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27
November

MOZAIC OF ARCHIPELAGO

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This is RRI World Service, Voice of Indonesia with Mosaic of Archipelago. In today’s edition, I will present some information. First, Indonesian volunteers encourage economic empowerment. Second, Residents of North Barito harvest the first honey of meliponines. Third, the enjoyment of otak-otak from Sukabumi is in demand from outside the region.

 

The Indonesian Volunteer Society (MRI) encourages economic empowerment in accordance with the local potential as a form of recovery assistance, especially for residents affected by natural disasters. This was said by President of MRI, Syuhelmaidi Syukur at the MRI Bali Regional Work Meeting in Denpasar on Saturday (24/11).Syuhelmaidi remarked that the program is carried out in North Lombok after the earthquake shook the area by carrying out economic empowerment as one of the pilot programs. He also said that the economic empowerment becomes one of the three elements that are carried out during the recovery period in addition to physical development and social empowerment.He also said that in North Lombok, the company carries out a food granary program in the form of working capital, seeds, buying grain and rice produced in warehouses in collaboration with one of the Perdana Ritelindo Hidro minimarkets.He also encouraged MRI in the area, one of which is a new management in Bali to explore the potential of community empowerment, such as tourism, creative industries, agriculture and animal husbandry in accordance with local characteristics.

 

The farmer group 'Makmur Djaya Bhakti', the honey bee cultivator (Trigona Itama), in South Teweh Sub-district, North Barito Regency, Central Kalimantan made the first harvest owned by the local residents.That was stated by Head of Unit VI and VIII Central Barito Forest Management (KPHP) in North Barito Regency, Bahruddinsyah in Muara Teweh last Monday. He also stated that the farmer group located in the Transbangdep Hamlet, Bintang Ninggi I Village, South Teweh Sub-district, is one of the three farmer groups to develop ‘kelulut’ or meliponines honeybees.  For the other two groups in Hajak Village, Teweh Baru Subdistrict, each of them cultivates 10 stups(boxes for nesting bees produce honey). For now, only residents in the Transbangdep Hamlet have done harvest for the age of 22 days by making 10 stups and the results are around seven liters of honey. Bahruddinsyah accompanied by Head of Planning and Utilization of Forest Products, Jumaidil Hairi, said that the hornet honey bee was collaborating with one of the coal mining companies in the local village area.This activity is part of a corporate responsibility program (CRS). Bahruddinsyah said that the crop cultivation was facilitated by conducting guidance, promotion and packaging as well as being marketed in bottles of 250 ml and 100 ml. He also explained, the cultivation of the meliponines honeybees can provide good performance and effective business for the community, and can make a model for the community in other villages.

 

Sukabumi's specialty otak-otak or grilled fish cake, which is produced by Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) on Jalan Kenari, Sukabumi City, West Java, by empowering housewives attracts some people from  Jakarta, Bogor, Bandung, Tangerang, and even Kalimantan. The Sukabumi’s typical otak-otak-maker, Meriawati in Sukabumi said on Sunday that in producing the otak-otak, she empowers housewives around her house in Gang Ketapang, Selabatu Village, Cikole Sub-District.Although without work of contract, the income from making otak-otak can be an additional income for family. Every day, the demand from customers is around 500 packs, even if on holidays or weekends, the demand increases to one thousand packs.The price is only Rp3,000/piece, but she packs it containing five otak-otak plus peanut sauce at a price of Rp15,000. The production itself is carried out in the morning and once finished, it is immediately sold out.Meanwhile, Deputy Mayor of Sukabumi, Andri Setiawan Hamami said, the main program of the Sukabumi City Government in improving the economy of the community is by establishing entrepreneurship and encouraging them to become MSMEs entrepreneurs. They have also prepared a program for entrepreneurs ranging from coaching, training, promotion, marketing to business capital assistance.

 

That was Mosaic of Archipelago.

27
November

DIPLOMATIC CORNER

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This is RRI World Service, Voice of Indonesia with Diplomatic Corner, a program which presents information about activities and progress of Indonesian Diplomacy in the international world.

