Ani Hasanah

Ani Hasanah


President Joko Widodo received a state visit by Democratic Republic of East Timor President Francisco Guterres Lu Olo on Thursday, June 28th at Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java. This visit is the first overseas visit of President Guterres after being sworn in as President last year. In his speech, President Joko Widodo called the state visit as a show of close relationship between Indonesia and Timor Leste. In the meeting, according to President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), the two heads of state agreed to improve the bilateral relations that looked ahead. Some of the things that become the focus of discussion include cooperation in trade and investment. During the meeting President Joko Widodo conveyed Indonesia's commitment to continue to be a reliable partner in economic development in Timor Leste.

“Indonesia is Timor Leste’s major trading partner and also known with 9 SOEs and 400 Indonesian owned companies operating in Timor Leste. The value of Indonesian investment in Timor Leste is over 595 million USD therefore, we agreed to initiate negotiations and reach on the promotion of investment protection and double taxation avoidance agreements. I am sure that the government of President Lu Olo will continue to provide assurance and legal certainty for Indonesian investment,” said Joko Widodo.

Furthermore, President Jokowi said, the two heads of state also agreed to increase cooperation in the field of connectivity. In this case, according to President Jokowi, the two heads of state discussed the completion of the construction of the Motaain bridge. This bridge will connect Motaain in Belu Regency, East Nusa Tenggara with Batugade in Timor Leste. In addition, according to Jokowi, the two heads of state also welcomed the opening of flight routes that linked Kupang and Dili. In addition, President Joko Widodo and President Francisco Guterres Lu Olo also agreed to increase cooperation in education and capacity building. Jokowi asserted that Indonesia welcomes the desire of East Timorese students to continue their study in Indonesia. (VOI/Ndy/DP)


The Youth Affair and Sports Ministry will organize Nusantara Cycling Cruise 2018 with the start in Entikong, West Kalimantan, in the border area between Indonesia and Malaysia, on Saturday (June 30).

The cycling team was seen off by Raden Isnanta, deputy of the Youth Affair and Sport Ministry, in Jakarta, on Thursday.

The theme of the cycling cruise is "Let`s Exercise" with the aim of encouraging the public to love sports.

The cycling team comprises 15 cyclists. They will travel a distance of 6,500 km and will finish in Bali.

The male cyclists are Alfian Zulfajrin from West Sulawesi, Dede Supriatna from West Java, Fito Bakdo Prilanji from West Kalimantan, Isnaeni Ikhsan QS from West Java, Lioe Irwan from Central Java, Marta Mufreni from Jakarta as the Road Captain, and Sujadi from West Java.

The female cyclists are Darna from South Sulawesi, Gita Widya Yunika from East Java, Henny Kurniasih from Lampung, Mitya Fitriana from West Java, Ni Made Dwi Puspasari from Bali, Nina Puspawardhani from Central Java, Susi Suryati from West Java, and Yuni Indah Lestari from East Java.

He encouraged other regions to hold similar cycling events to promote the Asian Para Games and to care for people with disability.

The cyclists will travel from Kalimantan, and proceed to Sulawesi, Java and finish in Bali. (ANTARA)


The Tourism Ministry has launched a tour package called Bali Hot Deals 2018 to lure in more foreign visitors to Indonesia.

A deputy for Tourism Development at the Ministry I Gde Pitana said in a written statement Bali Hot Deals 2018 is part of Visit Wonderful Indonesia (ViWI) 2018, which is a program initiated by the country’s tourism industry and associations.

"ViWI 2018 is aimed at strengthening three important elements for tourists - accessibility, attractions and amenities," Pitana said in Jakarta on Thursday.

The three elements are put in a complete package `Hot Deals, which is cheap, convenient and attractive, Pitana said.

The package was launched recently in Nusa Dua of Bali, attended by Hariyadi B.S. Sukamdani , the chairman of Visit Wonderful Indonesia (ViWI) 2018 and Anang Sutono, a staff of the Tourism Minister as PIC Tim ViWI 2018.

Hariyadi Sukamdani said there were 76 packages launched by tourism industrialists and associations as well as travel agents in Bali .

"The duration, locations and ceremony of each package are different," he said.

So far, the ViWI 2018 Team has launched the package of Jakarta Weekend Hot Deals, Jakarta Ramadhan Hot Deals, Riau Islands Hot Deals, and Middle East Hot Deals .

The focus of Middle East Hot Deals 2018 is market-oriented Hot Deals, aimed at attr4acting tourists from Middle East such as Qatar, Oman, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to Indonesia.

The ceremony launching Bali Hot Deals 2018 took place at the same time with the launch of Bali & Beyond Travel Fair attended by around 350 participants who are all stakeholders including those from tourism industry, travel agents, hotels, and domestic and international airlines. (ANTARA)


British Deputy Chief of Mission to Indonesia, Rob Fenn said that the grand event of the Asian Games held in Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra will provide a legacy of infrastructure that will be very useful for the people of Indonesia in the future. He considered that the decision of the government of Indonesia to develop the infrastructure has been very precise. It was delivered on the sidelines of the Open House (Halal Bi Halal) event held at the British Embassy complex in Jakarta recently.

“Now, we wish them well as the big event. It is great that Indonesia is using the event and taking up the opportunity to upgrade its infrastructure, which will be a long legacy. It is a very wise policy by the government. We have the small part helping those preparation,” said Robb Fenn.

In addition, Robb Fenn gave an example of a Velodrome facility in the United Kingdom that was built for the purposes of the 2012 Olympics. According to Robb, the facility is currently an important heritage for the UK to develop velodrome technology in various countries, including Indonesia. The velodrome project in Jakarta involves one of the UK companies-ES Global as the main contractor. (VOI/Rezha/Trans Ndy/RHM)