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24
May

HEADLINE

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Here are the Headlines of several national newspapers published today, May 24 2018.

Kompas  : "Wild Interpretation on TNI Involvement Prevented".

The meeting on anti-terrorism draft bill at Parliamentary Complex, Jakarta, Wednesday (23/5) decided to rephrase "threat against national security" in the definition of terrorism into "security disturbances". That move is aimed to avoid overly wild interpretation on Indonesian National Army -TNI involvement in counterterrorist actions. However, the decision is not final yet. Three of ten factions at the House of Representatives –DPR namely Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), National Awakening Party (PKB), and Golkar Party did not agree with such phrase in the definition on terrorism. They still agreed the terrorism definition proposed by the government, namely all acts with violence or threat which cause expanding terror or fear, which causes mass victims and/or damage or destruction of strategic vital objects. Meanwhile, seven other factions asked for the definition proposed by the government to be added with "with ideological, political, or security disturbances motives".


Media Indonesia  : "Terrorism Definition Still Not Final".

Media Indonesia wrote, majority of factions of the House of Representatives -DPR pushed the phrase "ideological or political motives, or security disturbances" to be included in the terrorism definition when discussing the revision of Act No. 15/2003 on terrorism eradication with the government at the House's building in Jakarta yesterday. On the contrary, the government persisted not to include the phrase into the definition, but only in the description. National Mandate Party -PAN faction member, Muslim Ayub questioned the intention of the government that persisted not to include the phrase. He is worried that the regulation will be multi-interpretative and unclear without the phrase. Law and Human Rights Ministry's National Legal Guidance Division Head, Enny Nurbaningsih said that in the previous formulation, the government agreed with the definition of terrorism. However, the parliament offered second alternative to accommodate the development in the meeting. Today, the anti-terrorism bill legislator team will discuss the two alternative definitions with Minister of Law and Human Rights, Yasonna Laoly.


Republika  : Civil Servants are Encouraged to Shop.

President Joko Widodo had signed the government regulation (PP) on holiday allowance and 13th salary to civil servants, National Army soldiers, National Police personnel, and retired state civil apparatus (ASN). The policy is expected to move the real and economic sector. The President, in a press release at the State Palace on Wednesday afternoon said that something is special this year. In 2018, the holiday allowance is also given to the retired state civil apparatus. The holiday allowance is aimed to face Idul Fitri. It will be given in June 2018. Meanwhile, the 13th salary that will be given in July 2018 is aimed to help the state apparatus face the new school academic year.

24
May

Mosaic Of The Archipelago

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Bali province did sudden inspection towards Galungan celebration

Trade and Industry Office of Bali province held inspection to a number of modern markets in Denpasar and Badung regency on Wednesday related to supervision of goods towards Galungan. Head of Consumer Protection and Commerce Department of Trade and Industry Office, Bali province, Ketut Raka Armaja said that the event is routinely conducted to guarantee and to give protection for consumers on various foods and beverages products which circulate at markets, especially at supermarkets. In additional to targeting modern markets, the supervision is also conducted at traditional markets so that feasibility of goods which circulate at the markets can be guaranteed. Ketut Raka Armaja also said that his office also conducted inspection on several samples of goods and checking, either from the packages, expiration period and product distribution permit from the National Agency of Drug and Food Control.


The government of East Nusa Tenggara province announces the number of foreign tourist visit to the province

At least, 13,000 foreign tourists visited Kupang, the capital city of East  Nusa Tenggara province -NTT during 2017 for business and events of the local government. Head of Tourism Industry Department of Tourism Office, Kupang, Eustakhius Matheus stated that the number of all tourists who visited East Nusa Tenggara reached as many as  250,000 people, but 237,000 people were domestic ones. According to Eustakhius, the tourist visit to Kupang in 2017 increased compared in 2016, which only reached around 197,000 people. He also said that the tourists’ purpose to Kupang was for business, tourism affairs and the government’s events. Meanwhile, the foreign tourist visit increased, although Kupang does not have many tourism destinations. The number of foreign tourist to Kupang also increased compared the visit in  2016 which only reached 6,500 people. He further said that during in Kupang, the tourists from various countries such as  Australia and Europe came to some locations of natural  tourism in Kupang, such as Lasiana beach and natural caves of Japanese heritages. Those Japanese heritages can become interesting tourism objects.


