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Primaduta Award for Lebanese Businessman

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The Indonesian Embassy in Beirut has acknowledged its continued support for trade cooperation improvement between Indonesia and Lebanon. Indonesian Ambassador to Lebanon Hajriyanto Y Thohari gave the Primaduta Award to Lebanese businessman and importer, George R Fattouh. The award was given for his service in helping market Indonesian products in Paris from the Middle East. The award was given at a ceremony at the Indonesian Embassy in Beirut, Thursday (11/1)  Fatough, is the owner of George R. Fattouh S.A.L, a business that has been importing Indonesian products since the 1980s. It has a range of products, including: palm oil and its derivatives, oil and fats (including cocoa butter substitute, fat spread, hydrogenated palm kernel oil, and lauric confectionery fats), cardboard, stationary, and school equipment. Some Indonesian products are now even available at famous retail networks, such as Spinney’s and Carrefour. In 2022, the value imported by George R. Fattough S.A.L of Indonesian products, was 981.3 million USD. This was a 149.5 million USD increase when compared to 2021. Fattouh said Indonesian products are known for their quality and are in high demand in Lebanese markets. However, he said, the challenge now is increasing freight costs due to security challenges in the region. 

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Listeners, a number of delicious dishes were served to the guests of Dhaup Ageng Pura Pakualaman Yogyakarta, at the wedding reception of the youngest son of K.G.P.A.A. Paku Alam X, namely B.P.H. Kusumo Kuntonugroho with Laily Annisa Kusumastuti which was held on January 10, 2024.Head of the Customs and Accommodation Division, Dhaup Ageng Pura Pakualaman, KRT Radyo Wisroyo said that the menu served to guests was quite varied. These menus are typical menus prepared by Pakualaman Pura, Indonesian menus and western food menus were also available. All invited guests including VIP and VVIP guests got the same menu. The first menu served to welcome guests, namely two types of welcome drink, namely lime lemongrass and ginger drink with lime. The welcome drink was given when guests sat down and watched the Bedhaya Sidamukti and Bedhaya Kakung Indrawidagda dance performances. Next, they gotsnacks for appetizer such as croquettes and other light snacks. There is a snack that is considered quite special and rare called Garulina. Garulina was the opening snack at the Pahargyan Dhaup Ageng Pakualaman lunch on the first day. Garulina has been around since the era before Indonesian independence. Garulina is actually not a typical Central Javanese food. It looks like the Lapis Legit layered cake, but there is something different, because there is a special layer like vla which is made from fresh milk, eggs and sugar. To get this sweet snack, Pakulaman Temple has to place a special order from the third generation of makers who have been pioneering since the 1950s. In Jogja, Garulina is very difficult to find and is considered rare because it is not sold every day.

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Diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Laos have been established since 1957. Both countries have good relations because of lots of similarities between them, such as their equally diverse ethnic backgrounds and historical similarities as countries that were free from Western colonialism. This was conveyed by Indonesian Ambassador to Laos, Grata Endah Werdaningtyas in an interview broadcast by RRI Voice of Indonesia on Tuesday (13/2). Ambassador Grata has pointed out that Indonesia has created a cooperation program with Laos to strengthen relations of both countries, such as a scholarship program for Laotian students. According to Ambassador Grata, with this reality, his current task at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Vientiane is to build better and mutually more beneficial relations for both countries. One thing that will be done is to collaborate with the Laos-Indonesia Friendship Association (LIFA). This organization, which was founded in 2008, was founded by a former Laotian Ambassador to Indonesia. Ambassador Grata also explained that the Indonesian Embassy in Vientiane is currently working with LIFA to expand their joint agenda, and to encourage the promotion of Indonesia in Laos.

Moreover, the Indonesian Embassy in Vientiane also holds Indonesian Language classes for Foreign Speakers (BIPA), which started in 2009. To date, 673 students have completed the BIPA classes. In 2023, around 50 people were registered as students. One of the students even won an Indonesian language competition from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia, against participants from various Indonesian BIPA classes abroad.

