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During the event, they met 31 buyers from Singapore who wanted to bring Singaporean adventure tourists to Indonesia., Jakarta – Indonesia logged total transactions amounting to Rp13.8 billion during the Sales Mission Adventure held in Violet Oon, Clarke Quay, Singapore, on May 8.

Assistant Deputy for Market Development Region I of the Tourism Ministry Dessy Ruhati said here on Thursday (9/5/2019) that Indonesia’s participation in the event is important to promote the country’s adventure tourism potential.

“Indonesia has more than 100 remarkable destinations for adventure tourism, which can turn Indonesia into a world class adventure tourism destination,” Ruhati said.

At the event, the ministry facilitated 11 industries in accommodation, travel agents/tour operators, as well as operators of special tours from North Sumatra, South Sumatra, West Java, Jakarta, Banten, Yogyakarta and Bali.

During the event, they met 31 buyers from Singapore who wanted to bring Singaporean adventure tourists to Indonesia.

“Each year, some 100 thousand adventure tourists from all over the world visit Indonesia. According to the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), the tourists spend 67 percent of their money in destination areas. This has shown that adventure tourism has played a significant role in improving the economy of the local people,” she elaborated.

Ruhati saw the event as an effective opportunity to match Indonesian sellers and buyers in Singapore.

“The event was designed with table top or B-to-B with a mingle concept, as this concept would be far more effective to reach the target of tourist visits,” she added.

Singapore was chosen as a location for the sales mission considering that it has become the main market for foreign tourists to Indonesia, especially from ASEAN countries.

The number of foreign tourists from Singapore visiting Indonesia in 2018 (January-December) reached 1.7 million, or an increase of 16 percent compared to 1.5 million tourists in 2017.

Indonesia, she said, could benefit from its proximity to Singapore. As the two countries have two cross borders in Batam and Bintan, Singapore could become the best international hub to be explored.

“In 2019, the Tourism Ministry has targeted to attract 2.12 million foreign tourists from Singapore out of the total target of 20 million foreign tourists. Therefore, we should be more active in exploring the Singapore market,” she said. (han)

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Children are a major threat to human development in Indonesia due to their reduced productivity when they are adults., Jakarta – Timor Leste and Cambodia sent delegations to learn about Indonesia’s success in preventing the stunting of children.

“The Indonesian government has made the program to prevent the stunting of pygmy children a national priority, and developed a national strategy that also supports the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” said Pungkas Bahjuri Ali, Director of Community Health and Nutrition of the National Development Planning Agency, in a statement received here on Wednesday (22/5/2019).

He said pygmy children are a major threat to human development in Indonesia due to their reduced productivity when they are adults.

The visit, held on 21-24 May 2019 in the framework of South-South Cooperation, was attended by government officials, consisting of nine delegates from Timor Leste led by Odete da Silva Viegas, General Director for Health Services Delivery, Ministry of Health, and eight delegates from Cambodia, led by HE Prak Sophonneary of the Cambodian State Secretariat.

The visit of the delegations of the two countries began with a workshop in Jakarta on May 20-21, led by the Ministry of National Development Planning / Bappenas and the Secretariat of the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia. The next visit was to observe the success of West Lombok District in implementing national priorities on May 22-23.

West Lombok is one of 100 districts / cities prioritizing the prevention of stunting, and it has succeeded in reducing the prevalence of incidents from 45.9 percent in 2013 to 28.7 percent in 2018, according to the 2018 Basic Health Research by the Ministry of Health.

In 2018, the number of children exclusively breastfeeding in West Lombok District had reached 80 percent. Meanwhile, some 90 percent of households now have access to clean water and some 91.5 percent of households have proper sanitation.

Data obtained from e-posyandu, a community based vehicle to improve child survival and development in West Lombok, noted that the prevalence of stunting dropped from 28.9 percent in 2018 to 25.2 percent in 2019.

Chairperson of the Policy Working Group of the National Team for the Acceleration of Poverty Reduction (TNP2K) Elan Satriawan said the implementation of multi-sector interventions needs to be brought together at the central, regional and village levels by harmonizing planning, budgeting, implementing, monitoring and controlling activities.

“Learning from experiences in various other countries, the President and Vice President are committed to directly leading the efforts to prevent stunting through comprehensive and convergent actions in order to accelerate the decline of stunting,” Elan said.

While in West Lombok, the delegation saw the role and involvement of the Human Development Cadre (KPM) in prioritizing the handling of stunting in the health centers, and posyandu as the spearhead of public health services.

In addition, the group visited Community-based Water and Sanitation Management (Pamsimas) and the Family Program (PKH) in Kuripan, Lingsar and Gunungsari sub districts.

These multi-sector programs are proven to have an impact on the quality of nutrition for infants.

Therefore, not only does providing access to nutritious food and other health services to people prevent stunting, but also access to clean water, as well as proper and clean latrines. (bam)

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The 72nd World Health Assembly meeting in Geneva on Monday (20/5/2019)., Jakarta – Indonesia and the Netherlands have discussed cooperation in the health sector, particularly in family medicine, antimicrobial resistance and the health of the elderly.

While attending the 72nd World Health Assembly meeting in Geneva on Monday (20/5/2019), Indonesian Health Minister Nila Moeloek met with Dutch Minister of Health Services Bruno Johannes Bruins to discuss national health programs.

In her statement, Tuesday (21/5/2019), Moeloek said the Netherlands was well known for delivering superior care to its citizens through its family doctor programs.

“We see primary health care as a gatekeeper. An example is in cervical cancer screening, which can be performed at community health centers or ‘puskesmas’. Thus, people do not have to travel to distant health facilities, they can just go to ‘puskesmas’ or independent clinics,” she said.

Also, the two ministers discussed an upcoming meeting on antimicrobial resistance, to be held in the Netherlands in June.

Minister Moeloek noted that she was grateful for the Netherlands hosting the event and naming Indonesia as co-chair of this meeting.

“We hope that this conference will generate ideas and recommendations, as well as methods to control antimicrobial resistance at the global level,” she added.

The meeting of the two ministers concluded with an agreement to promote the development of three areas of cooperation, including strengthening the health system with a focus on medical care for the elderly; control of infectious diseases, including antimicrobial resistance; and global health security.

Such an agreement would be followed by an MoU, in a bid to carry out actions proposed at the meeting.

“Not only what is being discussed, but more important is how to implement those programs in Indonesia. So it is not just us discussing theories, but instead taking action,” Moeloek noted. (ant)

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Head of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques, Sheikh Abdurrahman Al Sudais., Jakarta – Sheikh Abdurrahman Al Sudais, Head of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques, praised Saudi Arabia’s Air Defence Forces for monitoring hostile targets soaring over prohibited areas in the provinces of Jeddah and Taif, and destroyed them.

He also lauded the high efficiency, readiness, anticipation and vigilance of Air Defense Forces that defend the homeland and citizens, along with safeguarding the sanctity of the Kingdom.

He further praised the capabilities of the Air Defence Forces to destroy any aggression that jeopardizes the peace and security of the Kingdom.

He strongly condemned targeting Jeddah and Taif, stressing that these hostilities are carried out by a body with no faith in the Holy month of Ramadan.

“These hostile acts are issued by a body with no principle or religion. It is a blatant and flagrant aggression,” said Sheikh Al Sudais.

He added that the success of the Royal Air Defense Forces in dealing with hostilities sends a clear-cut message to those who might be tempted to commit crimes against the Kingdom.

Sheikh Abdurrahman Al Sudais prayed to Allah to keep his country in a high state and protect the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and his Crown Prince, along with perpetuating peace and security throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. (bpr)

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