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To boost the trade relations between Indonesia and accredited countries, Indonesian representatives abroad establish close relationships with many partners, including the government and State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs). Recently, the Indonesian Embassy (KBRI) Amman has received a visit from Jordan Phosphate Mines Company (JPMC) in order to discuss business improvement for both countries last Thursday (13/1).

In the meeting, JPMC was represented by Chairman Mohammad Thneibat and JPMC CEO, Mr. Abdel Wahab Alrowwad. Chairman Mohammad Thneibat conveyed his welcome and congratulations on duty to Indonesian Ambassador to Jordan, Ade Padmo Sarwono. He also explained lots of business collaborations carried out by JPMC in Indonesia, including joint ventures, such as between PT Petrokimia Gresik and PT Petro Jordan Abadi which is located in East Java.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Ade Padmo expressed his appreciation to the two heads of JPMC for the ongoing business relationship and he hopes that business cooperation could be continuously enhanced with Jordan, particularly JPMC. Ambassador Ade also expressed Indonesia's interest in investing in Jordan, which has been welcomed well by Chairman Mohammad Thneibat.

JPMC is a state-owned enterprise of Jordan, which engages in the mining and phosphate industry that becomes the second largest phosphate exporter in the world. Every year, JPMC exports around 1.2 million tons of raw phosphate to Indonesia. Phosphate is one of the 3 major nutrients in artificial fertilizers. It can be processed into various derivative products; one of them is phosphoric acid which is used in various products, such as fertilizers, animal feed, detergents and food products.



To improve the quality of education and expand international cooperation through cultural and language exchanges, the National Development University (UPN) "Veteran" Yogyakarta agreed to cooperate with Minsk State Linguistic University (MSLU) Belarus. The cooperation agreement of both universities was inaugurated through the signing of a cooperation agreement by the two Chancellors in a virtual ceremony held Friday (14/1).

The Chancellor of UPN "Veteran" Yogyakarta, Prof. Mohamad Irhas Effendi, in his remarks at the ceremony stated that this collaboration was carried out as a follow-up to the cooperation between the two countries in the field of education. Department of International Relations, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, UPN "Veteran" Yogyakarta will be the focal point for the implementation of various programs of cooperation agreements with MSLU, including hosting the Belarusian Language and Culture Center in Indonesia.

Meanwhile, the Chancellor of MSLU, Natalja Laptseva expressed her joy at the agreement that was successfully inaugurated and signed. To follow up the implementation of the cooperation, Chancellor Laptseva conveyed the commitment of the university she leads to carry out various plans of action, including facilitating the establishment of the Indonesian Language and Culture Center, teaching Indonesian and organizing Indonesian cultural events at MSLU, as well as facilitating teaching Russian or other foreign languages and cultural exchange of Belarus to UPN Veteran Yogyakarta students.

Minsk State Linguistic University (MSLU) is located in Minsk City, Belarus and it has been established since 1948. This university provides foreign language teaching from 24 countries. MSLU has partnerships with 30 countries. Currently, there are 700 foreign students studying at various levels of education at MSLU. The Center for Culture and Indonesian Language at MSLU is expected to be the first step to open the Indonesian language department as the 25th foreign language taught at MSLU.



Traveling is usually done with family or friends. But lately, traveling has been also done alone or called a solo traveler. Traveling solo certainly has its own experiences and advantages. Recently, Lonely Planet has released a list of the best tourism destinations for solo travelers to visit. One of the main factors in mastering the art of solo travel is to choose the right destination.

Ubud in Bali is well known as a beautiful place for solo travelers to relax. Surrounded by mountains with shrouded fog, Lonely Planet describes Ubud, Bali as an artistic and spiritual center. Ubud is a great place for solo travelers who want to relax, contemplate and recharge. It is an amazing place. There are lots of tourists who travel alone here so that tourists don't need to feel uncomfortable or worried when walking around. In addition, the local Balinese are known for their hospitality.

Solo travelers can also comfortably travel to a vegetarian restaurant or take a yoga class on their own. Ubud is also known as a healing center and you can join the program in several health places. Apart from Ubud, Lonely Planet's other preferred destinations are South America, night tours in Berlin, Singapore, Rome and Vietnam.



Dutch company Verstegen Sauces & Spices BV received the 2021 Primaduta Awards given by Indonesian Ambassador to the Netherlands, Mayerfas on Wednesday (5/1). Ambassador Mayerfas said that the Netherlands is one of Indonesia's main trading partners in the European region. The Netherlands is also the entry point for Indonesian products in the European region. He said that in the third quarter of 2021, the Netherlands ranked highest as the export destination for Indonesian products in the European region with a transaction value worth US$ 3.6 billion. He believes that this year, both countries jointly face the economic challenges of the pandemic better, and recover together and are  stronger in accordance with the theme of the Indonesian G20 Presidency, Recover Together, Recover Stronger".

