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October

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High school and vocational high school students in Raja Ampat Regency, West Papua were asked to become pioneers of driving safety for people in the area. Traffic Director of West Papua Regional Police, Sr. Comr. Indra Darmawan on the Socialization of Orderly Crossing at High School 1 Raja Ampat on last Thursday (4/10) said that the situation of being orderly in traffic is one of the problems faced by the city. An orderly traffic situation, on which people or drivers respect each other and promote safety, will create a positive impression for every guest who has come to Raja Ampat. He said, Raja Ampat is now a favorite tourist destination for both domestic and foreign tourists.

Governor of West Java, Ridwan Kamil will implement a Mother School throughout West Java region in 2019 on which a pattern is adapted to each district and city. After graduating 2,040 Mother School graduates at IPB Dramaga Campus, Bogor Regency, West Java on Saturday (6/10), he said the task of the governor is to innovate and to make the West Java people better. He added that the innovation could come from the provincial, municipal, and district level. Mother School is a good innovation originating in Bogor City that deserves to be developed to all regions. A total of 2,040 mothers from 68 urban villages in Bogor City were graduated after studying for three months at the Mother School. Today, the graduates are the first generation since the Mother School of Bogor City was inaugurated last July 2014.

The border residents who live in the North Netemnanu Village, North Amfoang Sub-District, Kupang Regency, East Nusa Tenggara –NTT are longing for the internet network to make it easier for them to build communication access. This was stated by North Netemnanu Village Chief, Wemfied Komeo to the journalists in North Netemnanu on Sunday (7/10). North Netemnanu Village in Kupang Regency is one of the villages in the Amfoang region, NTT which is directly adjacent to the East Timor enclave, Oecusse. Wemfied Komeo also explained that to be able to access the internet in the area, it would cost quite a lot. Consequently, this makes most people inaccessible to  the internet as a medium to communicate or obtain important information. For this reason, he hopes that the internet network from Indonesia can be present in villages in the Amfoang region, East Nusa Tenggara. He added, if the internet network could be present in the area, it would be very helpful for the local community.

05
October

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Indonesia keeps trying to enhance economic cooperation with Tanzania in many fields, such as tourism and nuclear technology exploration  for economic development. The initiation of tourism cooperation and the use of nuclear technology were discussed during  a visit of the Indonesian Ambassador to Tanzania,  Ratlan Pardede to Arusha Province on Friday (28/9). During the visit to Arusha, Ambassador Pardede visited the laboratory facilities owned by Tanzania's atomic energy institution. He also  talked with Arusha Provincial Officials, Arusha Provincial Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Arusha Provincial Mining Commission. From the meeting with the Arusha Chamber of Commerce and Industry, there is a potential export of palm oil products and organic fertilizer in Arusha. Besides having fertile agricultural land, Arusha is a valuable mineral producing area, such as gold and tanzanite. The economic potential owned by Arusha can be an opportunity for Indonesia to improve economic relations between Indonesia and Tanzania. Some investment opportunities in Arusha are gold mining, agriculture, tourism and infrastructure development.

The Indonesian Consulate General in Vancouver participated again in the Vancouver International Travel Expo (VIT Expo)  2018 to promote Indonesian tourism and culture. This activity took place on September 29th at the Vancouver Convention Center. VIT Expo is a quite prestigious thematic tourism exhibition in the Province of British Columbia. The exhibition was attended by 82 participants from various countries and businesspeople in the field of tourism, such as travel agents, airlines, tourism associations  and also banks. At the VIT Expo 2018, the Indonesian Consulate General in Vancouver promoted Silk Holidays, a travel agency in Vancouver that offers tourism tour packages to Indonesia. The favorite destinations for visitors at the exhibition are Bali, Lombok and Komodo Island.

