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November

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Indonesian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Arrmanatha C. Nasir handed over credentials to Bishop Urgell, Monsignor Joan Enric Vives i Sicília, co-prince Principality of Andorra on Friday (8/11). In the meeting, Ambassador Arrmanatha conveyed strengthening commitment of bilateral relations between Indonesia and Andorra in the future. A number of sectors which are potential to cooperate are finance and banking, creative economy, culture and tourism. One day before, Ambassador Arrmanatha also met Foreign Affairs Minister of  Andorra, Maria Ubach Font, and shared a dialog on bilateral and multilateral cooperation. One of them, which becomes attention, is youth community in participating to preserve democratic values, Human Right protection and peace.

After holding a bilateral meeting of Human Right Dialog with Norway government in Tromsø, the delegation of Indonesian government departed to Brussels, Belgium to hold similar bilateral meeting with delegation of European Union (UE) on Friday (8/11). In the annual meeting which enters the 8th year, the two sides agreed to keep continuing pattern of bilateral dialog which so far has contributed in boosting Indonesian and European Union relations. Director of Human Right and humanitarian of Foreign Affairs Ministry, Achsanul Habib, as Chairman of Indonesian delegation in the meeting, said that Indonesian government is still committed to ensuring advancement and protection of human rights. The Indonesian government does not only fulfill the rights of civil and politic, but also rights of economic, social and cultural aspects.

Chairman of Indonesian Tourism Travel Association of East Nusa Tenggara province, Abed Frans said that sale value of tourism package to East Nusa Tenggara on World Travel Market (WTM) 2019 in London reaches billions of rupiahs. To Antara News Agency, he said on Monday (11/11) that the achievement is related to the participation of the province by having special pavilion in World Travel Market 2019 in London, United Kingdom on November 4-6. Overall, transaction value of tourism travel cooperation to Indonesia with various tourism business-people of foreign countries reached Rp30 - 35 billion.

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October

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Minister of Maritime and Fisheries, Edhy Prabowo and Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Expatriate,  Nasser Bourita at Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jakarta on Monday (10/28/2019) signed a Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU). The MoU will strengthen cooperation in the field of fisheries training, technical and scientific research in the field of marine fisheries, fisheries product processing and marketing, prevention of illegal fishing and moving forward partnership of  private sector of the two countries. Maritime and Fisheries Minister, Edhy Prabowo in a press release on Tuesday (29/10) explained that Morocco is a country that has a good track record in the fisheries sector.

The film entitled "Boundless Love" (Ai Zai Ling Wei Du) with the background of  Palembang city, South Sumatra, began to be played simultaneously in a number of  theaters in China on Tuesday (29/10), October 29th. Nova Tentunata from Nanyang Bridge Media who also produced the film to Antara in Beijing on Monday (10/28) night explained that around 98 percent of the film locations were in Indonesia, namely Palembang, Bandung, Jakarta and Kepulauan Seribu. The Indonesian Ambassador to China, Djauhari Oratmangun when giving his  speech at the premiere screening of "Boundless Love" hoped that after watching the film, the audiences would be more interested in visiting Indonesia, especially Palembang, where the film was made.

Indonesian Consulate General  (KJRI) in San Francisco through the Familiarization Trip (Famtrip) activity brought American coffee entrepreneurs to Toraja in an effort to increase Indonesia's coffee exports to America. As a written statement received by Antara News Agency in Jakarta  from the Indonesian Consulate General in San Francisco   on Monday (28/10) explained that the Coffee and Tourism Famtrip event in Toraja, South Sulawesi Province was held on October 22-27 2019.

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October

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First information is from Russia.


