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February

Diplomatic Corner

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Indonesian House of Representatives Commission I,encouragedthe Indonesian Embassy in Amman, Jordan, to keep sounding support for the struggle of Palestian people to gain independent. This was stated by the delegation of commission I during a working visit to Jordan for two days, on Feruary 7-8, 2019, led by Head of Commission I, Abdul Kharis Almashari, as quoted in a press release of the Indonesian Embassy in Amman which was recieved in Jakarta, on Monday (11/2). The Indonesian Ambassador to Jordan and Palestine, Andy Rachmianto asserted that Indonesian suppport on Palestine never decrease, even it keeps strenthening, especially in the UN Forum, since Indonesia becomes non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2019-2020 period.

Indonesian main weapon system products have potential at weapon industrial market in Egypt and other countries in African regions, since their quality have been world class. Indonesian Ambassador to Egypt, Helmy Fauzi, in a press release in Denpasar, Bali, on Sunday (10/2) said that the quality of the Indonesian weapon products have been used in many countries and also have competitive price so that the products are able to compete with other producers. Helmy Fauzi also said that the Indonesian Military’s Headquarter has conducted exploration of Indonesia-Egypt defense cooperation. The cooperation was signed during the working visit of the Head of Strategic Intelligence Agency (Bais),Rear Admiral Kisenda Wiranata Kusuma to Egypt on February 6-8, 2019. In the event, Kisenda conducted a number of meetings including with officials of Military Intelligence Directorate (MID) of Egypt.

Indonesia grabbed all the medals in Iran Fajr Badminton International Challenge 2019. The Indonesian anthem, Indonesia Raya echoed twice to mark the victory of women’s double, Nita Violina Marwah/Putri Syaikah and men’s double, Adnan Maulana/Ghifari Anandaffa Prihardika in the final of the 28th Iran Fajr Badminton International Challenge 2019  at Enghelab Sport Complex, Karaj, Iran (7/2). Indonesian Ambassador to Iran, Octavino Alimudin, along with the Indonesian Embassy’s big families in Tehran and a number of Indonesian diaspora in Iran, also attended the competition and gave support to Indonesian contingent that consisted of 22 badminton players and 3 officials. The young players of national training center who were sent by Indonesian Badminton Association to the tournament showed that Indonesian young badminton players are worthy to defend Indonesia.

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February

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Indonesian Tourism Ministry was supported by Indonesian embassy in Helsinki to participate in promoting Indonesian tourism destinations,  Bali and Beyond Bali in tourism exhibition of Tourest Travel Trade Fair 2019. The exhibition was held on February 8-10 in Tallinn, Estonia. The exhibition was participated in by 30 countries with total 533 exhibitors. Indonesian participation was also to promote various kinds of Indonesian cultures and  Arabica premium single origin Indonesia coffees, such as Mandailing, Toraja, Bali and East Java. The existence of Indonesia on Tourest 2019 was strengthened by Indonesian cultures performance that consisted of  Sekar Jagad, Piring dance and Sasando musical instrument performance on the main stage. On Tourest 2019, a famous blogger and traveller of Estonia, Almer Ansu, officially announced opening direct flight of Turkish Air from Istanbul to Bali in the Mid of July in 2019.

India targets investment on technology of information, medicines and l electricity sector in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan this year. Deputy of Indian Ambassador to Indonesia, Prakash Gupta said that a number of entrepreneurs from India have conducted communication with city’s government of Balikpapan to invest in this city. Opening Indian Cultural Festival coinciding with the 122nd anniversary of Balikpapan City on Sunday (10/2), Prakash mentioned that the three sectors are the most potential economic sectors from India to be cooperated with City’s government of Balikpapan.

Indonesian embassy in Brussels, supported by Tourism Ministry promoted "New 10 Bali" on Brussels Holiday Fair at Brussels Expo, Belgium on February 7-10. Indonesian Ambassador in Brussels, Yuri Thamrin officially opened Indonesian pavilion and invited Belgium people to visit the pavilion to get to know Indonesian tourism destinations which are offered.  The Wonderful Indonesia pavilion performed various kinds of events, such as dances, culinary, coffee promotion from barista from Indonesia until quiz. Brussels Holiday Fair became the only one exhibition in Belgium that was participated in by 350 exhibitors and visited by more than 100 thousand people.

