Enhancing data governance through the 3rd DEWG meeting

JAKARTA, Aug 9, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – The implementation of equitable and inclusive Data Free Flow with Trust (DFFT) and Cross-Border Data Flow (CBDF) had become crucial issues nowadays as data traffic between countries kept increasing.




Hence, as chairman of the 2022 G20 presidency, Indonesia proposed four principles of fairness, lawfulness, transparency, and reciprocity for the implementation of cross-border data governance.

Through the 3rd Digital Economy Working Group (DEWG) Meeting, held in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Province, on July 20-22, 2022, Indonesia highlighted digital skills and literacy as the second priority issues of the DEWG, as well as the DFFT and CBDF as its third priority issue that will enhance the Bali Package document.

The Ministry of Communication and Informatics has consulted with G20 members and partners to follow up on the results of previous meetings to be accommodated into a declaration draft, known as the Bali Package.

The Bali Package will reflect the commitment of G20 members to achieve recovery through inclusive, empowering, and sustainable cooperation.

Additionally, Communication and Informatics Minister Johnny G. Plate expected that the 3rd DEWG meeting could establish three deliverables.

The deliverables include the recommendations and policies to increase the vulnerable groups' involvement in the digital economy sector; a G20 Toolkit on digital skills, literacy, and workshop; as well as a summary of practices and policies to develop advanced digital skills and literacy.

The G20 members also sought a common understanding on a clear definition of trust and general principles in implementing the cross-border data flow.

Spokesperson for the Communication and Informatics Ministry Dedy Permadi said all parties involved in the 3rd DEWG Meeting agreed to strengthen the cross-border data governance.

"The Digital Economy Working Group or DEWG had completed discussions regarding the CBDF," he stated.

The results of the working group's discussions will be presented at the G20 Digital Economy Ministers' Meeting, which is scheduled to take place in Bali, in early September 2022.

A workshop had been implemented on the last day of the 3rd DEWG Meeting to enhance the discussion on the CBDF and establish a common agreement on the agenda.

In addition to the G20 members, a number of private actors, international organizations, academics, and non-governmental organizations were also invited, since the workshop served as a multi-stakeholder dialogue forum.

"Thus, the agenda does not only contain the government's interest, hence, the cross-border data flow agenda will be able to provide comprehensive recommendations," Permadi, who was also the Alternate Chair of 2022 G20 DEWG, remarked.

The effort showed Indonesia's commitment in pursuing concrete deliverables to realize beneficial data utilization for all to encourage the recovery of the global digital economy.

Additionally, the Director General of Informatics Application at the ministry, Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan, stated the value of Indonesia's digital economy was projected to reach US$124 billion (Rp1,855 trillion) in 2025.

To optimize the potentials, Indonesia will hold a 2022 G20 DEWG side event entitled G20 Digital Innovative Network, themed 'The Rise of Digital Economy: Post-pandemic Recovery and Beyond'.

The forum aims to facilitate knowledge-sharing as well as international partnerships among start-ups, venture capitalists, policy makers, and corporations to solve various global challenges.

It was initiated by Italy's 2021 G20 Presidency under the name of G20 Digital Innovation League.

The G20 Digital Innovative Network aims to find the 100 most promising start-ups in five priority sectors of healthcare, renewable energy, smart society, financial inclusivity, and supply chain.

Start-up pitching, discussion panels, 1-on-1 business meetings, networking sessions, as well as cultural events will be held in a hybrid way during the implementation of the forum in Bali on September 2-4, 2022.

The registration for the forum has been opened to the public at g20innovationnetwork.org.

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RI strives to bridge differences in G20 to overcome economic challenges

JAKARTA, Jul 18, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – The third Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (FMCBG) meeting within the framework of Indonesia's G20 Presidency kicked off in Nusa Dua, Badung, Bali, on Friday (July 15).


The 3rd Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (FMCBG) Meeting of G20 in Nusa Dua, Badung, Bali, on 16 July. (ANTARA FOTO/Fikri Yusuf/Pool/wsj)


The meeting aims to seek ways to promote better global economic recovery amid the issues or challenges that had become more apparent nowadays.

"G20 needs to (apply more measures) by taking real actions based on the spirit of coordination, collaboration, and consensus in order to solve global issues," Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati delivered the statement during the opening of the meeting.

