Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Reflections on Economic Development Strategy Against Weak Kaltim

"The industrial sector is one variable determining the economic development of a region, without a massive industry support, independent, modern and democratic, then we will only loyal audiences in their own country".

The people of eastern Borneo, must agree with the statement, "East Kalimantan is one of the richest provinces in Indonesia, but why is poverty still so big?". Although the government has always argued that pendatanglah causing greater levels of poverty, but of course it will not happen if the level of absorption of labor (employment effect) run in a linear fashion with the existing workforce. Many variables that cause, one of which is the growth of local industry area that runs slow.

Independence of the local industry to be alienated by the stigma of oil and gas wealth and coal mine which is becoming a comparative economic advantage for East Kalimantan. The pattern of foreign investment is expected to be able to build the economy of East Kalimantan, was not significantly make the process of technology transfer in the region. Foreign corporate domination-is still very dominant in East Kalimantan managing natural resources. Contributions made by foreign companies to the region's major areas of cash income, but would not it be much greater if the assets and wealth of our region, capable of independently dekelola own?. This is the problem of development of East Kalimantan, especially its economic field we must respond together, both government and society.

East Kalimantan's natural wealth can indeed be said to be abundant, especially oil and gas mining sector, but it all does not mean anything today. East Kalimantan today is still identical with poverty, backwardness and underdevelopment in almost all areas compared to other regions in Indonesia. The poverty rate in East Kalimantan, based on a survey of the processed data of the National Socioeconomic Survey (SUSENAS), until March of 2007, the population of East Kalimantan that were below the poverty line amounted to 324.8 thousand, or approximately 11.04 percent of the total population of East Kalimantan as many as 2,957,465 people. Compared with the poor population in July 2006 which amounted to 299.1 thousand (10.57 per cent), mean number of poor people increased by 25.7 thousand. If we use the standard international calculations of the categories of the poor (those with incomes below two dollars), then of course the figures mentioned above will be ten times as much more apprehensive.

Kaltim Industrial Portrait

Local industrial sector in East Kalimantan to this day has not contributed so significantly to local economic development. That's because our industry sector is very weak both in terms of technology, production capacity and its ability to compete with foreign industries. In addition, the local industrial sector also does not have Kaltim populist platform, ie as the main support for the welfare of the people, but profit-taking platform kapitalism or without consideration of all aspects of sustainable development (suistanable development).

East Kalimantan's natural wealth, especially the mining sector of oil, coal and gas, are not able to be optimally utilized by local industry. In fact asinglah companies who use it through the TNC-MNC, a lot of exploitation of natural wealth Kaltim which of course results and benefits are not entirely for the benefit of the people of East Kalimantan alone, but developed countries Vendor-owner of the company.

Since the New Order era, the economic development strategy used did not conform to the formulation of the basic needs of the community. Developed a long line of industries, ranging from automotive, aircraft armament up, shows just how obsessed we follow the developed countries are much more developed. The average industry developed dizaman New Order, not at all correspond to the basic needs of society at large. Why did not breaking pecan industry, or an increase in agricultural technology produksifitas more we focus on, which incidentally has become a major problem of our society?.

If drawn on the economic context of East Kalimantan, it is certain that the results of oil and gas production and coal is also not completely be consumed by the public. Coal, natural gas, oil, etc., in the end a major export commodity for the region / Other countries. In general, Kaltim only going to get capital support from the marketing of the oil and gas production. Kaltim in general, have not been able mengembangankan modern industry based on the interests of the people, Hence, the dominance of foreign companies who are exploiting the oil sector, gas and coal in East Kalimantan, continues to lead and take over the wheel of industry development in East Kalimantan.


