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05
September

The leaders of China and Africa, met to discuss the future of cooperation between countries of the different continents. The meeting and discussion were held at the China Africa Cooperation Forum Summit, which took place since Monday. The aim of the summit was clearly reflected in the theme, “China and Africa: towards a stronger future community together through mutually beneficial cooperation”.Chinese President Xi Jinping in the opening ceremony presented a very persuasive speech with the title “Work Together for Common Development and a Shared Future”. Through his speech, President Xi Jinping stressed the principle of his country in cooperating with other countries including not intervening in other countries that are partners and not enforcing any political conditions. A similar theme was also announced when Africa and China started the summit in Beijing in 2006 and followed up with the second summit in 2015 at Yohanesburg, South Africa. China, as disclosed by President Xin Jinping, will carry out eight major actions to help African countries for the next 3 years. One of the eight actions is to encourage the expansion of African commodity imports and support the achievement of 2030 African food security targets. For African countries, cooperation with China is certainly very welcome. They may very well see that China is the main alternative to support their economic improvement and improvement. As one of the strongest countries in the world, the opportunity for cooperation with China gives hope of new hope for Africa as an alternative to Europe and the United States. For most African countries, increasing relations with China could have given new hope, because unlike Europe, China was not a country that had colonized the continent. For China itself, the increase and expansion of cooperation in the economic and trade sectors has become a significant factor in efforts to find a balance of multilateral cooperation. The trade war launched by the United States, which was intensified by Donald Trump's administration, has given an economic impact to the country with the most population in the Asian continent. In this perspective, the third China Africa Summit in Beijing is a new momentum especially for China in seeking a new balance in the economic field, nationally and globally.

05
September

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Indonesian government soon will realize the import limit policy for 900 consumption goods. This policy is aimed to strengthen economic fundamentals by reducing payment balance deficit. The ever-expanding Indonesian payment balance deficit turned into negative sentiments for the market players. This also contributed to the Rupiah weakening against USD. Finance Minister Sri Mulyani in Jakarta on Tuesday affirmed the legal basis for 900 consumption goods import limit had been readied in the form of Finance Minister Regulation. According to Sri Mulyani, her ministry will announce it on Wednesday or Thursday.//

Amidst global pressure which affected Rupiah exchange against USD, the government ensured Indonesian economic fundamentals remained strong against the turbulence. The only weakness is on the current account, which is 3 percent deficit. That was less than in 2014 which was 4.2 percent. Government kept strengthening real sector such as tourism, mining, and export. Economic Coordinating Minister Darmin Nasution after having a meeting with President Joko Widodo at the State Palace, Jakarta on Tuesday said macroeconomic policy was also effective. Nasution said, the economic fundamentals could be seen from the growth in 2nd quarter of 2018 amounting to 5.2 percent and the inflation per August was 3.2 percent. Darmin Nasution also asked the people not to compare current flux of Rupiah against USD with the 1998 crisis.//

Many pressures, both domestically and internationally, kept weakening the Rupiah. It is time to look for the best solution to maintain the exchange rate and the stability. In the spot market trade closing on Tuesday, Rupiah exchange rate was closed weakening 0.81 percent into RP 14,935 per USD or almost touching the psychologist level Rp 15,000 per USD. Government and related authorities had been striving to maintain Rupiah via a number of policies including monetary, fiscal and real. However, that had yet to maximally keep Rupiah from slumping further.//