The Indonesian Embassy in Lima participated in the biggest food and beverage exhibition in Peru, Expoalimentaria 2018, by presenting Indonesia's booth in the international zone. A total of 12 Indonesian companies supported Indonesia's participation in the exhibition which was held on September 26-28. The exhibition attended by exhibitors from 21 countries was officially opened by Peruvian Minister of Agriculture, Gustavo Mostajo, Production Minister, Raul Perez Reyes, and First Vice President, Mercedes Araoz and President of the Peruvian Exporters Association, Juan Varillas. Peru's Vice President Mercedes Araoz said that the 10-year exhibition had reached US $850 million dollars in sales. According to the president of the Association of Exporters, the food and beverage industry in Peru has employed 1.6 million people. The target of 2018 is to reach 2.2 million people. The most popular products for Indonesian stand visitors are coffee products along with a variety of coffee products, in the form of coffee candy and coffee-flavored biscuits, flavored biscuits, chocolate, cheese, coconut, sugar, cocoa, ginger cookies, egg noodles, canned fish products and Indonesian instant spices.

05
October

October 5 is commemorated as the anniversary of the Indonesian National Armed Forces –TNI. On October 5, 2018, TNI enters 73 years old. TNI Commander Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto said that the 73rd TNI Anniversary Commemoration was carried out in every city from Sabang to Merauke. In Jakarta, the TNI's main weaponry system or Alutsista exhibition was held at the National Monument, Jakarta. The exhibition was held from Thursday to Saturday, September 27-29, 2018. Alutsista on display included Anoa, Komodo and leopard tanks. Every year, the alutsista exhibition in Monas attracts the attention of people who want to witness or take photos with defense equipment. Not only in Jakarta, on the 73rd TNI anniversary, and Kodam IV / Diponegoro will hold an Alutsista exhibition on the Ahmad Yani Army Air Base, Semarang. Head of Information on Military Region IV / Diponegoro, Colonel Arh Zaenudin said that the activity is carried out on 5 to 7 October 2018. The opening of the exhibition is held after the ceremony at Ahmad Yani Air Base on 5 October. At the exhibition displayed alutsista from the Army, Sea and Air where Apache helicopters will be the main focus. The event will also feature TNI Yong Moo Do martial arts demonstrations, dances, and art performances. Commemorating the 73rd TNI Anniversary, the TNI held 2018 Indonesian National Armed Forces International Marathon to be held at Kuta Beach, Mandalika, Bali. The running competition was held on 23 September 2018 and it has a total prize of Rp10 billion. In Palembang, the red-white heritage flag was paraded around the city on Saturday, September 29, 2018. The procession was a series of flag relay activities welcoming the TNI anniversary. The flag relay series was carried out in a relay, involving TNI-Polri personnel and community elements. After Palembang, the parade passed through a number of other major cities, such as Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Balikpapan, Manado, Kupang, Ambon, Sorong and ended in Merauke.

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October

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The Japanese government helps provide salted-fish drying machines for fishermen in Belitung. This was conveyed in a written statement made by the Japanese embassy in Jakarta on Wednesday (3/10). The handover of the drying machines as a grant from the Japanese government took place in Sijuk sub-district, Belitung Regency, Bangka Belitung Province. The handover was attended by Secretary II of the Japanese Embassy, Kazuho Yoshida, Head of Subdirectory of Foreigners' Supervision and Foreigners' Institution at the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry, Masykur, Regent of Belitung, Sahani Saleh, and Chairman of the Belitung Youths' Works (Karya Muda Belitung), Suryandaru. The project was a part of grassroots grants from the Japanese Government , with the value Rp 717 million and was signed by the Japanese Government and Chairman of the Belitung Youths' Works in March 2018. In Belitung Regency, Bangka Belitung Province, 50% of the fish are made into processed foods to be sold at markets. However, the weather condition often destabilizes fish-processing industry which complicates the small-scale fishermen. Through the project, the Japanese Government gave 10 fish drying machines consisting of 5 big and 5 small ones in a bid to develop the fishermen's welfare in six villages in Sijuk Sub-district. The Japanese Government hopes the aid can improve the small-scale fishermen's welfare. Therefore, the fishery industry and other related industries in Belitung can develop further.

