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President Joko Widodo Calls for Maintaining Unity in Diversity(1)

VOI NEWS 11.00 LOCAL TIME, GMT+7, 19-04-2017

President Joko Widodo calls for all countries in Asia and Africa to honor plurality, and make the spirit of unity in diversity as the spirit of Asia and Africa. It was said by the Head of State in the 62nd Anniversary of the Asia-Africa Conference at the State Palace on Tuesday (18/04/2017). “I believe, the Asia-Africa cooperation can be improved. And I also hope that the spirit of unity in diversity is also the Asian-African spirit,” said President Joko Widodo. To all the people of Indonesia, President Joko Widodo also advised not to be easily tempted by racial and religious issues that weaken the nation. He also said the Indonesian people should not be afraid to fight against intolerance and violence in the name of anything. The President called on to continue to strengthen the joint commitment in maintaining and caring the portrait of the Indonesian nation, namely Bhineka Tunggal Ika, unity in diversity. The commemoration of the 62th Anniversary of the Asia-Africa Conference was attended among others by Vice President Jusuf Kalla, the former President, Megawati Sukarnoputri and all ministers. On the Occasion all attendants of the event signed a declaration of "Live and Let Live Asia-Africa Unity and Diversity". The phrase "Live and Let Live, Unity and Diversity" is known a quote from the speech of the first Indonesian President Soekarno in the Asia-Africa Conference in 1955. (voi/trans:rini)


President Joko Widodo Signs Presidential Decree on Asian Games 2018

President Joko Widodo, has signed a presidential decree on the implementation of 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. The Presidential Decree is effective shortly after signed by the President, on Tuesday (18/4).
While leading a cabinet meeting on the preparation of the 18th Asian Games 2018 at the presidential office Tuesday, President Joko Widodo expressed hope that Indonesia as the host of 2018 Asian Games could attract the attention of the world. President Joko Widodo encouraged all ministers to promote the upcoming event. “I also call for the promotion and information related to the Asian Games 2018, so that this event will become a magnet to attract the world’s attention to Indonesia. I think I don’t see that action yet. This opportunity should be utilized as well as possible. We should integrate it with the promotion of the country, the tourist destinations which we already have prepared. I also have to say that I have signed a Presidential Decree on the Asian Games 2018 and it is enacted now,” said President Joko Widodo.

President Joko Widodo also said that the development of infrastructure related to the preparation for the Asian Games should be conducted with a target to develop the sport in Indonesia in the future. The Asian Games is 488 days ahead. President Joko Widodo also hopes that all the details of the progress of the technical preparations in the field are observed. (Ndy;transbyAlika)


 Indonesia, Germany discuss comprehensive partnership

The governments of Indonesia and Germany have discussed the implementation of the Jakarta Declaration, as stated on the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday. The implementation of the Jakarta Declaration, which is a comprehensive partnership between the two countries launched in 2012, was discussed at the 2nd Indonesian-German Bilateral Steering Committee in Jakarta on Monday (17/4). The Indonesian delegation was led by Director General of American and European Regions, Muhammad Anshor. The delegation of both countries agreed to submit reports on the implementation of the declaration and recommendations to the Indonesian President and the German Chancellor. According to Anshor, the declaration will prioritize cooperation on vocational education, maritime and energy, through the establishment of a memorandum of understanding. Indonesia and Germany had renewed their bilateral cooperation at a meeting between Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi and German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Bonn, Germany, in February 2017. The renewal of the bilateral cooperation is a follow up of President Joko Widodos visit to Germany in April 2016. (antara)