 

First information is from Dhaka, Bangladesh. Batik, one of the world cultural heritages from Indonesia, established by UNESCO, was the center of attention in the Indonesian Batik Festival held at the Indonesia Embassy in Dhaka, on November 21 and 22. This festival was held to promote batik from Indonesia to the people of Bangladesh, such as a variety of batik fashion show activities, talk shows about batik, batik making workshops, and exhibitions and sales of Indonesian batik. Indonesian Ambassador to Bangladesh, Rina P. Soemarno on the sidelines of the festival on Wednesday (21/11) said that such activities made batik increasingly get a place in the hearts of Bangladeshi people.

 

The next information is still from Dhaka, Bangladesh. Preferential Trade Agreement –PTA between Indonesia and Bangladesh is one of the key factors in increasing trade cooperation between the two countries. Bangladesh was the 7th largest surplus country in 2017; the trade volume between Indonesia and Bangladesh has reached a surplus of around 80 percent for Indonesia. PTA negotiations between the two countries were agreed on by President Joko Widodo when he made a state visit to Bangladesh in early 2018. Indonesian Ambassador to Bangladesh, Rina P Soemarno hoped in Dhaka on Wednesday (21/11) that to facilitate the bilateral trade, the first round of negotiations would begin soon. The first negotiations for PTA Indonesia and Bangladesh will start in December. Ambassador Rina said that with PTA, it would be able to help plan the next 5 years to increase the market share of Indonesia and Bangladesh to 50 percent through energy cooperation, agricultural technology, livestock, transportation, and information and communication technology. This is in line with the increasing capacity of the Bangladesh economy. Based on United Nations assessment, Bangladesh is expected to 'get through' from the Least Developed Country or underdeveloped country category by 2021.

 

CEO of Punjab Board of Investment and Trade, Jahanzeb Burana said that that the biggest challenge between Pakistan and Indonesia is the lack of understanding of Pakistani people to Indonesia and vice-versa. This was stated by Jahanzeb Burana when he welcomed the delegation of the Journalist Visit Program. Jahanzeb said that Pakistan is an untapped market that is ready to become an economic diplomacy partner and this is profitable for Indonesia. At present, the value of Indonesian-Pakistani trade was at US$2.6 billion dollars in 2017; US $1.6 billion was contributed by oil palm. As the third largest palm oil export destination in the world, oil palm dominates Indonesia-Pakistan trade relations. Currently, the Indonesia-Pakistan trade balance is still a surplus of US$2.1 billion dollars for Indonesia. To be effective early 2019, Indonesia will add 20 Pakistani products to the Preferential Trade Agreement to help balance the Indonesian-Pakistani trade balance. This was approved by the representative of the Indonesian Embassy in Islamabad, Adelin Marisa. The Indonesian Embassy in Islamabad has not only signed a memorandum of understanding with seven travel agents in Islamabad to increase Pakistani tourists to Indonesia, but has also invited several Pakistani news agencies to Indonesia through a familiarization trip scheme.

 

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November

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Various tastes of Indonesian coffee are in great demand by British people. It can be viewed from the existence of importers and owners of coffee’s stalls in England in the event of Indonesia Coffee Day that was held by Indonesian embassy in London. Counselor of the Indonesian embassy in London, Thomas Siregar said on Sunday that the importers and the owners of the coffee said that they are interested  in and want to do business with Indonesian coffee’s entrepreneurs and farmers. They admitted that Indonesian coffee has different taste from instant coffee. Indonesian Ambassador to Great Britain, Republic of Ireland and International Maritime Organization, Rizal Sukma said that market potential of Indonesia coffee in England is very large, reminding there is tradition changing trend in England from drinking tea to coffee. Ambassador Rizal hopes that Indonesia Coffee Day event can become promotion event to increase export of Indonesian coffee to England. In the cooperation event of the Indonesian embassy in London with Trade Ministry and Bank Indonesia, all coffee types were presented in coffee cupping session that was guided by Syafrudin, a representative of Specialty Coffee Association Indonesia.

Indonesian embassy in Singapore cooperated with Indonesian Tourism Ministry to introduce Bintan to 12 ambassadors of neighboring countries that reside in Singapore and Jakarta. The event was Ambassadors' Familiarization Trip to Bintan & Batam that was conducted at Bintan Lagoon Resort, Lagoi, Bintan, Riau Islands.  Indonesian Ambassador to Singapore, Ngurah Swajaya in his press release received in Jakarta, on Saturday, said that he efforts were conducted to realize the target of 20 million foreign tourists to Indonesia. Ambassador Ngurah said that Bintan has a lot of tourism destinations and attractions, including golf square. In addition, Bintan is also adjacent to Singapore. Bintan is chosen because of proximity of location with Singapore as international hub.

