Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok). (ANTARA/Puspa Perwitasari)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, familiarly known as Ahok, is formulating a gubernatorial regulation to revoke the 3-in-1 traffic policy.

"After a trial removal of the 3-in-1 policy for one month, we will revoke it," Ahok stated here on Friday.

The governor had observed a reduction in traffic on Jakartas main roads following the 30-day trial removal.

After the trial removal was introduced, some drivers have opted to use alternate routes, while there has been an increase in the number of commuters using means of public transportation in Jakarta, such as the Transjakarta Bus Rapid Transit and free city buses, Ahok noted.

"During the trial period, the number of passengers using double decker buses had increased to four thousand per day. As many as six double decker buses ply in the capital city, and we plan to increase their fleet," Ahok affirmed.

The Jakarta administration will revoke the 3-in-1 policy on May 16, 2016.

The 3-in-1 policy was applied to reduce congestion as it could restrict the number of vehicles plying in the city.

The policy was imposed on Jakartas five main avenues: Sisingamangaraja, Jenderal Sudirman, M.H. Thamrin, Medan Merdeka Barat, and Jenderal Gatot Subroto roads.

Source: Antara News

Finnish company to explore investment opportunities in Indonesias energy sector

Jumat, 13 Mei 2016 18:14 WIB | 766 Views

Finnish company to explore investment opportunities in Indonesias energy sector

Fortum Invesment. (fortum.com)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Finnish energy company Fortum will explore investment opportunities in the renewable energy sector in Indonesia.

The intention was voiced by Fortum Investment Vice President Pasi Mikkonen while paying a courtesy call on Vice President M. Jusuf Kalla, here, Friday.

"We are here to personally explore various potential areas of investment in the field of renewable energy. Earlier, we had been engaged in the biomass field in several other countries," Mikkonen remarked.

The company plans to invest in major cities that are still facing a power deficit. Fortum will likely invest in wind or solar power plants.

Mikkonen stated that Fortum usually invested in three to five power plants in a country.

Over the last seven years, Fortum has invested more than two billion euros in the renewable energy sector in many countries, including seven European nations.

Indonesia donates two ambulances to Egypt

Jumat, 13 Mei 2016 18:03 WIB | 866 Views

Indonesia donates two ambulances to Egypt

Ambassador Helmy Fauzi. (ANTARA)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia, through its ambassador to Egypt Helmy Fauzi, donated two ambulances to the Egyptian Red Crescent in Cairo.

According to a press release from the Indonesian Embassy in Cairo made available to ANTARA News here on Friday, the ambulances were donated by the Indonesian people through the National Humanitarian Foundation and Zakat Institute (PKPU) and the Indonesian Red Crescent on Thursday (May 12).

It said the Indonesian ambassador had officially handed over the two ambulances to Egyptian Red Crescent Secretary General Moamena Kamel.

Fauzi believes that this form of assistance is a testament to the close historical ties between the two countries since Indonesia had not yet gained freedom, and Egypt was the first country to have recognized its independence.

"The grant is part of the expression of love of the Indonesians for the Egyptian people. The Indonesian people will help those in need regardless of their religious background, nationality, and race. Egypt is a country that had become a friend since Indonesia gained independence," Helmy stated.

Meanwhile, Kamel lauded the constant support offered by the Indonesian people to Egypt. In addition to the ambulances, the Indonesian community in Egypt has also routinely organized blood donation programs for the Egyptian people through the Egyptian Red Crescent.

"We hope that the sound relations between both countries will continue to progress, manifested by the exchange of expertise on risk mitigation where Indonesia has significant experience, among other things," Kamel affirmed.

Both ambulances are intended to be used in medical and humanitarian missions in the Egyptian Red Crescents working areas in the provinces of Gharbeya and Beheira.

He stated that the aid, in the form of ambulances, provided by the Indonesian people will have a major impact on improving health services, especially at the hospitals in Gharbeya.

Source: Antara News