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08
August

Diplomatic Corner

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Indonesian Ambassador to France, Hotmangaradja Pandjaitan  received Indonesian young entrepreneurs who are joined the Indonesian Young Entrepreneurs Association on Sunday (5/8). The entourage was led by Chairman of the association, Bahlil Lahadalia. The Ambassador explained about bilateral relations between Indonesia and France, especially in economic sector. Various kinds of projects of financial cooperation, trade and investment development and cooperation of capacity development were also conveyed by the Ambassador. Members of the association, who visited the Indonesian Embassy in Paris, were from some regions of such as from Papua, Maluku, Bengkulu, Riau, or West Java and they also represented various kinds of businesses such as eco-resort, plantation, cosmetics, mining, construction and infratsructure. Meanwhile, on Monday (6/8), the entourage conducted ameeting with Paris Enterprise Region, which is special body to promote Paris territory and cooperation development of international trade of Paris city. After Paris, the entourage of the association will continue their trip to Belgium for further explore cooperation, especially related to techonology and innovation.

At post-Lombok and Bali earthquake, on Sunday (5/8/2018), Foreig Affairs Ministry provides call center which is coordinated by Director of Protection of Citizens and Legal Entitiesof Indonesian Foreign Ministry, Lalu Muhamad Iqbal. In Nusa Dua, Bali, on Monday (6/8), Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister, Retno Marsudi, said that the call center is to assist the people who seek information about foreign tourists who become the victims of the earthquake.Minister Retno Marsudi explained after holding bilateral meeting with a number of delegations of “Bali Process”, on Monday (6/8/2018), in Nusa Dua, Bali that at the same time her office also coordinates with Immigration office, especially to help the foreign citizens who lose their documents such as passport due to the 7 Richter Scale earthquake. Minister Retno Marsudi further said that the earthquake that hit Lombok on Sunday has also postponed Sub regional Coordination Meeting in Fighting Terrorism which is held by Ministry of Law and Human Rights with delegation of a number of ASEAN countries.

A series of the 73rd Anniversary of Indonesian Independence Day Celebration in Windhoek, Namibia, was begun by organizingNamibia-Indonesia Festival 2018 (NAMINDO FEST), on Friday (3/8). The event which was a collaboration between the Indonesian Embassy of Windhoek and the city’s government of Windhoek, lively held from 12.00 until 20.00 local time. Taking place at Functions Hall, the office of CityGovernment of Windhoek, NAMINDO FEST showed a series of events among others Fashion Show of “Indonesian Batik with Namibian Touch", cooking demo, handicrafts and foods exhibition, art performance such as Kulintang, Wayang, Puspita dance, Maumere dance, Marimba (African traditional music), photo booth by wearing Indonesian traditional clothes and many others. The opening of NAMINDO FEST was attended by ambassador from various neighboring countries, diplomatic communities, officials of Namibian government, and also public. In his speech, Indonesian ambassador to Namibia, Eddy Basuki said that event was aimed to strengthen relation on people-to-people contact of the two countries, by presenting various kinds of performances and Indonesian foods. Mayor of Windhoek, Muesee Kazapua appreciated the initiative of the Indonesian embassy and hoped the event was conducted annually in larger scale and also inspired other embassies to participate.

08
August

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Thousands of people around Prambanan crowded the yard of Kebondalem Lor Village in order to witness the “Gerobak Sapi” or the Cow Carriage Festival in Plaosan Temple Complex, Prambanan, Klaten, Central Java on Sunday, August the 5th 2018. On the occasion, Regent of Klaten, Sri Mulyani expressed her appreciation towards the establishment of the Cow Carriage Festival and expected the event could expand the number of tourists, considering Prambanan has the potential as temple of tourism.

