International Dragon Boat Enlivens Tanjung Pinang

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International dragon boat race re-enlivened the city of Tanjung Pinang, Riau Island. The event that includes in the annual agenda of Riau Island provincial government has entered the 17th year. Met after the opening ceremony on Friday, October 19th 2018 in Tanjung Pinang, Riau Island, Head of Tanjung Pinang Tourism Agency, Raja Kholidin said that the international dragon boat race brings about a remarkable impact on Tanjung Pinang economy.

“The dragon boat race activity has been held for 17 years. This is one of the efforts to re-elevate Chinese culture that the dragon boat is unique and loved by our people. That’s why, we make it as an event which also becomes tools to promote our region. So, foreign tourists want to visit Tanjung Pinang. This activity is held because of our colleagues from the ministry of tourism and provincial and city government also supports us. The event is part of Tanjung Pinang tourism annual agenda. So, every year, we hold this because the impact is remarkable on this event as we can see now. Previously, Tanjung Pinang was very quiet but now is busy. At least, the people crowd the event once a year.” Raja Kholidin said. 

Raja Kholidin added that this event can fulfill the targeted number of 50.000 foreign tourists by the Tourism Ministry for Tanjung Pinang. Held since October 19th to 21st 2018, International dragon boat race is participated by 44 teams; 10 of them are from other countries. Malaysia becomes the biggest participants in this event by delivering seven teams while Brunei Darussalam with two teams and Singapore one team. Meanwhile, there are 10 teams from other regions that join in this race, such as Jakarta with two teams, Riau province three teams and Jambi with five teams. While, the rest is the local people with 24 teams. (VOI/NK/RHM)


Researcher of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences -LIPI, Pangky Tri Febiansyah told  media after Media Briefing at   LIPI’s Building in  Jakarta on Wednesday (17/10) said that the existence of tourism infrastructure must confirm the importance of government to design comprehensive strategy. He said that the government  must give easiness for foreigners to have holidays in Indonesia.

“Minimally, it is not only physical infrastructure, but also how the entry process of people’s attendance can be better. So, the infrastructure of tourists  can be better. Take for example,  the  management of making visa to Indonesia is good. So, we encourage the infrastructure there because the target is how the people can enter faster,” said Pangky Tri Febiansyah.

Besides, Pangky Tri Febiansyah also explained that the design of tourism development which is comprehensively competitive must include physical infrastructure pillars, such as human resources, finance and system. He added that the dimension is expected to be a benchmark in a bid to materialize the quality tourism sector both as alternative income resources and the nation’s identity in a global spectrum. (VOI/AF/AHM)


Russian Federation government will host the 12th Convention on Joint Convention between Indonesia and Russia in the field of trade, economy and technic held in Moscow, Russia on 26 October 2018. Ambassador of Russian Federation to Indonesia, Lyudmila Vorobieva to RRI World Service, Voice of Indonesia in Jakarta on Wednesday (17/10) said that  the delegation of the Joint Commission of Indonesia will be led by Coordinating  Minister of Economy, Darmin Nasution and the Russian delegation will be led by Russian Trade and Industry  Minister, Denis V. Manturov.

“Next week we would be having a session of our Joint Commission between our two governments on cooperation in difference spheres that our coach here from the Russian side by the Minister of Trade and Industry Mr. Manturov and from the Indonesian side the Minister Coordinator  (of economy) Pak Darmin Nasution. So, this will present a perfect opportunity to discuss all the ways to boost our relations in economic sphere, in trade, investment,” said Lyudmila Vorobieva.

Furthermore, Ambassador  Lyudmila Vorobieva said that the 11th Convention of Joint Commission between Indonesia and Russia was held in Jakarta in 2016 and the 2017 convention could not be done by the Russian Federation government because of technical reason. (VOI/Lalu Viqran Shink Khan/AHM)


Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi and Palestinian Foreign Affairs Minister, Riadh Al Maliki held Indonesia-Palestine bilateral consultation at the Pancasila building, Foreign Affairs Ministry Office, Jakarta on Tuesday October 16th 2018. The consultation that was held for the first time is place to translate the two countries good relations into concrete cooperation and real assistance. The two ministers also signed an MOU to establish a joint commission that will be discussed in a forum to elevate bilateral cooperation in technical sector. On her statement, Retno Marsudi said that Indonesia - Palestine bilateral consultation is part of a series of activities of the solidarity week for Palestine.

This bilateral consultation is the first time between Indonesia and Palestine since the opening of diplomatic relation almost 30 years ago. Minister Riadh comes to Indonesia together with me to participate in solidarity week for Palestine that was held from October 13th to 17th. As you all know there has been a series of activities in this event. The activities that were held in Bandung or Jakarta are the reflection and symbol of government’s consistent support and Indonesian people for Palestinians’ struggle,” said Retno Marsudi.

According to Retno the two states reinforce their cooperation in trade especially between business people through the establishment of Indonesia-Palestine business council. On the same occasion, Palestinian Foreign Affairs Minister, Riadh Al Maliki stated the appreciation on Indonesian free tariff policy for Palestine’s products since 2018 is one of major factors for Palestine independence. On the solidarity week for Palestine the two ministers also officially opened the Palestine walk in Bandung on October 13th, 2018 and walk for peace and humanity in Jakarta on October 14th. Palestinian Foreign Affairs Minister also paid a courtesy visit to President Joko Widodo on October 15th, and visited National Agency of Food and Drug Control (BPOM) ./(VOI/REZHA/TRANS NUKE/AHM)


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