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February

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Indonesian embassy in Seoul conducted medical check-up of migrant workers. The medical check-ups are like checking of blood pressure and health consultation conducted by dr. Dita Anggara Putra at the Indonesian embassy in Seoul on Sunday (3/2). Social and Cultural Information of the Indonesian embassy in Seoul in a press release received by Antara on Monday, reported that the medical check-up was free of charge and joined by a lot of Indonesian migrants in South Korea. Around 40 Indonesian citizens, who were majority Indonesian migrant workers, received the medical service. The event is carried out every month. The Indonesian embassy also makes programs of financial training, investment introduction and other technical trainings. According to the Indonesian embassy in Seoul, until December 2018, the number of Indonesian citizens who stay in South Korea reached as many as 38,886 people. From the number, Indonesian migrant workers who were sent by the government reached as many as 29,360 people and the ship crews that were sent by private companies reached as many 5,320 people. They were spread out in 86 cities in South Korea.

Students of West Sumatera should be active in diplomacy and be part of solution of challenges which are faced by Indonesia and the world. This was emphasized by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi before around 1,000 students on Talkshow at Convention Hall of Andalas University on Saturday (2/2). This reminds that West Sumatera is the birth place of a number of the Indonesian Diplomatic legendries, such as Muhammad Hatta and Sultan Syahrir. The Talkshow was part of series events of “Diplofest" or Diplomacy Festival that was conducted by Foreign Affairs Ministry in Padang, West Sumatra on February 1-2. In her explanation, Minister Retno said that the efforts of Indonesia in protecting the world’s peace, cover in Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), Palestine, Afghanistan and Rakhine State. The diplomacy, that is active, friendly, dignified and able to contribute on Indonesia’s peace, is characteristic of Indonesian diplomacy.

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January

A fine arts exhibition will soon be held on social media. The exhibition is initiated by a businessman as well as journalist named Sokoco Hayat DP. The online fine arts exhibition entitled "This is My Work" aims to help artists showcase their works so that they can be acknowledged by public. The theme "This is My Work" represents the objective of the event namely to provide detailed information about the artists who participate in the expo and their works. Sokoco Hayat DP said that the identities of the artists, such as their address, contacts, e-mail address, complete CV and track records would also be featured at the exhibition. By informing about the details of the artists, arts enthusiasts, including collectors can keep being in contact with the artists easily. The online fine arts exhibition has more benefits than the exhibitions which typically take place at art expo center or gallery. The online one needs less time for preparation. It is also more economical. Besides, participants are not restricted by distance, ages, and locations. No matter how far they live, they can still demonstrate their creativity. Meanwhile, arts enthusiasts can access the exhibition anytime and anywhere. They only need smartphones and internet connection. Regardless of the time and space, the bonding between the artists and their arts enthusiasts can still be established. Participants' registration has opened from 21st January to 5th of February 2019. Each participant has to submit two photos of their works and their personal data. In addition to submitting their data and works, the participants must pay for the registration fee which costs Rp 50,000 per person. The exhibition will be held from 10th to 28th of February 2019. Visitors can access the exhibition from Youtube, Instagram, Facebook, and Online Magazines. According to Sukoco Hayat, the online fine arts exhibition receives positive responses from artists. Until January the 22nd, 50 participants have enrolled in the expo both the 2D and the 3D artists.

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January

DIPLOMATIC CORNER

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The first story for today’s Diplomatic Corner is from Brunei Darussalam.

