"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."
"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)

The headquarters of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in 
Jakarta. (BeritaSatu Photo)
"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration Lectures, God / Creator, Religions/Spiritual systems (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it), Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once), Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse), Illuminati (Started in Greece, with Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to build Africa, to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) - (Text version)

… The Shift in Human Nature

You're starting to see integrity change. Awareness recalibrates integrity, and the Human Being who would sit there and take advantage of another Human Being in an old energy would never do it in a new energy. The reason? It will become intuitive, so this is a shift in Human Nature as well, for in the past you have assumed that people take advantage of people first and integrity comes later. That's just ordinary Human nature.

In the past, Human nature expressed within governments worked like this: If you were stronger than the other one, you simply conquered them. If you were strong, it was an invitation to conquer. If you were weak, it was an invitation to be conquered. No one even thought about it. It was the way of things. The bigger you could have your armies, the better they would do when you sent them out to conquer. That's not how you think today. Did you notice?

Any country that thinks this way today will not survive, for humanity has discovered that the world goes far better by putting things together instead of tearing them apart. The new energy puts the weak and strong together in ways that make sense and that have integrity. Take a look at what happened to some of the businesses in this great land (USA). Up to 30 years ago, when you started realizing some of them didn't have integrity, you eliminated them. What happened to the tobacco companies when you realized they were knowingly addicting your children? Today, they still sell their products to less-aware countries, but that will also change.

What did you do a few years ago when you realized that your bankers were actually selling you homes that they knew you couldn't pay for later? They were walking away, smiling greedily, not thinking about the heartbreak that was to follow when a life's dream would be lost. Dear American, you are in a recession. However, this is like when you prune a tree and cut back the branches. When the tree grows back, you've got control and the branches will grow bigger and stronger than they were before, without the greed factor. Then, if you don't like the way it grows back, you'll prune it again! I tell you this because awareness is now in control of big money. It's right before your eyes, what you're doing. But fear often rules. …


Saturday, October 22, 2016

Whistleblower System Put in Place in Govt Institutions to Crack Down on Extortion

Jakarta Globe, Edo Karensa, October 18, 2016

Public servants in Solo stand next to banners warning officials from asking
and receiving bribes. (JG Photo/Ali Lutfi)

Jakarta. The Administrative and Bureaucratic Reforms Minister Asman Abnur said on Tuesday (18/10) the government will have a whistleblower system running in ministries and government institutions as part of its public service reform.

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo promised to crack down on extortion in government institutions, known locally as pungli, after a sting operation at the Transportation Ministry earlier this month saw three officials arrested and more than Rp 90 million ($6,900) in cash and Rp 1 billion in bank receipts seized.

The Administrative and Bureaucratic Reforms Ministry issued a circular letter ordering the crackdown on extortion to heads of government institutions, ministries, the National Police, the Indonesian Military and governors, mayors and district heads on Tuesday.

According to the letter, each institution is responsible for identifying potential extortions and taking firm actions against officials engaging in the practice.

Minister Asman said government institutions should also make full use of information technology to offer services which will improve public transparency and avoid irregularities.

"We will have a whistleblower system running to crack down on extortion," Asman told a press conference in Jakarta.

The government has also created a social media app called Lapor. The acronym stands for Public Complaints and Aspiration Service — an app that the public can use to submit complaints on public services and developments, including slow progress on construction of public utilities or long queues in government offices.

"Sanctions for extortionists, including officials, should be announced publicly. That might help deter others from committing it," Asman, also a politician from the National Mandate Party (PAN), said.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Jokowi Allows Legal Process on Missing Documents of Munir’s Case

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has allowed a legal process to be conducted
against the missing investigation documents related to the murder of prominent
human rights defender Munir Said Thalib. (Antara Photo/Sigid Kurniawan)

Jakarta. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has allowed a legal process to be conducted against the missing investigation documents related to the murder of prominent human rights defender Munir Said Thalib.

The missing documents had been submitted to former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at the State Palace in 2005.

“If there is a new novum [existing evidence before a trial process], conduct the legal process,” Jokowi said at Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, Thursday (13/10).

The president also ordered a search for the missing documents submitted by the original fact-finding team on Munir’s case.