“....One of the students in (class) BIPA won first place for Comedy. Of course, there are  speeches, there are poetry readings, singing, and so on. But for me, comedy actually has a highly additional value, because comedy shows that children must understand the culture. Because jokes have to work,  cross-cultural, and different cultures must understand each other. The Indonesian Embassy in Vientiane also introduced Indonesian culinary delights at external events. One thing that was done was to open an instant noodle corner at a diplomatic reception last year, in which Indonesian chefs cooked instant noodles on the spot for those waiting in line.”

Meanwhile, Indonesia-Laos trade will increase three times during 2021-2022. Ambassador Grata admitted that there was a deficit from Indonesia, because Indonesia imported potassium from Laos as raw material for fertilizer to meet large demand. However, he conveyed these imports would help supply fertilizer for domestic industry. The Indonesian Embassy in Vientiane has taken several steps to facilitate the promotion of Indonesian products in Laos, for example, by increasing sales of consumer goods, pharmaceuticals and health products in supermarkets. Besides, his side facilitates Indonesian companies that want to have partnership with business players in Laos. The Indonesian Embassy in Vientiane is also collaborating with the Young Entrepreneur Association of Laos so that young entrepreneurs in Laos can work together with young Indonesian entrepreneurs.


State University of Jakarta (UNJ) received an honorary visit from Austrian Ambassador to Indonesia H.E. Dr. Thomas Loidl on Monday (12/2).The honorary visit was to explore cooperation especially in education and was attended by  Austrian Ambassador to Indonesia H.E. Dr. Thomas Loidl,  UNJ Rector Prof. Komarudin, Austrian Deputy Ambassador to Indonesia Philipp Rossl, Secretary of Austrian Ambassador to Indonesia Alicia Simanungkalit, and some other representatives of State University of Jakarta (UNJ).

UNJ Rector Prof. Komarudin wished to expand cooperation with Austria especially in education and teacher development, because the business core of UNJ is teacher education. Besides, UNJ also wanted to learn about vocational education in Austria, in hope to create skilled vocational graduates. UNJ would also be a State University with Legal Entity (PTNBH), so the cooperation could be easier and wider, especially considering UNJ has a wide undeveloped land asset in Cikarang. The cooperation with Austria was expected to also build facilities.


Meanwhile, Arpani and Uryadi from German Language Program of UNJ's Language and Literature Faculty talked about cooperation in education, such as the possibility of UNJ lecturers to sutdy in Austria with Austrian government's scholarship. Besides, the cooperation in developing the internationally licensed ÖSD German Language Test Center.Ambassador Thomas Loidl said they were very open to carry out the cooperation and collaboration with UNJ. As emphasized by the UNJ rector, namely cooperation in education, Austria and Indonesia have been carrying out education and training programs. He then thanked for the cooperation opportunity and wished the program could run well between the Austrian Ambassador and UNJ.


The General Elections which were participated in by Indonesian citizens at the overseas polling station (TPSLN) 001 Dhaka, Bangladesh on Friday (9/2) ran smoothly and transparently// The Dhaka Overseas Elections Committee (PPLN) recorded a total of 156 people on the overseas permanent voter list (DPTLN) who are entitled to cast their voting rights directly at TPS 001 Dhaka, which is located in the lobby of the Indonesian Embassy in Dhaka//

Chairman of PPLN Dhaka, Riky Sofyan, in his written statement on Saturday, explained that the Indonesian citizens included in the voter list were enthusiastic about coming early to vote// Until noon until 1pm local time, around 75 percent of permanent voters had cast their votes//

Apart from permanent voters, the polling station was also open for voters who meet the requirements for the overseas additional voter list (DPTb-LN) and the special overseas voter list (DPK-LN)// The voting was open for 10 hours, namely from 09.10am to 7.10pm local time/ TPS 001 Dhaka has accommodated 123 permanent voters, 38 additional voters and 13 special voters//

PPLN Dhaka is able to accommodate voters by using the "return to sender" (RTS) postal method of ballot papers which have been returned to the PPLN Dhaka Secretariat// Based on PPLN Dhaka data, the number of Indonesian citizens included in the overseas permanen voter list is 379 voters, with details of 348 citizens in Bangladesh and 31 others in Nepal// The committee only provided 2 additional ballot papers// Thus, the number of ballot papers received was 388// PPLN Dhaka used two voting methods, namely election by postal delivery and direct election at TPS 001 Dhaka in the Indonesian Embassy in Dhaka//

