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September

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Indonesian Deputy Chief of Mission in Moscow, Azis Nurwahyudi on Thursday (17/9) invited the owner of Samara-based Tourism Company "U-Ra Group Companies" Olga Lashenko Makaryan and Victoria Agalakova to promote Indonesia. Azis Nurwahyu said that besides Bali, Indonesia has many tourism destinations that are also beautiful and unique. Social and Culture Information Function at Indonesian Embassy in Moscow, Enjay Diana in his statement (19/9) said that the visit to Samara was part of the Indonesian Embassy in establishing cooperation to promote Indonesia to potential tourist sources in Russia. Besides, his side wanted to remind Russians to visit Indonesia after the pandemic.

Besides Bali, the Indonesian Embassy in Moscow also promoted the 10 New Balis. The Indonesian Embassy will also hold the 10 New Bali promotion and Indonesian cultural show in Samara in November 2021 which is supported by U-Ra Group Companies. In the visit to Samara, Azis Nurwahyudi also met Indonesian students who study at some higher educations in Samara. There are six Indonesian students in Samara and they study Aeronautical Engineering, Rocket Complexes and Space Science, as well as Oil and Gas Engineering.

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September

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Indonesia Promotes Culture and Culinary in Poland

The Indonesian Embassy in Warsaw  promoted again the integrated Indonesian culture and culinary at the Breakfast Market event in Poland  on  Saturday and Sunday (19-20/9)  in a bid  to introduce Indonesia's potential  natural wealth. For two days, Indonesia took the main stage of the event by presenting the “Warsaw Gamelan Group”, gamelan workshops and several regional dances. Indonesian Ambassador to Poland, Siti N. Mauludiah as reported by Antara London on Sunday (19/9) stated that the promotion of Indonesia in its new normal conditions was done by following the  existing health and safe distance protocols. The  people of Poland seemed to be enthusiastic about Indonesia's promotional activities because the Breakfast Market is one of the public activities permitted by the Polish government in the new normal era.  Ambassador Siti Mauludiah also explained that the Gamelan workshop becomes one of the interesting activities for visitors, particularly among children and teenagers.

Staff of the Indonesian Embassy in Warsaw, Dawid Martin who is also as the head of the Warsaw Gamelan group guided the workshop activities and provided the opportunity for participants to play gamelan directly. The main stage displayed Indonesian promotional videos  on the big screen, including about tourism in Bali, Komodo Island, Jakarta , West Nusa Tenggara, West Java and Yogyakarta.

The tourism promotion  on stage was completed by interactive dialogues about Indonesia's creative industry, particularly handicrafts and Indonesian tourism, by Gosia Olejnoczak (Wnetrze Orientu) and Anna Kalicka (Zobacz Bali). Besides  the activities on the main stage, Indonesia opened  culinary and handicraft as well as  creative industry booths. It also served fried rice, fried noodles, bika ambon, lumpur cakes, risol, salad, putu ayu, rolled omelette, banana bolen and other Indonesian typical culinary. Sambal Restaurant also participated at the Indonesian culinary stand, which is the only Indonesian restaurant in Warsaw capital. The visitors were also able to enjoy  the excellent menu of Sambal Restaurant such as fish pepes, chicken betutu and rendang. The Indonesian foods were bought  by a lot of  visitors and sold out.

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September

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Indonesian Embassy in Bern officially opened Indonesian language classes online for local residents on Monday (14/9). This language class is a bridge, especially for investors or entrepreneurs who want to do business in Indonesia. This was stated by Indonesian Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Muliaman D. Hadad. The ability to speak Indonesian certainly can improve the confidence of investors and entrepreneurs in Switzerland. The Indonesian language class is the first one organized by the Indonesian Embassy in Bern and was attended by dozens of Swiss citizens. During the next ten weeks, the students will learn basic Indonesian. The pandemic has caused Indonesian language classes to be taken online. Even though it is implemented through the Zoom application, the enthusiasm of the students is still high, as evidenced by the class quota that is full in just 10 minutes since registration was opened. The participants, who take part, also consist of investors, tourists, government employees, and local residents who have families in Indonesia.

The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Moscow and the Museum of Moscow will organize various activities. These activities are like exhibitions, short training on Indonesian cultural arts such as batik, gamelan and traditional dances, as well as film screenings or holding Indonesian Day at the Moscow Museum. The plan came up in a meeting between the Chancellor of Ad Interim who is also the Indonesian Deputy Ambassador to Russia and Belarus, Azis Nurwahyudi and Director General of the Moscow Museum, Anna Trapkova, at the Museum on Tuesday (15/9). Azis said that Indonesia and Russia have a very close relationship. In 2020, Indonesia and Russia commemorate 70 years of diplomatic relations. Both countries are multi-cultural and multi-ethnic countries.

