Indonesian Vice President, Jusuf Kalla received bilateral visit of Gambian Vice president, Ousaino Darboe at Vice Presidential Palace in Jakarta, on Monday (16/7). In the meeting, Vice president Jusuf Kalla was accompanied by Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister, Retno Marsudi. The aim of Vice president Darboe to Indonesia was to invite Indonesia attending the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit which will be conducted in November 2019 in Gambia. In addition, according to minister Retno Marsudi, Indonesia will assist Gambia to prepare the Summit through protocol training and  capacity building of police personnel.

“Our team from Ministry of Foreign Affairs will fly to Gambia to  help part of protocol. Secondly, the Police will probably conduct assessment on the need of capacity building for Gambian Police,” Retno Marsudi said.

Minister Retno Marsudi moreover added, the meeting of Indonesian and Gambian Vice Presidents also discussed the increasing of cooperation in the field of education, agriculture, and trade. In addition, Indonesia also asked Gambia  as member of Economic Community of West African Countries  (ECOWAS)  to support  the proposal  of  Trade Preferences Agreement in an effort to boost Indonesia's export performance to western Africa. Crude Palm Oil (CPO) is one of products which will become factor to increase export performance to west Africa. (VOI/REZHA/trs/yati/AHM)


The governments of Indonesia and Gambia forge cooperation in the protocol and security fields to host the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit in Gambia in November 2019.

As a host of the summit, which will be attended by delegations from 57 countries, Gambia needs assistance on capacity building for its security and protocol personnel, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said.
" Indonesia has been providing training for the protocols since 2017, in order to prepare Gambia for hosting the OIC Summit this year. We have sent our protocol team to educate protocol officers in Gambia," she stated, after accompanying Vice President Jusuf Kalla to a meeting with his Gambian counterpart Ousainou Darboe in Jakarta, on Monday.

In the near future, Indonesia will continue sending protocol and security team to Gambia to conduct training and evaluation of the previous training. The assessment team consists of Foreign Ministry and police officers.

Darboe, who paid a courtesy call to Kalla, expressed his amazement over the protocol and security services of the Indonesian Government since his arrival in Jakarta on Sunday (July 15).

Such services and hospitality, which made him feel like home, are what the Gambian government wants to learn from Indonesia.

"We want to learn from the experience of the Indonesian experts in organizing a summit class event. Gambia is indeed the host, but Indonesia and Gambia will hold this together," Darboe told the press.

In addition to discussing the OIC Summit, Darboe and Kalla also discussed about the improvement of bilateral cooperation.

"Gambian vice president will visit Indonesia to deliver an invitation for the OIC Summit, and, of course, (we talked about) efforts to improve Indonesia-Gambia relations," Kalla pointed out. (ANTARA)


People in Yogyakarta have been asked to come out to welcome the arrival of Asian Games torch in Yogyakarta Tuesday.

"This will be a pride for Yogyakarta, which would be the first place for the 18th Asian Games Torch Relay. We hope people will come out to welcome it," the special region’s administration and public welfare assistant, Sulistyo, said at a press conference in Yogyakarta on Monday.

He stated that the Yogyakarta provincial government has coordinated with the administrations of Sleman district and the city of Yogyakarta with regard to welcoming the torch that will pass the two places.

"We have also prepared security measures in cooperation with the police as this will be a historic moment. Yogyakarta is chosen to be the first to welcome the Asian Games torch as it will be the first venue of the Games," he remarked.

He noted that the event would have the potential to promote tourism in Yogyakarta and increase the number of tourists visiting the Central Java region.

He added that various kinds of event have been prepared to welcome the torch in a number of locations, such as Dirgantara museum, Ratu Boko Temple, Prambanan Temple, and Malioboro.

Asian Games 2018 Torch Relay organizer, Virza Reskyana Indra, said that the flame would be taken from New Delhi, India, as the location of the first Asian Games and is scheduled to arrive at Yogyakarta’s Adisutjipto Airport at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

The Chairman of Indonesia Asian Games Organizing Committee (INASGOC), Erick Thohir, would bring the torch from India, along with Torch Ambassador Susy Susanti.

"Upon arrival, it will be welcomed with a dance performance and accepted by the Forum of Communication of Regional Government (Forkopimda) and Yogyakarta governor before being taken to Dirgantara Museum," he explained.

On Wednesday, the torch would be paraded to Ratu Boko Temple and in the evening to Prambanan Temple to be met with eternal flame from Mrapen. Vice President Jusuf Kalla is scheduled to attend the event at Prambanan.

On Thursday, the torch will be taken to Tugu Jogja to be paraded for about 10 kilometers through Mangkubumi and Malioboro to Alun-Alun Yogyakarta (Yogyakarta square). From Yogyakarta, it will be taken back to Tugu before being seen off by the City Mayor Haryadi Suyuti, for the INASGOC committee to take it to Solo in Central Java. (ANTARA)


Indonesia’s senior high school Olympic team won one gold and five silver medals at the 59th International Mathematical Olympiad held in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

"This is the highest achievement we have ever made. Thanks to the team that has fought to boost Indonesia’s reputation in the world-level math event, which is one of the prestigious and respected event," Head of Sub-directorate of school students, Directorate of Senior High School Development, Suharlan, said in a press statement received by Antara News Agency in Jakarta on Monday.

The achievement brought Indonesia to the 10th world rank out of 106 countries involved in the competition. Based on data from the official IMO website, for the past 30 years of participation so far, Indonesia has totally collected two gold medals, 22 silver medals, 44 bronze medals, and 30 Honorable Mention titles.

Indonesia’s achievement surpassed those of other countries, such as Australia (ranked 11th), Britain (ranked 12th), Japan (13th), Canada (16th), and Italy (17th) at the competition from July 4 to 14.

The gold medal for Indonesia was won by Gian Cordana Sanjaya (SMAK Petra 1, Surabaya), with a total score of 31. The silver medals were contributed by Alfian Edgar Tjandra (SMA Kharisma Bangsa), Kinantan Arya Bagaspati (SMA Taruna Nusantara), Farras Mohammad Hibban Faddila (SMA Kharisma Bangsa), Valentino Dante (SMAK 2 Petra, Surabaya), and Otto Alexander Sutianto (SMAK Penabur, Gading Serpong, Tangerang).

Alfian, Kinantan, and Farras each scored 29, while Valentino scored 28 and Otto scored 25.

The 10th best title achievement was the best ever made by Indonesia in the history of its participation in the IMO so far.

"This is the second gold medal won after the first one, which was collected in 2013 at the 54th IMO in Colombia, when Indonesia won the first gold medal and was ranked in the 19th position," Suharlan revealed.

The coordinator of Indonesia`s IMO team, Dr Aleams Barra, said the students had been asked to solve six problems, with three problems per day, in 4.5 hours. The problems were original and have never been done by any student before.

"It requires quick decision making, coolness, and creativity," he added.

The director of SMA (senior high school) development, Purwadi Sutanto, noted that the achievement was for the entire country.

"With high spirit and motivation, we believed we could bring home medals" he told them before departure.

Gold medalist Gian noted that their opponents were tough, but he was confident from the start that he would win a gold medal, after he won a silver medal in Brazil last year.

"America, China, Russia, Japan, Korea, and Britain are among the strongest countries," he pointed out. (ANTARA)