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October

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Fashion is an integral part of diplomacy, especially economic and cultural diplomacy. This was stated by Director General of Information and Public Diplomacy of Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry, Cecep Herawan after opening Jakarta Fashion Week/JFW 2018 on Saturday (20/10). He was proud to be able to witness the Jakarta Innovative Fashion Week which was designed from Batik and the archipelagic clothes by Indonesian creative designers collaborating with foreign designers. The event is being held for a week starting from October 20 until 26, 2018. With the theme “Collaboration”, the event displays more than 200 local and international designers. There are various creative collaborations of Indonesian designers and foreign designers, including collaboration Novita Yunus from Indonesia with Aboriginal Art Centre from Australian embassy, and Makoto Washizu from Japan Fashion Week Organization and Japanese embassy with 3 Indonesian designers in Forward Fashion.

Indonesia participates in Salon International de l’Alimentation exhibition, Paris which is held in Paris Nord Villepinte, Paris, Prance on October 21-25, 2018. The exhibition is one of the biggest exhibitions of food and beverage products in the world with the expectation of number of visitors around 155,000 people and involves 7,020 participants from 109 countries. Indonesian attaché of trade in Paris, Megawati explained on the exhibition that the products which are displayed are like tea, various kinds of fruit crispy, paprika innovation, coconut derivative products, various kinds of oil variations and many others.

Indonesian Minister of Education and Culture, Muhadjir Effendy led a meeting of culture of ASEAN countries, China, Japan and South Korea. The meeting is held from October 21-26, 2018 in Yogyakarta. On the similar occasion, Yogyakarta is also determined as ASEAN cultural city. The choosing of Yogyakarta cannot be separated from history and potential which belongs to the city. Director General of Culture at the Ministry of Education and Culture, Hilmar Farid said that Yogyakarta throughout history has the highest density level of intellectual and culture in Indonesia. Even in one year, Yogyakarta can hold more than 100 cultural festivals held in Yogyakarta. Therefore, it is logic if Yogyakarta is selected as ASEAN cultural city.

22
October

Mosaic of Indonesia

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PT Wijaya Karya –WIKA gave green light to the government of North Penajam Paser Regency, East Kalimantan to continue the construction of Lawe-Lawe Dam, which was stopped since 2017.Head of the North Penajam Paser Regency Public Works and Spatial Planning Office, Puguh Sumitro, when met at Penajam, Friday (10/20) said that his side would explore PT Wika and would encourage it to continue the construction of Lawe-Lawe Dam. Verbally, the North Penajam Paser Regency Public Works and Spatial Planning Office plans to visit the PT Wika Office in Jakarta. Meanwhile, the submission of funding assistance to complete the construction of Lawe-Lawe Dam to the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing has not been responded.The construction of Lawe-Lawe Dam in the Penajam Sub-district worth Rp143 billion was stopped since May 2017, with a working condition of around 85 percent. Until now, the construction of the Bendung Lawe-Lawe project has not been continued and has not been able to function, because the North Penajam Paser Regency Government budget has decreased. Lawe-Lawe Dam is meant to build in supporting an increase in the supply of raw water and clean water for the Regional Water Company of Danum Taka, North Penajam Paser Regency, so that it must continue until it’s functional.

The archipelago actually has a fascinating cultural diversity that is only "polished" to support the progress of the tourism sector, especially in cultural and historical tourism.The preservation of the cultures of various sultanates and indigenous peoples is not limited to tourist destinations, but the strategic thing is as an adhesive of the nation. Chairperson of the Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago (Matra) KPH SP Rheindra J Wiroyudho Alam Syah in Tanjung Selor on Sunday said that indigenous people must fight through indigenous and cultural resilience amid various social, economic and political problems.He said that because of the Bulungan Customary Institution held "Birau" (the customary ritual of the Bulungan Sultanate) 2018, the presence of Matra in North Kalimantan in was to commemorate the 228th Anniversary of Tanjung Selor City and the 58th Bulungan Regency. He said that the Sultanate of Bulungan is the only sultanate in the northern region of Borneo which was once part of Malaysia and the South Philippines. Birau Cultural Celebration is an effort to preserve local culture as well as to increase tourist visits to North Kalimantan.