Three students of Wikrama Vocational High School, Bogor, West Java were selected to represent Indonesia to participate in Film Festival in Japan. The 12th Asian International Children’s Film Festival' is conducted in Hokaido, Japan starting from November 19-28, 2018. The three students are Denzel Gymnastiar Setiawan, Muhammad Fauzi Azhar, and Angelive Hilsunny. They were selected to represent Indonesia based on selection result which was conducted by Japanese embassy in Indonesia. Their documentary film entitled 'Return' succeeded to pass selection and selected as representatives from Indonesia on the festival. The film will be shown together with films of other schools from 12 countries in Asia. Coach and also teacher of multimedia expertise competency of Wikrama Vocational School, M Dudi Permadi said that the film with the title "Return" under cooperation with his students tells about a worker who has worst habits by littering. Then finally, the worker realizes that the environment must be protected.

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November

Welcome back to Miscellany. In today's edition, we will present you information about Indonesia as the host of the annual international culinary expo

The 2018 SIAL Interfood Culinary Expo took place from 21-24 November at JiExpo Kemayoran, Jakarta. The SIAL Interfood is an international culinary expo affiliating with a French trade expo named Salon International de L'alimenation (Global Food Marketplace). The annual expo presents various stalls of food, beverages, hotel, restaurant, and cafe equipment, catering services, and bakery. Deputy of Industrial and Institutional Development at the Indonesian Tourism Ministry, Rizki Handayani Mustafa says that the SIAL Interfood 2018 will support the development of Indonesian culinary industry as well as promote Indonesian tourism. Rizki Handayani added that Indonesian culinary industry has developed rapidly. Nowadays, it is very easy to find restaurants or coffee shops serving modern cuisine in both big and small cities. The revival of Indonesian culinary is also reflected by the huge foreign reserves contributed from this industry that is 30% of tourists' expenditures.

The expo holds a number of events in collaboration with numerous organizations, associations, as well as national and international culinary and gastronomical chefs, and practitioners, such as the SIAL innovation or the highest appreciation given to participants with the best innovation in food products and their supporting industry like packaging. The brands which win the SIAL innovation will be featured in all SIAL Interfood expos in France, Canada, India, China, and Middle Eastern countries. Besides, there is an event called La Cuisine Competition in collaboration with World's Chefs and Association of Culinary Professionals -ACP. It is a forum for international culinary experts and professional chefs to demonstrate and compete their cooking skills.

Some other events include tea demo and tea-brewing competition, seminar and workshop about coffee and wine, as well as business meeting among international culinary businesspeople. This year, the SIAL Interfood 2018 targets 75,000 visitors. Last year, The SIAL Interfood 2017 was participated in by 900 participants from 33 countries and 53,000 visitors from 49 countries.

That was Miscellany about Indonesia as the host of the annual international culinary expo.

22
November

MOZAIC OF ARCHIPELAGO

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Today's Mosaic of the Archipelago presents information: first, Tanah Laut holds Folk Market 2018. The second is that Grebeg Maulud in Madiun is enlivened by Gunungan 'Jaler' and 'Estri' parade. We end Mosaic of the Archipelago with the information on Tourim Minister facilitates Business-to-Business of Lombok and Yogyakarta industry.

Regional government of Tanah Laut, South Kalimantan held Folk Market 2018 at Pertasi Kencana Pelaihari square on Wednesday (21/11). Regent of Tanah Laut, Sukamta said that Folk Market 2018 is an annual event to commemorate the anniversary of Tanah Laut regency. He said that the implementation of Folk Market 2018 is different from the previous year because the event is handed over to vendors as implementer, which is organized in the group of PKL Uber Rezeki or in English means Vendors Chase Fortune. The regional government only facilitates it. The event was attended by Deputy Regent of Tanah Laut,  Regional House of Representative’s members of Tanah Laut, Head of Cooperative Office of Small Business and Trade of Tanah Laut. In addition, Head of the vendors’ group and the committee of the event also attended the event.

