06
April

Lauhin Mahfudz and Ahmad Farhan Tsani of Indonesia finished second behind the Philippines in the international Qur`an recitation competition held in Cairo, Egypt. A statement from Mahfudz received by ANTARA in Takengon, Aceh on Thursday noted that the final Qur`an recital took place on April 4, 2018. 

Only two countries were found worthy of winning the first and second place in the Qur`an recitation competition. The Indonesian participants managed to enter the final round along with other competitors from three countries: Malaysia, the Philippines, and Nigeria. Some 20 countries participated in the Sharhil Qur`an category. Sharhil Qur`an is a technique of reading the Qur`an by revealing the content, translations, and descriptions in harmonious unity.

Mahfudz and Tsani are alumni of the Raudhatul Hasanah Islamic boarding school in Medan, North Sumatra. Mahfudz hails from Takengon, Central Aceh District, while Tsani is from Medan, North Sumatra. Both are currently studying at the Al Azhar University, Cairo. Mahfudz had studied religion at the Islamic State University Ar Raniry in Banda Aceh in the Department of Al Quran tafsir before being accepted as a student of Al Azhar in 2016.

Central Aceh Regent Shabela Abubakar expressed full support to Mahfudz via a video call ahead of the final. Abubakar expressed moral support and hope that Mahfudz would give his best for Indonesia at the event. (antara)

05
April

The Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Hanoi, Vietnam, successfully booked 670 tour packages in the promotion of Lake Toba tourism held in Hanoi.  Press release from Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, Hanoi to Antara News Agency in Jakarta, Wednesday (4 / 4) mentions, through booking the tour package, event titled Sales Mission Toba Lake Destination 2018 is able to generate 1.56 billion rupiah.

Tour package includes 110 tour packages worth 429.18 million rupiah and potential transactions of 560 tour packages worth 1.138 billion rupiah.  Seven representatives of Indonesian travel agents from Jakarta, West Java, Yogyakarta and Bali Special Region, and 38 tour operators present in Hanoi. Previously, the Ministry of Tourism also participated to promote Indonesian tourism in Vietnam International Travel Mart 2018 which took place in Hanoi on 29 March to 1 April.  From the target y which was set at 6.2 billion rupiah, the Indonesian Pavilion in Vietnam succeeded in selling 2,669 tourist packages worth 13,4 billion rupiah. //.5.5'18.mar

05
April

Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi said, Pelabuhan Ratu must be able to function optimally in 2019. Budi Karya Sumadi in Majalengka, West Java, on Wednesday (4/4) asked the Head of Transportation Office in cooperation with The Head of the Tourism Office in Sukabumi, West Java uses Pelabuhan Ratu as much as possible to facilitate connectivity to Jakarta.

Delivery of crops, minerals and other goods will use ships or barges from Pelabuhan Ratu to be more efficient.  He explained, in addition to facilitate connectivity, Pelabuhan Ratu will also be focused to become a tourism port on the weekend. Moreover with the object Geopark Ciletuh tourism that can be reached by boat for 30 minutes // ant.5.4'18.mar

05
April

President Joko Widodo gives appreciation to the Ministry of Industry who has been alert and seriously prepared roadmap implementation of Industry 4.0 to be implemented in Indonesia. As quoted by Antara, this system will be better known as Making Indonesia 4.0. The road map will be became a cornerstone of Indonesia's economic growth in the future.

President Joko Widodo at the launch of Making Indonesia 4.0 as part of a series of Indonesia Industrial Summit 2018 events in Jakarta, Wednesday (4/4) hope, in addition to creating new jobs, the implementation of Industry 4.0 in Indonesia ensuring growth in an inclusive manner, involving all levels of the community's economy. The President requested that the implementation of Industry 4.0 not only target large companies, but also micro, small and medium enterprises. In the future, micro, small and medium enterprises must be able understand and easy in accessing and using technology so it is more competitive.// ant.5.3 18.mar