2022 national holidays depend on COVID situation: Minister Effendy

National holidays and collective leave in 2022 will be regulated according to the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy has said. “The 2022 collective leave will be regulated then by considering the updated development of COVID-19,” Effendy informed during an online press conference here on Wednesday. National public holidays will also be regulated based on the same considerations, he added. A number of aspects, including economic and tourism aspects, will be considered while setting national public holidays and collective leave next year,…

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Indonesia periodically evaluates restrictions at its entry points

The Indonesian Transportation Ministry disclosed that it periodically evaluates its policy on imposing restrictions at the country’s entry points in the midst of ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “This restriction policy is being implemented and evaluated periodically depending on the dynamics of the pandemic,” the ministry’s spokesperson, Adita Irawati, said in a statement that ANTARA received here Wednesday. The evaluation will be done every week to know whether the country’s entry points remain sufficient and effective, or whether adjustments need to be made, she said. The policy of limiting international entry through land,…

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Indonesia’s halal value chain continues to grow: VP

Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has said that Indonesia’s halal value chain (HVC) in the agricultural and food sectors has grown positively to even beat GDP (gross domestic product) growth. “The growth of the main HVC sectors such as agriculture and food keeps increasing and is above the national GDP growth,” Amin noted while opening the Indonesia Sharia Summit 2021 via video conferencing from his official residence here on Wednesday. The positive growth has been strengthened by the increase in people’s online spending and consumption amid the enforcement of public activity…

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Indonesia must strive to be major halal producer: Minister

Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita has urged halal industry actors to maximize their potential to help Indonesia become a major halal product producer in the global market. “Increasing demand for halal foods is an opportunity for Indonesian food and beverage industry actors to expand their business, and the recent rise in global Muslim fashion trends is an opportunity for the textile industry to innovate and optimize production,” Minister Kartasasmita said while officiating the 2021 Indonesia Halal Industry Award virtually here on Wednesday. Indonesia has diverse and distinct natural resources that…

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Minister Makarim deems study programs at PMN as important

Education, Culture, Research and Technology Minister Nadiem Anwar Makarim has said that the study programs offered at the Nusantara Multimedia Polytechnic (PMN) are urgently required to strengthen Indonesia’s creative industry ecosystem. “The three study programs offered by the Nusantara Multimedia Polytechnic — animation, event management, and e-commerce logistics — are fields that are urgently needed to strengthen the creative ecosystem in Indonesia,” the minister noted in a written statement  here on Wednesday. Makarim remarked that graduates in these three fields will push and encourage the creation and downstreaming of the…

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East Java ‘Spiderman’ ready to climb to top spot at PON

After completing training in the field of the East Java Youth and Sports Office in Kertajaya Avenue of Surabaya, Rahmad Adi Mulyono, a rock-climbing athlete, is ready for an interview with ANTARA with a smile. “Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Rahmad Adi,” he said breaking into another smile. At first look, people may not believe his “Spiderman-like” ability to climb walls quickly and furiously: He can reach the top of a 15-meter-high wall in just 5.26 seconds. In fact, Mulyono, who was born in Surabaya on October 3, 2000,…

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