After voting is complete, all ballot papers are stored in a closed box in a sterile place monitored by security cameras// The vote counting will be carried out on February 14, 2024 at 1pm for the TPS method, at the same time as the vote counting in Indonesia// While the postal method vote counting will be done on February 15-22, 2024, adjusted to the condition of returning all ballot papers from 100 percent voters//


Chairman of the Overseas Election Committee Beijing/ China/ Adanan Purba on Friday (9/2) said/ two polling stations for the 2024 general elections have been established in the yard of the Indonesian Embassy in Beijing// The Overseas Election Committee Beijing will hold voting on February 14, 2024/ the same day as voting in Indonesia/ taking advantage of the Chinese New Year holiday in China on February 10-17, 2024//

Based on data from the Indonesian Embassy in Beijing/ until November 2023/ there are actually 168,084 eligible  voters registered in China. They come  from Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and  Hong Kong. In Beijing   the number of Indonesian citizens included in the Permanent Voter List as of June 2023 is 786 people/ coming from 22 provinces and cities in China and Mongolia// There were 448 voters in the list who used postal mail.  357 ballots had been sent while 91 others could not be sent because the address was incomplete or there was no telephone number//


Indonesian Ambassador to Turkey, Achmad Rizal Purnama directly inspected the implementation of voting for the 2024 general elections in two Mobile Ballot Boxes in Turkey on  Tuesday (6/2 ). Indonesian citizens in Turkey who are in the working area of the Ankara Overseas Election Committee, started exercising their voting rights in Mobile Ballot Box 001 in Antalya and Isparta Cities and Mobile Ballot Box 002 in Kutahya City.


The series of elections in Turkey took place in a number of cities, namely at the Antalya and Isparta Mobile Ballot Boxes and the Kutahya Mobile Ballot Box on 6 February  2024. Izmir Mobile Ballot Box on  8 February 2024 Bursa Mobile Ballot Box on 9 February  and three Polling Places in Ankara,  Istanbul and Sakarya  on 11 February  2024. According to data,  the number of permanent voter lists -DPT in Turkey reaches 6,161 people.  Indonesian citizens in Turkey include high school students, undergraduate to doctoral students, couples married to Turkish citizens, spa therapists and expats.


Moreover, Ambassador Rizal in a press release from the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia  Ankara on  Wednesday (7/2) stated that  the success of the elections is a shared responsibility of all elements of the nation.  The implementation of the general elections is to elect the nation's leaders and is a showcase of Indonesia's democratic maturity to the world. Therefore,  Indonesian Representatives in Turkey continue to work together with the Overseas Election Committee in Ankara so that the 2024 Elections will be honest, fair and transparent, and all processes run smoothly.  Indonesian Police Attaché in Turkey, Police Commissioner Harviadhi Agung Prathama conveyed that the implementation of the general elections in Turkey involves the support of local agencies.


Pertamina Geothermal Energy (PGE) signed a Confidentiality Agreement (CA) memorandum with the Turkish energy company, Kipaş Holding last Saturday (3/2). Both energy companies have agreed to start cooperation in the energy sector in the geothermal sector. The signing of the agreement was carried out by Julfi Hadi as President Director of PGE and Mehmet Sisman from GM Kipaş Holding, witnessed by Indonesian Ambassador to Turkey, Achmad Rizal Purnama in Istanbul.

The Indonesian Embassy in Ankara has facilitated PGE's efforts to seek potential cooperation in geothermal exploration and operation with several energy companies in Turkey. Various meetings have been held to find the right potential partners. In the previous initial meeting, PGE and Kipaş Holding were interested in carrying out exploration cooperation in Turkey and Indonesia, and even opened up the possibility of joint investment in third countries. Apart from Kipaş Holding, Ambassador Rizal also facilitated PGE to meet with several other energy companies.

According to PGE President Director, Julfi Hadi, in Turkey PGE also met with several top energy companies. He hopes that in the near future, he can find 1 or 2 more potential partners for investment in Turkey.

