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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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04
November

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The Indonesian Embassy promotes Indonesian excellent products to Argentinian people

The Indonesian Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina held an Indonesian Corner Exhibition to introduce and promote Indonesia's excellent products to Argentinian people. In its written statement received by Antara in Jakarta on Saturday (31/10), the embassy reported that the exhibition called ‘Rincon de Indonesia’ (Indonesian Corner) was inaugurated by Indonesian Ambassador to Argentina, Niniek Kun Naryatie. The exhibition corner displayed some excellent Indonesian products which are well known in Argentina, including instant noodles, kencur rice drink, Mandailing coffee, medicine and tires. Ambassador Niniek explained that the presence of the Indonesia Corner is to introduce Indonesian products closer to potential buyers. She further explained that the Argentinian people  could see, hold, and feel the products. So, they feel confident with the products they will buy.

Moreover, Ambassador Niniek noted that Indonesia Corner is also present in many virtual exhibitions held in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay to provide personalized services, localized products and digitized information. The Indonesian Embassy in Buenos Aires recorded that more than 70 Argentinian business people virtually witnessed the inauguration of the Indonesian Corner after the 2020 Indonesian Business Forum which was held by the Indonesian Embassy. The Argentinian business people consist of exported and imported entrepreneurs, vice chamber of commerce ,business association, the press, service providers, and local business actors who are interested in doing business with Indonesia.

Furthermore, along with representatives of the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Sao Paulo's Indonesian Trade Promotion Center (ITPC), Ambassador Niniek announced about various opportunities for entrepreneurs in Argentina to do business with Indonesian entrepreneurs through the Indonesian Trade Exhibition (Trade Expo Indonesia -TEI) and the Indonesian Business Forum of Latin America and the Caribbean (INA-AC) which will be held virtually in early November  2020. The embassy is also committed to continuously promoting and disseminating information in regard with market opportunities for Indonesian businessmen in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, particularly to enhance strategic industrial cooperation.

02
November

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Commemorating Youth Pledge, Indonesian Embassy promotes Indonesian film and Game in North Korea

The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia (KBRI) in Pyongyang, North Korea promoted Indonesian films and traditional games in commemoration of the 92nd Youth Pledge Day. Indonesian Ambassador to North Korea, Berlian Napitupulu invited all staff of the Indonesian Embassy in Pyongyang along with their families and local Korean staffs to watch an Indonesian film entitled ‘Rudy Habibie’ (Habibie & Ainun 2) directed by Hanung Bramantyo at the Indonesian ambassador’s residence in Pyongyang on October 28, 2020. Ambassador Berlian, as conveyed in a press release from the Indonesian Embassy in Pyongyang received in Jakarta, on Thursday (29/10) stated that this year, the Indonesian Embassy celebrated Youth Pledge Day in a different way, namely by watching a film together, Rudy Habibie Film, and the highlight of the 92nd Youth Pledge Day commemoration through live streaming and introducing Congklak, an Indonesian traditional game, especially to local North Korean staffs.

Ambassador Berlian further stated that the Covid-19 pandemic did not stop Indonesian citizens in North Korea to commemorate the Youth Pledge even without a ceremony. He was happy to watch this Rudy Habibie film. According to Ambassador Berlian, this film is very inspiring and educative for everybody. Habibie's dream of making airplanes from a young age later developed into a big dream to develop advanced Indonesia by building the aviation industry.

According to Ambassador Berlian Napitupulu, this film is in line with the theme of this year's Youth Pledge Day, namely Unity and Awakening. In addition to watching the film, Ambassador Berlian also invited the audience, both North Korean and Indonesian staff, to discuss the lessons or values obtained from the Rudy Habibie film.

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October

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The Indonesian Embassy in Singapore encouraged the  increasing of domestic investment amid the Covid-19 pandemic through the Indonesia Investment Day 2020. Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Singapore, Suryopratomo in a written statement stated last Wednesday that Indonesia Investment Day (IID) is a platform of  information dissemination  to attract investment to Indonesia. The Indonesian Embassy in Singapore in collaboration with Bank Indonesia representatives from Singapore and the Indonesia Investment Promotion Center (IIPC) held the 3rd Indonesia Investment Day (IID) on Tuesday (27/10). Unlike the previous years, the IID 2020 was held virtually with 226 registered participants that consisted of Singaporean and Indonesian businessmen and investors, Singaporean and Indonesian media and Indonesian representatives in many countries.

