Indonesian Ambassador in Islamabad, Pakistan Iwan Amri said that the embassy will come to the Indonesian workers’ shelters in Pakistan and make use of post and social media’s service to reach Indonesian workers. Collecting data on Indonesian workers by Indonesian representative is an absolute requirement for effective protection of Indonesian Citizens. Indonesian ambassador Iwan Amri, in a press release on Monday (26/2) said that in line with the 1945 Constitution and direction of Indonesian President, officials of the Indonesian Foreign Affairs’ ministry have instructed all Indonesian representatives to increase Indonesian workers’ protection overseas. According to Iwan, in a meeting with Indonesian workers on data collection and verification of Indonesian workers at the Indonesian embassy in Islamabad, the data which is verified by the central government and representative of Indonesia is very important for the effective implementation of protection and service of Indonesian worker. The Indonesian Foreign Affairs’ ministry has cooperated with related ministry/organization in Indonesia to develop integrated database and information system, Portal of Indonesian Worker Care, which is connected each other with related institution in Indonesia. The Portal will become a media for protection and service for all Indonesian people overseas. Iwan Amri asserted for the database, the Indonesian embassy in Islamabad will come to the Indonesian workers’ shelters in Pakistan. The Indonesian workers overseas are asked to actively report themselves after arriving in Pakistan, and report again if deciding to return to the country. Besides Portal of the Indonesian worker care, the Indonesian embassy in Islamabad will immediately have facility to record data, so as providing easy service on Population Identification Number and resident documentation.
The Indonesian Consulate General in Davao City, the Philippines held outreach program immigration service day for an extension of Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat province. In implementing the program, the Indonesian Consulate General cooperated with Immigration Office of Mindanao. The Alien Certificate of Registration is a document which is issued by the Philippines’ Immigration as temporary residence permit for Indonesian citizens who must extend the permit every year. The outreach event is on the initiative of Gland Immigration and the Indonesian Consulate General in Davao City to handle problems of a number of citizen descendants who do not extend the certificate because of the difficulty of transportation and economic reason. To support the program, the Indonesian Consulate General also provides logistic aid to the Immigration team and all Indonesian citizens.On the sidelines of the service, the Indonesian Consulate General in Davao City, Berlian Napitupulu gave direction to 196 persons Indonesian people descendants in Isulan and surrounding area. The Indonesian Consulate General along with UNHCR and Justice Department of the Philippines also conducted Advocacy Meeting with local government’s officials so that the Indonesian descendants who do not extend the certificate for years will be exempted from fines and those who do not have birth certificate can be helped. The immigration service is held by inviting Glan City Immigration officers to Isulan city which is located 180 km and quite far and difficult to reach.
Initiating her working visit to Lebanon, Indonesian Foreign Affairs’ minister was welcomed by Navy of Garuda Contingent on KRI Usman Harun at Port of Beirut (25/2). To 100 personnel of Garuda Contingent of UNIFIL marine forces, the Indonesian Foreign Affairs’ minister conveyed her appreciation on the contribution and professionalism of the Indonesian navy to the World Peace. Minister Retno Marsudi said at Port Beirut, Lebanon, on Monday that Indonesia has long history in contributing for the World Peace. Garuda Contingent has contributed to keep the peace in Sinai since 1957. Indonesia has sustainably dispatched Garuda Contingent. It shows Indonesia’s commitment to the world’s peace. Because of the sustainable contribution and its good track record, Indonesia proposes to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2019-2020 periods. Minister Retno Marsudi also said the world will see Indonesia’s commitment and contribution track record for the world peace. Garuda Contingent has become the backbone of UNIFIL marine’s operation. Of15 countries participating in the operation, only Indonesia along with 5 other countries which contribute ship and forces. On the occasion, the Indonesian Foreign Affairs’ minister reminded again that the Indonesian forces must always uphold professionalism, performance, discipline, dedication, and maintain Indonesian and the Indonesian military’s reputation in the UNIFIL.
