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01
September

 

A Professional Beauty Exhibition was held at the Gallagher Convention Center in Johannesburg, South Africa from 28 to 29 August 2022Hundreds of company outlets from South Africa and abroad promoted a variety of beauty products to thousands of beauty activists, who have flooded the venue since it was opened.

Indonesia was represented by five beauty product companies. Their presence could not be separated from the initiative and active role of the Indonesian Trade and Promotion Center (ITPC), Johannesburg in collaboration with the Indonesian Embassy in Pretoria.

This event aimed not only to bring together beauty business activists, such as spa owners, but also to present opportunities for practitioners in the medical beauty field to meet. They met in conferences on the sidelines of exhibitions, as well as business seminars as a platform for beauty business owners to learn new trends, and share new ideas, which can then be applied for business development.

The Indonesian Charge d'Affaires of Ad Interim in Pretoria, Victor J. Sambuaga, in his remarks before the official opening of the Indonesian booth said that he welcomed the participation of Indonesian companies in this quite prestigious event. He added that bilateral relations between Indonesia and South Africa are very good, but need to be further improved, such as trade through beauty and body care products which were recently done.

As Sambuaga said, Director of ITPC Johannesburg, Tonny Hendriawan also stated that the beauty product companies from Indonesia at this event could increase the penetration of Indonesian products in the South African market and the surrounding areas.

The trade relationship between South Africa and Indonesia from 2019 to 2021 was in a positive trend. The trade value increased 37 percent from US$1.99 billion in 2019 to US$3.76 billion in 2021. The value as seen is still relatively small compared to the existing trade potential.

More specifically, in the field of beauty, the export value of Indonesian products to South Africa increased by 11 percent from 2018 to 2020, which reached from US$1.16 million in 2018 to US$1.3 million in 2020.

31
August

 

The Indonesian Embassy in Manila held an exhibition of Indonesian products, entitled “Indonesia Expo 2022 at SM Mega Mall” Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, the Philippines from August 26 to 28. It was aimed at promoting Indonesian products in the Philippines.  As many as 25 companies with lots of trade brands participated and became  exhibitors at the event. The exhibited products were food and beverage, plastic packaging, handicrafts, batik, jewelry, herbal medicine, furniture and decorations as well as electrical maintenance services.

 

During the opening ceremony, Indonesian Ambassador to the Philippines, Lieutenant  General Retired Agus Widjojo conveyed that the economic cooperation between Indonesia and the Philippines has enormous potential due to the geographical proximity and similar characteristics as archipelagic countries. Ambassador Agus also  hopes that   the Indonesia Expo is not only a place to promote Indonesian products, but also a cultural gateway to strengthen business commitment and explore more potential for cooperation of both countries.

 

Moreover, this Indonesian Expo is the first physical trade exhibition activity during the pandemic, considering the pandemic situation has been under control in the Philippines. During the two years of the pandemic,  trade exhibition activities were held virtually. Furthermore, this activity is also still in the series of commemorating the 77th Anniversary of the Republic of Indonesia in the Philippines.

 

Besides the exhibition of Indonesian products, the event was also enlivened with Cooking Demo activities and Dance Performances from Citra Srikandi Indonesia. The activity supported by the Ministry of Trade through the Trade Attaché Office in Manila is also the opening event for the 37th Indonesia Trade Expo which will be held in Indonesia in October 2022.

30
August

 

The Indonesian Consulate General in Guangzhou in collaboration with the Indonesian Embassy in Beijing conducted a series of visits and investment promotion activities in Liuzhou City late August, 2022. The delegation consisted of Indonesian Ambassador to China in Beijing, Djauhari Oratmangun, and the Consul General in  Guangzhou, Ben Perkasa Drajat.  There were also the  Economic and Investment Team from the Indonesian Embassy in Beijing and the Economic and Immigration Team from the Indonesian Consulate General in Guangzhou. The delegation was led by Ambassador Djauhari Oratmangun.

As quoted on the kemlu.go.id page (26/8), Consul General, Ben Perkasa Drajat revealed that  the delegation had met  relevant parties both from the government and potential investors directly. He also said that Liuzhou, as an industrial city, but  still able to maintain the greening of the environment, is one of the things that can be learned and implemented in Indonesia.

On the visit, the Indonesian delegation also  met Mayor of Liuzhou, Zhang Zhuang, Director General of the Foreign Affairs Office of the Guangxi Zhuang Special Autonomous Region, the Chairman of the China Council for the Promotion of the International Trade (CCPIT) Liuzhou, and companies that have invested in Indonesia as well as prospective investors.