In total, 407 delegations were physically present in Bali, and 120 attended the event through virtual means. Some 19 finance ministers and 11 governors of Central Banks were also physically present. Thereby making it the one with the most number of physical attendees during the course of Indonesia's G20 presidency.

Minister Indrawati stated that the presence of majority of the delegations of member countries, guest nations, and international organizations demonstrated global commitment and willingness to support the Indonesian G20 Presidency, as well as promote a sustainable economy, especially in the midst of global challenges.

Bridging Differences
Indonesia is committed to bridging various differences and becoming the main supporter of multilateralism in the G20 forum to overcome various current global economic challenges.

"We want to be an honest liaison. Indonesia will tirelessly seek communications and consultations, so we can continue to build bridges to accommodate the differences," the minister noted while opening the 3rd G20 FMCBG meeting.

The 3rd FMCBG meeting discussed seven priority agendas, comprising the current situation and risks of the global economy, health issues, international financial architecture, financial issues, sustainable finance, infrastructure development, and international taxation.

Meanwhile, several issues that became part of the priority agenda are the impacts of the Russian-Ukraine conflict on global food, energy, and financial security.

On the second day of the meeting on Saturday, Indrawati announced that all G20 members has agreed on the majority of the meeting results despite tensions over Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Indrawati conveyed that the meeting succeeded in agreeing on a number of initiatives, and successfully garnering support to overcome various global economic and financial problems.

"There are 14 paragraphs of the draft on the result of this two-days meeting," Indrawati stated on her speech delivering the results of the meeting.

She mentioned that two paragraphs of the result draft containing different views of several G20 members, one of which was regarding the use of the word "war" on several issues.

Indonesia and other G20 members, however, should still place the G20 as the world's largest economic cooperation forum that has a long history of solving various global problems.

Additionally, Bank Indonesia (BI) Governor Perry Warjiyo has called upon all G20 members to commit to working together to support global economic recovery in order to realize a sustainable, balanced, and inclusive world economy.

"It is important for us to stay focused on what we have planned to achieve this year," Warjiyo said at the opening of the second day of the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (3rd FMCBG) meeting.

Such a focus, according to Warjiyo, will send a positive message to the global community about the role and efforts of the G20 toward supporting recovery.

During Saturday's meeting, the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors discussed five topics including COVID-19 exit strategies for ensuring financial stability, climate-related financial risks, crypto assets, financial inclusion and digitization, and initiatives to address new data gaps.

Written by: Yuni Arisandy Sinaga, Editor: Fardah Assegaf (c) ANTARA 2022

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Malaysia Witnesses 31% YoY Hiring Growth

Retail and Tourism roles drive high demand: Monster Employment Index

  • Overall hiring improved by 31 per cent on a year-on-year basis
  • Retail led with triple-digit growth of 321% annually in the Malaysian job market
  • Demand for professionals across Hospitality and Travel roles surged as tourism bounces back in the country

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, July 15, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – The Malaysian job market has recorded a 31% growth in job demand this June indicating a spree in hiring activity on an annual basis. A number of segments hit hardest by Covid-19 have shown promising signs of resurgence, as per the Monster Employment Index (MEI).

An upsurge of 15% was registered for hiring activity over the last six months, while month-on-month growth improved at 5% projecting a continuous demand in the job market.

Despite two years of restriction on public activities, rising prices, and the current labour crisis, the retail industry in Malaysia has moved towards recovery with a 321% year-on-year growth in job activity in June 2022. Moreover, retail sales in the country are projected to grow at the rate of 25.7% in the current quarter as per Malaysian retail associations. While the country has seen a number of retail closures over the pandemic, consumer sentiments soar high showcasing a positive outlook for this segment in the months to come.

Commenting on job trends for June 2022, Sekhar Garisa, CEO, Monster.com – APAC & Gulf said, “Companies today are ramping up their demand for a digital-first future-ready workforce amidst the ongoing talent crunch we see globally. Jobs in Malaysia have come back and several industries have begun to almost reflect pre-pandemic business functioning with steadfast recovery especially across deeply impacted segments like Tourism, Hospitality, and Retail. With flexible work arrangements gaining popularity in the job market, we are optimistic to see continued growth and resilience in the coming months.”

