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The Ministry of Trade disclosed to keep improving market access for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to compete with other similar products sold in the malls. One of them is by holding mall-to-mall exhibition 2018 with the theme “Indonesia Creative” which takes place at Kasablanka Mall in Jakarta on May 16-20, 2018. Director General of Domestic Trade at the Ministry of Trade, Tjahya Widayanti said in Jakarta on Thursday (May 17) that the mall is chosen as the location of the exhibition because it is likely to bring in a large number of visitors.

“Over the last a few years, we’ve always held Mall-to-Mall exhibitions. The goal is to raise groups of SMEs so that they can be recognized by the mall owners so they can enter the mall. Well that’s the first. The second one is to expand market access for the groups, because if they sell at the mall, this mall has a lot of visitors. The mall can be visited by hundreds of visitors every day. This is also a pretty good market yes. That’ why, we start at the mall,” Tjahya Widayanti said.

Tjahya Widayanti further remarked that mall-to-mall exhibition can motivate the business creators to increase the added value of their products through the utilization of local raw materials. Thus, the produced products will have a uniqueness that can compete with similar imported products that penetrate the Indonesian market through international brands. The selected SME players as the participants in this exhibition have been carried out based on quality, uniqueness, creativity, and innovation in producing high value handicraft art, and they are ready to compete in both domestic and international market. Mall-to-Mall 2018 is a commitment of cooperation between the Ministry of Trade and the Association of Indonesian Shopping Center Management (APPBI) with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on the Implementation of Small and Medium Micro Trade Exhibition at Indonesian Shopping Center on February 1, 2018. (VOI/Rezha/Trans by Rhm)


The acts of terrorism occurred recently in Surabaya, East Java, makes Indonesian government improve concrete efforts to overcome the deadly acts. This was said by Researcher of  Center for Regional Resources Research of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Cahyo Pamungkas to RRI World Service -VOI after Public Discussion themed Eradicating Terrorism Network at LIPI's Building in Jakarta on Thursday   (17/05). He hoped that Indonesian government can improve observation toward social media which has been one of roots of problem from radical acts. He also said that the government has not been optimal in handling the dissemination of ideology with violence  narration through social media.

“The government must prevent and get rid of intolerance attitude toward groups of religions. Firstly, it must fight against intolerance both from daily life and social media, especially hate speech. This is as one of intolerance that can be seen. So, I think one of agendas that must be done now is fighting against intolerance both in society and daily life. I think it is one of roots of the problem,” Cahyo Pamungkas said.

Cahyo Pamungkas further explained that the prevention of terrorism ideology growth can be done through de-radicalization strategy to the family of terrorists. He also said that this can be implemented through many approaches psychologically and socially or by empowering approach through special education. (VOI/AF/RHM)


Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt again declared its commitment to the government and people of Indonesia in developing a moderate and open-minded Islam. It was conveyed by Grand Sheikh Al-Azhar, Ahmad Mohamed Tayeb in his meeting with Indonesian Ambassador to Egypt, Helmy Fauzi, Vice Chairman of Indonesian Mosque Council, Police Commissioner Syafrudin, and Indonesian Muslim Intellectualist Komarudin Hidayat in Cairo on Sunday, May 13th. Helmy Fauzi recently said to Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI) in Cairo that Al-Azhar had agreed to help Indonesia in the form of training for mosque management, clerics, and curriculum development and placement of Al-Azhar lecturer at International Islamic University of Indonesia. The Indonesian mosque administrators will be trained in Al-Azhar Cairo for 1-2 months. During the training, Al-Azhar will provide actual materials, such as terrorism, women's issues, and fanatical groups.

The strengthening of Indonesian Mosque Council, training of mosque officials is focusing on mosque management, capacity building to improve the priest's ability in the mosque. Because  mosque is a place where people ask about various issues about Islam. Well, Al-Azhar will assist the training of clerics and mosque administrator,” Helmy Fauzi said.

Meanwhile, Grand Sheikh Mohamed Tayeb revealed that Al-Azhar currently is needed to intervene and help Indonesian Muslims to ward off the infiltration of new groups.


The 2018 Asian Games which will be held in Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra in August and September are expected to be a momentum to show the world the role of sport as a unifying and peacemaking tool for the nation.  Especially, in a few days ago some areas in Indonesia became the target of terrorist’s acts. The General Chairman of Asian Games 2018 Organizing Committee (INASGOC), Erick Thohir told media in Jakarta recently that the role of sports, especially the Asian Games as a unifying tool of the nation has been proven when Indonesia became host of the fourth Asian Games in 1962.

Sport is a unifier and it has been proven in 1962 by our first president, Pak Soekarno. At that time, we were just celebrating 17 years of independence and recognized as independent country. Well, now are celebrating our 73th  independence, we are older than before.  We hope this Asian Games will be successful. But, without people’s participation it cannot run well,” Erick Tohir said.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Indonesia Asian Para Games 2018 Organizing Committee (INAPGOC) Raja Sapta Oktohari on the same occasion stated that the committee along with the government and society is ready to make Indonesia a good host for the athletes with disabilities. Through Asian Para Games 2018, Indonesia wants to show itself as a friendly country for disabled people. He said  Asian Para Games is not just a match with win or lose result.  It shows how to embroider the values of humanity, peace, and unity. The 2018 Asian Games will be held on August 18th to September 2nd, while the 2018 Asian Para Games takes place from 8-16 October. (VOI/Rezha/DP)