13
May

 

Located in the Royal Palace of Lesotho, Ambassador Salman Al Farisi submitted the Credentials to the King of Lesotho, His Majesty King Letsie III. State procession for the Indonesian LBBP Ambassador who has the accreditation of the Republic of South Africa with the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Kingdom of Eswatini, and the Republic of Botswana (9/5)

At the ceremony, the King of Lesotho was accompanied by officials of the Royal Lesotho government, while the Indonesian Ambassador in Pretoria was accompanied by Ms. Umi Al Farisi and Indonesian Embassy officials in Pretoria.

The ceremony began with the submission of the Indonesian  Ambassador's credentials from the President of the Republic of Indonesia to the King of Lesotho, then continued with a military procession. The Indonesian Ambassador in Pretoria had the opportunity to inspect the military forces of the Royal Lesotho who appeared in colorful uniforms. The military reception was held in the main park area of ​​the palace, followed by listening to the national anthem of Indonesia Raya and the national anthem of the Kingdom of Lesotho.

During the submission of credentials, the Indonesian Ambassador conveyed a variety of potential that had not been explored and committed to continue to improve RI-Lesotho cooperation during his assignment. One proof of Indonesia's seriousness in increasing engagement with Lesotho is inviting the presence of the Government of Lesotho and related business actors to participate in the Indonesia-Africa Infrastructure Dialogue (IAID) which will take place in August 2019. IAID is a follow-up to the implementation of the Indonesia-Africa Forum (IAF) successfully implemented in 2018, where Lesotho participated by sending its representatives.

In his remarks, King Letsie III appreciated the Asian-African spirit which always underlies the good relations between the two countries. In the future, King Lesotho expects closer cooperation in the sectors of trade, tourism, agriculture, information technology and telecommunications.

After the submission of the Letters of Trust took place, the King of Lesotho was pleased to talk to Ambassador Salman Al Farisi in person, and again emphasized the importance of the two countries to enhance cooperation in various sectors.

On the sidelines of his official visit, Ambassador Salman Al Farisi also had the opportunity to hold a meeting with high ranking officials of the Kingdom of Lesotho, including Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

The Indonesian Ambassador in his statement to high ranking Lesotho officials expressed his desire to advance cooperation in strategic industrial sectors such as infrastructure, weapons, textiles and the digital economy. The Indonesian Ambassador also underlined the role of RI as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council which continues to mainstream the African agenda.

The Deputy Prime Minister of Lesotho, Hon. Monyane Moleleki, welcomed the invitation of IAID and hoped that Indonesia would continue to improve various capacity building programs. The Lesotho PM Deputy also acknowledged Indonesia's role in the Peacekeeping Force, and made Indonesia a role model in Lesotho's efforts to actively participate in similar programs in Africa.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Lesotho International Cooperation, Hon. Halebonoe Sets'abi, assured that his team would fully support the implementation of the Indonesian Ambassador's duties in Pretoria in an effort to improve relations between the two countries, including welcoming the proposal to start a discussion on a visa-free agreement for diplomatic and official officials.

Lesotho is a landlocked country in the southern part of the Republic of South Africa. Diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Lesotho have been going on since 1993. Ambassador Salman Al Farisi who arrived in Pretoria, South Africa on June 9, 2018, is the seventh Ambassador of the Indonesian LBBP in Pretoria. (Source: Pretoria Indonesian Embassy)

14
May

 

In an effort to encourage the development of the national coffee industry through efforts to increase coffee consumption abroad, especially in Egypt, the Indonesian Embassy in Cairo held Coffee seminars and training for Indonesian students and students in Egypt with the theme "Role of Baristas Against National Coffee"

Indonesia has good opportunities and prospects because it is the largest coffee producing country and the first exporter of exports to Egypt followed by Vietnam, India, Brazil and Italy. In 2018 the export performance of Indonesian Coffee products to Egypt showed a significant number from year to year, the growth trend of Indonesian coffee exports from 2014 to 2018 reached 15, 24%, the acquisition of Indonesian coffee exports in the period January - February 2019 reached 10, 36 million US dollars with 5615 tons experiencing an increase of 19.71% compared to the same period of the previous year at 8.65 million US dollars with 4208 tons. In 2018 Indonesian coffee exports to Egypt posted a value of USD 56.97 million US dollars or an increase of 7.91% compared to the export value in 2017 of 52.79 million US dollars. Indonesian coffee in Egypt still ranks first in Egypt with 61% dominating the Egyptian coffee market in January-February 2019.