“I have ordered the Attorney General [HM Prasetyo] to find and locate the results of the fact-finding team, as it is not available at the State Secretary Ministry,” Jokowi added.

Previously, the coordinator of the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS) Haris Azhar urged the government to investigate the whereabouts of the documents.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

KPK Receives 30 New Investigators From National Police

Jakarta Globe, Edo Karensa, October 09, 2016

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has welcomed at least 30 new
 investigating officers from the National Police to boost the number of corruption
cases it can handle. (Antara Photo/Widodo S. Jusuf)

Jakarta. The national antigraft agency has welcomed at least 30 new investigating officers from the National Police to boost the number of corruption cases it can handle.

"The new investigators will help to free the country from corrupt behavior, which has been a worrying trend, including outside Java Island where the KPK has not handled these cases very well," Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputy chairman Saut Situmorang told state-run Antara news agency in Jakarta on Saturday (08/10).

Prior to the addition, the KPK had 219 investigators – comprising 91 involved in initial investigations, locally known as penyidik, and 118 detectives, or penyelidik.

The increased number of investigators is still insufficient for the KPK, which received more than 5,694 reports of corrupt practices in 2015 alone. Among those reports, 2,807 had adequate evidence to be brought before a court, but the agency could only handle 171 cases.

The rest of reports were handed over to the Attorney General's Office, National Police, Supreme Audit Agency (BPK), State Finance Development Comptroller (BPKP) and related ministries.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

L'Oréal Campaigns for Gender Equality in Science With #ChangeTheNumbers

Jakarta Globe, Devina Halim & Ratri M. Siniwi, October 08, 2016

In view of the fact that only 30 percent of researchers in the world are women,
 international beauty care company L'Oréal launched a global campaign titled
#ChangeTheNumbers in an effort to address the issue. (JG Photo/ Megan Herndon)

Jakarta. International beauty care company L'Oréal has launched a global campaign titled #ChangeTheNumbers in an effort to remedy the fact that only 30 percent of scientific researchers in the world are women.

The campaign manifesto lists several points considered essential in empowering younger women to develop careers in science and ensuring that there is equal opportunity and exposure for them in the field.

"L'Oréal believes the world needs science and science needs women. The purpose of this global campaign is to change the public perspective of women in science and to attract more women to choose becoming researchers," L'Oréal Indonesia head of communications Melanie Masriel said on Thursday (06/10).

Two inspiring Indonesian female researchers were invited to speak during a discussion about the lack of women in science, hosted by the company.

Ines Atmosukarto, chief executive and managing director of Australian vaccine research and development firm Lipotek Canberra, and Fenny M. Dwivany, associate professor in molecular biology at the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), both mothers and recipients of the L'Oréal-Unesco for Women in Science International Fellowship in 2004 and 2007, respectively.

The two women said being a researcher is not for the weak, but that the hard work pays off with great rewards.

"We want to open the eyes of the younger generation to show that there are lots of rewards for being a researcher, so it's not only about the challenges," Ines said.

One of the rewards, she added, was the opportunity to see the world and being exposed to different cultures while studying or attending forums, and the ability of also providing that to her children.

"We can open the minds of our next generation to see the world and question everything and become more curious and creative," Ines said.

By doing so, she believes future generations would be able to help Indonesia move towards its goal of becoming a developed manufacturing country.

In terms of challenges, Fenny said researchers in Indonesia mostly face problems in infrastructure and funding.

"Indonesia is such a biodiverse country and as a biologist, it's sad to see these problems. But if we're not the ones researching this, then who will?" the associate professor said.

According to Fenny, being a researcher helps women to become more perseverant, detail-oriented and tough, especially with the ability to multitask as mothers and researchers.

"We have an advantage of having a different point of view from a male perspective, which could help fill the gap," she added.

While society still judges them against the norm of women having to be stay-at-home mothers, they accredit their support systems for being understanding and helping them break through that barrier while accomplishing their goals.

"I think we were both fortunate enough to have support systems that encouraged us to further our research and education. And I believe that having a support system is essential for researchers," Ines said.

Other than having great support systems, both women said the key to being successful in this field is to be constantly curios, while satisfaction is something dangerous in research.

