’s sovereign rating to investment grade.

Modest optimism

Bank Indonesia (BI) forecasts that Indonesia’s economy will grow by around 5.1% to 5.5% in 2018 which is slightly better than its performance in 2017 which stood at 5.05%. This prediction is within the range of the government’s target in the 2018 State Budget of 5.4% and both the World Bank’s and Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) projections of 5.3%.

The three banking institutions agreed that investment, household spending, and exports will support Indonesian economic growth in 2018. A further positive aspect is that BI expects inflation in 2018 to reach around 3.5%, and the current account deficit will be under 3%.

This is more or less in-line with the World Bank’s inflation forecast of 3.5% and current account deficit projection of 1.8%. Core inflation is expected to be stable, while inflation from administered prices will likely decline, provided that the central and local governments are able to improve their coordination in controlling inflation through better logistics and food distribution management. This will help maintain Indonesians’ purchasing power and ensure that consumption continues to grow healthily.

In the banking sector, the Financial Services Authority (OJK) expects credit and third-party funds to grow by around 10-12%. Loan disbursement is projected to improve gradually following the cut in the BI reference rate which will give flexibility to banks to manage their liquidity.

Other growth contributors in 2018 include a strong labour market, the decline in the cost of loans, as well as the improved performance of public infrastructure development, the investment climate and exports (See High Stakes for Indonesia’s New Infrastructure Push).

Aside from internal factors, external factors such as an anticipated acceleration in global economic growth from 3.5% to 3.6% and an uplift in one of Indonesia’s largest trading partners, China, as well as the projected increase in several commodity prices will bring about positive sentiment that should boost investment and exports. In addition, the World Bank predicts that 2018 will be the first year since the global financial crisis where the global economy will operate at or near its full capacity.

Moreover, the World Bank projects that China’s economy will grow by 6.4% in 2018 thanks, in part, to the relatively high growth of consumption and the service sector. Furthermore, the country will continue its efforts in eliminating excess industrial capacity and ensuring that the risks in its financial system are under control. This is important because for every 1% decline in China’s economy, Indonesia’s economic growth is cut by 0.11% (See What China’s Slowdown Means for Indonesia: A Trade Perspective).

Challenges remain

On the negative side, the Rupiah exchange rate is expected to weaken in 2018 to around 13,400 IDR to 13,700 IDR per US dollar from that of the previous year of 13,300 IDR to 13.600 IDR per US dollar. Moreover, the World Bank is predicting the tightening of global financing as well as increased trade restrictions and geopolitical tensions. In addition, there is also the potential for growth slowdown over the longer term among countries that constitute more than 65% of the global economy due to slow productivity and weak investment.

A further challenge facing Southeast Asia’s largest economy are taxation issues (See Indonesian Government Banking on Tax Amnesty to Plug Tax Shortfall). According to the World Bank, Indonesia’s tax ratio is the lowest in the world and could go even lower in 2018 than during the previous year. On the other hand, the government needs to collect more tax revenue in order to be able to invest further in human resources, health (See Indonesia’s Healthcare Industry; Showing Strong Vital Signs), education (See An Overview of the Indonesian Education System) and other sectors as well as to cover the projected budget deficit of 2.2%.

In addition, in order to maintain and boost the investment climate in the country, BI must formulate various monetary and macroprudential policies. The Indonesian government’s continuous efforts to coordinate fiscal and monetary policies will help maintain price stability, especially from the supply side and improve productivity from the production side. Fiscal policy will support growth through budget reallocation that will give a higher spending ceiling for public infrastructure, health and education.

Another challenge is that simultaneous local elections will be held in 171 regions in 2018. The Indonesian government has asked business players not to worry about the elections citing Indonesia’s ongoing political stability. Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Mr Darmin Nasution has stated that he is optimistic that local elections and the Asian Games will contribute 0.2 – 0.3% to economic growth. However, the tensions and uncertainty brought about by the last presidential elections in 2014 as well as the Jakarta governor elections in 2017 make that an unlikely, albeit not impossible, prospect.

Government subsidies are another area to look out for as they continue to exert pressure on the state budget. The government is determined not to change the pricing policy given its far-reaching impact on purchasing power; especially for fuel and electricity prices. The Indonesian government allocated a subsidy of 156.2 trillion IDR in the 2018 state budget or down 16.2 trillion IDR from the draft 2018 state budget.

The subsidy consists 94.5 trillion IDR for energy and non-energy subsidy of 61.7 trillion IDR. The energy subsidy comprises of fuel and LPG subsidies of 46.9 trillion IDR and electricity subsidy of 47.7 trillion IDR (See Investment in Indonesia’s Electricity Sector; Sparks of Life).

The energy subsidy will be used to improve closed distribution and subsidy disbursement of LPG, and the electricity subsidy allocation for 450 VA and 900 VA customers. Meanwhile, the non-energy subsidy comprises of the fertiliser subsidy of 28.5 trillion IDR, loan interest subsidy of 18 trillion IDR, tax subsidy of 10.8 trillion IDR and the public service obligation (PSO) subsidy of 4.4 trillion IDR.

On the external side, the Fed’s plan to raise its benchmark rate two to four times in 2018 into a range of 1.25% – 1.5%, which will pose a challenge to Indonesia’s economy. This is because if the Fed fund rate is increased, there will be more capital outflows from the country which could hamper investment (See Indonesia’s Fragility & The Fed).

Investment, consumption and exports to become key drivers

The Indonesian Finance Ministry has announced that the government will rely on three sectors to achieve its economic growth target in 2018, namely investment, consumption, and exports. Foreign investment, both direct and portfolio investment, is expected to go up as a result of three international rating agencies, namely Fitch, Moody’s, and Standard and Poor’s (S&P) having elevated Indonesia’s sovereign rating to investment grade (See Indonesia’s New Credit Rating: What Does This Mean for Investors?).

Meanwhile, domestic demand, in the form of investment in both building and non-building sectors as well as household spending is expected to become a major growth driver in line with stronger consumer confidence.


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In the capital market sector, the OJK is optimistic that the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) will rise up to 25% in 2018 or higher than that of 2017 with 19.99% when the index reached its all-time-high at 6,355.65. Market analysts, however, forecast more moderate growth of 10% – 12% and expect the index to go up to 6,700 to 6,850 in 2018 (See Indonesia’s Capital Market: Growing Beyond Expectations). Banking, consumer goods, manufacturing, oil and gas, and building material companies are projected to perform well in 2018 (See Indonesia’s Construction & Building Materials Sector On the Up & Up).

Exports, especially non-oil and gas products, are expected to continue their upward trend in 2018 and serve as the backbone of the country’s economy after the sector recorded a respectable performance in 2017. According to Statistics Indonesia (BPS), Indonesian exports in 2017 reached $168.73 billion USD; an increase of 16.22% compared to 2016.

According to the Ministry of Trade’s forecast, non-oil and gas exports will increase by a further 5% – 7% in 2018. Meanwhile, the contribution of oil and gas exports is expected to improve too as the World Bank forecasts that energy prices, including oil, gas, and coal, will climb 4% in 2018 (See Indonesia’s Coal Mining Sector: A Silver Lining Behind Dark Clouds).

The Indonesian government has set a production target in the 2018 state budget at 800,000 barrels per day (bpd) or down from that in 2017 of 815,000 bpd. Meanwhile, the gas target in 2018 has increased to 1.2 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) or up from 1.15 boepd in 2017 (See Overview: Indonesia’s Downstream Oil and Gas Sector).