As many as 14 new students from Papua, Indonesia have arrived in Russia to study through the Russian Government's scholarship program. Their arrival was welcomed by the staff of Indonesian Embassy in Moscow and the Indonesian Student Association in Russia (Permira) on Friday (10/25/2019). These students will study in various cities and colleges in Russia. Apart from Moscow, some of them study at Kaliningrad, Tula, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Orel, Voronezh, Volgograd, Petrozavodsk, Cherepovetsk, and Tomsk in western Siberia, Russia. 
The courses taken by them are diverse, both S1 and S2 programs, such as Environmental Engineering, Chemistry, International Relations, Political Science, Educational Science, Theology, Psychology, Museums and Culture, and Anthropology. In the first year, they will deepen Russian language in preparation faculties according to their respective majors. Indonesian Deputy Chief Representative in Russia and Belarus, Azis Nurwahyudi expressed joy and pride at the arrival of the Papuan students in Russia. In the meeting with the students, Azis stated, these students are also diplomats who promote the nation and state of Indonesia abroad, especially Russia.

Next information is from Azerbaijan.

The Indonesian delegation attended the Ministerial Meeting (PTM) of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Baku, Azerbaijan. The meeting was attended by more than 46 NAM member countries from Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Latin America on 23-24 of October. This meeting is a preparatory meeting for the NAM Summit.

During the opening session, Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Mr. Jorge Arreaza handed over the chairmanship of the NAM to the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister, Mr. Elmar Mammadyarov. Representing the Indonesian Delegation, Indonesian Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan, Prof. Dr. H. Husnan Bey Fananie emphasized the importance of the principle of multilateralism. According to him, NAM member countries must unite to find solutions to global issues. Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Ministerial Meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan succeeded in approving Non-Aligned Movement - NAM Final Document which will subsequently be adopted at the next Non-Aligned Movement Summit.

The last information is from the United States.


Technological progress in a bid to alleviate poverty is a matter of high concern to Indonesia today. This is based on the use of digital technology in various aspects of life, where the United Nations (UN) and its member countries, including Indonesia, are trying to optimize technology in achieving sustainable development.

Indonesia in the "Emerging Models of Economic Activities: Implications for Sustainable Development" at Committee II of the UN General Assembly (24/10) emphasized that the role of the creative economy is very important to open new opportunities for poverty alleviation and achieve sustainable development efforts in this digital era.


Mohammad Koba, Indonesia's Permanent Deputy to the United Nations in New York said that the digital economy is closely related to the creative economy; both of which are sources of creativity and innovation. The creative economy is also related to the green economy to create environmentally friendly innovation.

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October

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Indonesian embassy in Rome conducts Indonesian Week in Italy to promote Indonesian arts and cultures, which is held in various places in Italy such as Rome, Grosseto and Napoli, until October 31, 2019. That was reported from  the Indonesian embassy’s press release in Rome which was received on Sunday (27/10). Through the Indonesian Week held in Tuscany, Grosseto, Governor of Grosseto, Cinzia Torraco hoped on Saturday (26/10) that Indonesia can become more famous in Grosseto, and vice versa. Deputy Mayor of Grosseto, Luca Agresti conveyed to regional leadership meeting and City’s Council on the importance of getting to know Indonesia, on of strength of new economy which is also rich on culture. Through culture, it is hoped to establish mutual understanding which can strengthen cooperation in other fields, including business.  In the Indonesian Week in Grosseto, the committee showed Indonesian film entitled ‘Valentine, Battle of Surabaya’ and ‘Kartini’ at Aurelia Antica theater in Grosseto.

Recently, Indonesian embassy in Lisabon, Portugal held Asian Gastronomy Festival. The Festival was conducted along with embassy of Indonesia, Bangladesh, the Philippines, South Korea, India, and Thailand. The Festival was held at Indonesian embassy’s office by presenting Asian cuisine. In the festival, visitors who were present had opportunity to see and to discuss directly food making process. Division of Asian promotion at Museu Santa Casa Misericórdia Ricardo da Costa, who attended along with his family said that he was lucky to find ingredients required for the dish at Asian shops in Lisbon. During the festival, the visitors could know similarity in culinary characteristics from each country in Asia. Similarity of the characteristics is interaction among people of Asia since hundreds of years ago.