The process of caning sentence against five violators of Islamic laws conducted at Babussalam mosque, Lampaseh Aceh, on Tuesday (27/2) got attention from all parties, including tourists from Malaysia. 27 tourists from Terengganu, Malaysia who are visiting Banda Aceh admitted that they are interested in witnessing the process of caning sentence against violator of Islamic laws. One of tourists, Ramli Nuh, gave appreciation to Banda Aceh mayor, Aminullah Usman, who has strong commitment to run the implementation of regulation number 6/2014 about Jinayah or punishment in Banda Aceh. According to Ramli Nuh, the punishment could be a lesson for others. He said it is good means of socialization, so that in the future, there is no more violation. Ramli Nuh also said that in Terengganu, Law enforcement of Islamic laws has existed since 2003. But the implementation does not run smoothly. Ramli Nuh further said the failure cannot be separated from a number of political interests in his country. He also recognized that he keep monitoring Aceh development from Malaysia through reports from media. Banda Aceh mayor, Aminullah Usman, explained that he has built Call Center service to receive report from people when they find Islam law violation at their region.
As many as 1,500 disabilities flocked Sabha Swagata in Banyuwangi, on Tuesday (27/2), to show their creativities and talent in the Festival of children with the special needs. In the festival, they showed creativity by performing their talent and skill, among others playing chess, becoming dalang, dancing, and telling story which were directly witnessed by national disability ambassador, Dewi Yull. Dewi Yull told to journalists in Banyuwangi, East Java on Tuesday (27/2), the children with special needs, are special children. She hoped the festival can foster spirit and confidence for the children. Meanwhile, Banyuwangi regent, Abdullah Azwar Anas, said the festival is part of based on community rehabilitation. Regional government of Banyuwangi in the last four years, has allocated scholarship for disabilities with achievements.
Bank Muamalat continues to conduct the Early-Age Hajj program with cooperation with the ministry of Religion Affairs office in North Maluku province. The program is conducted in a number of Senior and Junior High schools and also Madrasah Tsanawiyah and Aliyah in North Maluku. The socialization was held at Ternate, Tidore Island and South Halmahera. The Early-Age Hajj program has received positive responds from students who wished to open saving for hajj. The person in charge of the program, Sofyan Rafandi, told to RRI Ternate, on Tuesday (27/2), the program is conducted throughout Indonesia by Bank Muamalat, because the bank realizes the importance of pilgrimage, so that it can invite more hajj participants in Indonesia. According to Sofyan, the younger people save, the easier the implementation of the pilgrimage is.
Starting on February 10, 2018, Indonesian tourists visiting Uzbekistan are granted a visa-free facility. Visa-free for the visit It is valid for 30 days and cannot be renewed. This policy is in accordance with the Uzbekistan Presidential Decree which said the Government continues steps to Create a Conducive Atmosphere for the Development of Potential Tourism of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Besides Indonesia, Uzbekistan provides visa-free facility to tourists from 6 other countries, namely Israel, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Turkey, and Japan. Uzbekistan has also imposed a free declaration for tourists carrying less than 2,000 US dollars. The tourist can exit on the green-marked lane at Islam Karimov international airport Tashkent.
Indonesian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Venezuela, Trinidad, Tobago, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada and Saint Lucia, Mochammad Luthfie Witto'eng handed over credentials to Saint Lucia's Governor General Sir Emmanuel Neville Cenac. The credentials ceremony took place on Monday (19/2), at the residence of Governor General Saint Lucia, known as the Government House. In his speech, Ambassador Luthfie delivered a warm greeting from the President Joko Widodo to Governor-General Sir Emmanuel Neville Cenac, the government, and the people of Saint Lucia. In addition, he also said that bilateral relations between Indonesia and Saint Lucia have been going well. This is marked by an increase in the total value of trade in recent years. The development of bilateral relation between the two countries has been realized through mutual support on the nomination of each party in various international organizations and forums. Ambassador Luthfie expressed hope that the bilateral relations between the two countries could continue to increase. Governor-General Saint Lucia in his speech also expressed hope that the bilateral relationship between Indonesia-Saint Lucia that has been established to date can be continuously improved in all sectors of potential cooperation, including in the fields of economy, tourism, education, disaster management and agriculture.