Kaltim not be denied is one of Indonesia's largest oil and gas pengahasil. Main source of income as a pillar of economic development relies heavily Kaltim this oil and gas sector. Comparative advantage (comparative advantage) has become its own value to the direction of future development of East Kalimantan. But excellence in oil and gas sector, it is not accompanied by the growth of manufacturing industry as one step towards a modern industrial, with the aim to provide people's basic needs (basic needs approach), particularly food and clothing. This certainly will cause traffic imbalance of commodity consumption. One form is, the level of commodity prices of basic needs in East Kalimantan is well above the average in other areas. This is because the consumer goods imported more people from outside the region, particularly food products abroad. Just look at food products made in Malaysia who are circulating in East Kalimantan! A view that raises questions of fruit; "why Kaltim until now not able to develop outside the oil and gas industry independently?". A very easy question to answer, because East Kalimantan is still experiencing a very unusual dependence on oil and gas industry, compared the effort to build its own manufacturing industry in the region. As a result, stakeholders in the area of ​​East Kalimantan, was busy with traffic arrangement of oil and gas industry, rather than preparing agendas industirialisasi particularly in manufacturing.

Kaltim indeed be proud of the natural wealth that is owned, especially the oil sector, gas and coal, but without the support of the people's basic industrial development, then the effect will be even greater dependence. Though East Kalimantan alone has enough potential natural assets in the agricultural sector and food crops. In the strategic plan (Strategic Plan) issued by the Provincial Department of Agriculture crop kaltim, it seems clear that the natural potential of this sector is quite promising. Just how the efforts in improving productivity alone. For all this, it received less attention from the government. Lack of modernization of agricultural technology, lack of efforts to increase quality of agricultural products and food, basic materials and facilities inadequate farmer, became the main obstacle at this time. As a result, Transfer of technology to the agro-farming industry was just alone among the public discourse.

If if we want a little condescending to learn from China's economic development strategy, the formulation of the construction industry we should be able to do well in East Kalimantan. The practice of empowering small-medium industries (Home Industry) of China conducted with patience, can reap unexpected results have been fantastic few years later with the economics of growth rate on average 9-11 percent annually. This is often termed the economists with the program "Leap Ahead" conducted by China since the days of Mao Tze Tung came to power. Similarly, Cubans who initially is a country with subsistence agriculture as the mainstay, is now progressing well due to industrial development digenjotnya State. Of course, with technology and science and technology capabilities of people, Cuba has managed to ensure the industry people can eat three times a day. Wealth of natural resources and alternative energy and the amount of productive labor (humans) will be sufficient capital to develop local industrial sector. Still many of the labor force were unemployed due to the limited ability of regional economy to absorb labor would be missed if the industrial areas to be strengthened.

Blueprints (blue print), construction of industrial zones was a little relief with the realization of three-point area of ​​industrial zones, namely; Bontang (Bontang Industrial Estate), Banjarmasin (KAPET KAKAB DAS), and Balikpapan (Industrial Area Kariangau-KIK). But the third region is still dominated by non-manufacturing industries. Bontang Industrial Estate for instance, still focused on the chemical industry as seen from the companies that exist in the region. Assuming want to empower the potential of natural resources in East Kalimantan, especially oil and gas sector, it does not mean Kaltim not afford to build a massive outside the oil and gas industry, especially the manufacturing sector. Domain effects will spread dharapkan-rural areas, feel sluggish and not targeted in the absence of more concrete efforts to spark a massive industrialization pogram.

In the concept of industrial development, there are several steps that must be passed, myakni; (1). Development of basic industries, among others, metal industry (steel), electrical industry, energy, basic chemicals, etc. to ensure the availability of raw materials and fuel industries. (2). Development of agricultural industrialization in order to ensure the availability of food for the people. (3). development of capital goods industries, namely machinery industry, transportation industry, etc.. And (4). development of consumer goods industries. The first stage has led to the maturation process, with the proliferation of the energy industry is owned by Kaltim. But looks stagnant immobile at all with mandegnya memabangun efforts outside the mine industry abtu gas and coal. Agricultural industry, capital goods and consumption, is still a mere concept of head without ever realized with good field.