Indonesia emphasized on strengthening of South-South Cooperation in a bid to answer the challengesof global development on the 18th Non-Aligned Movement Summit held in Baku, Azerbaijan on October 25 and 26. The meeting was attended by 21 Heads of States and Heads of governments, and also 49 officials in the ministerial level and Heads of parliamentary and delegations from more 121 member countries, observers of Non-Aligned Movement and states’ guests. The summit with the theme ”Upholding the Bandung Principles” was to ensure concerted and adequate response to the challenges of contemporary world and discussed efforts of the movement in responding global issues based on Dasasila Bandung, the ten principles of Bandung. Indonesia Ambassador, Husnan Bey Fananie who is also Head of Indonesian delegation in the Summit, said that key issues discussed by member countries in the meeting were the relevance and respect of Dasasila Bandung, the solidarity of members of Non-Aligned Movement against the Palestinian issue, poverty alleviation, climate change, cyber security, combating terrorism and efforts against unilateralism.

26
October

HEADLINES

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Headlines from Kompas entitled “Safety depends on coordination.”

Investigation result of the National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) on the cause of the Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 PK-LQP Crash is expected to improve the safety of civil flights. In the future, the Indonesian Government, aviation industries, and flight operators must strengthen their coordination in a bid to support the safety of flights. The National Transportation Safety Committee pointed out that the Lion Air JT-610 Crash is caused by nine factors. So far, plane accidents have always been caused by multiple factors.

Republika entitled “President Joko Widodo inaugurates 12 Vice Ministers.”

President Joko Widodo introduced 12 deputy ministers joining the Cabinet of Indonesia Onward Cabinet on Friday Afternoon (25/10). The 12 deputy ministers were invited by President Joko Widodo on Friday morning to discuss their duties and the challenges that must be faced in the future. In the term of 2014-2019, there were only three deputy ministers: deputy minister of finance, deputy minister of foreign affairs, and deputy minister of energy and mineral resources.

Media Indonesia entitled “Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs needs to anticipate crisis.”

Amid the challenges due to the trade war between the USA and China, President Joko Widodo called on deputy Minister who is related to Economic Affairs to pay attention on trade agreement, investment, infrastructure, and tourism promotion. It was remarked by President Joko Widodo when introducing 12 Deputy Ministers at Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Friday (25/10).

26
October

TODAY IN HISTORY

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We begin Today in History with the event of 26 October 1979.

South Korean President, Park Chung-hee was killed by the leader of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency (KCIA), Kim Jae-kyu  on 26 October 1979. Park Chung-hee was a former general of the Republic of Korea Army (ROK) and leader of the Republic of Korea in the period of 1961-1979. He was considered to render a service by  modernizing South Korea through export-oriented industrialization, but he was also accused of violating human rights during the additional period of his presidency.

We turn to the event on October 26, 1994.

Two government leaders, King Husain of Jordan along with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin signed an agreement on October 26, 1994. They called it as peace and the process had begun since the Madrid Conference  in 1991.  The agreement was signed in the peace process between Arabs and Israel, which was supported by the United States.  Based on the peace agreement, Israel was willing to move back from parts of Jordanian territory and Jordan canceled their economic embargo on Israel.

 

We end Today in History with  the event on October 26, 2010.

Mount Merapi, located in the Special Region of Yogyakarta, was one of the active mountains in Indonesia and it erupted on 23 October 2010. The eruption of Mt. Merapi damaged several villages at surrounding areas. Besides, the eruption of Mt. Merapi killed dozens of villagers around the downhill of the mountain. One of them is Mbah Maridjan, the caretaker of Mt. Merapi.  When Mt. Merapi erupted, there were hot clouds as high as 1.5 kilometers.  The hot clouds rolled down and passed the area where Maridjan lived. Finally,  Mbah Maridjan's body was found a few hours later by SAR team along with 16 other dead people.

