26 September 2016

[260916.EN.BIZ] OECD Trims Global Growth Forecast Based On Slowdown In World Trade

THE Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has reduced its global growth forecasts by 0.1 to 2.9 per cent this year while expecting 3.2 per cent growth next year.

In the first quarter the volume of world trade dropped and will fall short of overall output growth in the full year, the OECD, traditionally a gathering of affluent countries, reported Bloomberg.

"Trade growth rates have deteriorated dramatically since the financial crisis," said OECD economist Catherine Mann. "Some might say this is a good thing. No, this is damaging and it shows up as a decline in productivity growth."

Since the 2008 financial crisis, policy makers have struggled to revive both trade and growth. The OECD warned that the expansions in developed economies are weakening as major emerging market commodity producers show only a "gradual improvement."

The US economy is forecast to grow 1.4 per cent this year, down from the 1.8 per cent predicted in June, according to the report. The euro-area forecast was cut by 0.1 point to 1.5 per cent, and the outlook for Japan was lowered 0.1 point to 0.6 per cent.

The OECD also reduced its prediction for the UK's 2017 economic output by one percentage point to one per cent following the Brexit vote.


Source : HKSG.

[260916.ID.BIZ] Chairman Lotte Group Terancam Ditangkap Kejaksaan Korea Selatan

Bisnis.com, SEOUL -- Kejaksaan Korea Selatan disebut telah melayangkan surat perintah penangkapan kepada Shin Dong-bin, Chairman dari Lotte Group. Aksi itu menjadi perputaran baru dalam penyelidikan kriminal dari konglomerat terbesar kelima dari Negeri Gingseng tersebut.

Seperti dilansir Reuters  pada Senin (26/9/2016), seorang jaksa yang tidak mau disebutkan namanya menyebutkan pihak kejaksaan melayangkan surat perintah penangkapan itu sebagai bagian dari penyelidikan atas dugaan penggelapan dan pelanggaran kepercayaan.

Pihak Lotte Group pun masih enggan berkomentar terkait surat perintah penangkapan kepada chairmannya tersebut. Salah satu perusahaan konglomerasi Korea Selatan terbesar itu juga enggan mengungkapkan keberadaan Dong-bin.

"Kami sepenuhnya akan bekerja sama untuk proses  penyelidikan," ujar pihak Lotte Group menanggapi hal tersebut.


Sumber : Bisnis Indonesia, 26.09.16.

25 September 2016

[250916.EN.BIZ] Coscon Signs On To INTTRA's eVGM Box Weight Conveyance System

COSCO Container Lines (COSCON) has extended relationship with INTTRA, the ocean shipping electronic marketplace by joining its eVGM network that conveys container weight to all it may concern.

The UN's International Maritime Organisation's (IMO) Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Verified Gross Mass (VGM) amendment requires every container to have a VGM - or certified weight - to be loaded aboard ship.

"COSCON is market-oriented and strives to ensure client satisfaction. As a company, we will continue to comply with the latest international standards and methods to improve our service quality," said COSCON.

Said INTTRA vice president John Vitkus: "INTTRA is pleased to expand its excellent relationship with COSCON by welcoming the company to the INTTRA eVGM network."

Source : HKSG.

[250916.ID.BIZ] Kajian Soal Trans-Pacific Partnership Diperpanjang, Peluang RI Ikut Kian Besar

Bisnis.com, JAKARTA—Masa tenggat rampungnya kajian komprehensif atas perjanjian Trans-Pacific Partnership diundur hingga November 2016. Meski demikian, kecenderungan Indonesia untuk bergabung dalam perjanjian multilateral tersebut kian kuat.

Menteri Perdagangan Enggartiasto Lukita mengatakan Presiden Joko Widodo memang meminta tiap kementerian terkait melakukan kajian komprehensif dampak keikutsertaan Indonesia dalam Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) sebagai landasan pengambilan keputusan. Awalnya, kajian tersebut ditargetkan rampung Juli 2016.