Strengthening Strategy

It is still relatively underdeveloped industrial sector in East Kalimantan, was caused by several factors, among others, low quality of human resources, low technology and is still very lack of capital, especially capital for rural small industrial sector (Home Industry). In addition, the limitations of technology and human resources are also due to the limited funds that are owned by local entrepreneurs. In general, very few local companies that has its own research and development (development research). One indicator that can be used to measure the magnitude of the impact of technological and human resource limitations on the performance of industrial sector is the level of productivity, either partially from each of the factors used (such as labor and capital goods), as well as a whole is referred to as Total Factor Productivity (TFP). TFP owned by Kaltim, still far lower than other large areas, thus resulting in low growth industries. Here are some of the problems that exist in the local industrial sector of East Kalimantan:

Globalization of law in the last decade has undergone a fundamental change in the pattern of world competition in production and international trade, where "the capacity of technology", became a very important factor in determining competitive manufacturing sector of a country. The ability of these technologies consist of several elements that its control depends on the stage of industrialization of a country. There are six categories of technological capabilities: (1). Knowledge and skills necessary to identify, design, develop, and organize a new industrial project or a project to modernize and expand existing industry. (2). production capabilities which include all the knowledge and skills necessary to operate a plant. (3). ability to make small changes include the engineering of adaptive and organizational adjustments to make minor adjustments or continuous incremental improvement in both design and product performance as well as in production process technology. (4). marketing capability which refers to the knowledge and skills to gather information on demand patterns, market trends, and creating distribution channels efficiently and effectively. (5). ability in terms of knowledge, skills, and organizational abilities in streamlining the flow of information and technology, and (6). ability to conduct discovery of new technologies both process technology and technology products.

It's time for memabngun Kaltim industry seeks an independent, modern and popular. Independent in meaning, are able to walk in his own abilities without having to depend on outsiders. Modern in a sense, developing industry that is able to take advantage of technological developments in the 21st century (with the appropriate technology category of course), primarily to the goal of improving the quality of regional products. And democracy as the embodiment of industry supported by basic industries and capital goods industries of the productive forces that we have truly capable of is directed to sustain the life and general welfare of the People's Kaltim.

Kaltim Import 4000 Tons of Rice from Vietnam

National / Wednesday, September 21, 2011 23:44 AM, Balikpapan: Failed crops due to droughts that occurred in some areas on the island of Java was also an impact on rice supply in East Kalimantan. National Logistics Agency (Bulog) Regional Division East Kalimantan to import rice from Vietnam as much as 4,000 tons.

Rice imports are shipped through the vessel 45 Hoa Binh will be distributed to a number of areas such as Samarinda, Bontang, aquatic mammal, Penajam, Land Grogot, and other areas. In addition as part of efforts to meet the needs, the import of rice is also in accordance with the plan Kaltim Bulog rice stocks that will add a minimum of 7,000 tons per year.

Later, Bulog Kalitim will add up to 36,000 tons of rice stocks to meet the needs raskin reserves and market operations. The addition of rice stocks from Vietnam was done following the depletion of stocks of rice in warehouses Bulog. After 4,000 tons of rice this, Kaltim to re-import 3800 tonnes being sent through the Port Semayang, Aberdeen. (Muhammad Hilmansyah /***)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Employers Must Use Mahakam Potential Tourism

[Wednesday, September 7, 2011]