The Indonesia Investment Day has become an annual excellence program of the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore since 2018 and has attracted the interest of many stakeholders and investors from Singapore and lots of countries in the world.The Indonesian Embassy in Singapore held Road to IID 2020 for 11 weeks and it presented 11 provinces and 110 investment projects that are ready to be offered. During the weeks, it recorded 42 "one-on-one" meetings with investors’ interest in the transportation and logistics, infrastructure, industrial estates, special economic zones, manufacturing and tourism sectors.  Chairman of Singapore Enterprise, Peter Ong stated that Indonesia is still one of  the main investment destinations for Singapore. Some  Indonesian investment projects with investors from Singapore are Kendal Industrial Park and Subang Smartpolitan. The IID 2020 which was implemented virtually is considered a creative way to keep on encouraging and drawing the attention of  Singaporean investors to invest in Indonesia amid the ovid-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, Governor of BI, Perry Warjiyo stated that  Indonesia remains a very attractive country to invest, particularly  due to Indonesia having promising economic growth and stable macroeconomic stability. On the same occasion, Head of Capital Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM),  Bahlil Lahadalia explained that Singapore has been in the top rank for foreign investment into Indonesia over  the last five years. Total investment in 2015-2019 amounted to US$46.4 billion dollars. Meanwhile, until September 2020, Singapore's investment reached US$ 7.2 billion dollars. Therefore, the Indonesia Investment Day 2020 is expected to be a concrete effort to answer investment challenges amid the current pandemic situation as well as to respond to the efforts of national economic recovery acceleration.

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October

CeriTech startup, which was founded by students of the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) in 2019, managed to qualify for the final of the world startup competition. This startup represents Indonesia at the University Startup World Cup 2020. CeriTech was founded by Aldi Raharja (ITB Industrial Engineering Master Student), Ahmad Radhy (ITB Physics Master Student), and Azmy Ansori (ITB Physics S1 alumnus). This company focuses on improving the quality and yield of coffee beans, through fermentation and drying processes using the Internet of Things (IoT). This team managed to beat 4,131 applicants from nearly 2,000 universities around the world. Of the 75 teams that qualified for the final round, the CeriTech Team was the only representative from Indonesia.

In the final round which was held on 17-19 October 2020, the CeriTech Team successfully won the Top 3 title in the Information Communication Technology category. In qualifing for the final round, the team needed to send concepts and documents from the CeriTech startup. Then, the organizers carried out an assessment. After passing the assessment, the CeriTech Team made an online presentation of business ideas (pitchingf) before  the jury and related parties. After the presentation, the CeriTech Team was declared to have qualified for the final round. According to the CEO of CeriTech Aldi, even though all activities were carried out online, the atmosphere of the activities was still tense. This is because its competitors come from well-known universities in the world.

The idea for CeriTech started in 2016, when one of the founders of Aldi Raharja founded a Tri Tangtu coffee shop in Bandung. In running his coffee shop, Aldi supplied coffee from local producers. Unfortunately, the quality of coffee beans from local producers is still not consistent because the process is still traditional. From this problem, Aldi, Ahmad, and Azmy began to develop CeriFer, a tool to collect and record temperature and pH data from the coffee bean fermentation process. Apart from CeriFer, the CeriTech Team also developed CeriGar, a tool that can collect and record data on temperature, humidity, and light intensity from the drying process. Uniquely, CeriTech products can be used to access and monitor the process in real time via a mobile application or a web dashboard.

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October

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Products of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are tried to enter Mozambique

The Indonesian Embassy  in Maputo, Mozambique reported that it is trying to open opportunities for export of micro, small and medium enterprises’ (MSMEs) products to Mozambique  in East Africa. Indonesian Ambassador to Mozambique and Malawi, Herry Sudrajat in his virtual presentation on Thursday (22/10) said that what he has done and will do  in Maputo so far is like a study for market access for Indonesian MSMEs’ products. He also said that  the Indonesian Embassy in Maputo also held a meeting with potential buyers, especially distributors. Therefore, It is  important to   convince the distributors in Mozambique to try Indonesian goods.