Multimedia Nusantara University (UMN) in Serpong, Banten Regency has now an artificial intelligence laboratory that contributes not only the students but also industries. Rector of Multimedia Nusantara University, Ninik Leksono said in Tangerang Regency, Banten on Wednesday that the laboratory would be utilized to print accessible scientists' data to support the advancement of industries. Ninok perceives the artificial intelligence has recently become a friend as well as the necessity in industrial fields. Multimedia Nusantara University is also committed to producing qualified human resources as data scientists, big data experts, and artificial intelligence experts. Through the cooperation, students will be trained to become data scientists who are competent in their job, even they can also have an opportunity to work in Japan.

Consulate General of the Philippines, Oscar G. Orcine and his entourage attended the invitation of the former Ternate Sultan's son, Firman Mudaffar Syah on Wednesday (3/10) in a bid to discuss economic potentials in North Maluku and to establish cooperation. Orcine said that he and his entourage also visited the sultanate to discuss the economic potentials and the efforts of establishing mutual cooperation between the Philippines and North Maluku. Besides holding important meeting with the Sultanate's side, Regional Government and the Subsidiary of Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) in Ternate, the Philippines' Consulate General and his entourage also visited the palace (Keraton) of Ternate Sultanate, Tolire Lake, and witnessed the cultural attractions: Katreji Dance and the Baramsuwen Bambu Gila (Crazy Bamboo) attraction. Finally, they ended their visit by having a Gala Dinner at the hall of the small Keraton. According to Oscar, his side would like to establish trade route through the roll-on-roll ship whose operation had been inaugurated by President Joko Widodo some time ago. The discussion in regard to building the cooperation was also held between Indonesian Embassy to the Philippines, Sinyo Sarondajang and The Philippines' Embassy to Indonesia. Meanwhile, Firman Mudaffar Syah said that the selection of coconut as the main commodity of export is that basically the cooperation was also implemented several years ago. Besides coconut, the Philippines' Consulate General is also interested in seaweed as the commodity has high value.

03
October

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Chairperson of the National Craft Council of Jambi, Province, Ariansyah said that batik from Jambi is more popular, especially in Indonesia. Ariansyah, who is also Head of Industry and Trade Office of Jambi, explained to Antara on Tuesday (2/10) that Jambi’s batik is well known in Indonesia because of its beautiful motifs and color. He believed batik from Jambi will be more famous along with coaching and the empowerment of batik craftsman by the provincial or regional/city government of Jambi. Moreover, in every national event, the provincial government or the regional/city government of Jambi always participates in the promotion of batik of Jambi by facilitating the needs of the craftsman. Ariansyah suggested the craftsman to produce their own brand in order to be able to get patent.

Police Chief of Maluku, Inspector General Royke Lumowa, finally launched a program “ A day without motor vehicle”. The determination was officially planned after the police chief and his vice chief, supervision inspector and police personnel went to office by using bicycle on Tuesday (2/10). Cycling in complete uniform becomes a rare and the first time happening in Maluku.  Royke Lumowa hoped the program can overcome traffic jam, decrease air pollution and increase health. Every Tuesday, police staffs of Maluku are forbidden to ride motor vehicle to go to their office, they are only allowed to ride city’s transportation, bicycle, or walking. The program is hoped to motivate all people’s elements, so it is created “Populist healthy transportation”. In additional to overcoming the traffic jam, the program is also part of healthy life style.

One of Cirebon young entrepreneur who moves in Batik clothes, Ibnu Riyanto, told RRI Cirebon, on Tuesday (2/10), that Batik is Indonesian cultural heritage which should be preserved. Ibnu Riyanto insisted in improving and developing his batik business well and gives good image on Batik Trusmi Cirebon as pride to national and international level. Indonesian famous Fashion Designer fromCirebonArief Rachmanto, said that he is proud to be able to wearbatik in every his works. Arif Rachmanto also said, momentum of National Batik Day which falls on October 2nd, must be able to be a milestone to promote people’s love on the heritage of the Indonesianancestor. The world’s recognition on batik as the Indonesian heritage, must also be sounded to make international worldknow on batik. Riyanto hoped all Indonesian people can love batik in their daily life and becomes their own characteristic, and one of daily fashion for Indonesian people.

