Indonesia wants ASEAN to become the epicenter of economic growth

The statement was delivered by President Joko Widodo during the closing ceremony of the 40th and 41st ASEAN Summits and Related Summits at Sokha Hotel, Phnom Penh, Sunday, (Nov 13).

The Indonesia President Joko Widodo (R) and the Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (L) during the closing ceremony of the 40th and 41st ASEAN Summits and Related Summits at Sokha Hotel, Phnom Penh, Sunday, (Nov 13).

Indonesia takes over the ASEAN chairmanship from Cambodia and will hold the chairmanship in 2023.

Prime Minister Hun Sen hands a gavel to Indonesian President Joko Widodo, a gesture symbolizing the handover of the ASEAN chairmanship on November 13, 2022

It is an honor for Indonesia to be the Chair of ASEAN in 2023, President Jokowi said.

According to Jokowi, ASEAN must be a stable and peaceful region, and an anchor for world stability.

The organization must also consistently enforce international law and not be a proxy for anyone, he said adding that ASEAN must be a dignified region, and uphold human values and democracy.

The President also wants ASEAN to become a fast-growing, inclusive, and sustainable economic region.

He noted that capacity building of ASEAN institutions must also be a concern in order to be able to answer the challenges of the next 20 years.

The President hopes that by 2045 ASEAN must be more adaptive, responsive, and competitive.

All of this must be fought for the ASEAN way, which is in line with the spirit of cooperation and the full implementation of the ASEAN Charter.

The President invited all ASEAN leaders to attend the ASEAN Summit in Indonesia next year.

Meanwhile, Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi said Indonesia’s chairmanship of ASEAN in 2023 took the theme “ASEAN Matters: Epicentrum of Growth”.

Indonesia wants ASEAN to remain important and relevant to make ASEAN matters. Important and relevant inward for its people, as well as important and relevant outward for Indo-Pacific region and the World.

With this premise, the chairmanship of Indonesia will take the theme ASEAN Matters: Epicentrum of Growth.

The Foreign Minister said ASEAN has three pillars of cooperation namely the political- security pillar, the economic pillar, and the sociocultural pillar.

During the chairmanship, the handling of the political-security pillars will be coordinated by the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs and the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

The economic pillar will be coordinated by the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, and the socio-cultural pillar by the Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture.

Next year, the first activity will be a Foreign Ministers Meeting in the form of a retreat which will be held in January.

In order to maximize the use of the ASEAN Secretariat building, most meetings at the technical level will be held at the ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta.

The new ASEAN Secretariat building has adequate meeting rooms and is very suitable to be used for ASEAN meetings.

Retno hopes Indonesia’s chairmanship in ASEAN will be able to bring benefits not only to the people of Indonesia but also to the people of ASEAN and the world.


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MHI and Indonesia Power Jointly Investigate Co-Firing with Hydrogen, Biomass and Ammonia in Power Plants Across Indonesia

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), and PT. PLN Indonesia Power, a sub-holding of Indonesia’s state-owned electricity provider PT. PLN (Persero) (PLN), yesterday concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to commence three feasibility studies on co-firing less carbon intensive fuels at power plants owned and operated by Indonesia Power. The three studies will be conducted jointly by Indonesia Power and MHI with support from its power solutions brand, Mitsubishi Power, and will aid in the advancement of solutions to accelerate the decarbonization of energy systems in Indonesia.

The first study will examine the technical and economic feasibility of co-firing up to 100% biomass at the Suralaya coal-fired power plant (CFPP). The study will consider various aspects of the biomass supply chain, including handling, storage, transport and boiler modification.

The second study, which will also use Suralaya CFPP as the reference plant, will investigate co-firing of ammonia produced by existing ammonia plants in Indonesia. A particular area of focus will be the potential to establish a blue ammonia supply chain with production and transportation from the ammonia plant and ammonia co-firing technology to apply in existing boiler.

The third study will evaluate technical and economic feasibility of hydrogen co-firing in an M701F gas turbine at the Tanjung Priok gas turbine combined cycle (GTCC) facility. MHI completed construction of the plant’s Unit 2 GTCC system in 2019 as part of PLN’s plans to build an 880 MW plant under the Jawa-2 Project.

The MoU was inked at an Energy Transition Day event organized by Indonesia’s PLN Group on November 1, 2022. The event included discussions of initiatives and recommendations to achieve Indonesia’s commitment of reaching net zero emissions by 2060, with over 250 industry professionals, government representatives and business leaders in attendance.

Osamu Ono, Senior Vice President, Chief Regional Officer, Asia Pacific & India, MHI, said: “For over 50 years, MHI and its power solutions brand Mitsubishi Power have helped evolve Indonesia’s energy landscape, playing major roles in significant energy projects across the country. This new agreement with Indonesia Power will not only enhance the reliability and efficiency of existing facilities, including the Tanjung Priok plant we helped build, but also explore innovative solutions imperative to achieving urgent environmental sustainability goals while delivering on the country’s critical energy needs.”