Regent Sri Mulyani also called for the Culture, Tourism, Youth, and Sports Department of Klaten to facilitate villages which are going to hold the events for regency level. Meanwhile, Chief Committee of the Cow Carriage Festival, Suhardi, mentioned that the Cow Carriage Festival that was followed by 115 participants from Central Java, and the Special Region of Yogyakarta was carried out the in a bid to commemorate the 214th Anniversary of Klaten Regency and the 73rd Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia. According to Suhardi who also serves as head of the Prambanan Sub-district, one of the purposes of conducting the festival is to preserve the cultural heritage namely the traditional transportations which are under the threat of extinction. The Cow Carriage Festival is also aimed at promoting tourism destinations in the surrounding of Prambanan since the sub-district of Prambanan has abundant “tourism villages”. Therefore, tourism villages can develop Music

Medical Team of the Dr. Suharso Orthopedical Hospital Surakarta that joined the first team leaved for the location of the earthquake in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on Wednesday, August the 8th 2018. The departure of the team, consisting of orthopedic specialists, surgical nurses, anaesthetic nurses, and the medical rehabilitation team, will carry out orthopedic surgery for the victims of the quake. Medical and Nursery Director of the Surakarta Orthopedic Hospital, dr. Romaniyanto SpOT(K) on his press release at the hospital explained that currently there are 300 victims of the earthquake who require surgical treatment. The hospital scheduled three teams that will work in three shifts . Each of the team will work for 5 days in the location of the quake. According to dr. Romaniyanto SpOT (K), the first team will conduct mapping in order to ensure the availability of antibiotics, and implant for bone grafting. Then, the second team will depart to the location. Doctor Romaniyanto also explained that his party has prepared 25 packages of scrubs and implant or bone grafters for two hundred patients. The surgery will be conducted at the Regional General Hospital of Mataram which currently has prepared 8 surgical wards.

Mayor of Banda Aceh, Aminullah Usman, inaugurated the 7th Cultural Week Parade of Aceh in the Blang Padang Yard on Sunday, August the 6th 2018. The parade was followed by contingents of the Aceh Cultural Week from 23 regencies/cities across Aceh, including several traditional and cultural communities and other sympathizers. The route taken by the participants of the parade after their starting point from the Blang Padang Yard, include the Tsunami Museum, The Hall of Aceh Governor, the Museum of Aceh, the Military District Command Interchange, Baiturrahman Mosque, and the finish line will be back to the Blang Padang Yard. The cultural parade was welcomed by citizens enthusiastically. Citizens stood on the sidewalks along the route taken by the participants of the parade. Mayor Aminullah hoped the cultural parade will make people aware of their cultural heritage richness, history, traditions, and the culinary of Aceh. This diversity has brought Aceh in unity since a long time ago. Moreover, the event is also a platform to introduce Aceh to the international word.

06
August

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As many as 15 Indonesian Small Medium Enterprises succeeded to record a transaction worth $2.22 million dollars in the "Korea Handmade 2018" exhibition which was held at Convention and Exhibition Center, Seoul, South Korea on July 26 – 29, 2018. The transaction was the result of products puschase such as bag products made from reptile leather, batik crystal bag, silver accessories, bros, house ornament from wood, clothes and batik clothes. While potential transaction was worth $2 million dollars for leather bag products and batik clothes. Besides, there was also sample for trial order about some snack products, accessories like bros or pearl, and also house ornament from wood. The exhibition which was facilitated by the trade attache and Indonesian Trade Promotion Center ITPC in Busan, aimed to promote handicraft products. According to Head of ITPC Busan, Ni Made Kusuma Dewi hopes through the exhibition the Indonesian Small Medium Enterprisescould introduce various kinds of Indonesian handicrafts to South Koreans and also got experience and learning in entering international market.

