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May

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British people who stay in Oxford enjoyed Javanese leather puppet and gamelan performance presented in “Night at the Museum” event at Pitt Rivers Museum on May 17. The visitors were presented with Javanese dance which was beautifully performance by Ni Made Pujawati, accompanied by Oxford Youth Gamelan led by Jasmine Godden. Dalang Ki Sujarwo started playing the leather puppet, accompanied by Oxford Gamelan Society led by Peter Smith. In different time, the visitors participated in Balinese dance workshop at one of rooms at the museum. Counselor of Information and Social Culture, Thomas Siregar said that the event was cooperation between Indonesian embassy and Pitt Rivers Museum to introduce Indonesian culture to citizens of England in Oxford.

Provincial government of Riau expressed its desire to establish cooperation in developing halal tourism with Malaysia. One of them is with the plan of Malaysia Airlines flight route from Kuala Lumpur to Pekanbaru. Riau wants the tourists’ visit its region to keep increasing. That was stated by Governor of Riau, Syamsuar at the meeting with some Consulate representatives of Malaysia in Pekanbaru over the weekend. Provincial government of Riau welcomed the plan of the opening of Kuala Lumpur - Pekanbaru flight route by Malaysia Airlines this year. Previously, Malaysian consulate expressed that now, the process of the opening of flight route among the countries has been on submission stage of permits at the Ministry of Transportation.

The governments of Indonesia and Chile have agreed to accelerate the implementation of Indonesia- Chile Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IC-CEPA) and also to expand the scope in the agreement. The trade agreement was reached at the meeting of Indonesian Trade Minister, Enggartiasto Lukita along with Deputy Minister of Chilean  Foreign Affairs Minister of Trade Field, Rodrigo Yanez Benitez on the sidelines of Trade Minister’s Meeting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Chile on Saturday (18/5). Minister Enggar said that the expansion of IC-CEPA agreement is concerning with trade in services and investment between the two countries. The two sectors are viewed to make trade relations of the two countries become more comprehensive. As a follow-up of the agreement, Minister Enggar also said that Deputy Minister Rodrigo Yanez Benitez will visit Indonesia on June 10-11, 2019.

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May

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Leather puppet performance which was conducted at Indonesian embassy’s Hall in The Hague succeeded in hypnotizing around 150 audiences. The puppet with “Ciptaning” story was played by puppeteer Ki Joko Susilo from New Zealand, sinden Dòra Györfi from Budapest. They were accompanied by Widosari Amsterdam Gamelan, joining Indonesian and the Dutch people, led by Elsje Plantema.  Educational and Cultural attaché’ of the Indonesian embassy  in The Hague, Din Wahid in a press release to Antara London on Sunday (12/5) said that the puppet performance was conducted at Indonesian Cultural House in The Hague which is under the Indonesian embassy. The House actively conducts cultural event which is aimed to promote Indonesian culture in the Netherlands.

Governor of Jakarta, Anies Baswedan and British Ambassador to Indonesia, Moazzam Malik planted spathodea tree at Museum of Proclamation Manuscript Formulation on Sunday (12/5) to commemorate the 70th Indonesian-British diplomatic relations. Ambassador Moazzam said that England is Indonesia’s trade partnership which has global vision. He added that England and Indonesian and British relations are very strong and both countries have been cooperating in various sectors such as education, business, trade, climate change, science, technology and anti-corruption.

Seven travel agents from the United States of America are touring to a number of tourism destinations in Banyuwangi regency for a week. The owners of the travel agents from  Midwest of the United States of America have come to a number of tourism destinations since Friday (10/5) such as Mt. Ijen, Gombengsari Nirvana Coffee, Sabha Swagata Blambangan Pavilion, Bangsring Underwater and they will go down to South Banyuwangi to see the panorama of Muncar fisherman port and National Park of Alas Purwo until Tuesday (14/5). Head of Delegation of the Midwest of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), Jesse Guerre revealed that he is impressed on beautiful nature, delicious coffee and the most important thing is the hospitality of Banyuwangi’s people. Functional staff at the US Directorate I, Directorate General of America Europe, Foreign Affairs Ministry,  Raden Usman Effendi pointed out that the visit of the travel agents to Banyuwangi is part of the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry’s and Consulate General’s program in Chicago, the USA to increase tourist’s visit to Indonesia.