The last information came from Jakarta. In order to increase the investment interest of US businessmen to Indonesia, the US Directorate I, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in New York held a National Investment Seminar on “How to Attract Investors from US Investors Perspective” in Jakarta on Thursday (22/2). In particular, The seminar was held in particular to explore American investors' preferences on investment sectors in Indonesia and to exchange their investment experience in Indonesia. Including This regulation, to increase boosting the confidence and interest of American investors to increase investment in priority sectors, such as infrastructure In addition to Seminars, American investors also make visits to various regions in Indonesia, such as Bali, Yogyakarta, East Java and West Java, and they are committed to help priority development programs in various regions. These are organized as a preparation for the "Roadmap on Trade, Tourism and Investment" to be held in New York, USA, in August. The seminar in Jakarta was attended by 16 US investors, relevant Indonesian government elements, and representatives of various domestic trade associations and employers, including the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Indonesian Young Entrepreneurs Association and the Indonesian Employers' Association.
As many as 450 people from 134 sub-districts of Cirebon III region or commonly known as Ciayumajakuning area, consists of District element, Military Rayon Command, Sector Police, Head of port, Naval Base, Sea and Coast Guard Unity, and Police Officers were officially inaugurated by Head of Regional Office of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of West Java, Indro Purwoko, in Cirebon, West Java, on Thursday (22/2) as a Foreigner Oversight Team. After the event, ceremony, Indro Purwoko told RRI that the Foreigner's Monitoring Team -PORA will be in charge of overseeing the existence and activities of foreign citizens or foreign tourists in Cirebon City and Regency, Indramayu, Majalengka and Kuningan districts. Meanwhile, Head of Cirebon Second Class Immigration Office, Mohammad Tito Andriyanto, said, with the inauguration of the Foreigners Supervisory team, it certainly can fully help full the task from Immigration Cirebon. Especially with the presence of International Airport Kertajati Majalengka, region III Cirebon will be more crowded.
The National Committee, organizer of the annual meeting of International Monetary Fund-World Bank 2018, went to Banyuwangi District, East Java to monitor the readiness of supporting facilities and infrastructure in the local area. The arrival of the National Committee was led by Expert Staff on Organization, Bureaucracy, and Information Technology at the Ministry of Finance, Susiwijono, in Banyuwangi, on Thursday (22/2). Susiwijono said his arrival to Banyuwangi to see first hand the airport, hotels, and tourist destinations, because Banyuwangi is the closest area of Bali which becomes one of the buffer areas of Bali and part of the seven tourist destinations of the International Monetary Fund-World Bank meeting participants. He added that next week it is planned that the Coordinating Ministry of Marine Affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan will also come to Banyuwangi to ensure all supporting infrastructure is ready, so that the shortcomings can be intervened by the central government.
Postage of Placement and Protection Service of Indonesian Workers Entikong held socialization on Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers. The event, held at Entikong Industrial Training Unit, Sanggau District, West Kalimantan was followed by officials from Customs, Immigration, Quarantine & Security Support Post Entity Border Entikong Cross Border Post and related stakeholders in Entikong District. Coordinator of Post Service for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Workers Entom, Roni Firman Ramdani, in Entikong, Thursday (22/2) explained, this socialization aims to provide information to officers at Post Border Entikong Cross Border Post about the process of placement, document requirements, and protection for workers Indonesian migrants who will work abroad. He added that this activity is also done in order to strengthen the commitment and inter-agency cooperation at Post Border Entikong State Cross Border Post to provide facilitation service of migrant worker departure procedure, prevention efforts and prevention of non-procedural migrant workers, and measures in handling Indonesian migrant workers with problems, repatriated through the Entikong Cross Border Post.
Indonesia is an agrarian country with is rich of natural resources. Various tropical plants grow easily and fertily in Indonesia; one of which is rice plant. Rice is the staple food of most Indonesians. Their dependency on rice is very high. Therefore, the government keeps encouraging to increase rice production in the country. There are many factors that support the increase of rice harvest. In addition to land availability, soil fertility, water and human resources, agricultural technology also contributes to increase the rice production. Some Indonesian farmers have already used simple technology in rice farming. They use tractors, paddy fields markers and many more.
