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LAPAN Supports the Ministry of Trade to Increase Commitment in the 10th AFAS
News Writter : Humas/And • Photographers : Humas/And • 05 Dec 2017 • Read : 4516 x ,

Tuesday (05/12), LAPAN welcomed the visit of Directorate General of International Trade Negotiation Team, Ministry of Trade of RI. The meeting took place at Manggala Meeting Room, LAPAN Headquarter, Jakarta. The visit was to conduct a consultation with LAPAN in order to fill the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services (AFAS) Form related to space transportation.

Attending the meeting were the Head of Construction Services, Tourism, Recreation, Culture and Sports Sub-directorate, Siti Tri Joelyartini and the Head of Tourism Services, Recreation, Culture and Sports Section, Youshi Fahreiza. The team was welcomed directly by the Director of Cooperation, Public Relations and General Affairs Bureau, Christianus R. Dewanto, the Director of Aeronautics and Space Policy Studies Center, Agus Hidayat, and the Director of Innovation and Standard of Aeronautics and Space Center, Yuliantini Erowati.

In her presentation, Siti began with the history of the signing of AFAS in December 1995. She emphasized that the leaders of countries in the Asian region have a shared commitment to creating a stable, prosperous, and competitive region with fair economic development and poverty and social-economic inequalities reduction.

Thus several communities were formed to make it happen. The communities agreed to some sector packages. Furthermore, Siti explained the issue of the development of AFAS-10 through several mandates. One of them is CCS 88 Mandate which targets the completion of AFAS 10 final threshold package no later than December 31, 2017.

To reach the completion of the 10th AFAS package, Indonesia must offer at least 111 subsectors. While that has been reached is 106 subsectors. "The rest is related to the space transport and transportation via space sub-sectors," he said. To that end, they ask for LAPAN supportive action in finishing it.

Responding to the matters, Agus Hidayat explained the position of LAPAN as a research institution that has the authority in aeronautics and space conducts. "To get to the space transport, LAPAN have a long road to take. Because LAPAN has not yet penetrated the commercial sector," explained him in his presentation.

Agus added some explanation related to LAPAN research products used in developing space research. LAPAN limits the services to only providing information such as monitoring of solar activity and its impact, weather prediction, remote sensing utilization for various needs sectors, and manned/unmanned aircrafts. Said services have been utilized by national stakeholders.

Currently, LAPAN has a big dream to be independent in the field of space to launch Indonesian-made satellites using self-developed rockets. Up until now, LAPAN is preparing the location of the spaceport to launch it. As stated in the Presidential Regulation Number 45 of 2017 on the Master Plan of Implementation of Space Conduct.

Independently, LAPAN is still in the development stage of the micro satellite. It was still in the experimental stage, not yet up to the operational stage. According to Christianus, to reach the stage of space transport, LAPAN needs big energy to do so. However, LAPAN will support the government in elaborating these interests. "Obviously, we're placing satellites in orbit, not people. As stated in the space conduct master plan," he said.

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