To grow its export market, Indonesia needs to look beyond its traditional export destination countries such as China, Japan, the United States, and Europe. The Trade Ministry has been actively launching trade missions to several countries in Africa and South America in recent years including South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Chile, and Russia.

In 2018, these trade missions will be further expanded to India, Morocco, Kazakhstan, Taiwan, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, and Cambodia. This alongside the country’s other trade and export-related efforts such as the ongoing negotiations for a CEPA with the European Union, should begin to bear fruit.

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Investment task forces to operate in Jakarta, other regions: Jokowi

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has stressed that the central government and the regional administrations will establish the Investment Acceleration Task Forces to ensure that investors do not face problems in dealing with local bureaucracies.

The President said in Jakarta on Tuesday that the task forces would begin operation before the government establishes the online single submission system for business licenses to ensure that the new licensing system can be implemented effectively.

“We will create an online single submission system for business licenses. But we have to establish the task forces first both in central and regional governments to ensure we are speaking in the same language,” he said at a Cabinet meeting at the Presidential Palace, which was also attended by regional heads.

Jokowi has on several occasions expressed his disappointment that regional governments and ministries had not been able to accelerate business permit issuance, while the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) has managed to issue licenses in only three hours for six business sectors.

“In the last two years, the BKPM has managed to issue licenses in only three hours. Such a service should not only stop at the BKPM. There are still license issuance problems in ministries and in the regions. We want to solve them,” he said.

Jokowi added foreign direct investment in Indonesia had increased by 13.2 percent year-on-year in 2017, but it was far behind Malaysia, the Philippines and India, which increased by 51 percent,  38 percent and 30 percent respectively. (bbn)

Source: Jakarta Post

Sari Roti to build two new factories this year

Publicly listed company PT Nippon Indosari Corpindo, the producer of bread brand Sari Roti, is expanding its business with the construction of two new factories in Lampung province and Gresik in East Java this year.

“The construction of the two factories is set to begin in the first quarter of this year and they are expected to start production in 2019,” said Nippon Indosari Corporindo corporate communication Stephen Orlando on Wednesday, without giving details of the production capacity.

The construction of the two factories was part of the efforts to increase sales, he said, adding that the two were among five new factories to be constructed within the next five years.

The company has 45 new products including white bread, sweet bread and cakes that are produced in 10 factories across Indonesia.

Nippon Indosari Corpindo held an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders on Jan. 17 to make a change in the company’s board of commissioners and directors.

The meeting officially appointed Jaka Prasetya and Arlina Sofia as commissioner and director, respectively. (fny/bbn)

Source: The Jakarta Post

Indonesia looks to New Year with high hope

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Hopes are high that the country`s economy would recover faster in 2018. International financial agencies, the government, even observers, all give rise to optimism that the country would fare better next year.

The trend has been obvious from 2017 although not yet as fast as expected. In 2018, exports, which have long been in the doldrums, are expected to give more significant contribution to the country`s economic growth.

The optimism followed commodity price hike. Coal and mineral prices are on the increase with stronger demand from China, the world`s second largest economy.

Foreign direct investment and portfolio investment are also expected to continue to increase especially as international rating agencies have raised the Indonesian credit rating.

All three major international rating agencies Fitch Ratings, Moody`s Investors Service and Standard and Poor`s have given Indonesia the investment grade status. Fitch Ratings even already raised the rating of the Indonesian foreign debts to BBB/”outlook stable” from “BBB-/outlook positive”.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicted that Indonesia`s economy would grow 5.3 percent in 2018; Bank Indonesia predicted a growth of 5.1-5.5 percent and the government sets a growth target of 5.4 percent.

However, the year 2018 is not an easy year. Political tension is feared to mount with regional elections to be held simultaneously all over the country that year, to be followed with legislative and presidential elections in 2019.

There would be 171 regional elections including 17 elections for provincial governors such as in East Java, West Java and Central Java, and the rest are elections for heads of district and city administrations.

Expansion in 2018

Senior Deputy Governor of Bank Indonesia (BI) Mirza Adityaswara dismissed fear of the political impact on economy in 2018 and called for more aggressive expansion by the business sector.

He said it is not the first time the country holding elections and the economy had continued to go its way, adding a number of indicators showed that purchasing power of the people increased.

Meanwhile, Coordinating Minister for Economy Darmin Nasution said instead of a threat to economic stability, the regional elections in 2018 could be a blessing to the economy.

The 171 regional elections in 2018 would increase household consumption, which has been the main driver of the country`s economic growth amid the slump in the trade and manufacturing sector in the past several years, Darmin said.

“General elections have always brought about positive impact on the economy,” he said.

He predicted the regional elections and the Asian Games to be hosted by Indonesia in the same year could contribute to the country`s economic growth by 0.2-0.3 percentage points.

Mirza said larger government spending would help drive the country`s economic growth but the main drivers should be household consumption, exports and investment.

In addition, the country`s banking industry already wrapped up the process of internal consolidation that banks would ready to embark on big financing projects in the business sector, he said.

He predicted that bank credits would grow around 10-12 percent yoy in 2018. The OJK also has the same target for bank credit growth.

The country`s macro economic indicators continued to improve at least until the third quarter of this year.Inflation was kept at 3.7 percent yoy. Bank Indonesia even predicted the inflation to fall below the target at 3 percent -3.5 percent yoy.

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani said the country`s economic performance toward the end of 2017 could give a momentum for a more positive economic growth in 2018.

“If the momentum of Indonesian economic growth is positive and solid, inflatyion and exchange rate would remain stable, and this would provide a much better position in facing uncertainties,” the minister said.

She said the momentum of the country to chalk up a stronger and healthier economic growth in 2018 is greater than in previous years thanks partly to global trade recovery.

“In 2017, the momentum of global economic growth began to pick up as indicated by the volume of global trade which rose from 2.2 percent in 2016 to 4 percent in 2017. Certainly with a 4 percent growth the global economy has not yet fully recovered but it is a strong momentum,” she said.

In order to maintain the growth momentum, the government would take a number of initiatives, such as by optimizing the management and spending of the state budget (APBN) funds to reach the goals of development, she said.

“Sometimes we forget that we see APBN as a goal. APBN is not a goal, APBN is an instrument. We will continue to make APBN as a healthy, credible, and effective instrument,” she said.

She said the government would carry on with the process of reformation in state revenues both tax and non tax state revenues to strengthen and revitalize the economy.

She went on to say, debt management would be with great prudence by keeping the sustainability and credibility of APBN that it would give positive impact on development.

“With strong and healthy APBN instrument, we could hope Indonesian economy would continue to be with positive momentum,” she said.

Chief economist of PT Manulife Aset Manajemen Indonesia (MAMI) Katarina Setiawan said conducive condition of global economy ahead of the election years in 2018 and 2019 could give significant contribution to the country`s economic growth.

Three previous periods of general elections starting in 2004 were much different from the forthcoming elections. In addition, there is synchronization of economic growth between advanced and developing nations.

Conducive global situation would greatly contribute to Indonesia`s economic development allowing the government to focus more on reaching its economic targets such as in infrastructure and elimination of poverty.

(T.SYS/B/H-ASG/F001)

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35 Perusahaan Indonesia Gaet Mitra dalam Indofest di Ottawa

Kedutaan Besar Republik Indonesia menngelar Indofest 2017 di Ottawa. Foto/KBRI Kanada

TEMPO.CO, Ottawa—Sebanyak 35 perusahaan dari Indonesia berusaha menggaet mitra dalam Indonesian Festival 2017 yang digelar Kedutaan Besar Republik Indonesia untuk Kanada di Ottawa.