Kendati begitu, pemerintah memperpanjang masa tenggat rampungnya kajian yakni sebelum November 2016. “Karena kan November ada APEC . Jadi kemudian di sana kami akan beriringan untuk RCEP dan TPP ini, jadi kami akan berselancar untuk itu,” jelas Enggar kepada Bisnis, belum lama ini.

Enggar menyebut, dalam konferensi multilateral dengan beberapa negara di China dan Laos awal bulan ini, Presiden Jokowi pun telah disambut hangat oleh beberapa negara yang akan tergabung dalam TPP. Terutama, lanjutnya, yakni oleh Presiden Amerika Serikat Barrack Obama.

“Saya harus bilang Presiden kita luar biasa berselancar betul, sehingga Indonesia sekarang menjadi fokus, bahkan body language Obama hangat betul ke Presiden Jokowi.”

Sementara itu, Kepala Badan Pengkajian dan Pengembangan Perdagangan Kementerian Perdagangan (Kemendag) Tjahya Widayanti mengatakan jika Indonesia masuk dalam keanggotaan TPP, sektor tekstil dan alas kaki menjadi penerima manfaat terbesar. Sebab, dua sektor tersebut akan diuntungkan karena penurunan tarif di negara-negara TPP.

Diproyeksikan, ekspor tekstil dan alas kaki Indonesia masing-masing akan naik sebesar 22% dan 18%. Dengan kenaikan itu, Kemendag menghitung ekspor tekstil dan alas kaki akan menyumbang 70% tambahan ekspor usai Indonesia bergabung di TPP. Adapun, sektor olahan makanan, mesin, karet, dan produk kimia juga dinilai akan mencatatkan peningkatan ekspor yang signifikan.

Sebaliknya, riset Kemendag menunjukkan arus impor akan kian deras pada sektor permesinan, elektronik, dan transportasi. Sebab, Kemendag memandang akan ada peningkatan produksi pada sektor elektronik, jasa konstruksi, serta manufaktur usai masuk ke TPP. Namun, Tjahya menyebut barang yang diimpor merupakan barang modal dan berbentuk parts & component. “Jadi bukan barang jadi.”

Dari sisi perdagangan, Tjahya mengatakan Indonesia juga akan kehilangan potensi transaksi senilai US$306 juta jika tak bergabung dalam TPP, akibat pengalihan perdagangan ke negara anggota TPP.

Jika TPP berlangsung tanpa Indonesia, Kemendag juga melihat potensi perdangan hanya sebesar US$20 miliar. Kebalikannya, jika Indonesia menyatakan keikutsertaannya, maka potensi perdagangan naik ke level US$26 miliar. Indonesia pun dinilai akan menjadi penerima manfaat ekspor terbesar keempat setelah Jepang, Amerika, dan Vietnam.

Hingga kini, terang Tjahya, tiap kementerian terkait yang terimbas TPP tengah menyusun kajian kmprehensif terkait dampak keputusan Indonesia atas keikutsertaan di perjanjian tersebut. Per awal bulan ini, posisi draf kajian telah mencapai 75% dan berada di Kementerian Koordinasi Bidang Perekonomian.

Sumber : Bisnis Indonesia, 24.09.16.

24 September 2016

[240916.EN.BIZ] Empty Containers To Be Vegetable Farms Under Student Design Concept

A DESIGN student, Philippe Hohlfeld from London's Royal College of Art, has devised an original way of using the space in the millions of empty shipping containers circulating annually around the world as floating mini vegetable farms.

Mr Hohlfeld has developed 'Grow Frame" - a collapsible hydroponic 'mini farm" that could grow vegetables inside empty boxes on their weeks-long return ocean journey to Asia, notably to China, Reuters reported.

"Grow Frame tackles the challenge that half of all containers going to China are empty, and that means 13 million containers annually are travelling around with just air. And when I heard about that I thought: 'That's not a problem; that's an opportunity," Mr Hohlfeld told the news agency.

