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February

The number of foreign tourists from China to Bali has started to recover. This condition occurred after Bali provincial government lifted the travel warning, following the decline of volcanic activity of Mount Agung. Head of Bali Provincial Tourism Office, Anak Agung Gede Yuniartha Putra in Kuta, Friday, February 16th admitted that tourists from China had returned to normal. The increase is expected to reach 20 percents during the Chinese Lunar New Year 2018.

“There is an increase. So more or less I have a report from my staff, for the Chinese tourists alone the number is now almost five thousand per day in average. So before the eruption the number of tourists visiting Bali was fifteen thousand per day in average. Now it has reached seventeen to eighteen thousand per day,” said Anak Agung Gede Yuniartha Putra.

Yuniartha Putra said, in addition to the quantity, the Chinese tourists also have good quality. Asked about the interest, Yuniartha Putra said Chinese tourists have an interest in natural atmosphere, especially beaches in Bali. In addition, Chinese tourists also have a high interest in shopping tourism. (KBRN/HIKMAT/Trans Reza/AHM)

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February

Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia (RI) to Malaysia, Rusdi Kirana wants Indonesia and Malaysia to have a joint promotion. He told the media on Thursday, February 15th at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jakarta, that the joint promotion in some potential sectors was one of efforts to realize a better bilateral relationship between Indonesia and Malaysia.

“When I have a meeting with Malaysia Indonesia Business Council I have to say, one way to make a better relationship is through joint promotion. We make twin city for tourism together, we go to a third country, for example to China or Korea. We both introduce our culture. Because, claiming cultures to be its cultures is not good for both countries. Well, both countries promote their culture and also tourism. In trade, we promote our respective trade,” Rusdi Kirana said.

Rusdi Kirana added he is optimistic that there will be some potential developed from the joint promotion between Indonesia and Malaysia. To that end, the Indonesian Embassy in Malaysia continues to make efforts to realize the joint promotion between the two countries. However, on the other hand, Rusdi Kirana also wants all cases involving Indonesia and Malaysia especially related to Indonesian Migrant Workers (BMI) can be resolved soon, because it is related to the successful joint promotion between the two countries. (VOI/Rezha/AHM)

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February

An agreement signed by Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippine has strengthened the 3 countries’ commitment to integrally control Southeast Asia region. It was stated by Head of News Division of Center for Public Communication of Indonesian Defense Ministry, Colonel CZI Heru Prayitno at Coffee Morning at the Press room of Indonesian Defense Ministry in Jakarta on Thursday (15/02). Heru Prayitno said “Our Eyes” cooperation agreement is signed to emphasize the mutual strategic information exchange in the regional security.

“Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippine have agreed to conduct Trilateral cooperation in the field of supervision in Indonesian North region, plus 3 other countries, Singapore, Thailand and  Brunei as observers. The launching of “Our Eyes Initiatives“  in  Bali means that the three observer countries have joined Our Eyes Initiatives and  the agreement has been signed while Indonesian Defense Minister visited Singapore,” Colonel CZI Heru Prayitno said.

Colonel CZI  Heru  further said there were some important points from “Our Eyes“ cooperation namely identifying arising threats and challenges such as terrorism, radicalism and extremism that can harm peace and stability in the region and addressing maritime security issues through strategic information exchange. (VOI/Ahmad Faisal/AHM)

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February

Capability and expertise of the world's peacekeepers are continuously advancing and developing supported by Indonesia's own strategic industries for the sake of the world peace. It was stated by Director General  of Defense Strategy of the Indonesian Defense Ministry, Major General Hartind Asrin at a panel discussion themed "Efforts to Address the Gap of Capabilities in the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission" at the UN Headquarters, New York, USA, on February 14th. Hartind Asrin emphasized that the panel discussion aimed at analyzing and promoting the use of Indonesia’s strategic industries to support the UN Peacekeeping and to promote the strategic industries to countries contributing to the Mission. The discussion also featured the success of Indonesian contingent in performing duties mandated at the UN Peacekeeping by using national strategic industry products. The panel discussion also discussed several important issues such as synergy of the UN and inter-stakeholders in overcoming gap capability, partnership potential and cooperation for the UN members as well as the need of private sectors to handle capability’s gap. Moreover, it also discussed concrete steps to strengthen the UN Peacekeeping force including procuring alternative and innovative equipment cost. At the Panel discussion, Major General Hartind Asrin addressed the success of Indonesia in optimizing the national strategic products use by Indonesian Garuda contingent in the UN Peacekeeping operation based on the mandate of Roadmap Vision 4,000 Peacekeepers in 2015 up to 2019. (Release Kemhan/VOI/AF/AHM