Dalam siaran pers yang diterima Tempo, Rabu 30 Agustus 2017, perhelatan yang memadukan pameran produk, forum bisnis, peragaan busana dan bazar kuliner yang digelar sejak 25 – 27 Agustus 2017 itu, berhasil menyedot tidak kurang dari 14.492 pengunjung. “Ini sebuah event yang luar biasa,” kata Wali Kota Ottawa Jim Watson.

Tidak kurang dari 180 Delegasi datang langsung dari Indonesia.  Gubernur Sumatra Barat Irwan Prayitno dan Gubernur Sulawesi Utama Olly Dondokambey memimpin delegasi provinsi masing-masing.

Bank Indonesia, Kementerian Luar Negeri, BKPM, Pemprov Jawa Barat dan Jawa Timur, serta Kabupaten Humbang Hasundutan (Sumatera Utara) tak ketinggalan mengirimkan wakil-wakilnya memamerkan produk masing-masing.

“Kami berusaha memaksimalkan Indofest 2017 untuk lebih mendorong ekspor Indonesia ke Kanada dan menarik investasi dan wisatawan Kanada ke Indonesia,” ujar Suwartini Wirta, Wakil Dubes Indonesia untuk Kanada.

Indofest sebenarnya adalah kegiatan promosi tahunan KBRI Ottawa yang telah berlangsung sejak 2006. Biasanya, kegiatan ini diselenggarakan seharian penuh di halaman KBRI dengan menampilkan kesenian dan makanan tradisional Indonesia, dan didatangi sekitar 600-1000 pengunjung.

Namun, tahun ini Indofest digelar di Paviliun Aberdeen yang dibangun sebagai ruang pameran pada 1898. Selain sebagai sarana eksibisi, gedung berarsitektur Victoria seluas 3000 meter persegi itu dulunya sempat pula dimanfaatkan sebagai stadion hockey es.

Di gedung itulah para pengunjung Indofest menyaksikan berbagai produk ekspor (furnitur, pakaian dan kain batik, kemenyan, minyak atsiri, gula organik, sulaman Gorontalo, mi instan, mainan anak-anak dan sarung tangan) dan pertunjukkan kesenian tradisional.

Tim kesenian Sumatra Barat dan Kalimantan Timur (Dayak Kenyah), serta kelompok masyarakat Indonesia di Ottawa dan Montreal silih berganti tampil di panggung hiburan. Para pengunjung juga menikmati sajian peragaan busana hijab, batik dan sulam.

“Indonesia adalah satu-satunya negara yang menyelenggarakan acara di Paviliun Aberdeen, yang berukuran 5 kali lebih besar daripada Horticulture dan sangat bersejarah bagi dunia bisnis Ottawa,” tutur Wali Kota Watson.

“Kami mengapresiasi kerja keras KBRI dalam mempersiapkan acara ini. Dari puluhan acara sumbangan kedutaan Besar asing, Indofest adalah yang terbesar selama Ottawa Welcomes the World,” Watson menambahkan.

OWTW adalah rangkaian kegiatan selama setahun penuh di Ottawa untuk memperingati 150 tahun terbentuknya Konfederasi Kanada. Tidak kurang dari 70 kedutaan berpartisipasi pada OWTW memamerkan kesenian negara masing-masing di gedung Horticulture.

Meja-meja bazar makanan pun mengundang antrean. Ada sate ayam, sate Padang, nasi krawu, mi Ayam, Gado Gado, dan rendang dan aneka kue tradisional Nusantara.

“Semua makanan kok kayaknya enak sekali,” kata Monica Musper. Ottawa yang datang bersama suami  dan anaknya. Pada akhir 1970an, Monica sempat bersekolah di SD dan SMP Negeri di Balikpapan, Kalimantan Timur dan sampai saat ini masih fasih berbahasa Indonesia dan lancar menyanyikan lagu Indonesia Raya.

Kegembiraan tidak hanya dirasakan oleh para pengunjung. Banyak perusahaan eksportir peserta pameran yang menemukan mitra bisnisnya, para importir Kanada. “Alhamdulillah.. kami mendapat order lumayan,” kata Byip Mohsen, pengusaha furnitur asal Solo.

Pemkab Humbang Hasundutan pun mensyukuri partisipasinya dalam Indofest 2017. Selain berhasil mendapatkan order produk kain jumputan organik dan menarik minat investor kopi, “Kami juga memperoleh komitmen bea siswa untuk siswa Humbahas dari Universitas Ottawa,” kata Lydia Panjaitan, istri Bupati Humbahas yang memimpin delegasi daerahnya.

Sedangkan para pemilik stan bazar kuliner tertawa sumringah, karena seluruh makanan yang dijajakan ludes disantap pengunjung.

“Semua rasa capek, tuntas terbayar hehehe,” canda Budi Mulyono, salah satu diaspora Indonesia yang membuka meja sate ayam dan rendang. Sebanyak 7000 tusuk sate ayam dan 35 kilogram daging rendang yang disiapkan Budi ludes tak tersisa.  Omset bazar diperkirakan mencapai sekitar CA$ 30 ribu (sekitar Rp 300 juta).

Bagi Wakil Dubes Indonesia untuk Kanada Suwartini, keberhasilan Indofest 2017 ini baru merupakan sebuah awal. “Pemerintah telah mencoba melakukan berbagai terobosan, sekarang giliran para pengusaha untuk segera menindaklanjuti kesepakatan yang telah dijalin dengan mitranya,” kata Suwartini.

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Ketika KBRI Ottawa Promosi Wisata di Pusat Lansia Kanada

KBRI Ottawa promosi pariwisata di rumah lansia Kanada (dok KBRI Ottawa)

Ottawa - Strategi promosi pariwisata Kedutaan Besar Republik Indonesia di Ottawa menyasar segmen baru. Bukan lagi anak muda, tapi para orang lanjut usia.

Lewat press release yang diterima detikTravel dari KBRI Ottawa, Jumat (26/5/2017) perwakilan Indonesia di Ibukota Kanada itu mempresentasikan keindahan Indonesia kepada para lansia di Good Companions Senior’s Center pada Rabu lalu (24/5).

Selama sekitar satu jam, lebih dari 70 lansia menikmati film-film yang menceritakan keindahan pariwisata, tarian dan jajanan tradisional Indonesia.

Wajah-wajah sepuh itu tampak ceria ketika diajak bersama-sama melenggokkan tangan dan melentikkan jari menarikan Tortor. Meskipun sebagian besar melakukannya sambil duduk di atas kursi masing, senyum mereka terus mengembang. Tak henti-hentinya mereka memuji kelezatan dadar gulung dan kue lumpur yang disajikan Tim KBRI.

Sebagian di antara para lansia mengaku pernah berkunjung ke Indonesia, sekitar 15 atau 20 tahun silam. Deborah, nenek 85 tahun dengan 5 cucu, secara khusus menyampaikan kepada Wakil Duta Besar, Ibu Suwarni Wirta.

“Bali sangat cantik, I love it,” ujar Deborah.

Kepada para lansia, Duta Besar Indonesia untuk Kanada Dr Teuku Faizasyah menyatakan bahwa kegiatan KBRI Ottawa di Good Companions ini adalah untuk memperingati bulan lansia di Indonesia.

“Dalam kesempatan yang istimewa ini, kami ingin berbagi kebahagian bersama para lansia seraya mengapresiasi sumbangsih yang telah diberikan,” kata Dubes Faizasyah.