"To be a scientist you must have fire in your belly, because research is all about working with failures and that should be the fuel to keep you going," Ines said.

The women believe that despite the difficulties, Indonesian girls should not be afraid of pursuing their dreams of becoming scientists.

"There is a culture in our society that makes us afraid of challenges. The potential in Indonesia is high, but there are not enough opportunities," Fenny said.

According to her, there are many Indonesian researchers studying abroad, but coming home is the challenge.

"When we as researchers return to Indonesia, we don't have fields to work in. We can't go home because there are not enough job opportunities," she added.

Ines, on the other hand, suggested that the government must provide incentives for businesses to develop research and development units to support innovation in the country, and in turn, create more job opportunities.

All parties involved must work together in order to increase the number of female researchers and promote gender equality in science across the globe.

"What we have now, our lifestyle, is the result of research done before. The regeneration [of science] is important to create innovations for the sake of posterity," Ines said.

She also believes that Indonesia needs to move away from a male-focused perspective, which should be taught to children from a young age.

"We need to empower young girls to make them believe that they are just as capable as boys – we have to break through the glass ceiling," she said.

Another way this could be changed, Fenny added, is through celebrating the accomplishments of what female scientists have achieved, rather than the constant focus on celebrities.

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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

KPK to Follow Up FBI's Allegations of Bribery at MAXpower

Jakarta Globe, Fana Suparman, October 03, 2016

A miniature of the Lontar power plant in Banten. (Antara Photo/Yudhi Mahatma)

Jakarta. Indonesian anti-graft agency KPK said it will follow up on initial reports from the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation that power plant builder MAXpower had allegedly paid bribes to Indonesian officials to secure government contracts.

"We will look at the FBI investigation. If we find the alleged flow of cash to government officials in Indonesia, we will follow up the case," Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputy chairman Alexander Marwata told reporters in Jakarta on Monday (03/10).

Alexander's comment came after reports arose that London-based bank Standard Chartered was investigated by the US Department of Justice over claims that its Indonesian power plant builder subsidiary MAXpower had paid bribes to secure contracts in Indonesia.

The Wall Street Journal newspaper reported an internal audit of the MAXpower Group had revealed evidence of possible bribery and US prosecutors were examining whether Standard Chartered was culpable for not stopping it.

The reports showed indications that MAXpower made inappropriate payments to Indonesian government officials between 2012 and 2015.

"We definitely will cooperate with the FBI. According to the UNCAC [United Nations Convention against Corruption], all countries must cooperate to eradicate corruption," Alexander said.

Alexander pointed out that the KPK already has experiences handling corruption cases involving multinational companies, including a case involving Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician Emir Moeis who was jailed for taking $357,000 in bribes from Alstom Power, an American subsidiary of its French parent company, and Japan-based Marubeni Corporation.

"We will process this case the same way we brought Emir Moeis and former Pertamina director Suroso, who also took bribes from multinational companies, to justice," Alexander said.

Responding to the allegations, MAXpower claimed they gave a "one-sided and partial view of the operations and events at the firm and as such do not give a full, or true view.”

Under a deferred prosecution agreement it reached with US authorities in 2012, Standard Chartered is due to remain under supervision by an independent monitor until the end of 2017.

Monday, October 03, 2016

Govt to Form Joint Task Force on Human Rights Abuses During 1965 Purge: Minister

JakartaGlobe, Eko Prasetyo, October 01, 2016

Chief Security Minister Wiranto, right, said the government will form a joint task force
 to address the gross human rights violations that followed the failed coup of
1965 by the 30 September Movement, or G30S. (Antara Photo/Umarul Faruq)

Jakarta. The government will form a joint task force to address the gross human rights violations that followed the failed coup of 1965 by the 30 September Movement, or G30S.

The task force will be comprised of the Attorney General's Office, National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM), Indonesian Military, National Police, legal experts and public representatives.

The government has held extensive discussions to address various approaches, including to hear public aspirations related to the 1965 anticommunist purge, Chief Security Minister Wiranto said after attending the Pancasila Sanctity Day commemoration in Lubang Buaya, East Jakarta, on Saturday (01/10).