Head of the Muhammadiyah in Central Kalimantan Region, M Yamin Mukhtar sent aid for necessities and clothing to be used for disaster victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi Province. He said in Palangka Raya on last Saturday that the assistance was successfully collected by the Central Kalimantan Zakat Infaq Institute and the Shadaqah Muhammadiyah –Lazismu along with the ranks and the autonomous organizations of Muhammadiyah across Central Kalimantan.Lazismu Director of Central Kalimantan, Priyono added that besides staples and clothes, the Central Kalimantan Lazismualso succeeded in collecting money worth Rp123 million. Priyono also explained that the distribution of money donations to the victims has been sent to the central Lazismu’s banking account so that the distribution process is done with one access. As for the assistance of goods sent through cargo services, it is sent to the Lazismu post in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan Province.Head of the Central Muhammadiyah Youth Regional Leader, Daryana said that that in addition to the assistance that had been distributed, his side is also still raising aid for the disaster victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Palu and its surroundings. According to him, his side is ready to facilitate community assistance for the victims in Central Sulawesi.

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October

Indonesian team becomes the best three in Itaewon Global Village Festival 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. At the festival which was attended by 38 countries, Indonesia carried the theme of ‘Magnificent Diversity’. The festival lasted two weeks in October and was held in the most prominent international area in Seoul City. The festival with the theme “Let's Beat”, Itaewon successfully attracted 1.4 million visitors. Deputy Head of the Republic of Indonesia Representative Seoul, Siti Sofia Sudarma told RRI World Service, Voice of Indonesia explained that this festival was the biggest and involving foreign communities in Seoul and its surroundings. Based on the judges' assessment, Indonesia's appearance became a magnet in the activity.“Earlier, the theme that was carried was multiculturalism, celebrating the diversity of cultures in various communities in Korea, including foreign communities in Seoul and so on.Therefore, what is considered is not only its cultural wealth but also traditional product stands, and then there are dances, performances, parades, so the committee's assessment is the various elements,” said Siti Sofia Sudarma. Indonesia headed by the Indonesian Embassy in Seoul involves 40 Indonesian citizens and Indonesian diaspora, displaying Indonesian cultural diversity in cultural parades.The Indonesian team consists of the Indonesian Traditional Dance Group, Indonesian Student Association, Darma Wanita Association of the Indonesian Embassy in Seoul and the Indonesian Regional Association and Indonesian Migrant Workers in South Korea. They wear traditional clothing. Indonesia also displays Sabalah Dance from West Sumatra and Kelana Mask Dance on the main stage. In addition, various handicrafts from all over the archipelago are exhibited at Indonesian stands. As the three best Indonesian participants, they get bronze medal. The Itaewon Cultural Festival has been held since 2008 by the Itaewon Tourism Area Association, and is supported by the Yongsan District Government Office, Seoul. The Itaewon Global Village Festival is held every Fall aiming to establish South Korea as a country where meeting and developing various cultural traditions both indigenous to South Korea and foreign cultures. The festival is also one of the most famous international celebrations in Seoul. During the festival, various cultural offerings are displayed on three different stages. Various streams of music, dance, drama and unique games to the K-pop stage endlessly spoil visitors.

15
October

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Indonesian embassy in Vienna along with University of Vienna and University of Music and Performing Art Vienna opens gamelan teaching class for students of ethnomusicology for the period of October until the end January 2019. The program was inaugurated by deputy head of Indonesian representative, Witjaksono Adji on October 9, 2018. To support the program, teachers of Gamelan specially come from Indonesia. Through the program on winter period, the relations and cooperation between Indonesia and Austria or among society of two countries are more increasing. Head of musicology department of University of Vienna, Prof. Christoph Reuter is very happy on the implementation of Gamelan class. Many students of the two universities are registered in Gamelan class. He expressed gratitude to the Indonesian embassy in Vienna and Indonesian Education Ministry on initiative and support of Gamelan instructors.

