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February

 

In addition to attending the 40th UN Human Rights Council Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi is also scheduled to attend the 46th Conference of Ministers of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. The meeting will be held on March 1 to 2, 2018 themed 50 Years of Islamic Cooperation, Roadmap for Prosperity and Development.

 

To reporters, Indonesian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir said that Indonesia in the OIC ministerial meeting would encourage discussion regarding efforts to increase the cooperation of OIC member countries in the fields of economy and science and to handle safe and orderly migration flows.

 

“For Indonesia, there are several issues that will be of concern related to encouraging increased cooperation between OIC countries in the fields of economics and science and technology. In addition, Indonesia will encourage cooperation support from the OIC for cooperation on the Global Compact for Save, Orderly and Migration,” Armanatha said.

 

Furthermore, Arrmanatha Nasir said that the 46th OIC ministerial meeting would produce a declaration that gave political commitment to the OIC member countries for various issues related to the theme of the meeting. In addition to the declaration, according to Arrmanatha, the 46th OIC Ministerial meeting will also produce 130 resolutions covering various issues such as financial, political and Palestinian issues.

 

He added, several issues that would be of concern in the 46th OIC Ministerial Meeting included the progress of the peace process in the world, efforts to fight global terrorism, and the OIC 2025 Action Program. (VOI/ANDY/AHM)

 

22
February

Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno LP Marsudi is scheduled to attend the 40th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland from 25 to 28 February, 2019. The meeting itself is scheduled to be held on February 25 to March 22. To reporters on Thursday in Jakarta, Director of Human Rights of the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Achsanul Habib said that Indonesia's participation is in the context of conveying Indonesia's main point of view regarding strengthening human rights values ​​at the multilateral level as well as achievements and progress at national and regional levels. According to Achsanul Habib, in the UN Human Rights Council Session, Indonesia will put forward the issue of protecting human rights in line with national interests.

“The presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs at the Human Rights Council Session is a form of Indonesia's commitment in the promotion and protection of human rights values. Of course what we will propose is that which is in harmony with national interests, Indonesia's interests,” said Achsanul Habib.

Achsanul Habib explained some of the agendas that will be discussed in Indonesia's participation in the 40th Session of the UN Human Rights Council including the issue of Palestine, Myanmar, issue of civil rights, economic and socio-cultural rights and the rights of vulnerable groups, women's empowerment, child protection and disability. In addition to attending the 40th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, Indonesia will also hold a number of bilateral meetings at the Minister of Foreign Affairs level. At least 15 bilateral meetings are scheduled to be held by Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi. The meeting will discuss various issues of mutual interest at the international level including various specific issues in Indonesia's bilateral relations with partner countries. (VOI/ANDY/AHM)

21
February

 President Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo at around 16:40 local time (WS) arrived at National University Singapore (NUH) where Ms. Ani Yudhoyono was being treated. The arrival of the President and Mrs. Iriana was immediately welcomed by the first son of the 6th President of the Republic of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono and Mr. Hatta Rajasa. After that, the President and Mrs. Iriana went straight to the 8th floor, where Ms. Ani Yudhoyono was treated.

In the treatment room, the President and Mrs. Iriana were welcomed by SBY and Annisa Pohan. "Thank you for coming, Mr. President," said SBY. The President and Mrs. Iriana then saw Ms. Ani. "We and all Indonesian people pray for Ms. Ani recovery," said the President. After that, the President and Mrs. Iriana talked with SBY next to the treatment room. Also present at the meeting were Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko, Hatta Rajasa, youngest son of President Kaesang Pangarep, Agus Harimurti, and Annisa Pohan. At 5:20 p.m., the President and Mrs. Iriana, together with a limited group, left NUH to go to Singapore Changi International Airport to return directly to Jakarta. (biropers)

21
February

The idea to celebrate International Mother Language Day was the initiative of Bangladesh. It was approved at the 1999 UNESCO General Conference and has been observed throughout the world since 2000.

UNESCO believes in the importance of cultural and linguistic diversity for sustainable societies. It is within its mandate for peace that it works to preserve the differences in cultures and languages that foster tolerance and respect for others.  

Linguistic diversity(link is external) is increasingly threatened as more and more languages disappear. Globally 40 per cent of the population does not have access to an education in a language they speak or understand. Nevertheless, progress is being made in mother tongue-based multilingual education with growing understanding of its importance, particularly in early schooling, and more commitment to its development in public life. (unesco)

Multilingual and multicultural societies exist through their languages which transmit and preserve traditional knowledge and cultures in a sustainable way.