"From the judicial approach, there has been an in-depth investigation on the incident, as it is categorized as part of the principles of clear and present danger by legal standings, which allowed the state to conduct 'salvage' actions related to the danger against national security," Wiranto said.

He added that the adage of abnormaal recht voor abnormale tijden, or emergency action taken during an emergency situation, was legally justified and cannot be judged under current laws.

Komnas HAM and the AGO conducted a case study where they found judicial boundaries, especially those related to evidence beyond reasonable doubt.

"[Investigators] have found difficulties to fulfill the manifestation standards of Law No. 26/2000 on Human Rights Courts," Wiranto said.

As a result, the government directed the resolution of the issue through non-judicial measures based on national interests and unity.

These non-judicial measures will consider certain phrases, including not to blame any parties, not inciting hate or vengeance, as well as justifying the government's decisions by law without causing any long-term negative excess.

Wiranto claimed that the government has been serious in resolving the tragedy by inviting all parties to turn it into a lesson for Indonesia to avoid similar events from occurring in the future.

The government has adopted three main approaches, Wiranto said.

Firstly, there had been differences in political ideology that peaked with the attempted coup and that it led to a massive setback for Indonesia as a country.

"Secondly, the government feels extremely concerned about the victims of the 1965 tragedy, as it has tried to resolve all allegations of gross human rights violations through a fair non-judicial process to avoid long-term excess," the minister said.

Lastly, the government has called on and encouraged all Indonesians to accept the state ideology of Pancasila as the foundation for national reconciliation.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

EU launches debit cards for refugees in Turkey

Yahoo – AFP, September 26, 2016

European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos
 Stylianides (L) delivers a speech next to Turkey’s EU Minister Omer Celik (R)
during a joint press conference following their meeting on September 26, 2016
(AFP Photo/Adem Altan)

Ankara (AFP) - The European Union on Monday launched a scheme worth almost 350 million euros providing mainly Syrian refugees in Turkey with pre-paid debit cards, the biggest project yet under a landmark deal between the bloc and Ankara.

EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Christos Stylianides, in Ankara for the start of the programme, said the debit cards will help give vulnerable refugees a "sense of normality" in their lives.

The refugees will be able to use the cards in shops or institutions to pay for food, education, housing and clothing or also to withdraw cash from ATMs.

Each card will be automatically topped up with 100 Turkish lira ($33.50) a month, giving people the chance to choose their own purchases.

Stylianides said the programme was an "unprecedented response" to an "unprecedented crisis".

"This (scheme) is, in our humanitarian field, a game-changer in the delivery of humanitarian aid. Refugees can choose what they spend money on."

Turkey is home to some three million refugees, most of them Syrian. The vast majority live in cities without direct support from non-governmental organisations and aid groups.

Supported with 348 million euros ($392 million) from Brussels and its member states, the scheme will be rolled out by Turkish Red Crescent and the UN World Food Programme supported by the Turkish authorities.

Applications will start in October for the scheme. Families who have children going to school will receive more cash. All refugees registered in Turkey, including Iraqis, are eligible to apply.

Stylianides suggested that the programme would also benefit Turks.

"The money will be spent in local shops, boosting local businesses and encouraging social cohesion between citizens and refugees."

The project is part of a six billion euro ($6.75 billion) deal struck in March between Brussels and Ankara to curb the migrant influx into Europe, which saw more than a million arrive in the EU last year.

There have been fears the deal could collapse with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan complaining that the promised money was not handed directly to Turkey.

In exchange for cutting the flow, Brussels also offered Turkey visa liberalisation for its citizens to visit EU countries in the Schengen area as well as accelerated membership talks.

But Ankara has threatened to withdraw from the agreement if Europe does not allow visa-free travel for Turks by next month, though the numbers coming to Europe have dropped significantly since March.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Indonesia, Kenya and Ghana to be removed from Dutch aid list

DutchNews, September 20, 2016

Photo: Dutch foreign ministry 
Indonesia, Kenya and Ghana are to be removed from the list of 15 countries where the Netherlands concentrates its aid efforts in 2020, aid minister Lilianne Ploumen has told parliament. 

