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February

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi will make a visit to Lebanon on February 24th. The visit was specifically conducted to meet Indonesian troops serving as the Garuda Contingent involved the UN peacekeeping force, United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). It was conveyed by the Director of International Security and Disarmament of Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Grata Endah Werdaningtyas in her press conference at Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jakarta, Thursday, February 22.

"The Minister's is scheduled to depart on February 24th. Insha Allah she will arrive on February 25th in Lebanon, in the morning. The Minister's visit will focus on visiting UNIFIL in two areas, considering our troop is asigned in the two areas, namely an infantry battalion working at Indobatt in the area named Adit Alqusayr and at a location under the Maritime Task Force in Port of Beirut," Grata Endah Werdaningtyas said in the press conference.

Grata added that the visit of Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs to Lebanon is an example of appreciation to Indonesian troops who joined in UNIFIL. During his visit Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs will hold a series of discussions and dialogue with Indonesian military personnel, to further explore the challenges and obstacles faced by the Garuda Contingent. Grata also believes the visit of Foreign Minister Retno to UNIFIL has its own value for Indonesia. First, this visit shows Indonesia's commitment and support to the peace efforts in Lebanon. In addition, this visit will have a positive impact on Indonesia as part of its nomination as a permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2019-2020 period. (VOI/Rezha)

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February

Indonesian Ambassador to the People's Republic of China Djauhari Oratmangun, who was just inaugurated on Tuesday, February 20th, said the increase of Chinese tourists to Indonesia has become one of his main priorities. Djauhari said he has a special strategy to achieve this, which called 5 S strategy. It was conveyed at Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, Jakarta, Thursday, February 22.

 

"One is the sun, because the sun rarely shines there and we have the sun. Second is the sea, the sea is very far away from there. Third is sand or beach. Fourth, Indonesian people always smile, they are happy to meet people who always smile. Fifth is service. So 5S, in spite of the beauty of nature and culture," Jauhari Oratmangun said.

Djauhari Oratmangun added that he had used similar strategy in Russia when he was serving as Indonesian Ambassador to Russia. So far, tourist arrivals from China to Indonesia has reached about two million people by 2017 and it is targeted by 2018 the number will increase 20%. According to Djauhari Oratmangun's observations, Chinese tourist destinations are usually Jakarta, Bali, and Manado in North Sulawesi. He added that currently direct flights from China to Medan, North Sumatra and Padang, West Sumatra is being designed. (VOI/Rezha/AHM)

23
February

Thursday (22/2), a group of community leaders from Rakhine State, Myanmar visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia and met with Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi.  The visit was part of a study tour in Indonesia from 20-27 February 2018, that will comprise visits to Jakarta and Ambon.  

The purpose of this visit is to expose the community leaders to Indonesia’s experience of inter-faith engagement, multiculturalism and reconciliation. More specifically, in dealing with ethnic and sectarian conflicts.

These experiences are aimed to provide the awareness that the relations between communities can improve again after communal violence and at the same time to provide some ideas and tools as to how to improve the situation in Rakhine State.  The participants of the study tour are 10 influential community leaders (5 from the Rakhine community and 5 from the Muslim community) from the northern Rakhine State. They are from different educational background, different group of age and different occupation.

In 2017, for the first time, Indonesia held Interfaith-Dialogue with Myanmar. The Interfaith Dialogue is also intended to exchange experiences of how in a pluralistic country like Indonesia, the harmony of society can be maintained.Sekar/Pers Release Kemlu

 

 
22
February

The Indonesian government plans to update vocational education. Head of National Development Planning Agency, Bambang Brodjonegoro told the media in  Jakarta on Wednesday (21/2) that the update will be conducted from curriculum, infrastructure, school building until other supporting instruments. The purpose of the update is to produce as many as workers who are ready and have special skills.

 

“…It has become direction of the president that firstly, we must upgrade our vocational education, certainly from curriculum, infrastructure, school building, instruments until system of internship. Besides, we settle its vocation; we want to produce as many as workers who are ready to work skillfully and later the skills are from middle to high,Bambang Brodjonegoro said.

Bambang Brodjonegoro added that vocational education is not enough for formal education. He views that there is a form of vocational education  whose base is not from formal education, such as  training centers and specific courses.  Competency-based certification also has an important role. With the certification,  employers can employ workers who have clear standard of skills. Bambang Brodjonegoro also said that the workers who receive certain competency certifications do not need to worry about not being absorbed by the employment.  Because they will enter the category of work that is not easily replaced by automation. (Rezha/trans-Yati)