Following retail, the Hospitality segment (up 65 percent) has also seen a huge inflow of demand for professionals in tourism and travel related industries with the user penetration rate nearing the pre-pandemic levels. With improved business sentiments and airline travel ramping up, tourism in the country has certainly picked up accompanied by the consequent rise in demand for skilled talent. Logistic, Courier/ Freight/ Transportation, Shipping/ Marine (up 51 percent) also noted a huge jump in hiring activity being next in the rung, followed by rapid digitization in BFSI (up 32 percent).

Other sectors that noted promising growth in June include Production/Manufacturing, Automotive and Ancillary (up 4 percent), IT, Telecom/ISP, BPO/ITES (up 5 percent), Advertising, Market Research, Public Relations, Media and Entertainment (up 16 percent) and Engineering, Construction and Real Estate (up 19 percent).

Across roles, the Malaysian job market exhibited maximum demand for professionals in Hospitality & Travel (up 162 percent) driven by travel resumption from neighbouring countries coupled with strong domestic tourism. Interestingly, all 9 functions monitored by the Index saw positive growth over the course of June 2022 projecting a great demand influx for the market.

Given the impressive performance of retail, roles in Customer Service (up 79 percent) increased, followed by Software, Hardware, Telecom (up 58 percent). Finance & Accounts (up 52 percent) and Sales & Business Development (up 41 percent) also observed a rise.

The Monster Employment Index is a broad monthly analysis of online job posting activity conducted by Monster India. Based on a real-time review of millions of employer job opportunities culled from a large, representative selection of online career outlets, the Monster Employment Index presents a snapshot of employer online recruitment activity nationwide.

Period for the report

The period considered for the MEI data is 1st to 30th June 2022.

About Monster APAC & Middle East

Monster (a Quess Company), the leading online career and recruitment resource, with its cutting-edge technology provides relevant profiles to employers and jobs to jobseekers across industry verticals, experience levels, and geographies. More than 200 million people have registered on the Monster Worldwide network. Today, with operations in more than 40 countries, Monster provides the widest and most sophisticated job seeking, career management, recruitment, and talent management capabilities globally.

Monster continues its pioneering work of transforming the recruiting industry with advanced technology using intelligent digital, social and mobile solutions, and a vast array of products and services.

To learn more about Monster in APAC & Gulf, visit: www.monsterindia.com | www.monstergulf.com | www.monster.com.sg | www.monster.com.my | www.monster.com.ph | www.monster.com.hk

Contact:

Yatharth Sharma
yatharth.sharma@monsterindia.com

Silky Sharma
silky.sharma@adfactorspr.com



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Malaysia Witnesses 31% YoY Hiring Growth

Retail and Tourism roles drive high demand: Monster Employment Index

  • Overall hiring improved by 31 per cent on a year-on-year basis
  • Retail led with triple-digit growth of 321% annually in the Malaysian job market
  • Demand for professionals across Hospitality and Travel roles surged as tourism bounces back in the country

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, July 15, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – The Malaysian job market has recorded a 31% growth in job demand this June indicating a spree in hiring activity on an annual basis. A number of segments hit hardest by Covid-19 have shown promising signs of resurgence, as per the Monster Employment Index (MEI).

An upsurge of 15% was registered for hiring activity over the last six months, while month-on-month growth improved at 5% projecting a continuous demand in the job market.

Despite two years of restriction on public activities, rising prices, and the current labour crisis, the retail industry in Malaysia has moved towards recovery with a 321% year-on-year growth in job activity in June 2022. Moreover, retail sales in the country are projected to grow at the rate of 25.7% in the current quarter as per Malaysian retail associations. While the country has seen a number of retail closures over the pandemic, consumer sentiments soar high showcasing a positive outlook for this segment in the months to come.

Commenting on job trends for June 2022, Sekhar Garisa, CEO, Monster.com – APAC & Gulf said, “Companies today are ramping up their demand for a digital-first future-ready workforce amidst the ongoing talent crunch we see globally. Jobs in Malaysia have come back and several industries have begun to almost reflect pre-pandemic business functioning with steadfast recovery especially across deeply impacted segments like Tourism, Hospitality, and Retail. With flexible work arrangements gaining popularity in the job market, we are optimistic to see continued growth and resilience in the coming months.”

