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June

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Indonesia and Ethiopia have huge potential in increasing relations and cooperation in the field of businesses based start-ups, especially those done by young entrepreneurs in both countries. As in Indonesia, nowadays the start-up business run by young people in Ethiopia is also growing rapidly. The Indonesian young entrepreneurs will cooperate with young Ethiopian entrepreneurs. It was addressed in the 1st Indonesia-Ethiopia Young Entrepreneurs Forum held by Indonesian Embassy in Addis Ababa on Tuesday (11/6). The forum with the theme ‘The Growing Trend of Start-up Businesses’ was attended by around 140 Ethiopian young entrepreneurs and speakers from Indonesia.  Indonesian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Djibouti and the African Union, Al Busyra Basnur, when officially opened the forum said that the forum aimed at encouraging economic and trade cooperation between Indonesia and Ethiopia, especially among young entrepreneurs who develop business start-ups.

The acceptance of new university students of State University in 2019, Malikussaleh University, Aceh opens not only domestic student admissions, but also international classes that can be attended by foreign students. The joint registration entrance to State Universities starts simultaneously at 10 to 24 June. Malikussaleh University has received 3,798 students for 31 study programs. Rector of Malikussaleh University, Herman Fithra said on Thursday (6/13) that from the total student admissions, there are 1,323 students for science and technology fields divided into 18 study programs. While in the social and humanities fields, Malikussaleh University receives 1,475 new students for 13 study programs.

The Indonesian and Polish Parliaments are committed to improving cooperation between the two countries through the Polish-Indonesian Bilateral Cooperation Group. It was stated by Chairman of the Bilateral Cooperation Group, Danuta Pietraszewska in a press release of the Indonesian Embassy in Poland received in Jakarta on Thursday (13/6). The commitment of increasing cooperation was conveyed by Pietraszewska when meeting Indonesian Ambassador to Poland, Siti Nugraha Mauludiah along with seven of the 16 members of the Polish parliament who were members of the Poland-Indonesia Bilateral Cooperation Group in Warsaw on Wednesday (12/6). The Indonesian Ambassador appreciated the increasing cooperation between the Polish and Indonesian parliaments over the last several years, one of which was through the exchange of parliamentary visits.

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June

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By highlighting agricultural ecotourism as one of the selected tourist destinations in Indonesia, the Indonesian Embassy (KBRI) Windhoek, Namibia, is present at the largest tourist exhibition in Namibia, the Namibia Tourism Expo held from June 5 to 8. Function of Economy, Information, Social and Culture of the Indonesian Embassy in Windhoek, Paulina Gupta Wijaya to Antara in Jakarta said that green field and Subak irrigation system in Bali becomes the theme of the Indonesian Embassy’s stand. In addition to promoting various tourism destinations in Indonesia, the Indonesian Embassy also utilized Namibia Tourism Expo to promote the mainstay export products and handicraft of Indonesia. Ambassador Eddy Basuki is very optimistic the promotion programs of economy and tourism conducted by the Indonesian Embassy this year is able to increase the interest of Namibian tourists to have holiday in Indonesia and also Namibian entrepreneurs to do business with Indonesia.

Eid al Fitr 1440 H celebration in Indonesian Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania treated Indonesian citizens’ homesickness on their homeland. Indonesian Ambassador to Tanzania, Ratlan Pardede conducted an open house celebration on Wednesday (5/6) to increase relationship among Indonesian citizens in Tanzania. The celebration was also attended by special guest from Muslim community of Tanzania, which was represented by Sheik Issa Othman Issa, Great Imam of Ma’amoor Mosque, the Greatest Mosque in Tanzania, who also becomes member of National Council of Ulema, and also delegation from Dance League of University of Indonesia which was in Tanzania for Indonesian Cultural Day event which was conducted on June 8, 2019.In his speech, Indonesian Ambassador, Ratlan Pardede conveyed his hope that through Eid al-Fitr moment, Indonesian people forgive each other and still unite although having different political choice during the general election. The Indonesian Embassy, in Dar es Salaam makes efforts to increase people-to-people contact and cooperation opportunity in various sectors, including economic sector between Indonesia and Tanzania.

