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Indonesian Ministry of Transportation on Friday, July 27, 2018 in Jakarta signed a contract for the construction of Package 1 Patimban Port, Subang, West Java with a number of consortiums that won the tender in the project. The consortium that won the tender in the project is Penta Ocean, TOA, and Rinkai from Japan and PT Wijaya Karya (Persero) and PT PP (Persero) from Indonesia. Package 1 includes the construction of container terminals and vehicle terminals and supervision from the Indonesian Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) with 6 trillion rupiah contract value of a total of 8.9 trillion rupiahs with a duration of 12 months. Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi in his press statement after the signing of the contract said that Package 1 is the biggest project of the entire package of Patimban Port development project. He believes that the first phase work of Package 1will be completed in less than 12 months so that the motor vehicle terminal and roll-on-roll off (ro-ro) can be operated in early 2019.

"We are signing a contract for this great job in Patimban. We expect early next month we will start construction and can be done in a few months and In sha Allah early next year we can operate Patimban activities by first operating the car terminal and roll-on-roll off (ro-ro). Patimban is very strategic because the pedestal rather than the industry exist in West Java and Central Java. So with the Patimban, Indonesia, Jakarta or West Java, Central Java has two ports, namely Tanjung Priok and Patimban, "said Budi Karya Sumadi.

Budi also hopes that with the construction of Patimban Port, there will be no more congestion of goods distribution to Jakarta, and create new easiness in logistics connectivity from home and abroad. In addition, the presence of Patimban Port is claimed would support the initiation to make Indonesia as the center of the automotive industry. The construction of Patimban Port will be implemented in three phases. In the first phase, Patimban Port is planned to be able to serve 3.5 Million Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) and 600,000 four-wheeled vehicles. In the second phase, the service capacity will increase to 5.5 Million TEUs and increase to 7.5 Million TEUs in the third stage. The Patimban Port project is scheduled to be completed in 2027. (VOI / Rezha / AHM)

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July

The Creative Economy Agency-Bekraf continues to introduce Dangdut to a wider market through a special program “Hello Dangdut at the 2019 Pavilion Archipelageek South by Southwest (SXSW) to be held on March 8-17, 2019. SXSW is the largest creative and technological art festival in the world routinely held in Austin, Texas, the United States of America every year. The previous Hello Dangdut program was successfully realized by Bekraf during an independent music festival (indie) Synchronize 2017 which featured duet rockers: Andi Rif and Dangdut singer Erie Suzan. For the Hello Dangdut program, Bekraf in particular collaborates with Irama Nusantara, an active gathering of music in Indonesia. On Thursday, July 26, 2018 in Jakarta, one of the founders of Irama Nusantara, David Tarigan disclosed that Dangdut music is currently quite popular and has its own place in the hearts of the international community. Therefore, he is trying to introduce Dangdut to the international community with special measures, one of them through SXSW 2019.

“Now, in the global arena, it cannot be denied that the easiest example is a country like Japan where Dangdut is so popular there. So, its difference depends on the place. For example, when we talk South by Southwest, we also talk about North America; talking about the United States would be different from Japan. They have a different approach. So, the study is very important to determine what steps will be taken there. How the genre and performance of Dangdut music are or sometime, there will be a recorded music released there. How to sell and popularize it is very important,” David Tarigan said.

David Tarigan added currently a small part of US community has already been familiar with Dangdut music as original music of Indonesia. However, the percentage is still quite small because it is still less than 10 percent of the total US citizens. The Hello Dangdut program at SXSW 2019 can be an effective way to introduce Dangdut music to the international community because the characteristics of SXSW visitors are people who are very open to new and unique things. SXSW is also known as a festival that always displays the music - alternative music from various countries in the world. (VOI/Rezha/RHM)

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July

President Director of Persahabatan General Hospital, Mohammad Ali Toha, hopes that the success of Indonesian doctor team in running Megaprosthesis Reconstruction Operation in Indonesia can serve as a world model for healing patients with similar symptoms. Mohammad Ali Toha in a special interview with Voice of Indonesia in Jakarta on Wednesday (25/7) explained, a team of doctors led by dr. Sigit Daru Cahayadi has successfully performed the first limb rescue operation in the world. The surgery was done to cure 15 year-old patient who suffers from malignant bone cancer.

“This is one of our ways to show what we can do for Indonesia. It means for Indonesia that at the time there is the courage to start doing that. The Board of Directors also supports this operation, giving benefit to outside doctors to watch and see the work process. So they can also develop later someday in other places,” said Mohammad Ali Toha..

Meanwhile, Sigit Daru Cahayadi, explained that this operation involves a number of specialist doctors from the Clinicopathology conference. According to him, the specialists are from various skills, including Orthopedics, Radiology, Anatomy Pathology, Pediatric Consultant Hematology-Oncology, and Radiotherapy, in determining the course of therapy which is appropriate for patients with bone malignancy. The Indonesian doctor team at Persahabatan General Hospital, Jakarta, on Wednesday (18/7) has successfully performed surgery without amputation on Osteosarcoma or bone cancer patient. This surgery is an act of rescuing limb as well as installing artificial bone in the patient (VOI/Ndy/AHM)

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July

The Creative Economic Agency -Bekraf continues to collaborate and organize various programs for the advancement of creative economy industries in Indonesia. One of these programs is to present Pavilion Archipelageek featuring various innovative products of Indonesian start-ups at the South by Southwest (SXSW) largest creative and technological festival, held in Austin, Texas, US) every year. Currently, the agency is preparing to prepare Archipelageek Pavilion at SXSW 2019 on 8 to 17 March 2019 with a different touch. Deputy of Marketing of Bekraf, Joshua Pudji Mulia Simanjuntak, said in his press conference in Jakarta on Thursday (July 26, 2018) that the agency plans to introduce Dangdut music as Indonesian original music to SXSW 2019 through Hello Dangdut program. Through the program, it is expected that the visitors of the SXSW 2019 can get more familiar with Dangdut music as Indonesia's original music and feel the euphoria of Dangdut music.

“We want to listen to Dangdut music to get the same experience. Here, Dangdut is very popular and become the hits, isn’t it! We want that to happen as well. Because we can see that Dangdut is very potential to get a place in the world music genre such as Reggae from Jamaica. Surely, Reggae also entered the United States, as an unpopular music and then entered the market. Then, the musicians eventually became known by the American market and then known by the world market,

In regard to the concept that will be brought by the program ‘Hello Dangdut’ in SXSW 2019, Joshua explained that his agency will show Dangdut music through the concept of mobile Dangdut which has been modified. The mobile Dangdut uses a wagon that carries musical equipment and loudspeakers. This is commonly found in some regions in Indonesia, including in big cities. According to Deputy of Marketing of Indonesia’s Creative Agency-Bekraf, Joshua Pudji Mulia Simanjuntak, the mobile Dangdut is an interesting and unique concept. He himself got the idea to use the concept of the mobile Dangdut of hip-hop music performances in the 1980s era that also moved from one place to another, carrying equipment in the form of a music player. (VOI/Rezha/AHM