Following retail, the Hospitality segment (up 65 percent) has also seen a huge inflow of demand for professionals in tourism and travel related industries with the user penetration rate nearing the pre-pandemic levels. With improved business sentiments and airline travel ramping up, tourism in the country has certainly picked up accompanied by the consequent rise in demand for skilled talent. Logistic, Courier/ Freight/ Transportation, Shipping/ Marine (up 51 percent) also noted a huge jump in hiring activity being next in the rung, followed by rapid digitization in BFSI (up 32 percent).

Other sectors that noted promising growth in June include Production/Manufacturing, Automotive and Ancillary (up 4 percent), IT, Telecom/ISP, BPO/ITES (up 5 percent), Advertising, Market Research, Public Relations, Media and Entertainment (up 16 percent) and Engineering, Construction and Real Estate (up 19 percent).

Across roles, the Malaysian job market exhibited maximum demand for professionals in Hospitality & Travel (up 162 percent) driven by travel resumption from neighbouring countries coupled with strong domestic tourism. Interestingly, all 9 functions monitored by the Index saw positive growth over the course of June 2022 projecting a great demand influx for the market.

Given the impressive performance of retail, roles in Customer Service (up 79 percent) increased, followed by Software, Hardware, Telecom (up 58 percent). Finance & Accounts (up 52 percent) and Sales & Business Development (up 41 percent) also observed a rise.

The Monster Employment Index is a broad monthly analysis of online job posting activity conducted by Monster India. Based on a real-time review of millions of employer job opportunities culled from a large, representative selection of online career outlets, the Monster Employment Index presents a snapshot of employer online recruitment activity nationwide.

Period for the report

The period considered for the MEI data is 1st to 30th June 2022.

About Monster APAC & Middle East

Monster (a Quess Company), the leading online career and recruitment resource, with its cutting-edge technology provides relevant profiles to employers and jobs to jobseekers across industry verticals, experience levels, and geographies. More than 200 million people have registered on the Monster Worldwide network. Today, with operations in more than 40 countries, Monster provides the widest and most sophisticated job seeking, career management, recruitment, and talent management capabilities globally.

Monster continues its pioneering work of transforming the recruiting industry with advanced technology using intelligent digital, social and mobile solutions, and a vast array of products and services.

To learn more about Monster in APAC & Gulf, visit: www.monsterindia.com | www.monstergulf.com | www.monster.com.sg | www.monster.com.my | www.monster.com.ph | www.monster.com.hk

Contact:

Yatharth Sharma
yatharth.sharma@monsterindia.com

Silky Sharma
silky.sharma@adfactorspr.com



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Energy transition collaboration to tackle global warming: Pertamina

JAKARTA, Jul 15, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – Indonesia's oil and gas state-owned enterprise PT Pertamina has encouraged collaboration between countries for energy transition in order to tackle global warming.


Pertamina President Director Nicke Widyawati (middle) in a B20 dialogue themed "Sustainable Finance for Climate Transition" held in Bali on Thursday, July 14, 2022. (ANTARA/HO-PT Pertamina)


"Preventing global warming and climate change is a challenge for all countries in the world, both developed and developing countries, including energy companies and industry parties," the energy company stated in a release, Friday.

Pertamina President Director Nicke Widyawati noted that energy transition is the key to preventing catastrophic impacts of global warming and climate change, but energy transition efforts should not interfere with the unfinished development agenda in some developing countries.

Widyawati brought up this point, considering that the average energy consumption, emission expenditure, and income per capita of developing countries are generally below those of developed countries.

"Therefore, developed countries must support developing countries in the transition to sustainable energy if the world wants to have a chance to meet the global warming (reduction) target," she stated in a dialogue themed "Sustainable Finance for Climate Transition" held in Bali on Thursday (July 14).

She remarked that Pertamina — as an energy SOE — has allocated a capital expenditure (Capex) of 14 percent of its total investment funds to support the implementation of energy transition in Indonesia. The figure is much higher than the average investment of 4.3 percent for renewable energy made by any other world energy company.

"Overcoming climate change is one of Pertamina's Sustainability program strategies, with a target of reducing carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030, which is above Indonesia's nationally determined contribution (NDC) target," Widyawati noted.