Jakarta is Ready as host of Asian Games 2018

Jakarta Governor, Anies Baswedan pointed out that Jakarta is ready to hold the 18th Asian Games in August 2018. He said that the readiness can be seen from the development process of a number of venues which will be completed immediately. Governor Anies also said that in late May 2018, the development of BMX venue will be completed. Then, Velodrome and Equestrian  in June 2018 and baseball square in July 2018. Furthermore, the Governor said that in the implementation of Asian Games, the farthest venue from athletes’ guesthouse in Kemayoran is golf field in Pondok Indah, South Jakarta.

24
May

DIPLOMATIC CORNER

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RRI World Service -Voice of Indonesia with Diplomatic Corner.

The first information is from Cairo.

Indonesian students, who are studying at  Al- Azhar University of Cairo, are enthusiastic to participate in the commemoration of the 110th National Awakening Day held on Sunday evening (20/5/2018) of local time at the Indonesian Embassy in Cairo, Egypt. Besides the students, diplomats and staffs are participated in the ceremony led by Indonesian Ambassador to Egypt, Helmy Fauzi. The President of Indonesian Student Association of Egypt,  Pangeran Arsyad said that the Indonesian students in Egypt make the National Awakening Day as momentum to improve their knowledge abroad. Pangeran also called for the students to be able to become ambassador of the nation so that positive image of the nation can be seen by Egyptian people or citizens of other countries, who are also studying in Egypt. He viewed that that for 110 years after the establishment of Budi Utomo, the Indonesian students in Egypt can show their abilities to a number of students from various countries. 

Wayang kulit or in English means Puppet shadow for the first time performance amazed Russian people. The puppet shadow accompanied by live  Gamelan was performed by duet famous Indonesian puppeteers, Ki Anom Suroto and Ki Bayu Aji, plus little puppeteers, Pramariza Fadlansyah and Rafi Ramadhan, who amazed Russian people at two theaters and school in Russia.  Even,  a girl from Moscow State University, Eliza approached Ki Bayu after the performance and expressed her wish to be puppeteer. This was stated by First Secretary of Information Function of Social Culture at Indonesian Embassy of Moscow, Enjay Diana to Antara London on Wednesday. Meanwhile, another Russian citizen, an art teacher would come to the Indonesian embassy of Moscow to learn Gamelan and want to buy a set of Gamelan from Indonesia. As appreciation, Ki Bayu gave puppet and gunungan to the two Russian citizens. A series of cultural diplomacy was held by the Indonesian embassy of Moscow at three cities of Russia,  namely Saint Petersburg which was held at Cultural Center Building of 'Troitsky' on May 15, Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, Moscow on May 19 and Gynamsium school No. 18, Korolyov district on May 20. Indonesian Ambassador to Russian Federation concurrently Republic of Belarus, M. Wahid Supriyadi said that the Indonesian Cultural event was presented to Russian people to know more Indonesian culture and to strengthen relations of the two countries.

We end Diplomatic Corner with the information from Lebanon.

Indonesian Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon re-invited Indonesian citizens and students in  Lebanon to attend ‘Iftar’ breaking the fast together at the Indonesian Embassy. In a press release received by RRI on Tuesday (22/5/2018), the event was held on Friday (18/5). The invitees were served by ta’jil ala Indonesia and continued with dinner with the Indonesians. Familiarity and togetherness were enjoyed clearly by the Indonesian citizens, students and the Indonesian embassy’s family. In additional to breaking the fast and tarawih prayer, the committee of the event also holds Tarawih safari (tarling) every week at the mosques in Beirut. All of the events are held to strengthen brotherhoods between the family of Indonesian Embassy and Indonesian citizens in Lebanon and to spread   Islam of Indonesia in Lebanon.

24
May

MOONRISE OVER EGYPT

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Today's Book and Film Review will review an Indonesian film entitled "Moonrise Over Egypt" directed by Pandu Adiputra. Moonrise Over Egypt is an historic-suspense movie about Indonesian history and was released in 2018. An important event in Indonesian history about struggle to gain de jure recognition is rarely exposed. Behind this event, there was a thrilling drama full of espionage and political intrigues.

This film reveals that event explicitly was based on a deep historic research. The film that was made by experienced hands became a bright spot for Indonesians to see the other side of Indonesian independence history. Indonesian people will also be able to know more about the figures whose names are now used for street names in several cities in Indonesia, including Jakarta. Despite of few research results being found, Pandu keeps moving forward with his works. Pandu explain about his film.