10
May

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Indonesia won in the badminton championship in New Zealand with 2 titles. Indonesia won the second title by the men's doubles pair. In the final, the men's doubles pair, Hendra Setiawan-Mohammad Ahsan defeated Hiroyuki Endo-Yuta Watanabe from Japan. Through one-hour and seven-minute match at Auckland's Fida Stadium Event on Sunday (5/5), the Indonesian pair beat the Japanese pair through a rubber game with a score of 20-22, 21-15 and 21-17. As written by Antara, through this result, Indonesia closed the 2019 New Zealand Open by winning two titles, before Jonatan Christie won the men's singles. Jonatan Christie defeated Hong Kong player, Ng Ka Long Angus with a score of 21-12 and 21-13.

To increase the interest in surfing and tourism in Lampung, the World Surfing League (WSL) "Krui Pro" was held on April 29 to May 4, 2019. The location is in West Pesisir District, Lampung Province. The 3rd international surfing competition is able to bring in foreign and domestic tourists. In this event, Lucas Silveira of Brazil won the throne of victory from compatriot Gabriel Medina who was the champion last year. Met after surfing on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Tanjung Setia Beach, Lucas revealed that the Wave was the one that took him to participate in World surfing league Krui Pro 2019.“Well the wave it was perfect, it was hard to get better than this. The challenge was that the wave was so good and everyone played surf well. So, you had to do better to win. It was a long way since we got here and trained daily before we competed and woke up 5 am to train and a lot of high hits through the final. Everything took place so well,” said Lucas. Lucas added, this was the first time for him to compete in Krui and the world-class wave was the only interesting thing to come to Krui. He also emphasized that even though there was no competition, he would continue to play surf in Krui. The same thing was expressed by the 1st female champion, Leilani Mcgonagle from Costa Rica. According to her, the wave at Tanjung Setia Beach is amazing. It’s almost the same in her country.

The Indonesian men's relay team is optimistic that it can qualify for the 2020 Tokyo, Japan Olympics and one of the championships to win the ticket through the IAAF World Relays in Yokohama, Japan on May 11-12. That was stated by one of the Indonesian athletes, Lalu Muhammad Zohri when he was met at the Madya Stadium, Bung Karno Sports Complex, Jakarta on Tuesday (7/5).Zohri also said that there are some weaknesses in the relay team that must be addressed immediately, including at the "check mark". To qualify for the 2020 Olympics, the Indonesian relay team must be in the top 16 of 230 countries. At the 2019 Asian Athletics Championship that took place  in Doha, Qatar some time ago, Indonesia was in 16th place with one silver medal. The medal was won by Zohri in the 100-meter run with a time of 10.13 seconds. In the relay number, the Lombok sprinter will perform with Eko Rimbawan, Bayu Kartenegara, Muhammad Bisma Diwa, Joko Kuncoro (200 meters), Adi Ramli Sidiq in 100 meters.

South Sumatra is again trusted to host the international bowling championship in Jakabaring Sports Complex, Palembang, South Sumatra on 16-24 November 2019. Bowling facilities at Jakabaring are the best in the Asian region.The Executive Board Chairman of the Indonesian Bowling Association, Percha Leanpuri after meeting with Governor of South Sumatra, Herman Deru said that the championship would be attended by hundreds of the best athletes from some countries. Percha Leanputri added that based on the existing regulations, each country is limited to sending each of the best male and female athletes. The target of the participating countries is at least 65-75 countries. On this occasion, Indonesia hosts the second time after 1980. Meanwhile, Chief Executive of South Sumatra Indonesian Bowling Association,  Kurmin Halim said that his side would intensify promotions abroad, such as in Asia, Europe and the Middle East by hoping that the number of participants could reach hundreds of countries. If this is achieved, Indonesia can beat the record for the highest number of participants held by Singapore.

08
May

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The UN Security Council’s session which was led by Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister, Retno LP Marsudi as President of the UN Security Council for May 2019, took place uniquely. The room of the UN Security Council in the meeting was enlivened by various kinds of batik motifs or weaving clothes which were worn by delegations from various countries. No exception, the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres also worn troso weaving motif with light color. Batik was chosen as dress code of the UN Security Council’s session on May 7 to honor Indonesia which holds presidency of the UN Security Council for May 2019. Minister Retno Marsudi said that by wearing Batik in the UN Security Council’s session, it is hoped that Batik will be more popular. UNESCO has recognized Batik as the world's cultural heritage.  

Indonesian Vice President, M. Jusuf Kalla on Tuesday May 7 received official visit of Argentinian Vice President, Gabriella Michetti at Vice Presidential Palace in Jakarta. This was the first visit of the Argentinian Vice President to Indonesia since their diplomatic relation opened on June 30, 1956. In the meeting, the two vice presidents agreed to increase cooperation in the field of trade, investment and agriculture. Indonesian Vice President Jusuf  Kalla said that Argentina is the biggest trade partner of Indonesia in the South American region and Indonesia wants to increase trade with Argentina.

