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28
June

Indonesian Ambassador to Cambodia, Sudirman Haseng handed over a copy of Memorandum of Understanding on Indonesia-Cambodia Tourism Cooperation to Cambodian Tourism Minister, Dr. Thong Khon in an official event on Friday (24/6). The MoU was signed by Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno and his Cambodian counterpart, Minister Dr. Thong Khon amid the ASEAN Tourism Forum (18/01).

Cambodian Tourism Minister stated that, after hit by pandemic, currently the tourism in Cambodia is recovering. He also said until May 2022, some 343 thousand foreign tourists have visited Cambodia, increasing 272 percent from the previous year. About connectivity, Minister Thong Khon hoped for a Phnom Penh-Jakarta direct flight which was stopped in 2019 to be reopened, to support the two countries' tourism sector.

In his remarks, Ambassador Sudirman Haseng said that the MoU has brought the Indonesia-Cambodia tourism cooperation to a higher level. After the MoU signing, Indonesian Embassy Phnom Penh implemented it in the form of Halla tourism basic training for officials of the Cambodian Tourism Ministry.

Ambassador Sudirman also included the Beyond Bali tourism promotion by screening of "Labuan Hati" and coffee cupping from East Nusa Tenggara, which was expected to attract Cambodians to visit Indonesia.

The cooperation sectors included in the Indonesia-Cambodia Tourism Cooperation MoU were tourism promotion and marketing, tourism destination management, private cooperation, capacity increase, Meeting, Incentive, Conference, and Exhibition (MICE) cooperation, events, and connectivity.

29
June

 

The Indonesian Employers Association (APINDO) along with the Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo promoted the Indonesian automotive component small and medium industries (SMEs) in Japan. Minister of Industry, Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita in a press release received in Jakarta, Tuesday (28/6) said that small and medium industries must be promoted and become a strategic priority in the global automotive supply chain. Thereby, he greatly appreciates Indonesian Ambassador to Japan, Heri Akhmadi over his proactive efforts to organize the business forum. This was conveyed in a key speech at the Indonesia - Japan Autoparts Business Forum which was initiated by the Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo, Monday ( 27/6). Japan is known to have become Indonesia's main partner in the automotive industry, which has contributed to the absorption of more than 1.5 million workers along the industrial supply value chain.

Ambassador Heri Akhmadi also said that with the announcement of the import substitution target of 35 percent by the Government of Indonesia, certainly, Indonesian automotive components of SMEs have a great opportunity to meet the needs of the Domestic Component Level (TKDN) from various Japanese automotive manufacturers in Indonesia. A total of 30 Indonesian automotive componens of SMEs have the opportunity to promote in Japan. Most of these SMEs have also collaborated with Japan for a long period of time under the auspices of the Automotive Component Small-Medium Industry Association.

Meanwhile, Chairman of APINDO, Hariyadi B. Sukamdani said that he supported the development of small and medium industries, especially the automotive component sector to advance class by facilitating international cooperation through international trade and investment activities. In line with this mission, APINDO encourages the SMEs companies to participate in a business forum that brings together Indonesian automotive components of SMEs and Japanese business players or suppliers. Besides Minister Agus Gumiwang, Indonesia Deputy Governor of Bank Indonesia, Dody Budi Waluyo was also present at the autoparts business forum in Nagoya. He explained the economic development of Indonesia to convince Japanese businesspeople of macroeconomic stability and investment opportunities that have been designed by the Government of Indonesia.

30
June

 

The Indonesian Embassy in Buenos Aires promotes Indonesian cuisine to the Argentinean community through the "Indonesia Spice Up the World" activity at the ASEAN Bazaar at Plaza Barrancas de Belgrano on Saturday (25/60). Thousands of people who flocked Plaza Barrancas de Belgrano, Buenos Aires, had the opportunity to taste Indonesian specialties and watched Angklung performances.

Indonesian Ambassador to Argentina, Niniek K. Naryatie said that the culinary promotion in Argentina was aimed at increasing demand for Indonesian food products and making Indonesian cuisine more widely known by the local residents. She hopes that in the future, there will be more exports of processed food from Indonesia, especially spices.

This year, the promotional activity of "Indonesia Spice Up the World" was presented at the ASEAN Bazaar, which is an annual festival held by the ASEAN Committee in Buenos Aires to introduce ASEAN in Argentina. Meanwhile, "Indonesia Spice Up the World" is a program by the Government of the Republic of Indonesia to promote Indonesian food products throughout the world.

At the event, a noodle cart with the words "Indonesia" became the center of the culinary stand held by the Indonesian Embassy in Buenos Aires. The Culinary Stand Center served a variety of Indonesian dishes, including chicken noodles, tempeh curry, and tempeh chips.

According to the Indonesian Embassy in Buenos Aires, many visitors want to taste tempeh, because even though Argentina is the third largest soybean producer in the world, processed foods made from fermented soybeans are not widely available in Argentina.

