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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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12
October

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Indonesia has begun to open defense industrial cooperation with Romania. The team from the Indonesian Embassy in Bucharest made a visit to a firearms factory in Cugir, Romania on Wednesday (7/10). Cugir is a center for the production of firearms, both long and short-barreled, as well as ammunition for the Romanian defense industry, as well as those used by civilians. The visit of the Indonesian Embassy in Bucharest this time was welcomed by the State Secretary of the Romanian Ministry of Economy, Energy and Business Development, Iulian Cristian Simu, who was very enthusiastic about establishing further cooperation in the Southeast Asia region. Specifically, he stated that it is possible to transfer technology, increase capacity, and adjustments based on demand.

Indonesia and Ethiopia have a huge opportunity to organize collaborative programs in the field of inter-tertiary education. This cooperation is included in the field of teaching, study, student exchange and research on Islam. The Indonesian Embassy in Addis Ababa and the State Islamic University (UIN) Syarif Hidayatullah in Jakarta will also collaborate on research and publishing books in the field of education. This was conveyed by Al Busyra Basnur, the Indonesian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Djibouti and the African Union in a virtual public lecture delivered before 150 students and lecturers of UIN Syarif Hidayatullah, on Thursday (8/10). The lecture entitled "Islam and Muslim Communities in Ethiopia: History and Culture and Bilateral Relations between Indonesia and Ethiopia" describes the role of Ethiopia in Islamic history, including the development and current situation of the Muslim community in Ethiopia.

10
October

Indonesia sign UNWTO tourism ethics                                                                                                                                                                                                                           UNWTO

Indonesia wants to be a pioneer in developing sustainable tourism and preserving the environment, local culture, and human rights, including the economic life of people in post-COVID-19 tourism areas. This was conveyed by Indonesian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain and the representative of Indonesia at UNWTO (World Tourism Organization), Hermono. As reported by Antara London, Monday, 5/10 in connection with the signing of the UNWTO Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics (UNWTO FCTE) in Spain, Ambassador Hermono said that Indonesia was the first country to sign the UNWTO FCTE or tourism ethics framework convention. Ambassador Hermono represented the Government of Indonesia in signing the UNWTO FCTE which is an international convention to promote fair, inclusive, and transparent tourism.

He said that the signing of the convention is a significant step towards ratification of the convention, which was adopted at the 23rd UNWTO General Assembly in St Petersburg, Russia in September last year. According to Ambassador Hernowo, the convention was carried out so that world tourism development would still pay attention to the code of ethics as stipulated in the convention. He also admitted that the reason Indonesia considers that’s important for the convention to be implemented immediately because the entry into force needs a minimum of 10 countries to sign it. He emphasized that Indonesia's strong commitment is also a moral responsibility because Indonesia is actively involved in the formulation of the convention. This is one of the reasons why Indonesia took the initiative as the first country to have signed the convention with the hope that other UNWTO member countries will soon follow.

Executive of the Economic Function of the Indonesian Embassy in Madrid, Svetlana Prasasthi said that by signing the convention, Indonesia has proven its commitment to upholding the highest ethical principles in developing the Indonesian tourism sector. So far, Indonesia has also played an important role in the preparation of the convention.

09
October

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Indonesia Corner is opened at the University of Vienna

Indonesian Ambassador to Austria, Slovenia and the United Nations, Dr. Darmansjah Djumala inaugurated the Indonesia Corner at the Library of the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna last Tuesday virtually (6/10). This is the result of a collaboration between the Indonesian Embassy / Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia (PTRI) in Vienna and the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Vienna University. The Indonesian Embassy in Vienna stated the inauguration of the Indonesia Corner coincided with the opening and beginning  of the Winter Semester 2020 of Indonesian Language Class. The Indonesia Corner will complement the collection of books about Indonesia at the library of the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna.  The Indonesian Embassy in Vienna also contributed a number of Indonesian books from many fields such as political, social, economic, cultural spheres and general sciences about Indonesia as additional collections at the library.