Indonesian Consulate General and Indonesian Trade Promotion Center (ITPC) Jeddah held business meeting among importer of Indonesian product with Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) on July 29, 2018 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The meeting was an effort to decrease the obstacle of Indonesian products to Saudi Arabian market. Earlier, the same meeting has been conducted twice, namely on July 22, and 26, 2018. The meeting was a step to build intensive communication with SFDA. It was aimed to make Indonesian products to get easier access to Saudi Arabia. The Indonesian Consulate General of Jeddah, M. Hery Saripudin said foods and beverages supply for the necessary of hajj pilgrimages from Indonesia can get special treatment. One of the obstacles is that Indonesian food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and cosmetics do not meet requirements yet from SFDA and Saudi Accreditation and Standardization Organization (SASO). In the business meeting, SFDA provided explanation to Indonesian importer on policy and registration product to SFDA. The meeting was led by the Indonesian Consulate General of Jeddah. The meeting was also attended by representative of Acting Economic Function of SFDA along with five importers from Saudi Arabia who import Indonesian products.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs holds the 7th Bali Process Ministerial Conference (BPMC) in Bali on August 6-7, 2018. The conference is a ministerial summit of members of Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime (Bali Process). The conference is attended by 26 ministers/BPMC minister-level officials. Since it has been begun in 2002, Bali Process was chaired together by Indonesia and Australia. Currently, there are 45 countries and 3 international organizations which have status as members (total 48 members), and 28 countries and also organization which have status as observer. Bali Process has effectively increased awareness in Asia-Pacific region on human smuggling impact, human trafficking and transnational crime related to others. Activities which are conducted in Bali Process so far provides benefits to increase capacity and also exchange information among countries in the regions. The activities of Bali Process areon the basis of four pillars, namely: (1) prevention, (2) early detection, (3) protection and (4) law enforcement.

06
August

President Joko Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla attended the Remembrance and Prayer for the Nation, which is part of a series of events welcoming the Republic of Indonesia 73rd Anniversary in 2018, on the front yard of Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, Wednesday (1/8) night. Starting his speech, the President invited the people to be grateful for the grace that God gave in the 73 years of independence. The President also reminded that Indonesia is a large and diverse nation with many differences such as ethnicity, regional language, customs, traditions and religion. These are the gift from God to the people of Indonesia who should be grateful of. Awareness as a great nation, according to the President, is the main thing because when compared with other countries such as Singapore and Afghanistan which have fewer tribes, Indonesia is endowed with diversity and pluralism. These differences will become a strength, a potential if the Indonesian people unite, because the nation's greatest asset is unity, harmony and brotherhood. The President also reminded that Indonesia was also blessed by God with abundant natural resources.The Head of State reiterated the importance of maintaining Islamic brotherhood and ukhuwah wathoniyah as the key values ​​of unity, harmony and brotherhood that must be maintained. The holding of regional head elections, including the regent, governor, and also the presidential election, according to the Head of State, should not make a fractured relationship among neighbors and villages. The President reminded that the grace of God given to the Indonesian people is the independence, achieved by a very long struggle. Because, added the President, many freedom fighters, heroes, Islamic clerics, and students were killed on the battlefield during the war of independence. Mutual respect and understanding, according to the President, became a manifestation of the sense of brotherhood among compatriots and countrymen. He also added that the democratic process or elections that took place recently should not cause disparagement and ridicule among fellow countrymen. The President hopes that such remembrance and prayer events can be held on August 1 every year.Meanwhile, Chairman of the Indonesian Ulema Council-MUI Ma'ruf Amin who was also present at the event expressed the hope for Allah SWT help to the Indonesian people, through the holding of Dhikr and the National Prayer in welcoming the 73rd Anniversary of Indonesian Independence. Also present at the event were several cabinet ministers and other dignitaries.