 

The trade line for Bitung-Davao-Vietnam will be opened and should be utilized by traders and exporters in North Sulawesi. This was stated by Governor of North Sulawesi, Olly Dondokambey in Manado, North Sulawesi. The Governor said that according to the plan, Bitung-Davao-Vietnam trade line has operated again on June 17, 2019. Head of Industry and Trade Department of North Sulawesi, Jenny Karouw called on local entrepreneurs to utilize the trade line. He said there were various commodity exported to the Philippines, including copra and corn and many kinds of fruits. He hoped the existence of the trade line gave more opportunity to local entrepreneurs to export their products directly abroad.

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June

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Art team of Indonesian embassy in Moscow participated in the 148th Ivanovo city anniversary which took place in Ivanovo on May 25,  2019. Indonesia was the only one country which was invited in the event. The team which was directly led by Indonesian Ambassador to Federation of Russia and Republic of Belarus, M Wahid Supriyadi showed various kinds of events such as gamelan and dances as well as workshop. Gamelan performance attracted the local people who witnessed the uniqueness of its musical instruments in orchestra. People were more interested when two Pesindens who are Russian citizens, namely Yulia Ryzhaya and Anna Zhikhareva sang some songs such as Selendang Biru, Simpang Lima and many others. Even, Dadali Gamelan, coaching of Indonesian embassy Moscow led by Tri Koyo was to accompany the fashion show which performed local designers.

Halal Bihalal event of Indonesian people in South Korea took place at the Indonesian embassy in Seoul on Sunday (9/6).  Around 1,600 people flocked the Indonesian embassy to get together in a bid to apologize each other and to enjoy Lebaran dishes and culture on the victory stage in the festive folk-party. Typical Lebaran foods were served free, such as Rendang, lontong sayur and many other typical foods. There was also bazar which sold various kinds of Indonesian foods. On the stage, there was also performance of Indonesian and Korean cultures which were played by various people’s components, beginning from Ramadhan music, Drama, Gamelan, until Dangdut. The event was initiated by the Indonesian embassy in Seoul for four days after the implementation of Idul Fitri prayer. Not only being attended by Indonesian citizens, the Idul Fitri 1440 H victory stage was also attended by foreign citizens, such as from Nepal, Bangladesh, Vietnam, the Philippines, Timor Leste and South Korea. Some of them have visited Indonesia.  

National airlines of PT Garuda Indonesia maintained again the achievement of the World's Best Accuracy Time with record of On Time Performance (OTP) with point: 96.3 percent. The achievement increases compared with last month which stood on 95.5 percent. The achievement is for global flight category which has  number of flight above 10 thousand flights of OAG Flight-view version in the period of May 2019.

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June

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Unity of Women Agency cooperated with Indonesian embassy in Amman conducted social event of distribution of humanitarian donation through iftar along with Palestinian citizens in Gaza. The iftar was conducted in conjunction with the commemoration of the birth of Pancasila on June 1st, 2019. This was stated in a press release of the Indonesian embassy in Amman which was received in Jakarta on Sunday (2/6). In the holy month of Ramadan, iftar was joined around 700 Palestinian citizens at the refugees’ camp of Deir Balah, Central Gaza. The event, which was attended by orphans and poor families, was coordinated by humanitarian volunteer of the Indonesian embassy in  Amman, Abdullah Onim, cooperated with Nusantara Palestine Center (NPC). Separately, Indonesian Ambassador to Jordan and Palestine, Andy Rachmianto expressed his appreciation and thanked to a number of communities in Indonesia which keep giving attention, support and humanitarian assistance to Palestine.