Governor Inaugurates Travel Ship Enchantment of the Mahakam River Parai SAMARINDA really has tremendous potential. Unfortunately, not many entrepreneurs who are interested to invest in tourism sector by exploiting the potential of the Mahakam River. Employers should Kaltim keen to see business opportunities, including utilizing the potential of the Mahakam River. Mahakam I am sure this gift can we manage it better in the future, said Governor of East Kalimantan, Dr H Ishak Awang Faroek after inaugurating the operation of the ship at Pier Parai Travel Charm Samarinda, Wednesday (7 / 9). Since the beginning served as governor, Awang Faroek several times has expressed his desire to see the resort town of Samarinda has a special feature with the beauty of the Mahakam River. Governor dream Awang Faroek, Samarinda and Mahakam River could align with the Chao Pharaya in Bangkok, Thailand which looks very attractive with panoramic views along the river wrapped in the Temple of Wat Arun, which look magnificent. Samarinda has, Islamic Centre, which is no less captivating than the Temple of Wat Arun. Moreover, in Samarinda Seberang also have the uniqueness that is not less interesting, namely Shirathal Mustaqiem Mosque which is one of the oldest mosques in Indonesia that was built in 1881. The travelers who take cruises can also be introduced or visited the mosque, as a historic landmark in East Kalimantan, sebai part of package tourists. Therefore, the Governor Awang Faroek suggested that the City Government of Samarinda immediate plans to consolidate about the possibility of moving the settlement on the banks of the Mahakam River to the proper locations and not detrimental to society. Furthermore, these locations can be transformed into a hospitality area that his view leads to the Mahakam River. Many entrepreneurs who come thinking to do business as coal, oil or gas. The potential for the Mahakam River is really very remarkable. They could build a hotel with a view leads to the Mahakam River, definitely very interesting. Minimum of three or empatlah star hotel, the governor said. In addition, the governor also suggested the arrangement along the edges of the Mahakam become more beautiful with a model that has been presented boulevard City Government of Samarinda. Samarinda City Government is very serious organize Edge Mahakam. I think, their presentations can be combined with my ideas, he added. Regarding Ship Enchantment Tour Parai newly inaugurated, Governor Awang Faroek welcome. According to Awang, step Eljohn Indonesia business groups will be very supportive of tourism success Kaltim. Governor recommends companies Enchantment Travel Ship owners Parai, PT Borneo Mega Tour Tirta provide services even to the river tourism river in Kutai Barat is famous for its cascade of rapids that attract tourists and attracted many domestic and foreign tourists. Meanwhile, Director of PT Borneo Mega Tirta Tour, Edy Sukamto revealed for this early stage it had prepared three tourist boats. Two boats will travel directly operated, while the other ship will be prepared to anticipate the various possibilities. Like the governor said, Mahakam River has great potential. We believe the business will be highly water tourism potential, said Edy. Edy said target tourists who will use the tour boat services are general public, businesses and governments. In addition, it also hopes there will be cooperation with the school for tourism and science activities for students. In the initial stages, PT. Borneo Mega Tirta Tour will prepare a three-service package that is a one day tour, romantic night in Parai Kumala Island and transportation services to Tenggarong (Parai Kumala Island). One-day package tour travelers can buy tickets to 200 thousand per person entrance facilities Parai Kumala Island, lunch and ticket the car cabin on the island's tourism. Other packages, romantic night in Parai Kumala Island, the public can enjoy the opportunity to stay at the resort Parai Kumala Island and various other facilities at a price of Rp 400 thousand per person. Package of other services are transportation to Parai Kumala Island roundtrip ticket prices by Rp120 thousand per person, plus Edy accompanied Manager PT. Borneo Mega Tirta Tour, Sri Erma Dhamayanti. After the inauguration, Governor Awang Faroek Kaltim accompanied by a number of officials including the Head of Department of Transportation Zairin Zain, Head of Culture and Tourism, Ahmad al-Adha, the Head of Social Service, H Bere Ali and the Head of Public Relations and Protocol Bureau of East Kalimantan, HM Yadi Robyan Noor, a few minutes had Travel Ship Enchantment enjoy Parai, from Pier Samarinda and docked at Pier provincial government, right in front of the Governor's Office. (Sul / hmsprov). Photo: East Kalimantan Governor, Dr H Ishak Awang Faroek, along with Director of PT Borneo Mega Tirta Tour, Edy Sukamto while enjoying the cruise ship Enchantment Tour Parai in the Mahakam River. (Fadli / humasprov).

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Scuba Diving in East Kalimantan

Do you want scuba diving in East Kalimantan? Not far from the disputed area between Malaysia and Indonesia in the eastern part of Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo), in fact not far from the once disputed Sipadan island which is also famed for its diving, there is a group of islands with top notch diving. Not as famous as its neighbour in the north, the islands offer – according to some – better variety in both the diving itself and the marine life.

This group of islands is located off Kabupaten Berau in East Kalimantan, off the mouth of the big Berau river. There are several islands usually visited for diving, among them are Derawan, Sangalaki, Kakaban, Maratua, Nabucco and Samama. Among these, Kakaban is probably the most unique. This island hosts a unique landlocked saltwater lake, similar to the one found in Palau. Once part of the sea, the lagoon fringed by atoll was uplifted by tectonic forces and separated from the sea thousands of years ago. The lake hosts thousands of jellyfish, which after thousands of years of freedom from predators have evolved into a stingless form.