Agricultural technology is created to facilitate the work of farmers and to increase agricultural production. As part of Indonesian society, students have an important role to contribute to agriculture, especially rice farming. Weeds or wild plants are problems that are almost always faced by all farmers. Weeds can grow in rice fields planted with crops and rice. The presence of wild plants or weeds on the sidelines of rice plants will certainly disrupt rice production. The wild grass can disrupt the growth of rice plants and reduce production.
Therefore, two Bogor Agricultural College students invent a simple machine that serves to destroy weed and fertilize rice in the fields. This machine is named 'Si Tepuk'. This mechine is the invention of Aceng Muhammad Badrudin Muttaqin and Dani Kurnia. Aceng said that Si Tepuk uses electricity from battery that can already be produced in Indonesia. This machine combines weeding and fertilizing activities. The working principle is a cutting knife which serves to cut the weeds to the roots. The engine is equipped with the first wheel that serves to immerse the weeds that have been cut off. The fertilizer discharging funnel serves to sprinkle the fertilizer near the plant roots and the rear wheel serves to immerse the fertiler. According to Aceng, the concept of making cultivators and rice fertilizers has been started since October 2017 to January 2018. The process of making the cultivator takes time for approximately two weeks. Making this machine is done in cooperation with welding workshop.
They made these farming tools based on their experience with farmers when they did field practice. They saw that there were farmers who cultivated rice without weeding first because the grass was still small so it was hard to do the weeding. In fact, the activity of cultivating and nurturing aims to optimize the growth of plants with the absorption of nutrients in the right target. Si Tepuk has been included in the Agriventor Technology Agricultural Youth Inventor Competition 2017 organized by the Indonesian Youth Farmers' Movement (Gempita). Aceng said the competition was followed by 36 teams of young inventors all over Indonesia. On 20 February 2018, the team presented their findings to the jury.
Meanwhile, Dani Kurnia said that the interest to following the competition had encouraged them to create simple tools useful for the agricultural sector. According to Dani, the machine of Si Tepuk is a real action of STPP Bogor students to advance agriculture in Indonesia. Dani added that they received input from the competition jury team. However, the tool still requires more trials so that it can be used by farmers.
Regent of North Aceh, Muhammad Thaib suspended the granting of concessions for palm oil plantation in the region, for an unspecified time. The suspension of palm oil expansion permit in North Aceh is caused by several reasons. Take for example, the palm oil is a type of water absorbent tree, which is considered to hamper the production of other crops. One palm tree spends about 15 liters of water every day. Regent Muhammad Thaib in Lhoksukon on last Tuesday (20/2) said that another reason is the lack of palm oil factory in North Aceh, which accommodates the palm oil, so that the farmers have to sell their commodity to other regions. Currently, the area of palm oil plantation in North Aceh is more than 25 thousand hectares. As replacing palm oil, regent Mohammad Thaib invited the community to grow hybrid coconut, Betang Betara (another type of areca nut) and other productive plant species. He also invited the people of North Aceh to plant at least two hybrid coconut trees in each home yard, because it will be able to produce various benefits.
The government of Tapin Regency, South Kalimantan province is ready to develop Ratu Peranginan Lake tourism which is located at Lokpaikat Village. Head of Culture and Tourism Office of Tapin Regency, Hamdan Rosyadi in Rantau on last Wednesday (21/2) said that his Office has coordinated with one of the mining companies to revive the enchantment of lake. The company is willing to develop the Lake tourist area by using social funds that are directed to the tourism sector. Hamdan also stated that the people can manage the tourism development by establishing the village-owned enterprises. One of Lokpaikat residents, Suparman said that the lake area had become one of the leading tourisms in the region. Hamdan also said, the clear water of the lake at that time was used for health, drinking water and other needs, but since 2005 the lake area has started being contaminated.
President Joko Widodo visited the upstream of Citarum river, Tarumajaya Village, Kertasari sub-district, Bandung regency, West Java on last Thursday (22/2). He came to the location of tree planting on a plot 73 area, Mount Wayang and directly planted the ‘Manglid tree’. The President was accompanied by Minister of Environment of Forestry, Siti Nurbaya Bakar, Minister of Public Work and Public Housing, Basuki Hadi Mulyono, Governor of West Java, Ahmad Heriawan, Chief of West Java Regional Police Inspector General (Police), Agung Budi Maryoto and Regent of Bandung, Dadang M Nasir. President Joko Widodo said that his visit to the Citarum River upstream is aimed to see the rehabilitation movement in the river watershed area, which has been started from February 1. Moreover, the President stated that to ensure the construction of rehabilitation program, he will see directly within three months or six months. Currently, PT Perkebunan Nasional -PT PN VIII (8) has provided an area covering 950 hectares to be planted. President Joko Widodo also said that the land can be planted with various species of productive plants such as coffee, rubber, and Manglid.
