Indonesian Minister of Education, Culture, Research and Technology, Nadiem Anwar Makarim established cooperation in the field of education with the Governments of Great Britain and Northern Ireland through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding -MoU.
This was done byMinisterNadiem during a bilateral meeting with the British State Secretary for Education, Gillian Keegan. Minister Nadiem said in Jakarta Friday (12/5)that in implementing Merdeka Learning,his side emphasized the importance of social responsibility for the quality of education.The areas of cooperation agreed upon in the Memorandum of Understanding include talent mobility, research exchanges, joint publications, awarding of scholarships and links and matches between universities and industries.
During the discussion that took place at the UK Department for EducationOffice,both ministers exchanged information regarding the focus and priorityof each country in the education sector. Minister Nadiem also explained to Minister Keegan about the main focus of the Ministry of Education and Culture through Merdeka Learning, namely creating superior human resources (HR) and following it up by improving the quality of the education system in Indonesia.
Meanwhile, Minister Gillian Keegan confirmed his support for the Merdeka Learning transformation by emphasizing the importance of connecting education with the needs of the industrial world.
Apart from appreciating the transformation of the education system that has taken place in Indonesia through Merdeka Belajar, Minister Keegan also hopes that the cooperation that has been going well between Indonesia and the UK can get stronger in the future.
Indonesian Ambassador to Egypt, Lutfi Rauf appreciated the commitment and transaction contract for big white/yellow ginger products, also known aselephant gingerorrhinoceros ginger. He also hopes that other products can also be explored to strengthen trade relations between Indonesia and Egypt. In his written statement in Jakarta on Tuesday (2/5), Ambassador Lutfi Rauf accompanied by Trade Attache and Secretary II for Economy of the Indonesian Embassy in Cairo and staff witnessed the signing of a contract for trade transactions for elephant ginger products between Indonesian company, CV Al Malaibari, and Egyptian company, El Khalada Misr Industry Egypt Company.
He further said the potential of Indonesia and Egypt is very large. Egypt with a population of 110 million people and Indonesia reaching 270 million people is a big market. Thus, business opportunities and investments need to be optimized. Trade Attaché of the Indonesian Embassy in Cairo, Syahran Bhakti explained that in doing business with Egypt, the payment system offered needs to be considered so that transactions do not experience obstacles.
Meanwhile, the representative of Al Malaibari, Muhammad Rifki pointed out that his side is currently ready to fulfill the demand for elephant ginger from Egyptian entrepreneurs of 120 tons for 10 containers over the next three months with a value of US$ 156,000 or around Rp2.28 billion. The company located in Cirebon, West Java has also previously exported nutmeg products for the Egyptian market. Egyptian businessman El Sayed El Sayed Fahem said, he is ready to cooperate with Indonesia in business. Currently, apart from elephant ginger, his side will explore importing pineapple and other tropical fruit products from Indonesia.
The Indonesian Embassy in Manila, the Phillipines promoted Indonesian culinary and culture at the Asian Eats festival which was held in Mandaluyong City, the Philippines from 28 until 30 April 2023. Indonesian Ambassador to the Philippines, Agus Widjojo in a statement on Tuesday (2/5) pointed out that the presentation of typical Indonesian food at the Indonesian booth was part of cultural diplomacy. He further conveyed that culture diplomacy has an important role in supporting state diplomacy. The Indonesian typical cuisine which was promoted at the festival included fried noodles, fried rice, chicken satay, and several traditional snacks, such as kuetalam, jongkong, omelet rolls, andrisoles.
