To improve the economic community in the border region, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea –PNG agreed to increase interaction between businesspeople of both countries. One of these efforts to be realized is through the visit of Indonesian business delegation to PNG next September. In addition, Indonesia also invited businesspeople in PNG to attend the International Trade Exhibition (ICE) at BSD, South Tangerang, Banten.

“We welcome significant increase in bilateral trade from $179, 2 million dollars in 2016 to $208,89 million dollars in 2017. We enjoyed an increase of 17 percent in our bilateral trade. I mentioned to Minister Pato that a business delegation from Indonesia will make a visit in September 2018. Indonesia also invites PNG business community to attend Indonesia Trade Expo in October 2018,said Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi in a press statement with Papua New Guinea Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Rimbink Pato at Gedung Pancasila of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jakarta on Thursday, (July 19th, 2018).

In addition to inviting Papua New Guinea businesspeople to come to Indonesia, on the occasion, Minister Retno Marsudi also returned an invitation to Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato to attend the ‘Our Ocean Conference’ which will be held at the end of October and the Bali Democratic Forum; both of which will be held in Bali. So far, with regard to economic cooperation between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, there have been some sectors of cooperation, such as food and beverages between PNG and Indonesia. In addition, there are also exports of household appliances, soaps, and electronics. (VOI/Rezha/AHM)


Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi held a bilateral meeting with her Papua New Guinea –PNG counterpart, Rimbink Pato to discuss main issues between the two countries. The bilateral meeting took place at Gedung Pancasila, Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jakarta on Thursday (July 19, 2018). On the occasion, Minister Retno Marsudi expressed her appreciation to Papua New Guinea which has been respecting the territorial integrity of Indonesia. In addition, the two countries also agreed to strengthen economic cooperation and improve community empowerment to face global challenges.

 “Indonesia appreciates very much the consistency of PNG in respecting the territorial integrity of Indonesia and likewise Indonesia also respects the territorial integrity of PNG. Indonesia and PNG are two partners in the Pacific. We both are very active in a number of forums in Pacific among others, APEC, MSG, PIF, and others. We are committed to using regional forum in Pacific to strengthen economic cooperation, empower our people and to jointly face our challenges. In this regard, Indonesia strongly supports the chairmanship of PNG in APEC, Retno Marsudi said.

Furthermore, Minister Retno Marsudi also explained that the form of support given by Indonesia to PNG is related to the leadership of Papua New Guinea in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) such as capacity building assistance, protocol and security management for APEC Summit in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea in November. On the other hand, both Foreign Ministers also agreed to strengthen the border security between the two countries, especially in the areas of Skouw and Wutung. Minister Retno Marsudi perceived that the border management is very important to ensure that the movement of goods and people between countries runs well and improves the economy of the people in both countries, especially in border areas.(VOI/Rezha/RHM)


The government of North Sulawesi is holding the Enchantment Bunaken Festival in the provincial capital of Manado on July 19-22,2018, to preserve the natural environment and cultural arts on the island of Bunaken.

"This festival will certainly leave a special impression and lead to lasting memories for both local and foreign tourists, who come to visit the Land of Swaying Coconuts," North Sulawesi Tourism Office Chief Daniel A. Mewengkang remarked in Manado, North Sulawesi, on Friday.

He noted that all small and medium entrepreneurs from all districts and cities in North Sulawesi are involved in this festival to showcase various products of excellence from this province. In addition, the leading products from various regions in Indonesia, such as fashion products, batik, weaving, embroidery, various handicrafts, accessories, jewelry, processed foods and beverages, agricultural, plantation, marine, and fisheries commodities, and tourism information are also featured at this festival.

"Through the exhibition of superior products in the Bunaken Festival, there will be interaction between the seller and buyer and also between business actors to establish business communication and expand the marketing network," Mewengkang pointed out.

Primarily, this festival will be a promotional event of the archipelago`s tourism and superior products to the wider community, especially domestic and foreign tourists, as well as buyers and business actors.

He revealed that various events to be held to enliven the festival comprise the race of ornamental boats, cultural carnival competitions, Kolintang race, Maengket race, new dances, and other interesting entertainment events.

Thousands of local and foreign tourists as well as central and local government officials, businesses, and communities of North Sulawesi will attend the Bunaken Festival. (ant)


Thousands of elementary school students in Yogyakarta enthusiastically witnessed the Asian Games torch relay on Thursday July 19.

"I am happy to be asked to welcome the Asian Games torch," Raihan, 11, a student of Jetis elementary school, stated while lining up a road covered during the torch relay.

The torch relay in Yogyakarta started from the Yogyakarta Palace, with Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi, as the first bearer of the torch, who ran for 100 meters until the Yogyakarta Monument where it was handed over by Yogyakarta Mayor Haryadi Suyuti to an official of the Indonesian Asian Games Organizing Committee (Inasgoc) that would later take the torch to Solo.

The torch relay will tour 53 cities in 18 provinces, covering a total distance of some 18 thousand kilometers across Indonesia.

On Tuesday (July 17), the torch arrived in Yogyakarta from New Delhi, with the flame generated from a parabolic mirror directed straight at the sun in India, where the Asian Games flame was lit for the first time during the inaugural edition in 1951.

On Wednesday evening, the flame from India was merged with the eternal flame from Mrapen at the Pramanan Temple.

After the merging of the two flames, Vice President M. Jusuf Kalla handed over the torch to badminton player Finarshi at the complex of Prambanan temple.

The relay is expected to end on Aug 17 when the torch arrives at the Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta.

During the Asian Games torch relay event held at the Prambanan temple, on Wednesday evening, Vice President Kalla had stated that Indonesia was honored to be the host of the 18th Asian Games.

"After over 50 years, Indonesia now has another opportunity to host the Asian Games. This is an honor for the Indonesian nation," Kalla remarked.

Indonesia had hosted the Asian Games for the first time in 1962.

Indonesia has also been considered to be able to organize international sporting events and provide the necessary infrastructure facilities, he stated.

Kalla expressed hope that Indonesian athletes competing in the Asian Games 2018 would deliver better results.

"Organizational capability, infrastructure development, and achievements, God Willing, are the three crucial aspects," he added. (ANTARA)

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