The main factor that Pertamina Geothermal Energy (PGE) is considering collaborating with Turkey is that the country has large geothermal energy potential. As the fourth country with the largest geothermal potential in the world, Turkey is also attractive to investors because it has a feed-in-tariff policy. This is in the good faith of the Turkish government to assure investors in the geothermal energy sector of long-term regulatory certainty and competitive price incentives.


Until nowa civil conflictin Sudan has been going on between the Sudanese military and the Rapid Support Forces militia since April 2023. This affects the activities of various sectors in Sudan, including the activities of the Indonesian Embassy in Khartoum which has now been evacuated to the Port in Sudan.

Indonesian Ambassador to Sudan, Sunarko, said that the conflict impacts the relations between Indonesia and Sudan. In an interview with RRI Voice of Indonesia published on Tuesday (6/2), Ambassador Sunarko said that the situation in Sudan is an opportunity for Indonesia to show support for Sudan in improving relations between the two countries.

“...The armed conflict that occurred on April 15th and is currently still ongoing certainly has had a huge impact and is a challenge itself for efforts to improve relations and cooperation between Indonesia and Sudan. However, even with the current situation, this is our great opportunity, our effort to show solidarity, show support, and show concern in the context of Indonesia-Sudan relations.

Ambassador Sunarko further explained that so far, Sudan has demonstrated good relations with Indonesia. One of them is Sudan's support for Indonesia in various international forums, including Indonesia's candidacy or chairmanship in theforums.

Indonesia and Sudan have established good relations in various fields; one of which is education. Sudan has accepted around 900 Indonesian citizens to become university students in the country. Ambassador Sunarko also remarked that since the conflict broke out, majority of the students were forced to return to Indonesia and study online. He added that Indonesia views Sudan as an important partner. Therefore, in the field of education, Sudan receives quite a lot of support from Indonesia.One of them was when nine Sudanese students started studying in Indonesia last year through the Darmasiswa scholarship from the Indonesian government. Besides, there are also Sudanese students studying in Indonesia through other scholarships. Most of them take management, information technology, and architecture studies.

Ambassador Sunarko also pointed out that cooperation is also being carried out by sending Sudanese teachers to Indonesia. He said, this year, the Indonesian Embassy to Sudan is trying to get more Sudanese students to study in Indonesia.

“...This year, we are also trying to get more support, considering that the opportunity for Sudanese students to study in Indonesia is very high, especially because the conflict situation has not allowed them to continue their studies. So, this is a good momentum, the right momentum, for the Indonesian government to increase the number of Sudanese students who will get accepted for scholarships in Indonesia, both in the Darmasiswa program and in the cooperation programs of developing countries.

In the trade sector, the trade volume between Indonesia and Sudan was recorded at US$143.4 million. Ambassador Sunarko revealed that Sudanese importers had started to look at Indonesia, as evidenced by the arrival of 22 Sudanese businesspeople to see Indonesia's export potential. He said that Indonesian products that had been developed in Sudan included vehicle accessories, sanitation products, textiles, and medicines.

Furthermore, Ambassador Sunarko remarked that the Indonesian government continues to encourage the expansion of cooperation to African countries, mainly Sudan. Therefore, Indonesia is trying to get the two countries to agree on a preferential trade agreement (PTA) so that the trade volume between the two countries continues to increase. 


Chinese Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nong Rong and Director General of Asia-Pacific and Africa of the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abdul Kadir Jailani met in Xiamen, Fujian province to hold the 15th China-Indonesia Diplomatic Consultation.


On the website of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it is stated that the meeting took place on Saturday (3/2). Nong Rong, in a statement accessed by Antara from Beijing, Sunday, said that President Xi Jinping met twice with President Joko Widodo last year, leading comprehensive strategic cooperation between the two countries to a new level and making progress in building a community that has a shared future becomes a real project.

President Joko Widodo and Chinese President Xi Jingping met on 27-28 July 2023 in Chengdu, Sichuan province and on 17-18 October 2023 in Beijing at the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) Summit.


Nong Rong added that both leaders had witnessed improved political and security cooperation mechanisms, more active people-to-people exchanges and dialogue, as well as closer coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs.


