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July

MOSAIC OF ARCHIPELAGO

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Mosaic of the Archipelago presents information: first, acting governor of Jambi releases apprentices to Japan and home company. The second information is that Banyuwangi prepares various attractions to enliven Asian Games torch parade. The last information of Mosaic of the Archipelago is that on the 58th Adhyaksa Day, State Attorney of Cilacap holds blood donor.

276 domestic and foreign apprentices 2018 were released by Acting Governor of Jambi, Fachroerri Umar at Manpower and Transmigration Office in Jambi on Wednesday (18/7/2018). The program is hoped to be able to increase skill quality and competency for job seekers. This was stated by Acting Governor Fachroeri Umar in Jambi. In his speech, he expects the apprentices not only to pursue the target, but also to improve their competency. Therefore, it is expected to change the mental attitude of the apprentices and they are motivated to work harder. Furthermore, Acting Governor Fachroeri also said that the program becomes one of efforts to improve the skills of job seekers of Jambi province. At last, they can strengthen and encourage the acceleration of development of Jambi province –‘Jambi Complete 2021’. Meanwhile, Head of Manpower and Transmigration Office of Jambi, M. Fauzi mentioned that from 276 apprentices who were released, 220 people will do internship in Indonesia that spread at 19 big, medium and small companies. The rest will do internship in Japan.

Regional government of Banyuwangi prepares various attractions in welcoming Torch Relay Asian Games 2018, which will pass the region on July 22nd. Because Banyuwangi has the honor from the committee of Asian Games (Inasgoc) to become one of the regencies, which is visited by the Asian Games torch before crossing to Bali. Head of Sport section at the Youth and Sport Office of Banyuwangi, M Alfin Kurniawan explained in Banyuwabngi on Wednesday (18/7) that there are 4 stops of the Torch Relay Asian Games 2018. They are Paltuding Gunung Ijen, Tamansari Rest Area, Diponegoro Stadium and Shaba Swataga Blambangan Hall. The four stops have prepared cultural attractions, such as Gandrung dance, and Banyuwangi Etno Carnival. In addition, the stops will also enliven sport events and fun games. So, people can attend and enliven the coming of the Torch Relay Asian Games 2018. Banyuwangi government provided 10 people who have the honor to bring the torch, namely former athlete from Banyuwangi who glorified Indonesian image in international event, such as the best female warrior, Ary Noviyanti, and coach of national team of BMX Indonesia, Dadang Haris Purnomo, as well as professional photographer with disability, Ahmad Zoelkarnain who is ready to bring the Asian Games torch, before being putting at Banyuwangi Hall.

The last information of Mosaic of the Archipelago is that on the 58th Adhyaksa Day, State Attorney of Cilacap holds blood donor.

State Attorney of Cilacap held blood donor at Blood Transfusion Unit of Indonesian Red Cross of Cilacap on Wednesday (18/7). This becomes series events of the 58th Adhyaksa Day at State Attorney of Cilacap on July 22, 2018. Head of State Attorney of Cilacap, Bardiaman Simalango remarked that the social dedication of the donor is serious concern of State Attorney’s employees to others. Bardiaman targeted as many as 30 blood bags to be collected at the event. Social dedication continues on Thursday  (19/7) by visiting “Dewanata”, the Elderly Social Care Center at Slarang village, Kesugihan district, Cilacap. Besides, at the internal of State Attorney of Cilacap, various sport events were also held to enliven the 58th Adhyaksa Day. The peak of commemoration of the Day will be conducted on July 23, 2018 by carrying out ceremony at the State Attorney Office’s yard and pilgrimage to Hero cemetery. Bardiaman hopes that his office receives more support from community and is able to conduct the social duties to the community throughout Indonesia.

That was Mosaic of the Archipelago.

20
July

TODAY IN HISTORY

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Today in History over RRI World Service -Voice of Indonesia. We start from an event on July 19 about Inter Indonesia Conference I. 