25
October

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Malaysian Ambassador to Indonesia, Datuk Zainal Abidin Bakar explained in Banda Aceh on Wednesday (23/10) that he will continue to strengthen Malaysia's cooperation with the REGIONAL Government of Aceh province because Aceh has a lot of potentials, especially in tourism sector. He mentioned that there are several sectors discussed at the meeting. They are tourism, education, economy and investment sectors. He also said that Aceh and Malaysia have historical, brotherhood and similarity ties so that it becomes one of the considerations to strengthen cooperation in various fields.

Government of Sweden hopes that with the new Indonesian government under  President Joko Widodo, bilateral relations with Indonesia will improve.  Swedish Ambassador to Indonesia, Marina Berg told Antara in Jakarta on Wednesday (23/10) that over five decades, the bilateral relations between the two countries have improved in many sectors.

Indang Badinding and Rampai Saman dances performed by students of Indonesian School of Davao successfully attracted  thousands of visitors of the 2019 Pakaradyan Festival in Tagum City, Davao del Norte province, the Philippines. Headmaster of the Davao-Philippines Indonesian School, Agus, as conveyed in a written statement from the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia Davao on Wednesday (23/10) explained that the promotion of Indonesian culture had become one of the missions of the Davao Indonesian School. Agus' statement has been proven by various activities participated by the Davao Indonesian School to introduce Indonesian culture throughout the Southern Philippines. The Pakaradyan Festival was held on October 22-24 with the theme “Celebrating our Origin, Honoring our Past.”

25
October

Indonesian students regained their achievements at the Taiwan Innotech Expo 2019 event. The students from Sepuluh November Institute of Technology –ITS are Reza Aulia, Riantama, and Afif Purwandi. They have created an innovative machinist fatigue detector called ‘Machinist Fatigue Detector’ (MAFTEC). This innovation won two awards at the same time at the event last September. Taiwan Innotech Expo 2019 is an annual huge event in Taiwan which is participated by companies, associations, and students from all over the world. The event which lasted for three days at TWTC Exhibition Hall 1, Taiwan, carried the theme ‘Sustainability Innovative Invention Future Technology’.

The machinist fatigue detector -MAFTEC, which won a silver medal at the Korea International Youth Olympiad Idea, Innovation, Invention, and Intellectual Property (KIYO 4I) last year, has been upgraded. From previously detecting driver drowsiness through eye movements, now MAFTEC uses a new method, which can detect sleepiness through heart rates. This innovation is also accompanied with real-time control over the level of fatigue of a machinist. The MAFTEC team leader, Reza explained, the workings of this tool are to detect the fatigue and drowsiness of the machinists and to give vibrations. This tool can find someone who is tired or sleepy through processing by a computer on the basis of a combination of eye blinks and heart rates. Reza added that if the machinist indicates to be sleepy, this tool will vibrate to wake up its users. In addition, this tool can also detect fatigue and sleepiness in real-time through online via the website. So hopefully, the control center can find out the machinist's condition directly.

With this new detection method innovation, MAFTEC won an honorable mention at the event. Although this tool can be considered common, the method we use is new; there are detection of heart rate and eye blink. Another award obtained is the Special Award from the Korean Invention Promotion Association (KIPA), because according to the KIPA association, this discovery has great potential to be implemented in a larger market. This can be applied not only in train, but also in other transportation sectors. In the future, Reza hopes that this MAFTEC can be implemented in the world of railroad and can be useful for the community. At present, Reza and his team are still trying to obtain a patent process for this tool.

24
October

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Diplomatic Corner is from Denpasar, Bali.

KRI Bima Suci ship anchored at Benoa seaport of Bali after carrying out a series of mission of the first sailing of Bark class sailing ship to visit 9 neighboring countries. The countries, which were visited, are the Philippines, Japan, South Korea, China, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Thailand, and Myanmar. The ship carried Kartika Jala Krida 2019 unit of exercise to conduct diplomatic sailing of national ambassador and also students of Navy Academy. This was stated by Commander of Indonesian Navy of Benoa Headquarters, Col. Henricus Prihantoko at Benoa seaport on Wednesday. He said that the ship, which was made by Vreire shipyard in Spain, sailed for 99 days by carrying 89 crews, 18 trainers, and 83 students. In addition to carrying out diplomatic sailing, they also introduced Indonesian culture.

