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Maryati

25
September

 

Kei Islands are located in the south peninsula of the Bird's Head of Irian Jaya, west area of  Aru Islands and northeast of the Tanimbar Islands, Maluku province.  The Kei Islands consist of two main islands, Kei Kecil and Kei Besar. Both are in Southeast Maluku Regency, with the capital city of Langgur.  Southeast Maluku has 119 islands. By having 119 islands, Kei can be recommended  to be a tourism destination for people  who love marine tourism.  To travel to Kei, you can take an airplane from Ambon City to Karel Sadsuitubun  International Airport on the island of Kei Kecil. Traveling to the Kei Islands, you can enjoy various tourism objects.  One of them is Ngurbloat Beach located  in Ngilngig Village, Southeast Maluku Regency.

Ngurbloat Beach is located in Ngilngig Village, Southeast Maluku Regency.  Ngur in Kei local language means sand. The beach is beside it, about 18 kilometers from Langgur, the capital of Southeast Maluku. Due to its location facing west, this beach is an appropriate place to witness sunsets.The beach stretches for 3 kilometers; that’s why, this beach is also known as Pasir Panjang Beach. The sand is so smooth  and soft as National Geographic dubs it as “ the beach with the softest sand in Asia.” The sea is declivious and shallow. You don't need to be afraid to swim there  because the waves have already broken at a distance of 100 meters from the land. If  the water recedes, the shallow area transforms into a white desert.

If you are in Ngurbloat beach, you can also observe from a far distance how local fishermen throw  their nets. This becomes an interesting sight to be looked at. The best time to visit Ngurbloat Beach is between April-May and October-December, because during those months, the waves are relatively calmer and the climate is pleasant.  Several lodgings such as  villas and bungalows with rates of about Rp 500 thousand per night can be found along the coast.

25
September

Many people guess what relationship will occur between the United Arab Emirates -UAE and Israel after being mediated by the United States of America. It turned out that the move was followed by a series of announcements about business deals and contracts between companies of both countries. What has caught the eye is that a number of the UAE companies have signed contracts with Israeli companies and banks. Although they are on the UN blacklist for supporting illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, it is known that among the contracts announced by the UAE media, one of them involved Bank Leumi, whose name is on the UN blacklist.

According to the official Emirati media, this Israeli bank has signed agreements with the top three UAE banks namely Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB), First Abu Dhabi Bank and Emirates NBD. Bank Leumi is Israel's largest bank based on total assets as of 2015, with branch offices in several countries such as Luxembourg, United States, Switzerland, the UK and China. Although it was nationalized in 1981, most of the bank's shares are now in private hands. The Israeli government is still the largest shareholder with 14.8% of the shares (as of June 2006).

In 2016 and 2018, the UN Human Rights Council approved resolutions to compile a blacklist of companies operating in illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The development of settlements and infrastructure has caused Palestinians to lose their freedom of movement and religion, including access to education. Palestinian Prime Minister, Mohammed Shtayyeh, in an Arabnews post said that these companies are scooping up the natural resources of the Palestinian territories, thereby reducing the population of their natural wealth. For this reason, PM Mohammed Shtayyeh demanded that they immediately close their headquarters and branches in illegal Israeli settlements. According to PM Mohammed Shtayyeh, the presence of these companies is against the attitude of the international community and the UN resolutions.

From the cooperation with Leumi Bank which is blacklisted by the UN, it is clear that both the UAE and Israel are prioritizing their interests without caring for other parties, including the UN, let alone Palestine.

Naturally, this matter will be in the spotlight and it causes concern. Will this disrespect of the international community's concerns regarding the Palestinian issue continue?

23
September

Indonesian Trade Minister, Agus Suparmanto explained the marketing strategy so that businesspeople can survive and penetrate the export market amid Covid-19 pandemic in the 8th Annual Jakarta Marketing Week 2020 virtually on Sunday (Sept/20).

In the short-term, the Trade Ministry focuses on export development for products which experienced positive growth during the pandemic namely processed food and beverages, medical equipment, agricultural products, fishery, and agroindustry. Besides that, they also focus on new product development that emerged during pandemic such as pharmaceutical and new export products resulting from industry relocation from some countries to Indonesia.