Three countries will be added to the list to replace them. They are likely to come from the Sahel region in Africa, which lies between the Sahara to the north and the Sudanese savanna, the minister said in her briefing

The government’s policy is to focus on countries closer to Europe’s borders. 

Over the past six years, the number of countries which benefit from Dutch aid efforts has been cut from 33 to 15. 

In seven – Afghanistan, Burundi, Jemen, Mali, Palestine, Rwanda and South Sudan – the focus is on tacking poverty and boosting stability. In the other eight – Bangladesh, Benin, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Indonesia, Mozambique and Uganda – reducing poverty, and boosting jobs and private sector involvement are central. 

Rwanda is to be moved from the category of poorest countries and will get more help with trade and investment, Ploumen said.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Tommy Suharto Urges His Family to Join Tax Amnesty Program

Jakarta Globe, Tabita Diela & Yosi Winosa, September 16, 2016

Tommy Suharto, right, symbolically hands over his tax report to Ken Dwijugiasteadi,
director general for taxation at the Ministry of Finance, on Thursday (15/09). (SP
 Photo/Joanito De Saojoao)

Jakarta. Former President Suharto's youngest son said his family will likely join the government's tax amnesty program.

"I haven't talked to [my family about it], but they should make the best use of this program," Hutomo Mandala Putra, better known as Tommy Suharto, told reporters on Thursday (15/09).

Tommy, who owns the Humpuss Group, symbolically handed over his tax report to Ken Dwijugiasteadi, director general for taxation at the Ministry of Finance. Usually, tax reports of big taxpayers are submitted to the head of the Directorate General of Taxes.

President Suharto's children are involved in various domestic and international businesses.

"I urge Indonesians to join this program without hesitation. I take this opportunity to make things easier for my future projects," Tommy said.

He declined to reveal the value of the assets he reported, or the amount of tax he paid. He said he reported stocks, account receivables and other assets, most of which are located abroad.

Tommy is currently involved in the property sector with his Mangkuluhur City office tower development.

The tax office hopes high-net-worth Indonesians will join the program soon as the deadline for the lowest tax rate is the end of this month.

Indonesian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) chairman Rosan P. Roeslani told the Jakarta Globe that many members of the business lobby will join the program next Tuesday.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Dutch Queen Máxima Meets Jokowi, Talks Inclusive Finance

Jakarta Globe, Eko Prasetyo, September 01, 2016

President Joko Widodo and first lady Iriana welcome Queen Máxima of the
Netherlands to Jakarta's State Palace on Thursday (01/09). (State Palace Press Photo)

Jakarta. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and first lady Iriana welcomed Queen Máxima of the Netherlands at the State Palace in Jakarta on Thursday (01/09), who came as an inclusive finance special envoy of the United Nations Secretary General.

President Jokowi and Queen Máxima discussed financial inclusion plans for Indonesia which the Queen will coordinate with the UN, World Bank and other major institutions.

The president said during her visit to Indonesia Queen Máxima had inspected the implementation of student bank accounts and e-warung cooperatives selling staple foods.

The president and the queen also discussed measures to provide banking access to small businesses, farmers and fishermen.

Targeting Indonesian youth

Queen Máxima said the UN is committed to assist in fintech, or financial technology, innovations initiated by young Indonesians.

"The queen met with young entrepreneurs who have produced many fintech applications and software. She selected two of them to participate in financial development [projects] to accelerate fintech in Indonesia," Jokowi said.

The government has also instructed Indonesian financial institutions to support micro businesses development to encourage economic growth.

"I applaud the Indonesian government's decision to put financial inclusion as one of the Nawa Cita [Jokowi's seven development goals]," the queen said.

Queen Máxima's visit was a follow-up to Jokowi's earlier visit to the Netherlands on Apr. 22.