The Russian public, especially in Moscow, can find out about the diversity of Indonesian cultures through joint activities that are planned to be held at the museum. According to Azis, the cooperation plan can also be carried out with museums in Indonesia, including museums in Jakarta within the framework of the sister city between Jakarta and Moscow, that took place in 2006.

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September

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Ambassador of Japan to Indonesia, Masafumi Ishii along with Head Representative of  Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Indonesia, Shinichi Yamanaka surveyed the construction site of Moda Raya Terpadu (MRT)  for the Phase 2 of  North-South Line Work Zone 201, which began to construct in June 2020.  The Work Zone construction 201 is the first part of North-South Line of Phase 2, the construction between  Hotel Indonesia intersection Station and Harmoni Station, and it is also  part of the construction of a rail extension to Kota station that will be continued later.

In his written statement on Wednesday (16/9), Ambassador Ishii stated that he was impressed by the construction process that  can be done based on the  schedule even though Covid-19 pandemic  has not been over. He further said that the MRT project is a symbol for both friendship and cooperation between Japan and Indonesia. On that occasion, Ambassador Ishii also expressed his hope that with the extension of the MRT tracks, the life of the people of Jakarta would be better. Meanwhile,  President Director of PT MRT, William Sabandar stated that the MRT will build eight stations, namely Thamrin Station, Monas, Harmoni, Sawah Besar, Mangga Besar, Glodok, Kota, and Depo West Ancol.

Of the eight stations, Thamrin and Kota stations are the largest ones, with  400 meters long. In fact, the station has 10 entrances, a commercial area of 200 meters and is directly integrated with other public transportation, such as Transjakarta. The MRT Phase 2 has a 7.8 kilometers long and it is built on the ground (at grade) located in Kampung Bandan, North Jakarta. Meanwhile, seven other stations are built underground.

The MRT Phase 2 of the HI-Kota Roundabout route will be built with a length of 5.8 km and will have seven underground stations, namely Sarinah, Monas, Harmoni, Sawah Besar, Mangga Besar, Glodok, and Kota. The stations have a depth ranging from 17 meters to 36 meters.

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September

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Minister Retno: UNCLOS 1982 must be enforced in the South China Sea

Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi  conveyed  the issue of disputes in the South China Sea at the ASEAN Regional Forum on Saturday (12/9). She emphasized the importance of upholding the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982. In a virtual press statement, she said that  Indonesia would like to see  the South China Sea peaceful and stable in which the international principles approved internationally are upheld, including  UNCLOS 1982. This was conveyed in a joint communication which was released on the first day of the 53rd  ASEAN foreign ministerial meeting. The UNCLOS 1982 is the international legal framework for all water and marine activities. Codes of conduct in the Sea South China must be implemented consistently based on international laws, including the UNCLOS 1982.

Minister Retno further  affirmed that the UNCLOS 1982 is the only basis for determining maritime entitlement, sovereignty and sovereign rights, jurisdiction and legitimate interest in waters and  sea. One of the points regulated in the UNCLOS 1982 is the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) which stretches as far as 200 nautical miles from the shoreline. Related to disputes in the South China Sea, China is considered to have violated the  UNCLOS 1982  by claiming the EEZ of several ASEAN countries as part of its territory.  China has  claimed about 90 percent or 1.3 million miles of South China Sea territory as its territory. The claim is based on dash-lines or a "U" demarcation line published in 1947. The claim has been protested by a number of ASEAN countries, such as Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Malaysia. The United States also rejects China's claim because it deems the South China Sea as an international territorial waters.

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September

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University of Indonesia (UI) and University of British Columbia Canada (UBC) have agreed to collaborate in the fields of education, research and community service. The agreement was signed directly by Rector of the University of Indonesia, Ari Kuncoro, represented by Deputy Rector Abdul Haris and Vice-Provost International University of British Columbia, Murali Chandrashekaran in Jakarta more recently. Ari Koncoro said at this collaboration is aimed at accelerating relations between institutions, which is finally able to enhance synergy between the two universities, especially in handling the Covid-19 pandemic. Rector Ari Koncoro perceived that the Covid-19 pandemic situation does not stop the University of Indonesia to establish synergy with university partners abroad. Through the sophistication of Information Communication Technology as a backbone amid the ongoing pandemic, UI collaborates with UBC Canada to mutually agree on a number of activities to be carried out such as student exchange programs, visiting scholarships, joint conferences and research collaborations between UI and UBC researchers.

