Minister stresses ASEAN cooperation to expedite digital transformation

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesian Minister of Communication and Informatics, Johnny G. Plate, has highlighted the importance of cooperation between ASEAN member states and other countries to expedite digital transformation to support economic recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “We believe that the spirit of ASEAN collaboration must focus on addressing the pandemic. We also must take maximum advantage of digitalization to boost economic recovery soon. Efforts must be made to help the most vulnerable group and none of them will be left behind,” Plate said during the 1st ASEAN Digital Minister’s…

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Indonesia: Support safe, transformative digital ecosystem in ASEAN

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesia is encouraging the creation of a safe and transformative digital ecosystem in support of the planned cooperation between ASEAN and Japan in the telecommunications sector. “It (the cooperation) will be directed towards the development of a digital community and economic block, which will hinge on technological service and a safe and transformative (digital) ecosystem,” Minister of Communication and Informatics, Johnny G. Plate, was quoted as saying in a press statement released on Saturday. He made the remarks during a virtual dialog between ASEAN Digital Ministers and…

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Erick Thohir elected as chief of Sharia Economic Community

Jakarta (ANTARA) – State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir was on Saturday elected chief of the Sharia Economic Community (MES) for the 2021-2024 term during its congress. “Bismillah (In the name of Allah), this is a mandate that I must keep. I feel honored to lead an organization which has a concrete vision and mission for the development of the sharia economy in Indonesia,” Erick Thohir said in a written statement issued on Saturday. He said the COVID-19 pandemic has created the momentum for the sharia economy to rise and have…

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89,624 people still take refuge following powerful quake in W Sulawesi

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The West Sulawesi Provincial Disaster Mitigation Task Force has reported a total of 89,624 people of Mamuju and Majene districts which bore the brunt of a 6.2-magnitude earthquake on January 15, are still taking refuge. “The evacuees comprise 60,505 in Mamuju district and 29,199 in Majene,” spokesman for the task force M. Natsir said here on Saturday. He said the evacuees are being sheltered in 249 camps comprising 105 camps with more than 100 evacuees and 124 camps with less than 100 evacuees in Mamuju and 20…

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Coffin of fallen soldier arrives in Bandung for burial

  Bandung, W Java (ANTARA) – The coffin of Private Roy Vebrianto who died of a gunshot wound following a gunfight with several armed Papuan criminals on Friday, arrived at the mourning house in Baleendah Subdistrict, Bandung District, West Java, on Saturday evening. The fallen soldier’s coffin was transported by a military ambulance to the mourning house, located in Bumi Sari Indah I residence, to be buried at the Cikutra Heroes’ Cemetery on Sunday morning. “The funeral procession is planned to take place at the Cikutra Heroes’ Cemetery on Sunday…

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BNPB to set up more shelters for COVID-19 patients’ to self isolate

Makassar, S Sulawesi (ANTARA) – The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) will provide more emergency shelters for COVID-19 patients in quake-hit West Sulawesi province to conduct self isolation. “Only two shelters have been set up at a hospital. (BNPB Chief) Mr. Doni Mondardo wants four more shelters,” Chief of the West Sulawesi Provincial Health Office dr Alief Satria said on Saturday. He said the BNPB should immediately set up emergency shelters for COVID-19 patients who are currently being sheltered at hospitals to conduct self isolation. Moreover, contact tracing will be…

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