Bagi Good Companions, kegiatan KBRI ini adalah kunjungan pertama perwakilan asing ke lembaga itu sejak didirikan pada 1955.

“Seingat saya ini kali pertama ada kedutaan asing menemui para lansia di Ottawa dan sekitarnya. Terima kasih banyak,” kata Direktur Eksekutif Good Companions, Monique Romas.

Dengan total penduduk sekitar 35,6 juta jiwa, jumlah lansia (umur di atas 65 tahun) di Kanada mencapai 5,7 juta jiwa dengan pertumbuhan hingga 3,5% per tahun.

Para lansia di Kanada menikmati pensiun dan berbagai fasilitas dari pemerintah, sehingga memiliki kecukupan dana untuk berwisata. Selain itu, para lansia juga memiliki peran strategis untuk lebih menyebarkan informasi pariwisata.

“Diharapkan para lansia nanti akan menceritakan keindahan Indonesia kepada anak-anak dan cucu-cucu mereka,” pungkas Faizasyah. (krn/rdy)

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Indonesia’s Maritime Resources Statistics

Indonesia's coral reef source: pinterest

Indonesia has a total of 99,093 kilometers of coastline.

Indonesia has a total of 13,466 islands, and home of 14 percent of the world’s coral reef and also home of 27 percent of the world’s mangrove forests.

In terms of fishery, Indonesia controls 25 percent of the world’s fish population and is included as a country with the mega marine biodiversity with its 8,500 species of fish, 555 species of seaweed, and 950 species of coral reef.

Source: LIPI

Govt Streamlines Regulations to Cut Dwell Times to 2.5 Days

Efficient cargo handling -- Freight is unloaded at a cargo terminal at Kalibaru Port, Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta, on Sept.13. (Antara/Widodo S. Jusuf)

The government is streamlining 14 pre-clearance regulations in a bid to cut Indonesia’s port dwell times to 2.5 days as targeted by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, a minister has said.

Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said state port operator Pelindo had managed to cut port dwell times to 3.2 days from 5.7 days. However, he said, the government expected a dwell time below 2.5 days to raise the country’s competitiveness against its peer countries.

The minister further said most of the problems in port dwell times occurred because there were too many regulations and a long pre-clearance process. Of a total of 74 pre-clearance regulations, the government managed to shift 60 of them online.

“The remaining 14 regulations are being examined. We’re aiming for the pre-clearance process to take only one day while customs clearance and post-clearance processes will take only half a day and one day respectively,” Budi said during a discussion in Jakarta on Monday.

According to Transportation Ministry data, currently it takes 1.6 days to complete the pre-clearance process while the customs clearance takes half a day and 1.25 days for post clearance.

Budi said the government also urged Pelindo to team up with the private sector in its efforts to cut port dwell times so that Indonesia could compete with peer countries. It was long dwell times that hindered Indonesia’s competitiveness, he stressed.

“We also want to cut transshipment costs and limit transshipment times to only three days,” Budi said.

Transshipment is the shipment process of goods or containers to an intermediate destination, before they are delivered to their final destination. (ebf)

Source: Jakarta Post

Link: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/10/10/govt-streamlines-regulations-to-cut-dwell-times-to-2-5-days.html

Tender Opportunity

Pendaftaran Partisipasi Pada Bazaar Kuliner/Kerajinan Tangan Indonesian Festival 2016 (22-23 Mei 2016)

KETENTUAN UMUM DAN TATA TERTIB BAZAAR KULINER/KERAJINAN TANGAN

  1. Peserta bazaar adalah individu dan/atau badan hukum yang terdaftar secara resmi pada Pemerintah Kanada. Pendaftaran bersifat first come first served basis dan diutamakan untuk masyarakat dan Diaspora Indonesia di Ottawa dan sekitarnya.
  2. Peserta bazaar tidak dikenakan biaya. Setiap peserta akan memperoleh fasilitas berupa:
    1. Tenda (3×3 meter)
    2. Meja (2 buah)
    3. Kursi (2 buah)
    4. Power cable/outlet listrik (1 buah)
  3. Vendor dapat menjual produk makanan/minuman/kerajinan tangan khas Indonesia.
  4. Peserta bazaar yang telah terlebih dahulu mendaftar memiliki kesempatan untuk memilih produk yang dijual. Peserta bazaar yang mendaftar kemudian tidak dapat menjual makanan dan/atau minuman yang telah dipilih oleh peserta yang telah terlebih dahulu mendaftar. Hal ini untuk menjamin variasi produk yang dijual.
  5. Peserta bazaar hanya diperbolehkan menjual makanan, minuman, barang, dan jasa yang tidak terlarang dan memenuhi standar sesuai dengan ketentuan dan peraturan pemerintah setempat (lihat: Requirements for Food Vendors at Special Event ).
  6. Peserta diharapkan menjaga kebersihan dan kehigienisan penyiapan makanan dan/atau minuman sesuai ketentuan yang ditetapkan oleh Pemerintah setempat (Lampiran I). Peserta bazaar yang menjual makanan dan minuman wajib memperhatikan standar kesehatan (tidak basi atau kadaluarsa). Sisa makanan/minuman agar dibuang pada tempat yang disediakan. Peserta diwajibkan menggunakan sarung tangan plastik ketika menangani makanan/minuman.
  7. Setiap peserta wajib mengikuti pelatihan “Food Handler Training” yang diselenggarakan oleh Public Health Ottawa dengan biaya CAD$ 45.25 (termasuk pajak). Informasi lebih lanjut mengenai pelatihan ini akan disampaikan pada saat technical meeting.
  8. Masing-masing tenda wajib memiliki petugas yang secara khusus melayani transaksi jual beli. Panitia tidak bertanggung jawab atas kehilangan  dan/atau kerusakan yang terjadi di area pelaksanaan bazaar.
  9. Panitia memiliki hak untuk melakukan pemeriksaan sebelum, selama dan sesudah pelaksanaan acara terhadap kebersihan penyiapan, penyimpanan, dan penyajian dengan temperatur sesuai ketentuan pemerintah setempat.
  10. Peserta bazaar harus memperhitungkan kebutuhan daya listrik yang diperlukan dan tidak diperkenankan menggunakan peralatan listrik melebihi daya listrik yang disediakan (2500 watt/tenda) untuk menjaga keselamatan bersama.
  11. Peserta bazaar membawa maksimal 2 (dua) peralatan memasak (bagi penjualan makanan) seperti kompor, panci elektrik dll atau peralatan pendukung lainnya dengan total kapasitas 2500 watt guna menjaga ketersediaan listrik bagi seluruh peserta.
  12. Setiap tenda wajib membawa alat pemadam kebakaran portable guna menjaga keamanan dan keselamatan.
  13. Peserta diberi waktu untuk menyiapkan peralatan dan dekorasi tenda pada pagi hari pelaksanaan bazaar. Informasi mengenai waktu akan disampaikan kemudian.
  14. Peserta bazaar tidak diizinkan melakukan transaksi di luar tenda yang telah ditetapkan Panitia.
  15. Calon peserta bazaar wajib mengisi formulir pendaftaran yang disediakan dan mengembalikannya melalui email: lenawati@indonesia-ottawa.org atau lucie@indonesia-ottawa.org selambatnya 9 April 2016. Formulir bisa diunduh pada  halaman ini. Panitia hanya akan menindaklanjuti calon peserta yang telah mengembalikan formulir pendaftaran sesuai dengan ketersediaan tenda
  16. Peserta bazaar wajib mengikuti technical meeting pada tanggal 13 April 2016 pukul 17.00 bertempat di KBRI Ottawa. Keterangan lebih lanjut dapat menghubungi Ibu Lenawati hari Senin-Jumat 10.00-11.00 dan 14.00-17.00 melalui telepon 613-7241100 ext.303.
  17. Pembagian lokasi tenda akan dilakukan dengan cara pengundian yang dilaksanakan pada saat technical meeting. Hasil pengundian merupakan keputusan final yang tidak dapat diganggu gugat.
  18. Peserta bazaar yang mendaftar dianggap sudah mengetahui serta bersedia melaksanakan dan menerima konsekuensi dari seluruh Peraturan dan Tata Tertib di atas. Panitia berhak untuk menegur dan membatalkan keikutsertaan peserta bazaar yang tidak mengindahkan Peraturan dan Tata Tertib, termasuk dan tidak terbatas pada berbagai peraturan dan tata tertib yang disampaikan kemudian secara tertulis dan diketahui oleh seluruh peserta bazaar.
  19. Setiap peserta bazaar akan menandatangani kontrak partisipasi/surat pernyataan bazaar pada saat penyerahan formulir pendaftaran.