03
September

Wayang or puppet is an Indonesian original art which develops rapidly on Java and Bali Island. The performance is also well known in some regions such as Sumatera and Malayan peninsula, which is influenced by Javanese and Hindu culture. In 2003, UNESCO announced that Wayang has officially entered in the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO since 2008. In the development, Wayang has some types such as Wayang Kulit, Wayang Golek, Wayang Orang, and many others. In addition to those types, there is also a Wayang Ringkang or art puppet which was popularized in 2007. Wayang Ringkang is contemporary one which is innovation of Wayang Golek. Wayang Ringkang is played by colossal puppeteers who may reach 20-50 puppeteers. The Wayang art also collaborates with Rampak Kendang, Rampak Sekar, dance and  Wayang Orang. To play Wayang Ringkang, it needs Wayang arena or Jagat with the size twice from Jagat on general Wayang arena. In the Wayang Ringkang performance, the main puppeteer will read dialog, while other puppeteers guide Wayang. In the performance, the puppeteer will guide the Wayang while standing. This makes the size of Jagat become bigger than Wayang performance in general. During the performance, Wayang Ringkang is also accompanied by  Gamelan and brought in Sundanese language with communicative style. Although Wayang Ringkang performance is delivered in communicative style, the story is also delivered and it still contains philosophical values of people’s life in the past, present time and in the future. Ki Tantan Sugandi who is the initiator of Wayang Ringkang, hopes that the Wayang art can raise potential of young generation in puppet show. Until now, West Java government has continued to promote Wayang Ringkang. All of them are conducted in order Indonesian traditional art can be preserved from time to time.

03
September

Deputy Governor  of Bank Indonesia, Dody Budi Waluyo agreed on a strategy to encourage Bangka Belitung tourism development with the local government as a source of economic growth and the national earnings of foreign exchange.Dody Budi Waluyo said in Pangkalpinang on Saturday that the Bangka Belitung tourism sector is very potential; one of which is Tanjung Kelayang on Belitung Island which was designated as Special Economic Zone through Government Regulations No. 6/2016 and becomes one of 10 national priority destinations. That is why, his side encourages the Babylonian tourism development.The development of Tanjung Kelayang Special Economic Zone is planned to be an integrated area with future development plans, including several star hotels, residential construction, retail and commercial areas, marine construction, and infrastructure for airport runways.Therefore, the government and Bank Indonesia agreed on a strategy to encourage tourism as a source of economic growth and foreign exchange revenues which included the determination of strategies for achieving tourism performance through increased accessibility, diversity of attractions, quality of facilities supported by strengthening promotion, and capacity building of tourism actors.

Around 3,500 artists from various arts backgrounds held a cultural parade along Jenderal Sudirman, Negara, Jembrana on Saturday.The parade of thousands of artists marked the end of the 123rd anniversary of the Negara City which lasted almost two months. Jembrana Regent, I Putu Artha when opening a cultural parade said that Negara City had a long historical journey with various dynamics. The development of this city cannot be separated from the togetherness of the community in the midst of diversity. Therefore, he asked, the entire community continues to foster this togetherness. So, Jembrana Regency will be more comfortable, harmonious and peaceful.According to him, in the series of Negara City Anniversary held every year, it is always closed with a cultural parade with the aim of preserving art and culture.Before the participants of the cultural parade were running, Head of the Administration of Goods and Services Administration of the Bali Provincial Government, I Ketut Adiarsa representing Acting Governor of Bali carried out a beating of the bumbung gebyog which was one type of traditional musical instrument.For two months, the celebration of Negara City Anniversary was colored with various art activities, sports tournaments and people's entertainment which were distributed in each district and even the village.

The information of Mosaic of Archipelago is that Komodo airport is expended to welcome IMF-WBG guests.West Manggarai Regent, Agustinus Ch Dula said, Komodo Airport in Labuan Bajo, Flores Island, East Nusa Tenggara -NTT, is currently being expanded to welcome guests to attend the International Monetary Fund-World Bank Group (IMF-WBG). Regent Agustinus said in Kupang on Saturday (1/9) that there is an apron development, but he does not know exactly how wide it is, but it is for parking lots of planes or private jets.After the activities in Bali, thousands of delegates will visit various leading tourist destinations in the country, including Labuan Bajo on Flores Island, East Nusa Tenggara Province, which is famous for having Komodo National Park. He also said that his administration along with the central government support continues to develop infrastructure in Labuan Bajo City such as roads, electricity, and clean water to support the needs of tourists. The central government also assists in the procurement of garbage carriers. He hoped, the improvement of existing infrastructure can smooth the flow of tourist arrivals, including IMF-WBG guests who will come to the area.