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22
October

The Indonesian Embassy promotes virtually 'Trade Expo Indonesia' 2020 in Pakistan                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      KBRI Pakistan

Indonesian Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan promotes and socializes the Indonesian trade fair, the Virtual Trade Expo Indonesia (TEI) 2020 on a massive scale through various channels and media in a bid to encourage the participation of the entrepreneurs in Pakistan. The Indonesian Embassy sent information and published various promotional materials for the TEI Virtual 2020 to the Pakistani Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as all business associations and importer unions in Pakistan. That was reported in a press release from the Indonesian Embassy in Islamabad, which was received by Antara News Agency in Jakarta, Tuesday (20/10).

The Indonesian Embassy in Islamabad also conducted a direct approach to the entrepreneurs who are potential commodity importers; one of which was through a meeting with Bilal Waheed and his colleagues who are importers of coal as a source of energy for the textile industry in Faisalabad City on Monday (19/10). During the meeting, information was obtained that the textile industry in Faisalabad needs a large enough energy supply to support production. Bilal said that coal is one of the main needs to operate the textile industry in Pakistan. The need of coal will increase along with the increasing demand for electricity and efforts to boost the performance of textile production as Pakistan's main export commodity.

Trade Expo Indonesia (TEI) as one of the biggest trade shows always gets the attention of Pakistani business people.About 40 business people throughout Pakistan attended as potential buyers at this annual event.

This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has made Indonesia change the format of implementing the 35th Trade Expo Indonesia into a virtual exhibition for 7 days from 10 to 16 November 2020.In addition to seeing and interacting directly with local exhibitors, visitors from all countries in the world were also given the opportunity to be involved in business matching and virtually business forums. Prospective international visitors can participate free of charge.

  

The improvement in economic and trade relations between Indonesia and Pakistan shows a positive trend. This is indicated by the increasing intensity of interaction between business actors of the two countries in exploring further economic potential. In 2019, the total trade value between Indonesia and Pakistan reached US$ 2.3 billion dollars with a surplus on the Indonesian side of US$ 1.9 billion dollars.

22
October

Gengong art of Bali - Indonesian wonder                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         travel

At a session of the Ministry of Education and Culture on October 6 to 9, three cultural heritages of Denpasar, Bali were designated as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Indonesia 2020. Head of Culture Office, Denpasar, IGN Bagus Mataram said the three cultural works are Nanda tradition, Genggong art, and Gambuh Pedungan art. Today‚Äôs edition of Indonesian Wonder  will introduce you to one of the three cultural heritages of Depansar city, namely Genggong Art.

Genggong is a traditional music art in Banjar Pegok Sesetan, Denpasar. This art has existed since the 1930s, played by I Ketut Regen (Pekak Danjur). To play Genggong music, it has a distinctive technique by attaching to the mouth while vibrating through the pulling of the rope or ngedet and using the throat resonance method to produce the tone.Genggong was originally made of dried palm leaf midrib or nguyung, which was formed with 18 to 20 centimeters long and 1.5 to 2 centimeters wide. Due it is difficult to get palm leaf midrib, Genggong is also produced by using bamboo material.

Genggong art at Banjar Pegok Sesetan was previously played to entertain people themselves during rest time when they finish their activities in the fields, because the local people are mostly farmers. Besides that it is also a place to socialize, and get together. Now the function of Genggong is slightly shifted. This traditional art is now often played as a dance accompaniment with other musical instruments as well as a media for community entertainment.

22
October

Beware Human Trafficking amid Covid-19 Pandemic - Editorial                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Security Magazine

 

 

Cross-country crime threat is a global issue amid Covid-19 pandemic. An organized cross-country crime that is under the highlight during the pandemic is trafficking in persons. According to the United Nations, the traffickers are targeting migrant workers who lose their job to school drop-outs. Global economic slowdown made many people lose their jobs, including the migrant workers. This condition is very prone to be exploited by transnational criminal organizations.

According to data from the UN, many from 164 million migrant workers globally are stranded in foreign countries and they cannot return to their home countries, or even do not seek help because of country lockdown and tight immigration policy. Then these people are vulnerable to be human trafficking victims. Meanwhile, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) recorded that there were 276,553 Indonesian migrant workers abroad in 2019. This data covers only migrant workers abroad with official documents.

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, many Indonesian migrant workers abroad were affected. Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry data showed there are two affected groups of Indonesian migrant workers namely ship crews, especially on cruises and migrant workers with limited mobility. Indonesian migrant workers in 16 countries were affected by mobility limitation policy.

Then, what is Indonesia's effort in protecting their migrant workers abroad from organized transnational criminal groups?

Indonesia has already enough legal basis to protect their citizens, especially the migrant workers from trafficking in persons. Indonesia has Law No. 8/2017 on Migrant Worker Protection. This law becomes a form of Indonesia's presence in providing service and protection for every migrant worker.

Still, the implementation of this law requires partnership from all. This partnership includes tight cooperation with law enforcer, private sector, labor union, recruitment agency, and bodies that monitor worker departure. International cooperation is also necessary to be increased, in order to prevent the transnational criminal organizations.

15
October

The Indonesian Embassy in Rabat Holds a Mini Exhibition: The Beauty of Indonesian Batik                                                                                                                                KBRI RABAT

 

 

Indonesian representatives in Rabat, Morocco celebrated the National Batik Day by holding a Mini Exhibition: The Beauty of Indonesian Batik on 9 October. Quoted from the website of the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday (13/10), this event was attended by at least 19 invitees, including the Japanese Ambassador, Senegalese Ambassador, Moroccan citizens and students from some countries.

Indonesian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Hasrul Azwar in his opening speech said that Batik is one of the assets of the Indonesian nation in international cooperation. The values of creativity, patience and tradition that are reflected in the culture of making batik are national assets that need to be preserved and developed. In addition, Batik has also a competitive economic value. Apart from the Batik exhibition, the activity was also filled with making batik demonstrations and Angklung music performances by the Indonesian Student Association in Morocco. Some of the invited guests who were present were interested in trying to make Batik and play the Angklung musical instrument. At the end of the activity, the guests were treated to a variety of Indonesian special cuisine, such as satay and fried rice.

One of the Yemeni students who attended said that he was very impressed with the culture displayed and wanted to be able to visit Indonesia. Moroccan health protocols limit the gathering of no more than 20 people in one activity. For this reason, the Indonesian Embassy in Rabat also broadcasted this activity virtually via Zoom and Youtube to provide an opportunity for those who could not attend due to these restrictions.