01
October

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Darussalam University of Gontor (UNIDA) wants to develop cooperation with Muslim Institution and college of Russia. In the visit to Russia on September24-29, 2018, the UNIDA conducted a meeting and explored cooperation with 2 famous universities in Russia: St. Petersburg State University and National Research University Higher School of Economics. UNIDA Rector, Prof. Amal Fathullah Zarkasyi said that his visit to Russia was aimed to establish and to develop networking with colleges in Russia. He views that Russian colleges are welcome to cooperate with UNIDA. His side is optimistic to more intensively establish communication with Russia.

Indonesian embassy of Copenhagen held promotion of Indonesian culinary and culture at Culture Festival Gentofte Night cooperating with Gentofte municipality of Copenhagen. Function of Social Information, Culture of the Indonesian embassy of Copenhagen, Ismail N. Pulungan said on Saturday (29/9) that local people enthusiastically enjoyed  Indonesian culture and culinary at the event which entered in annual calendar event of the local government. The event was supported by Indonesian people and Diaspora in Denmark. Indonesian Ambassador to Denmark kingdom, Muhammad Ibnu Said conveyed that the event is the second participation of Indonesia in Festival Gentofte Night which previously held in 2017 successfully.  Ambassador Ibnu Said invited local people to try to play traditional instruments: Angklung and Gamelan of Indonesia. A number of Indonesian typical foods were sold, such as Nasi Padang, satay, various kinds of Indonesian typical foods and herbal beverages. The visitors were invited to dance Indonesian dance such as Poco-Poco, Gemu Famire, and Tobelo.

Indonesia makes efforts to increase cooperation in investment and trade with China by holding Indonesia-China Business Forum on Investment and Trade 2018. Indonesian Ambassador to China, Djauhari Oratmangun said that so far, Indonesia and China have had very big investment and trade potential. However, the potential is still constrained by various aspects; one of them is the lack of information on regulation related to investment and trade in each country. To handle the obstacles, the Indonesian embassy in Beijing cooperated with stakeholders to hold Indonesia-China Business Forum on Investment and Trade 2018 on September 26, 2018 with the theme ‘Doing Business with Wonderful Indonesia’. Ambassador Djauhari Oratmangun in press release on Sunday (30/9) said that the business forum is expected to be able to accelerate business world in conducting concrete cooperation between the two countries. The Ambassador also mentioned that the business forum was attended by around 200 entrepreneurs either from Indonesia or China.

01
October

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Government of East Nusa Tenggara Provinceprepares a budget worth  around Rp500 million to fix tourist villages that spread in a number of areas, especially on Timor Island and its surroundings.Head of East Nusa Tenggara Provincial Tourism Office, Marius Ardu Jelamu said in Kupang on Saturday that there is Rp500 million in prepared funds through the 2018 Regional Revenue and Expenditure Budget -APBD changes to fix tourist villages.He also stated that the improvement of the tourism villages is carried out in a number of areas, such as Goa Monyet and Lasiana Beach, as well as Tablolong tour in Kupang Regency, Fatumnasi Tourism Village in the regency of South Timor Tengah as well as a tourist village in Rote Ndao Regency, and Sabu Raijua Regency.He added that this improvement is aimed at supporting facilities in the tourist villages so that it would be more adequate for local community and visitors’ needs. He also remarked that the improvement of tourist villages is expected to be a buffer for leading tourism destinations that are already popular, such as Komodo National Park and Kelimutu Lake.