 

Inter-Indonesia conference was the one which was held by Republic of Indonesia and the state of the Dutch formation that joined in Bijeenkomst voor Federaal Overleg. With the formation of Bijeenkomst voor Federaal Overleg of the Dutch, it was hoped to be able to return to power in Indonesia. But the stand of the countries which joined in Bijeenkomst voor Federaal Overleg  changed after the Dutch launched its military aggression II against Indonesia. Because of sympathy of the countries of the Dutch formation, so leaders of Republic of Indonesia could be released and Bijeenkomst voor Federaal Overleg also rendered a service in the implementation of Inter-Indonesia conference. That was the background of the implementation of the conference.

 

The conference was held twice, namely Inter-Indonesia Conference I which was held in Yogyakarta on July 19 – 22, 1949 and Inter-Indonesia Conference II was held in Jakarta on July 30 – August 2, 1949. In the conference I, Indonesia was led by Moh. Hatta. The conference I resulted in some agreements. Indonesia was approved under the name of the Republic of the Unitary States of Indonesia. The Republic of the Unitary States of Indonesia was headed by constitutional president and assisted by ministers who were responsible to the House of Representatives –DPR. Two representatives: DPR and Regional Representatives. The temporary federal government would receive sovereignty, not only from the Dutch but also from the Republic of Indonesia.

  

The next event is that in 1979, Sandinista National Liberation Frontoverthrew authoritarian powerof Somoza dynasty in Nicaragua.

Sandinista National Liberation Frontwas a political party in Nicaragua, which was established on socialism principles.  Opposition against the government of Somoza was inspired by anti-imperialism movement led by  Augusto César Sandino in 1930s. The party led a popular revolution in 1979 which overthrew political dynasty of Somoza in Nicaragua. Until now, July 19 has become the national holiday in Nicaragua and it is commemorated as Nicaragua Liberation Day. Sandinista held power for more than 12 years from 1979 - 1990. They ran democratic general election and national constitution, besides various other popular reforms. Today, the Front is one of the main parties in Nicaragua, by representing around 40 percent of voters.

 

And the last event is that in 1985, Sjumandjaja, one of Indonesian film directors, passed away. 

Sjumandjaja who was born in Purworejo, Central Java on August 5, 1934, was one of popular Indonesian writers and film directors. He studied at All Union State Institute of Cinematography, Moscow, Russia in 1959 - 1964. Around 16 films were made by him for 14 years of his film career. Sjumandjaja almost always received Citra awards in his every attendance at Film Indonesia Festival. The films which were produced by Sjumandjaja, are related to people’s social realities, such as ‘Si Doel Anak Betawi’ and ‘Si Mamad in 1973’, ‘Si Doel Anak Modern in 1976’, ‘Kabut Sutra Ungu in 1979’, ‘Kartini in 1982’, ‘Budak Nafsu in 1983’, and ‘Kerikil-Kerikil Tajam in 1984’.

 

That was Today in History.

17
July

DIPLOMATIC CORNER

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RRI World Service -Voice of Indonesia with Diplomatic Corner, a program which presents information aboutactivities and progress of Indonesian diplomacy in the international world.

 

The first information is coming from Rome, Italy. The Embassy of Indonesia in Italy facilitated trade mission meeting between Indonesian United Women  Entrepreneurs of East Java  and Partners in Italy to open access of main product market of small and medium enterprises in East Java such as textile and garment, leather, handicraft as well as jewelry. When opening Forum Bisnis and Business-to-Business meeting in  Napoli, Commissioner of Napoli Chamber of Commerce, Girolamo Petroneinvited Italian businesspeople to expand their business in Indonesia.

Spokesperson of Indonesian Embassy in  Rome, Aisyah M Allamanda to Antara News Agency in London on Saturday (14/7) said that the potential and stable  market with economic growth level more than 5 percent  in one decade has made Indonesia as partner of investment and production. Meanwhile, Vice President of Carpisa, Carlo Palmieri said that bag producer from Napoli was talking about potential investment to produce Carpisa in Indonesia. He further said that the big market of Indonesia is the important factor to expand the business. Economic official of Indonesian Embassy in Rome,  Aries Asriadi said that  the trade mission  of Indonesian United Women Entrepreneurs of East Java   focused on developing market in South Italy, especially Napoli which is suitable to the trade cooperation development of products of small and medium enterprises in Indonesia.

