31
October

Deputy Governor of West Sumatra Nasrul Abit believes that the international cycling race and sports tourism event of Tour de Singkarak (TdS) should be able to proffer direct economic benefits to the local residents.

Hence, the host and other regions along the race's routes should chalk out supporting events that involve small- and medium-scale industries to have impacts on the local people, he stated here on Wednesday.

He appealed to local governments to hold activities to coincide with the TdS, such as bazaars, art and cultural performances, as well as exhibitions, to attract people to visit.

Such activities can offer economic benefits and attract people to also support the implementation of the international cycling race, he remarked. West Sumatra Province is gearing up to implement its iconic sports tourism event of Tour de Singkarak on November 2-10, 2019.

The route for the 11th edition of the TdS will be expanded this year for the first time to also cover Jambi Province.

With prizes, amounting to Rp2.3 billion, up for grabs, TdS is the biggest international cycling race in Indonesia that has until now promoted tourist destinations in West Sumatra.

Foreign and domestic cyclists participating in TdS are entertained with local traditional dance performances and culinary delicacies, with the hopes of them returning one day to Indonesia with their families and friends as well as sharing their experiences on social media.

The race will have nine stages and cover 16 districts and municipalities in West Sumatra and two districts in Jambi, spanning 1,324 km.

The first stage will start from Gandoriah Beach, Pariaman Town, and conclude at the Basa Pagaruyung Palace in Batusangkar, stretching 107.3 kilometers.

The last stage will start from the Carocok Beach, Pessel, and conclude at Cimpago Beach, Padang City, West Sumatra, covering 107.7 km.

West Sumatra is optimistic of attracting 58,447 foreign tourists and 8.4 million domestic tourists this year.

The province is promoting 49 major tourist attractions, of which three have been included in the “Calendar of 100 Wonderful Events” managed by the Tourism Ministry.

The three main tourism events are Pasa Harau Art and Cultural Festival, Tour de Singkarak (TdS), and Minangkabau Cultural Festival.

West Sumatra Province is gearing up to implement its iconic sports tourism event of Tour de Singkarak on November 2-10, 2019.

The route for the 11th edition of the TdS will be expanded this year for the first time to also cover Jambi Province.

With prizes, amounting to Rp2.3 billion, up for grabs, TdS is the biggest international cycling race in Indonesia that has until now promoted tourist destinations in West Sumatra.

Foreign and domestic cyclists participating in TdS are entertained with local traditional dance performances and culinary delicacies, with the hopes of them returning one day to Indonesia with their families and friends as well as sharing their experiences on social media.

The race will have nine stages and cover 16 districts and municipalities in West Sumatra and two districts in Jambi, spanning 1,324 km.

The first stage will start from Gandoriah Beach, Pariaman Town, and conclude at the Basa Pagaruyung Palace in Batusangkar, stretching 107.3 kilometers.

The last stage will start from the Carocok Beach, Pessel, and conclude at Cimpago Beach, Padang City, West Sumatra, covering 107.7 km.

West Sumatra is optimistic of attracting 58,447 foreign tourists and 8.4 million domestic tourists this year.

The province is promoting 49 major tourist attractions, of which three have been included in the “Calendar of 100 Wonderful Events” managed by the Tourism Ministry.

The three main tourism events are Pasa Harau Art and Cultural Festival, Tour de Singkarak (TdS), and Minangkabau Cultural Festival. West Sumatra Province is gearing up to implement its iconic sports tourism event of Tour de Singkarak on November 2-10, 2019.

The route for the 11th edition of the TdS will be expanded this year for the first time to also cover Jambi Province.

With prizes, amounting to Rp2.3 billion, up for grabs, TdS is the biggest international cycling race in Indonesia that has until now promoted tourist destinations in West Sumatra.

Foreign and domestic cyclists participating in TdS are entertained with local traditional dance performances and culinary delicacies, with the hopes of them returning one day to Indonesia with their families and friends as well as sharing their experiences on social media.

The race will have nine stages and cover 16 districts and municipalities in West Sumatra and two districts in Jambi, spanning 1,324 km.

The first stage will start from Gandoriah Beach, Pariaman Town, and conclude at the Basa Pagaruyung Palace in Batusangkar, stretching 107.3 kilometers.

The last stage will start from the Carocok Beach, Pessel, and conclude at Cimpago Beach, Padang City, West Sumatra, covering 107.7 km.

West Sumatra is optimistic of attracting 58,447 foreign tourists and 8.4 million domestic tourists this year.

The province is promoting 49 major tourist attractions, of which three have been included in the “Calendar of 100 Wonderful Events” managed by the Tourism Ministry.

The three main tourism events are Pasa Harau Art and Cultural Festival, Tour de Singkarak (TdS), and Minangkabau Cultural Festival.


29
October

The governments of Indonesia and Morocco have signed four Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) in the industry, maritime and fisheries sectors, for counter-terrorism measures and exchange of financial intelligence data on money laundering and terror funding.

The signing was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Pancasila Building in Jakarta, Monday, after the bilateral meeting between Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and her Moroccan counterpart Maroko Nasser Bourita.

It was witnessed by representatives of the Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Maritime and Fisheries, National Counter-Terrorism Agency (BNPT), and the Center for Reporting and Analysis of Financial Transactions, among others.

Minister Bourita's visit to Indonesia was the first official visit of a foreign minister since the announcement of the Onward Indonesia Cabinet on October 24.

