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August

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Egyptian Ambassador to Indonesia, Ahmed Amr Ahmed Moawad met Governor of Bali, Wayan Koster to discuss tourism cooperation with Sharm el-Sheikh City which becomes center of tourism in Egypt. Ambassador Moawad said in Denpasar, Bali on Thursday (22/8) that Egypt has looked at the rapid progress of Bali recently, especially in the field of tourism. He said that Bali province becomes one of favorite tourism destinations for Egyptians, especially for new bride and bridegroom to have honeymoon. He also explained that the relations between Indonesia and Egypt have been taken place for long time and Egypt becomes the first country that acknowledged the Indonesian independence.

PT Industri Kereta Api received a visit of some delegations of Africa: Zimbabwe and Angola that are interested in railways production in Indonesia. Executive Director of PT Industri Kereta Api, Budi Noviantoro said in Madiun on Thursday (22/8) that the visit of delegations of Zimbabwe and Angola to PT Industri Kereta Api is a follow-up of the Indonesia-Africa Infrastructure Forum Dialogue event in Bali on 20th and 21st of August 2019. He said that Africa is potential market because of its wide territory. But the African countries have not enough infrastructure of transportation. Unfortunately, some countries in Africa such as Zimbabwe and Angola have financial problem.

A total of 20 female and male university students of Language Program from Universities in China won Dharmasiswa. Educational and Cultural Attaché of Indonesian Embassy in Beijing, Yaya Sutarya said to Antara in Guangzhou on Tuesday (20/8) that the number of winners of scholarship is the same as the previous year’s winners.  Dharmasiswa is a scholarship program from Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture  for foreign citizens to learn Indonesian language deeply for 10 until 12 months in Indonesia. The 20 university students will learn Indonesian language at University of  Airlangga,  Surabaya State University, University of Brawijaya Malang, University  Diponegoro  of Semarang, University of Katolik Atma Jaya Jakarta,  Trisakti University Jakarta, and University of  Telkom.

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August

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Indonesian government through Indonesian embassy in Harare begins to keep developing cooperation of train revitalization in Zimbabwe and Zambia this year. Indonesian Ambassador to Zimbabwe and Zambia, Dewa M. Juniarta Sastrawan, through Indonesian embassy’s press release which was received in Jakarta on Sunday (18/8) explained that starting 2019, the Indonesian embassy in Harare prioritizes to develop cooperation of revitalization of train cargo in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Ambassador Dewa pointed out that starting this year, the Indonesian embassy in Harare promotes the Indonesian superiority in developing infrastructure connectivity of transportation in Zimbabwe and Zambia to obtain benefit from the implementation agreement of African Continental Free Trade Zone which has been applied by both countries.

This year, there is a difference in commemorating Indonesian Independence at Indonesian embassy in Ankara, Turkey. This is the existence of Indonesian Peace Forces, Garuda 28-K UNIFIL Forces which enlivened the event. Garuda Forces arrived in Mersin port, Turkey by using KRI Sultan Hasanuddin-366 on Sunday (18/8). Besides attending the 74th Indonesian Independence Day ceremony, Garuda Forces also entertained in the event with the title ‘Gebyar Kemerdekaan’. This was attended by around 500 Indonesian citizens and various Indonesian partners. The presence of the Special Forces was also welcomed with flowers by Indonesian citizens in Turkey, who wore archipelagic traditional clothes. Some members of Garuda Forces participated in entertaining Indonesian people who were present. One of them is musical performance by  "The Armed Forces Band". There were also members of Forces who showed traditional dances, such as A Saman and Rampak Kendang dance.

In the midst of limitation and condition of security which is not condusive, Indonesian embassy in Baghdad still held flag ceremony to commemorate the 74th Indonesian Independence Day. The ceremony was led by Indonesian Ambassador to Iraq, Bambang Antarikso. All staffs of the Indonesian embassy, Indonesian students from Najaf, Indonesian citizens who work in Baghdad and Iraqi residents also attended the ceremony. Ambassador Bambang said that there was interesting thing in the ceremony in Iraq this year. 2 persons from 3 flag raisers were Iraqi people.  They were Amir, the Indonesian embassy’s staff and Hasan, son of the Indonesian embassy’s staff. According to the ambassador, they admitted being proud because they were elected as flag raisers. This refers close relationship between the Indonesian embassy and its staffs who are Iraqi citizens. For Hasan, it was the first time for him to line up and hoist the flag. As stated by Ambassador Bambang in his statement on Saturday (17/8).