 


The next information is coming from Los Angeles. Trade Ministry of Indonesia throughIndonesian Trade Promotion Center in Los Angeles, the USAtried to expand men’s clothes in the USA by doing Tour Motor "UnionRide 2018" in western beach in the country. Chairman of

Indonesian Trade Promotion Center Los Angeles, Antonius Budiman explained  that the tour motor is the cooperation with Unionwell . The tour started  from Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Venice Beach and back to  Los Angeles. Antonius Budiman as quoted by Antara News Agency on Sunday  (15/7) said that the ‘ Tour UnionRide’ is the part of promotional strategic series of Unionwell in America.

They tried to expand men’s cloth market in the USA. Unionwell is the street cloth product with Indonesian accent produced by vintage way so that it makes Unionwell different from other products in market. Tour UnionRide was toned up with motorcycle of  Harley Davidson, Triumph, and Motoguzzi,  as well as   Dodge Charger and GMC Yukon cars. Recently, Indonesia has played a major role as producer of private label in the USA. However, if the local brand can reach international market, the producer will have independency to determine the price and benefit.

 

We end Diplomatic Corner from Jakarta, Indonesia. Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Indonesia,  Osama Mohammed Abdullah Alshuaibi was inaugurated with an honorary Doctor fromUniversitas Pendidikan Indonesia.The inauguration was held in Bandung, West Java  on Monday (16/7) and it was attended by Minister of Research Technology and High Education, Mohamad Nasir. As reported by Antara News Agency, the degree was given to Saudi Arabian Ambassador in the field of general education and character as recognition over his dedication and achievement in developing education in Indonesia. Moreover, his service is so great for Muslim in Indonesia in social, cultural, economic and religious fields. Ambassador  Osama Mohammed Abdullah Alshuaibi is also assumed to add hajj quota up to 50.000 visas over his initiative. The moratorium of  sending Indonesian migrant workers to Saudi Arabia was withdrawn.

That was Diplomatic Corner.

17
July

MOSAIC OF ARCHIPELAGO

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Mosaic of Archipelago on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, the first information is that President Joko Widodo Attended Nature Studio Submission in Sleman. The second information is that Agile Platoon of Regional Military Command of Iskandar Muda ended. The last information is that  Winduaji Village Brebes Regency Won the Second Place in Central Java Village Tourism Festival.

 

President Joko Widodo attended Nature Studio Submission which is a set of Sultan Agung's History Film in Gamplong Village, Moyudan, Sleman, Yogyakarta from Mooryati Soedibyo Cinema founder to Sleman Regent Sri Purnomo on Sunday afternoon (15/7). The President hoped that the cinema nature studio with 2.5 hectares is an interesting tourist attraction for the community and can be used for tourism. Meanwhile, the Mooryati Soedibyo Cinema founder, Mrs. Mooryati Soedibyohas long wanted to grant a film about a national hero to Indonesian people. She said that the history of Sultan Agung Mataram has given a lot of good examples. Meanwhile, Movie Director of Sultan Agung Movie; The Untold Love Story, Hanung Bramantyo said that he wants the Nature Studio to be a cultural center so that people can have their culture, film center, and documentation center. Everyone can learn movies and learn culture so that people do not lose their own culture.

 

Commander of Military Regional Commandof Iskandar Muda,Major General, Abdul Hafil Fuddin officially closed the Agile Platoon raceof Kodam Iskandar Muda on the green field of Rindam Iskandar Muda on last Sunday (15/7).

Gen. Abdul Hafil Fuddin said the Agile Platoon racewas an effort from the leadership of Kodam Iskandar Muda to prepare and improve the abilities, and skills of soldiers in the unit. He said that the race was also one of the activities of the unit counseling that aims to realize the units that are ready to operate in performing the main task in a successful and efficient way. In addition, the race aims to determine to what extent the unit commanders –Dansat have carried out coaching and how Dansat’s efforts so far to prepare and improve the capabilities of the operational units.As reported previously, the competition activities held for six days, from July 9-14, 2018, in Rindam Iskandar Muda were military swimming, physical freshness, Pistol and rifle shooting, Terrain Science (Theory / Practice), cross-terrain, and running hurdles.