The Indonesian Embassy in Manila conveyed that Indonesia also promoted some chili sauce and crackers as well as a complete menu of Padang dishes from West Sumatra. Asian Eats is a festival that introduces Asian cuisine, arts and culture to the people of the Philippines. During the festival, the Indonesian Embassy also presented an Indokustic music group. The Indonesian Embassy's music group became the first winner of the talent show Embassy's Got Talent 2023, which was attended by Diplomatic and foreign representatives in Manila. There was also a mini fashion show that highlighted various Indonesian traditional clothes and Nusantara dances. This Indonesian culinary and cultural promotion activity was in accordance with the work of the Indonesian Embassy with the Asia Society Philippines and two Indonesian restaurants in Manila, namely the Bakmi Nyonya Restaurant and the Padang Huang Jia Restaurant. Moreover, the festival was also attended by representatives from the Philippines, Australia, India, Japan, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Indonesian Ambassador to Thailand, Rachmat Budiman and Governor of Bangkok, Chadchart Sittipunt held a meeting at Bangkok City Hall last Monday (27/2) to discuss many aspects. One of them is strengthening cooperation between the Jakarta-Bangkok twin cities (1/3). Ambassador Rachmat pointed out that Jakarta and Bangkok have already had very good cooperation. He further said this cooperation can be strengthened’ one of which is by extending the memorandum of understanding document for the Jakarta-Bangkok twin cities.
The extension text of the memorandum of understanding is expected to be signed by Governor of Jakarta,Heru Budi Hartono.and Governor Chadchart Sittipunt in a meeting of governors and mayors from ASEAN capitals and the ASEAN Mayors Forum in Jakarta 2023. Ambassador Rachmat also hopes that Governor Chadchart can attend the meeting in Jakarta. At the same time, the potential for cooperation can be explored by both capital cities as the implementation of the twin city agreement.
Meanwhile, Governor Chadchart positively welcomed the efforts to finalize the Jakarta-Bangkok twin city agreement documents and the implementation efforts contained in the text of the cooperation action plan. He also suggested that the action plans can be carried out not only for the technical cooperation sector, but also for the soft cooperation sector power, such as art and culture.
Apart from the twin city cooperation, Ambassador Rachmat further expressed plans to organize the Indonesia Forum for Trade, Tourism, Investment and Culture, which will be held in Bangkok from 15 until 17 of September 2023. Related to the Indonesian cultural evening event, Governor Chadchart welcomed the offer of collaboration between arts and culture at the event. Then, he conveyed that his side would follow up on the technical discussion of the intended form of cooperation.
Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi attended the Disarmament Conference in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday (27/2). At the meeting, she urged countries to take real actions to encourage nuclear disarmament. Without concrete actions, nuclear disaster is only a matter of time and risk grows as the rivalries among the great powers are intensifying. Nuclear disarmament efforts have stalled for more than a quarter of a century due to a lack of political will, the complexity of the global security situation, and a lingering Cold War mentality.
To encourage progress on nuclear disarmament, Minister Retno Marsudi conveyed three points needed to be done. First, it’s a revive political will. There must be real actions taken to achieve nuclear disarmament. The main focus that needs to be encouraged is Negative Security Assurances (NSA) bound legally. NSA is a guarantee which states possessing nuclear weapons will not use or threaten the use of nuclear weapons against non- possessors of nuclear weapons. This will be an incentive for states that have complied with their obligations under Non-Proliferation Treaty and increasing mutual trust among countries possessing and non- possessing nuclear weapons.
Secondly, it is to strengthen the architecture of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. This is done through the universalization of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Indonesia is currently finalizing the ratification process and expects other countries to ratify it soon. Moreover, the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes must really be guarded so that it is not diverted into weapons.
Third, it is to facilitate compliance with a nuclear weapons free zone. A nuclear weapons of free zone is an important element in a bid to achieve global nuclear disarmament. Moreover, Minister Retno Marsudi also confirmed as Chair of ASEAN this year, Indonesia will continuously advance a nuclear weapons of free zone in the Southeast Asian region. This will be done by seeking the signing of the Nuclear Free Zone Protocol in Southeast Asia.
The field hospital operated by Indonesian Emergency Medical Team (EMT) was crowded by around 325 patients on Sunday (26/2);one day before it ended their emergency medical mission in Hassa, Hatay Province, Turkiye.
