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September

Tour de Siak On sept 17-21 to Promote Tourism

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The Siak district administration in Riau Province, will organize an international cycling and sports tourism event called Tour de Siak on September 17-21, 2018, to promote tourism internationally.

Tour de Siak will comprise four stages this year, as compared to three stages last year, Fauzi Asni, head of the Siak district tourism office, stated here, Thursday. The additional stage is Siak-Sungai Apit, stretching 115.16 kilometers (km).

The four stages are Siak-Dayun, covering 154.18 km; Siak -Sungai Apit, 115.18 km; Siak-Dayun-Buatan-Siak, 161.48 km; and the final stage is Siak City, 92.06 km. Since 2013, Siak has organized this annual event to promote tourism in the district. So far, 13 teams, comprising eight foreign teams and five domestic teams, have confirmed their participation in the cycling race, offering a total prize worth Rp750 million.

Asni expressed hope that Tour de Siak would help to increase the number of domestic and foreign tourists as well as boost the local economy.

Meanwhile, some 125 domestic and foreign cyclists have confirmed their participation in the 2018 Tour de Central Celebes (TdCC) to be held on Oct 14-18 this year. The number of participants increased from some 60 cyclists in the first TdCC organized in the previous year, Dr Hasan, race director of the Second TdCC, stated in Palu, Central Sulawesi, recently.

"The final number of participants is 20 foreign teams from 15 countries and five national teams. Each team will comprise five cyclists and three crew members," he remarked.

More cyclists are interested in the TdCC, as it has been included in the Union Cyclist Internasionale and will offer more prizes worth a total of Rp1.2 billion, or more than double than Rp580 million last year.

The foreign teams are from Australia, Mongolia, Malaysia, Canada, the Philippines, Iran, Belgium, Thailand, Poland, Uzbekistan, Serbia, China, Columbia, France, and the United States. The national teams are PGN, ACC, KFC, BRCC/UBK, and Indonesia Pratama.

The cycling race will cover a total distance of 760 kilometers, stretching from Luwuk City, Banggai District, to Palu Municipality. (ant)

14
September

Ministry of Trade Launches Promotion to China

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The Ministry of Trade is intensifying the penetration of export markets in China, one of which is by displaying its potential of superior products and the typical culture of the archipelago to the world stage through the international exhibition "The 15th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) 2018.""The Ministry of Trade`s participation in CAEXPO is one of the efforts to increase market access to China as an export destination country," Director General of National Export Development of the Ministry of Trade Arlinda stated through a written statement received in Jakarta on Wednesday.According to Arlinda, Indonesia`s regular participation in CAEXPO is a commitment to establish trade cooperation with China and other ASEAN countries.The exhibition themed "Jointly Building The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, Forging A China-ASEAN Community of Innovation" was held from Sept 12 to 15, 2018, at the International Convention and Exhibition, Nanning, China.This year, Indonesia presents the Commodity Pavilion and the National Pavilion. The Commodity Pavilion, covering an area of 2,160 square meters, was followed by 66 Indonesian businessmen featuring products, including furniture; food and beverages; fashion; accessories and jewelry; home decor and consumer goods; herbal and beauty products; and spas. (ant)

12
September

After successfully implementing the Action Plan for 2014 to 2018 in various fields, Indonesia and Vietnam have prepared the next Action Plan for 2019 to 2023. The action plans include political and diplomatic dialogue, economic cooperation, security and defense cooperation, and tourism promotion, cultural exchange and also inter-community relations or people to people contact.According to Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi in a press statement received by Voice of Indonesia on Wednesday (12/9/2018) the Action Plan for 2019 to 2023 was signed by her as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam Phạm Bình Minh. It was witnessed directly by Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang in Hanoi on Tuesday 11 September 2018.

“When I meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam, during a bilateral consultation. We should have prepared the 2nd Phase of Actions Plans for the next five years before this ends. For this reason, the technical team worked to negotiate theAction Plans and thanks God, at the time of the President's visit, the 2nd Phase ofAction Plans for the next five years was completed and we signed it yesterday,” said Retno Marsudi.

With the continuation of Indonesia and Vietnam Action Plans for 2019 to 2023 it is expected that cooperation between the two countries, especially in the trade sector, can be further enhanced. Indonesia and Vietnam have committed themselves to increasing cooperation in the trade sector. The trade trends of the two countries, which have continued to increase over time, will continue to be explored their potential and developed for the progress of the two countries. (VOI / Rezha/NT)

10
September

The anniversary of Radio Republik Indonesia or better known as "Radio Day", this year enters 73 years on 11 September. The spirit of respecting Indonesian heroes and sovereignty is the main theme in the slogan it is carried out, namely "From Here Indonesia Still Exists and Continuously Exists". RRI's President Director, M. Rohanudin, in Jakarta on Sunday (9/9) said the slogan was inspired by the slogan that was broadcast by Radio Rimba Raya in 1948 – 1949 period, during the Dutch occupation. Rohanudin explained, under the command of Syafruddin Prawiranegara in 1948, the radio located in Bener Meriah district, Aceh, even then boldly and loudly broadcast that Indonesia still exists and remains sovereign. This also contradicts the Dutch effort which at that time tried to destroy Indonesia's communication equipment. According to him, the spirit of the struggle to defend the Unitary State of Indonesia is currently the focus of RRI to increasingly present better and better quality broadcasts.

“Indonesia still exists, the Republic still exists. That was how the radio shouted and reported throughout the world that was transmitted through a 1 kilo transmitter. That indicates that a high spirit for radio in Indonesia, radio at that time, of course they worked with RRI. So what is done by the radio is its representation and proximity to the struggle of the Republic of Indonesia,” said M. Rohanudin.

On that occasion, Rohanudin said, RRI NET, which was to be launched to coincide with the commemoration of RRI's 73rd Anniversary, was a form of technological development that RRI continued to follow. RRI NET itself is part of the RRI digitalization revolution, which is outlined in a radio visualization. (KBRN/Retno Mandasari/AHM