TIM PANITIA BAZAAR KULINER
INDONESIAN FESTIVAL 2016

Himbauan bagi WNI terkait Virus Zika

Kementerian Kesehatan RI memberikan pesan kepada masyarakat bahwa bagi Warga Negara Indonesia yang hendak berkunjung ke negara yang sedang mengalami Kejadian Luar Biasa (KLB) virus Zika, dianjurkan untuk menghindarkan diri dari gigitan nyamuk dengan cara memakai pakaian panjang dan tertutup, menggunakan obat oles anti nyamuk, dan tidur menggunakan kelambu atau dalam kamar dengan kawat kassa anti nyamuk. Sekiranya WNI mengalami gangguan kesehatan di negara KLB, agar segera memeriksakan diri ke dokter.

Wanita hamil dianjurkan sebaiknya tidak berkunjung ke negara yang sedang mengalami KLB penyakit virus Zika. Jika terpaksa harus melakukan perjalanan ke negara tersebut, hendaknya melakukan tindakan pencegahan dari gigitan nyamuk secara ketat.

Bagi siapa saja yang baru kembali dari negara yang sedang mengalami KLB penyakit virus Zika, diminta untuk memeriksakan kondisi kesehatannya dalam kurun waktu 14 hari setelah tiba di Indonesia.

Segera periksakan diri ke dokter apabila mengalami keluhan atau gejala demam, ruam kulit, nyeri sendi dan otot, sakit kepala dan mata merah. Kepada dokter pemeriksa agar disampaikan riwayat perjalanan, terutama dari negara sedang KLB penyakit virus Zika.

Kemenlu menghimbau WNI yang berada di negara yang sedang mengalami KLB penyakit virus Zika atau akan melakukan perjalanan ke negara dimaksud untuk memiliki nomor-nomor Perwakilan RI terdekat yang dapat dilihat pada website/portal: http://www.kemlu.go.id/id/kedutaan/default.aspx.

(Link dari Kementerian Kesehatan dapat diakses dari tautan berikut: http://www.depkes.go.id/article/view/16020300002/kementerian-kesehatan-keluarkan-travel-advisory-terkait-virus-zika.html)

Ketentuan Umum & Tata Tertib Bazar Kuliner/Kerajinan Tangan Indonesian Festival 2015

  1. Peserta bazaar adalah individu atau badan hukum yang terdaftar secara resmi pada Pemerintah Kanada. Pendaftaran bersifat first come first served basis dan diutamakan diutamakan untuk masyarakat dan Diaspora Indonesia di Ottawa dan sekitarnya.
  2. Peserta bazaar akan dikenakan biaya pengadaan kelengkapan bazaar sebesar C$50 (lima puluh dollar Kanada) per 1 (satu) unit stall untuk produk makanan/minuman/kerajinan tangan. Biaya keikutsertaan ini dibayarkan kepada panitia selambatnya pada saat penyelenggaraan technical meeting. Satu stall dapat diisi oleh 2 (dua) vendor.
  3. Peserta bazaar hanya diperbolehkan menjual makanan, minuman, barang, dan jasa yang tidak terlarang dan memenuhi standar sesuai dengan ketentuan dan peraturan pemerintah setempat (Lampiran I: Requirements for Food Vendors at Special Event).
  4. Peserta bazaar yang telah disetujui Panita akan disediakan 1 (satu) unit stall dengan ukuran lebih 2,4 x 4,5 meter untuk 2 vendor. Stall akan dilengkapi dengan 2 (dua) meja, 4 (empat) kursi dan outlet listrik.
  5. Peserta diharapkan menjaga kebersihan dan kehigienisan penyiapan makanan dan/atau minuman sesuai ketentuan yang ditetapkan oleh Pemerintah setempat (Lampiran I). Peserta bazaar yang menjual makanan dan minuman harus memperhatikan standar kesehatan (tidak basi atau kadaluarsa). Sisa makanan/minuman agar dibuang pada tempat yang disediakan. Peserta diwajibkan menggunakan sarung tangan plastik.
  6. Peserta bazaar yang telah terlebih dahulu mendaftar memiliki kesempatan untuk memilih produk yang dijual. Peserta bazaar yang mendaftar kemudian tidak dapat menjual makanan dan/atau minuman yang telah dipilih oleh peserta yang telah terlebih dahulu mendaftar. Hal ini untuk menjamin adanya variasi produk yang dijual pada saat berlangsungnya acara.
  7. Masing-masing stall wajib memiliki petugas yang secara khusus melayani transaksi jual beli dan menjaga keamanan kas dari masing-masing stall. Panitia tidak bertanggung jawab atas kehilangan yang terjadi di area pelaksanaan bazaar.
  8. Panitia memiliki hak untuk melakukan pemeriksaan sebelum, saat dan sesudah pelaksanaan acara terhadap berbagai elemen seperti kebersihan, higienis penyiapan dan penyajian serta temperatur makanan yang sesuai dengan ketentuan pemerintah setempat.
  9. Peserta bazaar harus memperhitungkan kebutuhan daya listrik yang diperlukan dan tidak diperkenankan menggunakan peralatan listrik melebihi daya listrik yang disediakan (2500 watt/stall) untuk menjaga keselamatan bersama.
  10. Peserta bazaar membawa maksimal 2 (dua) peralatan memasak (bagi penjualan makanan) seperti kompor, panic elektrik dll atau peralatan pendukung lainnya dengan total kapasitas 2500 watt guna menjaga ketersediaan listrik bagi seluruh peserta.
  11. Peserta bazaar pada tenda penhyakan makanan tidak diperkenan memnnawa peralatan memasak dengan menggunakan bahan bakar gas/open flame, kecuali alat pemanas makanan dengan food warmer/sterno.
  12. Setiap stall membawa alat pemadam kebakaran portable guna menjaga keamanan dan keselamatan.
  13. Peserta bazaar hanya diberi waktu untuk menyiapkan stall 1 (satu) hari sebelum penyelenggaraan Indonesian Festival atau tanggal 12 Juni 2015. Sedangkan untuk memasukkan keperluan lainnya diperkenankan pada hari pelaksanaan dari pukul 05.00 sampai pukul 09.00. Stall berikut perlengkapannya harus sudah siap jam 09.30 untuk pelaksanaan inspeksi oleh Panitia.
  14. Peserta bazaar tidak diijinkan melakukan transaksi di luar stall yang telah ditetapkan Panitia.
  15. Setelah mendapat persetujuan panitia,Peserta bazaar meninggalkan stall dalam keadaan bersih paling lambat pukul 18.00 setelah mendapat persetujuan Panitia.
  16. Calon peserta bazaar wajib mengisi formulir pendaftaran yang disediakan dan mengembalikannya melalui email: r.astari@indonesia-ottawa.org atau ninik@indonesia-ottawa.org Formulir bisa didapatkan secara online di website http://www.indonesia-ottawa.org/ atau laman Facebook KBRI Ottawa. Panitia hanya akan menindaklanjuti calon peserta yang telah mengembalikan formulir pendaftaran sesuai dengan ketersediaan stall.
  17. Peserta bazaar wajib mengikuti technical meeting pada tanggal 10 Juni 2015 pukul 17.00 bertempat di KBRI Ottawa. Pembayaran dan keterangan lebih lanjut dapat menghubungi Ibu Ninik hari Senin-Jumat 10.00-11.00 dan 14.00-17.00 melalui telepon 613-7241100 ext.171.
  18. Pembagian stall akan dilakukan dengan cara pengundian yang dilaksanakan pada saat technical meeting. Hasil pengundian merupakan keputusan final yang tidak dapat diganggu gugat.
  19. Peserta bazaar yang mendaftar dianggap sudah mengetahui dan bersedia melaksanakan serta menerima konsekwensi dari semua Peraturan dan Tata Tertib tersebut diatas. Panitia berhak untuk menegur dan membatalkan keikutsertaan peserta bazaar (tanpa pengembalian biaya pendaftaran stall yang telah dibayarkan) bagi peserta bazaar yang tidak mengindahkan Peraturan dan Tata Tertib diatas, termasuk dan tidak terbatas pada berbagai peraturan dan tata tertib yang disampaikan kemudian secara tertulis dan diketahui oleh seluruh peserta bazaar.
  20. Setiap peserta bazaar akan menandatangani kontrak partisipasi/surat pernyataan bazaar pada saat penyerahan formulir pendaftaran dan pembayaran pendaftaran stall.
  21. Pendaftaran ditutup tanggal 5 Juni 2015