Indonesian Tourism Ministry relies on 10-priority and also 10 branding tourism destinations to trace Chinese market. By inviting one of the biggest travel agents in China, those destinations are introduced in sales mission at four areas of China. Sales mission of 10 priority and branding destinations was conducted in Xiamen and in Fuzhou recently. The theme was 'Tourism Hub'.  The 10 priority destinations introduced are Toba Lake, Tanjung Kelayang, Tanjung Lesung, one thousand islands, tourism park of Borobudur temple, national park of Bromo Tengger Semeru, Mandalika, Labuan Bajo, Pulau Morotai, and national park of Wakatobi. Meanwhile, 10 Branding destinations consist of Bandung (West Java), Great Bali, Great Jakarta, Great Kepri, Joglosemar (Jogja-Solo-Semarang), Coral Wonders (Wakatobi-Bunaken-Raja Ampat), Medan, Makassar, Lombok, and Banyuwangi.

The success of the UN Peacekeeping mission needs comprehensive approach, including by involving regional organization such as Union of Africa. This was affirmed in panel discussion on the UN Peacekeepers which was conducted by the Indonesian embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia over the weekend. The Panel discussion cooperated with the UN office to Union of Africa (UNOAU) and embassies of MIKTA countries (Mexico, Indonesia, Korea, Turkey and Australia) in Addis Ababa. Indonesian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Djibouti and Union of Africa, Al Busyra Basnur at the opening said that the panel discussion was conducted to commemorate International Day of the UN Peacekeepers.

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May

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Chairman of the Indonesian Motorbike Association (IMI), Sadikin Aksa confirmed that Palembang will host the 2019 MXGP international motocross championship series which will be participated in by 28 countries with approximately 1.500 officials. This championship will take place on July 6-7.After officially signing the Memorandum of Understanding -MoU at the office of the Governor of South Sumatra on Monday (05/27/2019), Sadikin Aksa confirmed at the third event, and the committee made sure that the facilities are complete enough, such as enough land and strategic location in Jakabaring, Palembang, South Sumatra.Meanwhile, Governor of South Sumatra, Herman Deru ensured that Palembang is ready and would make the MXGP event succeed. He also considered MXGP as a sport for all circles. Thus, the government of South Sumatra Province will fully support it.

Bicycle riders from the BMX discipline and the track have a big chance to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, considering that the present riders are considered to be capable enough in pursuing the four-year multi-event tournament ticket. This was said by Chairman of the Indonesian Sport Bicycle Association (PB ISSI), Raja Sapta Oktohari in Jakarta on Monday night (27/5).The hope of number one in the PB ISSI is not without reason. For BMX, Indonesia has passed athlete to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by Toni Syarifudin. While currently, there are several names, including I Gusti Bagus Saputra. From the track, the women's sector is considered to be more possible. The hope is for the two athletes to qualify and one of them is Crismonita Dwi Putri. This young athlete who was born in Lamongan is now able to compete with world-class riders.

The Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) will determine the eight stadiums that will host the U-20 World Cup in 2021. Quoted from the PSSI’s official website in Jakarta on Monday (27/5), PSSI will include the stadiums as a condition to submit them to host the 2021 World Cup U-20 to International Football Federation (FIFA).According to Secretary General of PSSI, Ratu Tisha Destria, her side feels confident that Indonesia can hold the U-20 World Cup because PSSI has been experienced in holding Asian level tournaments such as the Asian Games, Asian Cup and AFF Cup. PSSI itself officially nominated to host the 2021 U-20 World Cup to FIFA on Tuesday (21/5).

Indonesian flagship Paralympic athlete, Jendi Pangabean targets to be able to win five gold medals in the swimming sport in the ASEAN Para Games 2020 in Manila, the Philippines on January 18-25, 2020. Jendi Pangabean stated in Jakarta on Tuesday that to meet the target, he is currently participating in swimming national training in Solo until January 2020.He said that the holy month of Ramadan is not an obstacle for him to take part in the training program that has been prepared by the coach team. At the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Jendi won 1 gold in the 100-meter S9 backstroke, 1 Silver 100 meters in the S9 butterfly, 1 bronze in the 100-meter S9 freestyle and 1 bronze in the 4x100 meter medley relay 34 points.