A number of countries keep trying to develop the Covid-19 vaccine. Indonesia through its representatives, the Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo has explored the potential cooperation by visiting Shionogi & Co, a company which runs in research, development and production of vaccines and medical devices that has headquarters in Osaka, Japan. Chargé d'Affaires of the Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo, Tri Purnajaya said that Indonesia eagerly welcomes the vaccine cooperation opportunities, both in terms of research, development, clinical trials and production. Moreover, Indonesia and Japan have agreed to keep strengthening cooperation in overcoming the Covid-19 pandemic. At the same time, an assessment was also carried out with the Osaka University Research Institute for Microbial Diseases (RIMD). RIMD is involved in the Covid-19 vaccine research process in collaboration with the startup pharmaceutical company of the university. In line with Shionogi, Osaka University welcomes the opportunity to cooperate with Indonesia and emphasizes the importance of starting cooperation in education, research, and industry.

11
September

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo asked Minister of Youth and Sports, Zainudin Amali to redesign the athlete coaching system on a large scale from the regions to the center in the momentum of the Covid-19 pandemic. This was said by President Joko Widodo in his remarks at the highlight of the National Sports Day XXXVII 2020, via a video conference from Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java on Wednesday night (9/9). The President said the Covid-19 pandemic had stopped or delayed various sports competitions, both national and international. However, the Covid-19 pandemic must be an opportunity to reorganize the national sports ecosystem. One of the points that the President emphasized was the athlete training system. He asked Minister Zainudin Amali to redesign the management of athlete development that is well synergized from the regions to the center, from general education institutions to sports education institutions. IN addition, President Joko Widodo also asked him to develop an information system and big data analytics that could detect qualified athlete candidates.

Borobudur Marathon 2020 will still be held amid the Covid-19 pandemic virtually. In this Borobudur Marathon event, national and international runners always participate as participants reaching up to tens of thousands. However, amid the Covid-19 pandemic situation, the committee still holds the 2020 Borobudur Marathon in a different way. National and international elite runners invited by the committee on the recommendation of the Indonesian Athletics Association will run directly with a total of 30-40 people along with other invitees. Meanwhile, the general participants ran virtually.

Borobudur Marathon 2020 will be held on Sunday 15 September. Even though the general participants participate virtually, the categories contested included 10K, half marathon, full marathon, and friendship run.

Governor of Central Java, Ganjar Pranowo, in a virtual Borobudur Marathon 2020 press conference, Tuesday (Sept 8) said that the Borobudur Marathon was not initially going to be held, but after discussions with various parties, it is finally held. However, the runners are specially invited and the public participate in a virtual way. This is because since the Covid-19 pandemic in March, all events have been re-evaluated, including the Borobudur Marathon.

Meanwhile, Secretary General of the Indonesian Athletics Association (PASI), Tigor Tanjung said that PASI as the main athletic sport assesses that there are several positive things from the Borobudur Marathon activity despite being surrounded by a pandemic. First, by holding the 2020 Borobudur Marathon anyway keeps the echoes of athletic sports competitions alive. Then the second, through the Borobudur Marathon, it is an opportunity for national athletes or regional elites to try their abilities to compete. This is because now there is no competition amid the pandemic.

A total of 17,000 participants are targeted to take part in a virtual running event entitled Milo Indonesia Virtual Run which is held at the same time to celebrate the 2020 National Sports Day. The race is divided into two categories, namely 10 kilometers (10K) and Family Run 3 kilometers (3K). Registration has been open since September 1 and will be closed on September 18, 2020. While the running period is September 9-20, 2020. Until now, there are around 4,000 participants who have registered in the Milo Indonesia Virtual Run. Mirna Tri Handayani, person in charge of competition activities at a virtual press conference in Jakarta, Wednesday said the virtual runners came from various regions in Indonesia. This event was attended by people all over Indonesia, from Sabang to Merauke. The organizers hope that through this event, all Indonesian people can continue to live a healthy and active lifestyle. Meanwhile, Deputy III of the Sports Culture of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Raden Isnanta, on the same occasion said that virtual running competitions can not only be enjoyed by people who are well in exercising, but instead provide opportunities for people to start exercising.

