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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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Garulina

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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
February

Indonesia recorded potential transactions worth 2.725 million Euros or around 46.6 billion rupiah at the annual international tourism exhibition Feria Internacional de Turismo (FITUR) 2024,  which took place on 24-28 January 2024 in Madrid, Spain. The Indonesian Embassy in Madrid is optimistic that  Indonesia's successful participation in FITUR will contribute positively to increasing the number of Spanish tourist visits to Indonesia by 2024.  According to a press release from the Indonesian Embassy in Madrid on Tuesday (30/1), the Indonesian Embassy is collaborating with ten tourism business actors to bring various Indonesian destinations closer to visitors. They are Asia Bespoke Tours, Catur Viajes,  Come2indonesia,  Experience Toni Bali, Invierte en Indonesia Group, Kura Kura Resort, Lotus Asia Tours, Melia Bali, Pacto DMC and Spanesia Adventure Group. Chief Executive Officers of Asia Bespoke Tours,  Manfred Schweizer admitted that he was very happy to be able to participate  at the event of  FITUR 2024 with Indonesia.  According to Manfred Schweizer,  many visitors were interested in group travel packages, particularly  to Bali.  But he tried to suggest  them to also visit Sumatra or Kalimantan island to see orangutans or to Komodo Island,  Lake Toba and Raja Ampat.

Meanwhile,   owner of Experience Toni Bali, Toni Granados who comes from the city of Madrid conveyed that  apart from trips to see the beautiful nature of Bali,  there is also a meditation package for those who want to go on a spiritual journey with healers.  Indonesia's participation at the event  is an effort taking advantage of the recovery of Spanish people's interest in traveling abroad as well as the recovery of the Indonesian tourism sector after the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Indonesian Embassy in Madrid also took advantage of the momentum of Indonesia's election as a member of the Executive Council of the United Nations World Tourism Organization, representing the regional commission for East Asia and the Pacific for the period 2023- 2027.

Moreover, Indonesia's participation was carried out by  using a public-private partnership scheme.  The Indonesian Embassy in Madrid received support from the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs,  Ministry of Trade and the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy.  This year's FITUR also recorded new history because  the number of participants reached 9,000 companies from 152 countries.  At the Feria Internacional de Turismo (FITUR)  2023,  the number of participants reached 8,500 companies from 131 countries.

04
February

The Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Hong Kong launched an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based Indonesian citizen protection program to improve services for Indonesian citizens in Hong Kong and Macau.

The Indonesian Consul General in Hong Kong, Yul Edison, in a written statement received by Antara, Monday (29/1), stated that the Indonesian Consulate General in Hong Kong is always making improvements through close coordination with elements of the Hong Kong government and employment agencies. TheConsulate Generalisalso always responsive to measurable input,andfacilitatecase resolution and service innovation through AI-based 'hotlines'.

This statement was made during the "Indonesian Citizen Protection and Interactive Dialogue Program" on January 28 2024 which was attended by Indonesian migrant workers, students and professionals.

According to Yul Edison, one of the main work programs of the Indonesian Consulate General in Hong Kong in 2024 is to improve services for Indonesian citizens through the use of artificial intelligence-based 'hotlines' and the appearance of the latest 'website'.

The activity aims to provide reports and public accountability for the performance of the Indonesian Consulate General in Hong Kongduring2023 and the planned work program for 2024.

The hotline utilizes developments in artificial intelligence to collect general information, respond quickly to incoming questions and forward messages to those in charge if certain cases are found,that require immediate special treatment.

Apart from the hotline, the Indonesian Consulate General in Hong Kong has also developed a user-friendly 'website' as a means of disseminating public information. Through the website kemlu.go.id/hongkong/id, Indonesian citizens in Hong Kong can find important information regarding various services of the Indonesian Consulate General in Hong Kong, especially consular services, passports, immigration, protection, socio-cultural and economic information, releases of the activities of the Indonesian Consulate General in Hong Kong and other information, which is relevant.