City’s government of Madiun held Gunungan, 'Jaler' and 'Estri' parade. The parade of the two events was the peak of Grebeg Maulud event to commemorate the birth of Prophet Muhammad SAW 1440 Hijriah, which felt on Tuesday (20/11). The parade took route at ancient mosque park to Madiun city’s square. Gunungan Jaler contained of raw vegetables, while  Gunungan Estri contained of snacks. After being paraded, the two gunungan events were prayed and then seized by local people. They believed if they succeeded to get part of the gunungan, they would get blessing in their life. Head of Historical Development Section, Culture, Tourism, Youth and Sports Office, Madiun city, Sumiati said that the parade is a manifestation to imitate the teachings of Prophet Muhammad SAW. Meanwhile, Mayor of Madiun, Sugeng Rismiyanto said that the parade of gunungan Jaler and Estri has become religious cultural tourism icon in Madiun. In the future, to enliven the birth of Prophet Muhammad SAW, his side would ask related offices to invite Small and Medium Enterprises to conduct bazar for three days at Madiun city’s square.

We end Mosaic of the Archipelago with the information on Minister of Tourim facilitates Business-to-Business of Lombok and Yogyakarta industry.

Big mission was carried out by Tour Agent and Tour Operator (TA/TO) of Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara in Yogyakarta. Facilitated by Tourism Ministry, as many as 20 Tour Agents and Tour Operators offered various kinds of tourism packages to Lombok and West Nusa Tenggara and to affirm if tourism of West Nusa Tenggara has been recovered. Business-to-Business (B2B) event was packaged in Table Top and Gala Dinner of West Nusa Tenggara rise Asia, held starting from November 20-22, 2018. Head of the Working Team of Destination and Promotion Recovery of West Nusa Tenggara, Dr. Farid Said stated that the team has proposed various activities both destination recovery and promotion to accelerate NTB tourism recovery post-earthquake. This was stated by Dr. Farid in his press release received by RRI on Tuesday (20/11). The event is follow-up on tourism recovery post-earthquake that hit Lombok and surrounding areas on August 5, 2018. Previously, Tourism Minister, Arief Yahya has set a Decree related to the Working Team. The team did efforts and activities in the form of 3A data collection (Attraction, Accessibility, and Amenity), psychological recovery through trauma healing and promotion of tourism destination that was not affected. Head of Marketing of Area II Regional III at the deputy of Marketing I Section of Tourism Ministry, Hendry Noviardi explained that the intended destination is Special  Economic Zone of Mandalika which is being developed by ITDC as Priority Tourism Destination, Sekotong (Gili Nangu, Gili Sudak, Gili Kedis), as part of Senggigi and Mataram city.

That was Mosaic of the Archipelago.

22
November

DIPLOMATIC CORNER

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The first information is from Geneva.

Indonesian delegation in World Trade Organization -WTO at the meeting of Committee on Technical Barriers on Trade of goods questioned again two European Union policies which will hamper the access of palm oil export and derivative products to 28 markets of European Union member countries. The meeting was held in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday (14-15/11). The obstacle of the European Union policy is RED II or Amendment Renewable Energy Directive 2009/20/EC which is related to European Union plan to prohibit using biofuel from palm oil. European Union also enforces palm oil free labeling on various consumers products which are conducted voluntarily by private companies in European Union. Indonesian delegation perceived that the two European policies only will take benefit for vegetable oil producers from the European Union, which is from rape-seed. Indonesian permanent representative in Geneva, Ambassador Hasan Kleib also said that voluntarily labeling method is not fair because it discriminates import products from domestic products, a condition that is prohibited by WTO’s agreement.

 

The next information is from Jeddah.

Team of Directorate General of General Administration at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights conducted socialization of citizen service innovation based on online.  The electronic system was introduced to staffs at the Indonesian consulate general in Jeddah. Director of State Administration at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, Kartiko Nurintias in his written statement said on Tuesday (20/11) that the application makes easy access and gives service certainty for applicants who want to propose citizenship. The electronic system provides 6 types of services by submitting the application for the statement to choose the citizenship for Indonesian people with dual citizenship, to request to be Indonesia citizen, to request to receive again Indonesian citizenship, to apply for a certificate of loss of citizenship, to request loss of his or her citizenship to President, and to report the loss of citizenship automatically. Kartiko also remarked that the existence of the application is also to protect the applicants from brokering practices and declared that all data that are proposed through the application are guaranteed by using QR barcode system.