Edwin Nugraha Putra, President Director, PT PLN Indonesia Power, said: “We are pleased to deepen our partnership with MHI to enable greater adoption of renewable energy and cleaner fuels, thus helping to achieve a sustainable energy transition in Indonesia. This new agreement underscores our commitment to support the continued development and decarbonization of the country’s energy sector.”

This new MoU builds on strong existing cooperation between MHI and PLN in Indonesia. Since 1971, MHI’s power solutions brand Mitsubishi Power has been supporting PLN and Indonesia Power with solutions for power plants across the country, including the Tanjung Priok, Suralaya and Grati power plants. More recently, in March this year, MHI and PLN, together with Institut Teknologi Bandung, prepared a joint proposal on biomass co-firing adoption at Indonesia’s thermal power plants and presented their findings to the national government.

Through this MoU and other ongoing initiatives, MHI, with support from Mitsubishi Power, will work to help the country achieve its Net Zero Emission 2060 target.

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Indonesia to offer 80/160-year building (HGB) permits in IKN Nusantara to incentivise investment

Indonesia’s Ministry of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning/National Land Agency (ATR/BPN) is offering building use permits (HGBs) of up to 80 years, extendable to 160 years, as an incentive for investors to join in the construction of the Indonesian new capital (IKN) Nusantara, to be built in Samarinda, East Kalimantan.
“The HGB permits will benefit all parties, both the welfare of those who live in the city, and the business actors themselves,” ATR Minister and BPN head Hadi Tjahjanto said to Antara here on Monday. The 80-year HGB will be divided into three stages: the first phase will span 30 years, the second phase 30 years, and the third phase 20 years.

During the first stage, the investor must submit an assessment report, after which the “The permit will continue up to 80 years,” said Hadi, and can be extended if it is productive for the community. “If it is still used properly and beneficially for the community, we can still extend it for another 80 years, up to 160 years,” the minister informed.

He further said that his ministry has completed four regional spatial planning plans (RDTR) for IKN Nusantara, which will be submitted to the IKN Authority for immediate approval. Furthermore, RDTRs are being prepared for the five regions of IKN Nusantara and are targeted to be completed by the end of 2022.

The ministry will provide facilities related to land, spatial planning, and business licensing in the IKN Nusantara area, which will then be submitted to the IKN Authority. “We will facilitate it, and we will hand it over to the head of the IKN Authority, including RDTR, spatial planning, and land issues. We will help the process,” Hadi said.

The IKN Nusantara Authority is preparing a government regulation draft (RPP) on incentives for business, to make it easier to invest in the new capital city, while another measure will be preparing an IKN Authority-owned enterprise (BUMO). The IKN Authority will carry out market sounding of domestic and international investors later in October.

A number of Asian countries have shown interest in the development of the new Indonesian capital (IKN) Nusantara. Japan, China, Malaysia, Australia, Hong Kong, and South Korea have all evinced an interest in investment, East Kalimantan Governor Isran Noor has disclosed.

Earlier this year, President Joko Widodo said, “The new capital city is not merely a move of government offices. The goal is to build a new smart city that is competitive at the global level. Building a new locomotive for the transformation of Indonesia into an Indonesia based on innovation, technology, green economy. This is where we will start.”

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Written by: Rini Utami, Aditya Ramadhan, Resinta S, Editor: Suharto (c) ANTARA 2022

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Indonesia Market Poised for Big Growth in Streaming

For the first time in three years the Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) returned to Jakarta to host Indonesia in View 2022, an event that welcomed some of the industry’s biggest players for a day of discussions dissecting the opportunities for growth in this expansive market.

Opening comments were made by Yuliandre Darwis, Commissioner with the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) who talked about the development of the KPI over the last twenty years, and the hope for revisions to the broadcasting law which could see greater responsibilities given to them.

Highlights of the Indonesia in View Report, to be published by AVIA, were given by Bettina Cavenagh, President Director, Clarity Research Indonesia, outlining the state of Indonesia’s video markets in the post-pandemic economy. Pay television had plateaued and while DTH services were the biggest victims of increased broadband penetration, cable numbers were increasing meaning the overall pay TV market remained significant, even if ARPU’s were under pressure. But all eyes were now on the premium OTT market. Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) has grown by more than 50% from 2020 to 2021, to 11.5M subscribers, while digital advertising grew by 33% over the same period. This set the scene for much debate throughout the conference on the relative merits of the subscription versus the advertising led business model for OTT.