“…Moonrise over Egypt is clearly about sovereignty, love, and betrayal. The big story is about four delegates fighting for recognition of sovereignty. What we are telling in this film is apparently a part of August 17 1945.” He said. 

With idealism and honed skills, this film was made to add more lists of good-quality Indonesian films. It is also a new knowledge for Indonesian people, because the struggle of the then Indonesian politicians did not stop after Indonesia proclaimed its independence. The name of Agus Salim is often heard, but not many Indonesians know well who he is. Playing Agus Salim, Pritt Timothy certainly must know who Agus Salim is.

“…Agus Salim is a national hero who persistently defended the independence of Indonesia, who loved it without self-interest but only for the unity of Indonesia. He is also very clever, diplomatic, and he masters 12 languages, but he lived without looking for fame. Yet, Agus Salim dared to face anyone for the sake of truth and the country.” He said.

Since 2012, many Indonesian directors have made films about Indonesian heroes. Apparently, Indonesians love historic-suspense films. Therefore, many Indonesian moviemakers created historic films about Indonesian heroes. Although it sounds like making use of such condition, Indonesian moviemakers did a good job in introducing historic figures who rarely appear in Indonesian history books. Such a positive thing must be supported by Indonesian people and government.

Historic research had been conducted long time before the script was made. Even, Husni Husein, an Indonesian historian also helped the research for this movie. Nevertheless, the research result was still adjusted to fiction in various stories, so that the film will still be entertaining. One of Moonrise Over Egypt producers, Adie Marzuki explained the importance of historic films.

“…I was scared, but it cannot stop us, more overly we believe that we are conveying important values. Therefore, we ask for help from the stakeholders and Indonesian people who believe that values in historic films are important.” He said.

Ade Marzuki added, he collected stories data from official resources, including from Indonesian Embassy in Cairo, Egypt as well as from Historia magazine editorial. Pandu Adiputra as the director admitted that he implemented and executed the scripts into film carefully. It took 15 days of shooting in Jakarta and 10 other days in Egypt. He hoped to be able to present the situation of Jakarta and Cairo in 1940s to the audience. This 113-minute film is also able to provide historic knowledge for Indonesian people.

24
May

TODAY IN HISTORY

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Today in History over RRI World Service, Voice of Indonesia. We start from an event on May 24, 1989 Sudirman cup for the first time was held in Jakarta.

Sudirman Cup is international badminton championship for mixed team numbers, matches men’s single number, women’s single number, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and  mixed doubles. The championship is held every two-year. The name of Sudirman is taken from a figure’s name of Indonesian badminton, Dick Sudirman. He is one of founders of badminton throughout Indonesia. The championship was initiated by Indonesia in 1986. Sudirman Cup was held for the first time at Istora Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta on May 24 – 29, 1989. At the championship, Indonesia succeeded as champion by defeating South Korea with score 3-2.

The next event is that May 24, 1993 is about the independence day of Eritrea.

Eritrea is a country which is located in the East of Africa. Eritrea borders with Sudan in the West, Ethiopia in the South, and Djibouti in the Southeast. Red Sea in the East of Eritrea separates the country with the Middle East Region. Eritrea was ever colonized by Italy. Eritrea territory separated itself from Ethiopia and gained its independence on May 24, 1993 after fighting for   30 years.

And the last event was in 2000, when Israel retreated from South Lebanon.

After 22 years occupying South Lebanon, precisely on May 24 Mei, 2000, finally Israel forces retreated from the territory. In 1978, Israel forces for the fourth times attacked Lebanon. Earlier, Israel built security line in South Lebanon territory and formed a semi-military group. The group consisted of Lebanon hireling. Syiah Hizbullah group conducted campaign to fight against them until pro-Israel group surrendered.

22
May

DIPLOMATIC CORNER

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RRI World Service -Voice of Indonesia with Diplomatic Corner

The first information is from Tanzania.

Indonesian Ambassador to Tanzania, Ratlan Pardede said that Tanzania offers investment to Indonesian companies in textile, fertilizer, infrastructure and hotel sector. Ambassador Ratlan Pardede stated in press release received in Jakarta on Friday (18/5)that Indonesia has strong desire to increase economic relations with Tanzania, especially with Simiyu province, such as in the sector of cotton, infrastructure, fertilizer, hotel and agriculture. Governor of Simiyu, Anthony Mtaka conveyed the positive response to Ambassador Ratlan. The Governor said that Simiyu is ready to encourage the existence of the investors and companies from Indonesia. The government of Simiyu is ready to provide fee land for the factory’s development. In his work visit in Simiyu, Ambassador Ratlan Pardede also had an opportunity to conduct field visit to Alliance Ginnery, the biggest cotton processing factory, and small and medium enterprises of footwear producer and chalk in Simiyu.