The development of this artificial intelligence-based hotline was carried out by the Indonesian Consulate General in Hong Kong in collaboration with Telin Hong Kong, one of the Indonesian State-Owned Enterprises operating in Hong Kong so that the social media already owned by the Indonesian Consulate General in Hong Kong are Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

01
February

Pos Bloc Surabaya

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PosIND (Pos Indonesia) introduced a new creative space for the people of Surabaya through the soft launching of Pos Bloc Surabaya, at the Pos Bloc Building, Jalan Kebonrojo, Surabaya City, on January 28. The soft launching of Pos Bloc Surabaya was held through the "Conseria Surabaya" event. This event marks the introduction of Pos Bloc Surabaya to the general public, that there is a creative hub space that can be enjoyed together. President Director of PT Pos Indonesia (Persero), Faizal R Djoemadi said that Pos Bloc Surabaya is Pos Indonesia's commitment to providing creative space for the community, both business actors, communities and other groups. He hopes that the presence of Pos Bloc Surabaya can boost the economy of the people of Surabaya.

 

Post Bloc Surabaya is on Jalan Kebon Rojo, Surabaya, precisely in the building that used to be the Surabaya Post Office. Built on an area of 13,950 m2, Pos Bloc is a creative space for holding various arts, cultural events, creative community meetings, entertainment, and curated MSME business empowerment. Not only as a creative space, Pos Bloc Surabaya is also a historical tourist destination because this building is a 1.5 century old Dutch cultural heritage site.

 

The Surabaya Post Bloc Building is also known for its history as the place where the First President of the Republic of Indonesia, Ir. Soekarno attended Hogere Burgerschool (HBS). Therefore, Pos Bloc also presents the Soekarno Gallery as a form of memorabilia of the Proclaimer's footsteps in this building. Apart from that, there is also a Postal Gallery which displays postal items such as stamps, old postal items, and even motorbikes used by postmen.

 

President Director of PT Pos Indonesia Faizal Rochmad Djoemadi said that currently the renovation process for this building which is more than 100 years old has been completed. Currently, the party is in the curation process for MSME players who will later make Pos Bloc a showcase for their creative products. According to him, MSMEs will start joining next March.

01
February

Labuan Cermin Lake

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Indonesia has abundant enchanting natural and cultural wealth. Not only customs and culture, tourist attractions in Indonesia also add to the wealth of this country which is situated on the equator line. Kalimantan Island, one of the islands that crosses the equator, also has extraordinary allurement. Borneo island, which has quite a large natural wealth, is one of the islands that must be explored for its natural beauty. One of the most beautiful places is located in the eastern part of the island. A magical place that is quite unique is here, called Labuan Cermin.

Neither a beach nor a mountain, this place is a beautiful lake that always amazes it's visitors. Labuan Cermin Lake is located in Labuan Kelambu Village in Biduk-biduk District, East Kalimantan, which can be reached by road in about 6 to 7 hours from the capital of Berau Regency, Tanjung Redeb, in East Kalimantan. The view around Labuan Cermin Lake is very calming. This lake is surrounded by lush trees which create a very cozy atmosphere, so it is very suitable as a tourist destination to escape for a moment from the crowds that are often encountered every day. It is said that local stakeholders are developing Labuan Cermin as a tourist destination, starting with designating this area as a conservation area, and now it has been completed with supporting facilities to help visitors easily enjoy the beauty of the lake whose water has two flavors.

Labuan Cermin Lake has very clear water, even the sea sand at the bottom of the lake can be seen clearly. Why is it called Labuan Cermin? Labuan Cermin has two layers on which the sunlight reflects. This happens because Lake Labuan Cermin has two types of water. The water from the surface of the lake tasted salty, while the water at the bottom of the lake is fresh water. These two types of water make the lake have a separating layer so that the water can reflect the light exposure. Some people call Labuan Cermin lake 'Danau Dia Rasa' which means 'Lake of Two Flavours'. In Labuan Cermin, visitors can do sorts of activities such as swimming, snorkeling and diving. When diving using snorkeling goggles, you will see some fish swimming not far from the surface and some far at the bottom. The different flavors of the water separate some kind of fishes. It makes easier to identify freshwater and saltwater fish.