In a conversation around growth and monetization, Hermawan Sutanto, COO of Vidio talked of the need to educate the market to pay for premium OTT services and Guntur Siboro, Country Head for Lionsgate Play further made the point that ad supported VOD (AVOD) was a different ballgame which required significant investment to monetise successfully. Whatever the business model, Avijit Duta, Deputy Country Manager for Viu, emphasized the need for the business to be sustainable and everyone was witnessing rising production costs as the production talent pool was still limited today.

In his keynote conversation, Sutanto Hartono, Managing Director of EMTEK and CEO of SCM and Vidio, discussed Vidio’s emphasis on local originals and live sports as differentiators in their quest to acquire customers and keep churn down. While sports rights were expensive and not owned in perpetuity, they played a crucial role in a growth strategy. Marlo Budiman, CEO & President Director, Link Net, later added that while the pay TV market had plateaued, its death knell had not quite sounded yet and also attributed this to the role of sports and original content keeping OTT churn low.

Clarissa Tanoesoedibjo, Managing Director of MNC’s Vision+, also talked about the importance of local original content and that Vision+ was increasing their investment in this sector for the service. She also pointed out that while Vision+ was primarily subscription led, the accompanying RCTI+ service was advertising led.

There was little doubt about the importance advertising played in the growth prospects for the market when Gavin Buxton, Managing Director, Asia for Magnite, Florencia Eka, Country Manager, Client Services, for The Trade Desk, and Lesley Simpson, Country Manager for WeTV and iflix Indonesia, got together. They agreed that OTT was the natural evolution of TV and provided unique opportunities for digital advertisers given the engagement with viewers. And while fragmentation of services was an issue, it was clear that there was more than enough scale in premium OTT as they looked forward to sustained growth in the sector.

Indonesia in View is generously sponsored by Gold Sponsors A+E Networks, Vidio and Vision+ and Silver Sponsors Akamai, Broadpeak, CDNetworks, Conviva, INVIDI, Irdeto, NAGRA, SES, TV5MONDE and YouTube.

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Indonesia recommends Energy Transition Policies at B20 ESC Meeting

The B20 Energy, Sustainability, and Climate (ESC) Task Force has drafted recommendations and policy actions on global energy transition during the 5th call meeting that was held virtually on June 21, 2022.

Deputy Chair of the Energy, Sustainability and Climate Task Force Agung Wicaksono speaks at the B20 Side Event: Energy, Sustainability & Climate Task Force, held virtually on Tuesday, June 21 (ANTARA/HO-PT Pertamina)

According to the Task Force’s deputy chair, Agung Wicaksono, the recommendations and policies have been intensively discussed by the members for the last five months, and the drafts mark the end of the journey of the planning process.

“It is truly an honor and privilege for me to convene the last Task Force Call Meeting today, and especially for all members who have been present to share their thoughts and bright ideas and dedicate themselves to the goal solutions of co-financing the global energy sustainability and climate change issues,” Wicaksono said in a statement released Wednesday.

On the same day during a side event held in Rome, Italy, Wicaksono also said that the Task Force had worked closely in advancing global cooperation, which is an important element in drafting policy recommendations.

“I believe our Task Force is one of the most anticipated and enthusiastic in this B20 event because up to this date, we have received more than hundreds comments and inputs from all of us. It is not an easy task to incorporate all valuable perspectives and ideas into the policy drafts,” he added.

The fifth draft is the result of a meticulous decision to accommodate, integrate, and simplify ideas so that they can be attainable.

“Furthermore, after the last meeting, we have also included the KPIs and SDGs monitoring, as well as the final policy drafts. However, we would like to inform you that this fifth draft cannot be altered substantially,” Wicaksono said.

Meanwhile, the Policy Manager of the B20 ESC Task Force Indonesia, Oki Muraza, announced the last three policy recommendations, the first is to increase the global cooperation in accelerating the sustainable energy transition by reducing the intensity of carbon energy use through various channels.

“The main highlights in this recommendation are promoting energy efficiency, creating coal-fired power plants in gradual stages, reducing emissions from sectors that are difficult to reduce, facilitating financing to developing countries, and innovating climate technology,” Muraza said.

The second recommendation is to increase global cooperation to ensure a just, orderly, and affordable transition to sustainable energy use in all developed and developing countries.

“(Through) running an orderly transition in primary energy sources, involving the participation of MSMEs in the energy transition, preparing for the transition of the workforce, and implementing sustainable mining practices,” he said.

Lastly, the third recommendation is to increase global cooperation to extend the access to consumers and their ability to utilize clean modern energy.

“We must develop integrated energy solutions so that the access to clean energy can be reached to the level of household and MSME, as well as carrying out a broad energy transition,” Muraza said.

The all three policy recommendations mentioned will be brought further to the B20-G20 Dialogue in July, and later be included the policy formulation at the G20 Indonesia Presidency 2022.

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Written by: Yashinta Difa Pramudyani, Editor: Fardah Assegaf (c) ANTARA 2022

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