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Communication and Information Minister Rudiantara departed for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to ink a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of digital economy between both nations.

"This collaboration will contribute to Indonesia's vision to become Asia's Digital Hub next year and also strengthen Indonesia's support for the realization of the Saudi Vision 2030 to continue to develop the non-oil industry sector," Rudiantara remarked in an official statement received here on Wednesday.

Initiation of the collaboration was carried out since the G20 meeting in Dusseldorf, Germany, in 2017. According to the Ministry of Information and Communication, Saudi Arabia was keen to establish cooperation in the field of digital economy after noticing Indonesia's success in creating four unicorn companies.

The cooperation will encourage Saudi Arabia's investment in Indonesia's digital economy sector and is expected to give rise to new unicorn companies. This digital collaboration is also expected to result in an exchange of information, experience, and knowledge among experts, as well as enable the penetration of Indonesia's digital products or technology in Saudi Arabia.

Not only involving the governments, but the Communication and Information Ministry will also rope in young entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises in this collaboration for the next five years. Startup companies, with unicorn status, will also be involved.

Rudiantara noted that Traveloka and Tokopedia will be involved in this collaboration to share experiences with the Government of Saudi Arabia.

Apart from the signing of the memorandum of understanding, the communication and information minister is also scheduled to discuss digital collaboration, including the development of the Digital Umrah Enterprise, 1,000 Digital Innovations, and the establishment of the Digital Task Force.

The NextIcorn program in future will also organize a road show to Saudi Arabia to bring Indonesian startups having the potential to get investment. (ant)


The Indonesian Ministry of Tourism has invited nine Travel Agents/Tour Operators of Malaysia and one companion from the representative of VITO (Visit Indonesia Tourism Officer) in Malaysia to make a familiarization trip to Banyuwangi in East Java, and Bali.

"The Fam Trip was held on June 23-29, 2019 in order to support the Bali & Beyond Travel Fair (BBTF) Event in 2019," said head of subdivision of area IV / A (Malaysia Peninsula) of the ministry's regional II, Nurdiansyah when contacted from Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

In addition to supporting by bringing nine Malaysian buyers to attend BBTF 2019, this Fam Trip also aims to increase sales of Banyuwangi and Bali tour packages for the Malaysian market while increasing awareness of those destinations.

"Fam Trip is also an effort of the Ministry of Tourism to maintain the continuity of the Kuala Lumpur - Banyuwangi international direct flight route by Citilink (a subsidiary to the Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia), which has been opened since December 19, 2018," he said.

He said in Fam Trip the participants were invited to get to know interesting tourist and culinary objects and try some accommodation options at the destination.

A number of Banyuwangi destinations visited are De Djawatan, Aamdani Restaurant, Luminor Hotel, Ijen Crater, Vienna Pondok Restaurant, Osing Tourism Village, Osing Deles Souvenir Center and Ikan Bakar Pesona Restaurant

While the Bali destinations visited are Ketapang-Gilimanuk Harbor, Kurnia Village Restaurant, Tanah Lot Temple, Surya Mandala Cultural Park, Warung Subak Pekendungan, Infinity8 Hotel Nusa Dua.

Pandawa Beach, Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park, New Beranda Resto and Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center are the visited locations of BBTF, in addition to Kuta Plaza Restaurant and Kenja (farewell cocktail party), Bebek Bengil Restaurant, Souvenir Center "The Basket" and Bali Surf Outlet

"Overall, the implementation of the Fam Trip activities for BBTF 2019 Support for TA / TO Malaysia went well and smoothly. The participants also said they were happy because they had been introduced to a new destination, namely Banyuwangi with the Ijen crater and its blue fire," he said.

He said the introduction and promotion of tourist destinations in Banyuwangi for the Malaysian market is very important as an alternative tourist destination mostly to Jakarta, Batam, Bali, Medan, Bandung and others. (ant)


Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti encourages the National Police (Polri) officers to conduct a comprehensive investigation against the perpetrators of various illegal activities in Indonesia's seas to support national sovereignty.

In a press release  received in Jakarta on Sunday, Susi said that the police had a very important role to play in maintaining Indonesia's sovereignty.

She raised the issue while delivering a public lecture at Polri's High Staff and Command School (Sespimti) in Jakarta, on Friday (June 28).

On that occasion, the minister emphasized the important role of the police to take action against foreign fishing boat owners who carry out illegal activities in Indonesian waters.

This reflects on her experience in handling the case of a large fish carrier loaded with 3,000 tons of fish in Sabang, Aceh Province, as well as other vessels such as MV Viking and STS 50 some time ago.

Minister Susi said that even though she managed to capture those vessels and confiscate a cargo of fish worth Rp20billion in it, real ship owners and masterminds had not been dragged by law enforcers.

She revealed that the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) has limitations in handling similar cases, because it is only able to punish field actors.

Therefore, she said, the police are expected to be able to fill the role in taking action against the ship owners who are perpetrators of illegal activities in the sea and other masterminds of those acts of crime.

In overcoming the issue,  education in police institutions must be improved to enable the police investigators to handle various crime cases in the sea.

"(One of the main requirements in) developed countries, modern countries, and prosperous countries is the law enforcement which strives to go in a direction with integrity," she noted.

Conducting a full and comprehensive investigation against the perpetrators of crimes in the sea is very important to support growth in marine and fisheries sectors.

Therefore, the ministry continues carrying out policies in combating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

"The keys to eradicating the IUU fishing are national policy and strong political support. We encourage countries to make strict policies, invest in increasing law enforcement capacity, and take stern law enforcement measures to close doors the occurrence of IUU fishing," the ministry's Research and HR Agency Head Sjarief Widjaja explained.

According to Sjarief, eradicating IUU fishing through various regional and international cooperation forums is important because the perpetrators are often cross-country.

In addition, he said, illegal fishing activities were also carried out by foreign ships with crews from various nationalities. (ant) 


The General Elections Commission (KPU) had declared Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and K.H. Ma'ruf Amin as Indonesia's president-elect and vice president-elect  for the period of 2019 to 2024 by an open plenary meeting at the KPU office building here on Sunday.

"To declare president and vice president candidate number 01 Joko Widodo and K.H. Ma'ruf Amin as the president-elect and vice president-elect  by the general election 2019," Head of KPU Arief Budiman stated.

The pair of Jokowi-Ma'ruf gained 85,607,362 votes or 55.50 percent, while contender candidate Prabowo-Sandi pair garnered 68,650,239 votes or 44.50 percent, Budiman added.

This plenary meeting began at about 4:00 p.m. local time and Jokowi-Ma'ruf had arrived at KPU office building at 3:50 p.m. Jokowi was wearing a white shirt and black trousers, and Ma'ruf was also in a white shirt combined with a green sarong.

All members of Jokowi-Ma'ruf's  Indonesia Working Coalition attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, the pair of Prabowo-Sandi did not come to the plenary meeting. Likewise, not many political party members supporting the pair appeared at the meeting. Among them who came were Habiburokhman from Gerindra Party and Edy Soeparno from the National Mandate Party. (ant)