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President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has shown his sincerity with high confidence by making a state visit to Afghanistan. Ending his trip to five countries in South Asia a few days ago, President Jokowi under the tight guard of the Government of Afghanistan, has shown sympathy for the country which is being  hit by  ongoing conflicts.

As President of a predominantly Muslim country, President Jokowi has shown his sincerity in enhancing cooperation between both nations and  States. On the other hand, it also shows a great desire for peace in Afghanistan that has been plagued  by  violence and war for decades. President Joko Widodo is the second President of Indonesia visited  Kabul. Previously 57 years ago, Indonesia’s first  President, Soekarno, had  visited Afghanistan, but under different circumstances, of course.

By  visiting   Kabul, President Jokowi also showed a very high confidence amid  the violence that often occurs in the capital city of Afghanistan. A few hours before the President arrived in Kabul a bomb exploded in one of the military installations. The suicide bomb killed hundreds of people, both in Kabul and elsewhere. Although the Afghan government is much assisted by US troops, attacks are still often carried out by militants in different parts of the country. Indonesia is certainly concerned about the condition and fate of the people of Afghanistan. They actually live in a country that holds great potential of natural wealth. However, civil wars that continue to rage, has caused a very alarming condition among the people in that country.

On the commitment of President Joko Widodo to visit his country, Afghan President Sahraf Ghani, expressed his high appreciation. This was shown by presenting the Medal of Ghazi Aminullah award to the Indonesian Head of State  during a luncheon at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Monday, January 29, 2018

The medal is a form of respect of  Afghanistan towards Joko Widodo who is considered firm and courageous in advancing bilateral relations between Indonesia and Afghanistan, especially in peace building in the country. Meanwhile, Indonesia is also grateful to the Afghan government for welcoming the Indonesian President with a very tight security, so that the state visit went well.

Whether after the visit of Joko Widodo, the conditions in Afghanistan will change for the better, all of course depends on the Afghan government and the people themselves to solve their problems. However, the President Joko Wododo's visit has at least inspired the need for a peaceful effort by the Afghans to resolve the problems within their country.( kbl ) 


Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia Retno L.P. Marsudi received a bilateral visit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Democratic Republic of East Timor, Aurelio Guterres at Gedung Pancasila, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, Jakarta, Wednesday, December 31, 2018.

The two foreign ministers in this meeting will discuss a number of issues that have been the concern of both countries such as technical cooperation and education and training cooperation, infrastructure development in border areas, connectivity, and border issue negotiations. Related to border issues, the two ministers agreed to accelerate the negotiation process of two unresolved landline segments that have not been resolved. (rz)



In 2018, Indonesia is going to host two international events, namely the 18th Asian Games from 18 August to 2 September 2018 in  Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra and the annual meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund -IMF on October 12-18 in Bali. The government must provide a lot of funds for these two international events.

For the 2018 Asian Games, Indonesia's investment as a host reaches approximately Rp 30 trillion and the implementation of the annual meeting of the World Bank and the IMF is not so huge since it is only held in one city.

The organizing of these two international events will serve as a model to calculate the economic impact. The National Development Planning Agency -BAPPENAS is preparing a study on the economic impacts of these two international activities.

It is reasonable to calculate the impact of all costs incur, not only from the financial aspect but also the impact on multi-sectors. Head of BAPPENAS, Bambang Brodjonegoro said that the economic impact assessment of an activity needs to be done to measure how much the activity affects the domestic economy and not just from the financial aspect. He also explained that BAPPENAS will calculate the economic impact of each event twice both pra-event as a projection, and post-event as a description of the realization as well as evaluation materials.

Several countries hosting international events have undergone the study and calculation of the economic impact of each activity. Indonesia should have started to make a study of the economic impact of every international event.

The results of the study are expected to increase revenue from all sectors, not only the tourism sector of the city that hosts the implementation, but also the surrounding areas. The more expected impact, of course, is the involvement of micro, small and medium businesses in every activity.

Hopefully, the model of the study that BAPPENAS will undertake for Asian  Games and the annual meeting of World Bank and IMF can be an input for subsequent economic activities. So, every time Indonesia hosts any international activities, the economic impact will spread to many sectors.

On the sixth day of his five countries visit, President Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo, Monday morning , January 29, 2018 left Bangladesh to continue the state visit to Afghanistan.
The Presidential plane of Indonesia-1 carrying President and Mrs. Iriana took off at 09.20 local time or 10.20 West Indonesia Time from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Arriving in Kabul, Afghanistan, President Jokowi and Mrs. Iriana makes a state visit to the Presidential Palace of Arg.
In this palace, President Jokowi is greeted President Ashraf Ghani. Furthermore, the President follows a series of state activities, namely Tete-a-Tete, bilateral meeting and gives a joint press statement.
The President will also meet with the Afghan High Peace Council (HPC) at Haram Sarai Palace (WiAfter that the President will attend a lunch together at the Presidential Palace of Arg.
In the afternoon, the President will visit the Darul Aman Palace which is also the agenda of closing the visit of President Joko Widodo and Mrs. Iriana to Afghanistan.
From Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, President Jokowi and Mrs. Iriana along with the entourage will return to their homeland.
Following President and Mrs. Iriana on a flight to Afghanistan were Coordinating Minister for the Economy Darmin Nasution, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Special Staff Coordinator President Teten Masduki, Presidential Secretariat President Heru Budi Hartono, Director General of Protocol and Consular Affairs Ministry of Foreign Affairs / KPN Andri Hadi, Special Staff of President Ari Dwipayana, Military Secretary of President Marsda TNI Trisno Hendradi and Paspampres Commander Maj. Gen. TNI (Mar) Suhartono. (Release Protocol, Press and Media of Secretariat of the President)