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August

Minister of Environment and Forestry (LHK), Siti Nurbaya highlighted forest and land fires (Karhutla) in Tesso Nilo National Park, Riau, which happen sporadically and threaten the survival of protected animals, such as Sumatran elephants and tigers. This was conveyed by Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya when accompanying TNI Chief, Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto and Chief of National Police, General Tito Karnavian at Roesmin Nurjadin Air Base Pekanbaru on Monday (12/8/2019). Minister Siti Nurbaya asserted that the legal process for the perpetrators of land burning in Tesso Nilo will continue. According to her, there will be two other actors involving individuals who have a fairly large amount of land that will soon be processed legally. She also stated that the issue of law enforcement is important in providing a deterrent effect to the perpetrators of land burners. Thus, she ensures that law enforcement against land burners, both individuals and corporations, must be carried out optimally. In addition, the Ministry is also investigating a number of companies in Siak, Pelalawan, Indragiri Hulu and Indragiri Hilir areas. Minister Siti added that there are widespread forest and land fires in the four regions related to plantation companies. She said that if indeed later there are companies involved in the case of forest and land fire, her side would provide firm sanctions, ranging from administrative sanction such as license revocation, civil and criminal sanctions. Furthermore, Minister Siti Nurbaya also said that she has warned 55 companies in a number of provinces related to forest and land fires. Although she did not explain in detail the 55 companies in question, she confirmed that some of them are located in Riau Province. Minister Siti Nurbaya further said that her side would carry out collaborative steps with the National Police to crack down on land burners, including in Tesso Nilo National Park, which is now in poor condition due to looting and forest and land fires. Head of Tesso Nilo National Park Office, Halasan Tulus admitted that the conditions are indeed very dry due to drought, but it is very unlikely that fires would occur naturally. The burned areas are mostly found in locations occupied by the community, such as in Toro area. Halasan Tulus further said that the burned area of Tesso Nilo has not yet reached its natural forest, but it indeed approaches the area of the Flying Squad Team Camp, which contains eight tame elephants fostered by WWF-Indonesia along with the National Park Hall.

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August

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Indonesian embassy in Ukraine is building replica of Borobudur stupa in Kyiv. The replica is built to complete the beauty of Indonesian Park area which was built at National Botanical Garden M. M. Gryshko area two years ago. Indonesian Ambassador to Ukraine, Yuddy Chrisnandi as initiator of the replica development said that the inauguration of the replica will be conducted on August 17, coinciding with the anniversary of the 74th Indonesian independence. The major event will be packaged in Indonesian cultures’ atmosphere and held for 3 days starting from August 16-18, 2019.

Governor of Yogyakarta, Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X became one of panelists in Indonesia-Russia Business Forum held in Moscow, Russia on Thursday (1/8). The business forum had a topic 'Towards Indonesia-Russia Strategic Partnership: Bridging Fruitful Collaboration through Tourism, Trade and Investment.’ The forum, which was initiated by the Indonesian embassy in Moscow, was a series of Indonesian festival held from August 2 until 4, 2019.  Governor Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono also explained various kinds of potential of Yogyakarta and offered investment opportunity in the region with simplicity and security.

Agricultural Institute of Bogor established cooperation with Agricultural Research Agency of China. The cooperation entitles ‘Smart Agriculture’. In a press release of the Agricultural Institute of Bogor on Thursday (1/8), Rector of the institute, Arif Satria made a visit to some institutions of agricultural development 4.0 in China starting July 29-30, 2019. To face global food issue, Rector Arif emphasized the importance of cooperation to make some visits to several institutions of agricultural development 4.0 at the ‘Smart Agriculture’. Rector Arif signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Agricultural Institute of Bogor and Fujian Academic of Agricultural Sciences (FAAS).

02
August

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The men's doubles pair Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo / Marcus Fernaldi Gideon repeated their success two weeks ago at the Indonesian Open by conquering Hendra Setiawan / Mohammad Ahsan in the 2019 Japan Open final. Minions, the nickname for Kevin Sanjaya / Marcus Gideon, successfully beat The Daddies with a score of 21- 18 and 23-21 at Musashino Forest Sport Plaza Tokyo on Sunday (28/7). These results further confirmed the superiority of Kevin / Marcus over Hendra / Ahsan to eight wins from their total 10 matches.Meanwhile, Indonesian men's single winner, Jonathan Christie was only runner-up at the 2019 Japan Open after being beaten by the world number one, Kento Momota in the final match. Jonathan as world number seven was defeated in two straight sets by the host athlete with a score of 16-21 and 13-21. With this result, Momota added advantage to his 4-1 record.