 

21
February

The 16th ASEAN-Russia SOM in Bali (20/2) discussed the review and future direction of the ASEAN-Russia Strategic Partnership. ASEAN-Russia agreed to redouble the efforts to implement the Plan of Action 2016-2020

21
February

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has expressed hope that the vocational training center (BLK) established in Islamic boarding schools (pesantren) would effectively improve skills of work forces.


"I believe that it could be more effective to improve their skills," Jokowi said at the signing of cooperation on batch 1 community-based vocational training center in Jakarta on Wednesday.


The government, he continued, is evaluating the community-based BLK program. In 2017, it established 55 community-based BLK, and it was increased to 75 training centers in 2018.


In 2019, the Ministry of Manpower would establish one thousand training centers, of which 500 centers would be launched in its first stage.


The president remarked that the training centers' effectiveness could be increased as it is established within the Islamic boarding school complex.


Furthermore, Jokowi has called on the training center to adjust the training material with the industry in the region.


"They (the boarding school) can choose whether they want to have training on information technology, garment, creative industry, or processing of agriculture product. There are many alternatives that they can choose," he elaborated.


The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) has also opened the chance for graduates of the training center to be channeled to companies. (ANTARA)

20
February

 Indonesian Ambassador to Egypt Helmy Fauzi made assurance that no Indonesian had fallen victim to a suicide bombing that occurred in Cairo, Egypt, on Monday night, Feb 18.

"There is no Indonesian casualty from that incident," Ambassador Fauzi stated at the Indonesian Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, as quoted from a statement received here on Tuesday.

The suicide blast occurred behind the Al-Azhar Mosque in Gamaleya District, Darb Al-Ahmar, Cairo, on Feb 18, at around 10 p.m. local time.

The eight casualties resulting from the bombing were three policemen who died; three civilians, one of which is a student from Thailand; and two police personnel, who were wounded.

Among the victims, two policemen had busted the bomber before he eventually pulled off the bomb`s trigger. The local police have identified the bomber as Al- Hasan Abdullah, 37.

All wounded civilians are currently being treated at the Husein Hospital, Cairo, while the policemen are receiving treatment at the Police Hospital.

Gamaleya District, also known as Darosah, is a densely populated area inside the Al-Azhar complex. Apart from being a place to live for Al-Azhar University`s foreign students, one of the famous bazaars in Cairo, Khan El Khalil, is located in the area. (ant)

20
February

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) gave a special message to the Governor of Riau Syamsuar and Deputy Governor Edy Nasution who was newly appointed at the State Palace, Jakarta, Wednesday (20/2) morning.

"We want to keep the spirit of this country so that in the future there will be no more highly-affected forest and land fires, especially the occurrence of smoke which disrupts both school children and our lives, and of course also related to aviation. We hope this will hopefully not happen again, "President Jokowi said as Riau Governor Syamsuar told reporters after his inauguration.

Syamsuar stressed that President Jokowi had a very big concern about forest and land fires, because Riau in particular is directly adjacent to Singapore and Malaysia.

Regarding the message, Governor Syamsuar stressed that the Provincial Government (Pemprov) of Riau will conduct a socialization of prevention of forest fires, because Riau also has several dry seasons now.

20
February

The Minister of Trade of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E Enggartiasto Lukita and the Trade Minister of the Republic of Korea, H.E Hyun Chong Kim met on 19 February 2019 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The two Ministers discussed ways to enhance trade and economic relations between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of Korea. The two Ministers agreed to reactivate negotiations on the Indonesia - Korea Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IK-CEPA). Both Ministers believed that a successful negotiation toward an economically meaningful agreement would serve as a new platform toward a modern and dynamic economic partnership that reflects the strong bond between the two countries. This initiative signals the strong determination of both governments to create a favorable environment that is conducive to expanding two-way trade and investment and to maximizing the potential of the economic partnership.

20
February

Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Ignasius Jonan called on the gas industry stakeholders to work together to encourage the national gas industry to become more competitive.

This was conveyed by Jonan when opening the 9th International Gas Indonesia (IndoGAS) Conference and Exhibition at the Plenary Hall Jakarta Convention Center (JCC), Tuesday (19/2).

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