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President Joko Widodo appreciates the diversity of the Indonesian sarong. This was revealed by the President when he and First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo attended the Sarong Festival at the  Southeast Plaza of Bung Karno National Stadium Complex, Jakarta, Sunday, March 3, 2019.

"I saw from several provinces that we all have sarong production. Both in the form of weaving, some in the form of songket, some in the form of batik, and other types of sarongs. This is a cultural diversity that is not owned by other nations," said the President .

Therefore, the President said that there will be a certain day in one month to wear sarongs together. "It can be once a week, it can be every two weeks, it can be once a month. We'll see later," said the Head of State.

The cultural diversity contained in this sarong, according to the President, must be placed in the best place. This is a form of our appreciation for the work and production of sarongs from every province that has a variety of patterns, motifs and colors, and has a high philosophy.

"I really appreciate the Festival of Sarong that was held today. Hopefully we all give awards, give appreciation to the works exhibited today," said the President as reported by the press release of the Deputy of Protocol, Press and Media of the Presidential Secretariat, Bey Machmudin.

On that occasion, the President and Mrs. Iriana both wore a long-sleeved white shirt and gloved in maroon. Upon arrival at the venue, both of them first reviewed the existing stands, including the Dekranasda booth in NTT and Belu, Rusari booth, to the sarong craft stand from the Donggala, Sigi, Lombok, Lampung and Banten affected areas.

After giving a speech, the President took the time to try the sarong weaving on the stage with Syamsudin, a weaving craftsman from Gresik.

Previously, the President also attended and greeted at the Blangkon Association and Nusantara Shawl Gathering at the West Plaza  Bung Karno National Stadium Complex.

Accompanying the President and Ms. Iriana in this event included, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Puan Maharani, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Minister of Religion Affairs Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, and Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi.

In addition, there was also present the Chairperson of the Advisory Council of the President Sri Adiningsih, member of the Advisory Council of President Sidarto Danusubroto, and Chair of the Manila IGK 2019 Glove Festival. (biro pers )


Vice President Jusuf Kalla left for Singapore on Sunday ( 3 / 3 ) to visit Ani Yudhoyono, the wife of former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) who is being treated at the Singapore National University Hospital for blood cancer.

The vice president, accompanied by his wife, Mufidah Kalla, departed from the Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force Base in East Jakarta at 01.30 p.m. local time by Presidential Plane Bae RJ - 85.

Kalla and entourage including former coordinating minister for economic affairs Chairul Tanjung, former environment minister Rahmat Witular and the vice president`s chief secretary, Mohamad Oemar were expected to arrive at Changi Airport in Singapore at 04.20 p.m. local time.

Ani Yudhoyono has been treated at the hospital since Feb 2, for blood cancer at the recommendation of the president`s medical team.

Earlier, on Feb 21, President Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo also visited Ani Yudhoyono.

The other state officials and former officials who had visited Ani Yudhoyono were Chairman of the People`s Consultative Assembly (MPR) Zulkifli Hasan, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa, former chief of the National Police General (ret) Sutarman, former Jakarta governor Sutiyoso, and former foreign minister Marty Natalegawa.

Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have also visited the wife of Indonesia`s sixth president at the hospital. (ant) 


Representatives of APEC economies are aiming to raise global public awareness on combating illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in order to reduce poverty and food insecurity.

IUU fishing has undermined the region`s food security, according to the APEC`s Oceans and Fisheries Working Group in a written statement received in Jakarta on Saturday.

"Illegal fishing takes money out of the hands of those playing by the rules. It takes food out of people`s mouths. It undermines the governments` efforts to achieve sustainable fisheries," Patrick Moran, Lead Shepherd for APEC`s Oceans and Fisheries Working Group, stated.

The fisheries industry is a global juggernaut, valued at US$144 billion annually. Small-scale fishing accounts for 90 percent of the sector, which feeds more than 50 percent of the population of developing countries, including in the Asia-Pacific region.

However, 20 percent of the fish captured globally is lost to IUU fishing that exacerbates food insecurity and poverty, robs families of income, and undermines attempts at sustainable fisheries, while also encouraging crime.

Hence, Chile hosting APEC for 2019 has declared its commitment to improving the health of oceans -- that includes addressing marine debris as well as the fisheries sector -- as one of its priorities.

Multiple instruments, binding and non-binding, are available to rein in IUU fishing, but execution of treaties can be improved and require supportive policy and legal implementing frameworks.

Better monitoring and tracing of fishing-related vessels, including refrigerated transport vessels, can also help rein in illegal activity. APEC can help its economies prepare the tools to achieve these goals.