Ambassador Herry further explained that so far, some Indonesian products have entered Mozambique, but through distributors in South Africa. Indonesia signed a Preferential Trade Agreement ( PTA) with Mozambique in August 2019. This will be possibly implemented  in early 2021. Through the agreement, there will be 217 Indonesian products that have a reduced import duty. Ambassador Herry also said that with this PTA, his side hopes that Mozambique will become a hub for Indonesian goods, not only for the Mozambican market but also for other countries’ markets. Currently, Indonesia's main export commodity to Mozambique is palm oil which reached 130,971 tons in 2019, and it was more than half of Mozambique's total palm oil imports of 247,000 tons.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Herry explained that the opportunities for Indonesian MSMEs to export to Mozambique are products of female clothes, shoes and furniture products. He believes that Indonesian MSMEs’ products can be sold at the Mozambican markets, because in terms of quality, Indonesian products are able to compete.

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October

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Targeting the Latin American Market, Indonesia is committed to Becoming an Associate Country of the Pacific Alliance

Indonesia is committed to continuing to improve its economic relations with countries in Latin America. The Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs held an online meeting "Limited Discussion on Improving Indonesia's Status to be an Associate Member in the Pacific Alliance" to map strategic steps for Indonesia in relation to the Pacific Alliance (20/10). The main agenda for this meeting is a plan to improve Indonesia's membership status from an observer country to an associate country. The Pacific Alliance is a regional organization for Latin America, which consists of Chile, Colombia, Peru and Mexico. Director General of America and Europe at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ngurah Swajaya in his remarks said that Latin America is a potential region to expand market access for Indonesian products and to raise Indonesian support in international organizations. One of the efforts to maximize the potential in the region is through improvement of Indonesia's membership status in the Pacific Alliance.

Since 2015, Indonesia has become an observer country on the regional organization. The importance of upgrading the status of an observer country to be an associated country is closely related to expanding market access and penetration of potential Latin American markets. This is also a strategy to encourage the negotiation of the Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) that is currently ongoing with Peru and Colombia, as well as to get the opportunity for a similar agreement with Mexico.

Participants of the discussion came from representatives of the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Trade, the Ministry of Finance, and the Investment Coordinating Board. Indonesian Ambassadors in Pacific Alliance member countries also attended the event.

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October

Indonesia has many international music festivals; one of which is the Prambanan Jazz Festival. The Covid-19 pandemic has not stopped the activities that jazz lovers in the world are waiting for being held in a different version, namely virtually. The Prambanan Jazz Virtual Festival 2020 will be held for 2 days, namely on 31 October and 1 November 2020. However, the Prambanan Jazz Virtual Festival 2020 is still held directly from Prambanan Temple.

Even though previously it was not attended by a live audience, this year's Prambanan Jazz Festival continues to follow the health protocols as recommended by the Indonesian government. The organizer provides a rapid test for the crew and all artists who will enliven the concert. Initially, the Prambanan Jazz Virtual Festival 2020 invited international musicians. Even so, the festival also presents Indonesian musicians. On the first day, Tulus, Fourtwnty, Isyana Sarasvati, Joko In Berlin, Pusakata, and Tompi will be present.

New hopes and new experiences are the tagline pinned at this year's Prambanan Jazz Festival. At the Prambanan Jazz Virtual Festival 2020, for the first time, it collaborates with musicians from Yogyakarta who are members of TheEverydayBand to arrange and compose the lyrics for the song "Ke Prambanan Jazz Lagi". It is an effort to continue to promote Yogyakarta and a hope to be able to see Prambanan Jazz live again in the future.

22
October

The Indonesian Embassy promotes virtually 'Trade Expo Indonesia' 2020 in Pakistan                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      KBRI Pakistan

Indonesian Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan promotes and socializes the Indonesian trade fair, the Virtual Trade Expo Indonesia (TEI) 2020 on a massive scale through various channels and media in a bid to encourage the participation of the entrepreneurs in Pakistan. The Indonesian Embassy sent information and published various promotional materials for the TEI Virtual 2020 to the Pakistani Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as all business associations and importer unions in Pakistan. That was reported in a press release from the Indonesian Embassy in Islamabad, which was received by Antara News Agency in Jakarta, Tuesday (20/10).

