The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy held a media discussion featuring the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Wishnutama Kusubandio and his Deputy Minister, Angela Tanoesudibjo, in Jakarta on Tuesday (11/05/2019). In the discussion, Wishnutama said that the tourism industry can become a source of welfare for the Indonesian people if it is managed properly.


"So the natural wealth and beautiful scenery is a gift from God but with our ability to manage it, package it, it will create attraction and will become a sustainable source of welfare. This is also an extraordinary potential because Tourism and the creative economy being the core of this nation, can earn foreign exchange with a very extraordinary future,"said Wishnutama.


Minister Wishnutama added that Ambon City in Maluku Province is a good example for the tourism industry after being designated as the City of Music some time ago. For this reason, the Ministry of Tourism and Crative Economy can assist the City in developing infrastructure to various tourist destinations in Ambon City. This is also a manifestation of a real collaboration between the Ministry of Tourism and the Creative Economy to trigger the younger generation of Ambonese to be more creative in preserving their traditional music and culture and attracting more foreign tourists visit. (VOI/NK/AHM)


Indonesia’s demographic bonus is a challenge in meeting food and agriculture needs in the future. In the National Coordination Meeting on Agribusiness, Food and Forestry and Food Processing, and the Animal Husbandry Industry, Tuesday (5/11) Minister of Research and Technology / Head of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), Bambang Brodjonegoro explained the priorities of research and technology development in the food sector and animal husbandry.

Bambang Brodjonegoro stated that the Government will make a plan in coordination with relevant Ministries/Institutions, to increase food production and animal husbandry. The government will prioritize the use of technology and research results, and collaborate with industry and manufacturing in meeting the domestic food and livestock needs.


"Agricultural products, food, tree crops and all kinds, including fisheries, are the agriculture-based industry. It is a priority in the context of economic transformation. If the agricultural industry is developed, the farmers will automatically increase their production, so that it can be absorbed to become input from the manufacturing sector," said Bambang Brodjonegoro.

Bambang Brodjonegoro stated that the Government will ensure agriculture and animal husbandry using technology and research have high competitiveness in the market. The government wants to ensure the welfare of farmers and the progress of the world food and livestock industry will be increasingly competitive and profitable. The National Coordination Meeting for Food and Agriculture themed "Productivity and Competitiveness of Agriculture and Food Industry" was attended by members of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) from various sectors. (rri.co.id/RIZKY S/AHM)


The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) launched a series of public awareness campaigns on biodiversity preservation in the industry 4.0 era under the commemoration of National Flora and Fauna Day on Nov 5.

"The commemoration of Flora and Fauna Day aims to improve public awareness on the importance of protecting and preserving flora and fauna," Atit Kanti, LIPI's head of the Biological Research Center, noted in Bogor, West Java, on Tuesday.

"Today, we attempt to strengthen again our care for and awareness of environmental preservation," Kanti remarked while speaking at a seminar on Management of Indonesian Biodiversity Toward Industry 4.0 Revolution and Sustainable Development Goals.

Kanti appealed to protect floral and faunal habitats, especially to prevent endemic and endangered species from becoming extinct.

Every stakeholder, especially industrialists and the public, in general, must care for environmental preservation in the industry 4.0 era.

In the meantime, the Environmental Affairs and Forestry Ministry will hold the Nusantara Biological Diversity (Biodiversity) Expo at Banteng Square, Central Jakarta, from Nov 8 to Dec 8, 2019, to draw attention of the millennial generation to Indonesia’s biodiversity.

"As the expo is themed 'Promoting Flora and Fauna to the Millennial Generation for Excellent Indonesia,' we hope that several millennials would visit the Nusantara Biodiversity Expo and partake in the preservation of animals and plants," Djati Witjaksono Hadi, spokesman of the Environmental Affairs and Forestry Ministry, stated on Monday.

As the world's largest archipelagic nation, Indonesia has abundant species of plants and animals as well as a unique ecosystem.

Indonesia has over 25 thousand species of flowering plants, comprising 10 percent of the world's flowering plant species.

The country also has some 500 mammalian species, 600 reptilian species, some 1,500 species of birds, some 270 species of amphibians, and over 2,500 species of fish, or constituting 45 percent of the world's fish species.

The younger generation should be aware of this country's biodiversity, so they can participate in the preservation and conservation of nature.

The exhibition is being held to mark National Flora and Fauna Day focused on stepping up awareness among members of the younger generation over the criticality of preserving and protecting the country's biodiversity. (ANTARA)


Indonesian State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir and Finance Minister Sri Mulyani are scheduled to leave for Dubai on Tuesday to forge cooperation in several areas aimed at curtailing the country's oil and gas imports.

"Today, I will accompany Mrs. Finance Minister to Dubai to forge cooperation between the two governments as part of the efforts to curb oil and gas imports," Thohir stated following a joint meeting at the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs in Jakarta on Tuesday.

However, he desisted from divulging the agenda of the visit to Dubai, including the areas of cooperation. He only noted that the cooperation is related to oil and gas imports.

Curbing the trade deficit is one of the areas of focus of President Joko Widodo's agenda during his second term of office.

According to data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), Indonesia's oil and gas imports in 2018 had reached 50.4 million tons, while its diesel oil imports had touched 4.6 million tons, thereby indicating that diesel oil represented nine percent of the country's oil and gas imports.

Oil and gas imports were valued at US$29.81 billion, constituting 18 percent of the total non-oil/non-gas imports that had reached $158 billion.

Meanwhile, diesel oil imports represented 1.6 percent of the total non-oil/non-gas imports. (ANTARA)