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Penyerahan Surat-Surat Kepercayaan Duta Besar Republik Indonesia kepada Gubernur Jenderal Kanada

Penyerahan Surat-Surat Kepercayaan oleh Duta Besar Republik Indonesia, Dr. Teuku Faizasyah kepada Gubernur Jenderal Kanada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston

Duta Besar Republik Indonesia, Dr. Teuku Faizasyah telah menyerahkan Surat-Surat Kepercayaan (Letters of Credence and Recall) kepada Gubernur Jenderal Kanada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston. Upacara penyerahan Surat-Surat Kepercayaan tersebut dilaksanakan di Kediaman Gubernur Jenderal “Rideau Hall”, Ottawa, tanggal 18 November 2014.

Dalam sambutannya saat upacara penyerahan Surat-Surat Kepercayaan, Gubernur Jenderal Kanada menyampaikan bahwa Indonesia merupakan mitra penting Kanada di kawasan Asia Tenggara. Hubungan kedua negara, khususnya perdagangan dan people-to-people, telah berjalan dengan baik.

Pada kesempatan pertemuan yang juga dihadiri oleh Direktur Jenderal Trade and Diplomacy, South and Southeast Asia and Oceania Relations Kemlu Kanada, Peter MacArthur, Duta Besar RI telah menyampaikan salam hangat Presiden RI, Bapak Joko Widodo, kepada Gubernur Jenderal Kanada, serta Pemerintah Kanada. Duta Besar RI menyampaikan kegembiraan bahwa hubungan bilateral kedua negara terus meningkat dan diyakini masih terdapat ruang untuk perkuatan kerjasama bilateral di berbagai bidang, termasuk di bidang ekonomi. Selain itu, telah pula disampaikan beberapa agenda prioritas Pemerintah Indonesia di bawah Presiden Joko Widodo yang kiranya dapat semakin didorong dengan pihak Kanada, utamanya di sektor perdagangan menuju keseimbangan nilai perdagangan kedua negara dan kerjasama di bidang kemaritiman.

Sebagai rangkaian acara penyerahan Surat-Surat Kepercayaan, Duta Besar RI dan rombongan KBRI Ottawa serta KJRI Toronto diajak berfoto bersama dengan Gubernur Jenderal Kanada dan berkeliling Rideau Hall.

Duta Besar RI dan Gubernur Jenderal Kanada beserta Konjen RI Toronto dan staf KBRI Ottawa

Selain Indonesia, Gubernur Jenderal Kanada juga menerima Surat-Surat Kepercayaan dari Duta Besar Hongaria, Yunani, Bahrain, dan Mauritania.  (NM-KBRI Ottawa)

KBRI Ottawa Dan PPLN Perwakilan RI Ottawa Lanjutkan Sosialisasi Terpadu Di Kota Kingston, Provinsi Ontario

Sebagai komitmen dan keberpihakan dalam rangka pelayanan/perlindungan terhadap masyarakat Indonesia yang tinggal di berbagai wilayah di Kanada, KBRI Ottawa dan Panitia Pemilihan Luar Negeri (PPLN) Perwakilan RI Ottawa mengadakan Sosialisasi Terpadu kepada masyarakat Indonesia di kota Kingston, Provinsi Ontario, pada hari Minggu, 20 Oktober 2013.

Materi yang disampaikan pada Sosialisasi Terpadu tersebut adalah Kekonsuleran-Keimigrasian, Hasil Kongres Diaspora Indonesia II (KDI II), Forum Konsultasi Bilateral III, KTT APEC tahun 2013 dan Pemilu 2014. Sosialisasi Terpadu ini dibuka secara resmi oleh Wakeppri mewakili Duta Besar RI.

Peserta yang hadir mengikuti dengan seksama setiap materi presentasi yang disampaikan oleh KBRI Ottawa dan PPLN Perwakilan RI Ottawa. Pada sesi tanya jawab, peserta mengangkat isu mengenai proses pendaftaran anak berkewarganegaraan ganda, waktu pemberlakukan kewarganegaraan ganda bagi masyarakat Indonesia di luar negeri (tidak hanya diterapkan bagi anak-anak), biaya fiskal bagi WNI yang akan ke luar negeri, calon legislatif dan pasangan Presiden-Wakil Presiden yang akan dipilih pada Pemilu 2014.

Sosialisasi Terpadu di Kingston ditutup dengan foto bersama dan ramah tamah. Peserta Sosialisasi sangat menyambut baik acara Sosialisasi ini yang bermanfaat untuk membina tali silaturahmi dan menambah pengetahuan mengenai perkembangan di tanah air.

KBRI Ottawa dan PPLN Perwakilan RI Ottawa dalam waktu dekat akan mengadakan acara yang sama di beberapa kota lainnya di wilayah kerja kekonsuleran KBRI Ottawa, diantaranya adalah Quebec City, Provinsi Quebec. (FMS-DES, KBRI Ottawa).