Indonesian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdurrahman Mohammad Fachir received Norwegian Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Y.M. Marianne Hagen in Jakarta (6/5/2019). The two deputy ministers focused in the priority fields of the two countries, namely environment, forestry, energy, maritime and fishery as well as Human Rights. Mohammad Fachir emphasized that the interaction of Indonesia and Norwegian business community needsto increase trade and investment value which is still under economic potential of the two countries. Fachir and Hagen also agreed that comprehensive economic cooperation agreement between Indonesia and countries of European Free Trade Association (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), or well known with Indonesia European Union Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, become important instrument to encourage economic relation and cooperation of the two countries. The two deputy ministers hope that the ratification process in each country can be solved as soon as possible.

06
May

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Indonesian embassy in Washington DC, the United States of America held an open house on May 4. More than 6,000 visitors flocked the embassy. They were also presented with various attractions of Indonesian culture such as  Reog Ponorogo by Indonesian citizens in Washington DC who join in Singolodoyo USA group. The interesting point was Dangdut Cowboys performance that was led by US professor and lecturer from Pittsburgh University. In addition, there were also performances of Angklung, Tor-Tor and Si Gale-Gale dance from North Sumatera, Giring-Giring dance from Kalimantan, Serampang Dua Belas dance from West Sumatera until Poco-Poco dance by students from Papua. The event was conducted in the frame of  annual program of "Passport DC" (Around the World Embassy Tour) 2019. The event involved 52 embassies.

Indonesia and France establish cooperation to develop maritime tourism with basis of “sustainable tourism development” concept. Deputy of Industrial Development and Tourism Agency of Tourism Ministry, Ni Wayan Giri Adnyani said that the cooperation is created in forming of Forum for International Tourism and the Environment 2019. Giri also said that through the Forum, Indonesia and France agreed to capture ideas of maritime tourism development based on sustainable tourism from tourism students. This year, the Forum has themed "Can Indonesia's Maritime Identity Support Sustainable Tourism Development?" and attended by 10 speakers who have competent skills in their fields. In addition to the presentation of all speakers, in the event, 10 finalists of the Forum for International Tourism and the Environment 2019 of Student Video Contest also conducted presentation before the jury and invitees.

As many as 66 delegations from Indonesian Student Association of each country in the regions were very enthusiastic to hold sustainable Indonesian tourism symposium more recently. On the occasion, Indonesian Ambassador to Spanish Kingdom,   Hermono wants Indonesia students who attended at that time to be able to identify problems and contribute good ideas for sustainable tourism in Indonesia. Coordinator of the world Indonesian Student Association of American European region, Tubagus Aryandi Gunawan said that the symposium was presented as form of awareness of Indonesian students abroad, especially American European region.

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May

 

The UI Delegation successfully won 1st place in a business competition in South Korea. The team consisted of six students of Engineering Faculty of University of Indonesia. They were chosen as champions, thanks to innovation in plastic waste treatment. Through innovative ideas in the form of processing plastic waste into raw material for three-dimensional printer filament yarn, the University of Indonesia (UI) delegation successfully won the title. They took home the Platinum Prize title or first place and a prize worth US$2,000 dollars. The competition entitled ‘the Asian Student's Venture Forum’ which was held in Seoul and Daejeon, South Korea in early April.The six students were Pande Bagus Widyantara, Muhammad Rasyad, Idrus Fahreza, Riska Amira, Naufal Arif, and Abiyyah. The concept offered by them is full of technology but it also puts forward interesting and financially promising business ideas. One of the team representatives, Pande Bagus said that as a UI Engineering student, he would like to put forward the findings of applied based engineering that could provide benefits to the community. He is proud to be able to represent UI in the prestigious event in Asia and meet students from some countries to introduce Indonesian culture and the quality of the youths.The Asian Students' Venture Forum is an annual competition event held by Korea Economic Daily and this year, it was sponsored by KT & G. This business start-up competition was attended by various countries in Asia, such as China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, the Philippines, Singapore, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. The biggest international business plan competition in South Korea has been held since 2002. Besides presenting new ideas and interesting innovations, all participants of the competition also took part in various cultural activities, social discussions, and discussions related to other global economic issues.

03
May

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Indonesian men's doubles Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon won the runner-up title in the 2019 Badminton Asia Championships after acknowledging Hiroyuki Endo-Yuta Watanabe's advantage in the final with a score of 18-21, 3-21.In the match that took place at the Wuhan Sports Center in China on Sunday (28/4), the Minions had mastered the control of the game in the first game and created a difference in scores that were quite far, although eventually they had to be overtaken and lost.In the second game, the Minions were unable to keep up with the fast play given by Endo-Watanabe so that they left the score gap very far until the end of the match. With the results of this 35-minute match, the head-to-head record of the two pairs is 2-1, with the advantage still being held by the Minions who are the world number-one pair.