Mutiara SIS Al-Jufrie AirportPalu, Central Sulawesi begins to be opened for commercial flights based on NOTAM No. HO755/18. Airnav Indonesia Public Relations Manager, Yohanes Sirait said in Jakarta on Sunday that the flights currently using VFR (Visual Flight Rules) services could not be used instrumentally (Instrument Visual Rules).He explained, the opening for this commercial flight follows the previous process on which Mutiara SIS Airport Al Jufri, Palu had been opened for emergency flights, Search And Rescue –SAR, and humanity.AirNav Indonesia has sent personnel from Makassar and Balikpapan to ensure the flight navigation services at the airport in a bid to maximize the recovery process post-earthquake and tsunami.

The 2018 International Tour de Banyuwangi Ijen (ITdBI) event, which was held September 26-29, 2018, was appreciated by many stakeholders and increasingly prestigious for the Asian region. ITdBI Director Jamaluddin Mahmood said that the event, which has been held since 2012, is set with the quality of International level 2.2 bicycle racing, which has entered the routine agenda of the World Bicycle Racing Federation or Union Cycliste Internationale -UCI.Thus, it has an impact on the ease of inviting foreign teams.Jamaluddin also said that currently, ITdBI is classified as the best level 2.2 race. Level 2.2 is three levels below the World Tour Team, such as the Tour de France in France.ITdBI includes Asia's best 2.2 racing.Besides Banyuwangi, there are China, Japan, Hong Kong, Langkawi, and Kazakhstan.The best predicate was given because of the quality of the race.In addition, the audience was also enthusiastic, and the traffic wan well-managed. Jamaluddin is optimistic that foreign teams increasingly enlivened ITdBI. Banyuwangi Regent, Azwar Anas thanked for the support of various stakeholders for the implementation of ITdBI. From year to year, his team continues to improve. For him, ITdBI is not only a tourism event, but also part of consolidating infrastructure improvements and regional economic driver.

28
September

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Efforts to reduce the current account deficit attract financial markets and deepen the foreign exchange market in Indonesia.The method adopted by Bank Indonesia is by raising the benchmark interest rate.Another step is to impose a Domestic Non-Deliverable Forward to deal with global financial uncertainty.The Bank Indonesia Board of Governors' Meeting in Jakarta, on September 26 and 27 decided that BI's benchmark interest rate rose 25 basis points or 0.25 percent to 5.75 percent.Thus, since May 2018, BI's interest rate has risen 1.5 percent.

After signing the agreement on July 12, PT Indonesia Asahan Alumunium -Inalum on Thursday (27/9) signed a sales and purchase agreement with PT Freeport McMoran Inc and PT Rio Tinto Indonesia. With the signing of the sales and purchase agreement, Inalum that represented the Indonesian Government officially becomes the majority shareholder of PT. Freeport Indonesia.In the agreement, Inalum as the holding company or holding mines of the State-Owned Enterprise paid US$3.85 billion dollars for 51 percent of PT. Freeport Indonesia.This payment process will take place within two years.

All Indonesia Football Association -PSSI is targeting 2018 League 1 competition to be continued in early October.The league will continue sooner after the issuance of a sanction decision related to the incident of the death of Persija Jakarta supporter, Haringga Sirila by Persib Bandung supporters.The PSSI investigation team has been investigating Haringga's death case since the federation stopped the competition on Tuesday (25/9).PSSI Deputy Chairperson, Joko Driyono said that the PSSI Disciplinary Commission will issue a sanction decision this weekend. His side requires fast and precise results, and investigations are no more than three to five days.Joko Driyono said in Jakarta on Thursday (27/9) that the fact-finding process involved all committees and departments in the management of PSSI.