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May

The proud achievement was successfully created by Indonesian students at Intel ISEF in the United States. I Made Wiratathya Putramas and Carolline Mathilda Nggebu won the 4th ISEF 2019 Intel Grand Award for the Life Sciences category. The students of High School 3 Denpasar, Bali had also previously won the Special Science Physical Award from Sigma Xi, an international scientific organization. Both of them examined the potential of the active substance of rhizophora apiculata mangrove plants found in Serangan Beach, Bali for environmentally friendly paint raw material on ships.The award was also obtained by Michaela Samanta. The student of Christian High School Penabur Gading Serpong received a Special Award from the Patent and Trademark Office Society for her work C-Rice: Computational and Experimental Design Development of Transgenic Rice. Samantha who researched genetic technology to produce animal protein rice for food access for poor families was entitled to receive cash worth US$500 dollars.This year, Intel ISEF was attended by more than 1,800 scientific works of the students representing 423 Intel ISEF affiliates from 88 countries around the world. The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) sent eight Indonesian students from high school and Madrasah Tsanawiyah at the event held in mid-May. They are the winners of the LIPI Youth Scientific Work Competition (LKIR) in 2018. Head of LIPI, Laksana Tri Handoko said that the success of Indonesian students this year proves that the creativity and innovation of our young generations are able to compete globally.

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May

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Direct flight that has been waited for long time between Indonesia and Cambodia will be implemented this year. Indonesian ambassador to Cambodia kingdom, Sudirman Haseng in a press conference on Preparation of the Inauguration of Jakarta-Phnom Penh Direct Flight in Phnom Penh over the weekend said a national private airlines, Citilink Indonesia, a subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia will launch its first flight for Jakarta – Phnom Penh route in June 2019 for three times in a week. Cambodian Tourism Minister, Dr. Thong Khon, in the press conference, thanked the Indonesian government, Tourism Ministry, Indonesian embassy Phnom Penh, Garuda Indonesia and related parties on support and good cooperation to implement to the mutual dream.

Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, inaugurated the launching of Panchagarh Express new train to serve the longest railway of Bangladesh which connects the capital Dhaka with Panchagarh city in the NorthWest over the weekend. Panchagarh Express uses modern carriage, made by PT INKA Indonesia. Indonesian ambassador to Bangladesh, Rina Soemarno who attend the ceremony at Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina “Gonobhaban" residence in Dhaka, said that the train made by PT INKA Indonesia has assisted Bangladesh to increase connectivity among cities in Bangladesh. In the last month, it has been conducted twice the first launching of railway which is used train, made by PT INKA. Earlier, on April 25, 2019, Bonolota Express train has been launched to serve Rajshahi-Dhaka line nonstop.

Ramez fi El-shallal, a very popular entertainment program in Egypt and Arabic countries, this year takes shooting for picture in Bali. The event which was guided by famous comedian from Egypt, Ramez Galal, was broadcasted every day during Ramadhan this year on MBC television of Egypt. Various kinds of trailers of the event are also aired at Youtube and other social media with the number of audiences in every video reaching 1 - 9 million people. To made used the popularity of the TV event, the Indonesian embassy in Cairo organized a breaking fast event along with Travel Agent/Tour Operator (TA/TO) of Egypt last week. Indonesian ambassador, Helmy Fauzy, in his speech conveyed his happiness during the month of Ramadhan, Egyptians could more know about Indonesia, especially the natural beauty of Bali through the entertainment program on “Ramez fi El-shallal” television.