Minister of Trader, Enggartiasto Lukita affirmed that Indonesia and Switzerland agreed to solve Indonesia-European Free Trade Association Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IE-CEPA) before the end of 2018. EFTA consists of 4 European countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland. The affirmation was conveyed after doing bilateral meeting with Minister of Economy of Switzerland, Johann Schneider-Ammann on Friday (12/10) in Nusa Dua, Bali on the sidelines IMF-World Bank 2018 annual meeting. The bilateral meeting with Switzerland is aimed to continue the result of bilateral meeting which was conducted in Zurich, Switzerland some time ago. Indonesia is scheduled to be host in the final meeting of IE-CEPA negotiation on October 31, 2018. The negotiation team of four countries of the EFTA will go to Bali to conduct finalization of the agreement. Meanwhile, rumor of palm oil which becomes the main attention for Indonesia has showed positive result. Switzerland has conducted referendum related to the issue and result of the referendum declared that palm oil is needed for domestic industries in Switzerland and worry related to restriction of palm oil is without reason.

Indonesia and France agreed to strengthen cooperation in Gastronomy field. Recently, both countries have signed a statement which is aimed at promoting gastronomic tourism destinations and cultural heritage of regional culinary. The signature of the statement was conducted by Director of French Institute in Indonesia (IFI), Marc Piton with tourism ministry represented by Director of Promotion of Indonesian Tourism for European territory, Agustini Rahayu. The statement made special guidance in local language, giving recommendation of quality place, and also developing cultural program. Later, this will be promoted through various festivals and international events  either in France or in Indonesia. Gastronomy is the right gateway to invite tourists in order they visit other regions in the two countries.  30 percent of tourists who visit France is to explore its culinary. With 18 provinces in France and 34 provinces in Indonesia, the two countries have wealth of great culinary.

12
October

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Youth and Sports Minister, Imam Nahrawi wrote his pride in Instagram social media accounts for badminton team men's team numbers after presenting Indonesia's first gold medal at the 2018 Asian Para Games after beating Malaysia 2-1 in the final at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Senayan in Jakarta, Sunday (7/10). He also expressed his gratitude for the first gold medal. He hopes the first gold medal won by Fredy Setiawan, Harfizh Briliansyah, Hary Susanto and Deva Anrimusthi to be a good start. Previously, Indonesia first took the first game points through the victory of two direct games won through SL4 men's singles: Fredy Setiawan over Muhammad Nurhilmie, 21-6, 21-12. Unfortunately, Indonesia's efforts to ensure gold earlier failed because the men's double pair: Hafizh Briliansyah Prawiranegara / Hary Susanto was conquered by two games directly 10-21, 17-21 by Cheah Liek Hou / Hoirul Fozi Saaba. Meanwhile, bronze medals were won jointly by Thailand and India. Thailand surrendered in the semi-final in the hands of Indonesia, while India was conquered by Malaysia.

Chief de Mission of the Indonesian Contingent, Arminsyah on Wednesday, October 10 proudly said that the target set by the government in the Asia Para Games event has exceeded.

We got the news that it was calculated to get 18 gold medals which greatly adds to the assessment of gold is chess. We get 6 gold, and gold for lawn bowls branch. So there are 18 gold in total. We still have more than that, we will get more medals”, saidArminsyah

Arminsyah hopes that the addition of a gold medal will continue to occur for the Indonesian contingent, so that success is not only in the medal acquisition, the country's ranking in the total medals at the 2018 Asian Para Games, but also the existence of a Phycology team that maintains mentality and enthusiasm to compete with other disabled athletes in Indonesia.

