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ASEAN Strengthens Economic Growth Through Regional Integration: President Joko Widodo

VOI NEWS 12.08.2017, 09.00 LOCAL TIME, GMT+7

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated that the Association of Southeast Asians (ASEAN) has begun strengthening economic growth by building regional economic integration. Jokowi noted in his remarks during a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the ASEAN, held at the ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta, on Friday that based on data of the World Economic Forum, the ASEAN was currently the world’s sixth-largest economic power, and by 2020, it would become the fifth in the world. At its 50th anniversary, the ASEAN has demonstrated unity that makes the region proud. He remarked that at the age of 50, the ASEAN has always been together, hand-in-hand under the spirit of brotherhood, walked together to create a peaceful ecosystem, and stood strong in maintaining stability while steadily moving forward to create common welfare. The ASEAN is different from other regional organizations in the world, as the grouping always manages regional problems by holding negotiations and constructive dialogs./// (Antara)

 

Sydney Hosts 'A Taste of Indonesia' Culinary Festival 

From Aug. 4 to 12, Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney, Australia, is hosting a culinary festival titled “A Taste of Indonesia.” Among the dishes being presented are soto ayam (chicken aromatic soup), daging konro Makassar (Makassar-style rib soup), rendang (beef simmered in coconut and spices), bebek betutu (Balinese slow-cooked duck), ayam bakar jawa (Javanese-style grilled chicken), telor balado (egg with balado sambal) and udang goreng sambal balado (fried prawn with balado sambal). The festival also invites travel agents to sell tour packages to destinations such as Jakarta and Bali and features an orchestra performance of gamelan Bali. The ministry's deputy minister for Overseas Promotion I Gde Pitana said that they are targeting for more than 1,000 people to take part in the festival. According to Tourism Minister Arief Yahya, culinary is a great tool to promote Wonderful Indonesia tourism brand to the world. Indonesian food itself has been recognized in the international market, including news website CNN that listed sate (skewer), nasi goreng (fried rice) and rendang in its list of the World’s 50 Best Foods.//// (JP)

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