Diving around Kakaban is also superb, offering different marine creatures, from schools of barracuda to tiny pigmy sea horse. Sangalaki's specialty is in manta rays, and Derawan's are turtles. Apart from its impressive wall diving, the island of Maratua can offer an adrenaline rush type of dive. This island is the emerged part of the fringing reef surrounding a lagoon. There's an underwater channel cutting the northeastern part of the fringing reef, connecting the lagoon with the sea. Dive when the tide is going in, starting from the mouth of the channel in the sea, and you'll be in for a jet coaster ride. The water would rush in forcefully, creating a very strong current that will literally throw us to the middle of the lagoon. Diving during the time when the tide is going out is very dangerous, however, because strong down current is created at the mouth of the channel as water pours out of the lagoon into the sea.

Berau islands, situated in the eastside of Borneo, are so famous among diver community all around the world. One of the islands is called Derawan, the most intended diving destination for divers. It is located less than 30 minutes of the eastern coast of Borneo near the city of Tanjung Redep (around 2.5 hours away). It has several unique landscapes/seascapes, in the form of walls, reefs and caves with different kinds of inhabitants. In just one reef, you may find more than 50 species of hard and soft corals. More than that this island is also well known as an island of turtle kingdom since so many turtles swimming around during the day and coming to the land to lay eggs during the night. What is so amazing is that sometimes they do this in front of the resort area. You may start enthralled in the first dive around the jetty, where you can find many fabulous critters around the jetty, such as luminous colored squids, crocodile fish, seahorses, and many others.

Another island is called Sangalaki, known all over the world as the center of Manta ray, a giant and gorgeous ray that has wing span up to 3 meters wide. There are so many Mantas ready to swim encircling you even while you are snorkeling below the surface. These critters are not aggressive, so don't be afraid to see them around. You will gasp seeing how elegant they swim with their giant wings. The underwater scenery is simply beautiful making all dives become unforgettable breathtaking experience.

The island of Kakaban, a 9 shape island, is an isolated marine lake (lagoon) and unique in its own. Thousands (or millions?) of years ago the island was naturally uplifted and then isolate the marine ecosystem from surrounding marine area (according to one of researchers in Snellius Expedition I on 1929-1930), making all biota in this marine lake become very unique. The only other marine lake in the world is Palau, but people said that the bio diversity in Kakaban is incomparable to those in Palau. The lake of Kakaban has very unique and endemic critters, such as non-stinging jellyfishes (Cassiopeia ornate, an upside down swimming jellyfish; Mastigias papua, a brownish blue jellyfish; Aurelia aurita, a plate shape jellyfish; and Tripedalia cystophora, a finger size jellyfish) and non-stinging anemone (Actinaria). There are more unique critters in this lake such as sea cucumbers (Holothuria cavans and Synaptula spinifera), crustaceans (Orcovita saltatrix), tunicate (Styela complexa) and fishes (Apogon lateralis, Exyrias puntang, Antherinomorus endrachtensis, and Zenarchopterus dispar). Certainly there are many other unidentified species. While Prof. J. Kingdon, from Oxford University, called this island as 'The temple to Life on earth', Dr T Tomascik, a Canadian researcher, said that this place is a biological paradise with Cassiopeia Ornate as a trademark. Beside those endemic critters, Kakaban has many underwater caverns in the outer side of the island.

Not far from Kakaban we can find the island of Maratua. The waters around this island have so many pelagic, such as schooling barracuda, trevally (jack-fish), dog tooth tunas and mackerels, hammerhead sharks and mantas, making it an excellent place for divers who love pelagic. The island is home to apes, bats, and various birds, an ideal place for sight seeing while doing surface interval.

There are many more small islands around the Derawan islands, for example Samama and Panjang. Each of the islands offers the unique scenery of bio-diversity for divers to interact with. You will also see the Blue Light Cave, where you can start the dive at 2 m depth cave and end at the opening at various depths in the wall. Last but not least, for macro enthusiast, you will be delighted by heavens of macro in all majestic dive sites of Berau islands.

