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Indonesia logged total transactions amounting to Rp13.8 billion during the Sales Mission Adventure held in Violet Oon, Clarke Quay, Singapore, on May 8.

Assistant Deputy for Market Development Region I of the Tourism Ministry Dessy Ruhati said here on Thursday that Indonesia's participation in the event is important to promote the country's adventure tourism potential.

"Indonesia has more than 100 remarkable destinations for adventure tourism, which can turn Indonesia into a world class adventure tourism destination," Ruhati said.

At the event, the ministry facilitated 11 industries in accommodation, travel agents/tour operators, as well as operators of special tours from North Sumatra, South Sumatra, West Java, Jakarta, Banten, Yogyakarta and Bali.

During the event, they met 31 buyers from Singapore who wanted to bring Singaporean adventure tourists to Indonesia.

"Each year, some 100 thousand adventure tourists from all over the world visit Indonesia. According to the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), the tourists spend 67 percent of their money in destination areas. This has shown that adventure tourism has played a significant role in improving the economy of the local people," she elaborated.

Ruhati saw the event as an effective opportunity to match Indonesian sellers and buyers in Singapore.

"The event was designed with table top or B-to-B with a mingle concept, as this concept would be far more effective to reach the target of tourist visits," she added.

Singapore was chosen as a location for the sales mission considering that it has become the main market for foreign tourists to Indonesia, especially from ASEAN countries.

The number of foreign tourists from Singapore visiting Indonesia in 2018 (January-December) reached 1.7 million, or an increase of 16 percent compared to 1.5 million tourists in 2017.

Indonesia, she said, could benefit from its proximity to Singapore. As the two countries have two cross borders in Batam and Bintan, Singapore could become the best international hub to be explored.

"In 2019, the Tourism Ministry has targeted to attract 2.12 million foreign tourists from Singapore out of the total target of 20 million foreign tourists. Therefore, we should be more active in exploring the Singapore market," she said.  (ant)


Regarding the issue of human resource development, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated that this was a problem that had to be resolved. The latest data, according to the President, is that 51 percent of Indonesian workers are elementary school graduates.

"This is a problem that we have to solve, how they have to do upscaling or rescaling must be done massively. We can't do it for only ten thousand, one hundred thousand, we need millions that we upgrade, not hundreds of thousands, not tens of thousands, millions, "said President Jokowi while giving a speech at the Opening of the 2019 National Development Planning Conference (Musrenbangnas), in Jakarta, Thursday (9/5) morning.

Therefore, according to the President, the central government, the provincial government, the regency / city government, all must be in droves together to resolve this. He gave examples such as trainings, so that the skills / skills of children, so that the workforce would be better.

"We continue to get this so that we can really give scholarships not only tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands, to students, our children to be able to go to school, both domestically and abroad as much as possible. So in the field of science, in the fields of technology, mathematics, we can all pursue other countries, "said President Jokowi.

The region, the President continued, could also do the same. He added that there was a budget, giving scholarships, for example from Papua Province, giving as many scholarships as possible to the children of eastern Indonesia, both domestically and abroad.

Other provinces can also do the same thing, districts and cities can do the same. " Don't get caught up in routine budgets, "said the President.

In the health sector, President Jokowi stressed that we should not hear the next five years, stunting, malnutrition, still high maternal and child mortality. "This is also a big problem that we have to solve together," he said.


Back in education, President Jokowi hoped that the Vocational High School (SMK) would be linked and matched with existing industries. He asserted that not to allow Vocational Schools to move on their own, link with the industry so that it fits the needs in the field.

" Now is digital economics era, vocational schools are still majoring in building. It's been building for 50 years, "said the President.

On that occasion, the President also reminded the need to prepare HR for new things. He gave the example of the Philippines which developed Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), so that services, both related to finance and others could be done in the Philippines, but the owners were in many countries.

"It is now the biggest income in the Philippines. Our children are also smart like that, smart. Business Process Outsourcing. Don't be the same for 50 years is still majoring in building, majoring in machinery. Which machine, "said the President. '

Even though some Vocational Schools have started to change, President Jokowi stressed, he wants everything to change. He reminded, the world of change has been so fast like this, Artificial intelligence, Big Data, Internet of Things, Virtual Reality, 3D Printing. While we are still majoring in building, majoring in machinery.

Attending the occasion included Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Minister of PPN / Head of Bappenas Bambang Brodjonegoro, Minister of Home Affairs Tjahjo Kumolo, and governors, regents and mayors from all over the country. (setkab)




Head of the Delegation of Captain Takahiro Nisyiyama and Commander of the Japanese Battleship "JS Samidare" Commander Gen Kawai "along with the entourage carried out an honorary visit to the Navy Base Head Quarter in Jakarta on  Wednesday (8/5).

They  was received by Vice Commander of the Base,  Colonel  I Made Wirahadi A.W. representing  First Admiral TNI Denih Hendrata. He was accompanied by several officers of the base, Colonel Sugianto, Colonel Ahmad Alfajar, Colonel (KH) Muhadi and Colonel Laut  Anggun Nan Tungga.

Before the visit to Mako Lantamal III, the delegation of the Japanese warship delegation had also carried out a visit to the 1st Fleet Base , and then they would also visit National Hero Cemetery, Kalibata.

The visit aimed to strengthen the friendly relations between the Indonesian government,, Navy and the Japanese Navy. (lantamal 3)

As part of his working visit in the island of Kalimantan, President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo on Wednesday (8/5) visited Gunung Mas regency in Central Kalimantan province to inspect alternative locations for Indonesia’s new capital.

According to the President, Gunung Mas regency has the largest area compared to other candidates such as Soeharto Hill in East Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan provincial capital Balikpapan.

“More than 300,000 hectares of lands are ready here (in Gunung Mas regency),” the President said.

However, feasibility from other aspects is currently still under review. “This not involves one or two aspects only,” he added.

Nevertheless, President Jokowi gave no direct answer when asked by reporters regarding a location most suitable among the three candidates for the new capital. “I conduct the inspection to get the feelings and the team will conduct a thorough study which will make it easier to decide,” he said.

The President went on to say that each candidate has its plus and minus points. Gunung Mas regency, for example, is not a flood-free and earthquake-free area; yet it lacks infrastructure so infrastructure must be developed from scratch. Meanwhile, as for Balikpapan, the water is salty and the city is a flood-prone area, he said

Moving the capital city is a big long-term vision to prepare Indonesia to become a developed country and it will be useful in coming years, the President said.

On that occasion, President Jokowi also acknowledged that First President Soekarno must have strong grounds as to why he chose Central Kalimantan as the new seat of the Government to replace Jakarta.

“It is impossible to decide without proper data and facts,” he said. (setkab)