After the virtual inauguration of the Indonesia Corner virtually, Ambassador Djumala is optimistic that the Indonesia Corner will inspire students to learn more details about Indonesia and strengthen cooperation and people-to-people contact between Indonesia and Austria in the future.

Indonesia's commitment to provide additional collection of books about Indonesia from various aspects of knowledge will encourage Austrian students to study and get to know Indonesia more, so that it can  strengthen the relationship between the people of the two countries. The Library of the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of  University of Vienna has a collection of books about Indonesia, both in English, German and ancient Javanese written in the 1800s until now.

09
October

The Instrumentation Engineering Department at Vocational Faculty, Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS) succeeded in initiating an innovation called Co-Saber: Corona Smartband and Smart Detector, a smart presence technology to prevent the spread of the corona virus in small and medium industries. Chair of the Armies Team, Eko Rian Fauzi, said that since June, the government has implemented a new habitual adaptation period to restore the wheels of the economy in Indonesia, but the impact of this policy has apparently added a new cluster to the spread of Covid-19. They considered the presence method using fingerprint to be one of the causes of the spread of the virus. Therefore, Co-Saber is here as a solution.

Co-Saber consists of two devices, namely Smartband and Smart Detector which are connected by an internet connection. The smartband is specially designed to resemble a bracelet that workers will wear. This tool functions to monitor the travel history of workers so that this tool is accompanied by a Global Positioning System -GPS. Meanwhile, the Smart Detector is used as a non-contact presence tool before workers enter the work location. To minimize physical contact, a face detection feature is embedded to identify workers who are in attendance. In this device, there is also an infrared ray-based temperature sensor to measure the body temperature of workers without making physical contact.

For how it works, first, the ultrasonic sensor will identify the presence of someone before the device. If he or she is detected, the camera will later take an image of the worker's face. Then, the results will be processed by face detection technology to find out the identity of the worker who is attending. Furthermore, the travel history of the worker will be retrieved from Cloud Storage and automatically identified whether the worker has visited one or more locations on the Covid-19 blacklist. The results of the temperature identification and the location visited will be reprocessed and displayed by the indicator. Eko revealed that previously, there was a similar technology in 2014, especially in the use of face detection as an online presence. What distinguishes this study is that the Co-Saber technology is equipped with features of measuring body temperature and identifying the travel history so that it can adjust to the conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic currently hitting the world.

08
October

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The Indonesian Embassy in Bangkok held a workshop along with the Indonesian people in Thailand, which was attended by approximately 80 Indonesian citizens on Sunday, ( 4/10). This activity is aimed at not only enhancing the relationship between the Indonesian Embassy in Bangkok and the Indonesian people in Thailand, but also discussing relevant issues in a bid to foster Indonesian communities in Thailand. This is part of the sustainable efforts of the Indonesian Representative to empower the Indonesian Diaspora Network and the Indonesian Student Association in Thailand, to become national ambassadors, and to help further promote Indonesia in Thailand. This workshop was an opening of a series of activities carried out by the Indonesian Diaspora Network and the Indonesian Student Association in the fields of sports and cultural arts. The Chancellor for Ad Interim of the Indonesian Embassy in Bangkok, Dicky Komar, at the opening of the event said that this activity was filled with discussions on issues regarding consular affairs, immigration, promotion of culture and education. The Indonesian people, both members of the Diaspora and the Association, seemed to enthusiastically participate in this activity which was the first direct interaction activity during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Thailand's situation has improved and the relaxation of mass gathering activities allows Indonesians to meet each other and have direct dialogue. Dicky Komar further said, the Indonesian Embassy in Bangkok always supports every positive activity carried out by the Indonesian people in Thailand; one of which is through sports and cultural arts. Currently, the sports activities carried out by the Diaspora and the Association are soccer and volleyball training, and cultural arts is gamelan training. It is hoped that the sports and cultural arts training program to be carried out will be more diverse and the Diaspora and the Association can help the Indonesian Embassy in promoting Indonesian cultural arts to Thai community and the international community.

