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Jokowi, Jinping witness signing of three agreements

VOI NEWS 11.00 LOCAL TIME, GMT+7, 15-05-2017

President Joko Widodo or Jokowi, on a working visit to China, met with President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Sunday (14/5). They discussed promotion of bilateral economic cooperation, and witnessed the signing of three cooperation agreements between the two countries. President Jokowi is at the head of a strong delegation of 11 cabinet ministers who take active participation in the summit meeting on New Silk Road cooperation. At the meeting, Jokowi and Xi Jinping witnessed the signing of three agreements between the two countries. The first agreement is on implementation of comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries in 2017-2021 signed by Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. The second one is an economic and technical cooperation signed by Minister for National Development Planning Bambang Brodjonegoro and his Chinese Trade Minister Zhong Shan. The third agreement is on cooperation in facility of Jakarta-Bandung speed railway project signed by Chief Executive of PT KCIC Hanggoro and Chief Executive China National Development Bank Hu Huaibang with cooperation commitment of US$4.498 billion. (antara)


RI hopes to boost maritime, people-to-people cooperation with Poland

Indonesia hopes to increase maritime and people-to-people cooperation with Poland, as their top leaders met on the sidelines of a high-profile forum in Beijing, China, on Sunday (14/5). President Joko Widodo met with Poland’s Prime Minister Beata Szydlo and called on his counterpart to support the Indonesia-European Union Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IEU-CEPA) negotiations. He also touted Poland’s long tradition in the maritime and shipping sectors as a boon to Indonesia’s maritime industry. In terms of people-to-people contact, President Joko Widodo emphasized the need to increase cooperation in tourism. Nearly 28 thousand Polish tourists visited Indonesia in 2016 and President Jokowi said he appreciated the establishment of a tourism package between Warsaw and Denpasar, Bali, with Polish flag carrier LOT Polish Airlines. The President also touched on the education sector. Since 1987, up to 400 Polish university students have received the Dharmasiswa scholarship, and from 2011 to 2015, six Polish students received the Indonesian Arts and Culture scholarship. (Jakarta Post)


RI seeks out science, technology cooperation with Tsinghua University

President Joko Widodo expressed interest in strengthening cooperation in science and technology with China’s Tsinghua University during his two-day visit to China. Jokowi met with the university’s president, Qiu Yong, on Sunday (14/5), during which he expressed his appreciation for the signing of a letter of intent between Tsinghua University and Indonesia’s Industry Ministry in relation to community empowerment. The government expects such a research center to improve Indonesian manpower in the industrial sector and create new jobs through vocational education. During the meeting with Qiu, Jokowi was accompanied by several officials, including Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto and Indonesian Ambassador to China Soegeng Rahardjo. (Jakarta Post


Minister Siti: Canal Blocking Effective in Preventing Forest Fire

Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya said that canal blockings in the Sebangau National Park have been effective in preventing forest fire in peat lands. According to Siti when visiting the Sebangau National Park over the weekend, the construction of canal blockings in the Sebangau National Park is similar to that in other areas. The Sebangau National Park was set up to protect and preserve peat lands and biodiversity. The size of the Sebangau National Park is currently nearly 5,000 hectares located in three regencies, namely Katingan, Pulang Pisau and Palangkaraya. Siti claimed that Indonesia has set an example for national park and peat land management for the world. Siti revealed that her visit to the Sebangau National Park with UN Environment Executive Director Erik Solhiem was aimed at providing a comprehensive description for international community related to the national park and peat land management in Indonesia. (Tempo)


Wonderful Indonesia brand displayed in Dubai Mall

After Times Square in New York, the US, and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the Wonderful Indonesia brand also travels to the Dubai Mall, the United Arab Emirates, the largest mall in the world. Located in the Burj Khalifa skyscraper, the area is the most visited place by local and foreign tourists. The Tourism Minister, Arief Yahya said the promotional material of Indonesian tourism is being showcased there because the mall is visited by90 million people every year. The mall has more than 1,200 shopping outlets including two main department stores: Galleries Lafayette and Bloomingdale’s, and has more than 200 restaurants. The ads will be put on an ice rink, 170 units of lift lobbies, 109 store directories, 20 units of link bridges, four units of grand drive screens, 14 units of metro link Screens and 25 units of food court screens from May 1 up to 18. The ads show images of Nusa Penida in Bali, Tiu Kelep in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), tea gardens in West Java, Tanjung Aan in Lombok, Gili Trawangan in Lombok and places in Jakarta. The recent visit of Saudi Arabian King Salman has resulted in an increase in the number of tourists coming from the Middle East. (Jakarta Post)


Tourism Ministry holds FGD on sustainable tourism statistics

In preparation for the upcoming International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 event on June 21 to 24 in Manila, the Tourism Ministry recently conducted a focus group discussion (FGD) to discuss sustainable tourism statistics. Sustainable tourism has become a priority on the national agenda of several countries, as well as on an international level, such as at the United Nations General Assembly. The conference in Manila is going to result in the declaration of how important the development of statistical framework is to measure sustainable tourism. Samsriyono Nugroho, Tourism Ministry’s technology and information special staff expressed that no one has ever discussed creating a standardized basis for data collection of relevant information on a national or sub-national level. This significant gap is limiting the potential development of the policy to improve sustainable tourism. Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said that Indonesia has good judgment when it comes to sustainable tourism. In fact, Indonesia ranked second after China in that category.(Jakarta Post)


A glimpse of Banyuwangi at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

The promotional ad for Banyuwangi tourism graces the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol billboards in the Netherlands. The campaign that runs from May 8 to May 31 shows an image of Banyuwangi’s G-Land, also known as Plengkung Beach, a famed surf break that offers magnificent barreling waves for surfers. Tourism Ministry’s assistant deputy for overseas marketing communication development Noviendi Makalam said that G-Land was the most popular surfing spot in Indonesia in 2016 according to internet users. It even won the Anugerah Pesona Indonesia 2016 award. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is one of the busiest airports in the world. (Jakarta Post)

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