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Indonesia to Venezuela concurrently Trinidad and Tobago, Commonwealth of Dominica, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Grenada and Saint Lucia, Mochammad Luthfie Witto'eng, handed over Credentials to Governor General of Saint Lucia, Sir Emmanuel Neville Cenac. The handover was held on Monday (19/2) at Government House. In his speech, ambassador Luthfie conveyed President Joko Widodo’s warm regard to the Governor General, Sir Emmanuel Neville Cenac, the government and people of Saint Lucia. In addition, ambassador Luthfie also conveyed that bilateral relationship between Indonesia and Saint Lucia runs smoothly. It is marked with the increase of trade total value in recent years. Besides that, Indonesia and Saint Lucia geographically have similarity as an archipelagic country. It also which makes the two countries have similarity in views on international issues which become concern of the two countries, such as climate change, disaster management and renewable energy sources. The expansion of bilateral relationship between the two countries has been implemented in mutual support efforts on the candidacy of each party in various international organizations and forums. Ambassador Luthfie also conveyed his hope that the relation of the two countries can continue to increase. Meanwhile, Governor General Saint Lucia in his speech conveyed his hope that Indonesia-Saint Lucia bilateral relation which has been established, can increase in various sectors. Potential cooperation are among others in the field of economy, tourism, education, disaster management and agriculture. The effors to increase the cooperation can be started by an agreement of the two countries in an MoU. The Governor General believed that under ambassador Mochammad Luthfie Witto'eng leadership, bilateral relation of the two countries will continue to increase.
The Indonesian embassy’s participation on Salon des Femmes Chefs d'Entreprise/SEF (Women Entrepreneurs Fair) at Sfax city on February 13-18 attracted the invitees and visitors. In addition to promoting Indonesian tourism and traditional crafts’ products, the Indonesian Embassy in Tunis
also opened a booth of Indonesian typical foods provided by Dharma Wanita Persatuan or Woman Association of the Indonesian embassy in Tunis. Indonesian student association in Tunisia also enlivened the event by performing 3 traditional dances, namely Lenggang Nyai, Maumere and Poco-Poco. The dances which were performed during lunch were able to make the audience amazed. They also danced poco-poco together with the dancers. In his remarks, Charge d'Affaires Ad Interim of the Indonesian Embassy in Tunis conveyed his gratitude to the committee who has invited the Indonesian embassy in Tunis to participate in the event and asserted the participation indicated the wish of Indonesia to tighten relationships with Tunisia. Hopefully, the existence of the Indonesian embassy in the event can contribute to push economic or cultural cooperation with various parties in Tunisia, including with Regional Chamber of Women Entrepreneurs Sfax.
