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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.

03
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.

17
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.

12
April

At the end of April 2019, Indonesian-made electric motor, Gesits will begin to be produced for the community. The Gesits electric motor is predicted to become the first electric motorbike made by the nation's children. Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education, Mohamad Nasir said that 5,000 motorcycles will be produced. Every month, 5,000 electric motors are produced. Production capacity in one year is around 60 thousand electric motors. To support the need for an electric motor, namely an electric motor fueling station, his side as collaborated with Pertamina and State Electric Company (PLN) to prepare the facility. The charging time of the Gesits motor takes 3 hours. This environmentally friendly electric motor is the result of collaboration between PT Technologies Indo (GTI) and the Ten November Institute of Technology, Surabaya. In the grand gathering of Indonesian startups at the Indonesia Startup Summit (ISS) 2019 at JI Expo, Kemayoran Jakarta, Gesits becomes one of the five most inspiring works. In the meantime, the marketing focus is in Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi because it is considered the most prepared for the fuel filling station. The nimble electric motorbike is priced at around Rp20 million. Besides being environmentally friendly, this electric motor is also more economical. Gesits electric motorbikes will be on display at the 2019 Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS) and will be opened April 25, 2019. Minister Nasir said, this motorbike will be mass produced in April and ready to be marketed in May 2019.

12
April

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Hundreds of university students incorporated at Indonesian Student Association ( PPI ) in 13 countries and regions will gather in  Tianjin city, China to discuss the digital revolution. The symposium of the Indonesian Student Association in the Asia-Oceania region will be  held on April 16-19 2019 by presenting  Head of the Indonesian Creative Economy Agency, Triawan Munaf, as the keynote speaker. Head of PPI in China, Fadlan Muzakki said on Wednesday (10/4) that China is chosen as the host of the symposium  because the country is preparing a 5.0 industrial revolution and Indonesia can learn from China's experience of the 4.0 industrial revolution.

Representatives of Indonesian Embassy  in Madrid, represented by  Trade Attaché and  Indonesian Trade Promotion Center in Barcelona, Spain participated in the 33rd International Salon De Gourmet exhibition. This exhibition is an international food and beverage exhibition that exhibits premium processed food products, including marine products, meat, poultry, and milk and spices. Attaché for Social and Cultural Information at the Indonesian Embassy in Madrid, Erry Deviandy in a statement received by Antara News Agency on Thursday (11/4) said that the exhibition was opened by Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Louis Planas Puchades. It  also exhibited  beverage products, such as fruit, tea, coffee and cocoa fermentation products. The exhibition aims at reaching the market of food and beverage products and spices for Spain, other Europe, Latin America, Africa and Mediterranean. The exhibition was held at IFEMA Madrid, from April 8 to 11.

Malaysian Food Institute, BERNAS Malaysia is interested in promoting rice trade with  Public Company Logistics Agency (Bulog) in a bid to guarantee and supply quality food in the country. BERNAS Malaysia has long known the quality of Bulog rice which has good quality, so it needs to do more serious cooperation which can provide a lot of  benefits and mutually benefit for the two countries. This was stated by  Head of  Malaysian Ministry of Industry's BERNAS research and analysis, Salman Muhammad, in a press release in Jakarta on Wednesday (10/4), as quoted by Antara. Salman Muhammad's visit to Parepare, South Sulawesi  was a follow-up of the visit of a delegation from  State Logistics Agency  which was led by  Commercial Director of Bulog  in a bit to open up international-scale market access a few days ago.

10
April

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Indonesian ambassador to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Island, Andriana Supandy, invites Indonesian people who are in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Island to keep security and orderliness in the implementation of the general election 2019. The press release from the Indonesian Embassy in Port Moresbyreceived in Jakartaon Monday (8/4) stated that the invitation was conveyed by the Indonesian ambassador based on the importance of Indonesian people’s participation and support to succeed general election 2019. The Indonesian ambassador hoped the Indonesian citizens can keep orderlines for the implementation of general election 2019. Andriana Supandy hoped people can carry out the law and regulation of the country as well as to keep cleanliness of voting place on the implementation of voting for general election 2019.

To explore the luxurious Jakarta city, the fresh air of hills, tourism fashion and culinary of Bandung, and also the enchantment of the God Island, Bali become unforgetable experience for Famtrip’s participants from Jordan and Palestine who have the opportunity to visit Indonesia on the invitation of the Indonesian Embassy in Amman, starting from March 22-April 3, 2019. The number of tourist from Jordan to Indonesia keep increasing at around 6,000 tourists for the last two year. Indonesian Ambassador in Amman, Andy Rachmianto said that touring to Asian region such as Indonesia has not an attraction yet for most tourists from Jordan, but Indonesia begins to get attention especially for honey mooners. The ambassador also said Famtrip is effective media to promote Indonesian tourism to increase number of tourist from Jordan and Palestine to visit Indonesia.

Having theme trade and tourism, Indonesian Embassy in Lima conducted marketing promotion of Indonesia along with Camara de Comercio Lima which was attended by around 80 partner companies of Camara de Comercio Lima and the Indonesian Embassy which showed its interest to Indonesian market. In her speech, Indonesian Ambassador in Lima, Marina Estella Anwar Bey conveyed the need of cooperation to maximize economic potential in Indonesia and Peru, including to expand coverage of participation of businessman in the two countries. It was conducted to reach the trade value targetedby Indonesia and Peru worth US$ 1 billion in 2025 is achieved.

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