 

The second information is from Cairo, Egypt.

Indonesian government continues to explore weapon trade to Egypt and Jordan, because Indonesia has a number of State-owned enterprises which produce weapons such as PT. Pindad, PT. Dahana, and PT.

Dirgantara Indonesia. Defense attaché of the Indonesian embassy of Cairo, Egypt, Col. Kemas Muhammad Ikhwan Madani said to RRI in Cairo on Sunday (20/5) that his office has explored the weapon selling to the government of Egypt. Over the last two years, a number of representatives of PT. Pindad, PT. Dahana, and PT. DI have conducted a meeting with the government of Egypt. One of the markets which is quite big in Egypt, according to Kemas, is bullet. Even, Egyptian military have asked to be sent example of bullets of Indonesian product. The constrain is that there is no plane which wants to carry the bullet example of various kinds of the weapon. As a consequence, this cannot be realized to Egyptian military. In addition, the Indonesian government also explored cooperation with the government of Jordan to mutually produce tactical and light weapons. Thus, Memorandum of Understanding –MoU has been signed by PT. Pindad and PT. King Abdullah Design and Development Biro recently and this was witnessed by Indonesian Defense Minister, Ryamizard Ryacudu.

 

We end Diplomatic Corner with the information from Moscow, Russia.

ASEAN member countries and Russia agreed to strengthen cooperation to eradicate terrorism. Director of External Cooperation of ASEAN, Foreign Affairs Ministry, Benny YP Siahaan when representing the Indonesian government on the 15th ASEAN-Russia Senior Officials' Meeting said in Moscow, Russia on Friday (18/5) that eradicating terrorism cannot be alone, it needs to increase cooperation and to apply comprehensive strategy. In the meeting, ASEAN member countries and Russia conveyed condolences to Indonesia on terrorism acts which occurred in several cities in Indonesia recently. The terrorism acts became a sign that terrorism threat in the region is still real, serious and its prevention needs intensive cooperation among the countries, including ASEAN-Russian cooperation. Indonesia does appreciate Russian commitment in the cooperation to eradicate terrorism and other transnational crimes through various cooperation mechanisms of ASEAN.

23
May

Mosaic of Indonesia

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Member of Regional Representative Council, Emma Yohanna said that there are many ways which can be conducted to invite children to learn as well as to memorize reading of the Qur’an, one of them by applying “coercion” value in positive meaning such as holding competition. Emma Yohanna recognized that children’s awareness to learn reading of the Qur’an tends to decrease every time if it is not addressed wisely by the people around them, either school or elder at home. As quoted by Radio National News Agency, Emma Yohanna said in Padang, West Sumatra on Monday that through tilawatil (recital) Qur-an competition, children will force themselves to learn maximally with the hope they will be a winner. Emma Yohanna gave example the recitation of Asmaul Husna or reciting the names of Allah as a real picture of daily life, could be heard in the past. Asmaul Husna became part or positive habit of students which cannot be heard now, because lack of competition. The experts have created learning methode of reading of the Qur’an which is more sophiscated and independent. Through this method, children must not go to the mosque, they can learn reading Qur’an anytime at home.

When preparing to cook food for sahur (dawn meal) in Ramadhan, most people who live on the slope of Mt. Merapi, either in Sleman regency, Yogyakarta Province or Klaten regency, Central Java province on Tuesday (22/5) must be evacuate to a safe place, due to phreatic eruption of Mt. Merapi at 01.47 of West Indonesian Time.   Head of Planning affairs of Balerante village, Kemalang Klaten district, Jainu, said there were around 500 residents who evacuated at Balerante village’s hall, office of Mamnisrenggo Military Regional Command, or to their relatives. The residents just knew it around 02.30 of local time, and they now have been returning to do their daily activities. Furthermore, Jainu explained that there were around 2 thousand Balerante villagers and from the number there are around 750 people who who live at three disaster prone areas, included 5 hamlets namely Sambungrejo, Ngipiksari, Gondang, Sukorejo and Banjirsari, which are around 4 until 5 Km from the peak of Mt. Merapi. Although most of villagers have returned to their home, there are still residents who still stay at the shelter. Meanwhile, head of Kemalang district, Kusdiyono, appealed the people to stay calm but still alert, especially those who live at disaster prone areas.