Indonesian driver, Sean Gelael returned to packing points in the Formula 2 GP of Azerbaijan race after finishing eighth in Race 2 on Sunday. He finished the race in 48 minutes 51.008 seconds or 7.724 seconds adrift from Nicholas Latifi (DAMS) who won the race, according to the official Formula 2 page on Sunday (28/4). The Prema Racing team driver made a good start, racing from the third grid to P1 following Nikita Mazepin (ART Grand Prix) who started from pole position.From there, Sean stayed at the race leader for five laps. However, since the third lap, he felt something wrong with his car so Nicholas Latifi (DAMS) who followed the P2 was able to reduce the distance from 2 seconds to 0.9 seconds. Then when Latifi followed Sean from the outside, there was a collision in the right rear tire, so Sean lost his position and found the balance of his car affected.After the incident, Sean practically fought to stay on the points in the middle of several incidents that occurred. Latifi himself won as a winner and became the first driver of the season to win two races. Until the second series, Sean was ranked 13th in the temporary driver standings with 9 points.

The karate championship between Asian U-21 countries and Cadet Putri, which took place in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah State, Malaysia, ended with placing Indonesia at number 11 medal acquisition. The Consul for Information, Social and Culture of the Indonesian Consulate General of Kota Kinabalu, Cahyono Rustam on Monday explained that the karate championship which took place April 26-28 2019 was attended by 23 countries.Japan ranked first with 16 gold medals, seven silver and six bronze. The second rank is occupied by Kazakhstan with four gold medals, eight silver medals and five bronze medals. The third rank is occupied by Saudi Arabia with four gold, one silver and five bronze. While the Indonesian contingent occupies 11th place with three silver and nine bronze.Cahyono revealed, Indonesia managed to place three karateka in the final but failed to get a gold medal. They are Ocneil Juandi Simarmata in the category of Kata Cadet Putra, Trie Riantika in Kumite U-21 women's 55 kg category and Nicky in the category of KumiteU-2 women's 61 kg.At this 18th Asian Karate Championship in Kota Kinabalu, Indonesia sent 35 athletes in all categories. But most have not won a medal because they are not burdened with achievement targets.

Two North Sulawesi pencak silat athletes gained medals at the Belgium Open Championship at Schoten Belgium, April 24-28 2019.Head of North Sulawesi Youth and Sports Service, Marchel Sendoh, in Manado, Monday said that the athletes are Hidayat Limonu and Abdul Malik.At the championship, Hidayat won the gold medal in class C 55-60 kg, while Abdul Malik won a silver medal in class B 50 - 55 kg. Marchel said that the athletes are currently being prepared at the National Training Center to strengthen the National Team at the SEA Games.In the championship in Belgium, the Indonesian team won eight gold medals, four silvers and three bronze. The 2019 Belgium Open Championship event in Belgium is a venue for Indonesian team trials to face the 2019 SEA Games.

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April

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Generally, puppet is performed in Javanese language. But in France, there is puppet performance in French language. The show was conducted at Cultural Hall of the Indonesian embassy, Paris, France on Saturday (27/4). The puppet performance in the story of Babad Wana Marta was carried out by Ki Dalang Christophe Moure. Moure is a former scholarship recipient of Darmasiswa. Educational and Cultural attaché of the  Indonesian embassy in Paris Warsito said that shadow puppet show in France is called theatre d'ombre (shadow theater). The show which is also known with the term of marionettes d'ombre is already familiar for French people.

Indonesian embassy in London, the United Kingdom cooperated with Indonesian Student Association of Oxford to conduct Indonesian art and cultural performance-MOSAIC at Oxford on April 27, 2019. The event was opened by Indonesian Ambassador to the UK concurrently Ireland and International Maritime Organization (IMO), Dr. Rizal Sukma and Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councellor Colin Cook. Degung Gamelan of Sekar Engal led by Simon Cook with Sindhen Sicilia who sang a song ‘Teupang Asih’ became opening presentation of the event. Performance of Angklung Ensemble of London group was led by Mrs. Hana A. Satriyo and the performance was enlivened with MOSAIC art and culture. In addition, there was also Indonesian martial art performance by Prof. Philip Davies and his partners from Federation of UK Pencak Silat and the visitors could enjoy Indonesian typical foods such as Rendang, satay, meatball, and many others.

