This is RRI World Service-Voice of Indonesia with Diplomatic Corner, a program which presents information about activities and progress of Indonesia’s diplomacy in the international world.
The first information comes from Lisbon. Indonesia successfully maintained the accomplishment of gold medal at the 2018 International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) held in Lisbon, Portugal on July the 28th 2018. Indonesia won one gold medal, one silver and three bronze medals at the competition. Therefore, all delegates from Indonesia gained the medals. Johanes Suhardjo from Frateran Surabaya Christian High School won the gold medal. The silver medal was attained by Jason Jovi Brata from BPK Penabur I Christian Senior High School. Meanwhile, the bronze medals were obtained by Ahmad Aufar Thoriq from Semesta BBS Senior High School Semarang, Bryant Juspi from Darma Yudha Senior High School Pekanbaru, and Raditya Adhidarma Nugraha from State Senior High School One Yogyakarta. The International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) or also known as an International Olympiad on the subject of Physics was held from 21st-29th July 2018. High school students from 87 countries competed to achieve the highest score in the exam held by the committee of the International Physics Olympiad.
The second information is from Cairo. Indonesian Ambassador to Egypt, Helmy Fauzi received the 2018 Education and Culture Award in Cairo on Tuesday (31st of July, 2018) at local time. Ambassador Helmy Fauzi was thought to have contributed for the development of education and culture in Egypt. The awarding ceremony was carried out by the Egyptian-Arab American Academy -EAAA. Besides Ambassador Helmy Fauzi, some other prominent figures who also received the awards are spokesperson of the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education and Research, Abdul Gafar, President of the Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, Mahmud Shaqr, President of the Egyptian Council for Innovation and Technology, Jehan Farhat, and President of the Egyptian Parliament’s Education, Husin Ashmawi. President of the Egyptian-Arab American Academy, Samrah Abadzah told that the awards were given to appreciate the contributions of both International and national figures in their attempt to advance the field of education and culture in Egypt. Ambassador Helmy Fauzi also explained that the cooperation of education and culture is one of the important sectors in the diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Egypt, especially since the relations of Indonesia and Egypt have been established for more than 71 years. The government of Indonesia keeps developing the cooperation between Indonesia and Egypt in various fields in a bid to increase the prosperity of society in both countries.
The last information of Diplomatic Corner is from Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia encouraged the Micro, Small, and Medium Business Enterprises -UMKM of East Nusa Tenggara Province –NTT to expand the marketing of their products into the ASEAN market through digital economy. Directorate General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for ASEAN Cooperation, the Ministry of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Business Enterprises, and the Provincial Government of NTT held an event to deliver suggestions about the policy and technical guidance with the theme “The Utilization of Digital Economy to Support the Small and Medium Business Enterprises for the ASEAN Economic Community” at Fernandez Hall, in NTT on Wednesday (August the 1st 2018). The event was aimed at supporting 40 Small and Business Enterprises of NTT in utilizing mobile technology to distribute their products in the ASEAN market. The technical guidance was organized by Shopee Indonesia, the first mobile-based start-up company in Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia, The Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Taiwan offering e-commerce services via mobile phone. In the technical guidance, Shopee Indonesia gave tutorial how to create product illustrations which are visually attractive and commercially valuable and how to use online market place application to develop their businesses. The potential of Small and Medium Business Enterprises in NTT is abundant and distinctive, including cows, kelor leaves, weave, fishery, handicrafts, honey, coffee, and many others.