07
October

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Russian youths participate in wearing “Batik” on National Batik Day

Some Russian youths took part in wearing batik on National Batik Day (2/10). The National Batik Day is commemorated not only in Indonesia, but also in many countries in the world./ As reported by Antara London on Saturday (3/10),  First Secretary of the Information and Socio-Cultural Function of the Indonesian Embassy in Moscow, Enjay Diana stated that they are the young generation of Russia, as friends of Indonesia or (Indonesianist)  who admire Indonesian culture. On the National Batik Day, the Indonesianists held an event by walking around Moscow City by  wearing batik.  They visited the VDNH park or the All-Russian Exhibition Center. Maria Yarovitskaya, a member of the Kirana Nusantara Dance art group at the Indonesian Embassy in Moscow, led by  Elisabeth Nurnilasari , a staff of the Indonesian Embassy in Moscow stated she and her friends gathered to make videos and took special photos in the celebration of Batik Day which is commemorated every 2nd October.

Maria Yarovitskaya affirmed that her side agreed to go to the VDNH park to take videos and pictures at several locations. She was accompanied by Ekaterina Kamilova, an alumni of the Indonesian Cultural Arts Scholarship (BSBI) program of the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a member of the Gamelan Dadali art studio of the Indonesian Embassy in Moscow led by Tri's  Koyo, staff of the Indonesian Embassy in Moscow, Aleksandr Berezkin and Daniil Gribanov who are also members of the Gamelan Dadali./ All of them wore batik with various patterns. Ad Interim Business Authority who is also Deputy Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Russia and Belarus, Azis Nurwahyudi stated that batik is increasingly known in Russia. He also emphasized that the Indonesian Embassy in Moscow always promotes batik in various events, including festivals.

05
October

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The Indonesian government actively participates in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) program in handling the problem of plastic waste. This was affirmed by Indonesian Ambassador to Austria, Darmansjah Djumala when meeting Director General of the IAEA, Rafael Mariano Grossi at the Headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Austria, Fridayafternoon  (2/10) local time. One of the topics discussed at the meeting was the commitment of the Indonesian Government to actively participate in the IAEA program related to handling the problem of plastic waste. Director General Grossi carries the Nuclear Technology for Controlling Plastic Pollution (NUTEC Plastic) program which facilitates the use of nuclear technology for the management and recycling of plastic waste. Indonesia has the potential to become one of the pilot countries, because it is considered to have the capacity in the mastery of radiation technology and reliable human resources. This program is targeted to start in 2021 and will involve related stakeholders in the management and recycling of plastic waste.

Indonesia is ready to host the World Habitat Day (HHD) commemoration which is commemorated by member countries of the United Nations (UN) every year on the first Monday of October. The certainty that Indonesia will host the Day’s commemoration is marked by the signing of a Cooperation Agreement on the International Habitat Day Commemoration Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Indonesia which was represented by Minister of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR), Basuki Hadimuljono and Executive Director of the United Nations / UN-Habitat, Maimunah Mohd Sharif. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the signing of the manuscript was done virtually at the same time in different places. Even though it is long distance, the agreement is still legal and the essence of the agreement between the two parties has not diminished. In the agreement, it was agreed that the peak activities of The Global Observance of World Habitat Day 2020 commemoration will be held in Surabaya, East Java on 5 and 6 October 2020. Minister Basuki said that his side has encouraged all stakeholders who are members to be able to play an active role in participating in the peak of the celebration internationally.

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September

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Indonesian Consulate General  in Shanghai holds the Indonesia Fair

Indonesian Consulate General  in Shanghai held the Indonesia Fair amid the efforts to restore the economy of China. Executive of the Social and Cultural Information Function of the Indonesian Consulate General in Shanghai, Wandi Adriano, as reported by Antara News Agency on Saturday (26/9) stated that looking at the development of the situation in Shanghai which has relatively recovered again, his side  organized the activity to promote Indonesian products and culture. The exhibition was held at the Shanghai Mart on September 22-24, 2020 on which the Indonesian Consulate General and the Shanghai Indonesian Trade Promotion Center (ITPC) are located.