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Queen Máxima of the Netherlands speaks at the signing of a memorandum of 
understanding between Financial Services Authority (OJK) chairman Muliaman
 Hadad and the UN Development Programme's Indonesia director Christophe Bahuet 
during the Indonesia Fintech Festival and Conference in Serpong, Tangerang, 
on Aug, 30.(JP/Anton Hermansyah)

Friday, August 05, 2016

Sri Mulyani Gets Straight to Work, Tips Spending Cuts for Ministries and Regions

Jakarta Globe, Tabita Diela, August 04, 2016

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati plans to cut ministries and regions
spending in 2016 state budget in a bid to regain credibility on government fiscal
policy after taxation revenue fall far short its target. (Photo courtesy of World Bank/
Deborah Campos)

Jakarta. Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati plans to cut ministries and regional spending in the 2016 state budget in a bid to regain credibility on fiscal policy after taxation revenue fell far short of its target.

Sri Mulyani estimated taxation revenue will fall short of around Rp 219 trillion ($16.6 billion) from its Rp 1,539.2 trillion target in the 2016 revised state budget. That increases the risk of the government exceeding the legal deficit limit of 3 percent of gross domestic product.

"That's why ... we need to do some adjustment on the spending side so our deficit will be kept at a level that won't arouse a loss of trust in the state budget," she said on Wednesday (03/08).

The minister told President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and other ministers at a plenary session that she will cut Rp 65 trillion from the ministries' budget and Rp 68.8 trillion in regional transfer funds.

According to the 2016 revised state budget, the allocation for ministries and government’s agency is Rp 768 trillion, which is 6 percent higher than the Rp 724 trillion spent a year ago. Transfer funds to regions totaled Rp 729 trillion, 17 percent higher compared to Rp 623 trillion last year.

The plan has already received a blessing from Jokowi, according to a statement from the Cabinet Secretariat office.

"[The plan] is fully approved by the president and the vice president. The decision is binding to all ministries and other government agencies,"  Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung said in a statement.

Friday, June 03, 2016

Former Religious Affairs Minister's Jail Term Increased to 10 Years

Jakarta Globe, June 02, 2016

The Jakarta High Court has increased the prison term for former religious
affairs minister Suryadharma Ali, accused of multiple counts of graft during his
time in office, to 10 years on Thursday (02/06). (Antara Foto/Hafidz Mubarak A.)

Jakarta. The Jakarta High Court has increased the prison term for former religious affairs minister Suryadharma Ali, accused of multiple counts of graft during his time in office, to 10 years on Thursday (02/06).

The court rejected his appeal against a ruling by the Jakarta Corruption Court in January, which sentenced the former United Development Party (PPP) chairman to six years in prison.

Suryadharma, found guilty of embezzling the country's hajj funds between 2010 and 2013 by awarding hajj quotas and free pilgrimages to friends and family members, was also deprived of his political rights.

"The right of the defendant to assume a public post is revoked for five years starting the end of his prison term," Jakarta High Court spokesman Heru Pramono said.

The court also upheld an order by the Jakarta Corruption Court that Suryadharma, who was found guilty of misusing the ministry's operational funds between 2011 and 2014 for personal use, has to pay a fine of Rp 300 million ($21,900).

The graft cases cost the state more than Rp 27.2 billion in losses.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Malaysian Employers Puzzled by Indonesia's New Rule on Live-In Maids

Jakarta Globe, June 01, 2016

Indonesian maids relaxing on their day off in Victoria Park, Hong Kong in this
 November 2012 file photo. In the wake of President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo's
move to step up protection of Indonesian domestic workers abroad, several
 of the affected countries have been trying to resolve issues of employer
responsibilities and maid's welfare. (JG Photo/Jurnasyanto Sukarno)

Jakarta. In the wake of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's move to step up protection of Indonesian domestic workers abroad, several of the affected countries have been trying to resolve issues of employer responsibilities and maids' welfare.

Last month, Indonesia announced a ruling that will stop women from working as live-in maids in foreign countries, including Malaysia. The new ruling also requires domestic workers abroad to enter into formal contracts with their employers.

"Once the maids become formal workers, their employers will no longer have to take care of their lodgings, security and other things. They have to take care of all their expenses [themselves], and whatever happens to them has nothing to do with their employers," Malaysian Maid Employers Association president Engku Ahmad Fauzi Engku Muhsein, as reported by Malaysian news outlet Bernama on Wednesday (01/06).

He added that if the domestic help sector was formalized, the current high recruitment costs for maids must be lowered.