 

We end Diplomatic Corner from Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia.

Around 50 foreign bikers of Brompton will do bicycling tour in Bali, starting from November 23-24, 2018 to enjoy beautiful scenery, culinary and taking pictures. Those who will come are influential bikers in their countries. Therefore, Brompton cycling tour which is the first time conducted in Bali, is expected to be able to invite other bikers to come and tour to Bali next year. Head of Brompton Owners Bali, Karonaituha Wiwin said in Gianyar, Bali on Wednesday that 50 tour participants of “We love Bali – Brompton World Travelers come from Singapore, Malaysia, China, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Macau. He also said that 19 bikers are women. The touring will start from Thursday from the statue of Garuda Wisnu Kentjana (GWK) to Udayana University, Kedonganan and will end in Kuta. On Friday (24/11), the bikers will begin from Karangasem to Ubud. Head of Tourism Office of Bali, AA Gede Yuniartha Putra welcomed Brompton World Traveler in Bali.

That’s Diplomatic Corner.

20
November

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RRI World Service, Voice of Indonesia with Mosaic of Archipelago. In today’s edition, I will present some items of information. First, being conducive situation, the working environment in Central Java is the best in Indonesia; Second, students are committed to building the country's economy through entrepreneurship, and the last information is that Bali Election Supervisory Board encourages women to become election supervisors.

 

The Ministry of Manpower gave an award to the Central Java Provincial Government because the conducive situation of the work environment in Central Java is the best when compared to other provinces in Indonesia. According to Antara press release received in Semarang on Monday, Central Java succeeded in surpassing 33 other provinces in Indonesia with the highest Employment Achievement Index (IPK) from the category of conducive working environment. The award was given directly by the Minister of Manpower, Hanif Dhakiri to Governor of Central Java,  Ganjar Pranowo in the 2018 Employment Development Index Award at the Ministry of Manpower Office. In the event, Central Java Province is also named the third national best as a Province with Large Employment Affairs. Governor Ganjar Pranowo, after receiving the award, said that this award is actually a collective work of the government, employers and employees in Central Java. Meanwhile, Minister of Manpower, Hanif Dhakiri on the occasion said that the awards given were a manifestation of the country's appreciation for the regions that have excelled in labor development. He also emphasized that the government in the future will increasingly focus on improving the quality of human resources because skilled human resources are the key to boosting national economic growth.

 

The 9th Indonesian Student Entrepreneurship Expo (KMI) held at the Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) Campus, Dramaga, Bogor, West Java (10/11) has several series of events; one of which is the ISEN (Indonesia Student Entrepreneur Network) Workshop. Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship of IPB, Dr. Ir. SyarifahIis Aisyah and Chair of the 2018 KMI Expo said that ISEN is expected to be a forum for young entrepreneurs to collaborate so that they can move forward together to improve the Indonesian economy. In addition, Head of the Sub-Directorate of Welfare and Entrepreneurship at the Directorate General of Learning and Student Affairs, Dr. Ismet Yusputra in his speech, hoped that through this workshop, it would spark the spirit of students in achieving entrepreneurship.

 

The Bali Provincial Election Supervisory Board –Bawaslu encourages women in Bali to participate as supervisors in the 2019 Election and can cast their voting rights according to their conscience. This was affirmed by Chairman of the Bawaslu Bali, Ketut Ariyani during the 2019 Election Supervision Socialization event in Denpasar, Bali on Monday. In terms of quality, Ariyani regards women in Bali as potentially "plunging" as supervisors, but face a number of obstacles starting from the family environment and lack of understanding regarding the role of election supervisors. At the socialization program which was attended by women representatives from various campuses, NGOs, professional circles, beginner voters and media representatives, she said that  with these activities, they are encouraged by their enthusiasm to actively become election supervisors. Moreover, participatory supervision is carried out by women, according to Ariyani, its role is very important to help create elections that run smoothly and democratically amid the limited number of election supervisors. To keep strengthening the understanding of Balinese women about the 2019 Election and supervision, Bali Election Supervisory Board also plans to re-organize socialization by targeting PKK members along with a number of competitions, women's gatherings in villages that learn joint Rejang dance, youth organizations and so on.

 

That was Mosaic of Archipelago.

