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  • 20 October 2017
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Gov’t to Raise Veterans’ Monthly Allowance

President Jokowi attends the closing ceremony of the 11th Congress of the Legion of Veterans of the Republic of Indonesia 2017 at Borobudur Hotel, Jakarta, Thursday (19/10) (Photo by: Public Relations Division/Jay)

President Jokowi attends the closing ceremony of the 11th Congress of the Legion of Veterans of the Republic of Indonesia 2017 at Borobudur Hotel, Jakarta, Thursday (19/10) (Photo by: Public Relations Division/Jay)

As a token of appreciation for the struggles of veterans in this country, starting January 2018 the Government will increase monthly allowance for veterans by 25 percent.

In addition, through Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing, the Government will also renovate 765 veterans’ houses, and 400 houses will be renovated by Ministry of State-owned Enterprises.

  • 20 October 2017
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Indonesia Rises Tobacco Excise by an Average 10.04% Next Year

Minister of Finance answers reporters questions after attending a limited cabinet meeting at the Merdeka Palace on Thursday (19/10). (Photo by: Public Relations Division/Nia)

Minister of Finance answers reporters questions after attending a limited cabinet meeting at the Merdeka Palace on Thursday (19/10). (Photo by: Public Relations Division/Nia)

The Indonesian Government has decided to raise tobacco excise by an average of 10.04 percent starting 1 January 2018.

Speaking to reporters after a limited cabinet meeting led by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Thursday (19/10) at the Merdeka Place, Indonesian Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani Indrawati said that decision was made by considering public opinion, especially seen from health aspect and the urge to control cigarette consumption, as well as to prevent the circulationof illegal cigarettes.

  • 19 October 2017
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Indonesia, Qatar Agree to Boost Cooperation on Infrastructure, Tourism

President Jokowi in a joint press statement with Qatar’s EmirSyekhTamim bin Hamad Al Thani at Bogor Presidential Palace, in Bogor, West Java, Wednesday (18/10). (Photo by: Public Relations Division/Oji)

President Jokowi in a joint press statement with Qatar’s EmirSyekhTamim bin Hamad Al Thani at Bogor Presidential Palace, in Bogor, West Java, Wednesday (18/10). (Photo by: Public Relations Division/Oji)

President Joko “Jokowi” on Wednesday at the Bogor Presidential Palace received a state visit from Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. According to the President, the visit is of great significance because it marks the 41st anniversary of Indonesia and Qatar relations.

During the visit, Qatar’s Emir brought with him a large business delegation.“The visit of Emir Al Thani is also accompanied with a very large business delegation. His Highness Emir Al Thani and I discussed efforts to strengthen cooperation in infrastructure sector and tourism sector,” President Jokowi said in a joint press conference.

  • 18 October 2017
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President Jokowi Asks Village Funds be Supervised

President Jokowi leads a Limited Meeting on Village Funds at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, Wednesday (18/10). (Photo: PR/Anggun)

President Jokowi leads a Limited Meeting on Village Funds at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, Wednesday (18/10). (Photo: PR/Anggun)

After receiving the Emir of Qatar, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo presided over a Limited Meeting to discuss the optimization of the Village Funds at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, on Wednesday (18/10). In his introductory remarks, President Jokowi said that Indonesia has 74,958 villages and 8,430 hamlets which all need to be built.

“We want the economy in the villages to move no less quickly than those of in the cities. In 2015, we have given Rp20.76 trillion, Rp46.98 trillion and Rp60 trillion in 2016 and 2017 respectively. This is a substantial amount of money and we need to ensure that the fund is running optimally in the field,” the President said.

  • 18 October 2017
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Minister Retno Asserts President Jokowi’s Commitment to Promote “10 New Bali”

Foreign Affairs Minister Retno answers reporters’ questions at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, Wednesday (18/10). (Photo: PR/Oji)

Foreign Affairs Minister Retno answers reporters’ questions at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, Wednesday (18/10). (Photo: PR/Oji)

Emir of Qatar paid a reciprocal visit to Indonesia after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s visit to Qatar two years ago, and this is part of a series of his agenda to visit several Southeast Asian countries. This was conveyed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno LP Marsudi after accompanying President Jokowi to receive a state visit of Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, Wednesday (18/10).

“The talks with the President focused on economic cooperation. The President discussed two things in particular. The first is about infrastructure issues. The second is about tourism. Meanwhile, there has been a long-standing cooperation in the fields of gas and energy, but gas sector has been the focus. So the point is for infrastructure,” Minister Retno said.

  • 18 October 2017
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Gov’t Not Repressive in Issuance of Perppu on Mass Organizations, President Jokowi Says

President Jokowi delivers his remarks in Bandung, Tuesday (17/10).