Islamic Cooperation Organization conducted Tolerance and Cultural Festival of Islam in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates -UAE. On Thursday (25/4), Minister of Tolerance of UAE, Syekh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan officially opened the event which was conducted until Saturday (27/4). Officials of Indonesian Tourism Ministry and the Indonesian embassy in Abu Dhabi also participated in the event. They presented Indonesia art cultural performance, including archipelagic dances, Angklung, Sasando, Gambus, and carnival fashion.

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April

The party of democracy abroad took place earlier than in Indonesia. The voting at the polling station took place on April 13, 2019. The voting activities of the 2019 General Election in Houston, the United States were enlivened with a dangdut music event held by the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia (KJRI) Houston. This was done to enliven the atmosphere of the election and treating the longing for the homeland. The Indonesian Consulate General in Houston opened the entertainment stage with various dances and dangdut karaoke performances by the visitors. This year's election really became a venue for people's party. The Indonesian Consulate General in Houston also held the Indonesia Spring Market 2019 bazaar filled with more than 40 booths. Various Indonesian souvenirs, cloth, and snacks were offered at the bazaar that was attended by visitors from both the Indonesian community and the local community in Houston. Not only in the US, the excitement and nuance of Indonesian tradition can be seen in the elections in Budapest. The Overseas Election Committee –PPLN and the Foreign Voters Organizing Group wore National clothes to explore the meaning of Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, unity in diversity. With the traditional Betawi clothes, Dayak and Bali, the people enlivened the democratic process at the Indonesian Embassy in Hungary. To treat people’s longing to Indonesian culinary, people can enjoy bakso or meatballs and nasi uduk which were provided the Committee. In addition, the Election party was enlivened by the SMA 5 Surabaya Choir, which is now competing in Budapest. They sang many Indonesian regional songs such as Bungong Jeumpa and the song of Kecak dance. In Peru, the Indonesian Embassy in Lima has looked lively since early morning. The atmosphere there also looks different. In the courtyard of the Embassy building was built tents with red and white atmosphere and batik cloth decorated tables. There was also prepared bakso (meatball) and es buah (fruit ice) menu in the backyard of the Embassy. The residents can dance together, treating their homesickness. There were also Indonesian folk songs performance accompanied by Romo Vincent's guitar from Flores Island. The music performance also presented Alusio's song, Ge Mu Fa Mi RE, Poco-poco, Sajojo, Flobamora, as well as heroic songs like Halo-halo Bandung. There are still many excitement and uniqueness stories of the election party abroad. Far distance from the homeland, is not dampen their love and concern for Indonesia's progress and development.

15
April

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Hawassa University, one of the best universities in Ethiopia enhances cooperation in research and exchange of lecturers and students with Indonesia. Thus, President of Hawassa University will visit Indonesia immediately. This was stated by Al Busyra Basnur, Indonesian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Djibouti and African Union in press release which was received on Sunday. Last year, the high officials of the university visited Indonesia and met with their counterparts of a number of Indonesian universities such as University of Indonesia, Bogor Agricultural Institute, Bandung Technology Institute, Bina Nusantara University, and Gajah Mada University. The determination of Rector of Hawassa University, Ayano Beraso Hula to enhance cooperation with universities in Indonesia was conveyed by Indonesian Ambassador, Al Busyra Basnur after meeting at based college campus at Hawassa on Friday(12/4).

Director of External Cooperation of ASEAN or Acting Chairman of SOM ASEAN-Indonesia, Benny Y.P. Siahaan said that ASEAN and India can focus on concrete marine cooperation in Indo-Pacific region. Take for example the problem of marine security and safety, the handling of sea plastic garbage and marine connectivity. That was stated by Benny on the 21th Ke-21 ASEAN-India Senior Officials’ Meeting (AISOM) in New Delhi, India on April 11 and 12. Meanwhile, Chairman of Indian delegation, Vijay Thakur Singh appreciated Indonesia on initiative of the implementation of High Level Dialogue on Indo-Pacific Cooperation on March 20, 2019 in Jakarta which was considered useful and timely. He also affirmed that India is committed to protecting stability, peace and prosperity in the region.  

The platform of short video, TikTok announced its cooperation with Indonesian Tourism Ministry as official partner of social media co-branding in a bid to promote popular tourism destinations across Indonesia. The cooperation with the Indonesian Tourism Ministry is the first program for TikTok Travel which has mission to reveal the beauty of various countries to international community. Head of Public Policy of TikTok to Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, Donny Eryastha said that Tiktok feels honorable being appointed as official partner of social media co-branding by the Indonesian Tourism Ministry through brand of ‘Wonderful Indonesia’ to assist in promoting various amazing tourism destinations throughout Indonesia.

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