The Indonesian contingent won two titles at the Asian Junior Badminton Championship in Suzhou, China, Sunday (28/7). Wandi Adriano from the Indonesian Consulate General in Shanghai after the match said that amid the majority of host supporters at the Suzhou Olympic Stadium, Indonesia's mixed doubles, Leo Rolly Carnando / Indah Cahya Sari Jamil were able to beat mixed doubles host, Feng Yan Zhe / Ling Fang Ling with a score of 16 -21, 22–20, 22-20 within 1 hour 19 minutes. Being defeated in the first set, this provides additional motivation for Leo / Indah so they were able to turn the situation.Leo Rolly Carnando repeated his success in pairing with Daniel Marthin after defeating the men's  doubles, Di Zi Jian / Wang Chang, who were also the first seed in the championship in a three-set match that lasted 58 minutes with a score of 21-9, 15-21, 21–19.In the Asian badminton junior championship which took place at the Suzhou Olympic Sport Center since July 23, in the category of teams, Indonesia was only able to occupy the second place after the final round recognized the toughness of Thailand.

Indonesian tennis player, Aldila Sutjiadi, who won the women's doubles tournament at the ITF W25 2019 along with Eudice Chong from Hong Kong, is targeting the Grand Slam championship next year. She told Antara on Saturday (7/27) that at the match held in Nothaburi, Thailand on Saturday local time, Aldila / Eudice won in straight sets after fighting a pair from Thailand and Japan, namely Plipuech / Omae in the final round with a score of 6 ( 2) -7 (7), 4-6.Aldila, who was for the first time partnering with Eudice Chong, said that the tournament was the fourth time she played in the doubles sector. She claimed to have given the maximum appearance in the tournament which prizes a total of US$25,000 dollars, even though the opponent she faced was quite difficult. When asked about the toughest opponents, she said the Thai and Japanese tennis players in the final were quite difficult to beat.Previously, Aldila also won the women's doubles sector at the ITF Singapore W25 tournament last May. Currently, Aldila is ranked 157 of ITF for doubles, and 147 in the single sector.

Indonesian champion holder of the lightweight (61.2 kilogram) Intercontinental World Boxing Organization (WBO), Daud Jordan is targeting a knockout victory over Thai boxer, Aekkawee Kaewmanee in a fight entitled "WBC International Challenge Belt" in Pattaya, Thailand on August 4.As quoted by Antara News Agency, David Jordan said in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi on Tuesday afternoon (30/7) that the boxing match will be held in 10 rounds. According to Jordan with a battle record of 38 wins (26 of them by KO) and four defeats, if he wins against the Thai boxer in the upcoming fight, he will take home the international WBC light class title.For the record, during his career in the boxing world, David Jordan often won by KOs against Thai boxers.

02
August

The film "27 Steps of May" by director Ravi Bharwani won the award at The 3rd Malaysia Golden Global Awards (MGGA 2019), Malaysia International Film Festival. The film won two trophies for the New Hope Award and Best actor for Lukman Sardi who played Mr. May. The producer and screenwriter, Rayya Makarim, through an official statement explained that the theme is difficult, and sometimes uncomfortable, but he felt that this theme was very important to be appointed. "27 Steps of May" itself, starring Raihaanun (May), Lukman Sardi, Ario Bayu, and Verdi Solaiman tells the story of trauma due to sexual violence experienced by May. The MGGA 2019 was held on July 20 at the Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur. This year, the festival has the theme "Humanity", a theme that represents the face and story of hope and despair.This film was inspired by the May 1998 incident of riots which occurred in several cities and had an impact on ethnic Chinese. This film tells about the impact of rape on May's life as a victim and he was devastated and blamed himself for not being able to look after his own child. Because of the theme raised, the film won the New Hope Award, an award given to films that have strong and inspiring messages. This film raises hope to film viewers and also the next generation of filmmakers.Meanwhile, Lukman Sardi said that he did not expect to get the Best Actor award, because according to him, other nominations had a greater chance of winning. According to him, the victory was not a personal victory, but a victory for the message conveyed by this film, a victory for women who experienced trauma whose voice was conveyed through this film. "27 Steps of May" was screened in limited theaters in April 2019. Before being released to the big screen, the 27 Steps of May had been crossing a number of prestigious festivals in various countries. The film premiered at the Busan International Film Festival in October 2018. Next, the film airs on Cape Town International Film Market & Festival (South Africa), Goteborg Film Festival (Sweden), Bengaluru International Festival (India), Mar Sharm El Sheikh Asian Film Festival (Egypt), Cambodia International Film Festival (Cambodia), Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival, and the Plaza Indonesia Film Festival.