The Indonesian ambassador in Amman, cooperated with Indonesian Directorate of Human Rights has held dialog with United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) with Indonesian human activist. The dialog was held to explore the potential of Indonesian participation in the campaign of #DignityIsPriceless and financial support for UNRWA. The meeting was opened by Indonesian ambassador to Jordan and Palestine, Andy Rachmianto. On the occasion, the Indonesian ambassador mentioned the importance of funding from UNRWA in efforts to meet the basic and sustainable needs of about 5.3 million Palestinian refugees, financial crisis situation which is faced by UNRWA, and also negative impact on efforts to fulfill the need of Palestinian refugees. Then, he also mentioned human and solidarity diplomacy on Palestine as priority of Indonesian President, and also the importance to create a humanitarian alliance of Indonesiafor Palestine, as shown in handling humanitarian crisis in other countries , such as Bangladesh and Myanmar. Director of Planning of UNRWA, who is also Chairman of Task Force for Global Emergency Appeal campaign, Mr. Abdi Aynte conveyed several points among others: appreciation on the role of the Indonesian Foreign Affairs’ ministry, especially the Indonesian embassy in Amman, and Indonesian humanitarian activist who have existed for Palestinian refugees. Besides that, the importance to explore potential the sustainable partnership between UNRWA and non-governmental organization of Indonesian humanitarian among others by using memomentum of the upcoming Ramadhan fasting month.The Dialog resulted a number of recommendations which can be explored by the Indonesian government and non-governmental humanitarian organization in supporting global Emergency Appeal of UNRWA campaign which ends in June 2018. Some of them are the need to explore a possibility to hold Palestine Month or Palestine Week to increase people’s understanding on Palestinian refugees’ situation and efforts done by Indonesia
North Sumatra People’s figure with the nick name friend of all tribes, Syamsul Arifin, will be inaugurated to be guardian of the people of North Sumatra. Syamsul Arifin is selected to be guardian of the people according to the aspiration of the people in North Sumatra. They expected a figure as inspirator, motivator, creator, and innovator who could motivate all potential for North Sumatra’s improvement and welfare. It was said by former Chairman of National Committee of Indonesian Youth in North Sumatra, Firdaus Nasution in Medan, on Tuesday (20/2). According to Firdaus, Syamsul Arifin’s personality could represent all elements of people because Syamsul has enough experiences as lawmaker, regent for two periods, governor, chairman of the party and the supreme leader of people’s organization. Therefore Firdaus also said, the figure of Syamsul is appropriate to hold the title guardian of the people. Syamsul Arifin’s inauguration will be attended by North Sumatra governor, Tengku Erry Nuradi, all elements of North Sumatra people, leader of political party, ethnical organization, chief of media, organizations of communities concurrent with the inauguration of the board of Alumni Association of North Sumatra National Youth Committee 2017-2020, in Medan, 24 February.
West Nusa Tenggara continues to expand Islamic tourism destination. According to West Nusa Tenggara governor, Tuan Guru Bajang DR. Zainul Majdi, Lombok and West Nusa Tenggara become highlight and segment of Muslim Family Tourism. This was stated by governor Zainul Majdi in his speech to the National Working Conference of Muslim Journalists Forum in Mataram, on Tuesday (20/2). The governor hoped Indonesia will expand Muslim Family Tourism in other regions. Zainul Majdi appreciated Muslim journalists who do not only discuss related to fiqh. There are missionaries with their written entering constructive ideas for people. The governor hoped the Islamic tourism destinations will be able to increase people’s economy, especially West Nusa Tenggara people.
Post office in Solo takes advantage the momentum of Asian Games 2018 event to sell Asian Games edition stamp. This was stated by Manager of Finance of Gladak Solo Post office, Imron Rosadi, in Solo, on Tuesday (20/2). According to Imron Rosadi, because the stamp is stuff of post office’s collection, so it will not print similar serial at other times, although the stamps have been sold out. From 4 serials which are launched by post office of Indonesia, Solo post office only sells 3 serials, namely Mini Sheet, Souvenir Sheet or Carik Kenangan, and Sampul Hari Pertama. For Souvenir Sheet, special Solo post office only prints 500 sets for Jakarta and Palembang 500 sets. Nationally, those serials are printed as many as 7,500 sets of Jakarta’s edition and 7,500 sets for Palembang’s edition with price 15 thousands rupiah per set. Imron said for serial of Sampul Hari Pertama is printed as many as 1,500 sets, and the Solo city only prints 20 sets with the price of 37 thousand rupiah per set. Imron Rosadi hoped by releasing Asian Games edition stamp, philately’s world will be more shiny and growing and experiencing a significant increase. That was Mosaic of Indonesia.
Four hundred and fifty scouts participated in Siaga Party on Saturday (17/2) held by local scout’s organization at Waduk Gajah Mungkur dam, Wonogiri, Central Java. The party was one of the forms of the real step to manage young generations through scout movement to create godd quality of physically and mentally strong human resource and to teach the importance of togetherness and independency. This was stated by Regent of Wonogiri, Joko Sutopo who is also scoutmaster of Wonogiri branch in his speech when opening the party. All participants were divided into 25 contingents and they participated in 18 kinds of competitions.