 

Pariaman, West Sumatera. 

The city government of Pariaman, West Sumatera will construct Tahfiz boarding school whose operation cooperates with Turkey’s Sulaimaniyah boarding school. This was stated by Head of Religion Ministry’s Office of Pariaman, M. Nur in Pariaman on Wednesday (23/10). The construction of the boarding school has three-star standard so that every room has air conditioner. He also explained that the cooperation with the Turkey’s boarding school related to provision of teacher looks for students and operational finance. While, Mayor of Pariaman, Genius Umar said that the existence of the boarding school is expected to be able to support the region as tourism city in Islamic principles.

 

Davao, the Philippines.

Indang Badinding and Rampai Saman dances, which were performed by students of Davao Indonesian school, succeeded to amaze thousands of visitors of Pakaradyan 2019 Festival at Tagum City, Davao del Norte province, the Philippines. This was stated by Principal of the school, Agus, which was quoted in press release of Indonesian Consulate General in Davao received in Jakarta on Wednesday (23/10). The promotion of Indonesian culture has become one of missions of Davao Indonesia school. Agus’ statement has been proven with various events which were participated in by Davao Indonesian school to introduce Indonesian culture throughout South Philippines. The participation of Indonesian Consulate General in Davao in Pakaradyan Festival is expected to give more understanding on Indonesia to the Filipinos and also to be able to strengthen relations which have been established so far.

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October

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Businesspeople of Indonesia and Italy agreed a 60-million US dollar-worth trade contract.

Indonesian and Italian pulp and paper companies signed a trade contract worth around US$60 million dollars during Trade Expo Indonesia, held in Tangerang, Banten. Indonesian Embassy in Rome, with a written statement received in Jakarta on Saturday (19/10) said, the agreement was one of the biggest single trade contracts between PT Pindo Deli Pulp and Paper Mills from Indonesia and APP Italia Srl. APP Italia Srl, Timo Toivonen said that his Indonesian counterpart had long history in producing high-quality paper and support community development programs, so that his company appreciated the agreement signing.   

Next information is that Indonesian songket and tenun are promoted in Ukraine.

Indonesian songket and tenun cloths were promoted in Ukraine recently, more precisely during a fashion show by Indonesian designer, Anna Maria. Indonesian Ambassador to Ukraine, Yuddy Chrisnandi in a written statement said in Jakarta on Saturday (19/10) that they cooperated with ‘Rumah Kreasi Indonesia Hebat’ and gained support from Ukrainian conglomerate, Oleksandr Feldman to hold the country’s fashion show about songket and tenun. For the last 25 years, this was the first fashion show by Indonesian designer, which displayed the diversity of Indonesian tenun and songket.

Last information is that Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah and Palembang Aviation Polytechnic sign Cooperation Agreement.

Acting Function of Information and Socio-culture at Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah, Agus MUktamar and Director of Palembang Aviation Polytechnic, M Andar Adityawarman signed cooperation agreement on Human Resource Development at Air Transport in Jakarta (18/10). The signing was witnessed by Head of Air Transport Human Resources Development Center at Indonesian Transportation Ministry, Hery Sudarmadji, Indonesian Consul General in Jeddah, Mohamad Hery Saripudin, and Transportation Attaché of Indonesian Consul General in Jeddah, Amiruddin.

Indonesian Consul General in Jeddah Mohamad Hery Saripudin welcomed the cooperation agreement signing and expected it would be followed-up soon with real working plan, so that the benefits can be enjoyed by both sides soon. For Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah, the signing mandated two things. First, Consulate General’s Information and Socio-culture Function in cooperation with Indonesian School in Jeddah (SIJ) and Indonesian School in Mecca (SIM) must start mapping the interest and talent of the students they will recruit. Secondly, the Transportation Attaché must begin analysis on flight attendant need in Saudi Arabian transportation industry, along with the requirements.

 

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