‘Authorities will not be taken away’: Government dismisses concerns over sweeping omnibus bill

first_imgTopics : Read also: Omnibus bill has authoritarian bent: Lawmakers, expertsArticle 170 of the draft bill, a copy of which was obtained by The Jakarta Post, stipulates that the government will be able to revoke laws simply by issuing government regulations in a bid to resolve complaints from businesspeople. The government can consult with the House of Representatives leaders to devise such regulations.The omnibus bill, submitted to the House for deliberation last week, also gives the president the authority to revoke provincial and regency/city-level bylaws as well as gubernatorial and regency/mayoral regulations that contradict central government regulations by issuing presidential regulations.According to the Constitution, a law can only be revoked by a regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) issued by the president with the House’s approval. The government has dismissed concerns the omnibus bill on job creation will centralize power under the president as lawmakers express concern the bill will be a setback for democracy.Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto said the president would only be able to revoke regulations issued by administrations below the central government, including regional bylaws and ministerial regulations, based on the country’s regulation hierarchy.“[The president] will not take authorities from governors or regents,” Airlangga told a media briefing in Jakarta on Monday evening.center_img In a 2017 ruling, the Constitutional Court prohibited the central government from revoking bylaws and handed that authority to the Supreme Court.The government has high hopes the bill will cut red tape and improve ease of doing business as it seeks to attract investment to boost the country’s sluggish growth. Indonesia’s economy grew by 5.02 percent last year, the slowest rate in around three years, as investment and exports weakened.Read also: Omnibus bill allows President to scrap bylaws, weakens regional administrationsAirlangga said the proposed regulatory changes would allow the country to cut bureaucratic red tapes.Separately, Gerindra Party lawmaker Sodik Mudjahid of House Commission II, which oversees home affairs, said the bill had triggered a debate about whether Indonesia was on a path to becoming an authoritarian country.”This will be a setback to democracy. The executive will become so powerful that it will become authoritarian,” he said.“It’s contrary to the spirit of reformasi,” he added, referring to the reform movement that followed the downfall of president Soeharto. (awa)last_img read more

DDA to host 2012 Tourism Awards

first_imgLocalNews DDA to host 2012 Tourism Awards by: – April 30, 2012 40 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Photo credit: hr-systems.comThe Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) in collaboration with the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association and Ministry of Tourism will host its annual Tourism Awards ceremony to commence activities for Tourism Awareness Month which will get underway from May 1st.Every year the DDA observes the month of May as Tourism Awareness Month with a view to “increasing the public’s awareness of the tourism industry’s economic, cultural and social contributions to our nature isle, Dominica”.The awards ceremony will therefore officially begin the month long celebration under the theme “Tourism is everybody’s business, let’s play our part”.According to a press release from the DDA, the ceremony will launch the month’s calendar of activities and will recognize individuals and organizations that have made a valiant contribution to tourism development in Dominica. The awards which will be presented in following categories are:• Tourism Vendor of the Year• Tourism Taxi Driver of the Year• Tour Guide of the Year• Industry Employee of the Year• Accommodation of the Year• Responsible Tourism• Community Tourism Development The Armour Family will be honored for its:• pioneering and ongoing efforts at marketing Dominica as an active, health-conscious, eco-tourism destination for over forty (40) years, • contribution to the tourism/hospitality industry through the establishment, ongoing development and management of international standard/DDA certified tourist accommodation in the north, south and centre of the island, offering truly authentic marine and land-based Dominican experiences, creating varying job opportunities for Dominicans and promoting and supporting a culture of ongoing professional development for their teams, all of which demonstrates good corporate socially responsible citizens, their belief in and respect for our people and commitment to the economic development of Dominica.The DDA also held a three- day media training workshop in Dominica in collaboration with the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) in March of this year.Media personnel who participated in that workshop which was facilitated by Johnson John Rose, Communications Specialist at the CTO will also be awarded.Major activities on the Tourism Awareness Month calendar include:• Secondary School Tourism Youth Congress (May 3),• Hike Fest (May 5, 19 & 26),• Health and Wellness Expo (May 6),• Courtesy Week (May 8-11),• National Tourism Cocktail (May 12),• 3 R’S Week (May 14-19),• Roseau Paint- a- Thon (May 19-20),• and Jazz ‘n Creole (May 27).Tourism Awareness Month is an annual event which has been celebrated in May for the past six (6) years by the Discover Dominica Authority. The awards ceremony will commence at 5:00pm at the Krazy Kokonuts in Castle Comfort.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more