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03
September

After six-year negotiation, Indonesia and Australia have agreed to declare the completion of trade negotiation of Indonesia Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA). The declaration was signed by Indonesian Trade Minister, Enggartiasto Lukita and Australian Minister of Trade, Tourism and Investment, Simon Birmingham. They were witnessed by Indonesian President, Joko Widodo and Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison in Bogor, West Java on Friday (31/8). The Indonesian Trade Minister affirmed that through IA-CEPA, Indonesia wants to be part of global value chain so that Indonesia can compete with another country in the region which has Free Trade Area comparing Indonesia. Director General of Negotiation of International Trade, Iman Pambagyo said that IA-CEPA has some benefits for Indonesia, because Australia has given commitment to eliminate import duties for all tariff post becoming 0%.

Yehezkiel Dayen Julio Lasut, an Indonesian student, who is studying   in education of Bachelor on International Management in Hochschule Rhein-Main Wiesbaden, became finalist in X-Factor Germany. Participation of Yezki in X-Factor Germany began from his desire to contribute his hobby to fill in spare time. Yezki becoming finalist in X-Factor Germany was his own achievement, because he set aside around 1,200 contestants. In the last audition, he sang "Is This Love" from Bob Marley. The contest of X-Factor Germany is one of great singing talent competitions in Germany and held in Köln. There were 4 judges which consisted of German well-known singers, such as Thomas Anders. Consulate General of Frankfurt will give encouragement and support to Yezki as Indonesian citizen who has achievement in the contest.

The 6th Bilateral Consultation Forum of Indonesia-Estonia was held in Tallinn on August 31, 2018. The forum was led by Director General of America-Europe, Muhammad Anshor and accompanied by Indonesian ambassador in Helsinki, Director of Europe II and staffs along with representatives from the Indonesian embassy in Helsinki. Delegation of Estonia was led by Director General of Politic, Mr. Lembit Uibo who was accompanied by officials of Foreign Affairs Ministry of Estonia. The two sides agreed to encourage cooperation to support each other on candidacy in international organization, to encourage the increasing of trade cooperation, to push the finalization of Visa Free Agreement for Diplomatic and Service Passport holder in a bid to explore the possibility negotiation of Double Tax Avoidance. As commitment to increase people-to-people contact, the Indonesian government has given  short-visit visa free policy for Estonian people to visit Indonesia since 2015. In this regard, it delivered Indonesian request in order Estonia to be able to give similar policy, because it will contribute on increasing contact between communities as the foundation of good relations between the two countries. After the forum, Indonesian delegation and the Indonesian embassy in Helsinki held the informal meeting with Estonian entrepreneur who was coordinated by honorable consul of Indonesia, Mr. Heldur Alesse by presenting some representatives of company from Estonia.

03
September

President of Asian Olympic Council, Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah stated that Jakarta has the ability to be host of major international activities. This was expressed when delivering a speech at the closing of the 18th Asian Games on Sunday (2/9). Specifically, the recommendation was presented to the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach who was also present at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games. That statement certainly makes Indonesia even more proud after successfully hosting the second Asian Games. For more than two weeks, Indonesia has proven successful in 3 aspects at the 2018 Asian Games. The aspects are in terms of facility and infrastructure, achievements and hosting. The success of organizing the 2018 Asian Games becomes  capital for Indonesia to nominate itself as host of 2032 Olympics. The wish to be host has been stated by President Joko Widodo to the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach at Bogor Palace last Saturday. The 2018 Asian Games have left a lot of valuable things. 94 arenas of competition and training have been built and renovated to meet international standards. Jakarta International Veledrome, for example, is considered to be one of the best in the world. Another valuable relic is the positive behavior of Indonesian people. The enthusiasm of the Indonesian people to witness 465 match numbers has encouraged more than 11,000 athletes from 45 countries to compete and achieve the best. The enthusiasm and dedication were also shown by volunteers who have worked sincerely and wholeheartedly. Vice President Jusuf Kalla, in his remarks at the closing of the Asian Games, thanked for the volunteers with their hospitality made the athletes feel at home. The success of organizing the 2018 Asian Games can be a special note for Indonesia to host the 2032 Olympics. At least, that was revealed by the President of the International Olympiad Committee, Thomas Bach. He revealed the success of the 2018 Asian Games is a strong foundation. The thing that impressed him was the people of Indonesia. According to him, Indonesia has shown a great combination of friendliness and efficiency at the same time. He added that it was the Olympics. The Olympics is about humans, perfection and friendship. Another note that can become Indonesia's capital as the host of the 2032 Olympics is the ability to present spectacular opening and closing events. At the opening, Indonesia showed the richness and diversity of Indonesian culture, and at the closing ceremony, the nuances of Asian diversity were gracefully exhibited. The capital owned by Indonesia can be a special record for the Committee of International Olympic. Because Indonesia has succeeded in making Asian energy and enthusiasm inexhaustible. Indonesia has grown the real energy of Asia, and united to bring goodness to the world. Hopefully, Indonesia's wish to host the 2032 Olympics can be realized. So,  the world community feels Indonesia's beauty. As said by Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, Indonesia, You're Great!