She remarked that from 2010 to 2020, the company had succeeded in reducing 6.8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (MmtCO2E), or 27 percent, from 26 percent of the 2010 baseline.

Widyawati — who currently also serves as chair of the B20 Task Force for Energy, Sustainability, and Climate — emphasized that all energy transition efforts must be thoroughly planned in order to ensure energy security and accessibility for the entire community is well-maintained.

Pertamina will accelerate its energy transition efforts towards sustainable energy use as well as ensure a fair and affordable transition and improve energy security, she remarked.

Considering that energy transition requires high technology and costs, Widyawati further said that Pertamina is open to partnerships and collaborations with like-minded parties to encourage innovation and reduce technology costs for the transition effort.

"Pertamina's ambition is to become a leading global energy company with a good reputation and to be recognized as a company that implements the principles of ESG (environmental, social, and governance) in an integrated manner," she stated.

The dialog, held in a hybrid format, was also attended by Indonesian Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani, President Director of state-owned electric power corporation PLN Darmawan Prasojo, President Director of PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy (PGE) Ahmad Yunianto, and Vice President of Jinko Solar Co. Ltd. Dany Qian.

The Business 20 (B20) is the official G20 dialogue forum with the global business community. Established in 2010, B20 reserved companies and business organizations, and it is among the most prominent Engagement Groups in G20.

Contact: Fajriyah Usman, VP Corporate Communications, PT Pertamina (Persero)
M: +62 858 8330 8686, Email: fajriyah.usman@pertamina.com, URL: https://www.pertamina.com
Written by: Yuni Arisandy Sinaga, Editor: Fardah Assegaf (c) ANTARA 2022

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Energy transition collaboration to tackle global warming: Pertamina

JAKARTA, Jul 15, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – Indonesia's oil and gas state-owned enterprise PT Pertamina has encouraged collaboration between countries for energy transition in order to tackle global warming.



Pertamina President Director Nicke Widyawati (middle) in a B20 dialogue themed "Sustainable Finance for Climate Transition" held in Bali on Thursday, July 14, 2022. (ANTARA/HO-PT Pertamina)



"Preventing global warming and climate change is a challenge for all countries in the world, both developed and developing countries, including energy companies and industry parties," the energy company stated in a release, Friday.

Pertamina President Director Nicke Widyawati noted that energy transition is the key to preventing catastrophic impacts of global warming and climate change, but energy transition efforts should not interfere with the unfinished development agenda in some developing countries.

Widyawati brought up this point, considering that the average energy consumption, emission expenditure, and income per capita of developing countries are generally below those of developed countries.

"Therefore, developed countries must support developing countries in the transition to sustainable energy if the world wants to have a chance to meet the global warming (reduction) target," she stated in a dialogue themed "Sustainable Finance for Climate Transition" held in Bali on Thursday (July 14).

She remarked that Pertamina — as an energy SOE — has allocated a capital expenditure (Capex) of 14 percent of its total investment funds to support the implementation of energy transition in Indonesia. The figure is much higher than the average investment of 4.3 percent for renewable energy made by any other world energy company.

"Overcoming climate change is one of Pertamina's Sustainability program strategies, with a target of reducing carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030, which is above Indonesia's nationally determined contribution (NDC) target," Widyawati noted.

She remarked that from 2010 to 2020, the company had succeeded in reducing 6.8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (MmtCO2E), or 27 percent, from 26 percent of the 2010 baseline.

Widyawati — who currently also serves as chair of the B20 Task Force for Energy, Sustainability, and Climate — emphasized that all energy transition efforts must be thoroughly planned in order to ensure energy security and accessibility for the entire community is well-maintained.

Pertamina will accelerate its energy transition efforts towards sustainable energy use as well as ensure a fair and affordable transition and improve energy security, she remarked.

Considering that energy transition requires high technology and costs, Widyawati further said that Pertamina is open to partnerships and collaborations with like-minded parties to encourage innovation and reduce technology costs for the transition effort.

"Pertamina's ambition is to become a leading global energy company with a good reputation and to be recognized as a company that implements the principles of ESG (environmental, social, and governance) in an integrated manner," she stated.