Wife Organization of Civil Servants or Dharma Wanita Persatuan of Indonesian embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam carried out tourism promotion to Bali on January 23-27, 2019. Based on the press release from the Indonesian embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan, received by Antara in Jakarta, on Monday, the participants’ tour of tourism promotion became special by the existence of a number of ambassadors’ wives of neighbor countries in Bandar Seri Begawan, such as wife of Laos, Myanmar, German and French ambassador. Chairwoman of Dharma Wanita Persatuan, Nani Sujatmiko hoped that the event could encourage and ensure diplomatic and international community that Indonesia is safe and worthy to be tourism and vacation destination. Trip to Denpasar, Bali is reached through directly flight of Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA). RBA has routinely served Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB) - Denpasar route and also BSB to Jakarta and Surabaya. In the future, RBA will explore new line to Lombok. It is hoped the opening of RBA destination can encourage the increase of Brunei tourists to Indonesia.

 

The next info is from Denpasar.

Cooperation of Institute of Indonesian Art of Denpasar and Phetchaburi Rajabhat University was signed by Rector of the institute, I Gede Arya Sugiartha and President of Phetchaburi Rajabhat University-Thailand, Prof. Sanor Klinngam in Denpasar, Bali on Monday (28/1). The signature of the cooperation was begun by showing visual profile, explanation of vision and mission and superiority of each college as well as each culture of the country. According to Arya, Phetchaburi Rajabhat University actually has been long time to visit the Institute of Indonesian Art, Denpasar because they want to learn Indonesian arts and especially Balinese arts, to enrich their arts that are developed. In addition, they want to introduce their arts.

 

And the last information is from Manila.

Indonesia Diaspora Network (IDN) Chapter Manila cooperated with Metro Manila Development Authority -MMDA to invite community, especially Indonesian citizens who stay in Manila to conduct clean action of Manila Bay on Sunday (27/1). IDN Manila stated that “Manila Bay Clean Up” is as a form of Indonesian people’s awareness on sustainable environment where they live. Seashore rehabilitation activity which is full of pollution of plastic garbage is also hoped to be able to help save local community on impact of littering and plastic waste. The event with the theme “Manila Bay Clean Up" is to clean garbage at Manila Bay not only for one day, but also for long term in a bid to improve people’s  awareness of clean environment in their daily life.

 

 

 
 
 
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January

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Indonesia and Cambodia renew and extend Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that has existed since 1999 in ASEAN Tourism Forum 2019 in Ha long Bay, Vietnam, on Fridy (18/1/). The agreement including to promote tourist potential of each country, Angkor Wat and Borobudur Temple. On the occassion, Cambodian Tourism Minister, Thong Khon, also suggested to open direct flight from Phnom Penh to Yogjakarta. In addition, Thong also suggested cooperation on heritage to heritage, between Angkor Wat and Borobudur Temple. Indonesian Tourism Currently, Srilanka, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh also want to join in heritage to heritage cooperation.

The Association for the International Exchange of Students in Economics and Commerce (AIESEC) of Brawijaya University, Malang in the Program of Enlighten The Future Wafe 2 Project visited Polowijen cultural village on Saturday afternoon (19/1). The students who came from China and Yemen were welcomed by mask dance. AIESEC is the biggest youth international organization in the world which focuses on leadership development of youth and become ambassador in overseas with social project. AIESEC participants participated in every cultural event at Polowijen cultural village.Ana Sopanah, Coordinator of Public Relation and Cooperation, during her speech appreciated the AIESEC of Brawijaya University, since the university has carried out foreign students to Polowijen cultural village in cultural exchange event among nations and multi-culturism studying.

Indonesian Tourism Minister, Arief Yahya said that his ministry will do promotion in Spain by participating in the exhibition of Feria Internacional de Turismo (FITUR) Madrid 2019. The largest tourism exhibition will be conducted in Feria de Madrid, Spain, for five days starting January 23 - 27. Director of Marketing Development for Europe Region, Agustini Rahayu to Antara London, on Monday (21/1) said that in Indonesian pavillion will raise the theme of Phinisi ship and display Balinese athmosphere. The Indonesian pavillion will also perform cultural performance that aims to give an overview of the richness of Indonesian culturenamely Indonesian traditional dance performance as well as carnival. In addition, Indonesian pavillion also provides Hospitality Corner that represents hospitality of Indonesian people by serving Indonesia traditional coffee.