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May

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British people who stay in Oxford enjoyed Javanese leather puppet and gamelan performance presented in “Night at the Museum” event at Pitt Rivers Museum on May 17. The visitors were presented with Javanese dance which was beautifully performance by Ni Made Pujawati, accompanied by Oxford Youth Gamelan led by Jasmine Godden. Dalang Ki Sujarwo started playing the leather puppet, accompanied by Oxford Gamelan Society led by Peter Smith. In different time, the visitors participated in Balinese dance workshop at one of rooms at the museum. Counselor of Information and Social Culture, Thomas Siregar said that the event was cooperation between Indonesian embassy and Pitt Rivers Museum to introduce Indonesian culture to citizens of England in Oxford.

Provincial government of Riau expressed its desire to establish cooperation in developing halal tourism with Malaysia. One of them is with the plan of Malaysia Airlines flight route from Kuala Lumpur to Pekanbaru. Riau wants the tourists’ visit its region to keep increasing. That was stated by Governor of Riau, Syamsuar at the meeting with some Consulate representatives of Malaysia in Pekanbaru over the weekend. Provincial government of Riau welcomed the plan of the opening of Kuala Lumpur - Pekanbaru flight route by Malaysia Airlines this year. Previously, Malaysian consulate expressed that now, the process of the opening of flight route among the countries has been on submission stage of permits at the Ministry of Transportation.

The governments of Indonesia and Chile have agreed to accelerate the implementation of Indonesia- Chile Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IC-CEPA) and also to expand the scope in the agreement. The trade agreement was reached at the meeting of Indonesian Trade Minister, Enggartiasto Lukita along with Deputy Minister of Chilean  Foreign Affairs Minister of Trade Field, Rodrigo Yanez Benitez on the sidelines of Trade Minister’s Meeting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Chile on Saturday (18/5). Minister Enggar said that the expansion of IC-CEPA agreement is concerning with trade in services and investment between the two countries. The two sectors are viewed to make trade relations of the two countries become more comprehensive. As a follow-up of the agreement, Minister Enggar also said that Deputy Minister Rodrigo Yanez Benitez will visit Indonesia on June 10-11, 2019.

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May

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Leather puppet performance which was conducted at Indonesian embassy’s Hall in The Hague succeeded in hypnotizing around 150 audiences. The puppet with “Ciptaning” story was played by puppeteer Ki Joko Susilo from New Zealand, sinden Dòra Györfi from Budapest. They were accompanied by Widosari Amsterdam Gamelan, joining Indonesian and the Dutch people, led by Elsje Plantema.  Educational and Cultural attaché’ of the Indonesian embassy  in The Hague, Din Wahid in a press release to Antara London on Sunday (12/5) said that the puppet performance was conducted at Indonesian Cultural House in The Hague which is under the Indonesian embassy. The House actively conducts cultural event which is aimed to promote Indonesian culture in the Netherlands.

Governor of Jakarta, Anies Baswedan and British Ambassador to Indonesia, Moazzam Malik planted spathodea tree at Museum of Proclamation Manuscript Formulation on Sunday (12/5) to commemorate the 70th Indonesian-British diplomatic relations. Ambassador Moazzam said that England is Indonesia’s trade partnership which has global vision. He added that England and Indonesian and British relations are very strong and both countries have been cooperating in various sectors such as education, business, trade, climate change, science, technology and anti-corruption.

Seven travel agents from the United States of America are touring to a number of tourism destinations in Banyuwangi regency for a week. The owners of the travel agents from  Midwest of the United States of America have come to a number of tourism destinations since Friday (10/5) such as Mt. Ijen, Gombengsari Nirvana Coffee, Sabha Swagata Blambangan Pavilion, Bangsring Underwater and they will go down to South Banyuwangi to see the panorama of Muncar fisherman port and National Park of Alas Purwo until Tuesday (14/5). Head of Delegation of the Midwest of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), Jesse Guerre revealed that he is impressed on beautiful nature, delicious coffee and the most important thing is the hospitality of Banyuwangi’s people. Functional staff at the US Directorate I, Directorate General of America Europe, Foreign Affairs Ministry,  Raden Usman Effendi pointed out that the visit of the travel agents to Banyuwangi is part of the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry’s and Consulate General’s program in Chicago, the USA to increase tourist’s visit to Indonesia.