The dialog, held in a hybrid format, was also attended by Indonesian Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani, President Director of state-owned electric power corporation PLN Darmawan Prasojo, President Director of PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy (PGE) Ahmad Yunianto, and Vice President of Jinko Solar Co. Ltd. Dany Qian.

The Business 20 (B20) is the official G20 dialogue forum with the global business community. Established in 2010, B20 reserved companies and business organizations, and it is among the most prominent Engagement Groups in G20.

Contact: Fajriyah Usman, VP Corporate Communications, PT Pertamina (Persero)
M: +62 858 8330 8686, Email: fajriyah.usman@pertamina.com, URL: https://www.pertamina.com
Written by: Yuni Arisandy Sinaga, Editor: Fardah Assegaf (c) ANTARA 2022

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Spritzer Rolls Out Iconic New Silica-Rich Natural Mineral Water Bottle

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 14, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – Malaysia's leading bottled water producer, Spritzer, has officially launched a new iconic bottle with a trendy and vibrant style made by fully recycled packaging made with recycled materials.



Group Chief Executive Officer of Spritzer, Mr. Lim Seng Lee



The bottle's sleek and modern-looking curve is shaped like a water droplet and is designed with an ergonomic grip. The turquoise colour scheme, a blend of blue and green, represents nature's purity, calmness, serenity and peace while the new corporate logo is inspired by the Company's pristine 390-acre water catchment area, which is within the protected rainforest vicinity in Taiping, Perak. The new bottles made with sustainable packaging allows consumers to recycle and to create new life to the packaging which directly helps to reduce carbon emission.

Group Chief Executive Officer of Spritzer, Mr. Lim Seng Lee said, "Spritzer is stepping up the Company's sustainability initiatives and the new iconic bottle serves the purpose of modern aesthetics as well as encouraging consumers to bring new life to the bottles through recycling, through 'New Look New Purpose'. The new look was inspired by nature. Every element of the label comes with a story, and the new purpose came from our fully recyclable packaging made with recycled material."

Spritzer is the number one mineral water brand in Malaysia with strong international recognition, and this is being pushed through with successful entry into key markets such as the United Kingdom, Netherlands, China, Hong Kong, and South Korea. With Spritzer continuing to expand its market reach, the new look as well as sustainable packaging will help in strengthening the brand's position internationally.

Lim added, "Spritzer continues to invest in research and development activities to share with consumers the research on the health benefits of drinking silica-rich natural mineral water. The benefits include how silica-rich mineral water can optimize the synthesis of collagen and helps to remove the aluminium level from our bodies."

Spritzer has received many accolades and awards over the years, including being awarded the Superior Taste Award by the International Taste Institute and the first Diamond Taste Award Mineral Water in Malaysia. Other awards include the Reader's Digest's Trusted Brands 2022 platinum award for 21 consecutive years.

The launch was also attended by renowned singer and actress Ayda Jebat as well as actor Meerqeen.

Spritzer would like to thank consumers for their support and loyalty over the years as they have been the reason for which the Company has endeavoured throughout the decades to ensure that its natural mineral water is of the highest quality and achieve a better and more sustainable future.

Spritzer Bhd: [Bursa: SPRITZER; 7103] [RIC: SPTZ:KL] [BB: SPZ:MK] [OTC: SPZRF], https://www.spritzer.com.my

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Spritzer Rolls Out Iconic New Silica-Rich Natural Mineral Water Bottle

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 14, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – Malaysia's leading bottled water producer, Spritzer, has officially launched a new iconic bottle with a trendy and vibrant style made by fully recycled packaging made with recycled materials.


Group Chief Executive Officer of Spritzer, Mr. Lim Seng Lee


The bottle's sleek and modern-looking curve is shaped like a water droplet and is designed with an ergonomic grip. The turquoise colour scheme, a blend of blue and green, represents nature's purity, calmness, serenity and peace while the new corporate logo is inspired by the Company's pristine 390-acre water catchment area, which is within the protected rainforest vicinity in Taiping, Perak. The new bottles made with sustainable packaging allows consumers to recycle and to create new life to the packaging which directly helps to reduce carbon emission.

