25
October

More than 60 percent of Indonesia's exported goods entering South American countries are sent through Panama. This was said by Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi in a press statement together with Vice President and Foreign Minister of Panama, Isabel Saint Malo at the Pancasila Building, Jakarta, Thursday (25/10). According to Retno Marsudi, Indonesia and Panama are committed to increasing bilateral cooperation between the two countries in various fields, especially economics.

“More than 60 percent of Indonesia's export commodities to South America are carried out through Panama, and then re-exported to South American countries. For this reason, in our bilateral, we discussed efforts to strengthen the foundation of bilateral relations between the two countries. especially in the economic field, it becomes our main focus. Trade between the two countries reached 130 million US dollars last year,” said Retno Marsudi.

Furthermore, Minister Retno Marsudi explained that in the first semester of 2018, the trade value of the two countries increased by 31. 2 percent compared to the same period in the previous year. She said it showes that there is still a possibility that cooperation between Indonesia and Panama is wide open. In line with Minister Retno Marsudi, Vice President Isabel Saint Malo said that Panama opens an opportunity for Indonesia to reach markets in Latin America, North America and the Caribbean, given that there are still many fields of cooperation that have not been touched by Indonesia. Isabel Saint Malo's visit to Indonesia this year was the first visit by Vice President of Panama since the opening of diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Panama in 1979. (VOI/VIQRAN/DP)

25
October

Yogyakarta Designated As ASEAN Cultural City

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Yogyakarta Special Region is designated as an ASEAN Cultural City. The determination was made on Wednesday, October 24 at Prambanan Temple Open Theater, Yogyakarta. This determination is in line with Yogyakarta as the venue for the ministerial meeting in the 8th ASEAN cultural field and the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting in the 14th ASEAN Culture field. This biennial meeting is held on 21 to 26 October 2018. The establishment of the ASEAN Cultural City is a joint program of the Ministry of Culture of ASEAN countries and the determination of the city changes every two years. Director General of Culture at the Ministry of Education and Culture, Hilmar Farid at the Press Conference on Wednesday (October 24) said that Yogyakarta is the cultural city of ASEAN in 2018/2020 and Yogyakarta was chosen because it has prioritized culture of prevention.

“Yogyakarta, in a meeting with the governor, the activities must involve culture of prevention; this must be developed. And for this matter, Yogya has already advanced. Culture of prevention is how to prevent bad things from happening such as natural disasters. Later, activities to be prioritized are to strengthen the culture of prevention,” said Hilmar Farid.

Hilmar Farid further explained that before Yogyakarta, the city of ASEAN culture was Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. Yogyakarta is the fifth city chosen as the City of Culture. At the meeting, the delegates welcomed the determination. To mark this designation, Yogyakarta organized the ASEAN art festival on Wednesday (October 24, 2018) which featured artists from ASEAN countries and 3 of its dialogue partners. This festival is an example of how ASEAN celebrates cultural diversity, uses culture to advance traditions and heritage, and fosters long-standing friendships between ASEAN countries and their dialogue partners. (VOI/Skr/DP)

25
October

Ministry of Tourism prepares fund worth Rp 100 billion every month for Bali's normalization process post-eruption of Mt. Agung some time ago. While Rp20 billion is oriented to Lombok for rehabilitation and trauma healing. Met after the program "Tourism-Friendly Journalism Movement" in Jakarta, Wednesday (October 24, 2018), Minister of Tourism, Arif Yahya said that Bali has entered the normalization stage; this could be seen from an international event that had been held recently in Bali.

“If Bali is normal; the easiest example of normalization of international events is that on12 to 14 of October, we already had an international event, IMF-World Bank Annual meeting. If the international event has taken place, that is the most visible sign of normalization. Lombok is now in the rehabilitation phase. Bali took time for 6 months. Lombok, I expect, is 3 months. Why it is 3 months, because Bali got 3 months, the industry was not strong enough to be normal back. Salaries had to be spent and so did all utilities; the water, and electricity still had to be used. Based on that experience, I asked for help from all related ministries, institutions, and industries to do rehabilitation,” said Arif Yahya.

Minister Arif Yahya further stated that the fund used was taken from the 2018 State Budget (APBN) and the 2019 State Budget draft. He also explained that he did not want to take risk to guarantee Rp30 billion for the Bali normalization process and the rehabilitation of Lombok. (VOI/NK/DP)

25
October

The Indonesian government initiates the formation of new economic centers in the world. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi explained in Jakarta on Wednesday (24/10) that the spread of the new economic growth centers in the world would later encourage economic equality and at the same time improve world welfare. In regard to this, she views that the Indonesian government is promoting good communication between countries in the Pacific region and countries in the Indian Ocean coastal region. Minister Retno also remarked that good relations between the Pacific States and the Indian Ocean Coast would improve not only world welfare, but also encourage the creation of inter-regional peace.

"By connecting between the Pacific and Indian Ocean, what we hope is that there will be new growth centers in the Indian Ocean Rim. Because if there is a spread of new economic growth centers, this means that there will be an increase in terms of welfare; this will definitely be related to peace issues, etc," RetnoMarsudi said.

Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi further stated that in this regard, the Indonesian government is currently engaged in intensive communication, not only with the Pacific States and the Indian Ocean Coast, but also with partner countries such as the United States, China, Russia, India, Australia and Korea. In addition, she said that Indonesia also build communication with ASEAN countries in a bid to develop the concept. She emphasized that international cooperation is something that must be built compared to building competition among countries. (VOI/Ndy/DP)