The 'mini farms" would cultivate vegetables - notably cabbages, spinach, lettuces and bean sprouts - with plants grown in small individual plastic bags containing all the water and nutrients needed to feed the plant during the trip. Adjustable battery-powered LED lights would provide precisely the right spectrum of light for optimal growth.

To keep the climate inside each container as natural as possible, Mr Hohlfeld is planning to grow mushrooms - which turn oxygen back into CO2 - to help balance the micro ecosystem.

He believes that the energy-efficient lights and the battery would hold enough power for the duration of the voyage, which can be typically be around four weeks for vessels plying the UK-China route.

The design student is now looking for funding to help turn the concept into a reality, the report added. He estimates it would cost around GBP9,000 (US$12,000) to develop and manufacture the first frames, and a further GBP6,000 to pay for a shipping trial, but underlined that the potential profitability of the reusable system would quickly recoup the initial costs.

Source : HKSG.

[240916.ID.BIZ] Pembangunan KEK Mandalika Masih Terkendala

Bisnis.com, MATARAM -- Pemerintah daerah provinsi Nusa Tenggara Barat berharap pemerintah pusat bisa memberikan perhatian terhadap keberlangsungan pembangunan kawasan ekonomi khusus Mandalika.

Wakil Gubernur Nusa Tenggara Barat Muh. Amin mengatakan permasalahan anggaran menjadi salah satu batu sandungan pembangunan di wilayah Kabupaten Lombok Tengah ini.

"Inilah yang kami terus lakukan, karena ini juga merupakan bagian dari direktif Presiden. Saya kira bagaimana mau membangun 10 kawasan prioritas kalau anggarannya saja tersendat-sendat dan pembangunan infrastruktur dasar tidak lengkap," ujar Amin kepada media di Mataram, Kamis (22/9/2016).

Amin juga menyesalkan belum optimalnya pembangunan wilayah di kawasan tersebut yang susah bebas dari sengketa. Menurutnya, kawasan yang sudah siap untuk dibangun lebih luas dibandingkan dengan lahan sengketa.

"Yang clear sudah lebih besar, yang belum clear kan cuma sedikit. Maksud kami yang sudah clear ini dikerjakan terlebih dahulu," ujar Amin.

Amin berharap penyelesaian sengketa lahan ini bisa segera diselesaikan sesuai dengan aturan yang berlaku agar proses pengembangan wilayah tidak lagi tertunda.

Kebutuhan anggaran untuk pembangunan di KEK Mandalika diperkirakan mencapai Rp3,3 triliun. Sebelumnya pemerintah sudah menggelontorkan dana senilai Rp250 miliar melalui skema penanaman modal negara (PNM).

Sumber : Bisnis Indonesia, 23.09.16.

23 September 2016

[230916.EN.BIZ] DHL Opens US$2.2 Million 1,353-square Metre Jakarta Airport Facility

GERMANY's DHL Express has opened a EUR2 million (US$2.2 million) 1,353-square metre Jakarta airport facility to support the growing trade with Indonesia, the company announced

The world's leading express service provider has launched its Jakarta Gateway 530 at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

It is designed to support businesses in and out of Indonesia and operates in addition to the old Jakarta Gateway which has been running at full capacity in recent years.

With the ability to manage twice the number of containers as compared to Jakarta Gateway 510, the new state-of-the-art unit has the capacity to handle up to 20 million kilogrammes of shipments and process two million shipments per annum.

The new facility employs 75 people including nine dangerous good certified staff to ensure shipments processed by DHL Express meet IATA standards.

Said DHL Express Asia Pacific CEO Ken Lee: "This new facility allows DHL to continue supporting the growing export and import needs in Indonesia by providing greater access to international markets."

Mr Lee said small and medium sized companies play a vital role, contributing 57 per cent of Indonesia's GDP.

The Jakarta Gateway 530 is equipped with advanced equipment such as a Dual View X-Ray security screening, heavy duty x-ray security, and an explosive trace detector system to ensure the safety and security of each shipment.


Source : HKSG.