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19
September

photo : kbridenhaag

 

 

Dancers from Madaloka Dance Studio, who performed Kuda Lumping Dance hypnotized visitors of the Open Dag 2020 event at the community activity center in Best City or commonly known as Cultuurspoor Best (Sept 12). The flexible and dynamic movements combined with the colorful costumes of the dancers made the visitors keep capturing this moment while still paying attention to health protocols. The Open Dag is an annual event held in Dutch cities. This time, the Indonesian Embassy in The Hague along with the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture visited the center of community activities in Best City which is located in the South of the Netherlands. Apart from introducing the Kuda Lumping dance from East Java, the Peacock Dance from West Java was also shown to the public at this activity. Nasi Tumpeng was also served to complete the experience of various Indonesian cultures and culinary delights.

Indonesia's participation in the Cultuurspoor Best also marked the opening of an Indonesian language course program for basic level foreign speakers (BIPA) and a course in traditional Indonesian dance. Both programs can be followed free of charge and are a form of cultural diplomacy carried out by the Indonesian government through the Indonesian Embassy in The Hague. ChargĂ© d'Affaires ad Interim at the Indonesian Embassy in The Hague, Fikri Cassidy expressed his appreciation to the City Government of Best and Cultuurspoor Best for integrating Indonesian language courses and traditional Indonesian dance courses into their programs. He also said that the Indonesian Embassy in The Hague would continue to support and present programs in a bid to promote Indonesian culture in the future.

Besides the city of Best, there are also other cities in the Netherlands that support the Indonesian Cultural House (RBI) The Hague program. The high appreciation and interest from the people of Best was conveyed by Deputy Mayor of Best, Ria van der Hamsvoord-Huijber and  Director of Cultuurspoor, Ingrid van Beek in his remarks. Furthermore, he also stated that the Open Dag aims to provide information on courses that can be followed by the local community. Typical courses include multilingual courses, ballet courses, theater, and photography.

19
September

photo : JP

Coordinating Minister for the Economy Airlangga Hartarto said 143 foreign companies plan to relocate investment to Indonesia, including those from the United States, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan and China. At the HSBC Economic Forum in Jakarta, Wednesday (16/9) Airlangga said that the investment relocation plan to Indonesia has the potential to absorb more than 300 thousand workers. He added that the relocation plan indicated that the COVID-19 pandemic had provided valuable lessons that supply chains of goods could not be centralized in one country.

Now many multinational companies are starting to relocate their industries from China to other Asian countries, especially ASEAN countries. Airlangga said this is an opportunity for Indonesia to replace China's position as an investment destination and a new global supply chain hub.

However, Airlangga is aware that the risk of uncertainty this year is still very high, so that the Indonesian economy is facing both external and internal pressures. He explained that the pressure from the external side was a global uncertainty that had its roots in the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused the global economy to be predicted to remain bad. Meanwhile, from the internal side, the pressure that occurred was in line with the global economic slowdown, namely that growth for Indonesia in the second quarter contracted or minus 5.32 percent.

Therefore, Airlangga confirmed that currently the Indonesian government is preparing various policies in order to overcome these external and internal pressures. He explained that the steps and policies that are being pursued by the government include immediately completing the discussion of the Job Creation Bill with the House of Representatives so that investment can increase.

In addition, the government has prepared the Investment Priority Listusing a "picking the winners" approach. This will cover the business fields that will be encouraged and provided with facilities, both taxation and non-taxation. Airlangga Hartarto hopes that this investment priority list will attract investment that is not only large, but also high quality and able to create jobs.

Meanwhile, the government is strengthening industrial development and transportation and logistics connectivity, by developing corridors along the northern part of Java Island. In addition, it has also formulated an initiative to build a Super Hub as a center for production, trade, technology and finance. Airlangga is optimistic that the Indonesian economy through concrete and appropriate policies will be able to overcome the challenges that are being faced in 2020.

19
September

photo : hipwee

 

 

 

Apart from being famous for its sweet honey pineapple, Subang Regency in West Java province also has a popular tourism object, Cimincul spring which has recently become a topic of discussion, especially among Instagram owners. Cimincul spring is located in Pasanggrahan Village, Kasomalang Subang District, West Java. In this tourism area, there are two water pools, with a depth of about 50-120 cm. According to the story, Cimincul comes from the word "Cai" which means water and Mincul which means to arise. Cimincul, which means water emerges, describes a spring where the water gushes out to form a pond. This pool water is pellucid like glass, even the rocks and plants at the bottom of the pool can be seen clearly from outside the pool. Therefore, Cimincul spring is a favorite spot for underwater photo hunters. The combination of sparkling water and the plants at the bottom of the pool will make a combination that is beautiful and appropropriate for instagrammable photos. Besides we can swim and take pictures in pellucid and refreshing water, Cimincul spring also offers beautiful panoramic views of green rice fields. 

To go to Cimincul spring, it only takes about 2 hour-drive. To enter this tourism attraction, visitors only need to pay Rp10,000 per person. This Cimincul tourism attraction is open from 7 am to 6 pm, while the best time to visit this place is around 9 am or 3 pm, because at that time, the resulting photos will be excellent. Although this new tourism attraction does not have complete facilities, you don't need to worry, because around this tourismm attraction, there are many traders selling food and drinks. Don't forget to taste the typical Subang Nasi Liwet package provided by almost all food and beverage vendors. Therefore, if you are in Bandung, take your time to enjoy the beauty of Cimincul springs in Subang.

18
September

photo : NK-VOI

 

 

 

The Paris Agreement is a United Nations framework for climate change and the countries latest commitment including Indonesia. The Indonesian government signed the Paris Agreement to the United Nations Framework Convention on climate change on April 22, 2016 in New York. The agreement said that Indonesia have to reduce the gas emission to 29 percent by 2030. In a virtual media briefing, Thursday Sep 17, general director of climate change in ministry of environment and forestry affairs Ruandha Agung Sugardiman said that Indonesia will achieve 24 percent gas emission reduction in 2018 from the target of 29 percent in 2030 according to the Paris Agreement.

"In 2018, our position is 24 percent from the target of 29 percent. The changes dynamically every year depends on the condition. For example, in 2019 there were forest fires that were quite high, to make our target of 29 percent go down to 24 percent. In 2020, the forest fire will be quite low, so hopefully the percentage will go up. We will see this dynamic until 2030. If we achieve 29 percent, let us see the next dynamic" Ruanda said. 

Ruandha added that the Indonesia government allocated a 300 million USD fund for land rehabilitation and conservation to reduce gas emission in 2030 as written in the Paris Agreement//NK