East Borneo at a Glance
Access: An hour flight from Balikpapan to Tanjung Redeb, followed by 2.5 hours of boat ride along Berau River and to the islands.
Reef Type:Slope, wall
Marine Life:Manta Ray, eagle ray, turtles, barracuda, pigmy sea horse, and stingless jellyfish in Kakaban Lake
Coral Condition:Generally healthy, with some evidence of bomb and cyanide fishing in a few areas
Visibility: 15-30m
Current:Mild to very strong
Highlights:Kakaban Saltwater lake with the stingless jellyfish, Manta Ray in Sangalaki, drift dive in Maratua channel
Accomodation:Budget to expensive dive resorts in Derawan, a good dive resort in Sangalaki and a top notch dive resort in Nabucco island
Difficulty:Easy to difficult

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Soka Crab and Adan Rice demonstrated in Agrinex Adan

SAMARINDA - East Kalimantan provincial government will turn up numerous economic development programs and flagship product in the event Agrinex International Expo at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC), 4 to 6 March 2011.
Among the East Kalimantan's flagship product that will be demonstrated at a campaign event and international agricultural education themed "Agribussiness for prosperity 'or agribusiness for the welfare of rice processing is the demo from Krayan Adan, Nunukan. This high-quality rice until the rice is very interested in Malaysian society and the leaders of Brunei Darussalam.
In addition, also shown success difersifikasi food in East Kalimantan, one of which is the processing of cassava into food substitute for rice. East Kalimantan Governor Isaac H Awang Faroek green program since the beginning of the campaign, one of them is to invite people Kaltim community to reduce reliance on rice, with a plant in his neighborhood in the form of plants that can be consumed as a substitute, one of which is cassava.
"Rice Adan Krayan and processing of cassava into food substitute for rice will be demonstrated at the event Agrinex this time," said East Kalimantan Agrinex Coordinator, Dr H Syahrumsyah Asri, Friday (24 / 2).
Another product that is the home town of Tarakan, "Crab Soka Mare" will also certainly be an attraction of the visitors to witness stand Kaltim. Crab Soka this before, have been displayed in the arena ekpo in Yogyakarta, last September.
At that time, Governor Awang Faroek oust the Coordinating Minister for Economy, Hatta Rajasa, the Governor of Yogyakarta, Sultan Hamengkubuwono XI and Home Affairs Gamawan Soka Fauzi to eat crabs that had been prepared. In 'acclamation' they also stated that the origin of Tarakan Crab Soka it have a taste that is extraordinary and its market potential would be very promising.
"Soka Crab is very interesting to be displayed in the arena Agrinex. Stand Kaltim should be able to give the impression of interest to all visitors," said Syachrumsyah Asri who also served as Head of Research and Development (Balitbangda) Kaltim it.
This year is the third year in a row since 2009, Kaltim follow Agrinex International Expo. Agrinex itself has entered its fifth year this year.
A number of regional work units (SKPD) will likely join the team Agrinex Kaltim. They antaralain Office of Industry Trade Cooperatives and SMEs, Regional Investment Licensing Agency (BPPMD), Department of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Animal Husbandry Department, Department of Agriculture and Department of Mines.
While the funding side, in addition to being the responsibility of the Provincial SKPD also include private sector participation, such as PT. East Kalimantan Fertilizer (CCP), Bontang and Indonesian Palm Oil Association (GAPKI) Kaltim.
A number of economic development programs that will be on display in East Kalimantan East Kalimantan booth, of course, related to the plan pengembangna two national seed clusters, namely industrial cluster in the Bontang gas and condensate and oleochemical agricultural industry cluster in Maloy, East Kutai.
Other supporting development plans, namely highways, the development of electricity, port and airport development, and development rencanan International Port and Industrial Zone (KIPI) Maloy, will also be presented in a thematic focus on Agrinex are planned to be opened by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
The set Agrinex In this, the Governor Awang Faroek also will do a talk show which will be broadcast live by QTV (television channels which can be accessed via the network Indovision). "The plan will also be broadcast live talk show on Metro TV, or at least in the broadcast delay," added Syachrumsyah Asri. (Sul / hmsprov)
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