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May

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Indonesia won in the badminton championship in New Zealand with 2 titles. Indonesia won the second title by the men's doubles pair. In the final, the men's doubles pair, Hendra Setiawan-Mohammad Ahsan defeated Hiroyuki Endo-Yuta Watanabe from Japan. Through one-hour and seven-minute match at Auckland's Fida Stadium Event on Sunday (5/5), the Indonesian pair beat the Japanese pair through a rubber game with a score of 20-22, 21-15 and 21-17. As written by Antara, through this result, Indonesia closed the 2019 New Zealand Open by winning two titles, before Jonatan Christie won the men's singles. Jonatan Christie defeated Hong Kong player, Ng Ka Long Angus with a score of 21-12 and 21-13.

To increase the interest in surfing and tourism in Lampung, the World Surfing League (WSL) "Krui Pro" was held on April 29 to May 4, 2019. The location is in West Pesisir District, Lampung Province. The 3rd international surfing competition is able to bring in foreign and domestic tourists. In this event, Lucas Silveira of Brazil won the throne of victory from compatriot Gabriel Medina who was the champion last year. Met after surfing on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Tanjung Setia Beach, Lucas revealed that the Wave was the one that took him to participate in World surfing league Krui Pro 2019.“Well the wave it was perfect, it was hard to get better than this. The challenge was that the wave was so good and everyone played surf well. So, you had to do better to win. It was a long way since we got here and trained daily before we competed and woke up 5 am to train and a lot of high hits through the final. Everything took place so well,” said Lucas. Lucas added, this was the first time for him to compete in Krui and the world-class wave was the only interesting thing to come to Krui. He also emphasized that even though there was no competition, he would continue to play surf in Krui. The same thing was expressed by the 1st female champion, Leilani Mcgonagle from Costa Rica. According to her, the wave at Tanjung Setia Beach is amazing. It’s almost the same in her country.

The Indonesian men's relay team is optimistic that it can qualify for the 2020 Tokyo, Japan Olympics and one of the championships to win the ticket through the IAAF World Relays in Yokohama, Japan on May 11-12. That was stated by one of the Indonesian athletes, Lalu Muhammad Zohri when he was met at the Madya Stadium, Bung Karno Sports Complex, Jakarta on Tuesday (7/5).Zohri also said that there are some weaknesses in the relay team that must be addressed immediately, including at the "check mark". To qualify for the 2020 Olympics, the Indonesian relay team must be in the top 16 of 230 countries. At the 2019 Asian Athletics Championship that took place  in Doha, Qatar some time ago, Indonesia was in 16th place with one silver medal. The medal was won by Zohri in the 100-meter run with a time of 10.13 seconds. In the relay number, the Lombok sprinter will perform with Eko Rimbawan, Bayu Kartenegara, Muhammad Bisma Diwa, Joko Kuncoro (200 meters), Adi Ramli Sidiq in 100 meters.

South Sumatra is again trusted to host the international bowling championship in Jakabaring Sports Complex, Palembang, South Sumatra on 16-24 November 2019. Bowling facilities at Jakabaring are the best in the Asian region.The Executive Board Chairman of the Indonesian Bowling Association, Percha Leanpuri after meeting with Governor of South Sumatra, Herman Deru said that the championship would be attended by hundreds of the best athletes from some countries. Percha Leanputri added that based on the existing regulations, each country is limited to sending each of the best male and female athletes. The target of the participating countries is at least 65-75 countries. On this occasion, Indonesia hosts the second time after 1980. Meanwhile, Chief Executive of South Sumatra Indonesian Bowling Association,  Kurmin Halim said that his side would intensify promotions abroad, such as in Asia, Europe and the Middle East by hoping that the number of participants could reach hundreds of countries. If this is achieved, Indonesia can beat the record for the highest number of participants held by Singapore.

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