06
August

Energy availability, affordable energy access, or food security are among the problems faced by the world community, including Indonesia. For example fuel oil, gas and electricity availability.The depletion of petroleum sources as energy materials encourages various parties to seek alternative energy. As is known, the need for electricity in Indonesia is increasing every year. It is estimated that petroleum reserves without new exploitation can only last for the next 21 years. Therefore, alternative energy innovations are needed to overcome the problem of limited oil.Students of the Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS) Surabaya, innovate processing sugarcane drops into electrical energy. Three students from the ITS Chemical Engineering Department, namely Martiana Nugraeny, Tri Wahyuning Eka Purnama Sari, and Chandra Adiwijaya, made renewable energy from molasses waste and heavy metal waste. Molasses are a by-product of the sugar cane industry which still contains sugar and organic acids. In Indonesia known as sugar cane drops. Tri Wahyuning Eka Purnama Sari explained, the utilization of molasses waste in Indonesia is still very lacking. Each hectare of sugar cane land can produce 10-15 tons of molasses. Waste from processed sugar cane has high cellulose content which is a source of renewable biomass. The Directorate General of Agriculture estimates the area of ​​sugar cane in Indonesia in 2016 to reach 482,239 hectares (ha). If utilized this can be one of the renewable energy sources.Tri Wahyuning also explained about the dangers of toxic and hazardous waste (B3) such as chrome. Heavy metal chrome is often found in the environment due to the use of chemicals in industry. Chrom is a B3 waste with high toxicity that can endanger human health. Departing from these two problems, Tri and his colleagues offered an innovative idea of ​​MFCs as a continuous recirculation system as a solution. MFCs are biology-based fuel cells that convert chemical energy into electrical energy with the help of catalytic reactions of microorganisms. The technology used is using waste molasses and heavy metal waste as alternative energy sources. These MFCs consist of two chamber tubes, namely anode and cathode. In the anode chamber, it is filled with waste molasses and bacteria, while in the chamber the cathode is filled with heavy metal waste Cr6 (hexavalent chromium). He explained, the metabolism that occurs in the anode chamber will produce electricity. In addition to generating electricity, these MFCs can also reduce Cr (VI) metal waste and reduce the value of BOD (Biochemical Oxygen Demand) on molasses waste.

03
August

Indonesian Embassy in Moscow has held the 3rd Indonesian Festival in Krasnaya Presnya Park in Moscow on August 2nd until August 5th. The theme of the festival is "Visit Wonderful Indonesia: Explore our Regions". This activity is the event of trade promotion, investment, tourism, cultural art, and as a part of economic diplomacy of Indonesia in Russia. The festival initiated by Indonesian Embassy in Moscow presents the exhibition of Indonesian excellent products from some regions, such as coffe, garment, accessories, palm oil, culinary, and craft which are spreading 85 booths. Festival Indonesia also presents various art and cultural performances from the regions such as songs, dances, and musical instrument show both on the main stage and other separated stages. Indonesian Ambassador to Russia and Belarus, M Wahid Supriyadi said that the Festival is more specially arranged, such as wider location than the previous festival, and there are special paviliuns of Indonesian regions. On this festival, the visitors can the miniature of Indonesia. The Festival which is from August 3rd until August 5th begins at 12 a.m until 9 p.m. It is art and cultural performance, but we also create such market there. It is different from the previous year which was divided into regions; we don’t make it into clusters. For instance, there are Batik, fashion, handycraft, culinary, and it lasts until 9 p.m, saidWahid Supriyadi. Indonesian Festival in Moscow begins with Business Forum of Indonesia-Rusia and business matching on August 2nd in the World Trade Center. Besides the Governor, Deputy Governor, Regent, and a number of officials of Indonesia, Head of National Development Planning Agency, Bambang P.S. Brodjonegoro attended the Business Forum. The Forum might be attended by about 500 entrepreneurs, both from Rusia and Indonesia.The supporting tourism infrastructure is the main focus in the Forum. Nevertheless, other sectors are also going to be discussed in the forum, such as energy, industry, inter-connectivity, and palm oil.

