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22
July

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The Monument of Soekarno has been inaugurated in Algiers as an eternal symbol of Friendship between Algeria and Indonesia.

The monument of Soekarno was inaugurated in Algiers, Algeria on Saturday (18/7).  The monument proves that friendship between Indonesia and Algeria has existed for a long time.  It symbolizes the gratitude of the Algerian people for President Soekarno who has inspired the independence of Algeria internationally to declare independence at the Asia Africa Conference in Bandung, West Java.  For Indonesia, the monument is a sincere appreciation from Indonesia to Algeria as a friendly country that continuously voices and supports the principles of world peace and prosperity based on equal rights and independence.

Indonesian Ambassador to Algeria, Safira Machrusah in her remarks stated that the monument of Soekarno will be a reminder for Algerians and Indonesians, particularly the young generation to keep the principles of patriotism, unity, the struggle for independence, peace and world prosperity.

The monument of Soekarno shapes like a crescent moon with five-star pillar in each corner. It symbolizes the moon and crescent shape of the Algerian national flag. In each of its small pillars, there is Bandung Dasasila text or ten principles which were adopted at the Asian-African Conference in 1955, as a joint declaration of Asian and African countries to voice independence, equality and world peace. The monument is expected to become a monumental history that can build a strong belief foundation to develop political, economic and cultural dialogues and other interests bilaterally and multilaterally, especially between Indonesia and Algeria.

20
July

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Minister of Trade, Agus Suparmanto conveyed that his Ministry and the Ministry of Defense are exploring the mechanism of implementing counter trade with several trading partner countries. He also explained that several commodities that are ready to be traded consist of palm oil, rubber, machinery, coffee and its derivatives, cocoa and its derivatives, textile products, tea, footwear, processed fish, furniture, fruits, copra, plastics and their derivatives, resins, paper, as well as spices. The benefits of the counter trade are to overcome exporting obstacles abroad and expand market areas and market new products, provide additional exports, save foreign exchange, and cope with difficulties in imports due to foreign exchange limitations. In addition, this counter trade also accelerates the transfer of technology and knowledge, supports efforts to create a trade balance and payments, and increases production and expands employment opportunities.

The Ministry of Trade through Indonesian Trade Promotion Center of Los Angeles and the Indonesian Center for Export Education and Training held a virtual business matching. The event that took place on Tuesday (7/14) was aimed at boosting national exports amid Covid-19 pandemic. The business matching succeeded in bringing together 12 Small Medium Entrepreneurs of the export-oriented food and beverage sector with US buyers such as Jans Enterprise Corp., Takari International, Belift Coffee, and Beaneka Coffee.

Indonesia’s Diaspora in Britain wants Indonesian culinary to be present in Britain more widely. The recognition of Indonesian culinary opportunities was revealed in a virtual meeting of British Indonesian lovers with the theme "Indonesian Cuisine" organized by the Indonesian Embassy in London in collaboration with The Anglo-Indonesian Society (AIS), in London last Tuesday (14/7). Therefore, the Indonesian Embassy in London and AIS invited Chef William Wongso, Chef Petty Elliott and Sri Owen to share their experiences to the British people in the virtual meeting. The Indonesian Embassy in London also invited local residents from various backgrounds, such as young professionals, culinary lovers, culturalists, and Indonesianists.

15
July

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Indonesian representatives and Permias respond the US policy toward foreign students

All representatives of Indonesia in the United States of America moved quickly to coordinate with the Indonesian Students Association in America (Permias) to respond to local government policies for foreign students who are taking online classes for the Fall semester in 2020. Six Indonesian representatives in America are the Indonesian Embassy in Washington DC, Indonesian Consulate General in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. They have also coordinated with related parties, including directly contacting the campus / schools, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (US ICE) and the education association in the United States. Attaché of Education and Culture of the Indonesian Embassy in Washington DC, Popy Rufaidah in a written statement on Monday (13/7) stated that to obtain further information as well as find out solutions to the implementation impact of the new policy, the Indonesian Embassy and all the Consulates General in the United States communicate and carry out sustainable coordination with the campus / schools where Indonesian students study.

