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"Garbage in the sea, especially plastic waste, is a big threat, not only for biodiversity and the marine environment, but also for tourism and the fishing industry. Therefore, we invite ASEAN and South Korea to work together to overcome the problem of plastic waste at sea, "said Jose Tavares, Director General of ASEAN Cooperation of the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chair of the Indonesian Delegation at the 23rd ASEAN-Republic of Korea (RoK) Meeting Dialogue in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam (2-3 / 7).

Indonesia led a discussion session on maritime cooperation, fisheries and marine conservation.

Previously, at the 13th East Asia Summit (EAS) Summit on November 15, 2018 in Singapore, EAS State Leaders adopted EAS Leaders' Statement on Regional Plan of Action on Combating Marine Plastic Debris. At the 34th Summit of ASEAN, ASEAN Leaders also adopted the Bangkok Declaration on Combating Marine Debris.

In addition to maritime cooperation and marine conservation, the 23rd Meeting of the ASEAN-Korea Dialogue also discussed the ASEAN Cultural House (ACH) which was established in Busan, South Korea, and officially opened in 2017 to introduce and promote ASEAN to South Korean communities through cultural channels.

Indonesia conveyed its optimism regarding the potential of ACH in contributing to the increasing closeness of South Korean and ASEAN relations. Indonesia encouraged ACH to be able to make the best use of the moment of organizing the 30th Anniversary of the ASEAN-Korea Partnership Cooperation to be held in Busan to further promote ASEAN to the South Korean community.

"I am sure that Busan and its people have the capacity, creativity and enthusiasm to hold an impressive ASEAN-Korea Partnership Commemoration Summit," continued Jose Tavares.

The 30th Anniversary Commemoration of the ASEAN-Korea Partnership will be held in November. The selection of Busan as the location was the second time after first hosting the 25th Anniversary of the ASEAN-Korea Partnership Cooperation in 2014.

The ASEAN-Korea cooperation has been going well for almost 30 years since 1989. The ASEAN-Korea partnership is further strengthened by increasing the level of partnership cooperation from a comprehensive to a strategic partnership in 2010. Furthermore, to increase cooperation it becomes more concrete, the 17th Summit ASEAN-Korea in Kuala Lumpur, on November 22, 2015, has ratified the ASEAN-RoK Plan of Action to Implement the Joint Declaration of Strategic Partnerships for Peace and Prosperity for the 2016-2020 period.

The ASEAN-RoK Dialogue meeting itself is the annual ASEAN-Korea meeting at the level of the High Official / SOM. The 23rd meeting this time was chaired jointly by His Excellency Emaleen Abd Rahmad Teo, Chair of the ASEAN-Brunei Darussalam SOM and His Excellency Yoon Soon-gu, Chair of the SOM ROK. (Source: ASEAN External Cooperation Directorate)


President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) hopes that the potential of Bunaken National Park tourism, known for its underwater beauty and rich biodiversity, must be maintained and maintained properly, because it can become one of the largest tourism forces in North Sulawesi in the future.

"I think this is a very good potential, but it must be maintained and guarded not to get plastic garbage into here. In the past, I have seen it (clean) because routine from the regional government always cleanses its marine debris, "President Jokowi said when with First Lady Iriana reviewing Bunaken National Park, North Sulawesi, Friday (5/7) morning.

The President and his entourage left for the location of the pier in the hotel area where they stayed by boarding the Bunaken Crystal 7.

After approximately 45 minutes of travel, the group arrived at Bunaken Pier and changed a special boat equipped with a ship's lower space to go to the high seas and enjoyed the beauty of tropical fish and exotic coral reefs in one of the waters in the highest biodiversity place in the world.

Aware of the great potential of Bunaken National Park, the central government immediately moves to make one of the tourist areas more organized and integrated.

Looking ahead, the underwater tourist destination is expected to be much more visited by tourists, especially foreign tourists, along with the development of North Sulawesi tourism supporting infrastructure by the government so that it requires careful planning.