The meeting was aimed at discussing further investment plans owned by several companies, as well as promoting various investment opportunities in Special Economic Zones (SEZs), across Indonesian regions. The delegation also   used the opportunity to   learn about Liuzhou's success as an industrial city that manages to be  at the forefront of environmental and cultural preservation.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Djauhari Oratmangun when meeting Mayor Zhang Zhuang stated that there is a balance among economic growth, environment and culture in Liuzhou,  where the manufacturing industry is global but the environment remains green.

Liuzhou is the number one industrial city in Guangxi. The city excels in manufacturing, high technology, import-export and creative industries. Interestingly, of the four million inhabitants in Liuzhou, 35 percent have used electric vehicles.

30
August

 

In commemorating the 77th Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Indonesia this year, the Indonesian Embassy in Moscow held a fashion show that presented a talented young Indonesian designer, Adrie Basuki. He was the first winner of the Fashion Designer Competition – Jakarta Fashion Week 2022 in Moscow, Russia on August 18, 2022.

In his first performance abroadAdrie Basuki also introduced his collaborative work with the legendary Indonesian shoe brand, Buccheri.

The fashion show entitled Independence Fashion Show "Sustainable Fashion, Empowering Women" featuring 22 ready-to-wear collections from Adrie Basuki presented by professional models from Russia. This activity was held by carrying the concept of an outdoor show at the Indonesian Embassy in Moscow. This park is a historic park that was once the location for the celebration of the birthday of the first President of the Republic of Indonesia, Mr. Ir. Soekarno in 1960, which was also attended by the then Prime Minister of Russia, Nikita Kruschev.

Adrie Basuki is a new talent in Indonesian fashion who has the characteristic of combining traditional Indonesian wastra fabrics with various elements and modern touches that are in line with current trends, carrying the DNA brand "proud of Indonesian Fabric, Sustainable Process and Empowering Women".

Adrie Basuki said that the collection presented for the show in Moscow was specially prepared for approximately 3 months by exploring 4 types of Indonesian woven fabrics, namely: Baduy, Lurik, Jepara and Makassar weave.

The fashion show received a standing ovation from 152 invited fashion lovers. The guests who attended were members of the International Women's Club Moscow (IWC), a leading social organization for expatriates in Moscow, Ambassadors, Ambassador's wives and female diplomats from friendly countries, journalists and fashion-loving Russian Friends of Indonesia.

The Independence Fashion Show "Sustainable Fashion, Empowering Women" was also followed by a special charity bazaar initiated by IWC in collaboration with Dharma Wanita Persatuan of the Indonesian Embassy in Moscow. All profits generated from the charity bazaar will be donated to a number of IWC social organization partners in need in Russia.

26
August

 

The diplomatic reception of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia (KBRI) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Tuesday afternoon (23/8) was held lively by performing various traditional Indonesian dances.The Indonesian embassy in its written statement received on Wednesday (24/8) stated that the event regarding commemoration of the 77th Anniversary of the Republic of Indonesia, promoted art and culture through traditional Indonesian clothes worn by the staff of the Indonesian Embassy. Besides, there are Pencak Silat (martial art) performances, Sundanese music, and traditional dances, including the Jaipong dance and the Piring dance.

Indonesian Ambassador to Malaysia, Hermono in his speech expressed hope that the cooperation between Indonesia and Malaysia, both in the bilateral and regional context through ASEAN, can continuously contribute positively to peace, stability and prosperity in the Southeast Asian region in the future. He also expressed his appreciation for the good cooperation of both countries regarding the distribution facility of 400 thousand items of logistical assistance for Indonesian citizens in Malaysia, as well as distributing medical equipment assistance to Indonesia in the context of recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moreover, Ambassador Hermono hoped that the role of Indonesia's chairmanship at the G20 with the theme "Recover Together Recover Stranger" could strengthen the world's economic recovery and resolve various conflicts in the region and global issues, and could encourage sustainable world economic growth. He further said that Indonesia in ASEAN in 2023 can achieve similar achievements, including in particular through the role of ASEAN Centrality. The event was also attended by  500 invitees from various circles in Malaysia, including Minister of Housing and Local Government Dato' Sri Reezal Merican Naina Merican, two officials representing the Government Malaysia, namely the Prefect of the People's Council Azhar Azizan Harun and Deputy Ministers in the Prime Ministerial Positions Hal Ehwal Sabah and Sarawak Hajah Hanifah Hajar Taib, and several ambassadors and diplomatic corps from ASEAN countries and other countries.