03
August

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Indonesian Ambassador to Canada, Teuku Faizasyah and Vice Chairman of the Creative Economy Agency, Ricky Joseph Pesik encouraged Canadian creative economy actors to invest in Indonesia through the establishment of the 2018 Investment Forum in Montreal on Tuesday (31st of July 2018). During his opening speech, Ambassador Faizasyah stated that the Indonesian creative economy is currently one of the supporting motors for the national economic growth. Member of the Montreal Executive Committee of Economy and Trade, Robert Beaudry appreciated the consistency of the Indonesian Embassy which routinely holds investment forum every year as a platform to strengthen the economic relationship between Indonesia and Canada. Robert Beaudry viewed the theme “Opportunities in the Creative Economy in Indonesia” as the right choice, considering the creative economy becomes one of the economic development sectors that is constantly empowered by the government of Canada. Before 24 Canadian businesspeople, both those who are involved in the creative economy industry and those who wish to invest in Indonesia, Ricky Joseph Pesik explained that the government of Indonesia has developed 16 sub-sectors of economy with three main sub- sectors namely culinary, high fashion, and handicrafts. The three main sub-sectors contribute 77.6% to the national creative economy. On the occasion, Ricky called for Canadian creative economy actors to attend the World Conference on Creative Economy to be held by the Government of Indonesia in Bali on 6th-8th November.

Qatar is going to invest $ 500 million dollars for the development of tourism sector in Indonesia, particularly for the 5 prioritized tourism destinations. Antara News Agency reported that the commitment is reflected in the signing of cooperation agreement signed by CEO of the Qatar Investment Authority, Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Saud Al-Thani and Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan in Jakarta on Wednesday (August the 1st 2018). Minister Luhut Pandjaitan explained that the Qatar Investment Authority wants to invest in the establishment of hotels and the development of airports. The Qatar Investment Industry also wants to take part in the investment of the 10 new tourism destinations. However, the government of Indonesia suggested the Qatar Investment Authority to firstly start investing in the 5 destinations. The five tourism destinations are Lake Toba, Banyuwangi, Labuan Bajo, Borobudur, and Mandalika. Minister Luhut also pointed out that besides the commitment of investment in the tourism sector, Qatar also wants to invest in the agriculture and fishery sectors in Central Kalimantan. In addition, Qatar wishes to commence direct flight service from Banda Aceh and establish aquaculture in Sabang.

Ending her work trip in Iran, Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection, Yohana held a meeting with several senior officials of Iran, including Minister of Justice, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Adviser of Vice President for Citizens’ Rights on Wednesday (August the 1st 2018). Three institutions of Iran: Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Labor and Ministry of Social Affairs and Special Advisory Board of Iran’s President appreciated and supported the  implementation of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) about child protection, women’s empowerment, and family integration. The range of meeting agenda ended as Minister Yohana met Minister of Labor and Social Affairs of Iran, Ali Rabiei. Minister Yohana appreciated the government of Iran regarding with the establishment of genetics hotline and counseling. The primary focuses of the two parties are to establish women empowerment as the head of family or the main worker of family as well as protection for children and women from any violence, including violence in digital media.

31
July

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

The first information is coming from Tokyo, Japan. Diplomatic relation between Indonesia and Japan which has taken place for 60 years was celebrated in Hibiya Park, Tokyo on Sunday morning (29/7) at Festival Indonesia 2018. As quoted by Antara News Agency, the commemoration of the two countries’ relation which has been established since 20th January 1958 as held on Saturday (28/7). However, it was opened on Sunday because of Taifun disaster on Saturday. Indonesian Ambassador to Japan, Arifin Tasrif at the opening ceremony said that the 60th diplomatic relation between Indonesia and Japan has grown well. He hoped that the future relation will improve more and bring about better cooperation and benefit for Indonesia. There were many performances of arts and Indonesian culture at the festival. Besides, there was also Jaipong dance collaboration coming from West Java with Taiko as Japanese traditional art. The Indonesian festive held at the park is beside the Japanese emperor palace. It was also enlivened by stands from a lot of ministries, regional governments and banking which performed several cultures and potential of Indonesia. Ambassador Arifin Tasrif also said at the agenda, the embassy of Indonesia in Japan tried to bring delegates such as from Sumatera and Papua to introduce Indonesian culture to visitors, especially Japan citizens.