The chess and lawn bowls sports branch were able to increase the Indonesian contingent's medal in the 2018 Asian Para Games which took place in Jakarta on Wednesday. This placed Indonesia in sixth temporary position with a total of 23 gold medals, 29 silver and 34 bronze until Thursday afternoon.The Indonesian chess team wins six gold, three silver, and three bronze medals in the chess category. Apart from chess and lawn bowls, the tennis branch contributes three gold medals, two silver and seven bronze medals.In addition, the Red-White Para-athletic team also contributes two gold medals, four silver medals and two bronze medals. Each gold medals was donated by Charisma Evi Tiarani at the women's T42 / T63 100-meter run and Putri Aulia on the women's 100-meter T13. Nurtani Purba in 73 kilograms. Meanwhile, Siti Mahmudah in the 79 kilogram class contributes an additional silver medal to the Asian Para Games weightlifting branch.The mixed ten-pin bowling team: Elsa Maris and Andrey contributed one silver medal in the fifth-day match on the mixed doubles number TPB4. Finally in the Para-swimming branch, Indriani Syuci added a silver medal collection to the S14 butterfly 100-meter swimming number. President Joko Widodo at the Sudirman Hall, Jakarta, Wednesday (10/10) during his visit to the arena of heavy-handed competition, predicted that the Indonesian contingent would win 20 gold medals and exceed the target of 16 gold medals.

Three goals, one from Alberto "Beto" Goncalves's heading and two from Irfan Jaya's kicks brought Indonesian national football team to beat Myanmar 3-0 in FIFA's international friendly on Wednesday (10/10).In the match held at Wibawa Mukti Stadium, Cikarang, West Java, Alberto Goncalves scored in the 19th minute, while Irfan Jaya scored his goal in the 25th and 39th minutes. Indonesian national team coach, Bima Sakti let his two naturalized players: Alberto "Beto" Goncalves and Stefano Lilipaly play from the start to help their team. Bima positioned Irfan Jaya and Febri Hariyadi on the right and left side.Playing with short passes and utilizing wing speed, Indonesia has repeatedly overwhelmed Myanmar's defence. Goals for Indonesia came in the 19th minute. Beto successfully converted Febri Hariyadi's goal tactic into a goal with his heading. Six minutes later, it was Irfan Jaya's turn to act. The player who was plotted as a right wing made good use of Beto's passing to beat Myanmar goalkeeper Sann Sat Naing and the score increased for Indonesia, 2-0. Indonesia continued to press; the third goal was created at the 39th minute by Irfan Jaya again who kicked the ball into the net after receiving a bouncing ball from Beto who hit the post. There were no additional goals afterwards; Indonesia won 3-0 until the match entered the break.Score 3 - 0 lasted until the end of the second round. Although the Bima Sakti coach made a lot of substitutions by providing opportunities for naturalized players: Esteban Vizcarra and Alfath Faathier. Even so, changes in players did not bring about fresh air to score any goals. Esteban Vizcarra had a chance in Myanmar's penalty box in the 85th minute, but his kicked ball was saved by goalkeeper, Sann Sat Naing. No additional goals were created in the second half. Indonesia won 3-0 over Myanmar.

12
October

A proud achievement was made by a team of students from Bandung Institute of Technology –ITB at the Taiwan Innotech Expo 2018 event. The event took place at the Taiwan World Trade Center at the end of September. The student team consisted of five people from various departments. They are Eka Febriana Triastiningsih (Geological Engineering), Irfan Ibrahim (Geodesy Engineering), Michael Simorangkir (Chemical Engineering), Reza Prama Arviandi (Civil Engineering), and Yudhi Kurniawan (Engineering Physics). The team won a bronze medal in the Communication Technology category through a prototype named NT Obelia 107. Team Leader, Eka Febriana Triastiningsih explained, NT Obelia 107 is a subsea station design that serves as a first step to monitor Indonesia's underwater conditions. Indonesia is rich of underwater natural resources. Through the sub-sea station, the most up-to-date information on the number of natural resources can be obtained. The development of the tool began with the Student Creativity Program held by the Ministry of Technology Research and Higher Education. The design and working principle of NT Obelia 107 is by adapting the morphology and working principle of one of the underwater living creatures, namely Obelia Sp. While number 107 is the longitude coordinate of the location planned for the station to be implemented in Indonesia, namely in the Karimata Strait. The Karimata Strait has a strategic location, the outermost waters of Indonesia and is in line with other countries. By monitoring from the station, it will simultaneously be able to monitor Indonesia's defense and security. As for the building structure, Eka added, the prototype has been categorized to be feasibly implemented. This design can also be implemented in the deep sea and resistant to the physical conditions of the deep sea. The material planned in The Taiwan Innotech Expo 2018 event was attended by many countries. From Indonesia, there are six participating universities. In addition to innovation competitions, there is also an exhibition of innovative product works. Eka hopes that students who have good ideas in creating innovative products can showcase their work by participating in competitions. In the future, because it is still a prototype, the NT Obelia 107 tool will be developed again so that it can be marketed. the implementation of this design is steel and concrete.