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January

TODAY IN HISTORY

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Today in History begin with January 8, 1912, the African National Congress was established.

 

The African National Congress (ANC) is a Central-left South African political party and was founded on January 8, 1912 in Bloemfontein to protect the rights of the black majority. The ANC is the only party to have ruled South Africa since 1994. Support for the party had diminished in the 1999 elections, but they regained additional support in the subsequent elections in 2004.

Turning to January 8, 1926, Abdul Aziz bin Saud became the first King of Saudi Arabia. Initially, Abdul Aziz As-Saud was Sultan Nejd who conquered the Hijaz Kingdom in 1925. On January 8, 1926, Abdul Aziz bin Saud was crowned as King of Hijaz in the Grand Mosque. On January 27, 1927, he also raised the status of Nejd to become a kingdom. Based on the Jeddah Treaty on May 20, 1927, Abdul Aziz's power was recognized by the United Kingdom and his country was called the Kingdom of Nejd and Hijaz. For five years, Abdul Aziz ruled his two kingdoms as separate units. On September 23, 1932, the main Saudi territories namely Al-Hasa, Qatif, Nejd and Hejaz, were united into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

 

Today in History with January 8, 2003, a Turkish Airlines plane crashed. Turkish Airlines Flight 634 was a domestic aircraft scheduled to fly from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Diyarbakir Airport, in the southeast of Turkey. Because of bad weather, the plane crashed into the slope of a mountain. The aircraft broke into three and an explosion occurred that killed 75 of the 80 passengers and crew, including the pilot and co-pilot. Based on the investigation, the thickness of the fog had  made the pilot unable to see clearly.

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December

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Kendari City Government in Southeast Sulawesi conducted tree planting in commemorating National Planting Day 2018, in Kadia Kendari on Monday (17/12). The event was attended by Acting Mayor of Kendari, Sulkarnain. Sulkarnain after planting the tree, affirmed that the event is a real action to save forest, land and water. He said forest is a very important life support to protect land and water sustainability. According to him, the program can balance development and preserve environment and water resources in Kendari.

As many as 735 athletes are participated in International Wushu Championship in Bali, that was opened by Chairman of Executive Board of Indonesian Wushu, Airlangga Hartarto, in Nusa Dua Bali, on Monday evening (17/12). Head of the championship committee, entitle “1'st Bali International Kungfu Championship 2018”, Bambang Supriyanto, said the participants are from 88 clubs in Indonesia and overseas, namely Ukraine, Macao and Norway. According to Bambang, the main target of the championship is to introduce and to popularize traditional wushu sport to international world. Therefore, part of traditional wushu propaganda that will become the biggest competition, is competed in Indonesia in accordance with the determination and standardization of International Wushu Federation. Therefore, the championship is also packed in form of sport tourism to more strengthen Bali image as tourist destination.

The Office of Tourism, Youth and Sports of Agam regency, West Sumatra recorded that around 7,500 tourists visited Maninjau Lake Festival which was centered at Muko-muko tourism object, Tanjungraya district, on December 15 and 16. Secretary of Tourism and Culture Office of Agam, Agusmardi, said in Lubukbasung, on Monday (17/12) that generally tourists who visited the event were local tourist from Agam, regency, and neighbor towns. The crowdmade most of merchandises at the tourism object sold out. It was along with the goal of the event, namely to increase the economy of the local people, and to increasing the number of visits and also to preserve Minangkabau tradition to young generation. Agusmardi said the event was atambua tansa competition, an art of Salingka people of Maninjau Lake, with the participants 42 teams and also recitation competition of Asmaul Husna or the names of Allah (God the Almighty) which was participated by45 teams. Besides that, there was also competition of pupuik batang padi, fari Minangkabau instrument, with 20 participants and rowing which was participated by 6 regencies and cities. In the future, the event will be held in international level with participants from neighboring countries.