The same thing was conveyed by Director General of National Export Development of the Ministry of Trade, Didi Sumedi. He appreciated the role of Verstegen, which has been Indonesia's trading partner for more than 50 years, especially in the spice export sector. He also said that amid pandemic Covid-19, cooperation is the key to world economic recovery. This cooperation is well exemplified by Verstegen and its trading partners in Indonesia by supporting each other to create an accountable and sustainable business climate.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported on Monday that Primaduta Awards recipients were screened from 303 potential candidates worldwide. Of this number, 25 companies were selected as award recipients. Verstegen is 1 of 25 Primaduta Awards recipients, which is a form of appreciation from the Government of Indonesia to international buyers. Verstegen has shown its loyalty by continuously buying products from Indonesia and contributing actively in improving the quality of Indonesian products and human resources. It is hoped that this trade cooperation will encourage the economic development of the people in Indonesia.



The safety and welfare of the people of Myanmar have always become a concern of Indonesia, particularly amid a political crisis which has been running for almost a year. Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi at an Annual Press Statement of   Foreign Affairs Minister (PPTM) 2022 on Thursday (6/1) stated that since the beginning, Indonesia has been continuously committed to contributing.

She also explained that in this context, Indonesia has provided its humanitarian assistance to the people of Myanmar; one of them is by using airplanes that brought aid in September 2021 as part of ASEAN humanitarian assistance.

Minister Retno further stated that if the current political crisis situation continues, it will disturb the stability and security not only in Myanmar but also in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and in the region comprehensively.  As President Joko idodo suggested, Minister Retno explained that ASEAN leaders held a meeting in Jakarta in April 2021 and the meeting produced a Five-Point Consensus. She mentioned the Five-Point Consensus serves as a guide for ASEAN in resolving the political crisis in Myanmar.

However, Retno Marsudi noted that as long as there is no progress in implementing the Five-Point Consensus, it will be difficult for ASEAN to invite political level representatives from Myanmar to take part in the ASEAN meeting. She affirmed that ASEAN must uphold the joint commitments.

Moreover, Minister Retno Marsudi mentioned that Indonesia will continuously strive to strengthen the centrality and solidity of ASEAN by 2022. ASEAN must keep on functioning as an anchor for stability, peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region. Besides, she also explained that ASEAN must remain relevant and be able to appropriately respond to new challenges in the region and the world and the people must feel the benefits of ASEAN.



The Indonesian Government obligates foreign travelers who return to Indonesia to be quarantined. To monitor the quarantine, on January 6, 2022, the Indonesian National Police (Polri) launched the Precision Quarantine Monitoring application at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Cengkareng, Tangerang, Banten.  Head of the Public Relations Division of the National Police, Inspector General Dedi Prasetyo said that the launch of the application is a follow-up to the Police on the instructions of President Joko Widodo, who asked that there should be no dispensation to undergo quarantine for Indonesian citizens who had just arrived from abroadThis application is also part of the commitment of the government and the National Police to mitigate the spread of the Omicron variant in Indonesia.

Through the Precision Quarantine Monitoring application, officers can obtain information on the profile of quarantined people, including the quarantine period, origin of arrival, PCR test results and all data sourced from the Ministry of Health. In addition, officers will receive notification messages, if there are quarantined participants who are 200 meters outside the quarantine radius. Those people who can access the application are the quarantined, authorized officers, command centers and leaders.

To use the Precision Quarantine Monitoring application, the quarantined people may log into the application with a registered mobile number and scan the QR Code when arriving at the quarantine location. Then, the application will bring up the quarantine countdown time. When the application is active, the coordinates of the quarantined people will periodically be stored in the Police dashboard. Therefore, if the quarantined people are at a distance of 200 meters outside the quarantine location, the officers and the command center will receive a notification. If the quarantine period ends, the quarantined people can check out.



The Ministry of Investment, the Investment Coordinating Board and Lotte Chemical Corporation signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Facilitating the Acceleration of Investment Realization carried out in a hybrid manner in Seoul, South Korea, Friday (7/1). This Memorandum of Understanding reflects the strong commitment of Indonesia and South Korea in increasing investment and developing new partnerships in the ethylene sector. This was emphasized by Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to South Korea, Gandi Sulistiyanto Soeherman in his remarks while witnessing the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding. He hopes that the signing of this Memorandum of Understanding will strengthen cooperation between Indonesia and South Korea in other strategic fields.

In addition to the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, there was also the signing of the Engineering, Procurement and Construction, EPC Agreement between PT Lotte Chemical Indonesia and the contractors. The signing was also witnessed by South Korean Ambassador to Indonesia and leaders of the Indonesian and South Korean private sectors. The new ethylene project or the so-called Line Project aims to build a large petrochemical complex. The complex is set to produce 1 million tons of ethylene with a sales target of US$2.06 billion per year.