25
August

 

Ecosystem service for electric vehicles will be improved in Klungkung, Bali. This is in line with the fossil fueled vehicle transformation effort to the eco-friendly electric ones.

This was stated by Regent og Klungkung, I Nyoman Suwirta, when testing the EV to be used by the heads of states participating in the G20 conference. Some 400 zero-emission Evs are prepared for the G20 in November 2022.

Suwirta said that the mass use of EV is a government effort in reducing carbon emission in transportation. EV will help overcome climate change and global warming.

Suwirta added that the government keeps encouraging the use of mass EV in Indonesia. One of which is the Presidential Regulation No. 55 / 2019 about the Battery-based Electric Vehicle Program Acceleration for Land Transportation.

State-owned power company PLN Klungkung Unit has the Public Electric Vehicle Charging Stations. Here, people can charge their EV battery by using the smartphone app.

He mentioned that the Indonesian fuel consumption is around 1.2 million barrels per day and contributes to 27 percent of carbon emission or around 157 million ton of CO2. The use of EV can reduce fossil fuel consumption and CO2 emission.

According to Suwirta, Indonesia has the potential to make EV because the technology and components are simpler than the conventional vehicle. Indonesia has the potential to produce batteries with support of nickel mineral mines as battery raw material.

Currently, the Indonesia Battery Holding is being made to process nickel products from the upstream to the downstream until it becomes an EV battery.

25
August

 

The Indonesian Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa exhibited some products and culture of Indonesia  at a diplomatic reception in commemoration of the 77th anniversary of Indonesian Independence  on 22 August 2022. On that occasion, various products made by Indonesian companies were showcased, including from PT Indofood Sukses Makmur which displayed its excellent products, Indomie, Kalbe Farma with Woods Cogh Syrup, and PT Pulau Sambu with Kara coconut milk.

 

The reception was held at the Pretoria Country Club and attended by invitees from the central and provincial government officials of South Africa, diplomatic circles, defense attaches, Indonesian honorary consuls, academicians, as well as the South African business people and Friends of Indonesia. Indonesia's Ad Interim Charge d'Affaires in Pretoria, Victor J. Sambuaga in his remarks conveyed that the moment of celebrating the 77th Indonesian Independence Day this year was grateful to the God's grace because of the easing of the COVID-19 pandemic experienced by all countries in the world, including Indonesia and South Africa.

 

Besides  Indonesian products, the Indonesian Embassy in Pretoria at the diplomatic reception of the Indonesian Independence Day also promoted Indonesian traditional cultures. One of them was the Klana Topeng dance from Yogyakarta, performed by traditional dancer Anton Prabowo.

 

Meanwhile, the political functionary of the Indonesian Embassy in Pretoria, Fawzan Irchamsyah hoped that the excitement of the celebration of Indonesia's independence day could also be felt by the partners of the Indonesian government, particularly those who are in Pretoria. The celebration is a stimulus for  all people to be able to quickly rise and become stronger and give birth to a new spirit in a bid to strengthen relations between Indonesia and other friendly countries.

 

Deputy Minister of Transport for South Africa, Lydia Sindisiwe Chikunga, who attended as the guest of honor at the reception, congratulated the Republic of Indonesia on the 77th independence day and hoped that the close relations of both countries could run well and  continuously.

24
August

 

The Indonesian Embassy in Nairobi carried out a massive promotion of Indonesia in Kenya through one of the best television stations in the country, the Kenya Television Network (KTN TV). Indonesian Ambassador to Kenya, Mohamad Hery Saripudin in his social network Monday (22/8) said, the promotion of Indonesia this time is the inaugural program of the Indonesian Embassy in Nairobi which is carried out visually in collaboration with Kenya television.

Ambassador Hery said, KTN TV will broadcast a series of programs about Indonesia in various aspects, such as culinary, interviews with government officials and Indonesian businesspeople as well as virtual excursions to show Indonesia's cultural diversity. He added, the promotional activities are a series of efforts to improve relations between the two countries after the establishment of the Kenyan Embassy in Jakarta which was inaugurated directly by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kenya, Raychelle Omamo on 17 March 2022.