The quick coordination and response are done as anticipatory and proactive steps, including compiling data and directly monitoring the condition development of Indonesian students and the policies adopted by each campus in all the states of America in a bid to ensure that the study process of Indonesian students in America is not hampered due to the policy. The new regulation stated that foreign students in America who study in the Fall semester 2020 will only take online classes (full online class) and they are not allowed to stay in America.

University students are excepted from the rules when taking regular classes (face-to-face / in-person) or hybrid classes (a combination of online learning and direct methods in class). From the aspect of Indonesian citizen protection, Indonesian representatives in America will continuously facilitate and help find out the best solution for students and Indonesian university students in the country. Coordinator of Function Protocol and Consular of the Indonesian Embassy in Washington DC, Theodorus Satrio Nugroho stated that his side also appealed to the students to keep calm, always follow this development from official sources. If they need help, they can contact the hotlines of Indonesian Embassy and Indonesian Consulate General, which are open for 24 hours.

16
July

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Various efforts have been conducted by National Population and Family Planning Agency to prevent baby boom in the future. In addition to “Simultaneous Family Planning’s Service of Million Acceptors” movement which succeeded to be conducted when the 27th National Family Day on June 29, 2020, the Agency also keeps trying to ensure that the chain of contraception tool’s supply is not out of stock or over stock in one province and other provinces throughout Indonesia. Thereby, the agency and Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (JH CCP) through My choice Program develop SIRIKA (Alokon Supply Chain Information System).

SIRIKA is innovation in the process of processing logistical reporting and managing data in a digital warehouse so that the agency has the supply chain which is reliable, and responsive in providing Alokon of Family Planning Service. Head of the Agency, Hasto Wardoyo hopes that the people can use SIRIKA. According to Wardoyo, SIRIKA is important to carry out the success in a bid to increase Modern Contraceptive Prevalence Rate -MCPR, and improve accountability. SIRIKA will also decrease workload in warehouse operations, including recording and reporting. As a result, it becomes more efficient. The quality of the data and the level of reporting will increase in quality so that it accelerates and strengthens accuracy in the calculation of the need for community services.

Senior Technical Advisor at Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (JHCCP), Robert Ainslie stated  that the system focuses on boosting organization’s efficiency and standardization of management practices in accordance with supply chain rules, on Fulfillment of the Needs of Contraceptive Equipment and Drugs for Fertile Age Couples in Family Planning Services. The SIRIKA implementation had been begun through the test in South Sulawesi province in May 2019. Thus, the innovation is implemented in 74 regencies or cities in other provinces, such as Jakarta, Central Java, North Sumatera Utara, and West Java.Furthermore, facility of the health will be conducted until April 2021.

13
July

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On Friday (10/7), Indonesian Ambassador to New Zealand, Tantowi Yahya invited Ambassadors of ASEAN countries and their partners who joined the ASEAN Ladies Circle (ALC) in Wellington to learn to make coffee. The ASEAN Ambassadors in New Zealand and their partners learned from Jaya Argakusuma, a professional Barista who is an Indonesian citizen. The Indonesian Embassy in Wellington regularly holds barista training to the general public every Friday. This event is usually attended by students and Indonesian diaspora in Wellington from various ages and backgrounds. But at the moment, the barista training and the promotion of Indonesian coffee were held for the diplomatic community. Ambassadors of Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand along with their partners, diplomatic staff and representatives from the Filipino community seriously studied the speciality of "coffee". The Indonesian Embassy in Wellington plans to hold this event regularly every month on weekends.

This event will not only be attended by diplomats but also government officials, members of parliament and business people in Wellington.

Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is interested in cooperating with Indonesia in the health sector. He conveyed this when giving briefings and sharing experiences on the orientation of the candidates for the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia. In a written statement on Thursday (9/7), Minister Luhut said that the United Arab Emirates is very interested in cooperating with Indonesian companies to produce 1 million vaccines per year. He added that in the next research and innovation, there will be three countries that will cooperate with Indonesia.

10
July

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Australia will disburse funds worth  2.2 million Australian dollar (about Rp22 billion) to disaster relief agencies of Muhammadiyah and Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) in supporting both organizations in a bid to respond to Covid-19 pandemic. The fund will support community-based prevention activities,  build local capacity and ensure food security for households whose livelihoods are disrupted by  the Covid-19 pandemic.