Indonesian specialty coffee also enlivened the "Indonesia Spice Up the World" stand. In collaboration with the 2012 Argentinian best barista award, Daniel Cifuentes, the Indonesian Embassy serves Toraja and Mandailing coffee in an espresso style which is quite popular with visitors. The visitors to the Indonesian stand also made long queues to be able to taste a variety of Indonesian specialties, such as Rendang, satay, and various market snacks, such as Wingko, MartabakTofu isi, onde-onde, putu ayu, yam tray.

01
July

 

Two agricultural experts from Gadjah Mada University, Professor Taryono and Pranowo Singgihsandjojo arrived in Omusati, Namibia on June 19, 2022. Their coming was to support the development project of the Tissue Culture Laboratory, University of Namibia at the Ogongo Campus in Omusati Province.

Indonesian Ambassador to Namibia, Wisnu Edi Pratignyo welcomed the arrival of two tissue culture experts from Indonesia, and appreciated the University of Namibia, which had invited the two experts. This is the press release from the Indonesian Embassy in Windhoek received by Antara in Jakarta on Wednesday (29/6).

Ambassador Wisnu hoped that both universities could expand cooperation in other fields. He also encouraged the Indonesia-Africa Center, which was initiated by the two universities, to be realized immediately. This is aimed at helping to improve university networks and community relations in Indonesia and Africa.

While in Namibia, Prof. Taryono and Pranowo provided capacity building activities to manage and develop a tissue culture laboratory at the University of Namibia campus.

The capacity building program in the field of tissue culture runs from June to September 2022.

The program was joined by staff from the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform of Namibia, as well as researchers and lecturers at the University of Namibia.

03
March

 

The Prambanan Jazz Festival, an annual jazz music event will  take place at Prambanan Temple in Sleman Regency, Yogyakarta this year. This Prambanan Jazz Festival, as an international music one, which turns 8 years old, will be held at Rama Shinta Square, Prambanan Temple, Yogyakarta, from 1 to 3 July 2022. President Director of PT Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan, and Ratu Boko, Edy Setijono stated that this festival is a momentum to present entertainment with historical, iconic, and attractive sites in the midst of the schedule for the G20 Indonesia Summit. He also hopes that the annual music performance of the Prambanan Jazz Festival can encourage the recovery of tourism and become a model for performing arts, which implement the digital economy.

According to Edy, the implementation of the Prambanan Jazz Festival is also in line with the program carried out in the G20; one of the focuses is related to the digital economy. This year, the event will utilize digital economy technology through non-fungible tokens (NFT). The organizers said that the NFT, which will be issued around 1,000 types of collections, could be used as tickets for the show. The event can also be said to be a pioneer in the use of NFT technology in the realm of Indonesian music festivals. NFT itself will be divided into several grades, namely from Hanoman, Roro Jongrang to the Emperor. The benefits of several types of NFT can be used for lifetime access to the Prambanan Jazz Festival, merchandise, meeting with performers to VVIP venues.

With a hybrid concept, the audience can watch the actual performance at Prambanan Temple virtually. For visitors who enjoy the festival directly, they must comply with health protocols. The Chief Executive Officer or CEO of the Prambanan Jazz Festival, Anas Syahrul Alimi said that the packaging of the theme "8 Years of Celebrating Missing" is now a sign that after two years, the public have not been able to watch the Prambanan Jazz Festival directly. The event will present the best Indonesian musicians who come from three generations. This year, there is a mini stage as a place for bands or musicians representing the jazz community in Indonesia. The mini stage is expected to be a meeting piont for jazz activists and to present young Indonesian jazz talents. There is also a Kangen Market which is always present to enliven this event.

03
March

 

The Indonesian Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam hosted a regular brainstorming forum among Indonesian heads of representatives in the Southeast Asia region online on Friday (25/2). The event was entitled "Development of High Added-Value Manufacturing Industry and Increase of foreign Investment to Indonesia".

The forum was opened by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Mahendra Siregar with a keynote speaker by Minister of Investment/Head of the Investment Coordinating Board, Bahlil Lahadalia. In addition, other speakers were President Director of Indonesia Battery Corporation (IBC), and VP and COO of Hyundai Motor Asia Pacific.

Some Indonesian Ambassadors, Indonesian Consul Generals, Indonesian Consuls in Southeast Asia and the forum participants actively interacted with the speakers. They discussed policies and strategies in realizing efforts to develop ecosystems and the production of the electric battery industry, which will support Indonesia as a production base leading electric vehicles.

This brainstorming forum concluded that it is time for Indonesia to fully focus on mastering technology through strengthening research and development by combining national strengths and international partners. This is expected to be able to realize the ideals, transforming Indonesia's natural wealth into high added-value products and strong competitiveness.