12
October

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Bank Indonesia (BI) promotes the pearls and Gedogan woven fabric of Pringgasela Village, East Lombok Regency, West Nusa Tenggara -NTB at the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank in Bali. Deputy Head of BI Representative at NTB, Wahyu Ari Wibowo said in Mataram on last Tuesday (9/10) that the meeting was an opportunity to meet and interact directly with guests from various countries to promote NTB. He also used the momentum to not only promote pearls and woven fabrics, but also to introduce NTB in general so that it is known to be in normal condition again after the earthquake. Wahyu also said that the promotion of Lombok sea pearls is actually the result of curation, where Lombok is very well known for the quality of its natural products. Likewise, the Pringgasela Gedogan cloth is something that has passed the curation so that it can be promoted at the IMF-World Bank annual meeting. The hope is that both products are increasingly widely known at the international level, thus opening up export. In addition to introducing physical products, he also promoted Pringgasela pearls and woven fabrics by distributing leaflets in English.

Makassar International Eight Festival or commonly called F8 is officially held October 10-14 2018. Around 27 countries attend and witness the excitement of the national event initiated by Mayor of Makassar, Moh Ramdhan Danny Pomanto. Guests are from Japan, United States, South Korea, Italy, Mexico, Malaysia, Australia, Poland, the Philippines, and Spain. Governor of South Sulawesi, Nurdin Abdullah when opening Makassar International Eight Festival 2018 at the Losari Beach Pavilion on Wednesday (10/10) expressed deep appreciation for the implementation of the event known as the F8 carrying the theme ‘Palu Rises Together’. He hopes that this event can continue to improve from year to year. Mayor Danny added, the Center Point of Indonesia Region (CPI) is used as one of the F8 event areas, where there will be a floating market in the form of fishing vessels that will sell their seafood to F8 participants. In the CPI carnival venue, there are also booths that are installed to sell. On the edge of the white sand beach, there will be a dinner with VIP guests. In addition, Mayor Danny explained that in the CPI area, there are also lights that have romantic nuances, adding to the excitement of the F8 event. He said that there are 10 thousand lamps in the form of lanterns, plants and flags of F8 needs. He added, the CPI area take part of ‘Fruit, Food and Fish’ which is part of F8. In addition, there is additional pontoon of Floating Zoo in which there will be animals and crazy bamboo game, a typical one of Ambon City.

The Culture and Tourism Office of Ternate City, North Maluku will build a Tourism Information Center to make it easier for tourists to get tourism information while visiting the area. Head of the Culture and Tourism Office of Ternate, Samin Marsaoly said in Ternate on Thursday that with presence of the tourism information center, tourists visiting Ternate would be easier to choose the tourist objects to be visited, including access and the costs needed to reach them without being accompanied by a tour guide. According to him, the Tourism Information Center will be built next to the resident docks, one of the historical sites in Ternate with the consideration of its location in the city center and it is easily accessible from various directions. The Tourism Information Center will be integrated with Babullah Ternate Sultan Airport and many hotels in the area so that tourists, who have just arrived at Sultan Babullah Airport or those are in hotels, can directly access it. He added, Ternate City has many interesting tourist objects to visit, including six colonial heritage fortresses, Kedaton Sultanate of Ternate, Tolire Lake and marine tourism in the form of beaches and under-water panoramas.

10
October

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Professor of Fishery Faculty of Hasanuddin Univresity, Ambo Tuwo called for the residents of Palu and Donggala not to worry of consuming fish, especially from sea, because it is not dangerous. The call is related to a report that the residents of Palu and Donggala are afraid of consuming sea fish at the post of earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands of people in the region. Prof. Ambo Tuwo said in Makassar, South Sulawesi on Sunday (7/10) that the people should not worry to consume the fish eve though the fish has eaten corpse. Because the fish has naturally underwent energy flow or nutrient cycle. According to him, all foods which enter into the fish’s body will be digested to become protein. People only need to clan it and throw part which is not needed. But, if the people in the region are not sure yet or still worry to consume the sea fish, they can choose other alternative fish sich as fresh fish, dried fish or sea fish from outside Central Sulawesi.