 

The last information of Mosaic of Archipelago is that Winduaji Village Brebes Regency Won the Second Place in Central Java Village Tourism Festival.

Winduaji Village, Paguyangan Sub-District, Brebes Regency successfully won the second place in Central Java Village Tourism Festival 2018. The festival held at Bung Karno Ungaran square since Friday – Sunday (July 13-15), was followed by 33 tourist village representatives from a total of 35 districts/cities in Central Java.After receiving a trophy and coaching money worth Rp 12.5 million from the Department of Youth, Sports and Tourism Central Java Province, Sunday noon (15/7), Head of Winduaji Village, Seger admitted being proud of the achievement at the provincial level.Seger further said that in the festival, Winduaji Villageexhibited a wide range of tourism potentials, ranging from attractions, culinary to typical village art and culture.For potential tourist objects, he introduced Penjalin Reservoir, Tuk Sirah Pemali tour, and Wadas Mlasah adventure tour. While in culinary, he introduced process of Marble Goby Fish (one of the typical fish in the Panjalin Reservoir), Bestak Melinjo and the original coffee of Winduaji Village.In the art and culture field, the festival also displayed standmaking leather puppet figures by the original puppeteer of Winduaji Village, Ki Suwarto. Seger added with the achievement, Winduaji Village government will be more serious in developing Winduaji as an excellent tourist village.

That was Mosaic of Archipelago.

17
July

HEADLINES

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Here are the Headlines of several national newspapers published today, July 17 2018.

We begin with Kompas entitled, "Food Price Affects Poverty."

Contribution of food commodities towards poverty grew greater. This can slow down the poverty reduction rate. Based on data of Indonesian Central Statistics Agency BPS, the contribution of food commodity against poverty in March 2017 reached 73.31 percent, but it increased into 73.48 percent in March 2018. Based on BPS data, the number of the poor in March 2018 was 25.95 million or 9.82 percent of the total population. While in March 2017, the number was 27.77 million or 10.64 percent of total population. Last year, March 2017-March 2018, the number of poor people in Indonesia decreased 1.82 million people. 

We move on to Republika, entitled "Asian Games Torch Arrives in Yogyakarta."

Asian Games 2018 torch relayed from India is about to arrive in Adisutjipto Airport, Yogyakarta, Tuesday (17/7). The torch is brought by Chairman of Indonesian Asian Games 2018 Organizing Committee (Inasgoc), Erick Thohir and Indonesian badminton legend, Susy Sussanti. Inasgoc Ceremony Director, Herty Purba said, five T-50 fighter aircraft of Indonesian Air Force will guard the Boeing 737-400 where the torch is brought upon. The entourage will be welcomed by Chief of Staff of Indonesian Air Force, Marshall Yuyu Sutisna.

We end the Headline with Bisnis Indonesia, entitled, "Merpati At Stake."

Debt of state-owned PT Merpati Nusantara Airlines was greater than their owned assets until December 2017. Merpati Airlines had debt amounting Rp 10.72 trillion. With asset only Rp 1.21 trillion with equity recorded minus Rp 9.51 trillion per December 31, 2017. Restructuring and Development Deputy of State-owned Enterprises Ministry, Aloysius Kiik Ro explained that Finance Minister, Sri Mulyani Indrawati and of State-owned Enterprises Minister, Rini Soemarno had stated that they will not intervene in Merpati restructuring. It means, the government will not disburse any fund for the process.

That was Headlines.

17
July

TODAY IN HISTORY

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Today In History start with July 17, 1994 Brazil made history as a four-time soccer world champion.

Brazil made history in the world of football by becoming the first country to win the World Cup for the fourth time in the World Cup event in the United States. At the final in Los Angeles July 17, 1994, with the first penalty shoot-out in the World Cup final, Brazil managed to beat Italy 3-2. After a 2 x 45 minute match and an additional 2 x 15 minutes remain 0-0.

Turning to July 17, 1998 the occurrence of giant Tsunami in Papua New Guinea. After being rocked by two powerful earthquakes measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale on July 17, 1998, a big Tsunami hit the northern coast of Papua New Guinea. Three large waves over 10 meters high were the effects of the quake, drowning around seven coastal villages and killing more than 2,000 people. As a result of the disaster more than 6,000 people lost their homes.