28
September

Researchers of Bandung Institute of Technology –ITB develop cockroach-shaped robots for silent intelligence operations. The superiority is that the robots can later do tapping and reconnaissance like in the movies. The development of the robots is based on the absence of insect-shaped robot technology that is marketed, except only for toy capacity. Meanwhile, the need for silent monitoring technology is in demand. The cockroach robots are developed by a team led by Augie Widyotriatmo Ph.D., from the Instrumentation and Control Expertise Group, the ITB Faculty of Industrial Technology and assisted by bachelor and magister students. The development was carried out at the Faculty of Industrial Technology Instrumentation and Metrology Laboratory. Augie Widyotriatmo explained that the cockroach robots are currently in the development stage. The function has been tested, but has not been placed into a cockroach-shaped cover. He targets that at the end of the year, the stage will  be finished. The robots are expected to be able to collect data and information needed more easily and precisely. Therefore, the Instrumentation and Control Expertise Group collaborates with the Bio media Animal Development and Animal Physiology Expertise Group. The cockroach robot has a nano controller device, a mini computer, Wi-Fi, bluetooth, a sensor, a 5-megapixel camera that can autofocus, and it is equipped with a microphone for sound tapping. It is also equipped with two motors as a driver and communication between one robot and another robot using connected Wi-Fi. In subsequent developments, the robot will be minimized because the current size is too big to be used as a surveillance device. Augie wants the cockroach robot to have a face tracking application or can follow the targeted human face. In its reconnaissance, this robot is looking for a location in the corner so it is not seen in the middle of the crowd.

28
September

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Yogyakarta Special Region –DIY, which has a lot of tourism potentials, is strong in the field of culture, and is known in the world, such as Prambanan Temple, Geopark, and marine tourism. For the acceleration of tourism development, the Yogyakarta Regional Government has set a priority for tourism objects to be developed for domestic and foreign tourists. Head of Capacity Building Section of the Development Administration Bureau and Natural Resources Yogyakarta Regional Secretary, Doni Dwi Yogya Handoko said on Wednesday (26/9) that his side has set a prioritized portfolio in the Yogyakarta tourism sector. He emphasized that there are seven priority tourist destinations: the Keraton-Malioboro and its surroundings, the Prambanan-Ratu Boko Temple area and its surroundings, the slopes of Mt. Merapi and its surroundings, the Gunung Sewu Karst area and its surroundings. In addition, there are also the Parangtritis area, Depok-Kuwaru and surrounding areas, the Menoreh Mountains and surrounding areas, as well as the Kasongan-Tembi, Wukirsari and surrounding areas. As for the construction and development of target markets, seven Yogyakarta tourism priority destinations are targeted foreign tourists from the Netherlands, Japan, France, Germane, and ASEAN countries.

Besides successful achievements and implementation, the 2018 Asian Games held on August 18-September 2 has helped boost economic growth in Palembang, South Sumatra. Acting Governor of South Sumatra, Hadi Prabowo in the evaluation of the 2018 Asian Games, Wednesday (26/9) said that South Sumatra's economic growth in 2018 increases to 5.51 percent compared to 2017 which reached 5,027 percent. Even South Sumatra's economic growth is above Indonesia's economic growth that reached 5.07 percent. The wider impact of organizing the 2018 Asian Games also covers other fields, such as infrastructure development, increased tourism and hospitality industry. While other impacts are on the field of cultural exchange, cooperation among provinces and countries, as well as providing education for the community on the implementation of the 2018 Asian Games. Furthermore, Hadi Prabowo said that in the infrastructure sector, Light Rail Train -LRT and 13 available stations will be integrated with other modes of transportation. Economic policy and regional stability in South Sumatra are quite stable with the implementation of two major events: the 2018 Asian Games and simultaneous general elections in 2018.

Governor of Bangka Belitung Islands, Erzaldi Rosman said that the Asian Para Games (APG) 2018 torch relay in Pangkalpinang City could improve the enthusiasm of the people in the area to have exercise. He also said in Pangkalpinang on Wednesday that not all regions could get moments like this. He hoped that the Asian Para Games spirit would become global spirit. Meanwhile, Chairperson of the Ceremony Division of Indonesia Asian Para Games 2018 Organizing Committee –INAPGOC, Raja Sapta Oktohari said that the third Asian Para Games fire is the spirit of the Asian Para Games that had existed in Asia. According to him, the Asian Para Games is the most prestigious sporting event for people with disabilities in Asia. This is the most historic moment for Indonesia, because Indonesia hosts the Asian Para Games for the first time. Pangkalpinang City becomes the city of the seven Asian Para Games torch parades before ending in Jakarta.

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