Meanwhile, for market approach, Indonesian Trade Ministry will implement export market development strategy which is adjusted to each export destination country's condition during Covid-19 handling. Minister Agus Suparmanto said, for now and until one year ahead, Indonesia will focus on countries that had or beginning to recover such as Australia, New Zealand, England, Germany, Italy, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Algeria, Canada, and Mexico.

For medium-term, the Trade Ministry is studying products with market power in accreditation countries of the trade representatives and classifying them in three categories. Firstly is excellent products, namely products with market power in export destination countries. Secondly is emerging products, those with increasing export trends in the last five years. Then, thirdly is losing products, namely products with decreasing export trends in the last five years.

The Trade Minister also explained that Indonesia will join one of the biggest exhibitions in the world namely Dubai Expo 2020 in the United Arab Emirates with the theme "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future." Indonesia's participation was also an attempt to increase Indonesia's image in the world. This event was initially scheduled on October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021. However, because of the pandemic, it changed into October 1 2021 - March 31 2021. He said that the Indonesian Pavilion will present the concept of Golden Indonesia 2045.

In his explanation, the Trade Minister also invited the businesspeople to join the Trade Expo Indonesia - Virtual Exhibition 2020 (TEI-VE) 2020. This event will be held on November 10-16, 2020. TEI-VE is an effort of the Trade Ministry to boost Indonesian export and to answer the Covid-19 challenges. TEI-VE 2020 also aimed to restore Indonesian economy through export promotion amid Covid-19 pandemic. It was expected that 200-300 participants, including from the export-oriented small medium enterprises will join the TEI-VE 2020.

In the same opportunity, Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto also explained about Indonesian export performance. In January-August 2020, Indonesian export was 103.15 billion US$.

The export performance was surplus 11.05 billion US$, or better than the same period last year which was deficit 2.06 billion US$. The export destinations were still dominated by China, the United States, European Union, Japan, India, Singapore, and Malaysia.

23
September

Indonesia Promotes Culture and Culinary in Poland

The Indonesian Embassy in Warsaw  promoted again the integrated Indonesian culture and culinary at the Breakfast Market event in Poland  on  Saturday and Sunday (19-20/9)  in a bid  to introduce Indonesia's potential  natural wealth. For two days, Indonesia took the main stage of the event by presenting the “Warsaw Gamelan Group”, gamelan workshops and several regional dances. Indonesian Ambassador to Poland, Siti N. Mauludiah as reported by Antara London on Sunday (19/9) stated that the promotion of Indonesia in its new normal conditions was done by following the  existing health and safe distance protocols. The  people of Poland seemed to be enthusiastic about Indonesia's promotional activities because the Breakfast Market is one of the public activities permitted by the Polish government in the new normal era.  Ambassador Siti Mauludiah also explained that the Gamelan workshop becomes one of the interesting activities for visitors, particularly among children and teenagers.

Staff of the Indonesian Embassy in Warsaw, Dawid Martin who is also as the head of the Warsaw Gamelan group guided the workshop activities and provided the opportunity for participants to play gamelan directly. The main stage displayed Indonesian promotional videos  on the big screen, including about tourism in Bali, Komodo Island, Jakarta , West Nusa Tenggara, West Java and Yogyakarta.

The tourism promotion  on stage was completed by interactive dialogues about Indonesia's creative industry, particularly handicrafts and Indonesian tourism, by Gosia Olejnoczak (Wnetrze Orientu) and Anna Kalicka (Zobacz Bali). Besides  the activities on the main stage, Indonesia opened  culinary and handicraft as well as  creative industry booths. It also served fried rice, fried noodles, bika ambon, lumpur cakes, risol, salad, putu ayu, rolled omelette, banana bolen and other Indonesian typical culinary. Sambal Restaurant also participated at the Indonesian culinary stand, which is the only Indonesian restaurant in Warsaw capital. The visitors were also able to enjoy  the excellent menu of Sambal Restaurant such as fish pepes, chicken betutu and rendang. The Indonesian foods were bought  by a lot of  visitors and sold out.