The next information is coming from London, England. Bimo Adityarahman Wiraputra from Bandung Technology of Institute –ITB succeeded to grab gold medal at the 25th International Math Competition in Bulgaria. The competition held on 22 up to 28 at American University in Bulgaria Blagoevgrad was followed by 351 participants from 50 countries. First Secretary of Information, Social and Culture of Indonesian embassy in  Sofia, Nurul Sofia to Antara News Agency said that besides having gold shoes, Indonesian delegate team under the Ministry of Research Technology and High Education also achieved one silver by Rio Fandi Dianco from  University of Indonesia. The bronze medals were grabbed by Alzimna Badril Umam and  Adryan Wiradinata from University of  Gadjah Mada,  as well as  Hopein Christofen Tang from  Bandung Institute of  Technology. Other Indonesian delegates who got award of Honorable Mention are Sie Evan Setiawan from Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology , Laurence Petrus Wijaya and Mochamad Zulfikar Aditya from Bandung Institute of  Technology, Resita Sri Wahyuni  from University of Gadjah Mada. Indonesian Ambassador to Sofia, Sri Astari Rasjid met Indonesian team in Blagoevgrad to give spirit in order to achieve the best. The International Math Competition in Bulgaria was for universities students under 23 years. The achievement got by the Indonesian universities students proves that Indonesian university students are  excellent in the world.

The last information is coming from Jakarta, Indonesia. Jakarta City administration cooperated with Morocco embassy to perform concert of two musicians of  Indonesia-Morocco at  Balai Agung, Balaikota in Jakarta on Sunday evening (29/7) . Jakarta Governor, Anies Baswedan attended the event and enjoyed the performance of the musicians of Morocco form Casablanca city, Hadj Younes who was duet with one of Indonesian composers and pianists, Dwiki Dharmawan to play collaborative music rhythm, but they  kept using their own musical characteristic. Governor Anies Baswedan hoped through the concert, stronger relation can be built between Jakarta and Morocco, especially in promoting musical culture of each country .The bilateral cooperation between Indonesia-Morocco has been established since 1960. Through strong relation, the friendship and cooperation between Jakarta and Morocco had been materialized in 1991 by signing Memorandum of Understanding of sister city between Jakarta and Casablanca in many fields, such as expert exchange in city development, trade, tourism, culture and art, youths and sports.

02
August

TODAY IN HISTORY

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Today in History over RRI World Service -Voice of Indonesia. We start from an event on August 2, 1934 about Hitler.

Adolf Hitler became head of German State with the title ‘Führer’. He was German chancellor in 1933 and leader of Germany since 1934 until he died on April 30, 1945. On August 2, 1934, Hitler became dictator of Germany after President Von Hindenburg passed away. Hitler united position of chancellor and president to be Führer or leader and also made National-Socialist Party which was known with the name ‘Nazi’ as single party in Germany. Nazi was officially dismissed after Germany was defeated in the World War II.

The next event was in 1985, when Delta Airlines flight 191 crashed.

Delta Air Lines Flight 191 was a regularly scheduled Delta Air Lines domestic service from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Los Angeles with an intermediate stop at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). On August 2, 1985, the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar operating Flight 191 encountered a microburst while on approach to land at DFW. The aircraft struck the ground over a mile short of the runway, struck a car near the airport, and then collided with two water tanks and disintegrated. The crash killed 137 people and injured 28 others. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined that the crash resulted from the flight crew's decision to fly through a thunderstorm, the lack of procedures or training to avoid or escape microbursts, and the lack of hazard information on wind shear.    

And the last event is that in 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait.

On August 2, 1990, Iraqi soldiers invaded Kuwait. The invasion was the second Iraqi invasion after earlier in 1980 to attack Iran. Regime of Saddam Husein always declared that Kuwait territory was the 19th province of Iraq. The invasion to Kuwait aimed to take over wealth of oil of Kuwait and therefore, regime of Saddam hoped to be able to become leader of Arabic world. But the invasion got negative reaction from International world. The international world and the United Nations condemned the Iraqi invasion and ordered Iraq to get out from Kuwait. Thus, a number of countries led by the United States sent their forces to Persia Peninsula to drive away Iraq. Because of the attack of allies, on February 28, 1991, Iraq ended its invasion in Kuwait.