Students of Sebelas Maret University of Surakarta who join Semar Solid team, have succeeded in creating high quality concrete with natural material, namely cow’s bone. Besides cow’s bone, the concrete also uses marble waste. That was stated by one of team members, Panji Pramayswara Pamilih, in Solo, Central Java on Monday (8/10). Panji also said that the concrete has self-compacting concrete type which can be solid by itself. According to Panji, the concrete created by the team, is environmentally friendly, because they use a method in which the concrete can become solid by itself without requiring vibration or other efforts to compact the concrete. Panji Pramayswara Pamilih also explained, in the method, marble waste and cow’s bone are processed as mixture materials in the concrete. The bone is used in the concrete’s structure because it contains large calcium oxide. According to Panji, calcium oxide itself is the largest composition in the cement. Besides chemical element, the marble is also known of having high compressive strength. When tested, the compressive strength of the concrete reaches 20-mega pascal in 24 hours. Another member of the team, Yesika Azzukhruf, said their innovation of the concrete can applied to make road, as it does not need too much time to harden the concrete. As a comparison, common concrete takes 3 days to get 40 percent compressive strength, the self-compacting concrete only takes a day. In addition, using both materials are viewed to be more economical, because it can save cost around 7.78 percent from the common concrete.

Regent of West Manggarai, Agustinus Dula said that Labuan Bajo is ready to welcome the guests of IMF and World Bank annual meeting after the meeting is held in Bali. This was stated by Dula to Antara News Agency in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara on Tuesday (9/10). The regent also said he does not know the exact number of the guests who will come to Labuan Bajo and Komodo National Park in West Manggarai, Flores Island, but it is expected to reach thousands of people. Government of West Manggarai fully supported by the Central government has conducted various supporting infrastructure developments such as roads, sidewalks, and light’s street in the city, clean water, culinary and garbage management to welcome the delegations from various counties. Agustinus hoped the readiness of the supporting infrastructures can give comfort to the guests who will have vacation in Labuan Bajo or Komodo National Park. Besides that, the regent also asked the local people to play an active role to support the visit of the IMF World Bank annual meeting participants who are most;y high ranking officials from various countries. Meanwhile, a number of Police Mobile Brigade apparatus of East Nusa Tenggara Province are deployed to secure instalation of Waemese water management during the guest visit to Labuan Bajo.

10
October

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Indonesia, one of coffee, tea and cocoa producing countries is participating again in coffee, tea and cocoa exhibition held every two-year in Hamburg. The exhibition is held for 3 days starting from October 10-12, 2018. The goal of the Indonesian participation in COTECA 2018 exhibition is to penetrate Indonesian coffee, tea and cocoa product export to Germany which is the biggest market in European Union with total population of 82 million people. Special for coffee sector, Indonesia’s participation at COTECA 2018 is also aimed to promote Indonesian specialty coffee product to German, which is the potential market. Representative of Indonesian government in Germany, in this regard Indonesian embassy in Berlin, Indonesian Consulate General in Hamburg and also Indonesia Trade Promotion Center (ITPC) of Hamburg along with nine companies exporting coffee, tea and cocoa products, is taking Country Pavilion. During the exhibition, Indonesia participates actively in various activities, among others: Seminar on Luwak and Indonesian coffee by KOPI ROSS company.

To promote Indonesian culture in Switzerland, Indonesian ambassador hands over a set of shadow puppets to Center for Training and Performance of Gamelan of Sion.

Last weekend, it was a historical moment and new momentum for the Center of Training and Performance of Gamelan, Switzerland. Nicole Coppey, the head of the Center on Friday (5/10) directly received a set of shadow Puppet equipment, part of assistance of social program of Bank Indonesia which was handed over by the Indonesian ambassador of Bern, Muliaman D. Hadad and witnessed by the Indonesian embassy’s staffs of Bern. According to ambassador Muliaman Hadad, in the next future, the Center of Sion is hoped to become an Indonesian Cultural Center which can promote other Indonesian arts and cultures such as traditional music and dance, batik making, and carving.

