23
February

Indonesian Minister of Trade, Enggartiasto Lukita held a meeting with E-Commerce entrepreneurs in Indonesia on Thursday (February 22, 2018). After the Meeting, Minister Enggartiasto explained to the media that the meeting was held in efforts of both parties to encourage the economic growth and domestic industry for Small and Medium Enterprises-SMEs. He views that some of these E-Commerce entrepreneurs have provided coaching and education to SMEs sporadically. He expects that the SMEs products can be increased by sales through marketplaces. There are several steps that will be done to create a database for accredited SMEs and create a special platform for SMEs.

 

“…We will make our own platform in this Ministry, to be neutral. So each of these marketplaces can access the products of SMEs that have been accredited, and the number will gradually increase,” Enggartiasto Lukita said.

 

Minister Enggartiasto further explained, some of the SME entrepreneurs are not ready from technological progress. Thus, the Ministry of Trade will cooperate with the Ministry of Communications and Informatics to help SME entrepreneurs in Internet access and marketplaces. Minister Enggartiasto added that there will be a big launch of the platform and promotion for SME’s products. (VOI/SEKAR/RHM)

23
February

In commemorating 45 years of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, the Embassy of Japan in Indonesia in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia held a Seminar on Cultural Heritage Digital Archive at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta on Thursday, Februaru 22nd. This seminar was hosted by Prof. Dr. Ari Ide from Kyoto University and opened by ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General for Community and Corporate Affairs, Dr. AKP Mochtan. In his speech Mochtan expressed the idea of ​​this seminar is to protect and promote all cultural heritage of ASEAN countries by digitizing the inheritence.

"Some of the heritages however are precarious and they maybe endangered by rapid urbanization, illicit trafficking or human induced or natural disaster. Should this happen, digital archives may possibly be the only remains that will survive the hard and uncompromising test of time and progress. In some digitizing cultural heritages is a forward looking endeavor, ensuring the record will last for generations to come," said Dr. AKP. Mochtan.

Dr. Mochtar added, the digitalization of cultural assets using digital technology is very significant in helping research and studies to be better. (VOI/Egi/ahm)

23
February

Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi is scheduled to perform and enliven the biggest Jazz music festival in Asia, Java Jazz Festival 2018. On the occasion the Foreign Minister will collaborate with The Diplomats Band, which consists of Indonesian diplomats at the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Spokesman of the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry, Arrmanatha Nasir, said in Jakarta on Thursday, February 22nd, the Foreign Minister and The Diplomats Band are scheduled to perform on the third day of Java Jazz Festival 2018 on March 4 at the Jakarta International Expo (JIEXPO). Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister is planned to be involved in the performance. He added that the Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs sometimes participates in regular exercises of The Diplomats Band. In addition, Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs also performs with The Diplomats at several events. When asked  what songs will be presented by the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister and The Diplomats, Arrmanatha still keeps it a secret. But, he just mentioned, not just from the jazz genre, the  The Diplomats Band also sings also songs from various genres of music. (VOI 23.02.2018 Rezha/ahm)

23
February

Indonesia is one of the countries involved in the Maritime Task Force of the United Nations (UN) peace mission, United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). In addition, Indonesia is also one of countries that donate one warship, namely KRI Usman Harun to be placed in Port of Beirut, Lebanon. Therefore, during her visit to Lebanon on February 24th, Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs  is scheduled to conduct an inspection and dialogue with 110 troops at KRI Usman Harun. It was delivered by the Director of International Security and Disarmament of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Grata Endah Werdaningtyas in her press conference at Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, Jakarta, Thursday, February 22nd.

 

"The minister will also make an inspection to check the completeness of our ship. As a note, there are 15 countries joined in the Maritime Task Force, but only five countries including Indonesia donated the ship. The other four countries are Bangladesh, Brazil, Germany and Turkey. The Minister will also hold a dialogue with our personnel on board and will have lunch on the ship," Director of International Security and Disarmament of the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Grata Endah Werdaningtyas said in her press conference at Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, Jakarta, Thursday, February 22nd.

Grata added that the Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs during her visit to Lebanon will also visit Garuda Satgas Indobatt XXIII-L Task Force located at UNP 7-1 Adshits Alqusayr Battalion Headquarters in South Lebanon. In addition Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs will also hold a bilateral meeting with Foreign Minister of Lebanon.

 

The main contingent of the Indonesian troops in Indobatt is the 850 personnel and 330 troop Mechanic Battalion, spread in the head quarter under the commander of United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). In addition to the Mechanic Battalion, there is also the Medical Battalion, the Civil Military Cooperation Battalion (CIMIC). CIMIC is part of the added value which has activities of conducting social approach to the people around Indobatt area such as providing health education and cultural and social exchange. (VOI/Rezha/ahm)