According to the report, the government has set recruitment costs for Indonesian maids at 7,800 ringgit ($1,800), but agents have been charging employers as high as 12,000 ringgit, with an additional annual levy of 600 ringgit and a medical examination costing 100 ringgit.

Datuk Raja Zulkepley Dahalan, president of the Malaysian National Association of Employment Agencies (Pikap), meanwhile stated that the plan would have social implications and cause more complications between the two countries.

He suggested that the government should consider only allowing 50 to 100 reliable and financially strong agencies to control the hiring process. According to him, these agencies would be able to provide housing and other services for the domestic workers.

"I understand that around 350,000 employment agencies are registered with the government, while there are another 27,000 that are unregistered. These agencies should be responsible for the welfare of the maids as they have the capacity to provide them with the maximum protection," the Pikap president told Bernama.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng also stated that the plan would affect the Malaysian economy, as it could force many women out of the workforce, or even result in men having to become stay-at-home dads.

"In many households, both parents work so they need live-in maids to help them. So without live-in maids, it will only force the women to leave the workforce and stay home," the minister told the Malaymail Online news outlet last month.

According to Migrant Care data, there were 6,5 million Indonesians working abroad in 2014, with 2,5 million of them employed in Malaysia mainly as maids, construction workers and laborers.

Friday, May 27, 2016

E-Commerce Firms Commit to Transparency in Govt Procurement

Jakarta Globe, Sarah Yuniarni, May 26, 2016

Four e-commerce companies, including one of the country's oldest, Bhinneka.com,
have signed integrity agreements with the Services Procurement Policy Institution,
known as LKPP, on Thursday (26/05) to uphold transparency in the government's online
procurement system. (JG screenshot)

Jakarta. Four e-commerce companies, including one of the country's oldest, Bhinneka.com, have signed integrity agreements with the Services Procurement Policy Institution, known as LKPP, on Thursday (26/05) to uphold transparency in the government's online procurement system.

Other e-commerce sites that entered into the agreement are AnugrahPratama.com, Ayoklik.com, and Mbiz.co.id, the Lippo Group's online procurement commerce site.

The government has developed an e-catalog over the last few years, which lists the goods and services it needs online. The catalog also lists specifications and prices from several suppliers and contractors.

It is expected to speed up the procurement process as it gives the government the freedom to directly choose the best offer from the list.

This system could abolish the tender system, which often sees prices of goods and services marked up multiple times, giving rise to corrupt practices.

"Also, all the payments are by bank transfer, not in cash," Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama said during a discussion at the Grand Sahid Hotel in Central Jakarta.

Basuki added that the e-catalog would create opportunities for local businesses and empower them.

"We will benefit when everybody acts as a watchdog," LKPP head Agus Prabowo said.

According to him, the e-catalog will create openness and encourage fair competition between businesses.

The government plans to accelerate the implementation of the e-catalog, which it will reduce the time needed for purchases and make it easier to draw up budgets, since the verified prices of goods are listed on the website.

Mbiz.co.id is a Jakarta-based online marketplace focused on providing procurement solutions. Customers have access to a large number of categories of goods, including electronics and industrial equipment.

"When we applied to be listed on the government e-catalog, everything needed to be in detail, including our human resources and infrastructure, but it's fair," Mbiz.co.id co-founder Andrew Mawikere said.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Jokowi Returns to Jakarta After S. Korea, Russia Trip

Jakarta GlobeEko Prasetyo, May 21, 2016

President Joko Widodo welcomed by Vice President Jusuf Kalla at Halim
Perdanakusuma Airport, East Jakarta, Saturday (21/05). After an official visit
to South Korea and Russia, Jokowi has secured partnership agreements
and investment commitments to Indonesia. (State Palace Press Photo/Laily)

Jakarta. After a week of meetings in South Korea and Russia, President Joko Widodo returned to Jakarta on Saturday (21/05) boasting commitments to bilateral and regional partnerships.

The five day trip resulted in a variety of agreements with South Korean and Russian private business, as well as among Asean.

"In the visit to Korea, there was high enthusiasm from South Korean businessmen. The resulting deals have reached around $18 billion," Foreign Minster Retno Marsudi said in a statement at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport, East Jakarta.