On the same day, Ambassador Gandi Sulistiyanto in Seoul has fulfilled an invitation from the Minister of Trade of South Korea, Mr Yeo Han-Koo in order to discuss the potential for South Korea's cooperation with a number of partner countries to overcome the crisis of raw material supply shortages. At the meeting, apart from the Indonesian Ambassador, there were also ambassadors from 9 other key global supply chain actors, including Brazil, Chile, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam.


Indonesia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Arrmanatha Nasir handed over a credential letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations -UN, Antonio Guterres in New York, the United States on Tuesday (4/1).  On the occasion, he emphasized that Indonesia is committed to continuously improving cooperation with the United Nations on many issues which become common interest.  The commitment was welcomed by Guterres.  Arrmanatha also expressed high appreciation for Indonesia's active role and leadership so far in strengthening multilateralism. Guterres at his meeting as mentioned by Arrmanatha in a written statement stated that Indonesia is an important partner of the UN and the UN will continue to enhance cooperation and pay attention to Indonesia.

Moreover, the Secretary-General also expressed his hope  that Indonesia can contribute  more in facing lots of  global and regional challenges. Some of the issues that became a concern at the meeting included climate change, post-pandemic economic recovery and the situation in the region. Guterres hoped that Indonesia as President of the G-20 can contribute in the efforts of building a more balanced global financial system for developing countries. Besides,  he also expressed his appreciation for Indonesia's commitments and steps in dealing with climate change,  including efforts to make energy transitions.

In response to the statement,  Ambassador Arrmanatha announced one of Indonesia's priorities as President of the G20 is to strengthen global collective leadership  through synergy with other countries,  forums and organizations outside the G-20, including developing countries.  This step is expected to contribute and encourage international financial institutions in order to listen more to the needs of developing countries in the global financial system.  He also emphasizes Indonesia's high commitment in making energy transitions and various steps in mitigating climate change.


Various innovations in the environmental field are carried out by students to create a better earth. One that continues to be developed at this time is the existence of electric vehicles that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions because they do not need fossil fuels as the main driver. Answering this problem, Yogyakarta State University (UNY) students succeeded in innovating an electric bicycle, which was named Inobike UNY. This bike is able to reach up to 40 kilometres with a charge for approximately 2 hours.

At first glance, this electric bicycle is not different from bicycles in general. However, it is equipped with a pedal assisting feature in this e-bike can be pedaled and move faster. The battery-driven engine automatically goes to work to push the bike faster. So, it helps cyclists not to get tired quickly. In addition, on the bicycle handlebar, there is an LCD to adjust the speed with 5 speed levels. The bicycle designed by students of the Mechanical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, UNY has a lighter weight than an ordinary bicycle.

Inobike UNY is still used internally on campus. But in the future, it is possible that this e-bike will also be marketed. Head of the Mechanical Engineering Education Department of UNY, Apri Nuryanto said that there are several prices for this bicycle, starting from the standard type of Rp4.7 million, the premium type of Rp5.5 million and the electric bicycle type of Rp10.4 million. Apri added that this project is an increase in industrial competitiveness through innovations produced through research in collaboration with UNY to increase the nation's economic growth.



2021 was a productive year for Indonesian diplomacy, which was carried out through the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Frankfurt, Germany. In the field of Economic Diplomacy, the Indonesian Consulate General in Frankfurt made various efforts to increase trade and investment between Indonesia and various partners in the working area of the Indonesian Consulate General in Frankfurt. Based on the latest data from the German Statistical Agency, the value of trade between Indonesia and the entire working area of the Indonesian Consulate General in Frankfurt from January to October 2021 reached 2.75 million Euros, an increase of 6.47 percent compared to the same period in 2020 on a year-on-year basis. Trade performance during 2021 showed the restoration of trade cooperation between Indonesia and 6 states in the working area of the Consulate General in Frankfurt. In 2020, the trade cooperation was relatively contracted as a result of the global economic crisis amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported on Monday (3/1) that in 2021, Indonesia still recorded a trade surplus, which reached 606.96 million Euros. Previously, Indonesia's trade value during the same period in 2020 experienced a negative contraction of 15.1 percent year-on-year, compared to 2019 or the period before the global economic crisis.

In the investment sector, based on the latest data published by the Ministry of Investment, Investment Coordinating Board of Indonesia, German Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) during the first quarter to the third quarter or January-September 2021 increased by 9.2 percent to 136.9 million Euros compared to the same period in 2020 (year-on-year). The number of projects through FDI during the same period also increased by 13.6 percent to 826 projects year-on-year.

While in the field of Socio-Cultural Diplomacy, throughout 2021, the Consulate General in Frankfurt continued to strive to improve the image of Indonesia in the working area through various activities. The challenges  faced were not easy due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation. Therefore, some policies have been implemented by the regional government in a  bid to mitigate the spread of the corona virus which has an impact on social restrictions. The Consulate General in Frankfurt expressed his gratitude for the support of all the people in the working area of the Consulate General in Frankfurt so that in that year, Indonesia was able to obtain an image value of 3.67 from target 4, with a good predicate.

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