Ani Hasanah

Ani Hasanah

12
February

Indonesia will make Ethiopia a gateway to Sub-Saharan Africa. Ethiopia's economic growth of up to 7% provides an opportunity for Indonesia to improve economic relations. This was conveyed by the Indonesian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Djibouti and the African Union, Al Busyra Basnur during an Ambassadorial Farewell Lecture to Voice of Indonesia in Jakarta on Monday. Currently 4 Indonesian companies have entered Ethiopia. It is hoped that after this, Indonesian companies, including small and medium enterprises, can also open business opportunities in Ethiopia. In addition to manufacturing businesses, companies from Indonesia's strategic industries are also trying to enter the country's market. Ambassador Busyra added that one of Indonesia's competing countries in Ethiopia is China. (VOI / BNP)

12
February

Indonesian diplomacy faces severe challenges in the coming years. This was revealed by former Indonesian Ambassador to the United States, Dino Pati Djalal during the Ambassadorial Farewell Lecture held by the Center for Dialogue and Cooperation among Civilization in Jakarta on Monday (Feb 11). The tough challenge, according to Dino Pati, can no longer be answered only with Free Active politics but Free Active Plus one. To increase added value for Indonesian diplomacy, an Ambassador needs to also look for opportunities. One thing that must be done is that Indonesian diplomats must do something different when carrying out their duties. (VOI / BNP)

12
February

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution of Iran, Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution and Iranian Ambassador to Indonesia Valiollah Mohammadi Nasrabadi commemorated the strong cultural ties between Iran and Indonesia. The event was held in Jakarta, on Monday (Feb12).

 

“Indonesia and Iran have enjoyed a long standing friendship and social-cultural relations dating back to hundreds of years ago. Our bilateral trade between Indonesia and Iran continues to steadily grow,” said Darmin Nasution.

Minister Darmin said that the visit of President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani to Indonesia in 2015 and the visit of Indonesian President Joko Widodo to Iran in 2016 had elevated bilateral relations to a higher level. (VOI/Stephen/AHM)

12
February

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) highlighted the high potential of tourism in becoming the largest contributor of foreign exchange.



The tourism industry should be intensified further to offer more foreign exchange to the nation, Jokowi stated during a gala dinner to mark the 50th anniversary of the Association of Indonesian Restaurants and Hotels (PHRI), in Jakarta, Monday evening.



"Our tourism potential is huge. We are among the six most beautiful countries and the top 10 countries that must be visited," he pointed out.



Jokowi believes that such recognition must become a brand and asset for Indonesias tourism, he added.



He said tourism has contributed foreign exchange worth US$16 billion, exceeding those from palm oil and CPO.


"Now, it is already the highest," Jokowi noted.


The president has urged the public works and public housing minister to prioritize infrastructure development in four of the 10 New Bali tourist destinations. The four priority destinations are Mandalika, Lake Toba, Labuan Bajo, and Borobudur.


Infrastructure development should not only be centered on Java Island, where 149 million of the country`s 260 million population, reside.


During the gala dinner, Jokowi was accompanied by Tourism Minister Arief Yahya, Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono, and Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung.


Meanwhile, President Jokowi was named Father of Indonesian Tourism during the gala dinner of (PHRI).


PHRI Chairman Hariyadi Sukamdani bestowed the title on Jokowi at the Jakarta Convention Hall.


"The honorary title of Father of National Tourism was bestowed by PHRI on Mr Jokowi for his initiatives and commitment to tourism development since he was the mayor of Solo," Sukamdani noted.


Infrastructure development projects, such as toll roads, 11 new airports, seaports, and power plants, constructed by President Jokowi across Indonesia, have directly affected the tourism sector, he pointed out.


Owing to Jokowi`s policies, including on visa-free travel, the rise in tourist arrivals in Indonesia has surpassed the average increase in the regions, he remarked.
(ANTARA)