Indonesia encourages use of EV

- Indonesia continues to push the use of electric vehicles (EVs) with the dream of bluer skies and cleaner air with lower pollution in the country.Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan is striving to realise the target as as the "conductor" in the "orchestra" of EV industry development in Indonesia.Nevertheless, he did not deny the fact that fossil fuel transportation is not the only contributor to air pollution in Indonesia.Pandjaitan ensured that various policies of ministries and institutions are in harmony, so that the dream of changing people's habits from using fossil fuel vehicles to EVs could be realised.The population of EVs in Indonesia has shown significant growth. In 2022, the number of electric motorcycles in Indonesia stood at 17,198 units, which rose to 62,409 units in 2023, according data from the Ministry of Transportation's Type Test Registration Certificate.Likewise, the population of electric cars also showed growth, albeit not as high as electric motorcycles. The number of four-wheeled EVs in 2023 rose by 43%, from 8,562 units in 2022 to 12,248 units in 2023.Despite the government having issued various incentive programs, the increase in the number of electric cars is not sufficient to boost the electric car industry in Indonesia.Hence, to this end, the government has devised a new incentive program, namely import duty and sales tax on luxury goods incentives. The incentives apply for the imports of electric cars in the Completely Built-Up (CBU) and Completely Knocked Down (CKD) categories./.

March 15, 2024 21:08 UTC

Vietnam strongly committed to promoting gender equality, women's rights: Ambassador

Vice State President Vo Thi Anh Xuan delivers a speech at the opening session of the 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) of the UN Economic and Social Council in New York. (Photo: VNA)Delivering a speech at the 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women ( CSW ) of the UN Economic and Social Council in New York, Vice State President Vo Thi Anh Xuan expressed Vietnam's high-level commitment to ensuring gender equality and women's rights as well as its multifaceted engagement and contributions to this priority area, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN, Ambassador Dang Hoang Giang has assessed.In a recent interview granted to the Vietnam News Agency in New York, Giang elaborated the four proposals by the Vietnamese leader aimed at accelerating swift and effective actions in this field.According to the diplomat, the first involves the enhancement of women's participation in decision-making mechanisms in politics, economy, culture, and society, and the prioritisation of resources to support women and girls in humanitarian crises.The second highlights the empowerment and provision of access opportunities for the group in science, technology, and digital transformation, coupled with efforts to combat discrimination and violence in the cyberspace.The third focuses on elevating the role of women in building a peaceful, stable, comprehensive, and sustainable international environment, and addressing non-traditional security challenges, particularly in climate change response.Last but not least, it is necessary to promote partnership for sustainable development, to enhance financial support and consultation for institutional and policy building in developing countries, and to share, disseminate, and leverage effective models to enhance the role of women in socio-economic and sustainable development.About Vietnam's efforts at the UN in promoting global gender equality, Giang noted that gender equality and women's rights have always been the fields that Vietnam values and actively contributes to at the national, regional, and global levels.Vietnam was among the first countries in the world to sign the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on July 29, 1980, and ratified it on November 27, 1981. It is also a member of the Group of Friends on Gender Parity, promoting women's holding of positions at the UN, especially leadership ones. The Southeast Asian country recently adopted its national action programme on women, peace, and security for 2024 - 2030 with specific objectives.Vietnam has been evaluated by the international community as one of the top ten countries implementing Goal 5 on promoting gender equality and women empowerment in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the ambassador highlighted.The country is in the top one-third in the world concerning the proportions of female parliamentarians and of women participating in the workforce. Notably, its human development index for men and women is nearly equal, with women earning 81.4% of estimated male income.Giang concluded that these meaningful results reflect Vietnam's commitment and efforts that can be shared with international friends to promote the cause of gender equality and empower women and girls, thereby contributing to the construction of a world of peace, cooperation, and sustainable development./.

March 15, 2024 09:09 UTC

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