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December

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Indonesian Consulate General in Marseille held a meeting with regional government and exporter entrepreneur of furniture and handicraft in Montpellier on December 13, 2018. On the occasion, General Consul, Asianto Sinambela explained on Indonesia’s potential export products at the markets of countries in European Union regions. Deputy Mayor of international and tourism division of Montpellier welcomed efforts to increase cooperation with Indonesian Consulate General. Asianto Sinambela emphasized the need of Indonesian people’s participation in in business events and promoting Indonesian products.

The Indonesian government welcomed the agreement to adopt the Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP) carried out at the Katowice Climate Change Conference in Poland, as stated in a written statement from Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jakarta on Monday. Chief of Indonesian Negotiator Nur Masripatin stated on the last day of the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP-24) UN Framework Convention on Climate Change on Dec 14 in Katowice, Poland that Indonesia welcomed the adoption of the Paris Agreement Work Program, which will guide the parties in implementing the Paris Agreement. During the negotiation process, on Dec 2, the Indonesian delegation actively encouraged the meeting to produce a balanced and comprehensive Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP) and put forward the principles of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities and Respective Capabilities. As an archipelagic country which is susceptible on climate change impact, Indonesia is committed to continuously contributing in handling climate change and calling on the need to increase international cooperation and strengthening multilateral frame in handling climate change issue. 

Indonesian Ambassador to Singapore, Ngurah Swajaya  Den Yealta invited Singaporean investors to invest their capital in Free Trade Zone which is managed by Management Agency of Tanjung Pinang. As many as 50 investors and entrepreneurs from Singapore attended "Tanjung Pinang Investment Forum 2018" which was held in Singapore recently. The event was in cooperation between Indonesian Embassy in Singapore and Management Agency of Tanjung Pinang, which specially offered investment packages in Free Trade Zone/ FTZ of Tanjung Pinang, Bintan Island. Indonesian Ambassador to Singapore, Ngurah Swajaya, also ensured investors from Singapore that FTZ which is managed by the Agency is part of cooperation of Batam, Bintan, Karimun (BBK) of Indonesia - Singapore.

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December

Miscellany in today’s edition presents information about ”Indonesian Author receives Prince Claus Award 2018”. 

Indonesian literary world has just collected a prideful achievement. Indonesian author, Eka Kurniawan received the Prince Claus Award 2018 for the literary category on 6th of December in the Netherlands. The annual award is presented to individuals, groups, or organizations engaging in cultural affair. Their literary works have contributed to developing the society in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Caribbean Islands. Eka Kurniawan is chosen as the winner because of his ability in narrating imaginative stories through the beauty of prose as well as the universality of the themes of his works.

213 people were listed as the nominations of the Prince Claus Award 2018. 85 of them were accepted and reselected by the Prince Clause Award Board. Those who were selected were invited to attend the formal awarding ceremony in Royal Palace, Amsterdam, before the royal family of Kingdom of the Netherlands and guests coming from all around the world. The award would also be given to respective country of the winner followed by a ceremony led by Dutch Ambassador. Besides Eka Kurniawan, the other winners of Prince Claus Award 2018 include Adong Judith from Uganda for theatrical category, Marwa al-Sabouni from Syria for Architecture and Urbanism Category, Kidlat Tahimik from the Philippines for Visual Arts and Film Category, and O Menelick Ato from Brazil for Media and Journalistic Category. Meanwhile, Market Photo Workshop from South Africa won the Principal Prince Claus Award 2018 for photographic category. Dada Masilo who also comes from South Africa won the Next Generation Award 2018 for Dance Category.

 

Eka Kurniawa is an Indonesian author who was born on 28th of November 1975. His works counter all discriminative political treatments. Eka attempts to communicate social issues through his interactive works so that they can be delivered easily to the public and build better perception about their country. The writer who pursued his study at Gadjah Mada University is thought to be able to sharpen people’s understanding about history so that people will have better perception about their country. He is also able to promote local culture by incorporating local mythology in his stories, which has probably been abandoned in Indonesian literary tradition. The author of Cantik dan Luka or in English Beautiful and Wound, uses the power of literature to deliver crucial topics, especially in the period when the freedom of expressing opinion was restricted.

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