The Indonesian Embassy in Islamabad also conducted a direct approach to the entrepreneurs who are potential commodity importers; one of which was through a meeting with Bilal Waheed and his colleagues who are importers of coal as a source of energy for the textile industry in Faisalabad City on Monday (19/10). During the meeting, information was obtained that the textile industry in Faisalabad needs a large enough energy supply to support production. Bilal said that coal is one of the main needs to operate the textile industry in Pakistan. The need of coal will increase along with the increasing demand for electricity and efforts to boost the performance of textile production as Pakistan's main export commodity.

Trade Expo Indonesia (TEI) as one of the biggest trade shows always gets the attention of Pakistani business people.About 40 business people throughout Pakistan attended as potential buyers at this annual event.

This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has made Indonesia change the format of implementing the 35th Trade Expo Indonesia into a virtual exhibition for 7 days from 10 to 16 November 2020.In addition to seeing and interacting directly with local exhibitors, visitors from all countries in the world were also given the opportunity to be involved in business matching and virtually business forums. Prospective international visitors can participate free of charge.

  

The improvement in economic and trade relations between Indonesia and Pakistan shows a positive trend. This is indicated by the increasing intensity of interaction between business actors of the two countries in exploring further economic potential. In 2019, the total trade value between Indonesia and Pakistan reached US$ 2.3 billion dollars with a surplus on the Indonesian side of US$ 1.9 billion dollars.

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October

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Indonesia launches a book to commemorate 25-year bilateral relations with South Africa

To commemorate 25-year diplomatic relations with South Africa, the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Pretoria, South Africa, on Saturday (17/10 launched a book entitled "Indonesia South Africa: A South – South Partnership in the Making."  In the launch of the book  held virtually, the Indonesian Embassy in Pretoria collaborated with the South African Institute for International Affairs (SAIIA). It was attended by hundreds of academicians, policy observers, government officials and the diplomatic corps from Indonesia and South Africa.

The Indonesian Embassy in Pretoria in a written statement in Jakarta on Saturday (17/10) stated that the book contains of insights and perspectives on various topics such as the history of Indonesia-South Africa relations, contemporary issues and ideas for future  cooperation written by contributors of both countries.

Indonesian Ambassador to South Africa, Salman Al Farisi in his remarks emphasized the strong history of relations between the two countries and encouraged both sides not to fully feel satisfied with the current achievements. Moreover, he also highlighted  many potentials that can be explored by both countries. 

On the occasion,  Director General for Asia and the Middle East of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Africa, Ambassador Anil Sooklal affirmed  the importance of the South-South Cooperation scheme and both countries need to strengthen their people-to-people contacts in this modern era. In this virtual event, all related stakeholders of both countries are encouraged to maintain and improve the long-standing relations between Indonesia and South Africa.

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October

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Indonesian Embassy in Moscow promotes Indonesian coffee considering its very promising potential. First Secretary of the Education and Culture Function of the Indonesian Embassy in Moscow, Enjay Diana said in an informal meeting on Thursday (October 15), there were five representatives from three importers of Russian specialty coffee, namely Traveler's Coffee, Tea Company No.1 and Cezve Coffee that are interested in Specialty Coffee from Indonesia. It is hoped that this cooperation will increase the target of the Indonesian Embassy in Moscow to make Indonesia into the top five coffee exporting countries in Russia to be achieved in 2021. This meeting is part of a series of activities to commemorate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Russia in 2020. Currently, Indonesian specialty coffee which is the most popular in Russia, generally is coming from Sumatra.

Indonesia is ready to host the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction -GPDRR forum in Bali in 2022. The government has started preparing and identifying the needs and problems that must be resolved immediately. This meeting will be the biggest event to be held in Bali, after Indonesia hosted the annual meetings of the IMF and the World Bank in 2018. The government believes that Indonesia will benefit greatly from the willingness to host the GPDRR on 23-28 May 2022. Apart from being a soft diplomacy event to gain United Nations’ recognition, Indonesia is also benefited from the revival of the tourism sector, especially post-Covid-19 pandemic.