"APEC can harness its great power to help its economies. The greatest enemies of IUU fishing are communication and collaboration, because the fish have to be sold. If there is illegal fishing somewhere in APEC, it can be communicated to everyone in the region, so action can be taken. The idea is to deny market access. We can help develop the tools (for this) and help the economies implement those tools," Moran stated. (ant) 


President Joko Widodo was accompanied by Madame Iriana attended the Ultra Micro Financing Channelling (UMi), in place of the auction of fish-fish auction Centre, Sodohoa, Kendari, Saturday (2/3). The President says that the loan granted in order having UMi effort is good.


In the presence of 4000 students present at Smart Card distribution event Indonesia (KIP) in Gymnasium David-Tonny, Limboto, Gorontalo, Friday (1/3), the President reminds that the funds exist in the KIP was only used for matters relating to education.


The number of foreign tourists or visits to Indonesia Jan wisman 2019 rose 5.22% compared to Jan 2018, namely from 1.10 million visits be 1.16 million visits. When compared with Des 2018, the number of visits domestic tourists on Jan 2019 decreased by 17.6% . Source BPS, Statistics National Agency


Indonesia has targeted to ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol in three years` time to reduce the consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), in a move to protect the ozone layer. Over the period of time, Indonesia will strive to make preparations for the adoption of the Kigali Amendment, Director General of Climate Change Analysis Ruandha Agung Sugardiman said in Jakarta on Thursday.

"The amendment is somewhat different from the other amendments, because the countries that have ratified it must implement its rules three months after ratifying it," he stated on the sidelines of a workshop on implementing the Montreal Protocol.

The preparations include making an inventory of the HFC use in Indonesia, controlling the import of HFCs, and setting a baseline for the consumption of HFCs in Indonesia in 2020, 2021, and 2022, he noted.

Ruandha made it clear that HFCs are currently used as a substitute for other ozone-destroying materials; however, several types of HFCs have the high potential to cause global warming. In the first phase, the Forestry and Environment Ministry will invite stakeholders in the air conditioner industry to jointly formulate the target of reducing HFC consumption, he remarked.

In the Kigali Amendment, Indonesia belongs to Group 1, which has set the target of reducing the consumption of HFCs by 80 percent of the baseline in 2045.

So far, 68 countries have ratified the Kigali Amendment, and in Southeast Asia, only Laos has ratified it.

On Oct 15, 2016, under the US leadership, 197 countries adopted an amendment to phase down HFCs under the Montreal Protocol in Kigali, Rwanda. Under the amendment, countries committed to cut the production and consumption of HFCs by more than 80 percent over the next 30 years.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website, the ambitious phase down schedule will avoid more than 80 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by 2050, avoiding up to 0.5 degrees Celsius warming by the end of the century, while continuing to protect the ozone layer. (ant)


Indonesia`s western most province of Aceh is the only region in Indonesia that officially applies sharia (Islamic laws) in daily life, so when Aceh is determined to develop and promote halal (permissible according to Islamic laws) tourism industry, it knows exactly what it is.

As the province is rich in culture, arts, biodiversity, nature scenery, which are asset for tourism, the Aceh administration has decided to designate halal tourism as one of its priority products.

"Halal tourism has developed fast in the world. Hence, Aceh must take advantage of halal tourism. Hence, halal tourism should become Aceh`s priority product," Jamaluddin, head of the Aceh tourism and culture office, stated in Banda Aceh, recently.

Since 2014, there has been a boom in the world`s halal tourism market. Of the world`s total 6.8 billion population, at least 1.6 billion are Muslim, and 60 percent of them are under 30 years old. The Muslim travel market accounted for more than $142 billion in 2014.

It is projected that the number of Muslim travelers will reach some 180 million by 2020 and will constitute 11.4 percent of the market, with an expenditure projected to be $212 billion.

Recovering from the 2004 tsunami devastation, Aceh has approximately 803 objects of tourist interest and 774 cultural sites scattered across the province.

To this end, Aceh organized a training course for human resources supporting halal tourism. Tens of members of the Aceh Tourism Stakeholders` Association (ASPPI) participated in the course.

Halal tourism respects Islamic culture and Islamic legal values, including those concerning certified halal food.

"Even without certification, food products in Aceh are, in fact, guaranteed to be halal. However, certificates are also obtained to convince tourists," he noted.

He called on tourism stakeholders in Aceh to obtain certificates for their products, including food, hospitality, and other services, in order to support Aceh`s halal tourism industry.