01
February

The Indonesian Embassy in Madrid participated again in  the annual international tourism exhibition ” Feria Internacional de Turismo “  (FITUR) at IFEMA Madrid on  24-28 January 2024. As quoted by  a statement from the Indonesian Embassy in Madrid, Indonesia's participation in FITUR 2024 is an effort to take advantage of the recovering interest of the Spanish people in traveling abroad as well as the recovery of the Indonesian tourism sector after the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, the Indonesian Embassy in Madrid also took advantage of the momentum of Indonesia's election as a member of the Executive Council of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), representing the regional commission for East Asia and the Pacific for the period 2023-2027.

After the success of Indonesia's participation last year, the Indonesian Embassy in Madrid expressed its optimism that FITUR 2024 will open up greater opportunities to attract Spanish tourists to Indonesia. To market the wide choice of Indonesian destinations, the Indonesian Embassy in Madrid is collaborating with 10 tour operators and local tourism sector entrepreneurs. This tour operator has the opportunity to directly offer travel packages as well as the opportunity to establish contacts and work together in organizing groups of tourists on holiday to Indonesia, including 10 priority Indonesian destinations.

Furthermore, Indonesia's participation is carried out by using a government-private partnership scheme. This time,  the Indonesia's participation received good support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Trade, as well as a number of leading brands. What is unique about the Indonesian pavilion this year is the presentation of a Coffee Bar which presents premium Indonesian coffee and Spanish models dressed in traditional Indonesian clothes. It is hoped that these tips will be supported by an integrated commitment from the Indonesian government and private sector to attract and increase visits by Spanish citizens and those who speak Spanish for holidays in Indonesia. FITUR is the most important tourism exhibition for the Ibero-American market, namely the Central and South American market which has historical proximity to Spain and Portugal. Along with the Mobile World Congress (MWC) which is held every end of February in Barcelona, FITUR which is held every January in Madrid is the largest international annual exhibition in Spain and the second largest in Europe.

As many as  8,500 companies and 131 countries have participated in FITUR 2023 which holds eight pavilions with a total exhibition area of 66,900 square meters.  In 2023, FITUR was visited by more than 222,000 individuals consisting of 136,000 professionals and 86,000 general people. FITUR last year also had an economic impact of 400 million euros profits for the city of Madrid. As in previous years, FITUR 2024 is divided into two sessions. FITUR for business actors in the tourism sector was opened on January 24-26, while FITUR for the general public was opened on January 27-28.//

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January

 

The national airline Garuda Indonesia, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, held the Garuda Indonesia Travel Fair 2024 for the Japanese region, last Thursday 25 January. Garuda Indonesia’s Tokyo Deputy General Manager Carina Megarani in Tokyo, Thursday (25/1) said that the online event aims to increase demand for both Japanese and Indonesian citizens to travel to Indonesia.

The exhibition was held to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Garuda Indonesia. Garuda Indonesia Travel Fair 2024 started on January 15 by accessing travel agents selected by the airline. The event was attended by more than 70 travel agents, tour operators, media and other Japanese tourism industry players.

Coordinator of the Information, Social and Cultural Functions of the Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo, Meinarti Fauzie, explained that the event aims to strengthen Indonesia's image as a tourist destination of choice for Japanese citizens. According to Meinarti, Indonesia, with its stunning natural landscapes, rich cultural heritage and warm hospitality, has always been one of the destinations of choice for foreign tourists. It is hoped that this Travel Fair can become a forum for travel agents, tour operators and prospective Japanese tourists to know more and strengthen the interest of tourist to visit Indonesia.

The tourist destinations promoted are super priority destinations, including Borobudur Temple in Central Java, Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara, Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara and Likupang in North Sulawesi. During the event, it was also announced Garuda's flight routes, namely Narita-Denpasar which operates every day and Haneda-Jakarta four times a week, as well as potential cooperation for super priority tourism. The activity was enlivened by performances of traditional Indonesian arts, the Cendrawasih Dance from Bali and the Tortor Batak Dance by the Nusantara Indonesia group.