Indonesian, Saudi police chiefs discuss bilateral cooperation

Indonesian Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian met his Saudi Arabian counterpart Lt Gen. Othman bin Nasser Al Mehridj to discuss bilateral cooperation to follow up on the agreement signed during King Salman’s recent Indonesia visit. Karnavian remarked that he wants to follow up on the memorandum of understanding signed at the Bogor Palace that was witnessed by King Salman and President Jokowi that both have agreed on cooperation in the field of education. Saudi Arabian officers could receive training in Bandung, while Indonesia also seeks possible training in Saudi for Indonesian officers. In addition to cooperation in police education, the two generals have also discussed cooperation in counterterrorism, exchange of information on terrorism, human trafficking, and drugs-related cases. He added that issues on protection for Indonesians who perform Umrah and Hajj as well as Indonesian workers in Saudi were also discussed. After the meeting at the police headquarters, Lt Gen. Mehridj continued his visit to the police investigation unit, the mobile police headquarters. Karnavian said the visit will enhance cooperation between the two institutions. (antara)


Former president Megawati proposes second Asia-Africa conference

Former Indonesian president Megawati Soekarnoputri has proposed a second Asia-Africa Conference to evaluate various problems caused by globalization and free market. She made the remarks in front of President Joko Widodo, Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Working Cabinet ministers, and ambassadors of friendly countries at the 62 Anniversary of the Asia-Africa-Conference on Tuesday (18/4). The first Asia-Africa Conference was held in Bandung, West Java, on April 18 to 24, 1955. The conference, which brought together 29 countries, was aimed at encouraging economic and cultural cooperation among Asian and African countries and fighting against colonialism. Megawati stated the world considers the Asia-Africa Conference important and useful for the civilization at present and in the future. She noted that the second Asia-Africa Conference is essential as all countries in the world are interconnected. (antara)


BKPM cooperates with Chinese insurance firm to boost investment

Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) has worked in cooperation with China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure) to increase Chinese investment in Indonesia. The cooperation to promote direct investment was signed by BKPM deputy of investment controlling and implementation Azhar Lubis and Sinosure Vice President Zha Weimin on Tuesday (18/4). Sinosure is a Chinese state-owned insurance company that provides insurance and loans for trade and direct investment. Azhar stated that under the agreement, BKPM and Sinosure will cooperate to provide information and hold a direct meeting with clients who are keen to invest in Indonesia. Thus, BKPM can get potential investors with financial support. The cooperation with the largest Chinese financial institution would become a strategic move to promote investment in Indonesia. It would also help investors to materialize their investment and trade in the country. A data of BKPM showed that Chinese investment in Indonesia during the past five years has ranked seventh largest with a total investment of US$4.53 billion. (antara)


14 yachts from eight countries arrive in Sabang

As many as 14 yachts from eight European and Asian countries have arrived in Indonesian westernmost island of Sabang to participate in the Sabang Marine Festival to be held on April 19-23, 2017. The yachts had arrived in the bay of Weh (Sabang) Island, Aceh, two days ago, Fauzi Umau, chairman of the organizing committee, noted in a statement on Monday. The Sabang Marine Festival will be officially opened on Friday, April 21, he remarked. The participating countries include UK, the US, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, France, and Germany. Among the foreign yachts are the Kiwi Dream, Roke, Saltire, Aku Ankka, Katy DID, Drifter, Emalina, Rest Less. Wairima, Astarte, Timshal, Torapa, Morning Star, Captain Jack, and Mariposa, carrying aboard 40 tourists. This year, 36 yachts have confirmed their participation in the Sabang Marine Festival, as compared to 20 yachts, last year. Activities during the Festival will include a rowing race and traditional games, such as wooden sandal and climbing a betel nut tree races. Fauzi hopes that foreign participants would mingle with the local villagers while participating in the traditional races. The festival is aimed at promoting the scenic beauty and maritime potential of Sabang as well as introducing the Marine Lhok Wek Pier to foreign sailors. Aceh also hopes to lure more tourists by designating Sabang as a yacht tourist destination. Aceh Governor Zaini Abdullah has set a target of attracting one million tourists to Sabang in 2017. He said the number of tourists to Sabang has increased annually, from 450 thousand in 2013 to 500 thousand in 2014, and 700 thousand in 2015. (antara)

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