31
August

European Union -EU and Iranian relations after the United States left the joint Nuclear Agreement do not appear to be getting closer. Earlier after United States President Donald Trump decided not to continue the Nuclear Agreement with Iran, the European Union sought to be  unable to be consistent with the previous stance. One of the European Union member countries that started to stay away from Iran is France. In an internal order, the French government asked its foreign ministry diplomats and officials to postpone indefinitely all unimportant trips to Iran. The plan of a bomb attack on protests by Iranian opposition groups near Paris, and a change in Tehran's attitude, are the causes of a change in France's stance  towards Iran. France is one of the countries supporting Iran's nuclear agreement in 2015. With  other European countries, it  tried to help Iran ease the impact of US sanctions. Iran's economy, which has improved, is now hit by the imposition of US sanctions. After no longer receiving support from the European Union, Iran is also ready to issue a statement to be  no longer committed to the Nuclear Agreement. Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stressed Iran is ready to abandon the agreement. Even, Iran does not hesitate to end  the agreement it if is no longer in line with the country’s  interests. According to Khamenei, Iran should not depend on Europe despite promises from Europe. In addition to outside pressure, President Mohamad Khatami is also facing a crisis, because Iranian Parliament has sacked the Minister of Labor and Finance. There are still two ministers who will face the same fate. The world witnessed a way out when the United States and Europe signed a Nuclear Joint Agreement with Iran. But now, the hope of solving this problem is getting further away. If left unchecked, problems in the Middle East region will be increasingly complicated. Of course, this is not expected to occur.

29
August

The beauty of nature in Central Java does not defeat from other regions in Indonesia. Just say it, Karanganyar, there is waterfall which is quite known, namely Grojogan Sewu. There is also beautiful hidden waterfall, namely Jumog waterfall. Jumog waterfall is often mentioned as hidden heaven in Karanganyar. It is said like that because its location is behind hill which is closed by bush. In the past, the tourism destination was not visited by many tourists. Due to the local people’s awareness, the road to the location can be accessed easily. Thus, Jumog waterfall becomes one of the mainstay tourism destinations, which increases the local people’s income. At Jumog waterfall complex, we can witness a view of green and tall trees which are a perfect blend, including gurgling sound of water that calms the heart when going down 116 stairs until the waterfall. After going down the stairs, around several meters from the waterfall, there is small bridge. The place is spot which is the most right place to enjoy panorama which has height around 30 meters with strong water flow. The swift of waterfall makes the wind  blow strongly. The facility at Jumog waterfall complex is quite complete. At the complex, there are available kids’ play-ground, swimming pool, gazebo, area for taking a rest and restaurant. Around the tourism destination area, there are some residences which usually become home stay. The tariff of the home stay  varies beginning from Rp 50,000 until Rp 250,000 per night. Jumog waterfall is located at Berjo hamlet, Ngargoyoso district, Karanganyar regency, Central Java province. If you want to go to this destination, you can go to Karangpandan terminal. Afterwards, you take the access to Ngargoyoso. From here, there are many directions which will help you heading to Jumog waterfall.