President Jokowi left Pelindo Port to visit Bunaken National Park, in Manado, North Sulawesi, Friday (5/7) morning. (Photo: JAY / PR)
President Jokowi left Pelindo Port to visit Bunaken National Park, in Manado, North Sulawesi, Friday (5/7) morning. (Photo: Jay / PR)

"This plan is to be made first to make clusters so that the residents on the side are clear, where tourist attractions are clear, where the conservation area is also clear," said the Head of State.

The Bunaken National Park area is indeed one of the tourism magnets of North Sulawesi Province. Every year, the local government holds the Bunaken Enchantment Festival which is always in demand by foreign tourists.

Regarding this, the President stressed that he was competing with time and increasing demand from tourists. For this reason, the central government is committed to providing full support for the development of tourism in North Sulawesi.

"We are going to the field to pursue it. If we are mediocre we may not (effort), but this is an extraordinary situation that tourists want to enter and we must prepare, "said President Jokowi.

Improvement and similar development, the President continued, will also be carried out in tourist destinations in other provinces that have the potential to be developed further.

In the near future, the President plans to start going down to other destinations, one of which is Labuan Bajo in NTT, to help provide support to the local government in developing tourism potential that has an impact on the regional economy.

"This means that the budget we use must have an impact on economic growth to the community. We start there. So that infrastructure really has an impact on investment and the impact on the community, "he added.

Also accompanying the President and First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo in this review, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution, Minister of Public Works Basuki Hadimuljono, Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Minister of Law and Human Rights Yasonna Laoly, Minister of Agrarian and Spatial Planning / Head of BPN Sofyan Djalil, and North Sulawesi Governor Olly Dondokambey. (setkab) 


"The Indonesia-Iran Mutual Legal Assistance and Extradition Agreement is expected to become the legal basis of the two countries in increasing the effectiveness of cooperation in preventing and combating organized transnational crime," said the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, A.M. Fachir, representing the Government at the DPR RI Plenary Meeting on the discussion of the Ratification Bill on the RI-Iran MLA Agreement and the Draft Bill for Ratifying the Republic of Indonesia Extradition Agreement at the DPR on July 4, 2019

Both bills are approved by plenary to be passed into law. Furthermore AM Fachir underlined that the cooperation between the two countries based on the two Agreements still pays attention to the general principles of international law which focus on the principle of respecting state sovereignty and legal sovereignty, equality and mutual benefit.

Both agreements were signed in Tehran, Iran on December 14, 2016.

MLA agreements include search, blocking, confiscation, and seizure of proceeds of crime. While the Extradition Agreement regulates the cooperation in the search and repatriation of fugitives which includes investigations, prosecutions and examinations in court proceedings or other legal processes. (kemenlu)


The Government aims to develop tourism in North Sulawesi to boost economic growth in the region, according to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

“The central government provides support in road development, coastal area development, and in expanding airport terminal to accommodate six million passengers, from the existing capacity of two million passengers,” President Jokowi said in his remarks during distribution of land certificates at Graha Bumi Beringin, Manado, North Sulawesi, Thursday (4/7).

The President added that the Government has decided to start the terminal construction in Sam Ratulangi Airport in September this year and is expected to complete the project in August 2020. The Government, he added, has also decided to extend the runway so that large aircraft could land in Manado.

President Jokowi went on to say that the Government will also redevelop the plaza at the coastal area to attract more visitors.

He further said that the residents of North Sulawesi should keep maintaining their hospitality, as well as maintaining cleanliness at restaurants, food stalls, and toilets in order to develop tourism in the region, including in Bunaken, Likupang, and Lembeh island.

He added that the construction of various infrastructure facilities in the regions is expensive, but it will generate income and foreign exchange from tourists.

“We carefully calculate every state expenditure and revenue,” President Jokowi concluded.

Also present during the event were First Lady Ibu Iriana, Coordinating Minister for the Economy Darmin Nasution, Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono, Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Minister of Law and Human Rights Yasonna Laoly, and Governor of North Sulawesi Olly Dondokambey. (setkab)