Australian Ambassador to Indonesia,  Gary Quinlan in a written statement on Wednesday (8/7) stated that since the pandemic has been spreading quickly and its long-term impact is still unknown, Australia strongly  focuses on giving assistance through local organizations to support the government's efforts in the response and recovery phase. Through the Indonesia Australia Partnership Program for Disaster Preparedness (SIAP SIAGA), Australia will provide assistance worth 1 million Australian dollars  for the Institute for Disaster Management and Climate Change of NU (LPBI NU) and 1.2 million Australian dollars to the Muhammadiyah Disaster Management Center (MDMC). Chairman of  LPBI NU,   M Ali Yusuf stated that the collaboration aims at supporting the Indonesian government in strengthening community and household resilience in facing the Covid-19 pandemic and adapting to new normal through based-community  preventive effort.  

Meanwhile, Deputy Chairman of MDMC,  Rahmawati Husein stated that her side will focus on education campaigns and ensure food security for the most vulnerable groups such as layoff-job  victims, people who do not receive government social assistance, households led by women, the elderly, and people with disabilities. The SIAP SIAGA program also cooperates  with the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) and other ministries to support the work of the Task Force for the Acceleration of the Covid-19 handling in Indonesia, which coordinates the response to the crisis.

SIAP SIAGA is a five-year partnership between the Indonesian and Australian governments to foster disaster risk management in Indonesia.  Australia has adapted the development program for 2019-2020, which is estimated to reach 298.5 million Australian dollars in Indonesia, and prioritized 44.8 million Australian dollars to support Indonesia's health, humanitarian and economic response to the Covid-19 handling, including 21 million Australian dollars in  new initiatives.

10
July

The Zero Waste Indonesia Community (ZWID) calls for people to be committed not buying new clothes for three months as a slow fashion implementation to reduce fashion waste and textile waste. The "Start from the Wardrobe" movement will take place from July 15 to October 15, 2020. The people who participate are urged to look for alternative new clothes, such as borrowing, renting, exchanging, sewing, or buying used clothes. Even buying new clothes is still legitimate, if you really need it and not just being tempted by trends, especially when buying from sustainable fashion labels or local labels to support entrepreneurs affected by Covid-19 pandemic.

Maurilla Sophianti Imron, a founder of the Zero Waste Indonesia Community, explained that as the time passes by, the fashion industry has developed so fast. Various labels are aggressively releasing new collections in a bid to adjust the trend. Fast fashion becomes something that is in great demand impacting consumerism behavior in which people buy new clothes to follow various trends that exceeding their need. As we are aware, the textile industry is one of the biggest contributors to pollution in the world. If it continues, it will bring about a negative impact on the environment and humans.

Launching from the Global Fashion Agenda, textile waste will be expected to increase by 60 percent between 2015 and 2030. The movement is expected to be followed by at least 5,000 people who register their commitments by July 14 and they can contribute to extending the life of clothing to 9 months and can reduce global carbon emissions by 30 percent. People are urged to become wiser consumers and maximize the available clothing. Even buying new clothes is not a problem, as long as you are driven by needs, not just wants or just following the trend.

06
July

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The British Embassy in Indonesia collaborating with the Community Coalition for Covid-19 (LaporCovid-19) launched a cooperation project of community-based data collection, as part of the Digital Access program. The program, which was funded by Britain around Rp 987 million, will be implemented jointly with the Indonesian government. The provincial government of East Java is one of the priority provinces to accelerate the handling of Covid-19 cases. Irma Hidayana, as Co-Initiator and Co-Leader of the LaporCovid-19, said that the disclosure of information and data related to the Covid-19 to the public is very important so that all parties can provide input or suggestions regarding proper handling. The British Ambassador to Indonesia and Timor Leste, Owen Jenkins said that the existence of the data is very critical for the government, not only in Indonesia but also in the UK. Meanwhile, Ambassador Owen Jenkins also said that his side requires seriousness and willingness to learn and use data in every decision making.

Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) was officially enacted on July 5, 2020. Earlier, the agreement was launched on November 2, 2010 by Indonesian President and Australian Prime Minister. After going through 12 rounds of negotiations and 5 negotiating Chair-level meetings, the two countries succeeded in completing the negotiations substantially on 31 August 2018. The agreement was then signed by the Indonesian Minister of Trade and the Australian Minister of Trade, Tourism and Investment in Jakarta, on 4 March 2019.  Indonesian Trade Minister, Agus Suparmanto said that the agreement will benefit for Indonesian exporters through the elimination of all Australian customs tariffs. This means that all Indonesian products entering the Australian market will enjoy zero percent tariffs.