Halal tourism is expected to help the Aceh government to meet its target of attracting at least three million domestic tourists during 2019.

"Our target is to receive some three million domestic tourists in Aceh this year," Jamaluddin stated.

Aceh is optimistic of receiving 150 thousand foreign tourists.0

The number of both domestic and foreign tourist arrivals in Aceh has increased since 2014 and has brought positive impacts on the economy of the Aceh people, he added.

In 2014, the number of tourist arrivals in Aceh reached 1.47 million, comprising 1.42 domestic tourists and 50,722 foreigners.

In 2015, the number increased to 1.77 million consisting of 1.717 million domestic tourists and 54,588 foreigners.

During 2016, a total of 2.23 million people visited Aceh, comprising 2.15 million domestic tourists and and 76,452 foreign travelers.

The number of tourists visiting the province further increased to 2.36 million in 2017, consisting of 2.28 million Indonesians and 78,980 foreign tourists.

Last year, as many as 2.498 million tourists, comprising 2.391 million Indonesians and 106,281 foreigners visited Aceh.

"We have intensified efforts to attract more tourists by stepping up promotion activities and organizing other tourism events featuring the nature scenery and various culture and arts of Aceh," Jamaluddin revealed.

Aceh has Leuser National Park, which is the last natural place on Earth and home to four mega fauna species of Sumatran rhinos (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis), Sumatran orangutans (Pongo abelii), Sumatran tigers (Panthera tigris), and Sumatran elephants (Elephas maximus sumatranus).

The western and eastern areas of Aceh Province are currently estimated to have a population of 800 wild Sumatran elephants.

"The number is forecast to increase around 10 percent as compared to that of last year," Head of the Lhokseumawe Natural Resources Conservation Agency Dedi Irvansyah said recently.

Leuser is also a habitat for most fauna, ranging from mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians to fish and invertebrates. It is a region having the longest list of birds in the world, up to 380 species, with 350 of them found in this park, which is also home to owa (Hylobates lar) and kedih (Presbytis thomasi).

The Mount Leuser National Park was designated as a Biosphere Reserve in 1981 and inscribed on the World Heritage List of the United National Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2004.

Besides, Aceh also has Weh Island, which is very exotic and romantic, as it is surrounded by a number of small islets. Besides, its strategic location, Weh Island, located between the Indian Ocean and the Malacca Strait, is easily accessible by both domestic and foreign tourists.

Sabang coastal town, located on Weh Island, is known for its beautiful marine panorama. Sabang has become a favorite place for marine tourism lovers for performing various activities, such as diving, snorkeling, fishing, sun-bathing, and visiting interesting spots.

Vice President M Jusuf Kalla had several years ago reminded inhabitants of Weh Island that friendliness and good services remain keys to lure tourists.


President Joko Widodo dialogue with the players and officials League U-22 on the terrace behind Istana Merdeka, Jakarta, Thursday (28/2) morning. The President says, he and the entire people of Indonesia felt proud for achievement of U Timnas U-22 which is the new generation of football Indonesia. Indonesia is champions of AFF-U 22 2019 championship, in Phnompenh Cambodia.


The Indonesian Embassy in Buenos Aires has facilitated the return of the body of an Indonesian seaman, Zais, who died on board while sailing in the South Atlantic waters.

The seaman's body was returned from Montevideo, Uruguay, on Feb 27 and is scheduled to arrive in Jakarta on March 2, the Indonesian Embassy in Buenos Aires noted in a statement here on Wednesday.

Zais' body will then be handed over by the workers of placement agency PT Bahari Kru Manajemen to his family in Ambon, Maluku.

"Zais suffered from acute pulmonary edema that has sparked a problem in his heart," the embassy's head for Consular Affairs Emil Dewantara stated.

Zais died on Jan 16 after his health worsened. The Chinese-flagged "Ouya 17" ship, where Zais worked, brought him to Montevideo.

Indonesia's Honorary Consulate in Montevideo Nicholas Potrie and several sailors witnessed the process of transfer Zais' body from the ship to an ambulance before it was identified and returned to his home country.

The Indonesian Embassy has also worked on coordination with the authority in Uruguay to return Zais' body to Indonesia and rejected the workers agency's plan to cremate the body.

"The Indonesian Embassy will ensure that Indonesian citizens' rights are protected and will provide consular help, including to return the seaman's body," Indonesian Ambassador to the Argentine Republic, Republic of Paraguay, and Oriental Republic of Uruguay Niniek Kun Naryatie stated. (ant)

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