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Tourism Minister, Arief Yahya., Jakarta – Ubud, located in Gianyar District of Bali, will be designated as a world gastronomic tourist destination, based upon the standards of the United Nation World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya, at a press conference in Jakarta on Tuesday (11/6/2019) , said the process to certify Ubud as a gastronomic tourist destination would be an example for other regions in Indonesia.

“The establishment and assessment of Ubud as a gastronomic destination is the first in the world. And this is an example for other regions, such as Bandung and Yogya, Solo and Semarang,” he stated.

According to Yahya, there are three important stages in the process of certifying Ubud as a world gastronomic destination.

The first is to conduct an inventory of assets and gastronomic attractions, including mapping the readiness of the industry and business, which are then compiled in a report and submitted to UNWTO.

“This stage has been done, the process takes about 1.5 years,” Yahya said.

Second is the assessment by UNWTO starting from the verification and analysis process through a fairly detailed method, including 600 interviews with all gastronomic stakeholders, food and beverages, producers, hotels, restaurants, chefs, food festival initiators, the regional government, transportation providers, academics, as well as local and foreign tourists.

“The process will last eight days in Ubud and its surroundings, while surveys will be conducted online and offline for three weeks. At this stage, planning and recommendation strategies are also being carried out,” the minister said.

Third are recommendations that need to be implemented and carried out by stakeholders for the second assessment, which is scheduled for early August 2019.

The press conference was also attended by the Chairperson of the Ministry of Tourism and Shopping Culinary Acceleration Team, Vita Datau, UNWTO Project Specialist Aditya Amaranggana and UNWTO Lead Experts Roberta Garibaldi.

Vita Datau added, if all processes were carried out correctly, then Ubud could be designated as a gastronomic tourist destination for the UNWTO prototype, which was in accordance with the gastronomy destination development guideline of UNWTO.

To be declared a prototype, there are five standard criteria for UNWTO gastronomic destinations, including lifestyle, local products, culture and history, background stories of foods, as well as nutrition and health.

The implementation of these standards are important, as it will become a benchmark for Indonesia and other targeted regions for gastronomic destinations, such as Yogyakarta, Solo, Semarang and Bandung.

“Indonesia is rich in tourism potentials, as it has a varied and wide geographical area and landscape. This gastronomic destination is most likely to provide welfare to communities from upstream to downstream, so that people feel the impact,” Yahya noted. (yas)

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Chairman of the Press Council, Yosep Adi Prasetyo., Denpasar – Chairman of the Press Council Yosep Adi Prasetyo has reminded the mainstream media to not use social media as a reference because it might lead to the public believing in hoaxes and distrusting credible official institutions.

“Cases of (fake news) with regard to millions of workers from China and a (twisted) statement of Mr Wiranto on shutting down the media are proof that the media have used social media as a reference; in fact, the information is only based on talking news, and not precision,” he said here on Thursday (9/5/2019).

The public will believe incorrect information from social media if the media reports it, he said.

“In fact, the statement of President Jokowi was that ‘the Government will invite 10 million Chinese tourists’. But social media twisted it into ‘The Government will invite 10 million Chinese workers’, and unfortunately, this twisted news was quoted by the media without confirmation,” he said.

As a consequence, it took more than 2.5 months for the Government to clarify the news, he said.

A similar case occurred with regard to Wiranto’s statement on shutting down the media, he said. “The real information is ‘the Government will shut down fake accounts that insult officials’. But, it was twisted on social media into ‘the Government will shut down media that insult officials,’ so it turned into a controversy. In fact, the media is under the authority of the Press Council, while social media is under the Communication and Informatics Ministry,” he said.

In the post election period, the media must be careful and not refer to social media, because it could hurt the state order and put the nation and the country at a disadvantage, the Press Council chairman said.

He asked the media to be careful because, at present, the mainstream media is the only reference that can save the nation and the country.

“We can be optimistic because the media will side with the public,” Prasetyo, popularly known as Stanley, said. (edy)

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Indonesian Ambassador to Egypt, Helmy Fauzi., Denpasar – Egyptian businessmen Omar Tosson and Ahmed Omar Tosson, who are interested in investing in agribusiness, visited Indonesia for eight days to hold a number of meetings and check potential locations.

Indonesian Ambassador to Egypt Helmy Fauzi explained that the owners of Damco company were interested in developing the agro-industry sector, especially fruit and vegetable farming.