Group Chief Executive Officer of Spritzer, Mr. Lim Seng Lee said, "Spritzer is stepping up the Company's sustainability initiatives and the new iconic bottle serves the purpose of modern aesthetics as well as encouraging consumers to bring new life to the bottles through recycling, through 'New Look New Purpose'. The new look was inspired by nature. Every element of the label comes with a story, and the new purpose came from our fully recyclable packaging made with recycled material."

Spritzer is the number one mineral water brand in Malaysia with strong international recognition, and this is being pushed through with successful entry into key markets such as the United Kingdom, Netherlands, China, Hong Kong, and South Korea. With Spritzer continuing to expand its market reach, the new look as well as sustainable packaging will help in strengthening the brand's position internationally.

Lim added, "Spritzer continues to invest in research and development activities to share with consumers the research on the health benefits of drinking silica-rich natural mineral water. The benefits include how silica-rich mineral water can optimize the synthesis of collagen and helps to remove the aluminium level from our bodies."

Spritzer has received many accolades and awards over the years, including being awarded the Superior Taste Award by the International Taste Institute and the first Diamond Taste Award Mineral Water in Malaysia. Other awards include the Reader's Digest's Trusted Brands 2022 platinum award for 21 consecutive years.

The launch was also attended by renowned singer and actress Ayda Jebat as well as actor Meerqeen.

Spritzer would like to thank consumers for their support and loyalty over the years as they have been the reason for which the Company has endeavoured throughout the decades to ensure that its natural mineral water is of the highest quality and achieve a better and more sustainable future.

Spritzer Bhd: [Bursa: SPRITZER; 7103] [RIC: SPTZ:KL] [BB: SPZ:MK] [OTC: SPZRF], https://www.spritzer.com.my

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Strong ESG implementation gets Pertamina international recognition

JAKARTA, Jul 13, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – State-owned oil and natural gas corporation PT Pertamina has gained recognition from several international institutions over its strong implementation of the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) approach this year.


Strong implementation of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) approach by Indonesian state-owned oil and natural gas corporation PT Pertamina this year gained recognition from a number of international institutions. (ANTARA/HO-PT Pertamina)


Pertamina's ESG implementation, which is getting stronger, has attracted international interest, as seen from the acknowledgment from a number of institutions and international awards, the company stated in a release received here on Tuesday.

The latest acknowledgment has come from JP Morgan, which included Pertamina in its ESG Emerging Market Bond Instrument (JESG EMBI) Index and assigned it a score of 44.2 in June 2022. The score is higher than the threshold of 20 set by JESG EMBI.

It shows that Pertamina has succeeded in improving its business, especially in terms of environmental insight, sustainability, and aspects of good governance, the company said.

"With this recognition, Pertamina has the opportunity to access wider funding in the market, including more competitive interest rates," it added.

Pertamina's position has also become more recognized globally as a motor that drives sustainability in Indonesia, especially since the country has also committed to implementing the Paris Agreement on reducing carbon emissions.

"In line with Pertamina's vision to become a sustainable global energy company, we continue to improve the company's ESG aspects in accordance with international sustainability practices so that our initiatives are in accordance with ESG standards," said Emma Sri Martini, Pertamina's finance director who is also a committee member of Pertamina Sustainability.

Pertamina has undertaken several measures in its sustainability efforts, including contributing to reducing carbon emissions, maintaining biodiversity, and implementing good corporate governance (GCG).

Further, Pertamina succeeded in reducing 7.4 million tons of carbon equivalent, or around 29 percent, by 2021 from the 2010 baseline.

Meanwhile, to maintain biodiversity, the company, in the past five years, has carried out conservation efforts for around 30 endemic animal species and around 24 plant species, most of which have become nearly extinct.

Regarding the implementation of GCG, Pertamina earlier this year won the Anti-Bribery Management System certification, which signifies the company's commitment to implementing accountable work practices.

Apart from its inclusion on the JP Morgan Index, Pertamina also received a number of awards for sustainability efforts.

In June 2022, Pertamina and its affiliate, Pertamina Hulu Rokan, won the Indonesian Sustainability Business Award (SBA) in the "Highly Recommended" category.

The SBA is given to companies that are considered to have a very strong sustainability commitment and demonstrate consistent efforts in various sustainability areas as well as have a good road map for sustainability implementation.