29
July

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Tourism Ministry held ‘Indonesia Tourism Business Gathering’ in Chicago, the United Stated of America on Wednesday (24/7). The event is a collaboration promotion of Tourism which was conducted along with Indonesian Consulate General in Chicago. In the event, the Indonesian Tourism Ministry collaborated with American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) Midwest. The Indonesian Consul General in Chicago, Rosmalawati Chalid in her press release which was received on Saturday (27/7/2019) explained that Indonesia Tourism Business Gathering is the success of various kinds of tourism promotional events which was conducted by the Indonesian Consulate General in Chicago cooperating with ASTA Midwest. Indonesia Tourism Business Gathering is one of the Indonesian government’s efforts to increase the number of the US tourists in a bid to fulfill the target of the foreign visit as many as 20 million visits in 2020.

World Customs Organization (WCO) appreciates Indonesian Customs related to modernization and development of customs’ reformation which improves significantly. That was stated by Secretary General of WCO, Kunio Mikuriya when making visit to Indonesia on July 25-26, 2019. Secretary General of WCO, Kunio Mikuriya along with Head of Regional Office of Capacity Building Asia Pacific (ROCB-AP) WCO, Norikazu Kuramoto said that in the technological era, the Indonesian Customs has shown a very good progress. Thus, in 2020, Indonesia will become a host of WCO Technology Conference which will be held in Bali and attended by around 1,000 participants from 90 countries. In the conference, it will discuss not only technology but also human resources in which Indonesian Customs has become good model which is supported by related ministries and stakeholders. Besides,  increased integrity is also able to become model for other countries.  

The works of Indonesian designer, Ivan Yogi Susanto will be displayed in ‘The Red Chamber Summer Blossom’ event which will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia starting from Agust 3 – 4, 2019. This was stated by Founder of ShowCase Event & Talent Management, Nik Faris Reza Dato Khairi in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, accompanied by Assistant Director of Marketing of Eastin Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Sherizii Zack. Ivan Yogi Susanto’s collections will be displayed along with works of a number of famous designers. In addition to the fashion show which will be held on August 2, 2019, there will also be special dinner for invitees to welcome royal guest and business leaders in the world.

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July

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Thirty students from the Psychology Faculty, University of Indonesia, who are incorporated in  specialization group namely Tari Kencana Pradipa,  won the General Champion at the 15th International Competition and Festival of Folklore Etoiles de Paris, in France. Team Chairman of  Misi Budaya Kencana Pradipa 2019, Rara Anindita in her written statement on Thursday (25/7) said that her side has got  support from  various parties, including from the Indonesian Embassy in France. This international cultural competition was held at the Le Poc Theater, Salle de Spectacle, France. The team performed Silat Randai dance and Ratoh Jaroe. Ratoh Jaroe is a creation dance coming from Aceh. The dance is performed by female dancers coming from the element of togetherness and compactness.

Governor of West Java, Ridwan Kamil visited the office of one of the British tea producers, Finlays during his working visit in England on Tuesday (23/7) . On this occasion, Governor Ridwan Kamil promoted West Java tea. However, West Java tea has not been able to attract  the European people, especially the UK. He explained  that the situation is  homework for Indonesian tea producers, especially West Java  in order to be able to supply the European  tea needs, including Britain. After visiting the Finlays office, he met with 12 entrepreneurs who are incorporated with members of the ASEAN-UK Business Council and he also explained the investment potential  in West Java as well as various infrastructure developments which are being built in West Java, such as the Jakarta-Bandung Fast Train.

The Indonesian Ministry of Trade is committed to supporting t the Export-led Prosperity workshop, Made in Palestine in Jakarta, as an effort for Palestine to obtain market access in international trade. Secretary of the Directorate General of International Trade Negotiations, Moga Simatupang said on Thursday (18/7) that the workshop is the first  time to be done and it has a good opportunity to introduce Palestinian goods and services to potential trading partners in Indonesia. Therefore,  Indonesian entrepreneurs can identify potential products as well as investments in cooperation with Palestine. The event was opened by Palestinian Ambassador to Indonesia, Zuhair SM Al Shun and it is one of a series of trade missions of the Palestinian Government to Indonesia.