In addition to targeting the domestic market, the agricultural products will also be for export to the Middle East markets.

“So, a visit to Indonesia is more to finalize the exploration of the investment business, leasing agricultural land and plantations including the opening of export-import companies,” said Ambassador Helmy at the Indonesian Embassy in Cairo, in a statement on Sunday (17/2/2019).

Omar Tosson and Ahmed Omar Tosson are entrepreneurs engaged in property. At present, the Tosson family has five companies engaged in property development, including Technology Mall and El Sallab Mall in Nasr City. He also won a number of tenders for modern market development projects in a number of places in Egypt.

Ambassador Helmy welcomed the wishes of Omar and Ahmed Tosson to invest in Indonesia. To that end, it facilitated a number of meetings with related parties such as the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin), PT Perkebunan Nusantara III, PT Perkebunan Nusantara VIII, and PT Perusahaan Perdagangan Indonesia (PPI), to get a complete picture of investment in Indonesia.

The Indonesian Embassy in Cairo also arranged meetings for them with officials of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), the Directorate General of National Export Development of the Ministry of Trade, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“In addition to getting information about investment, we hope they can directly meet potential credible partners,” said Ambassador Helmy.

Furthermore, the Ambassador hopes that this business trip can be immediately followed up. He explained, the investment model in Indonesia that the Tosson family wanted was to establish a company through the use of a 10,000-hectare land with the B.O.T (Build-Operate-Transfer) system. For this reason, Ambassador Helmy suggested that this investment project be started by utilizing 1,000 hectares of land first.

“In order for the project to be economical in terms of financing, the project should also utilize existing local experts and resources,” Ambassador Helmy suggested.

In the notes of the Indonesian Embassy in Cairo, during the period of January-September 2018, the value of realization of Egyptian investment in Indonesia amounted to 640,900 US dollars for six projects. Meanwhile, in the period of January-December 2017, the value of Egyptian investment in Indonesia reached 822,700 US dollars divided into 13 projects.

Meanwhile, for Indonesia, Egypt is one of the target countries for outward investment. The total value of Indonesian investment in Egypt running until 2018, reaches 122 million US dollars. (adi)

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Those tsunami warning sirens would be installed in the Candi Kusuma, Yeh Ebang, Surabrata, Yeh Gangga, and Peti., Denpasar – The Bali Disaster Mitigation Agency has proposed the installment of 10 more tsunami warning sirens in the resort island’s waters to strengthen disaster mitigation, preparedness, and responses.

“Dewa Putu Mantera, the agency’s acting head, has ever proposed the procurement of ten more sirens of Indonesia’s Tsunami Early Warning System (Ina-TEWS),” Head of the Bali Disaster Mitigation Agency I Made Rentin said here on Sunday.

Those tsunami warning sirens would be installed in the Candi Kusuma, Yeh Ebang, Surabrata, Yeh Gangga, and Peti Tenget Beaches in the western areas coastal areas of Bali as well as five other beaches in the island’s eastern coastal areas.

The beaches that would receive the tsunami warning sirens were Lebih, Kusamba, Padang Bai Port, Candi Desa, and Jasi, Rentin said, adding that the Bali provincial government had proposed the installments of 10 more tsunami warning sirens to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) in 2012 and 2019.

The procurement of these sirens could work with private sector through the enterprises’ social corporate responsibility programs, he said.

Indonesia lies on the Circum-Pacific Belt, also known as the Ring of Fire, where several tectonic plates meet and cause frequent volcanic and seismic activities.

As a result, many parts of the archipelago, including Bali, are prone to earthquakes that frequently trigger tsunami, as could be observed from last year’s deadly earthquakes in Palu, and the districts of Donggala and Sigi, Central Sulawesi Province.

Throughout 2018, Indonesia was hit by a total of 11,577 earthquakes, including several of them that caused serious casualties, with the number significantly increasing as compared to that in 2017.

According to Head of the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) Dwikorita Karnawati, several of the events related to the earthquakes that had hit Indonesia last year were never witnessed before.

They could be observed from the liquefaction in Palu; tsunami that came earlier than the issuance of a tsunami warning in Palu; and the Sunda Strait Tsunami, she recently said.

The Sunda Strait Tsunami, which struck certain coastal areas of the provinces of Banten and Lampung following the eruption of Mount Anak Krakatau on Dec 22, 2018, killed 437 people and seriously affected the lives of several residents in the disaster zones. (nlr)

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