President Jokowi delivers his remarks in Bandung, Tuesday (17/10).

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo dismissed the notion that the Government has been repressive by issuing a Government Regulation in lieu of Law (Perppu) on Mass Organization. According to the President, the issuance of the Perppu has been very democratic because there is still a possibility that it is not approved by the House of Representatives (DPR) or revoked by the Constitutional Court (MK).

“This Perppu will be proposed to the DPR. It can be approved or not. There are still opportunities. As for legal mechanism, you can file a judicial review to the Constitutional Court. We have the mechanism anyway,” the President said during a gathering with members of thePersatuan Islam (Persis) Muslim Group at PP Persis Bandung Mosque in Bandung, West Java, Tuesday (17/10).

  • 18 October 2017
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President Jokowi Hopes 2nd Stage of Mt. Sinabung Evacuees Relocation Can be Completed at Year End

President Jokowi visits Sinabung evacuees at Siosar Relocation Area, Karo Regency, North Sumatra, Saturday (14/10). (Photo by: Bureau of Translation and State Documents)

President Jokowi visits Sinabung evacuees at Siosar Relocation Area, Karo Regency, North Sumatra, Saturday (14/10). (Photo by: Bureau of Translation and State Documents)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo hopes that the relocation of 1,873 families affected by the eruption of Mount Sinabung in Karo Regency, North Sumatera Province, can be completed by the end of this year.

As for the remaining 1,080 families, the President hopes that the relocation process can be completed at the end of next year. “We hope that at the end of this year around 1,873 families can be relocated in 14 areas. As for the remaining families, – around 1,080 families – we hope the relocation will be completed at next year because Ministry of the Environment and Forestry has already designated the locations to be used for the relocations,” the President said to reporters after visiting an evacuation center for Sinabung evacuees inSiosar, around 17 kilometer from Kabanjahe, Karo Regency, North Sumatera, Saturday(14/10).

  • 18 October 2017
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Gov’t Continues Fight Against Corruption, Strengthening KPK: President Jokowi

President Jokowi with several ministers at the Merdeka Palace. (Photo by: JAY/Public Relations Division)

President Jokowi with several ministers at the Merdeka Palace. (Photo by: JAY/Public Relations Division)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo reiterated that the Government continues supporting efforts to fight corruption and to strengthen the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

“I think I do not have to repeatedly saythat we (the Government) support the strengthening of the KPK,” the President said in a special interview with state news agencyAntara to markthree years of Jokowi-JK Administration at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, Monday (16/10).

  • 17 October 2017
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President Jokowi Gives Grounds for Building Infrastructures

President Jokowi attends the 60th Anniversary of Diponegoro University at Diponegoro University Stadium, Semarang City, Central Java Province, Tuesday (17/10)

President Jokowi attends the 60th Anniversary of Diponegoro University at Diponegoro University Stadium, Semarang City, Central Java Province, Tuesday (17/10)

Logistics transportation in Indonesia costs 2.5 times as much as that of in Malaysia and Singapore. This means, in order to bring goods from one place to another, it costs 2-2.5 times more expensive. Consequently, goods sold in Indonesia are more expensive than those of other countries.

The statement was enunciated by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo when delivering his remarks at the 60th Anniversary of Diponegoro University at Diponegoro University Stadium, Semarang City, Central Java Province, Tuesday (17/10). “Why do we build infrastructures? The answer is we want our competitiveness to be better than other countries. Our global competitiveness needs to be improved, this year it jumped from 41 to 36 out of 137 countries,” the President said.

  • 16 October 2017
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Indonesia, Niger Sign Two MoUs

President Jokowi talks with President Niger Issoufou Mahamadou after a joint press conference at the Presidential Palace, Jakarta, Monday (16/10) afternoon. (Photo: OJI/PR)

President Jokowi talks with President Niger Issoufou Mahamadou after a joint press conference at the Presidential Palace, Jakarta, Monday (16/10) afternoon. (Photo: OJI/PR)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo considered that the visit of Niger’s President Issoufou Mahamadou to Indonesia is a very historical one. This is because President Issoufou is the first Niger President to visit Indonesia, after the two countries established diplomatic ties six years ago. “As [we are] two Muslim-majority countries, President Issoufou’s visit is important in our collective efforts to promote tolerant and moderate Islam which is rahmatan lil ‘alamin (blessing for the universe) and cooperation to promote Muslims both in Islamic cooperation organization and bilateral cooperation,” President Jokowi said in a press statement with Niger President Issoufou Mahamadou, at the Presidential Palace, Jakarta, Monday (16/10) afternoon.

The President asserted that Africa is one of Indonesia’s foreign policy priorities. To that end, the President considered that the intensity of cooperation with Niger becomes very important.