Minister of Youth and Sports, Zainudin Amali said that sport tourism should be Indonesia's main strength in attracting tourists and at the same time. increasing the country's foreign exchange. In a webinar in Jakarta on Tuesday (8/9), he stated that the 37th national sports day is a momentum to encourage sport tourism. He also remarked that iif the tour packages are packaged properly and are informed overseas, the selling value will be a lot. He acknowledged that Indonesia was a little late in developing sport tourism, even though Indonesia has diverse and abundant natural resources. Indonesia is one of the countries with the longest coastline in the world with a length of 54,716 kilometers. Likewise, with mountains and a supportive climate that should make Indonesia have strength in developing sport tourism. Moreover, Indonesia has many potential sports tourism objects that need to be developed.

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September

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Indonesia opens an opportunity for tire industry with China

Indonesia as one of the largest rubber producers in the world opens an opportunity for cooperation in the field of  tire industry with China.  Indonesian Ambassador to China, Djauhari Oratmangun told Antara News Agency on Thursday (10/9) that By increasing cooperation in many fields, both countries can see the meaning of the strategic comprehensive partnership in the future. He also stated that the Indonesian and Chinese economic cooperation have a solid foundation in various sectors, particularly  trade, investment and tourism.

Ambassador Djauhari Oratmangun further remarked that in 2019, Indonesia was the second largest natural rubber exporter in the world with a value of US$3.9 billion dollars or contributed worth  29.8 percent to the value of  rubber exports across the world.  Previously, the China International Trade Promotion Council (CCPIT) of Shandong Province in cooperation with the China ASEAN Business Association (CABA) held an International Car Tire and Accessories Exhibition in Dongying City, Shandong Province, in the East China region.

The exhibition  also held virtual business forum meetings attended by 200 participants from the industry sector. The participants from Indonesia were  represented by the Ministry of Industry, the Ministry of Trade, the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Chinese Committee (KIKT). Chairman of KIKT, Hendrayan Chandra hopes that the online business forum will become an entry point for Chinese entrepreneurs to collaborate with leading tire manufacturers in Indonesia.

11
September

Researchers from IPB University created an anti-odor spray made from palm oil and it is called ‘Egea for the needs of everyday life. IPB University researcher, Dhani Satria Wibawa in a written statement explained that Egea is innovation in the form of a natural anti-odor spray developed by researchers at the Surfactant and Bio-energy Research Center (SBRC), namely the Institute for Research and Community Service (LPPM) IPB University. Egea is a musty deodorizing product developed from the nonionic surfactant diethanolamide (DEA) palm oil and the active substance zinc ricinoleate from castor oil (Ricinus communis).

He said this product was also made to train the technopreneurs’ skills of junior researchers at SBRC in producing innovations whose products can be commercialized and have wide market opportunities for further development. He added that Egea products are formulated from natural and environmentally friendly ingredients. He explained that the results of this product development will have a positive impact and provide benefits to the community such as creating new jobs, increasing the national labor, increasing economic growth, improving the quality of life of the community, and increasing the number of new entrepreneurs.

There are eight application variants of this product, namely hijab, helmets, shoes, jackets, carpets and sofas, linens, cat litter, car seats and carpets. In application, this product dries quickly and does not leave stains. Dhani also stated that the development of this product was initiated because of a request from several groups of people who wanted SBRC to develop a product to remove bad odor from cat litter. Egea products contain the active ingredient zinc ricinoleate as an odor absorber. Because, using fragrances can only disguise the musty smell, but unable to absorb the source of the musty smell.

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September

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Although policies on single-use plastic restrictions have been issued in several regions, some local governments have not fully implemented the regulation. This was said by the Head of Sub-Directorate of Goods and Packaging of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) Ujang Solihin Sidik, during a virtual discussion on a plastic-free area forum held by the Indonesian Plastic Bag Diet Movement, as reported by Antara on Tuesday (Sept8). The single-use plastic restriction policy has been issued in 2 provinces and 35 districts/cities. Related to this matter, Ujang Solihin Sidik encourages non-governmental organizations (NGOs) engaged in the environmental sector to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of implementing the policy and verify data related to plastic waste. The results will show whether the regions have successfully implemented the single-use plastic reduction policy or just simply made regulations without real implementation. This is important because the data is a measure of the successful performance of reducing plastic waste. This waste reduction data will contribute directly to the target of reducing waste in the framework of Regional Policies and Strategies for Household Waste Management and the like in each city. Ujang Solihin Sidik emphasized the importance of this data since it will affect the target of 30 percent reduction of national waste by 2025. According to him, the verified data will also be the basis for the Ministry of Environment and Forestry to recommend regions that are eligible to receive regional incentive funds.

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