At least seven agreements were signed in South Korea, including in the maritime, creative industry, sports, special economic regions and corruption eradication sectors.

In Russia, Joko met with President Vladimir Putin to enhance partnerships in palm exports, fisheries and investment diversification.

"All the potential will be followed up," Retno said, adding that Russia has also committed to constructing a $13 billion oil refinery. “Also, there were five agreements on defense, fishing, culture, national archive and foreign ministry archives.”

During the Asean-Russia Summit, Joko said partnerships should be focused on energy, small-medium enterprises and connectivity, while maintaining peace and security in the region.

Joko met with the Vietnamese and Singaporean Prime Ministers to discuss the realization of the 2018 $10 billion trade target and continuing maritime delimitations.

President Joko Widodo inaugurated as Seoul's honorary citizen, during his state
visit to the South Korean capital on Tuesday (17/05). (State Palace Press Photo/Intan)

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Jokowi, Putin Sign Five Agreements to Strengthen Bilateral Ties

Jakarta Globe, Edo Karensa, May 19, 2016

Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Russian President Vladimir Putin
 signed five agreements to strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries on
Wednesday (18/05).(Reuters Photo/Kirill Kudryavtsev)

Jakarta. Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Russian President Vladimir Putin have signed five agreements to strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries on Wednesday (18/05).

The agreements were signed by both leaders during a bilateral meeting at President Putin's official residence in the resort city of Sochi in Southern Russia.

They include bilateral cooperations on defense, national and foreign affairs archives, culture as well as joint efforts to curb illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities.

“President Putin and I have agreed to strengthen our defense cooperation. We also discussed further cooperations on technology transfer, joint production, training and education,” Jokowi said, as quoted by the State Palace website.

Jokowi also said Indonesia and Russia will continue existing cooperation to combat terrorism and boost information exchanges in intelligent operations.

“We've had good coordination between the two countries to prevent terror threats, and now we have agreed to strengthen defense institutions in both countries,” Putin said.

In culture and education affairs, President Putin promised to grant 100 scholarships to Indonesian students next year, which will be a great addition to the 100 Indonesians already studying in Rusia.

The Indonesian president is visiting Rusia to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Russia Summit 2016 on May 17-20, also in Sochi. He has invited President Putin to make a return visit to Indonesia.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Panama Papers showed vulnerability of whole system: Panama president

Yahoo – AFP, May 3, 2016

Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela delivers keynote address at a luncheon
during the Washington Conference on the Americas at the State Department on
May 3, 2016 in Washington, DC (AFP Photo/Mandel Ngan)

Washington (AFP) - The scandal triggered by the Panama Papers leak of information on how and where the world's wealthy stash funds to avoid detection or taxes underscored many countries' vulnerabilities, President Juan Carlos Varela said Tuesday.

Speaking at the State Department in Washington, the Panamanian president said the documents "reveal a worldwide problem, that involves many countries with legal and financial institutions" vulnerable to actions "that are not in the public interest."

Mossack Fonseca's founder lawyer Ramon
 Fonseca is a friend of Panama's President 
Juan Carlos Varela (shown here) and, until 
March, served as a senior advisor in his 
cabinet (AFP Photo/Rodrigo Arangua)
To that end, countries need to improve transparency and information sharing, Varela argued.

"We urge the international community to maintain a respectful dialogue through diplomatic channels," he added.

Panama and the United States last week signed an agreement on sharing of back account information in a step Panama's finance minister hailed as proof of his country's cooperation in fighting tax evasion.

The bilateral agreement comes weeks after the Panama Papers, a series of reports around the world revealing how one Panamanian law firm set up offshore entities to help the world's wealthy stash their assets.

Following the revelations, Panama has come under intense international pressure to open its financial sector to greater transparency or risk being put back on a global "tax haven" blacklist.

While the government has long said it is committed to that goal and has made some reforms in that direction, it has so far not signed up to an international standard on automatic sharing of tax information set by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela, left, sits with Singapore's President 
Tony Tan, right, for a meeting at the Istana or presidential palace on Friday, 
April 22, 2016, in Singapore. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

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