02
March

 

Various typical weaving accessories of Maumere, Flores became one of the Indonesian products sold at the Indonesia Sunday Market in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on Sunday (27/2). The accessories, such as earrings, bracelets, bags, and woven patterned cloths of East Nusa Tenggara attracted the visitors at the Indonesian Sunday Market. They could enjoy various Indonesian culinary delights, including goat satay, Padang rice, gado-gado, geprek chicken and traditional snacks, such as lupis cakes, layer cakes, stuffed tofu and other culinary.   No wonder, the activities were also welcomed by not only Indonesian citizens, but also Vietnamese people and other foreigners.

On this occasion, the Consulate General of the Indonesian Republic (KJRI)  in Ho Chi Minh City distributed prizes to some visitors who took part in spreading the Indonesian Sunday Market through social media. Moreover, the Consulate General also conveyed information about the Indonesian Presidency at the G20 through video clips briefly and distributed the Xin Chao-Apa Kabar newsletter which is a monthly business communication media for the Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City.

Furthermore, Dharma Wanita Persatuan at the Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City also presented entertainment, such as contemporary Indonesian dances. Dozens of visitors who attended the event seemed enthusiastic to watch and even followed the dance movements presented with the concept of "flashmob."  Indonesian Sunday Market is an event to promote lots of products and Indonesian culture initiated by the Indonesian diaspora community in Ho Chi Minh City. This activity is also planned to be carried out regularly by applying the development of the pandemic situation and adherence to health protocols.

01
March

 

Muhammadiyah Makassar University cooperates with a state university in Uzbekistan, the Samarkand State Institute of Foreign Languages (SamSIFL). The cooperation was signed virtually on Saturday (26/02).

The cooperation was focused on three missions of universities namely education, research, and public service. The cooperation would include lecturer and student exchange, joint research, joint teaching program, seminar, workshop, conference, and other academic meetings. They also included lecturer, professional, and student visits; publication, academic material, and other information exchange; and tourism development.

Rector of Muhammadiyah Makassar University, Ambo Asse appreciated the cooperation of the two universities. He hopes that the cooperation will expand the Indonesian Language study program in Uzbekistan.

28
February

 

The Education and Culture Attaché of the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra along with the Indonesian Academics and Researchers Network Australia (IARNA) brought together Indonesian and Australian researchers in a webinar themed “Recent Update on 3D Printing Technology for Concrete.The webinar which took place in Canberra on Friday (25/1) was attended by Prof. Jay Sanjayan from Swinburne University of Technology and Associate Prof. Sotya Astutiningsih from the University of Indonesia.

Education and Culture Attache of the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra, Mukhamad Najib in a written statement received on Saturday (26/1) explained that the purpose of the webinar is to facilitate communication between Indonesian and Australian researchers in the same field so that the collaboration can be carried out sustainably. The topic discussed in the webinar is the application of 3D printing technology in the construction industry, which is currently growing in Australia and Indonesia. Najib hopes that the event can encourage the transfer of knowledge and technology so that the research in Indonesia can develop rapidly and Indonesia can be parallel with Australia in the field of science and technology.

Director of Swinburne's Center for Sustainable Infrastructure, Jay Sanjayan said that 3D printing is a three-dimensional printer technology, which can create three-dimensional images on a computer and print in three dimensions. According to Jay, this technology has been applied to build bridges and buildings in various countries, such as in the UK, Italy, China and Australia.

While the lecturer at the University of Indonesia, Prof. Sotya Astutiningsih said that although in Indonesia, 3D printer technology is relatively new, currently there are startup companies, which have successfully used 3D printer technology to make type 36 landed house buildings. She added that the challenges of using 3D printing technology in Indonesia are the weather, because the hot temperature causes the cement to dry quickly and harden.

26
February

 

The Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia (KJRI) in Chicago exhibited the beauty of Indonesian tourism at a travel exhibition in the city in collaboration  with three diaspora entrepreneurs in the United States.  The Consulate General in Chicago in a written statement received in Jakarta on Wednesday (23/2) stated that the people of the United States showed a high desire to travel again based on  a poll in 2022. It showed that 93.3 percent of respondents plan to travel within 1 year ahead.

Following up on the trend, the Indonesian Consulate General in Chicago also participated in the 2022 Chicago and Travel Show exhibition  which is one of the largest travel exhibition events in the United States  with no less than 20,000 visitors annually. The Consulate also stated that at the event, the Indonesian booth was filled with two travel agents namely  BaliDia & Voyage2Paradise and batik shop My Batik Shop.  Indonesian booths were decorated with handmade decorations, particularly imported ones from Indonesia. The Indonesian Consul General in Chicago, Meri Binsar Simorangkir explained that the event provides a good opportunity to promote Indonesia, particularly with the reopening of Bali and the Riau Islands for foreign tourists.

According to the Indonesian Consulate General's report,  the visitors who came to the Indonesian booth asked a lot of questions, particularly  related to entry requirements to Indonesia, the type of visa needed, and the type of hotel for quarantine. The visitors also chose various Indonesian souvenirs, such as silver jewelry, home decoration, coconut shells, and batik of various colors  brought  from Indonesia.

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