Govt to build 1,000 vocational training centers this year

  Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Ministry of Manpower plans to build one thousand community vocational training centers (BLKs) this year, as part of the government’s efforts towards human resource development. “We will get a demographic bonus that will peak in 2030, we will have more (people in the) productive age (group). We cannot imagine having those who are of productive age not being productive, showing no competence,” Minister of Manpower, Ida Fauziyah, said while signing the cooperation agreement on BLK Community Assistance Phase I of 2020, at an event held…

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. Minister stresses on vocational training to reap demographic bonus

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Minister of Manpower, Ida Fauziyah, on Tuesday underlined the need for more vocational training to build a skilled workforce and strengthen Indonesia’s human resources (HR) to help the country benefit from the demographic bonus. “Indonesia has entered a period of demographic bonus which will peak in 2030, with the (proportion of) population in the productive age (group) more than that in the unproductive age (group),” Ida Fauziyah said here on Tuesday. The minister stressed that the period of demographic bonus is a golden opportunity that needs to…

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Indonesian government pushes Sinopec to build oil depot in Batam

Jakarta Indonesia’s government has pressed Sinopec Group, a Chinese oil and gas conglomerate company, for materializing the construction of an oil depot worth Rp12 trillion in Batam, Riau Islands Province, which was stalled for eight years. “On July 29, 2020, Sinomart KTS Development LTD, a subsidiary of Sinopec, and PT Batam Sentralindo signed a memorandum of understanding to continue the investment plan for the oil depot development project in Batam, Riau Islands. During the (MoU) signing (ceremony), (representatives of) the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs and BP Batam were present…

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Jokowi’s scathing attack over ministers’ routine work despite crisis

Jakarta President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) was vociferous in his condemnation of ministries and other high-ranking officials found to yet be caught up in routine day-to-day work despite the ongoing crisis arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The ministers underperformed as was mirrored by the low disbursement of the budget, President Jokowi stated at the Merdeka Palace here on Monday while chairing a limited cabinet meeting on the handling of COVID-19 and the recovery of the national economy. The head of state pointed out that several ministries and government institutions were yet…

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Ministry releases West Kalimantan’s 6,901 ha of protected forest area

Sekadau, W Kalimantan The Environmental Affairs and Forestry (LHK) Ministry officially issued a decree (SK) on releasing 6,901 hectares of protected forest area, or 69,011,965 square meters, in Sekadau District, West Kalimantan Province. “We have good news. We have received a decree from the LHK minister pertaining to the release of protected forest areas,” Sekadau District Head Rupinus stated here on Thursday. The LHK minister’s decree is a follow up to a proposal submitted by the Sekadau district government several years ago and also a follow up of an event…

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Bio Farma receives COVID-19 vaccine for phase 3 clinical trial

    Jakarta Deputy State-Owned Enterprises Minister Kartika Wirjoatmodjo confirmed that PT Bio Farma (Persero), on July 20, received the COVID-19 vaccine from Sinovac, China, and commenced testing for the phase-three clinical trial. “With Sinovac from China, we have received a vaccine for a clinical trial that was commenced, and we expect to receive the results by the end of 2020,” he remarked during the Indef Mid-Year Study held online in Jakarta on Tuesday. The vaccine was received by the Bio Farma Bandung Team and its clinical trial will begin…

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