Kerja Sama dalam Penanganan Kejahatan Trans-nasional telah Memperkuat Jalinan hubungan Bilateral Indonesia dan Kanada di Tahun 2013

Pada tanggal 23 Agustus 2013, Menteri Luar Negeri Republik Indonesia, Marty Natalegawa, memimpin Delegasi RI dalam Forum Konsultasi Bilateral (FKB) RI-Kanada ke-3 di Ottawa, Kanada. Sebelum pertemuan tersebut, Menlu RI melakukan kunjungan kehormatan kepada Gubernur Jenderal Kanada, the Right Honourable David Johnston. Pertemuan dimanfaatkan untuk bertukar pikiran mengenai isu-isu pendidikan, lingkungan, dan ekonomi.

Kunjungan kehormatan Menteri Luar Negeri RI kepada Gubernur Jenderal Kanada, Mr. David Llyod Johnston, 23 Agustus 2013

Seusai FKB RI-Kanada yang dipimpin oleh Menlu RI dan Menlu Kanada, John Baird, kedua Menteri Luar Negeri menyaksikan penandatanganan memorandum saling pengertian di bidang Penanggulangan Terorisme yang dilakukan di Ottawa, Kanada oleh Deputi BNPT, Dubes Harry Purwanto dengan Assistant Deputy Minister/Chief Trade Commissioner Departemen Luar Negeri, Perdagangan dan Pembangunan Kanada (DFATD), Mr. Peter McGovern.

Penandatanganan Memorandum Saling Pengertian di bidang Penanggulangan Terorisme oleh Deputi BNPT, Dubes Harry Purwanto dengan Assistant Deputy Minister/Chief Trade Commissioner Departemen Luar Negeri, Perdagangan dan Pembangunan Kanada (DFATD), Mr. Peter McGovern, Ottawa, Kanada, 23 Agustus 2013

Penandatanganan memorandum kerjasama tersebut telah menjadi catatan sejarah dalam hubungan kerja sama RI-Kanada yang telah memasuki usia 61 tahun, sekaligus capaian penting dalam rangkaian kunjungan Menlu RI yang menghadiri Pertemuan tingkat Menteri Forum Konsultasi Bilateral RI-Kanada ke-3, yang dilangsungkan di Ottawa, tanggal 22-23 Agustus 2013.

Pada pertemuan tersebut, kedua Menteri Luar Negeri berkesempatan membahas mengenai upaya-upaya yang selama ini dilakukan dan menggali peluang untuk mengoptimalkan hubungan bilateral kedua Negara di masa depan, khususnya di bidang yang menjadi kepentingan bersama, antara lain promosi perdagangan dan investasi, penanggulangan kejahatan transnasional dan counter-terrorism, hukum dan HAM, pendidikan, penerbangan, peternakan, pertanian dan kehutanan, serta sosial budaya. Selain isu bilateral juga telah dibicarakan isu-isu regional dan global yang menjadi perhatian Indonesia dan Kanada.

Pertemuan tingkat Pejabat Tinggi, Delri dipimpin oleh Dirjen Amerika dan Eropa, Dubes Dian Triansyah Djani, dan mitra dari Kanada dipimpin oleh Assistant Deputy Minister/Chief Trade Commissioner, Mr. Peter McGovern

Sebagai rangkaian Pertemuan FKB RI-Kanada ke-3 tersebut, sebelumnya pada tanggal 22-Agustus 2013, telah dilangsungkan Pertemuan tingkat Pejabat Tinggi, Dialog HAM, dan Forum Ekonomi. Pada Pertemuan tingkat Pejabat Tinggi, Delri dipimpin oleh Dirjen Amerika dan Eropa, Dubes Dian Triansyah Djani, dan mitra dari Kanada dipimpin oleh Assistant Deputy Minister/Chief Trade Commissioner, Mr. Peter McGovern. Pertemuan telah membahas laporan hasil Dialog HAM dan Forum Ekonomi, serta menggali secara melakukan review dan penataan kerjasama di masa depan, maupun pembahasan isu-isu regional dan global.

Pelaksanaan Dialog HAM RI-Kanada, bertukar pandangan dan pengalaman terkait isu kerja sama HAM multilateral dan regional, hak kaum minoritas, kebebasan berekspresi, dan perlindungan HAM wanita dan anak-anak

Pelaksanaan Dialog HAM RI-Kanada, mencerminkan bentuk kematangan dalam hubungan RI-Kanada yang menjadi forum bertukar pandangan dan pengalaman terkait isu kerja sama HAM multilateral dan regional, hak kaum minoritas, kebebasan berekspresi, dan perlindungan HAM wanita dan anak-anak, Kanada juga mengakui bahwa Indonesia adalah salah satu mitra kunci dalam penanganan isu HAM di kawasan maupun di fora internasional.

Forum Ekonomi membahas peningkatan kerja sama Indonesia dan Kanada di bidang perdagangan dan investasi

Sementara itu, Forum Ekonomi telah dimanfaatkan untuk meningkatkan kerja sama Indonesia dan Kanada di bidang perdagangan dan investasi. Isu-isu utama yang menjadi perhatian bersama juga merupakan isu-isu yang menjadi kepentingan Indonesia dalam hubungannya dengan Kanada khususnya dengan memanfaatkan besarnya kapasitas Kanada dalam bantuan luar negeri dan perdagangan internasional, antara lain Master Plan Percepatan dan Perluasan Pembangunan Ekonomi Indonesia (MP3EI), perdagangan bilateral, kerja sama investasi, kehutanan, ketenagakerjaan, pertanian, transportasi udara dan pariwisata.

Pada Pertemuan Bilateral Menlu RI dan Menlu Kanada tersebut, telah dibicarakan pula beberapa perkembangan di kawasan Asia Tenggara, ASEAN, partisipasi Kanada pada APEC Leaders Summit di Bali, Oktober 2013, dan PTM WTO, Desember 2013, serta partisipasi Kanada pada Bali Democracy Forum, di Bali, tanggal 7-8 November 2013.

Pada akhir Pertemuan, Kedua Menteri Luar Negeri menyepakati untuk mengeluarkan Pernyataan Bersama yang isinya merefleksikan intensitas hubungan kedua Negara dan memberikan pedoman arah kerjasama di masa depan. Pernyataan Bersama tersebut antara lain berisikan pengakuan dan dukungan terhadap kedaulatan dan integritas wilayah; komitmen peningkatan kerja sama perdagangan dan investasi, antara lain melalui peningkatan hubungan commercial dialogue, yang membahas isu-isu kerja sama pertanian, kehutanan, tenaga kerja, sumber daya alam, dan perhubungan udara; serta keinginan meningkatkan hubungan antar rakyat kedua negara (people-to-people).

Sebagai catatan, Indonesia adalah salah satu negara dari dua puluh negara yang menjadi fokus mitra kerja sama Kanada di dunia dan merupakan negara tujuan investasi Kanada terbesar di Asia Tenggara. Nilai investasi Kanada di Indonesia mencapai USD 8,5 juta (2012), naik sekitar 380 persen dari investasi tahun 2011 yang mencapai USD 2,2 juta. Sementara itu, pada tahun 2012, perdagangan mencapai USD 2,6 miliar.

FKB RI-Kanada dilahirkan melalui kesepakatan bersama bagi pelaksanaan Forum Konsultasi Bilateral (FKB) pada tahun 1997. Sejak saat itu, kedua pihak telah melaksanakan 2 (dua) kali FKB pada tingkat pejabat tinggi (SOM), yaitu FKB ke-1 di Ottawa pada bulan Mei 2011 dan FKB ke-2 di Yogyakarta pada tahun 2012.