So far, KTN TV has broadcasted 2 Indonesian promotional episodes in the "What's Your Story" program every Saturday at 06.00 pm East Africa Time. The first episode of the Indonesian promotional program titled "Inside Indonesia Capital City Jakarta: Street Foods, People and all You Need to Know" aired on August 6 and the second episode titled "Indonesia's Minister of Trade Zulkifli Hasan Explains Kenya–Indonesia Trade Relations" aired on August 20. Both episodes can still be watched again via the KTN YouTube channel Home.

In one of the episodes of the Indonesian promotional program on KTN TV, the Charge d'Affaires (CDA) of the Kenyan Embassy in Jakarta Onkoba and a representative from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kenya, Moi Lemoshira wished the Indonesian government and people a happy Independence Day of Republic of Indonesia.

Acting the Information, Social and Cultural Function of the Indonesian Embassy in Nairobi, Sabriana Jayaputri, who participated in overseeing the TV program, hopes that the virtual promotions that are broadcast regularly on Kenya television can attract the interest of young Kenyans and other countries in the East African region to continue their studies in Kenya. Indonesia, including through various scholarship offers submitted on the social media of the Indonesian Embassy in Nairobi. Furthermore, the promotion program for Indonesia through the Kenyan television station is also expected to further enhance youth cooperation and public relations between the two countries.

23
August

Along with the commemoration of the 77th anniversary of the Republic of Indonesia on August 17, 2022, the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in  Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan also commemorates the 55th anniversary of the founding of ASEAN. On that occasion, the Indonesian Ambassador to Kazakhstan and Tajikistan, Mochamad Fadjroel Rachman explained the importance of collaboration of all countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to answer the various challenges that exist,  and increase achievements and growth in the region. Quoting the Antara News Agency report on Saturday (20/8), in his statement, Ambassador Fadjroel Rachman said ASEAN's important role in shaping peace and development in the region has turned Southeast Asia into one of the fastest growing economic regions.

Fadjroel Rachman also conveyed that the 55th anniversary of ASEAN proved that ASEAN is increasingly relevant to overcome common challenges in the form of a pandemic, global economic downturn, recession and inflation. These challenges become relevant in strengthening ASEAN's centrality in the formation of regional order. He also stated  Indonesia's readiness to hold the mandate of the ASEAN Chair in 2023.

According to him, increasing the relevance of ASEAN to regional and world progress has become Indonesia's priority in Indonesia's chairmanship of ASEAN in 2023.

The 55th anniversary of ASEAN at the Indonesian Embassy in Nur-Sultan was attended by ambassadors of ASEAN member countries in Kazakhstan including  Thai Ambassador Chatchawan Sakornsin, Vietnamese Ambassador Pham Thai Nhu Mai, Charge d'Affaires ad interim Malaysia M. Badli Adam, as well as representatives of the ASEAN Committee in the Nur-Sultan Working Group and representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan.

22
August

 

Indonesian Minister of Cooperatives and Small and Medium, Teten Masduki stated that the quality of  local products for medical devices is getting better if compared with imported ones. He stated this after attending the “Facilitation for the Development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Medical Devices Production”  event in Solo, Central Java  on Saturday (20/8).  He also said that Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises are able to supply the needs of domestic medical devices as well as substitute for imported products.

Furthermore, he calls for everyone to equalize the perception between the needs of the industry and the supply chain provided by business actors. Thus, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises can be directedto produce medical equipment with simple technology, for example, to produce syringes.

According to Minister Teten Masduki, the procurement of government spending in the country has been very good. A number of medical devices that have entered the procurement of goods at the Ministry of Health are  from the production of micro businesses. He further stated that his side will develop research which can be used for medical device development in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Culture. This will be done  through a matching fund program that finances research and development of joint research on campuses, and its products are made by Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

Moreover, Minister Teten Masduki gave his appreciation to the Ministry of Health that had organized the “Facilitation for the Development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Medical Devices Production” event. He  emphasized that this activity would further encourage collaborative action and cross-sectoral synergy, especially in relation with   President Joko Widodo's directive to increase the absorption of domestic products and reduce imported ones.

He  reminded that the government has determined that 40 percent of government spending must absorb the products of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and cooperatives.The Central Statistics Agency estimates that if that figure is spent, it will increase employment by around two million people and  economic growth by  1.85 percent.

Meanwhile, Minister of Health, Budi Gunadi Sadikin said that so far, about 50-60 percent of medical devices and medicines have come from imported products. He asked for any medical products that can be produced domestically not to be bought from abroad again. If 20 percent of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises make medical equipment, it will really help the domestic economy.

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