Stories about the service closing spread around the people. Despite surpassing its daily capacity, namely 150 patients, all Ina-EMT doctors and staff still served the patients until 9 pm local time.
Indonesian Ambassador to Turkiye,Lalu Muhammad Iqbal in a written statement on Monday(26/2)explained that Ina-EMT officially ended their mission on February 27, 2023. However, all the field hospitals will be given to the Turkish Health Ministry that will continue the operation with Turkish staff and doctors for the next three months. According toAmbassadorIqbal, Turkiyealso had listed and will add more ambulances and medical equipment needed at the field hospitals.
The Indonesian field hospital to be handed over consisted of 18 tents belonging to MDMC Muhammadiyah and Health Ministry, as well as 11 large supporting tents of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), Health Ministry, National Police, and National Army.
Starting its operation on February 15, 2023, the Indonesian staff and doctors will leave Hassa City, Hatayfor Ankaraon February 28, 2023.
The Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo held a promotion for Indonesia at Wisma Duta, last Wednesday (22/2) as part of a series of activities to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Indonesia-Japan diplomatic relations.
The promotional activities, such as Nusantara fashion shows and Indonesian culinary snacks were carried out. During this activity, demonstrations were also made of makingSogetsu Ikebanaor the Japanese art of flower arrangement in a bid to strengthen relations between the people of Indonesia and Japan.
At the fashion show this time, members of the Dharma Wanita Association of the Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo wore various traditional Indonesian suits, such asJambi batik, songket Palembang, andLampung's tapis cloth.
Besides presenting a fashion show for Indonesian literature, the event also featured a fashion show by a Japanese designer, Hatsumi Yoshida. The fashion creation from designer Yoshida uses recycled materials from a blend of Indonesian natural materials.
Some of the works by fashion designer Yoshida that appeared in the fashion show that day included necklaces, hats and Indonesia's national dress, namely the kebaya.
Indonesian Ambassador to Japan, Heri Akhmadi explained that in commemorating the 65th anniversary of Indonesia-Japan relations, the Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo held various activities, including Indonesia-Japan Friendship Day in more than 13 cities in Japan from January to December 2023. He hopes that this activity can strengthen mutual understanding between Indonesia and Japan.
Ambassador Heri further said that Indonesia will also hold one month-long promotion of Indonesian culinary delights in Tokyo in April.
Indonesian Ambassador to Hungary, Dimas Wahab conveyed that over the last four years, the number of scholarships for Indonesian students to study in Hungary has continued to increase. As quoted by Antara on Wednesday (23/2), while receiving a visit by Deputy Speaker of the House of Representative (DPR), Rachmat Gobel to responding to an invitation from the Hungarian parliament, Dimas Wahab pointed out that currently, there are 110 Indonesian students every year, who receive scholarships in Hungary. This number increased to 40 people within 4 years.
Ambassador Dimas Wahab further explained that the Indonesian government also provides scholarships for Hungarian students in Indonesia. He said this is important to introduce and promote Indonesia and strengthen relations of both countries. He also remarked that Indonesian arts and culture are quite well known in Hungary. In April 2023, the Indonesian Embassy will hold a puppet show, and the tickets will be sold out immediately by the Hungarian people.
Furthermore, Ambassador Dimas Wahab also explained that in the last four years, the number of Indonesian workers working in Hungary has continued to increase. This can be seen from the number of Indonesian citizens in Hungary from 300 to around 1,300 people. Over the last few years, lots of young Hungarians have chosen to work in other countries in Western Europe due to higher salaries. Thus, the Hungarian Government has opened up workers from various countries, including Indonesia.
Meanwhile in the field of the economic sector, trade and investment relations are still relatively small. The biggest new investment is from Roatex Ltd which won the tender for the digital toll payment system or Multi Lane Free Flow (MLFF) with an investment of around US$300 million.