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July

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Indonesian embassy in Amman held a “Pencak Silat Promotional Event” at Plaza of the Indonesian embassy’s Guest House in Amman, Jordan on Thursday (18/7) in a bid to promote Indonesian martial art, Pencak Silat in Jordan. Indonesian ambassador to Jordan, Andy Rachmianto in a press release on Friday (19/7) said that the Indonesian embassy in Amman is to seriously encourage Pencak Silat to be able to be more well-known in the Prophet’s country through innovative way. In the event, the Indonesian embassy conducted a program of Silat trainers starting from June – July, 2019. 5 new Pencak Silat trainers have been directly inaugurated by Teacher Board of Silat School, led by Head of Islamic Educational Foundation of Al-Azhar, Sobidirin HS.  The 5 trainers train Pencak Silat to Jordanian residents under Silat Board flag. Ambassador Andy Rachmianto hopes that Pencak Silat can be learnt and it attracts Jordanian people so that Indonesian culture is more well-known.  The Indonesian embassy in Amman  and Al-Azhar also signed an agreement to promote Pencak Silat as Indonesian art and cultural heritage and also inaugurated special branch of Silat Board in Jordan.

Ruben Fernhout who is a well-known musician and DJ of the Netherlands promoted modern batik of his work through promotional event which was held at Jakarta Hotel in Amsterdam, on July 20, 2019.  The promotional event was entitled "Batik Modern Masa Cinta". The one-day event was able to attract young community’s attention which came from various regions in the Netherlands. In additional to being held  at Jakarta Hotel which has Indonesian atmosphere, the event was also attended by famous musician, Escobar who also enlivened situation by singing archipelagic songs. Indonesian Deputy Ambassador to the Netherlands, Fikry Cassidy who also attended the event, said that Batik promotion this time was special because it was presented by unique and modern way. It was a beautiful combination between Indonesian and the Dutch traditional wealth. Meanwhile, Ruben said that his interest in Batik comes from his heart. Because, his mother is an Indonesian woman. So, his love to Indonesia cannot be stopped.

Indonesia embassy in the United States of America keeps running textile trade in the USA. Thus, the Indonesia embassy in Washington DC and Indonesian Textile Association held a  Roundtable Meeting on Building Synergy of Textile and Cotton Sectors at the embassy on July 19, 2019. The meeting was attended by representatives of United States Trade (USTR) Office, Department of Agriculture, Department of State, Department of Commerce, and the US representatives of Garment Association, Fashion, and Cotton. Indonesian Ambassador to the United States of America, Mahendra Siregar welcomed the meeting as real step to enhance two-way trade relations of Indonesia and the United States of America. Indonesia’s textile export and product to the USA in 2018 reached US$4.5 billion dollars and to be projected to keep growing amid dynamic of global trade. The ambassador also said that therefore, it needs a clear road map to reflex the benefits of the two countries.

15
July

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Banjarmasin, Indonesia and Penang, Malaysia explore cooperation in the field of cultural heritage, event tourism, medication and industry. The signing of the cooperation was conducted by Mayor of Banjarmasin, Ibnu Sina and his counterpart from Penang, Mayor Dato’ Ar Yew Tung Seang, on the sidelines of Asia Pacific Cities Summit (APCS) & Mayors’ Forum in Queensland, Australia on July 8-10. On the occasion, both mayors shared information related with planned cooperation.

Singaporean President, Halimah Yacob handed over award to the mainstay caretaker of National Quartir of the Indonesian Scout Movement, Brata Tryana Hardjosubroto. President Halimah Yacob as Chief Scout of Singaporean Scout Association pinned the award "Distinguished Service Award". The innauguration of the award was conducted at the presidential Palace of Singapore on Wednesday (10/7). She handed over the award to 40 persons, including two foreigners namely Brata from Indonesia and Haji Yaacob bin Abdul Karim from Malaysia.

To follow up cooperation in the field of education, research and service to community, Rector of Riau Islamic University, Prof. Syafrinaldi along with four other lecturers became guest lecturers at University of Saint Anthony (USANT) of the Philippines on July 9-12, 2019. The event is a follow-up of Riau Islamic University and University of Saint Anthony in the field of education, research and service to community, knowledge and technology, as well as human resoreces. TheMemorandum of Understanding -MoU of the cooperation was signed by the two rectors in April 2019. In additional to giving a public lecture, President ofUniversity of Saint Anthony, Atty Santiago D. Ortega also asked Rector Syafrinaldi to plant tree at campus’ yard of the university as a symbol of strengthening of academic relations of both universities.

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