SBA Indonesia has been instituted by Global Initiatives, an international company based in Singapore that is concerned with sustainability issues. Global Initiatives organizes the award program with some local partners, namely PwC Indonesia, the Indonesian Business Council for Sustainable Development (IBCSD), Control Union, and the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin).

The award is also held in several other countries besides Indonesia, namely Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand.

Earlier, Pertamina had also received an ESG score of 28.1 from Sustainalytics in 2021, which reflected a moderate level of risk, on par with other companies such as Spanish energy company Repsol and Italian oil industry company ENI.

In addition, the World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) also placed Pertamina 49th out of 100 oil and gas companies in the WBA Climate & Energy topic.

"We also encourage all Pertamina sub-holdings and affiliates to improve the implementation of ESG aspects, so that the company's operational and business programs can further implement some applicable rules according to ESG best practices," Martini said.

Launched in 2018, the WBA seeks to generate a movement around increasing the private sector's impact on efforts to build a sustainable future for all.

Contact: Fajriyah Usman, VP Corporate Communications, PT Pertamina (Persero)
M: +62 858 8330 8686, Email: fajriyah.usman@pertamina.com, URL: https://www.pertamina.com
Written by: Yuni Arisandy Sinaga, Editor: Rahmad Nasution (c) ANTARA 2022

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Indonesian peace mission on Russia-Ukraine conflict

JAKARTA, Jul 3, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – President Joko Widodo has accomplished his visits to Ukraine and Russia on Thursday evening (June 30) to invite both countries to build dialogue, stop the war, and build peace.


President Joko Widodo has visited Kyiv, Ukraine, for a peace mission. (Laily Rachev – Biro Pers Sekretariat Presiden)


President started his mission by visiting Kiev, Ukraine. At the Maryinsky Palace, Kyiv, Jokowi was greeted by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Wednesday afternoon (June 29).

For Ukraine, that day was a historic day, as President Jokowi's visit was the first one to be made by an Asian leader since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Jokowi, during a joint press statement with Zelenskyy, conveyed several important points from his visit to Ukraine.

"I conveyed to President Zelenskyy that I made this visit as a manifestation of Indonesia's concern for the situation in Ukraine," he remarked.

He reiterated the invitation to Zelenskyy to attend the G20 Summit in November 2022 in Bali.

Jokowi also emphasized Indonesia's principled position regarding the importance of respect for sovereignty and territory.

"Although it is still very difficult to achieve, I still convey the importance of a peaceful settlement, and the spirit of peace must never fade," he affirmed.

Indonesia will strive to contribute through assistance, including medicines, and remain committed to reconstructing one of the hospitals around Kiev.

To this end, President Jokowi offered to carry a message from President Zelenskyy to President Putin.

On the other hand, President Zelenskyy praised Jokowi's visit because Indonesia hosts the G20 Presidency this year and is the strongest country in ASEAN.

Zelenskyy expressed optimism that it would strengthen the effort to end the war.

After visiting Kiev, President Jokowi also made a visit to Moscow, Russia and meet Russian President Vladimir Putin.

During the visit, Jokowi emphasized the issue of peace and humanity has always been a priority for Indonesia.

"The Indonesian Constitution mandates Indonesia to always try to contribute to the creation of world peace. In this context, I made visits to Kiev and Moscow," he stated.

He also emphasized that food and fertilizers were humanitarian issues and were of interest to the world community. Thus hundreds of millions of people affected by disruptions, especially in developing countries.

Hence, Jokowi lauded Putin's guarantee for the security of food and fertilizer supplies.

Jokowi stressed that Indonesia has no interest apart from helping resolve the war between Russia and Ukraine.

"I invite all world leaders to work together to revive the spirit of multilateralism, the spirit of peace, and the spirit of cooperation," President Jokowi stated.

Meanwhile, Putin noted that Indonesia is one of their key partners in the Asia-Pacific region.

"Russian-Indonesian relations are constructive and mutually beneficial, developing steadily on the basis of long-standing good traditions of friendship and mutual assistance," he said.

During the joint press conference, President Jokowi reiterates the importance of the spirit of peace.

With President Jokowi's visit to Ukraine and Russia for a peaceful mission, hopes are pinned high on the war ending soon and the food crisis being mitigated quickly.

Written by: Katriana, Editor: Rahmad Nasution (c) ANTARA 2022

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