I’ll end Today in history with July 17, 2000, Bashar al-Assad is sworn in as president of Syria.

Bashar al-Assad became president of Syria succeeding  Hafez al-Assad who was none other than his own father who died on June 10, 2000 after 30 years in power. The rise of Bashar al-Assad to be President can not be separated from constitutional changes in Syria. Immediately after the death of Hafez al-Assad, the Syrian Parliament set a minimum age for the president no longer 40 years, but 34 years. This change allowed Hafez al-Assad's son, Bashar al-Assad, then aged 34, to be elected president so he ran for president without a competitor // Bashar al-Assad was formally inaugurated on 17 July 2000 for 7 years.

That was Today history of RRI World Service in Jakarta.

20
July

Diplomatic Corner

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Governor of Kandal, Mao Phiron received a courtesy call from the Indonesian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia, Sudirman Haseng at the Governor's Office on last Tuesday (17/7). During the visit, Governor Mao Phiron said that Indonesia and Cambodia have had very close relations since logn time ago. He also wanted the best exchange of information and experience on decentralization policy because Indonesia has already implemented this policy. Governor Phiron also appreciated Indonesia's important role in the peace process in Cambodia, and explained the development of the current condition of Cambodian society as the current government policy guarantees the rights and freedom of religion. The governor also revealed various advances in infrastructure that sustain Cambodia's connectivity and economy. Meanwhile, Indonesia Ambassador, Sudirman Haseng said the cooperation between Indonesia and Cambodia is closely intertwined, both in the bilateral and regional context in ASEAN. To enhance investment, trade, and tourism cooperation, the Ambassador also invited the Governor and his staff to attend the Indonesian Trade and Tourism Promotion in Phnom Penh on September 28-30, and participate in Trade Expo Indonesia in Indonesia in October. He also emphasized the importance of people-to-people contacts in a bid to improve bilateral relations in various fields.

Fifty-one Indonesian students who are members of the United Nations Model from the University of Indonesia, Padjadjaran University, Brawijaya University, and the Djarum Foundation delegations have participated in the 24th Asia-Pacific Model United Nations Conference held at the University of New South Wales, Sydney on July 8-13. In this activity, Indonesian delegates from University of Indonesia were awarded the Best Delegates, while the Djarum Foundation delegates won Best Delegate with English as a Second Language. The Asia-Pacific Model United Nations is the largest annual United Nations Model Conference in the Asia-Pacific region. In this conference, the participants from various countries and international organizations held discussion, debate, and developed resolutions on international issues.

Peru has long been known as a foreign tourist destination that offers a unique blend of Inca cultural heritage, sustainable biodiversity with a modern touch of tourism facilities and infrastructure. Along with the growing number of foreign tourists in Peru over the last 4 years, the increased number was 4 million people in the 2014-2017 from 3.2 million. The investment in the hotel sector has also increased through the opening of new hotels in Peru's major tourist destinations, such as Cusco, Iquitos and Lima. Observing the opportunity, Indonesian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Lima, Marina Estella Anwar Bey had the opportunity to meet with Luigi Mottura Pelosi, the owner of the hotel supplier business needs under the brand "Todo Para Hoteles Peru", recently. The company is a partner of a number of major hotels in Peru. Indonesian Ambassador Marina introduced products from Indonesia that could be substitutes or complementary products sold by Todo Para Hoteles. In addition, Indonesia also has products, such as soap, shampoo, and cream softener which are environmentally friendly and international standard. So far, Peru has widely imported such products from Italy or France.

18
July

Mosaic of Indonesia

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Acting Governor of Aceh, Nova Iriansyah said that the more advanced a country, the frequency of its development certainly increases. The more advanced a country, so the necessity on consultant also increases. Nova Iriansyah when opening the first regional discussion of Indonesian Consultant’s Expert Association in Banda Aceh, on Monday (16/7) added that consultant service in determining the choices of technology, management, supervisory system and the implementation of development mechanism are really needed so the development in Aceh runs effectively. The role of the consultant service is not only needed in the planning step or feasibility study, but also in preparing project, engineering, supervisory of implementation, until evaluation and monitoring steps. The quality of a consultant also has an impact on the result of work. No wonder, if in developed countries, the role of the consultant is very important in encouraging project to give the best result. Professionalism is more important, especially since the policy of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) valid. It is because the policy of AEC has presented free market in ASEAN region, as well as encourage intense competition at the global level.

