President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) wants Bogor Botanical Garden to be rearranged by improving its facilities so that it becomes more attractive.The President`s wish was conveyed by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) Acting Chief Prof. Bambang Subiyanto after accompanying the President to sign the inscription on the Two Century of Bogor Botanical Garden and Palm Monument on Sunday.

"The official message of the president is that the the infrastructure of Bogor Botanical Garden should be improved, and the landscape should be re-arranged to make it more attractive," Subiyanto remarked after accompanying the president.

The President was specifically present to sign the inscription of the Two Century of Bogor Botanical Garden in front of Tugu Dua Abad, the bird singing competition located in the garden. Before signing the inscription, the President was seen talking with Subiyanto and the LIPI Life Science Deputy Prof. Enny Sudarmonowati in the company of Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya and Teten Masduki.

After the talks, the president signed the two inscriptions, and then invited all LIPI staff members to share together in front of Tugu Dua Abad, without giving information to the media crew.

According to Subiyanto in talks with the president, LIPI was asked to make the Botanical Garden of Singapore as a comparison in developing Bogor Botanical Garden more attractive again.

"The president wants the Bogor Botanical Garden to be as attractive as possible," he said.

In addition, the president also requested that the concrete fences in the Bogor Botanical Garden covered with plants so that it does not look concrete and iron fence (antara) 


Tri Rismaharini (Risma), the mayor of Surabaya, is striving to make the East Java provincial capital the first creative city in Indonesia. Risma remarked in Surabaya on Sunday ( 11 March ),  that through the Startup Nation Summit from November 17-18, 2018, Surabaya will become the first creative city in the country.

"Surabaya has been well known in ASEAN and Asia but not yet in part of European countries and others, and so, the Startup Nation Summit will be the right moment to make it a creative city," Risma said.

According to her, Startup Nation Summit 2018 will look different from that of previous years. Therefore, the City Government of Surabaya plans to package the event with the nuances of today, called Innovation Creative Digital Industry).

Risma said the Startup Nation Summit that will will be attended by 183 delegates from various countries will be collaborated with digital creative industry event with millennial nuances.

The innovation creative event will present several agenda such as digital art, community activity, virtual reality, interactive game, innovation zone workshop, and music performance.

Risma said she will incorporate the Startup Nation Summit with creative digital agenda to realize Surabaya as the first creative city in Indonesia, to advance the startup world of Surabaya, and to bring this city to the world map. (antara)


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Indonesian President Joko Widodo's Special Envoy for Indonesia's nomination at the UN Security Council, M Lutfi, visit Kingston, Jamaica, to rally support for Indonesia to become a UN Security Council Member of 2019-2020 period. As quoted by Antara in Jakarta on Saturday (10/3), the Special Envoy of President was greeted by Jamaican Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Kamina Johnson Smith in Kingston, Jamaica. The Special Envoy M Lutfi and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Jamaica discussed issues of bilateral cooperation of the two countries, including on the potential investments in the Caribbean, climate change and renewable energy. During the meeting, the President's Special Representatives reaffirmed Indonesia's commitment to contribute to the realization of a peaceful, stable and prosperous global ecosystem// ant.trs.Alika


Governor of Yogyakarta Special Region, Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X opened Jogja International Furniture and Craft Fair Indonesia -JIFFINA 2018 at Jogja Expo Center, on Saturday (10/3). As quoted by Antara, this exhibition lasted until March 13 is participated in by 300 businessmen from Java and Bali. At the opening of the exhibition entitled "Indonesia Original Unique Furniture & Craft Product", Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X hoped JIFFINA 2018 becomes supporter of the furniture and handicraft industry which contribute significantly both in volume and price as well as value for Indonesian exports. Sultan Hamengku Buwono X also stated, that it is quite realistic that JIFFINA's transaction value is targeted to reach 100 million US dollars or up 10 percent from JIFFINA 2017. It is based on the support of the diversity of original and unique exhibition products. JIFFINA continues to improve quality from year to year in developing Small Medium Industries and products. The Sultan also said that the exhibition which has been held since 2016 has proven that the furniture and craft exhibition in Yogyakarta has been accepted by the International community, especially in ASEAN. (ANTARA/Trs.Alika)