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

Vietnam considers US a strategically important partner: Vice State President

Vice State President Vo Thi Anh Xuan (L) and President Pro Tempore of US Senate Patty Murray at their meeting on March 13 in Washington, D.C(Photo: VNA)At the meeting between Vice State President Vo Thi Anh Xuan and Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Elizabeth M. Allen in Washington DC on March 13. (Photo: VNA)- Vietnam regards the US as a strategically important partner, Vice State President Vo Thi Anh Xuan affirmed at a meeting with President Pro Tempore of the US Senate Patty Murray on March 13 in Washington, D.C.Xuan told Murray that Vietnam hopes for bilateral engagement to actively implement the countries’ new bilateral relations framework as well as agreements reached during President Joe Biden's visit to Vietnam in September last year, bringing practical benefits to their peoples.Suggesting the organisation of more parliamentary delegation exchanges to strengthen mutual understanding and trust, she underscored Vietnam's readiness for dialogue and exchange of ideas with the US on remaining differences.The leader also proposed that the US government and congress continue to prioritise cooperation in addressing the consequences of war in Vietnam, facilitating trade and investment relations with the nation, and promptly recognising Vietnam as a market economy.Welcoming the US's expanded relations with Asia-Pacific and positive contributions to peace, stability, cooperation, and development in the region, she called on the country to further support ASEAN's centrality, the ASEAN-US comprehensive partnership, and the Mekong-US partnership.For her part, Murray affirmed her strong support for the US’s efforts to enhance its friendship and cooperation with Vietnam over recent times, and pledged to continue joining the congress’s efforts to facilitate the development of the bilateral ties, including the implementation of the comprehensive strategic partnership framework.She also expressed interest in learning about Vietnam's situation and policy perspectives regarding sustainable development in the Mekong Delta, climate change response, women empowerment, and addressing challenges to peace, stability, and development in Southeast Asia.Later the same day, Xuan received Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Elizabeth M. Allen who stated that the US values and prioritises the countries’ implementation of the new relation framework to bring tangible benefits to both sides.In response, Xuan urged the US Department of State to closely work with the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other units involved in carrying out the nations’ comprehensive strategic partnership, particularly their cultural, education, and people-to-people ties.Allen revealed that the US will continue to make resources serving joint projects with Vietnam a priority in terms of culture, education, and people-to-people relations.She also informed Xuan of several important bilateral cultural and educational cooperation programmes planned for the near future, such as developing the higher education and vocational education system, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education, cultural exchange, and heritage preservation.Immediately after the meeting, Xuan, together with the Under Secretary of State and Vietnamese Ambassador to the US Nguyen Quoc Dung, witnessed the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding on cultural cooperation and people-to-people relations between the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the US Department of State./.

March 14, 2024 19:48 UTC

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