Delegations from 24 countries in Asia Pacific and Africa participated in a training on fishery and fishery conservation or aquaculture. Ambassador at Directorate General of Public information and Diplomacy of Foreign Affairs Ministry, Diar Nurbintoro, said on Tuesday (17/7) that the training is Indonesia’stechnical assistance to developing countries. The training is held at fishery educational and training hallof Bangsring, Banyuwangi, East Java starting from July 16-20, 2018. According to Diar Nurbintoro, Banyuwangi was chosen because it has good fishery sectorand adequate training facility. The training is a cooperation between Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Ministry of Maritime and Fishery with 24 countries in increasing capacity of fishery stakeholders in developing countries. Meanwhile, Banyuwangi regent, Abdullah Azwar Anas, appreciated the appoitment of Banyuwangi as the place for the training. According to the regent, the event is the implementation of good diplomacy, and also to show that performance of Indonesia’s fishery has been recognized by other countries. In addition, the event can become efforts of Banyuwangi to promote fishery and tourism sector. There were 28 participants of the training among others fromBangladesh, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Algeria, Libya, Madagascar, Morocco, Mauritania, Sudan, and Tunisia.

Two students of State’s Senior High School 1 of Kediri regency recorded international achievement. They obtained silver medals in International Young Scientist Innovation Exhibition which was held on July 9-13 in Malaysia. Shona Fa’iqa Febiastuti and Aulia Fidia Syahrina, who are now in 12th level, initiated their discovery, namely The Organic Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer Wipes, which can decrease temperature of body and absorb virus and bacteria. KediriMajor, Abdullah Abu Bakar, is proud of the two students. The major said students participation in the international event can increase their competitiveness.The major hoped in the next future there will be many children who bring the good image of Kediri in the international event.

16
July

Mosaic of Indonesia

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First information is that Barong Attraction closed Cultural Week of Kediri 2018. The attraction of Barong Sewu dance of colossal collaboration which was held by the government of Kediri Regency, East Java, closed the Culture and Tourism Week event 2018 at the local Simpang Lima Gumul (SLG) area. Deputy Regent of Kediri, Masykuri said in Kediri on last Saturday that besides as entertainment, the attraction was aimed at introducing and preserving the cultural arts to the community. He said that the event involved the some artists from various art galleries. They are artists who can be role models of this cultural preservation. Masykuri also hopes the event to be routinely held every year. It is also expected to encourage the young generations to eagerly love their ancestral culture and preserve it.

West Bali National Park –TNBB released 10 Bali Starlings into the wild in Labuhan Lalang area, Buleleng regency on last Saturday (14/7). Director General of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation –KSDAE, Wiratno said that to manage the current conservation area should involve the community. Head of West Bali National Park, Agus Ngurah Krisna said after being released into the wild by the community, his team will conduct intensive surveillance to ensure that Bali starlings can survive and breed in the wild well. He said that the 10 released birds are the result of breeding at the Bali Starling Special Management Unit of West Bali National Park in Tegal Bunder, Buleleng Regency. The efforts to conserve this rare bird will continue to be done. He added that in addition to supervision and protection, the Bali starlings are expected to survive in the wild. Along with various concerned groups, his team also planted feeding trees for Bali starling, such as Pilang and Sawo Kecik. Currently, the population of Bali starlings in their natural habitat continues to grow. In 2013, the number reached 32 birds, and in 2018, it increases to 141 birds spreading at several points in the park that stretches from Jembrana Regency to Buleleng Regency. Besides, there are still 336 birds in the breeding nests. Periodically, the result of the breeding will be released into the wild.