During the meeting, Nong Rong gave an introduction to the guiding principles of the Central Conference on Foreign-Related Work, and said that building a community of shared future for the people is the highest goal pursued by the Chinese government in conducting diplomacy as a major country with Chinese characteristics in the new era.


In 2024, China is ready to work with Indonesia to follow the strategic guidance of the two heads of state, advance the building of a Sino-Indonesian community with a shared future at high-level talks and set an example for developing countries.


Solidarity and cooperation for development were also discussed in order to provide more benefits for both nations and provide a strong impetus for prosperity and stability at regional and global levels.


Meanwhile, the ministry's Director General of Asia-Pacific and Africa Abdul Kadir Jailani, positively assessed the progress achieved in implementing the action plan to strengthen the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.


According to Abdul Kadir, Indonesia attaches great importance to relations with China, and is ready to work with that country to implement the mutual agreements and understandings reached between the two heads of state.


Indonesia also agreed to intensify high-level dialogue, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields and encourage new and greater development in Indonesia and China's comprehensive strategic partnership. Indonesia, said Abdul Kadir, reaffirmed its commitment to the "one China" policy. Both sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of mutual interest and concern, and agreed to deepen regional multilateral cooperation and safeguard common interests.


The Denpasar City Government, Bali and the British Government are exploring cooperation in the fields of tourism and information technology in a bid to further advance the local area. The exploration was carried out at a meeting between the Deputy British Ambassador to Indonesia Matthew Downing and the Regional Secretary of Denpasar City, Ida Bagus Alit Wiradana.

Alit Wiradana in Denpasar on Thursday (1/2) explained that increase in tourism and information technology must be balanced with improvement in the quality of human resources, such as language skills and also expertise in the field of information technology.

Besides discussing cooperation in the fields of tourism and information technology, after the meeting, Alit also discussed developing English language skills for the people of Denpasar CityIn the discussion, there is possibility of sister-city cooperation between Denpasar City and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP), a unitary authority area in the ceremonial region of Dorset, England.

Deputy British Ambassador to Indonesia, Matthew Downing said that the British Government has a high interest in developing various sectors in Denpasar City, including education, tourism, the environment and many others.

He added that the Bournemouth area has an educational institution that has advantages in information technology. He hopes this will help Denpasar City in developing the smart city sectorMatthew Downing also offered the possibility of collaboration to organize English language tests for the people of Denpasar City.

Through this test, besides being able to measure language skills, he said, it will also make it easier for job providers in Denpasar City to attract quality applicants.


Charge d'affaires Ad Interim at the Indonesian Embassy in Seoul, Zelda Wulan Kartika conveyed several cooperation programs between Indonesia and South Korea which will be held throughout 2024.

She said close and solid cooperation between Indonesia and South Korea will provide benefits, especially for the two countries, also the regions and the world. Zelda Wulan Kartika in Seoul on Wednesday (31/1/2024) explained the embassy will also encourage cooperation in halal certification. Especially after the accreditation of two Korean entities by the Indonesian Halal authority to issue mutually recognized halal certification.

She revealed in the security sector events will be held such as a strategic dialogue between the both countries’ Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs and a bilateral meeting of senior Indonesian-South Korean officials. In addition, the Indonesian Embassy in Seoul will host a meeting of Indonesianists in South Korea. It aims to share knowledge and policy expertise to build capacity and raise awareness in the region.

Indonesia will also strengthen cooperation in the economic and trade fields with South Korea by utilizing the Indonesia-Korea Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement as well as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, which have taken  effect since 2023. In the field of education, Zelda Wulan Kartika said the Indonesian Embassy in Seoul will continue to develop work programs cooperation and cultural exchange such as the Indonesian Language program for Foreign Speakers -BIPA Korea and the implementation of the Rumah Indonesiana project.

Charge d'affaires Ad Interim Zelda Wulan Kartika also mentioned that Indonesia and Korea have signed a memorandum of understanding/ to increase protection for Indonesian seafarers working on South Korean ships. She emphasized that the embassy  would continue to coordinate with the Indonesian Ministry of Manpower and the Indonesian Migrant Worker Placement and Protection Agency as well as the South Korean Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries to finalize the implementation arrangements.

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