"Morocco is a long-time friend and important partner for Indonesia from the Northern Africa region," Marsudi said.

In the meeting with Bourita, she conveyed the importance of immediately initiating a preferential trade agreement (PTA) negotiation. The agreement would allow for the removal of trade tariff barriers between Indonesia and Morocco.

Marsudi also expressed Indonesia's keen interest in expanding the market for seeded manufacturing products, believed to have tremendous potential in the Moroccan market, including textile, rubber, shoes, electronic products, home fittings and furniture.

"I also offered Indonesia's readiness to supply palm oil, tea, and coffee for domestic needs in Morocco," she said.

She also introduced Bourita to the Indonesian halal industry, which also had the potential for cooperation. In 2017, the value of Indonesia's halal industry reached US$2.1 trillion and is estimated to reach $3 trillion in 2023.

"I specifically invited Morocco to participate in the Halal Summit in Indonesia in November 2020," she said.

Both foreign ministers also discussed cooperation in the fields of vaccines and pharmaceuticals, infrastructure and transportation development by Indonesian state-owned companies in Morocco, as well as the joint venture between fertilizer companies for phosphate investment.

Aside from bilateral matters, Marsudi and Bourita discussed several regional and global issues, including the situation in the Middle East.

"I would like to emphasize that Indonesia wants the Middle East to be a peaceful, stable and prosperous region. There will be no world peace if there is no peace in the Middle East," Marsudi said.

For the Western Sahara issue, Indonesia encouraged all parties to participate in dialogues and support the UN-initiated process for a peaceful solution.

In terms of the issue in Palestine, Indonesia once again underlined the importance of implementing a two-state solution to create sustainable peace.

"As two Muslim countries, we are committed to promoting the face of Islam that is moderate, tolerant, and rahmatan lil alamin (a blessing for all creations)," she stated. (ANTARA)

29
October

The National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) of the Republic of Indonesia and the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Kingdom of Morocco have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in combating terrorism.  The cooperation will include a program of prevention and repression of terrorism that can be carried out by the two countries, including in dealing with the problem of foreign terrorist fighters (FTF), According to the Head of BNPT, Suhardi Alius.


"We know that they have quite a lot of problems related to radicalism and terrorism. In fact they have around 700 FTFs in Syria, while we have more than 500 (FTF)," Suhardi Alius said after signing the MoU with Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita at the Pancasila Building, in Jakarta, Monday.


BNPT in collaboration, with relevant ministries and institutions, will follow up on this cooperation through the exchange of information and programs with Moroccan authorities.

In addition to the BNPT, the Moroccan government also signed an MoU to exchange financial intelligence information related to money laundering and terror financing, with the Indonesian Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK).


Each country has advantages in programs of combating terrorism, according to Suhardi.


Besides, the two countries will also exchange views in dealing with issues related to radicalism and terrorism which until now have not been resolved, for example in the case of the FTFs in Syria.


As with Indonesia, Morocco too has not taken a political decision on dealing with its citizens who became foreign terrorist fighters (FTF) in Syria, he noted.



"There are similarities. Until now, there has been no political decision in Morocco on how to handle FTFs," Suhardi Alius said.


According to data released by the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC), until September 2017, some 574 Indonesian citizens (WNI) joined ISIS-affiliated groups.


At least 97 of them were declared dead, 66 were stopped when they were about to leave Indonesia, and more than 500 were deported.


On the other hand, data compiled by the International Center for Counter Terrorism (ICCT), the then National Police Chief Tito Karnavian revealed that in May 2018 there were around 500 Indonesian citizens were still in Syria and Iraq, 500 had returned to the country, and around 103 people were estimated to have died from the confrontation in the region.


Until now, the Government of Indonesia, represented by the Coordinating Ministry for Political, Law and Security Affairs, has not yet decided what policies to undertake with ISIS sympathizers and FTFs.


The government still considers three aspects, such as humanity, security and law enforcement. (ANTARA)

28
October

PT Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia (TMMIN) is ready to start battery electric vehicle (BEV) production at its factory located in Karawang, West Java, though its type had yet to be made public.


"It is a global trend. If we do not join it, we will not be able to export," Warih Andang Tjahjono, the TMMIN president director, stated on Monday on the sidelines of the Tokyo Motor Show held in Odaiba, Japan, on Oct 24-Nov 4, 2019.

A change in the production line is required, based on several component changes, particularly for the powertrain.


"Some 60 percent must be changed, especially since its battery, powertrain also changes," he explained.


TMMIN Director of Administration, Corporation, and External Relations Bob Azam noted that his company will train its workers for the production of electric vehicles.


"Hence, special skills will be involved to produce electric vehicles since it is different from ICE (internal combustion engine) cars," he stated.


TMMIN will support the government's target for the share of electric vehicle output to reach 20 percent of Indonesia's total car production by 2025.


"We will participate in it," Bob Azam remarked without furnishing in detail the number.

Until now, Toyota Indonesia is attempting to produce hybrid vehicles in Indonesia, as a bridge for the production of full battery electric vehicles.


Hybrid vehicle is perceived as being better aligned toward the production of electric vehicles since its engine uses both battery and gasoline.


In the meantime, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated in Aug this year that he had signed the long-awaited presidential regulation (Perpres) on electric vehicles. "We know that batteries constitute 60 percent of the key to producing electric cars, and we have the components to make them, (such as) cobalt and manganese, in our country," Jokowi said as quoted in a press statement fromsetkab.go.id. (ANTARA)