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  • 16 February 2017
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President Jokowi Receives Majlis Asy-Syura, Discusses Decline in RI-Saudi Arabia’s Trade

Deputi Foreign Affairs Minister A.M. Fachir and Minister of Religious Affairs Lukman Hakim Saefuddin after accompaying President Jokowi when received Chairman of the Majlis Asy-Syura of Saudi Arabia on Thursday (16/2), at the Presidential Office, Jakarta

Deputi Foreign Affairs Minister A.M. Fachir and Minister of Religious Affairs Lukman Hakim Saefuddin after accompaying President Jokowi when received Chairman of the Majlis Asy-Syura of Saudi Arabia on Thursday (16/2), at the Presidential Office, Jakarta

A meeting between Majlis Asy-Syura of Saudi Arabia led by its Chairman Dr. Abdullah bin Muhammad bin Ibrahim Al Sheikh and President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Thursday (16/2), at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, not only discussed King Salman’s plan to visit Indonesia, but also about the relations between the two countries, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.

“President Jokowi stated that parliaments of both countries are encouraged to cooperate and support the efforts made by both governments to enhance their relations and cooperations,” Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Abdurrahman Mohammad (AM) Fachir told the reporters after accompanying President Jokowi when received Majlis Asy-Syura of Saudi Arabia.

  • 16 February 2017
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President Jokowi Thanks KPU, Bawaslu, Polri, TNI for Safe and Smooth Regional Elections

President Jokowi delivers a press statement on 2017 Simultaneous Regional Elections at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, Thursday (16/2). (Photo by: Bureau of Press, Media and Information)

President Jokowi delivers a press statement on 2017 Simultaneous Regional Elections at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, Thursday (16/2). (Photo by: Bureau of Press, Media and Information)

President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo thanked the General Election Commission (KPU), the Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu), the Indonesian National Police (Polri), the Indonesian National Defense Forces (TNI), and all security apparatus who have worked hard so that the Simultaneous Regional Elections in 101 regions all over the country could proceed safely and smoothly.

  • 14 February 2017
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President Jokowi Launches 5,000 Metric Tons of Rice to Drought-hit Sri Lanka

President Jokowi witnessed the rice aid to be sent to Sri Lanka before the launching event in the Sunter’s Warehouse Region of the Jakarta Regional Division of the State Logistics Agency (Bulog), Kelapa Gading, Tuesday (14/2) morning. (Photo: JAY/PR)

President Jokowi witnessed the rice aid to be sent to Sri Lanka before the launching event in the Sunter’s Warehouse Region of the Jakarta Regional Division of the State Logistics Agency (Bulog), Kelapa Gading, Tuesday (14/2) morning. (Photo: JAY/PR)

President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo launched the dispatch of 5,000 metric tons of rice for the citizens of Sri Lanka, which is currently facing a food crisis due to ongoing drought. “Food aid is a direct request from the President of Sri Lanka His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena presented to me directly through the Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Jakarta,” President Jokowi said in his speech in the launching of the humanitarian aid at the Sunter’s Warehouse Region of the Jakarta Regional Division of the State Logistics Agency (Bulog), Kelapa Gading, Tuesday (14/2) morning.

President Jokowi admitted that he immediately responded to the requests of President of Sri Lanka since it was urgently needed. The President also asked the relevant ministers to immediately prepare for it, and today Alhamdulillah we can send the aids. “As best friends and one of the big countries in Asia, Indonesia is with Sri Lanka in the face of difficult situations,” the President said.

  • 14 February 2017
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Government to Distribute Affordable Rice and Sugar

The Government will start to use card to distribute affordable rice and sugar. At the first phase, the distribution will

President Jokowi responds to the journalists’ questions after sending off the rice donation to Sri Lanka, at Bulog Warehouse in Sunter, Kelapa Gading, Jakarta, on Tuesday (14/2) (Photo: JAY/PR)

President Jokowi responds to the journalists’ questions after sending off the rice donation to Sri Lanka, at Bulog Warehouse in Sunter, Kelapa Gading, Jakarta, on Tuesday (14/2) (Photo: JAY/PR)

be carried out on 23 February 2017 in 44 cities in Indonesia.

“I have checked the preparation. The rice, which name is Beras Kita, will be sold Rp8,500/kg and it is already packed in a 5 kg packet. Meanwhile, sugar, which name is Manis Kita, will be sold Rp12,500/kg,” President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo said when sending off rice donation for Sri Lanka, at Bulog Warehouse for Jakarta Region in Sunter, Kelapa Gading, on Tuesday (14/2).

  • 14 February 2017
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President Jokowi Asks Construction of Bitung SEZ to be Expedited

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani speaks with North Sulawesi Governor Olly Dondokambey before a Limited Meeting at the Presidential Office, Tuesday (14/2) afternoon. (Photo: PR/Rahmat)

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani speaks with North Sulawesi Governor Olly Dondokambey before a Limited Meeting at the Presidential Office, Tuesday (14/2) afternoon. (Photo: PR/Rahmat)

President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo said that North Sulawesi Province has enormous potential in marine and fisheries sectors, and is one of the contributing factors to make Indonesia as the world maritime fulcrum. To that end, President Jokowi requested that the development of the Port of Bitung which is currently being developed as a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) be accelerated so that Bitung could soon become the hub port as well as the entrance to the northern region of Indonesia. “I believe that with the development of the Bitung SEZ, it will be able to support efforts to move the economic wheel in North Sulawesi,” the President said in his introductory remarks at the Limited Meeting on Evaluation of the Implementation of the National Strategic Projects and Priority Programs of North Sulawesi Province, at the Presidential Office, Jakarta, Tuesday ( 14/2) afternoon.