 

At invitation of commander of Indonesian Peacekeeping Forces in Unifil, South Lebanon, Indonesian ambassador to Jordan and Palestine, Andy Rachmianto, attended “Medal Parade of Garuda Forces of Unifil 2018” in Indobatt headquater, South Lebanon (4/10). In the event which was also attended by Force Commander of UNIFIL, Major General Stefano Del Col and Indonesian ambassador to Lebanon, Achmad Chozin Chumaidy, there was award medal from Secretary General of the United Nations to the commanders and personnel of Indonesian peacekeeping forces for their services in the UN peace mission in Lebanon (UNIFIL). During luncheon held after the parade, force commander Col. Murbianto Adhi Wibowo, who was witnessed by ambassador Ahmad Chozin, has awarded and  pinned Garude Force’s brevet to Indonesian ambassador Andy Rachmianto. The handing over of the brevet is a form of appreciation on the role of ambassador Andy when still officiating as Director of International Security and Disarmament of Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry, in 2013-2017 period, that helped coordinating policy and preparing the sending of Indonesian forces to the UN peace mission in various countries, including UNIFIL.

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October

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Indonesian stand on the largest tourism exhibition at the Argentina Feria International de Turismo America Latina-FIT 2018 in La Rural, Buenos Aires was flocked by Argentinian young generation. During September 29 until October 2,2018, more than 400 visitors flocked Indonesian stand to get information of tourism destinations. Indonesian Ambassador to Argentina, Niniek Kun Naryatie said that Indonesian participation was the Indonesian embassy’s effort to Buenos Aires to approach Argentinian public or Latin America to Indonesian tourism. Argentinian tourists to Indonesia continue to increase, from 8,408 people in 2016, becoming 13,889 people in 2017. The event was also conducted specially with seminar on Indonesia which was carried out by Implementing ‘Economic Function’ and Implementing ‘Information and Social Culture Function’ on September 30.

Executive Director of International Monetary Fund -IMF, Christine Lagarde along with Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs, Luhut Panjaitan, Governor of Bank Indonesia, Perry Warjiyo, and Minister of Finance, Sri Mulyani planted coral reefs in Nusa Dua, Bali on Sunday. In Bali, there are 32 thousands of economic delegation from various countries to attend the annual meeting of IMF-World Bank 2018 starting from October 8 – 14,2018. After planting the coral reefs,  Christine Lagarde said that the event is to provide marine biota which will increase life quality of flora and fauna under the sea. Indonesia has 60 percent coral reefs in the world. Unfortunately, the coral reefs are very easy to be damaged due to various  reasons, including climate change and destructive events at the tourism places. She added that the planting of the coral reefs is hoped to be able to produce unique and beautiful under-water aquarium. Lagarde along with Minister Luhut, Governor Perry and Sri Minister Mulyani also directly installed the coral on supporting structure that will be put in the bottom of the sea by volunteers. Governor Perry Warjiyo said that the annual meeting of IMF-World Bank 2018 needs an event to preserve environmental ecosystem. 

On Sunday, September 30, cultural exhibition 'Prince Panji Lost and Found' was held at Indonesian Cultural House in Berlin, Germany. The event was under collaboration among Indonesian embassy of Germany, a number of European researchers and Indonesian artists. The event offered a series presentations, Gamelan and Wayang workshop and also exhibition to introduce Panji’s stories in Java which was determined as Memory of the World by UNESCO in 2017. The idea was initiated by Dr. Lydia Kieven, German research who recognized that she is interested in Panji’s story and has made a research since more than 20 years. She views that it is important for world communities to know the point of the Panji’s story. One of the peak events was exhibition of Wayang Beber project which told about Panji’s stories. While enjoying Indonesian snack and coffee, the guests could read and witness photographs about Wayang Beber tradition in Java, and Wayang performance which was projected on the screen.

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