Moreover,  Wandi Andriano further stated that Shanghai is one of the cities in China that provides the largest contribution of foreign tourists visiting Indonesia for several years before the Covid-19 pandemic. Therefore amid this pandemic, the Indonesian Consulate General in Shanghai has held tourism exhibitions several times. He also explained  that in addition to tourism destinations and attractions, the Indonesia Fair also presented some of Indonesia's excellent products, such as coffee, tea, fried noodles, tempeh, and various other types of snacks. Body care and traditional songs, such as Bungong Jeumpa, Si Jali-jali, and Sipatokaan enlivened the annual event. Indonesian university students from  Nanjing City which is relatively close to Shanghai City also participated in the Indonesia Fair by performing several traditional dances such as the Mandau Dance and the Batok Dance.

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September

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Two Culture Events in Ramayana Ballet

The Indonesian Embassy in Bangkok along with the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture and the Ministry of Culture of Thailand has facilitated the holding of a Virtual Ramayana Joint Performance at the Thai National Theater, Bangkok on September 24, 2020. This activity with the theme of Two Nations: One Dance is part of the activity to commemorate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Thailand this year. Cultural contacts have been going on long before 1950 when Indonesia and Thailand officially started establishing diplomatic relations and cooperation. The story of the Ramayana which is owned by the two countries is clear evidence of the long history of these cultural relations.

In his remarks, Minister of Culture of Thailand, Ittiphol Khunpluem underlined that the Joint Virtual Dance activity emphasized the close feeling of unity between Indonesia and Thailand and inspired the strengthening of the ASEAN Community. This cultural activity is believed to continue to inspire the people of the two countries in a bid to create joint activities, share knowledge between institutions to grow and to jointly succeed.

Meanwhile, Indonesian Minister of Education and Culture, Nadiem Makarim through a video message displayed at the beginning of the event, underlined that the Covid-19 pandemic has not stopped the joint efforts of the two countries to give their best. Even, this pandemic requires both sides to be more creative in carrying out various collaborations, including the holding of the Joint Virtual Ramayana Dance.

The Indonesian Ramayana Dance performed by the Jakarta Bharata Wayang Orangutan Group and the Bali Paripurna was performed virtually. Meanwhile, the Thai Ramayana Dance was performed live by the Thai Ministry of Culture dance group. The dance collaboration between the two countries was presented beautifully and illustrated the whole story of Sri Rama's struggle in bringing Dewi Shinta back to Ayodhya.

On the occasion, the Indonesian Embassy in Bangkok promoted Indonesian culinary delights in the form of traditional snacks such as Dadar Gulung, Lumpia Semarang and Combro to those people who were present.
The Ramayana Ballet performance was carried out by adhering to strict health protocol standards as recommended by the relevant health authorities. At the venue, around 400 spectators were present and consisting of Thai government officials, diplomatic circles, academics, media, friends of Indonesia and the Indonesian people in Thailand. Apart from attending in person, this show has also been witnessed by 4500 viewers of both countries through YouTube, Instagram and Facebook links.

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September

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Deputy Speaker of Indonesian  House of Representatives –DPR,  Azis Syamsuddin considers that Indonesia and France have similar insights related to inclusive Indo-pacific concepts by bringing forward the centrality of ASEAN. Receiving the visit of French Ambassador to Indonesia, Olivier Chambard in Jakarta on Wednesday  (23/9), Aziz said that the meeting  was held  in the context of  70 years of bilateral relations between  Indonesia and France. He also stated that he and Ambassador Olivier discussed many issues such as economy, politics, defense, bilateral  and multilateral  relations.

Azis considered that the 70- year relationship is a good momentum  of both countries to boost strategic partnership of both Indonesia and France. He also responded to positive plans for both countries  in defense and the main weaponry system.

The strategic framework between Indonesia and France becomes a reference to increase partnership, particularly in world peace-keeping.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Olivier Chambard appreciated the initiative of Indonesia through "ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific" ASEAN  in developing inclusive Indo-Pacific region for all parties. He also explained  that France looks at Indonesia as a substantial partnership in Indo-Pacific region and France has similar  concepts of Indo-Pacific initiated by Indonesia.