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January

 

Sangkulirang Mangkalihat Karst is located in East Kalimantan, precisely in East Kutai Regency. Like the karst area, the Sangkulirang Mangkalihat location is also surrounded by steep walls, underground caves with exotic natural carvings, and green hills. The beauty of this giant karst group stretches from East Kutai Regency to Berau Regency. 

The Sangkulirang Mangkalihat area has an area of 1.8 million hectares. According to the results of research, this karst area provides information about traces of ancient humans which can be seen from hand paintings, pictures of boats, and paintings of various types of animals that are clearly depicted on the walls of the cave. It is said that traces of this ancient human existed around 10,000 years BC. Bones, crocks made of clay, and tools made of stone were also found here. It is also estimated that the spread of early Austronesian humans began in the Sangkulirang karst mountains. This means that the Sangkulirang Mangkalihat Karst is the starting point for the emergence of ancient humans in Indonesia. 

In this place there are valuable sites, such as for palaeontology, archaeology, fossil sites, geological-mineral structures, lithology, as well as a variety of endemic flora and fauna. The existence of caves, underwater rivers, limestone reserves and cement materials are quite abundant so they are very suitable as natural tourism spots. With these natural tourism spots, visitors can carry out activities such as hiking, rock climbing, cave exploring, flora and fauna exploration, or exploration of ancient human remains when visiting this tourist spot. 

East Kutai Regency can be reached for 4 – 5 hours by road from Samarinda City by four-wheeled vehicle. You can also rent a car at a rental place for around IDR 400,000 – IDR 500,000. After arriving in East Kutai Regency, the journey continues to Sangkulirang District. Even though this natural tourist attraction has been recognized by the world, this tourist destination is still considered very natural. There are only a few facilities provided, for example at the Tewet Post which was deliberately built as a resting place for visitors. 

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January

 

Indonesian Ambassador to Moldova, Meidyatama Suryodiningrat, said bilateral relations between Indonesia and the Republic of Moldova, which have been running for three decades, need to be improved. Increasing cooperation in the fields of economics, social, culture, education and the protection of Indonesian citizens were topics discussed in a meeting with the President of the Republic of Moldova Maia Sandu, which took place after the ceremony of handing over Letters of Credence at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday (23 /1/2024).

Moldova's support for Indonesia in the Human Rights Council for the period 2024 – 2026 as well as members of the UNESCO Executive Board for the period 2023 – 2027 and Indonesia's support for Moldova in the nomination for the Human Rights Council for the period 2027 – 2029, emphasize the importance of bilateral relations between the two countries.
Both parties agreed to increase economic cooperation, especially two-way trade. In this regard, it is very important to restore Indonesia's trade trend to a surplus, so that there is a balanced trade balance.

In the last two years, the trade balance between Indonesia and Moldova has still shown a negative trend with a deficit on the Indonesian side.
For Indonesia, Moldova is a partner in the Eastern European region which can be an alternative partner for exporting Indonesia's superior commodities, including palm oil. The Indonesian Ambassador hopes for Moldova's support regarding the continued down streaming of Indonesia's superior export commodities, which can contribute to achieving a positive trade balance for Indonesia.

The Indonesian Ambassador also emphasized the need to increase cooperation in the tourism sector. Diversification of tourism destinations in Indonesia needs to be promoted intensively, so that Moldovan citizens do not only visit Bali. For this reason, in 2024, various tourism and cultural promotion activities will be carried out in Moldova to increase awareness about Indonesia and to open up opportunities for cooperation between tour operators and travel agents from the two countries.

In the field of education and culture, the Indonesian government provides scholarships to Moldovan citizens consistently to introduce Indonesia from an academic and social perspective. The Indonesian Ambassador's mission is to increase the number of scholarships for Moldovan students and explore opportunities for collaboration between universities in the two countries for joint research and student exchanges to increase people-to-people contact.
Regarding the protection of Indonesian citizens, the Ambassador paid attention to Indonesian citizens living in Moldova. Until now, though not many, all Indonesian citizens live well in Moldova.