20
November

DIPLOMATIC CORNER

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First information is from New Delhi, India. Indonesia has many historical archives about Indonesia's efforts to create a more just and peaceful world. These archives deserve to be the collective memory of the world. Therefore, Indonesia has sought several years of important archives to become the Memory of the World from UNESCO. Indonesia is currently nominating the archival record of the First Non-Aligned Movement Conference and the archives of first President Soekarno's speech, entitled To Build the World Anew in the UNESCO Memory of the World. India is an important partner to realize this desire. Thus, Deputy for Information and Filing Systems Studies at the National Archives of the Republic of Indonesia, Imam Gunarto, National Archives Ambassador, Rieke Dyah Pitaloka, and Indonesian Ambassador to New Delhi, Sidharto R. Suryodipuro met with Director General of National Archives of India (NAI), Shri Shravan Kumar in New Delhi, India last Friday (16/11). The National Archives Ambassador, Rieke Dyah Pitaloka expressed the desire of the Indonesian Government to obtain support from member countries of the Non-Aligned Movement to nominate together to record the archives of the First Non-Aligned Movement Conference as the UNESCO Memory of the World. This nomination will begin in the upcoming June 2019.

 

Next information is from Minsk, Belarus. Commemorating 25 years of Indonesia-Belarus relations, Indonesian Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education, Mohamad Nasir visited Belarus on November 13 and 14. The visit was intended to enhance research, technology, innovation and higher education cooperation between Indonesia and Belarus. While in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, Minister Mohamad Nasir conducted a series of meetings and visits, such as opening the second meeting of Indonesia-Belarus Joint Working Group on Science, Technology and Higher Education, bilateral meetings, and witnessing the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education of the Republic of Indonesia and the Ministry of Education of Belarus. Both countries have the same interest in preparing the militant generation to master science and technology and innovation for a nation that is able to face global challenges. Higher education cooperation includes, such as developing contacts between universities, exchanging information on various higher education programs, designing curriculum programs, conducting dialogue, and joint conferences, as well as teaching and student mobility programs.

 

Last information is from Stockholm, Sweden. Six students of Pelita Harapan University and seven from Gadjah Mada University participated in a debate competition at the Global Rounds of Foreign Direct Investment Moot Court at Stockholm University, Stockholm. They routinely participate in debate competitions at the international level representing their respective universities, hoping to increase their insight and knowledge about arbitration issues between investors and the state. Moot Court's Global Rounds of Foreign Direct Investment provides opportunities for Indonesian students to compete against representatives from top universities around the world, such as Harvard Law School, King's College of London, and National University of Singapore. Foreign Direct Investment Moot Court has a very high standard and has an organized program. Around 280 participants along with their mentors and around 90 arbitration experts from around the world attended. In 2018, the University of Pelita Harapan team ranked second in the Asia-Pacific arena, while the UGM team was the overall champion of Foreign Direct Investment Moot in Argentina in 2016. The Indonesian Embassy in Stockholm will continue to encourage students to join in various international competitions in Sweden.

 

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November

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A number of foreign artists participated in enlivening art-culture performance in Kediri, East Java. Whose title was "Panji Mbulan" at Selomangleng cave tourism object in Kediri on Sunday (18/11). Mayor of Kediri, Abdullah Abu Bakar said that the event was conducted to more introduce tourism potential and culture in Kediri abroad. The event also becomes collaboration opportunity between Indonesian and foreign artists. In addition, the event was held to introduce products of small and medium enterprises from Kediri. Besides Indonesian artists, the event was also enlivened by some neighboring countries, such as Spain, France, Germany, China, Brazil, and Mexico. They conducted various attractions, such as musical performances, theater and dance.