Ottawa, 23 Agustus 2013

Press Release: Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol (ICNP 1)

Montreal, 6-10 June 2011

The first meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol (ICNP 1) was held in Montreal, 6-10 June 2011. The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Fernando Casas (Columbia) and Mrs. Janet Lowe (New Zealand), and attended by delegations of State Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity/CBD, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, the industrial community, academics, and the Indigenous and Local Communities (ILCs). The Indonesian Delegation was led by the Deputy of Environmental Deterioration Control & Climate Change, Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Indonesia.

ICNP was formed by the decision no.  X/I paragraph 7 of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) CBD. The ICNP-1 was intended to prepare items that will be discussed at the First Meeting of the Parties (MOP 1) of the Nagoya Protocol. The ICNP 1 includes four agenda items which are a) Modality for the establishment of the Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Clearing House, b) Efforts for capacity building c) Efforts for awareness raising, and efforts to support compliance.

The ICNP-1 is the first meeting after the 10th Meeting of COP 10 CBD in Nagoya, Japan, October 2010, which has successfully adopted the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

As one of the countries blessed with the world’s biggest biological diversity, Indonesia recognizes the importance of the Nagoya Protocol. In this regard, Indonesia has signed the Nagoya Protocol on 11 May, 2011.

Embassy of Indonesia in Ottawa

Bali Democracy Forum III

I INTRODUCTION

  1. The need for democratization is deeply felt by many countries, as we pursue the democratic ideal: democracy at the level of the United Nations, democracy at the regional level, and democracy within the nation. While we have heard many commitments to this end, the fact remains that there is a need for greater effort in international cooperation to strengthen democratic institutions at all levels. In the Asian region, such international cooperation is even more urgent given the stark differences in political development among countries in the region.
  2. To this day Indonesia continues to nurture its young democracy and seeing to it that democracy takes root-not only by holding free elections, but also by working hard to provide good governance, to sustain a system of checks and balances among the three branches of government, and to strengthen the roles of the mass media and civil society in our national life. During the past ten years of reform, we have accumulated much experience. And we are also keen to learn from the experience of others.
  3. Indonesia views that it is inevitable to establish a regional forum on democracy which will contribute to the enlargement and intensification of dialogue as well as the growth of mutual understanding and appreciation among the nations of the region. In the long run, the forum will hopefully contribute to the cause of world peace and stability.

II THE BALI DEMOCRACY FORUM I, 2008

  1. Indonesia has launched the first Bali Democracy Forum on 10 – 11 December 2008 in Bali with Australia as the Co-Chair. The theme of the 2008′s BDF was “Building and Consolidating Democracy: A Strategic Agenda for Asia“. The forum was attended by four (4) Head of States/Government, namely the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam, the Prime Minister of Australia, the Prime Minister of Timor Leste and the President of the Republic of Indonesia. Also attending were thirty two (32) participating countries from the Asian region and 8 observers.
  2. The first Bali Democracy Forum produced a Chairman’s Statement, which states among others:
    1. Democracy is an on-going process. It is best served when it enhances people’s political participation.
    2. The best way to consolidate democracy is by strengthening its institutions and by subordinating everyone to the supremacy of law.
    3. Democracy is a key element in the promotion of peace and stability in the region.
    4. There is a need for countries in Asia to promote greater political cooperation.
    5. There is a need to search for political and economic format and governance in order to promote economic development and democracy that fits to the socio-economic conditions of respective countries in the region
  3. The first Bali Democracy Forum agreed that the forum should be based on an agreed common goals and objectives, strategies and principles as well as priority areas for cooperation, as follows:

Goals and Objectives

  1. To place democracy as a strategic agenda in regional discourse in Asia;
  2. To forge closer understanding and cooperation amongst participating countries of the Bali Democracy Forum;
  3. To establish a regional cooperation forum that promotes political development, through dialogue and sharing of experience and aimed at strengthening democratic institutions and national capacities;
  4. To initiate a learning and sharing process among countries in Asia as a strategy towards the maintenance of peace, stability, and prosperity in the region and beyond;
  5. To initiate and build a platform for mutual support and cooperation in the field of democracy and political development;
  6. To function as a resource base and information center for research and study as well as a pool of expertise in the various sectors relevant to democracy;

Principles

  1. An inter-governmental forum and not an organization;
  2. An inclusive inter-governmental forum – open to all countries in the region, democracies and those aspiring to be more democratic;
  3. An Indonesian initiative to garner a sense of shared-ownership among participating countries;
  4. Based on equality, mutual respect, and tolerance, mutual understanding, and mutual benefits;

Strategies

  1. Conduct annual high-level forum of foreign ministers or other ministers and prominent figures;
  2. Endorse the important role of the Institute for Peace and Democracy as the implementing arm of the Bali Democracy Forum to conduct technical seminars/workshops, research, studies, trainings and joints missions for senior government officers and experts to share ideas and experiences;
  3. Gain support from governments and other partner outside the region;
  4. Establish networks with relevant regional and international organizations, including NGOs and the media;

Areas of Priority

  1. Strengthening and developing electoral process;
  2. Enhancing and the role of political parties;\
  3. Upholding the rule of law and strengthening judicial integrity and capacity;
  4. Developing and Maintaining check-and-balances among the main branches of Governments;
  5. Promoting good governance (transparency an accountability);
  6. Promoting democracy and socio-economic development, including national and regional economic resilience;
  7. Ensuring access to basic public information;
  8. Ensuring access to basic public needs;
  9. Fostering the role of women and gender equity;
  10. Ensuring freedom of religion and upholding religious tolerance;
  11. Nurturing a culture of democracy, peace and harmony;
  12. Fostering the participation of civil society and youth;
  13. Promoting the role of mass media in democratic society;
  14. Utilizing information technology to promote political communication.

III BALI DEMOCRACY FORUM II, 2009

  1. The first Bali Democracy Forum in 2008 has placed democracy as a strategic agenda in the Asian region. Therefore, it was timely to hold a second Bali Democracy Forum which was held on 10 – 11 December 2009 in Nusa Dua, Bali with Japan as Co-Chair. The forum was attended by four (4) Heads of State/Government, namely the President of the Republic of Indonesia, the Sultan of Brunei, the Prime Minister of Japan, and the Prime Minister of Timor Leste. Also present were thirty five (35) countries from across Asia and thirteen (13) observing countries from the American and European regions.
  2. The general theme of the second Bali Democracy Forum was “Promoting Synergy between Democracy and Development in Asia: Prospects for Regional Cooperation“. The second Bali Democracy Forum also introduced two interactive sessions among Ministers. The themes of these sessions are:
    1. Democracy and the Rule of Law“, and
    2. Democracy and Development in the Information Age“.
  3. The Chairman’s Statement of the second Bali Democracy Forum contains the following:
    1. Though Democracy and development are two different concepts but inter-twined, democracy and development are two processes that can strengthen one another.
    2. The Forum agreed to develop areas of priority for cooperation in democracy as a strategic agenda and to promote synergy between democracy and development in Asia and other forms of regional cooperation.
    3. The Forum underlined the need for collective efforts to intensify capacity building in the field of democracy and recognized the integral role of women in democracy.

IV BALI DEMOCRACY FORUM III, 2010

The Bali Democracy Forum III was held on 9-10 December 2010 in Bali, Indonesia with the main theme “Democracy and the Promotion of Peace and Stability“. 52 countries from the Asia Pacific region will be invited to the third Bali Democracy Forum, including 15 Heads of State/Government, and also 39 countries and international organizations as observers.

    Laporan Menteri Luar Negeri Republik Indonesia Pada Pembukaan BALI DEMOCRACY FORUM KE-3