The Riau Provincial Government cooperates with Malaysia in securing roll on roll off ship transportation (roro) from Dumai to Malaysia. Regional Police Chief of Riau, General Inspector Agung Setia Imam Efendi said that representing Police Headquarters of Riau, his side supports the cooperation with Malaysia related to ship transportation from Dumai to Malacca, Malaysia. The police are providing the cooperation. According to Agung, the most important point is that the port is secured.

08
July

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Norway pays Rp 812.86 billion to Indonesia due to successful emission reduction

For the first time, Norwegian Government will pay 530 million of Norwegian Krone or about Rp 812.86 billion to the Government of Indonesia for its success in reducing carbon emissions as the cause of global warming. Indonesian Embassy in Oslo in its written statement received by Antara on   Sunday ( 05/7 ) stated that the money is payment based on the result  as the contents of the cooperation  of  Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD). Related to the payment, Indonesian Ambassador to Norway, Todung Mulya Lubis at the same statement appreciated Norwegian support of carbon emission reduction in Indonesia.  

He welcomed the announcement of payment based on the result made by Norwegian Minister of Environment and Climate, Sveinung Rotevatn. Ambassador Todung explained that Indonesia and Norway have been cooperating in the environment sector over the last 10 years. His side met Minister Sveinung Rotevatn on June 17, 2020 and the Norwegian Government stated that Indonesia is an important partner in efforts to slowdown the impact of climate change and reduce the levels of greenhouse gases that affect global warming. It is expected that the cooperation will be increased continuously in the coming years.

The Norwegian government will pay Rp 812.86 billion in 2020 because the result of third-party verification has shown that Indonesia succeeded in reducing emissions by 11.2 million tons of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent (CO2eq) during 2016-2017. At this time, the world carbon market price was worth Rp 72.000 per ton.

The Norwegian Government in its official website mentioned Indonesia's achievements that support the control of climate change and global warming impacts. Therefore, the Norwegian Government is committed to paying for the result of emissions reductions of Indonesia in the next few years.

01
July

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Technology of coal fertilizer made by Indonesian entrepreneur is recognized in the US

The technology of coal-based fertilizer developed by Indonesian entrepreneur, R Umar Hasan Saputra is acknowledged with the issuance of patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Consulate General of Republic of Indonesia ( KJRI) in Chicago in its statement more recently stated that the acknowledgment is  a great achievement due to  the coal-based fertilizer production technology developed by the inventor in the field of  agriculture. This is the only one that has succeeded in getting the patent  in the USA. With the patent, the coal fertilizer with the trademark Glogens Organic Micro-Carbon Fertilizer can enter the industrial market of  agriculture in the United States, which is currently the largest market globally. Besides, it can open investment opportunities such as fabric as well as fasten the products internationally.

Furthermore, Umar explained the patent for the technology he won has several advantages. The fertilizer in Indonesia has the trademark "Futura" and it is produced from low-calorie coal base materials that are widely available in many countries. The fertilizer is organic  because it can improve soil conditions and can be produced more quickly and friendly environmentally. The fertilizer production can be more economical compared to other chemical fertilizers.

As a follow-up step after the issuance of the patent, GLOGENS will process licensing and licensing applications to the relevant authorities in the USA, before entering the stage of a broader marketing effort. To support the effort, GLOGENS has also prepared a piece of land in California for fertilizer trials coal for grains and is preparing additional land in Indiana for maize species.

To support the penetration  of Glogens Organic Micro-Carbon Fertilizer in the United States, Consul General of Chicago (KJIR), Meri Binsar Simorangkir stated that his side and Indonesian Trade Promotion Center (ITPC) will help facilitate the process of submitting standard certification to relevant institutions in America, promote the marketing efforts, and collaborate with related parties in the Midwest. The region is known as one of the centers of agricultural production and major plantations in the USA, such as soybeans, corn, and wheat. So, Midwest is one of the areas with high potential for Futura fertilizer marketing in the future.

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