Indonesian embassy in Canberra held Indonesian Festival which presented various Indonesian foods, traditional art stage and  cultural exhibition in a bid to promote Indonesian tourism potential. The event was welcomed enthusiastically by the local people and the number of visitors reached 5,000 people. A number of Senior and Junior High schools in Canberra also used the event to more closely introduce Indonesia by witnessing annual culinary and cultural festival. The event was officially opened by Indonesian Ambassador to Australia, Y. Kristiarto S. Legowo on Saturday (17/11). A number of ambassadors with their wives of neighboring countries, such as Denmark, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Vietnam, South Korea, Palestine, Lebanon, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Zambia, of Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, Australian diplomats and foreign diplomats of the Philippines, China and Thailand, especially also attended the event. Indonesian Festival in Canberra presented 5 main attractions at cultural hall, Indonesian products and New 10 Bali tourism promotions at Kartini hall. A number of superior textile products and handicrafts such as batik, bead bags and Tapis clothes were also exhibited. Indonesian typical foods that were also offered, became its main attraction for Australians. The visitors even were willing to take long queue to get service of Indonesian foods that were sold by Indonesian community in Australia. Arumba rhythm and Angklung from West Java, Dayak Kenyah dance and playing Sampek instrument from East Kalimantan, Lampung traditional dance, until Tor-Tor from North Sumatera Utara and Sajojo dance from Papua succeeded to enliven the event.

Chief of Indonesian Police, General Tito Karnavian led Indonesian delegation at the 87th General Assembly held at Madinat Jumeirah Convention & Events Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The main agendas discussed  in the Assembly that is held starting on November 18-21, 2018, are global strategic formulation in handling trans-national crimes through optimized cooperation among state polices and the increasing of the capability of police’s institutions of Interpol members.  General Tito is also  scheduled to attend some bilateral meetings, along with Home minister of United Arab Emirates, US Deputy Attorney, Chief of Canadian police, Chief of Ukrainian police, Chief of Hong Kong Police, and Head of Russian NCB-Interpol.

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November

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At least, one thousand dancers were deployed by Malang City Office of Culture and Tourism to target tourists who want to enjoy the evenings on the weekend in the education city on Saturday. The dancers presented on Jalan Ijen area to Jalan Simpang Balap Malang City are expected to be able to attract the attention of tourists who are spending theirs weekend in Malang and at the same time, this becomes an alternative look that is packaged in Malang Night Culture and Art. In addition to carrying a thousand dancers, Malang City Office of Culture and Tourism also presents a variety of arts and culture that can be enjoyed free of charge by tourists or visitors from various regions around Malang. Head of Malang City Office of Culture and Tourism, Ida Ayu Made Wahyuni said that through this event, 20 art potentials in Malang City are expected to be displayed simultaneously. She hopes that this activity can become an annual agenda, such as the Malang Flower Carnival (MFC). Thus, Malang Night Culture and Art can also be a reference for foreign tourists to visit Malang.

The Kandang Kebo Community again held a cultural gathering with the theme 'Fabric Motives on Temple Reliefs and Statues and Their Use at Present' on Saturday (17/11). The event is located at the Kandang Kebo Community Basecamp, Ngalian, Widodomartani, Ngemplak in Sleman. Head of the Sleman Regency Culture Office's Documentation, Facility and Infrastructure, Wasita stated that his side gave high appreciation for similar activities, considering that these activities would increase the horizon of understanding local culture and enhance awareness towards the potential of the noble culture. Through this workshop, we can reintroduce batik motifs in reliefs and statues in the temple, their meanings at present, and the government's progress in fostering batik artists.

The Lima Gunung Cultural Parade enlivened the Friendship Run event, Borobudur Marathon 2018 Powered by Bank Jateng, which was held at the Pawon Temple complex, Wanurejo, Borobudur Village, Mungkid District, Magelang District, in Central Java on Saturday (17/11). Before being released for a distance of three kilometers, hundreds of Friendship Run participants were first welcomed by some community arts from various regions around the Borobudur Temple. Such arts include Soreng, Kipas Mego, Truntung and the art of Topeng Ireng, which was sung by Wargo Budoyo Hamlet, Gejayan, Warangan Village, Pakis District, Magelang Regency. The organizing committee packs a 'kick off' event from the main objective of the 2018 Borobudur Marathon Powered by Bank Jateng with a fairly local nuance. Race Director, Andreas Kansil said that the committee deliberately raised local wisdom to arouse tourism around Borobudur Temple through 2018 Borobudur Marathon Powered by Bank Jateng. Andreas also said that the community around Borobudur Temple has a lot of local wisdom and a variety of cultures. This was shown in the main pre-activity. In addition to arts and culture, the local wisdom highlighted was the display of local specialties that could be enjoyed by participants at the Friendship Marathon. Some kinds of dish are Nasi Lodeh Jantung Pisang, Tahu Kupat Magelang, fried Entok, Opor Entok, Nasi Pecel, Dawet and many others.

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