The President believes that the development of the Bitung SEZ will be able to make a significant contribution to reducing poverty, unemployment, and inequality as well as improving the welfare of the people in North Sulawesi.

  • 14 February 2017
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President Jokowi Instructs Ministers, Heads of Institutions to Actively Monitor National Strategic Projects

President Jokowi, accompanied by Vice President Jusuf Kalla, leads a Limited Meeting on National Strategic Projects on Tuesday (14/2), at the Presidential Office, Jakarta

President Jokowi, accompanied by Vice President Jusuf Kalla, leads a Limited Meeting on National Strategic Projects on Tuesday (14/2), at the Presidential Office, Jakarta

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo asserted that the implementation of national strategic projects and priority programs around Indonesia must not only be carried on but also be controlled, checked, and monitored because implementation and supervision are the principles.

Therefore, President Jokowi instructed ministers and heads of institutions to continue monitoring whether the implementation of national strategic projects and priority programs in all provinces works as planned or not, as well as monitoring if there are any problem or obstacle in the implementation.

  • 13 February 2017
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Muhammadiyah Chairman: President Jokowi Asks Supreme Court Views

Chairman of Muhammadiyah Haedar Nasir after meeting with President Jokowi, Jakarta, Monday (13/2) afternoon. (Photo: PR/Jay)

Chairman of Muhammadiyah Haedar Nasir after meeting with President Jokowi, Jakarta, Monday (13/2) afternoon. (Photo: PR/Jay)

President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo is aware that there are many interpretations regarding the reactivation of Jakarta Governor Basuki ‘Ahok’ Tjahaja Purnama after completing his campaign leave in the face of gubernatorial election on Friday (10/2) and associated with his status as a defendant in a blasphemy case. “President Jokowi asked Minister of Home Affairs to ask the official views of the Supreme Court (MA),” Chairman of the Muhammadiyah Central Executive Haedar Nasir said after he and other Muhammadiyah leaders met with President Jokowi, at the State Palace, Jakarta, Monday (13/2) afternoon.

If there is already an official view from the Supreme Court, Haedar further explained, then we will carry it out. “So, I think this is the correct measure amid many interpretations regarding the activation – deactivation, then the best way is to ask for the MA views, not the views from the Indonesian Council of Ulama (MUI),” Haedar joked.

  • 13 February 2017
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President Jokowi Remains Neutral in Upcoming Simultaneous Regional Elections

President Jokowi receives the Chairman of Muhammadiyah at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, on Monday (13/2) afternoon

President Jokowi receives the Chairman of Muhammadiyah at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, on Monday (13/2) afternoon

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo asserted that he will remain neutral, objective, and not favor any candidates during the Simultaneous Regional Elections (Pilkada) of 101 regions on Wednesday (15/2). The statement was affirmed by the President when he received the members of the Central Leadership of Muhammadiyah at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, on Monday (13/2).

“It shows neutrality and it is a good thing in Indonesia’s democratic process. Thus, regarding the Pilkada, the principle is neutrality,” Chairman of Muhammadiyah Haedar Nashir told the reporters at a doorstop interview after the meeting with President Jokowi.

  • 10 February 2017
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Gov’t Stipulates 15 February 2017 as National Holiday

pilkada-serentak-2017In consideration of the Regional Elections of Governor and Vice Governor, Regent and Vice Regent, as well as Mayor and Vice Mayor which are to be held simultaneously in several provinces and regencies/cities, the Government deems it necessary to establish a national holiday in order to provide opportunities for voters to cast their votes.

In this regard, on 10 February 2017, President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo has signed a Presidential Decree (Keppres) No. 3 of 2017 on Election Day of Governor and Vice Governor, Regent and Vice Regent, Mayor and Vice Mayor 2017 as a National Holiday.

Under the Keppres, pursuant to Article 84 paragraph (3) of Law No. 1 of 2015 on Stipulation of Government Regulation in Lieu of Law No. 1 of 2014 on the Election of Governor and Vice Governor, Regent and Vice Regent, Mayor and Vice Mayor as last amended by Law No. 10 of 2016, the voting day is conducted on a day-off.

  • 10 February 2017
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Moody’s Upgraded Outlook Shows International Recognition of Indonesia’s Economy: Finance Minister

Indonesia’s debt outlook rating

Indonesia’s debt outlook rating

Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani welcomed Indonesia’s debt rating outlook raised by Moody’s Investors Service. “It indicates international recognition, appreciation, and optimism of Indonesia’s economic performance amidst domestic and global challenges,” Sri Mulyani said in a press release on Friday (10/2).

Sri Mulyani further said that the upgraded outlook assured the Ministry of Finance to continue Fiscal Reform. “Stronger synergy among the economic agents are expected to be able to be maintained and able to increase Indonesia’s debt ratings in the upcoming years,” the Minister said.

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