Meanwhile, Deputy Speaker Rachmat Gobel also said that students and workers from Indonesia could learn and adopt technological advances in Hungary. He hopes that there will be more cooperation related to people-to-people contacts between the two countries, in addition to economic cooperation that still needs to be improved.
The Indonesian Embassy (KBRI) Seoul and Financial Supervisory Services (FSS) of South Korea held a Business Forum on Monday (20/2) to commemorate 50 years of diplomatic relations of both countries. The forum was themed "Developing Closer Friendship and Stronger Partnership through Enhanced Financial Cooperation." The event was supported by the Financial Services Authority (OJK) and Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) Seoul Branch. The forum was held at the Dragon City Convention Seoul and it was attended by around 100 guests. They consisted of leaders and representatives from South Korean financial institutions, including banks, companies, asset management, insurance and securities companies which mostly operate in Indonesia.
Indonesian Ambassador to South Korea, Gandi Sulistiyanto in his remarks stated that apart from maintaining economic growth and political stability, the Indonesian Government will continue to build an inclusive and strong financial services sector. He also explained that Indonesia's promising economic growth recorded growth of 5.31 percent last year. Indonesia's current economic strength is the main foundation for South Korean financial companies to believe in Indonesia as their main business expansion destination.
Meanwhile, Senior Deputy Governor, Lee Joon Soo affirmed that currently, Indonesia is the fourth largest market for South Korean financial companies. According to Lee, the business forum can help Korean companies to better understand the policies and supervision carried out by OJK so that they can position themselves appropriately to contribute to the development of the financial industry and consumer protection in Indonesia. Lee also invites more Indonesian financial companies to establish business in Korea, and FSS will support them proactively.
Moreover, this Business Forum on Financial Cooperation is the beginning of a series of activities in commemoration of 50 years of diplomatic relations between Indonesia and South Korea, particularly in the economic field, organized by the Indonesian Embassy in Seoul. Other activities in the context of this commemoration throughout this year included investment and trade forums, talk shows, sports activities, book launches and gala dinners.
Deputy Chairperson of the Indonesian People's Representatives (DPR) Coordination Sector for Industry and Development, Rachmat Gobel explained the development of the National Capital of Nusantara (IKN) in East Kalimantan before the leadership of the Hungarian Parliament. During his return visit to the Hungarian Parliament, Rachmat Gobel affirmed that IKN would give many strategic benefits for Indonesia, particularly for economic equity, economic growth, and reduction of social and environmental burdens for Jakarta and Java.
Rachmat Gobel to Deputy Speaker of the Hungarian Parliament, Olah Lajos in Budapest Monday (20/2) explained that so far, Indonesia's economy has developed more in Java, Sumatra and Bali Provinces. Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Maluku, Papua, and Nusa Tenggara have been left behind. By moving the capital city, Jakarta to Kalimantan, the eastern region which has been left behind so far will have great opportunities to grow and develop. Besides optimizing national economic growth, according to Rachmat Gobel, it will also equalize the economy in the eastern region. Moreover, Gobel also explained that the development of IKN will be environmentally insightful so that it is to relatively avoid deforestation. It will be an example and model for other cities in Indonesia in terms of spatial planning and green urban development.
Meanwhile, Deputy Speaker of the Hungarian Parliament, Lajos asked that there has to be a representative of the Indonesian government to come to Hungary to explain the construction of the IKN before Hungarian businesspeople so that they could see investment opportunities that Hungarian entrepreneurs could make in IKN.
In response to this, Rachmat Gobel will invite or ask the IKN development leaders to come to Hungary. Furthermore, he appreciated a policy of the Hungarian government to give 110 scholarships per year for Indonesian university students to extend their study in University in Hungary. Rahmat considered the scholarships as people to people contact based on heart to heart as built by both parliaments of the countries. He also appreciated the Indonesian and Hungarian economy which develop continuously.