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January

The Association of Indonesian Travel Agencies (ASITA) of Papua stated, that Baliem Valley Festival in Jayawijaya Regency, Papua still becomes the main attraction for foreign tourists to visit Papua. As quoted by Antara, Chairman of ASITA Papua, Iwanta Parangin-Angin, in Jayapura, on Sunday (21/1) said, the average number of foreign tourist arrivals in 2017 reached 100 people per month. But the number can increase dramatically during the implementation of the Baliem Valley Festival on August 8 to 10. According to him, currently travel agents have started to sell travel packages to watch the Festival, held by Jayawijaya Government as an annual routine agenda. Iwanta Parangin-Angin admitted that during that period the price of trip to Jayawijaya increased, compared to the normal day//   Antara/Trs.Rezha

23
January

Indonesia Sends Trade Mission to South Asia

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Indonesian Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita kicked off the trade mission on Monday (22/1) to two South Asia countries, India and Pakistan taking with him 61 businesspeople to explore the cooperation with their counterparts in the two countries. He said the trade mission would start from India and then to Pakistan to follow the schedule of Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who was conducting his visits to the two countries. In the visit to India, which started on Monday, Enggartiasto took 37 businesspeople from 30 companies, including members of the Indonesia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin), according to the Indonesian Trade Ministry in a statement on Monday. Meanwhile, the delegation to Pakistan consists of 24 businesspeople from 23 companies, which produce electronic products, agriculture products, ties, textiles, palm oil and its derivative products as well as services, according to the statement. While in India, the minister said, he would raise the issue of the ASEAN-India Business and Investment Meet and Expo in an effort to complete the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) as a follow-up of an ASEAN economic meeting in Singapore recently////JP

 

23
January

In anticipation of the Chinese New Year and Cap Go Meh 2018, thousands of lanterns have decorated the city of Singkawang, West Kalimantan. The chairman of the Chinese New Year and Cap Go Meh celebration event, Tjhai Leonardi, said 10,000 lanterns would be installed in Singkawang. He said in Singkawang on Sunday, January 22nd that the organizer has started decorating the city of Singkawang with lanterns. He confirmed that this year, there would be new decor and events, such as the Cap Go Meh gate that will be installed near the BNI crossroads, and other ornaments along the protocol roads. Tjihai said, on the protocol roads there will be ornaments of the 12 shiau (Chinese zodiac signs) with an artistic lantern with a height of 2.5 to 3 meters, which will light up at night. Other than the ornaments, this year’s Chinese New Year and Cap Go Meh celebration will also feature a parade of kilin, the highest sky animal, above the liong (lion). Meanwhile, Singkawang Mayor Tjhai Chui Mie said his meeting with the Tourism Ministry revealed that the government supported the activity and would promote the event nationally and internationally//JP

23
January

PT Kereta Api -INKA (Persero) Madiun this year is working a number of train procurement projects with a total contract value about 3.6 trillion rupiah. That figure increases significantly about 1 trillion rupiah compared to 2017 contract value worth 2.6 trillion rupiah. President Director of PT INKA (Persero) Madiun, Budi Noviantoro, in Madiun, East Java, Monday, (22/1), said the projects are recently conducted by PT INKA such as ordering Light Rail Transit in Palembang, South Sumatra as the transportation mode to support the Asian Games 2018. In addition, PT INKA (Persero) is now also completing the construction of 250 units of passenger train ordered by Bangladesh Railways with a contract value of around 1.5 trillion rupiah.

"This year, INKA has a contract value of around Rp3.6 trillion, most of its investment spent in equipment. In the future our train specification is not designed only with mild steel, but already stainless steel. Welding process of stainless steel is different. But in the future it will be processed by automatic design. Secondly it can also use aluminum alloy, which is better quality than others,"  Budi Noviantoro said.

Budi moerover said, the quality of domestic products can be competed with that of imported goods. This is in line with the government instructions that determine the production of light rail should prioritize the domestic products. To complete the train project order, PT INKA will absorb 500 to 1,000 new workers. The existing 5,000 workers still lacks. // (Wulan/trs.Rezha)