The 30th SEA Games in 2019 was officially opened by President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte at the Philippine Arena, Bulacan in the Philippines. The Southeast Asian Games which take place every two years involve 11 countries in Southeast Asian region.

The 2019 SEA Games takes place from 30 November to 11 December with 56 sports. The number is a record throughout history, breaking the implementation of the 2011 SEA Games in Jakarta which competed 44 sports. More than 5600 athletes compete for 529 gold medals. At this SEA Games, Indonesia sent the second largest contingent after the Philippines consisting of 1.702 athletes.

Historically, Indonesia's first participation was in  the 1977 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Nevertheless, Indonesia immediately entered the top-tier medal table. Even then, several times Indonesia won the title of overall winner of the SEA Games.

Records show that Indonesian contingent won the overall champion 10 times in 1977, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1997, and finally in 2011 when the SEA Games was held in Indonesia.

Will Indonesia be able to win the overall champion again? Regarding the target for the 2019 SEA Games, President Joko Widodo in his remarks when releasing the Indonesian contingent at the Presidential Palace, Bogor, West Java, Wednesday (11/27) alluded to Indonesia's success when competing at home at the Asian Games in 2018. He is optimistic that Indonesian athletes can excel in the SEA Games this time and can win 2nd place with a target of 45-50 gold medals. This is not an easy job, but the President is optimistic that the Indonesian contingent can fulfill it. The target, if achieved, is expected to improve Indonesia's position in the final standings of the SEA Games compared to the SEA Games two years ago.

A number of sports are expected to become gold sources for Indonesian contingents. Those who have the opportunity to gain gold include athletics, swimming, bicycles, surfing, ice skating, triathlons, and badminton.

The 2019 SEA Games have begun. The Indonesian people hope that Indonesian athletes can achieve or exceed the medal target that has been declared.


Global economic conditions are projected to be unstable next year. However, the Indonesian government is committed to resisting the threat of declining economic growth as has happened in several countries. As reported by Antara, President Joko Widodo at Bank Indonesia Annual meeting in Jakarta on Thursday (11/29) said that Indonesia must be grateful because the economy could still grow above five percent.

President Joko Widodo also stated that for the G20 member countries, Indonesia's economic growth is only surpassed by China and India. Indonesia is in the third position, one level above the United States. President Joko Widodo is optimistic that next year, Indonesia's economy will be able to resist. On this occasion, he praised the coordination between three economic forces: Minister of Finance, Governor of Bank Indonesia, and Chair of the Financial Services Authority (OJK). According to him, without good communication, macroeconomic policies would not support each other.

President Joko Widodo further asserted that the government would focus on private sector growth. Because the role of the State Budget (APBN) in economic growth only reaches around 14 to 17 percent. He ordered that projects across Indonesia have to be carried out first by the private sector.

An optimistic view was also expressed by  Governor of Bank Indonesia, Perry Warjiyo who emphasized that the prospects for the Indonesian economy in 2020 are maintained with growth momentum to continue According to him, Indonesia has prepared a number of strategies to deal with the global economic crisis that will still occur in 2020. Indonesia's economic growth in 2020 is expected to increase from 2019 in the range of 5.1 to 5.5 percent.

This optimism arises because the 2020 inflation is projected to remain under control according to the target of 3.0 percent plus minus one percent. In addition, the current account deficit in 2020 is in the range of 2.5 to 3 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The capital and financial transaction surplus is projected to remain large to support external stability.

The Rupiah exchange rate in 2020 is also expected to move stable. The growth of banking third party funds in 2020 is predicted to reach 8 to 10 percent. Governor Perry also pointed out that the driving force of 2020 growth remains in consumption and investment. Bank Indonesia is also committed to continuing to issue accommodative monetary policies.


Indonesian Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey in cooperating with various Indonesia’s Diaspora communities in Turkey conducted Indonesian Street Food Festival in Istanbul on Thursday (28/11). The event was a culinary festival with special theme “Jajanan Pasar Indonesia” in Istanbul. Consul of Information and Social Culture of Indonesian Consulate General in Istanbul, Jepri Edi said that in addition to introducing the taste of archipelagic snacks to Turkey’s people, the event encourages Indonesian Diaspora culinary entrepreneurship. The event was also meant to introduce various Indonesian arts and cultures, beginning from contemporary music, Pencak Silat and traditional dances. More than 700 visitors of Turkey’s people and Indonesian diaspora visited the festival. In addition to culinary, the event also presented booth which sold various handicrafts and Balinese traditional massage.

Indonesia which was represented by Jesica Fitriani (24), Puteri Indonesia Pariwisata 2019, participated in Miss Supranational 2019 which was held at Katowice City, Poland. The announcement of the winner will be conducted on December 6. Jesica is the third winner of National Costume 2019 with concept of "The Precious, Boru ni Raja" defeated her competitors from 77 countries. The clothes which were designed by Intan Ayunda Vira from Jember Fashion Carnaval, presented symbol and concept of Batak woman personality which sticks on life values. The first winner for national costume category was won by participant from Mexico.  

Indonesian people in Gothenburg, Sweden conducted an event to welcome Christmas and end of the year which is known as Julfest or Christmas celebration. This event was held by  Indonesia Föreningen-Gothenburg, on Saturday (30/11). According to press release of Indonesian Embassy in Stockholm, Julfest was attended by around 100 people who consisted of Indonesians and Sweden people. The event was enlivened by candles along with Santa Lucia, and performance of music and Sweden or Indonesian dances. On a separated occasion, the Julfest in the end of 2019 was conducted by Indonesia Kulturföreningen-Gothenburg, led by Wawa Forssen, which attended by dozens of Indonesians and Sweden people. The event was enlivened by performance of music and dances from students in Gothenburg.


The pace of technology development had changed human life dramatically. That was stated by Indonesian President Joko Widodo in ASEAN-Republic of Korea CEO Summit at Busan Exhibition and Convention Center (BEXCO) on Monday (Nov25). President Joko Widodo said, the world changes rapidly and it is called the age of disruption. Big data, artificial intelligence, 4.0 technology had torn down all definition, measurement, and theories that have been used as reference until nowadays.

The Indonesian president further explained that the age of disruption brings a great opportunity, but along with unimaginable challenges. They are increasing tendency of economic nationalism and populism in some countries for several recent years. Even now, anti free market movement has emerged and protectionism approach dominates further.

President Joko Widodo stated that collaboration and win-win paradigm that in some decades had been basis for global economic cooperation is gradually replaced by transactional and zero-sum-game approaches. If nothing is done against them, global economic recession resulting from dysfunctional economic system and global finance as well as distrust towards global economic institution that had happened in 1930s, could repeat. The loss will be experienced by developed countries, emerging economies, developing countries, as well as business world. Therefore, President Jokowi affirmed that it is common responsibility to reject the global economic recess.

Apart from age of disruption, during the forum President Joko Widodo also spoke about renewable energy. According to the President, ASEAN and South Korea must be the foremost in renewable energy development in the region. He explained, Indonesian government had issued the obligation to mix biodiesel fuel from palm oil with solar amounting to 20 percent, which is called B20.

Next year, Indonesia will increase it into 30 percent or B30. Currently, Indonesia is developing water-based power plant. This is part of commitment made by Indonesian government towards Paris Agreement, namely utilizing low-emission energy.