02
August

MOZAIC OF ARCHIPELAGO

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Today's Mosaic of the Archipelago presents information: first, 90 youths of Banda Aceh are trained as generation of anti-drugs. The second information is that Batik Motif of Minang attracts consumers from outside West Sumatera. The last information of Mosaic of the Archipelago is that library of Yogyakarta adds collections with local contents.

The government of Banda Aceh city through Youth and Sport Office held training of youths of anti-drugs generation. The event was opened by Banda Aceh Mayor, Aminullah Usman in Banda Aceh on Wednesday (1/7). The training was participated in by 90 youths of representatives of 90 Gampong in Banda Aceh. When opening the event, Mayor Aminullah said that the role of people in eradicating drugs abuse in Banda Aceh and Aceh in general is really needed. He also explained that although the circulation of the drugs is not as many as other cities in Indonesia, Mayor Aminullah asks for Banda Aceh people to keep being alert. The training is hoped to be able to increase knowledge about the danger of drugs abuse. With the training, hopefully youth awareness on the danger of the drugs will increase and have desire to socialize to Gampong-gampong. Head of the National Anti-Narcotics Agency of Aceh, Brigadier General Faisal AN who attended the event, also called for the youths to be activists in fighting the drugs.

Various efforts are conducted by the regional government, including researcher of college to preserve wealth of regional culture, such as batik motif of Minang which is currently attracting consumers from outside of West Sumatera. The researcher of the Minang motif of Andalas University, Toti Srimulyati said to RRI on Wednesday (1/8/2018) that West Sumatera has wealth of resources which is unique. This is shown from various decorations of Rumah Gadang and another Songket. Andalas University has conducted research, and learned more since 2016 by inviting partners, the batik entrepreneurs of the region. Toti Srimulyati hoped that Minang motif is entrenched in West Sumatera and to socialize early, on August 30, selection of Batik Minang Youths will be held by targeting students of colleges in West Sumatera. Besides selection of the Best Batik Minang Youths, a training of Batik Minang with number of 20 participants is also carried out. From the event, it’s hoped to create Batik craftsmen who are with their persistence to be able to produce the best works of the regional Youths. Coaching is also conducted to Batik craftsmen who previously pursued Batik business with the hope, someday the products of micro, small and medium entrepreneurship will be able to penetrate international market.

The last information of Mosaic of the Archipelago is that library of Yogyakarta adds collections with local contents.

Library and Archives Office of Yogyakarta invited Chattra Kebaya community to launch new service of ALEKSA (There is Yogyakarta local collection). Acting Head of the Office, Wahyu Hendratmoko in the ALEKSA launching said in Yogyakarta on Wednesday (1/8) that the service is innovation at the library of Yogyakarta which presents library’s collection with Yogyakarta nuance. This is in line with the duty of the library to support the implementation of the center of local culture so that it will encourage the love of people on local culture. Wahyu added that over the last two, ALEKSA’s innovation has attracted attention of many parties. In addition to being exposed by many mass media, ALEKSA also succeeded to get support from the community. Meanwhile, Project leader of Aleksa in Yogyakarta, Ismawati Retno said after launching ALEKSA service that the service is innovation as sub-service of management of library’s collection containing Jogja in Yogyakarta. Ismawati Retno also explained that there are more than 300 book collections containing jogja. All of them are related to traditional culture, popular, regional potential, history, tourism, city’s architecture, literature, study of art culture and also result of Yogyakarta development from time to time and all information about Yogyakarta. In the future, her office plans to expand a number of collections through cooperation of all organizations of regional government in Yogyakarta. Later on if there is publication of the book about Yogyakarta, this can be granted. ALEKSA will also serve information about ancient script so that it is easier for people to know the ancient scripts of Yogyakarta Kingdom.

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