Indonesia-Malaysia Command of land border security control in West region of West Kalimantan is now carried by Border Security Task Force of Yonif 511/Dibyatara Yodha. The Infantry Battalion from Blitar, East Jawa replaced Yonif 642/Kapuas which has finished their task since May 18. Commander of Yonif 511/Dibyatara Yodha said that security system in the Western sector of West Kalimantan border with Malaysia is still similar with previous task. The command of Yonif 511/Dibyatara Yodha in Entikong, on Tuesday (22/5) said the existence of the border post which is held along the border will be strengthened by increasing the number of Indonesian soldiers. The strengthening of the personnel is to anticipate illegal event in the region.

 

23
May

Diplomatic Corner

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Special envoy of Indonesian president seeking supports for non-permanent membership of Indonesia for the United Nations Security Council, N. Hassan Wirajuda visited Sao Tome and Principe, on Friday (18/5/2018). Hassan was received by President of Sao Tome and Principe, Evaristo do Espirito Santo Carvalho and Foreign Affairs’ Minister of Sao Tome and Principe, Urbino Jose Goncalves Botelho at the State’s Palace of Sao Tome. In the meeting, Sao Tome and Principe recognized Indonesia’s active role in creating stability for international security and its contribution in maintaining world’s peace and also appreciating Indonesia’s active role and leadership in Asia Africa Conference forum, among others the outcome of the Asia Africa Conference summit in Bandung related to strengthening declaration of New Strategic Partnership of Asia Africa. On the other side, the Indonesian special envoy appreciated the political stability and peace situation in Sao Tome and Principe at present, especially its success in reformation and democracy since early 1990 which gives positive impact for Sao Tome and Principe in developing its economy and creating democratic life in the next future. President Sao Tome and Principe declared good relations between Africa in general and Sao Tome and Principe in particular, with Indonesia has established traditionally since Asia-Africa Conference in Bandung in 1955. In line with this, his party hoped that it is necessary to increase cooperation in various sectors between the two countries, among other in educational, agricultural, technical and infrastructure cooperation sectors.

On Sunday (20/5/2018) around 200 Indonesian citizens flocked at auditorium of Indonesian embassy in Wellington to break the fast and to pray tarawih prayer. In family and warm situation, they attended in the first tarawih safari (Tarling) in Wellington, New Zealand. Tarling is special event of Indonesian Muslims which only holds in the month of Ramadhan and becomes a culture in various regions in Indonesia. Even, when staying abroad, Indonesian diaspora still conduct it to strengthen relationship. After the safari at the Indonesian embassy, it will be rotated in various places, not only in Wellington but also at other cities. In his speech, ambassador Tantowi Yahya emphasized that Indonesian citizens in New Zealand always show the real picture of Islam such as peace and dynamic. As the most muslim populated country in the world, Indonesia can be a model as a rahmatan lil' alamin country. Ambassador Tantowi  Yahya hoped that Indonesian citizens who stay in New Zealand, can explain well and objective thought to local people who want to know current situation and the fact. The ambassador also appreciated religious organization such as Umat Islam Indonesia (UMI), Himpunan Umat Muslim Indonesia Auckland (HUMIA) and the others which are actively to help the Indonesian embassy in various events. 

Tarian Piring or plate dance from West Sumatera wins international Folklore competition. Piring Bejamba dance which was danced by 5 dancers of Galang Dance Community from Padang, West Sumatera led by Deslenda won gold medal in the World Cup of Folklore in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria on May 10-20, 2018. Indonesian Ambassador of Sofia, Sri Astari Rasjid, appreciated the achievement which was obtained by Indonesian team and also gave good image in International forum. Hopefully, they continue to gain achievement in the other world class competitions because the performance ofGalang team is good and dynamic. The participation of Indonesia’s dance team in the international competition is hoped to be able to support preservation effort of Indonesia’s traditional arts. In the competition, Indonesia competed with various teams from around 20 countries in the world.