The Indonesian Ambassador to Egypt, Helmy Fauzy in his remarks at the opening of the National Coffee Seminar and Training at the Cultural Hall, Indonesian Embassy in Cairo, Wednesday - May 8, 2019 explained the richness and diversity of Nusantara Coffee which is a great potential that can be marketed abroad.

"Indonesia has various types of specialty coffee known in the world such as Kopi Gayo from Aceh, in Papua there is Wamena Coffee, in the middle of Indonesia there is Toraja Coffee and in the South there is Coffee from Flores with distinctive taste, acidity and aroma according to geographical indications that are superior Indonesia, there is tobacco flavored coffee. "This is a challenge in the future to be able to introduce Indonesia not only to coffee, but also to all Indonesian superior products as a whole," said Ambassador Helmy. (kemenlu)

10
May

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said that linking infrastructure projects with tourist areas, small scale industrial centers, production centers, and agricultural and plantation areas will ensure regions progress faster. Infrastructure projects such as toll roads, seaports and airports must be completed soon, Jokowi said in Jakarta on Thursday, while speaking before governors, mayors and other government officials during the opening of the 2019 National Development Planning Congress.

He said Indonesia can become the fifth or fourth largest economy in the world by 2045, but it would not be easy to achieve.

"If it (that linking infrastructure projects with tourist areas) cannot be done, don't ever dream (of seeing Indonesia) become the fifth or fourth largest (economy) in the world," he said.

A strong state economy must be supported by a strong regional economy, he said.

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya who attended the opening ceremony of the congress said the tourism industry needs support from other sectors to grow. Hence, support from the infrastructure sector, as instructed by President Jokowi, is a must, he added.

"The Tourism Ministry is ready to support efforts to develop tourist destinations in regions, as instructed by President Jokowi," he said.

10
May

Indonesia logged total transactions amounting to Rp13.8 billion during the Sales Mission Adventure held in Violet Oon, Clarke Quay, Singapore, on May 8.

Assistant Deputy for Market Development Region I of the Tourism Ministry Dessy Ruhati said here on Thursday that Indonesia's participation in the event is important to promote the country's adventure tourism potential.

"Indonesia has more than 100 remarkable destinations for adventure tourism, which can turn Indonesia into a world class adventure tourism destination," Ruhati said.

At the event, the ministry facilitated 11 industries in accommodation, travel agents/tour operators, as well as operators of special tours from North Sumatra, South Sumatra, West Java, Jakarta, Banten, Yogyakarta and Bali.

During the event, they met 31 buyers from Singapore who wanted to bring Singaporean adventure tourists to Indonesia.

"Each year, some 100 thousand adventure tourists from all over the world visit Indonesia. According to the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), the tourists spend 67 percent of their money in destination areas. This has shown that adventure tourism has played a significant role in improving the economy of the local people," she elaborated.

Ruhati saw the event as an effective opportunity to match Indonesian sellers and buyers in Singapore.

"The event was designed with table top or B-to-B with a mingle concept, as this concept would be far more effective to reach the target of tourist visits," she added.

Singapore was chosen as a location for the sales mission considering that it has become the main market for foreign tourists to Indonesia, especially from ASEAN countries.

The number of foreign tourists from Singapore visiting Indonesia in 2018 (January-December) reached 1.7 million, or an increase of 16 percent compared to 1.5 million tourists in 2017.

Indonesia, she said, could benefit from its proximity to Singapore. As the two countries have two cross borders in Batam and Bintan, Singapore could become the best international hub to be explored.

"In 2019, the Tourism Ministry has targeted to attract 2.12 million foreign tourists from Singapore out of the total target of 20 million foreign tourists. Therefore, we should be more active in exploring the Singapore market," she said.  (ant)