Indonesia Increases Trade Cooperation with the United States                                                                                                                                                                            

Indonesia increases trade cooperation with the United States through the holding of the Indonesia-US Virtual Business Meeting carried out the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the United States Committee (09/10). The online business meeting was attended by 46 U.S. companies and 47 companies from Indonesia, which are doing business in 5 leading sectors, namely clothing, rubber, footwear, electronics and furniture. As quoted on the page (09/10), Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Mahendra Siregar, who was also present at the event, believed that the economic relations between Indonesia and the United States would strengthen. He perceived that Indonesia has completed the process of discussing the Generalized System of Preferences-GSP which is a country's trade policy that cuts import duties and hopes for a positive response from the government in the near future. In addition, Indonesia has also passed the Job Creation Act which is an amendment of 79 existing laws in Indonesia. The Job Creation Law is aimed at improving the national economic performance and enhancing the business climate through simplifying investment procedures, overcoming regulatory inconsistencies, and providing legal certainty.

Meanwhile, Indonesian Ambassador to the United States, Muhammad Lutfi explained that Indonesia and the United States have experineced unique trading condition amid the Covid-19 pandemic. As a consequence, Indonesia's trade to the United States grew by 7.7% in the first quarter of 2020. Positively, this shows that Indonesian products have a high potential to enter the U.S. market. 
Currently, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Trade and several technical ministries under the coordination of the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs are also conducting joint studies regarding the formation of the Indonesia-US Limited Trade Deal to further encourage trade between the two countries. The United States is one of Indonesia's main trading partners. The total value of bilateral trade between the two countries reached US$ 27.1 billion dollars in 2019, with Indonesia's export value to the U.S. amounting to US $ 17.8 billion dollars and an import value of US $ 9.3 billion dollars. Trade between Indonesia and the United States has also recorded a surplus over the last 5 years.


Indonesian Embassy in Namibia Introduces Virtual Trade Expo                                                                                                                                                                       




Indonesian Embassy in Windhoek, Namibia recently has met the officials and businesspeople of Namibia, especially in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, and introduced Trade Expo Indonesia Virtual Event (TEI-VE). In a written statement of Indonesian Embassy in Windhoek as reported by Antara news agency on Sunday (11/10), the introduction was a part of economic working visits of the Embassy to the stakeholders in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.

Indonesian Embassy in Windhoek stated that the meeting discussed several issues such as the 35th Trade Expo Indonesia Virtual Event 2020 on which the team showed illustrations of exhibited products, registration mechanism, and other technicals. Indonesian Embassy Team consisted of Economy, Social, and Culture Function, Sulthon Sjahril, Staff of Economic Function Ceria Beslip, and Staff of Political Function, Dyah Ariastuti also showed website and video of TEI-VE and handed over forms and event brochures to local officials and stakeholders.

Besides, the visit was also used for coordination and preparation of programs in welcoming the 30th anniversary of Indonesia and Namibia diplomatic relations in 2021, as well as follow-up of Sister-Port MoU between Pelindo II and Namport.

The Embassy team also expressed the idea to create Indonesian Corner at Walvis Bay Regional Library next year as part of the anniversary program. According to Indonesian Embassy in Windhoek, the idea received positive responses and Walvis Bay CEO suggested the Indonesian Embassy to immediately submit an application for the program.

Meanwhile, the local officials and businesspeople, including Muronga Haingura (Walvis Bay CEO) and Kevin Adams from Walvis Bay Municipality, Namibian Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Walvis Bay, Walvis Bay Seaport Authority, and Indonesian furniture importers namely Kornblum & Co and Habitat Furniture expressed interest in joining TEI-VE 2020 and will help spreading the information to their members.


Tanjung Gorango - Morotai                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       kabmorotai


Morotai is an island and a district in the Halmahera Islands, Maluku. For some people, Morotai is known as a rich island with heritages of the Pacific war and General Douglas McArthur’s history. In addition, Moratai also has another beautiful nature, namely Tanjung Gorango or Gorango Cape. In the natural object you can enjoy white sand, blue sea, and untouched panoramas around the beach. Tanjung Gorango is located 90 kilometers from Daruba, the capital city of Morotai Island Regency. It takes three hours to drive on a four-wheeled vehicle and two hours by motorbike. To enter Gorango Cape, you are charged an entrance ticket fee of Rp. 5,000 per person.

In the local language, Gorango means shark. So, Tanjung Gorango means Cape of Sharks. But you don’t have to worry, there have never incidents of sharks preying on people on the site. Once arriving at Gorango Cape, you will see a beach in the form of a bay surrounded by lush land on the left and right sides. The waves can be calm, sometimes can be more big. The calm wave season during April to September, so, that time are safe for the visitors to swim.

Besides swimming, you can also surf at Gorango or relax on the soft sand beaches and just going along the shoreline by foot. When walking along the coastline, you will find a large pile of rocks. Passing through the rock, and many flat areas, you will come to a lagoon with clear and turquoise sea water. You can feel the freshness of the lagoon water by swimming. For those who want to take a rest, the beach offers several huts for resting places. Unfortunately there is no restaurant on the location, so you have to bring your own drinks and foods for lunch.


Indonesian Cocoa Processing Industry the Third Largest in the World                                                                                                                                                                   gbgindonesia

Indonesian Minister of Industry Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita said that the cocoa processing industry contributed significantly to foreign exchange amid the pandemic. The export value of Indonesian cocoa reached 549 million US dollars in January-June 2020, an increase of 5.13 percent compared to the same period last year. At the inauguration of the Pasuruan Cocoa Technical Center Mondelez International which was carried out virtually on Wednesday (7/10), the Minister of Industry said, eighty percent of Indonesia's cocoa production is intended for the export market.

The Minister of Industry said that currently the cocoa processing industry has been able to produce various variants, such as cocoa liquor, cocoa cake, cocoa butter and cocoa powder with the main export in the form of cocoa butter which has spread to countries such as the United States, Netherlands, India, Estonia, Germany and China. He is optimistic that the cocoa processing industry can develop well because it is supported by Indonesia's potential with a total installed capacity of 800 thousand tons per year from 13 companies. Agus Gumiwang revealed that Indonesia's cocoa processing industry is ranked 3rd in the world after the Netherlands and Ivory Coast.

Another potential, according to the 2018/2019 report by the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO), is that Indonesia's cocoa bean production of 220 thousand tons places Indonesia in the 6th position as the largest producing country after Ivory Coast, Ghana, Ecuador, Nigeria and Cameroon.

With the characteristics of Indonesian cocoa beans which have a high melting point and are rich in fat content, the cocoa processing industry can produce high quality products in terms of taste, aroma, and even health benefits.

The Minister of Industry welcomed the establishment of the Cocoa Technical Center by Mondelez International in Pasuruan, East Java, with an area of ​​5 hectares and an investment of US $ 13 million. Executive Vice President and President of Asia, Middle East and Africa of Mondelēz International, Maurizio Brusadelli said that the sustainability of cocoa supply is the key to long-term growth for Mondelez International in Asia and throughout the world. Brusadelli said that people want delicious snacks and the comfort of consuming them by knowing where the raw materials are obtained and produced in a way that has a better impact on the environment and community.