21
May

Mosaic of Indonesia

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UNESCO Global Geopark certificate for Ciletuh-Palabuhan Ratu has been issued. Director General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay directly signed the certificate for the legality of Taman Bumi Ciletuh in Palabuhan Ratu, Sukabumi regency, West Java as part of UNESCO Global Geopark  in the world. Chairman of Taman Bumi Ciletuh Management, Deny Juanda said in Bandung on Saturday that the issuance of the certificate was part of the struggle of UNESCO certification process. He also said that he thanked for the achievement of all parties that cared for and jointly struggled for every process. The certificate has been valid since April 17, 2018 until April 16, 2022. Earlier, UNESCO legalized 12 Global Geoparks from 11 countries as UNESCO Global Geopark. The legalization was delivered in the 2014 sessions of Executive Council of UNESCO, Program commission and external relations on last Thursday (12/4/18) in Paris, France. Governor of West Java, Ahmad Heryawan said that his side received the news from Head of Tourism and Culture Office, Sukabumi regency, Budiman as West Java representative in the session. Therefore, there are 4 UNESCO Global Geoparks in Indonesia, namely Taman Bumi Batur, Taman Bumi Gunung Sewu, Taman Bumi Ciletuh, and Taman Bumi Rinjani. After the legalization, the government of West Java continues to increase infrastructure development in Ciletuh-Palabuhan Ratu.

The government of South Konawe regency, Southeast Sulawesi province, opened investment opportunity for investors in fishery sector. Deputy Regent of South Konawe, Arsalim said that South Konawe has fishery potential which is very abundant to be developed in a bid to become fishery industry. But the fishery potential cannot be managed yet maximally because of limited capital which is owned by local fishermen. Arsalim also said on Sunday that fishery commodities which become the mainstay of South Konawe, are like mangrove crab, shrimp, grouper fish, and seaweed. According to Arsalim, the opening of direct export fishery commodities from Haluoleo airport to abroad becomes good news for fishermen or businesspeople who want to invest in the sector.  Arsalim further said that the government of South Konawe will continue to manage and accompany local fishermen group to increase their products.

The government of North Sumatera province and People's Republic of China agreed to increase cooperation in  various fields, which was agreed by Indonesian President Joko Widodo and President of China,  Xi Jinping. Deputy Governor of North Sumatera, Nurhajizah said in Medan on Saturday that until now, there are 13 Chinese companies, such as  China Harbor Engineering Co which invests in toll project of Medan-Kualanamu Airport in North Sumatera. In the future, China will also establish cooperation in another sector.   The vice governor affirmed that the cooperation is hoped increasing as the relationship improves. In addition, Deputy Governor, Nurhajizah also disclosed that cooperation between China and North Sumatra is expected to improve as the relationship of Indonesia and China is also getting better.

21
May

Diplomatic Corner

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The Indonesian government will boost cooperation of development with Guyana and other Caribbean countries. This was stated in press release of Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry in Jakarta on Saturday (19/5). The commitment has been delivered by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno LP Marsudi in her first official visit to Guyana and Secretariat of CARICOM (Caribbean Community) since diplomatic relations of the two countries were opened. To President Guyana, David Arthur Granger, Minister Retno said that trade value between Indonesia and Guyana has kept increasing over the last three years. But, the value is still small and is not reflecting the potential of both countries bilateral cooperation. In this regard, Minister Retno suggested that there are three priority areas of development cooperation of the two countries. Firstly, it is about economic cooperation and investment focusing in the sector of energy. Secondly, it’s about environmental cooperation and the third one is technical cooperation and capacity development. In the sector of environmental cooperation, Minister Retno pointed out that as country which also has wide forest, Indonesia can share experience to Guyana in sustainable forest management. In this regard, Minister Retno explained Indonesia’s experience in fighting against illegal logging and development of wood certification so that it can open market access widely in Europe.

The government of India is interested to invest in several sectors in Indonesia. This was stated by Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, Luhut Binsar Panjaitan related to his visit to India over the weekend. In official press release on Sunday, Minister Luhut stated that at least, India is interested to invest in airplane industry, drones, palm oil, generic drug production, training to develop maritime human resources, plastic waste processing into energy, cleaning river and biodiesel technology. Especially in tourism sector, cooperation is targeted to open direct flight  route from Delhi or Mumbai to Jakarta, Bali, Medan, or other cities in Indonesia. The opportunity is considered to have high potential, remembering the number of Indian tourists visiting Indonesia reached 485,000 people last year. Thus, to follow  up the visit, Minister Luhut will dispatch technical team to India this week. Cooperation opportunity, which has been concrete, will be discussed in in the level of head of state if Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi will visit Indonesia on May 30, 2018.