Muntok History Volunteer Group (MHVG) from the Netherlands asked permission to provincial government of Bangka Belitung islands to build monument of World War II tragedy at Muntok, West Bangka regency. The monument is as commemoration of of the deaths of 66 soldiers from the Netherlands, England, and Australia, including 21 nurses. This was stated by the Group mediator, Mark Greichen when meeting with Governor of Bangka Belitung, Erzaldi Rosman in Pangkalanbaru, Central Bangka. Mark Greichen along with Matthew Barclay, Judy Campbell, and Bryce Bird from Australia visited Bangka. Meanwhile, Governor Erzaldi conveyed his appreciation. The Governor said that the intention to build the monument at Muntok will help building tourism destination in Bangka Belitung islands province in the next future, especially in West Bangka regency. The press release on Sunday (18/2) stated that governor of Bangka Belitung islands very supported the monument’s development, and expected a film that tells the tragedy and describes the beauty of the place. On the occasion, the Governor requested to form special forum to manage the making of the monument and the film.
The ship Jaya Indah 8 which was secured at the Sea of Pengibu Island, Bintan regency on Tuesday (13/2/2018), carried explosives more than 1,000 sacks worth Rp 5.2 billion. Public relations of Directorate General of Customs and Excise of Riau islands, Refly Feller Silalah on Friday (16/2) said that the explosives endanger the country's defense and security. It can also be used to bomb fish which can damage environment. Refly also said that the catch began from information from the fishermen. When being secured, the ship crews could not show legal document of transport process. The officers also secured 4 crews, including the captain. The ship and ammonium nitrate have been secured at the Office of Directorate General of Customs and Excise of Riau islands. Refly further said one suspected with initial Y has been defined which is subject to customs crimes for violation of Article 102 Sub-Article of the Customs Act.
Director General of Defense Strategy of the Indonesian Ministry of Defense, Maj. Gen. Hartind Asrin said the skills and expertise of Indonesian Peacekeeping Mission have developed along with the support of Indonesia's own strategic industry. He was speaking in a panel discussion entitled "Efforts to Address Capacity Gaps in United Nations Peacekeeping Mission -UN MPP” at UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday (14 / 2). The panel discussion aims to examine and promote the use of innovative strategic industries in support of the UN MPP. It also featured the success of the Indonesian contingent in carrying out their duty as mandated by the UN's MPP by using national strategic industrial products. At the same time, they are also expected to promote Indonesia's strategic industrial products to the UN MPP contributing countries.The Panel discussion was held on the sidelines of the UN Special Committee for Peacekeeping Operations (C-34) meeting. Attending the discussion was United Nations Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Field Support, Atul Khare, as the keynote speaker. The panelists were Director of the UN Logistic Support Division, AnneMarie van den Berg, Deputy Commander of the Center for Peacekeeping, Colonel Aldrin Petrus Mongan, and Head of Development Division, PT. PINDAD Persero, Dr. Yayat Ruyat.The Director General for Defense Strategy of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Indonesia, Maj. Gen. Hartind Asrin also underlined the success of Indonesia in optimizing the use of national strategic industrial products by the Garuda Contingent in the UN Peacekeeping Mission in accordance with the mandate of Roadmap Vision 4,000 Peacekeepers 2015-2019.Meanwhile, Atul Khare asserted that all UN Peacekeeping missions need innovations and capacity building to be able to carry out their duties in the field. Currently the United Nations together with the Contributor Countries should continue to improve cooperation under bilateral and trilateral framework.The panel discussed several important issues, including the importance of synergy among UN peacekeeping stakeholders to address the UN MPP capability gap. Discussed potential partnerships and cooperation among UN member states, and the need to involve the private sector to address the capability gap. In addition, they also discussed concrete steps to strengthen the capacity of the UN MPP, including through alternative procurement and innovative equipment financing. The panel discussion is part of a series of Indonesian campaigns to become non-permanent member of the Security Council 2019-2020. Indonesian exposure received positive response from UN member countries who attended the C-34 meeting. The exposure is seen as having innovation value and breakthrough or "out of the box." This is one of the tangible evidences of Indonesia's contribution to an effective and better performing of UN Peace Mission.