27
January

Indonesian students from the Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS) Surabaya, East Java province have made another achievement. The ITS student team succeeded in innovating used aluminum into a renewable energy source. Through the Exact Research Student Creativity Program (PKM-RE), the ITS team conducted research to see the effect of pre-treatment on aluminum metal on the amount of electrical power produced. According to the Head of the ITS research team, M Rizki Akbar, his research was motivated by concerns regarding used cans and aluminum foil around campus laboratories. Based on this concern, the students from the ITS Engineering Physics Department conducted research entitled The Effect of Pre-Treating Aluminum Waste Using HCl/Na2MoO4 Solution on Increasing the Rate of Hydrolysis in Hydrogen Production for Fuel Cell Applications to overcome the problem of waste cans and the like which are highly polluting the environment. This research, carried out at the ITS Advanced Functional Materials Laboratory, examined the effect of pre-treatment of aluminum using hydrochloric acid and sodium molybdate on the rate of hydrogen production. In the process, the hydrolysis reaction that occurs in aluminum produces hydrogen gas. Then, the gas is broken down into electrical energy using a device called Proton-exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells. This pre-treatment stage has proven useful in producing aluminum metal that is clean from dirt. With pre-treatment for 60 seconds, it is known that 0.5 grams of aluminum cans can produce 233.93 milliwatts of electrical power. This electrical power is much greater than aluminum cans without going through the pre-treatment stage, which only produces 29.78 milliwatts. Accompanied by a supervisor from the ITS Engineering Physics Department, Dr Ing Doty Dewi Risanti ST MT, the ITS research team succeeded in lighting a small lamp for 40 minutes using a 4 gram aluminum can. The research team from the Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology concluded that their discovery has the potential to become a renewable energy source in the future. This is, of course, with better processing and free from dangerous chemicals. Thanks to the studies carried out, the research team from ITS succeeded in winning the 36th National Student Science Week (Pimnas) which was held in November 2023. They managed to bring home two medals at once, namely a silver medal for the poster category and a bronze medal for the presentation category. This success is a matter of pride for the team, because it succeeded in making the name of the alma mater proud on the national stage. This research carried out by the ITS research team is an example of innovation that can be used to reduce waste. In addition, this innovation has also succeeded in developing new and renewable energy sources. It is hoped that this breakthrough can be a solution to overcome environmental and energy problems in Indonesia.

27
January

Sego Remo from East Java

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The culinary texture of Gresik's typical Nasi Romo is quite unique and different   from other typical Indonesian foods. The orange porridge layer appears to cover the top. So, it doesn't show the shape of the rice. Powder as a complement is added and chili sauce and crackers can make the culinary increasingly tempting. That's the description of Nasi Romo or Sego Romo, which is a culinary dish from Gresik district, East Java.Nasi Romo or lontong Rumo contains rice or lontong which is placed in a pincuk, which is a food dish made from banana leaves, then topped with boiled vegetables and crushed crackers. Afterwards, it is  coated with rumo porridge, which is a smooth orange colored one that is spiced with jangkep spices, namely shallots, garlic, large chilies, galangal and turmeric, coriander, galangal and cumin. Afterwards, it is given chili sauce and a sprinkling of koya made from grated fried coconut, so that when we eat Romo's rice, our tongues will taste the savory and slightly sweet porridge, plus steamed or boiled savory leaves, for example spinach or vegetables made from cassava leaves. This way of eating Rumo rice uses a spoon made from banana leaves called ‘Suru’. Time after time, now many people enjoy Romo's food, and Nasi Rumo is usually a breakfast menu for Gresik people.Nasi Rumo, whose name is taken from its origin, namely Roomo village, Manyar, Gresik, East Java, is usually sold at pocket-friendly prices. Now, although this food paired with crackers is starting to become hard to find, it can still be found in certain places, for example  in several traditional markets.

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