 Indonesia President Joko Widodo inaugurated five of the 14 venues the 18th Asian Games at Jakabaring Sport City (JSC) Palembang, South Sumatera on Saturday. President Joko Widodo accompanied by Minister of Public Works and People's Housing, Basuki Hadimuljono, Minister of Youth and Sports, Imam Nahrawi, and Governor of South Sumatera, Alex Noerdin. The five venues inaugurated are shooting range, Jakabaring Rowing and Canoeing Regatta Course, Skate Park, beach volleyball, and bowling center. President Joko Widodo said that Indonesia is ready to welcome the Asian Games 2018 to be participated in by 16,000 athletes and officials from 45 countries. The progress of the construction and renovation of the 14 venues and support facilities of Asian Games 2018 at JSC has been 99 percent completed. Minister of Public Works and People's Housing –PUPR, Basuki Hadimuljono said that five arenas have been inaugurated; three of them are shooting arena, rowing and skateboard built by the Ministry of PUPR. Besides inaugurating the venues, President Joko Widodo also opened Dragon Boat National Championship President’s Cup 2018. The championship is held by Executive Board of Rowing Sports Association of Indonesia –PB PODSI and becomes one of the test agenda in the rowing arena in welcoming the 18th Asian Games. The championship is followed by 619 participants who are  from 17 provinces and 4 contingents of Indonesian Armed Forces –TNI and Indonesian National Police –Polri. Contested race numbers are 500m and 200m for men and women. Minister Basuki added that both of the race numbers are targeted to win two gold medals at the upcoming the 18th Asian Games.

16
July

Diplomatic Corner

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Promotion of Indonesia’s economy keeps being enhanced in the United States of America. Indonesian Consulate General in Houston, Texas the USA cooperating with representative of Bank Indonesia New York and Indonesia Investment Promotion Center (IIPC) New York was successful to hold a seminar of Indonesia Economy Outlook. The seminar was attended by dozens of entrepreneurs in Houston, Texas, the United States of America on Wednesday (11/7). In the panel discussion, the Houston entrepreneurs understood on Indonesia’s economic development and also cooperation opportunity on trade and investment. The Indonesian Consulate General keeps encouraging bilateral cooperation in economic, social and cultural aspects in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands. The Indonesian Consul General in Houston, Nana Yuliana stated that the Indonesian Consulate General is committed to supporting the cooperation and bilateral relations in the fields of economy, investment and trade.

Indonesian Consulate General in Karachi, Pakistan, Totok Prianamto received Head of Pakistan Edible Oil Refinery Association –PEORA, Abdul Rasheed Janmohammad  at the Indonesian Consulate General in Karachi on Tuesday (10/7). On the occasion, the Indonesian Consulate General stated that Abdul Rasheed is expected to support the efforts of promotion of the Indonesian Consulate General through the implementation of Palm Oil Fair of Indonesia (POFI) which will be conducted for the first time on September 6, 2018. The event will invite stakeholders in the field of palm oil from public and private sectors of Indonesia, as well as the provincial government of Sindh. The Indonesian Consulate General also opened opportunity for private sides in palm oil sector. At the end of the meeting, the Indonesian Consulate General in Karachi and Abdul Rasheed Janmohammad are committed to promoting relations on economy, trade and investment between Indonesia and Pakistan.

Indonesian tea received certificate of “AVPA Gourmet Product 2018" award for category of Black Tea which is from product of PT. Bukitsari with “Bankitwangi" brand. The certificate was issued in “Teas of The World International Contest" which was held by Agence pour la Valorisation des Produits Agricoles or AVPA French, an organization in Paris which aims to assist increasing added value and to market agricultural products in national and international level. In the event which was held on July 10,2018 in Paris, the award was directly given by Philippe Juglar, President of AVPA, to Suryo Tutuko, delegation of PT Bukitsari, and witnessed by Indonesian Ambassador to France, Dr. Hotmangaradja Pandjaitan. “Teas of The World", as international event was the first contest, especially to give awards of the best product which was conducted by AVPA. The tea product which was contested is being shared based on 9 categories, namely Green tea, White tea, Oolong Clear, Darjeeling, Oolong Moyen, Oolong Oriental Beauty, Oolong Dark, Black Tea, and No other Category. From 113 tea products of 15 countries which were contested were only 53 teas which received awards, such as Indonesia, Japan, China, India, and Taiwan.

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