Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – The Deputy Secretary General of ASEAN for Socio-Cultural Community, Kung Phoak, together with the Charge d’Affaires ad interim of the Mission of the European Union (EU) to ASEAN, Lucas Cibor, launched the EU-ASEAN Blue Book 2019. The launch of the book, the EU’s annual publication on cooperation with ASEAN, was held in conjunction with the Second ASEAN-EU Cooperation and Scholarships Day at ASEAN Secretariat building in Jakarta Thursday (8/8/2019).
The event was dedicated to communicating the impact of EU-ASEAN development cooperation, and the benefits of intra-ASEAN and EU-ASEAN student mobility.
“In January 2019, the 22nd EU-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting agreed in principle to upgrade EU-ASEAN relations to a strategic partnership, subject to details and timing to be worked out,” Cibor said.
This agreement reflects the depth and breadth of EU-ASEAN relations which has lasted more than four decades, Cibor argued.
“The hallmark of this partnership is ever-closer cooperation on joint interests and common challenges, such as achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, tackling climate change or advancing our trade and connectivity. I am confident that our relations will continue to grow in the years to come,” he stated.
The launching of the book and convening of the scholarships day was aimed at reaffirming the strong partnership between ASEAN and the EU, Kung Phoak stated.
“Both of these events encapsulate the strength of our partnership as well as the depth of our shared success. Undoubtedly, this success is a strong manifestation of what can be accomplished when the two most advanced examples of regional integration in the world work together on development and in particular, in higher education,” Kung Phoak remarked.
The EU has dedicated over €200 million to support the ASEAN regional integration for the 2014-2020 period. Bilateral development cooperation with individual ASEAN member states includes more than €2 billion altogether, more than half of which is used to support Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam. (yas)
JAPAN FULLY SUPPORTS PRESIDENT JOKOWI’S PRIORITY PROGRAMS
Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed to fully support the priority programs of President Joko: Widodo (Jokowi) during his second term of office.
Abe was responding to the Indonesian government’s development programs unveiled during a bilateral meeting with President Jokowi on the sidelines of the 35th ASEAN Summit at the Impact Exhibition and Convention Center in Bangkok on Monday (4/11/2019).
At the meeting, President Jokowi unveiled the priority programs of his government in the next five years, including the development of quality human resources, the continuation of infrastructure development, and the simplification of government regulations and bureaucracy reform, Chief of the Press, Media and Information Bureau of the Presidential Secretariat Erlin Suastini said in a press statement.
“At this meeting, I would like to focus on two issues, namely cooperation in the development of infrastructures and the development of quality human resources,” Jokowi said.
Prime Minister Abe warmly welcomed the priority programs.
“Of course, Japan wants to cooperate in the fields which are the main priority, particularly infrastructure and human resource development ,” he said.
President Jokowi said the two countries have been engaged in many areas of cooperation in the infrastructure sector, including the construction of Jakarta Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system, Jakarta-Surabaya semi-high-speed train and Patimban Port in West Java.
“Looking ahead, I also want to encourage the use of more local contents and the transfer of technology in our infrastructure development,” he said.
The development of infrastructure has been able to connect economic centers to one another in the outskirt areas of the country, he said.
To realize the cooperation in human resource development, Jokowi invited Japan to enhance its cooperation with Indonesia in the fields of vocation and internship. (ant)
PRESIDENT JOKOWI, IMF MANAGING DIRECTOR DISCUSS GLOBAL ECONOMY
Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva discussed global economy when they met in Bangkok for the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit on Sunday (3/11/2019).
Before they began the discussion held at the Impact Exhibition and Convention Center, President Jokowi congratulated Georgieva on her new role as IMF managing director since October 2019, Chief of the Press, Media and Information Bureau of the Presidential Secretariat Erlin Suastini said in a written statement released on Sunday (3/11/2019).
Georgieva is the first IMF managing director from an emerging economy, Bulgaria, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said at .Hotel Grand Hyatt Erawan in Bangkok, on Sunday (3/11/2019).
At the meeting both sides exchanged ideas about the global and regional economic conditions, Retno said.
Georgieva said the global economy currently slowed down and even grew at the lowest pace in the past decade. However, the economic condition of ASEAN member countries including Indonesia is far better than those of the rest of the world.
“She said the ASEAN economy is still on the ‘bright spot in the world economy’. The bright spot is in ASEAN,” Retno said.
President Jokowi further unveiled the focus of Indonesian development including human resources development, infrastructure development and institutional reform in the next five years.
During the meeting, President Jokowi was accompanied by Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mahfud MD, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto, and Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung. (ant)
INDONESIA FESTIVAL PROMOTES LOMBOK, SUMBAWA TOURISM IN PERTH
Greatindonesia.co.id, Mataram – The 2019 Indonesia Festival held in Perth, Australia, on Oct 25-27 promoted West Nusa Tenggara’s islands of Lombok and Sumbawa tourism destinations.
The three-day festival was held to celebrate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Australia, at Elizabeth Quay, Perth, Anita Achmad, chairperson of the West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Tourism Promotion Office, said here on Sunday (27/10/2019).
The event was jointly organized by the Indonesian Consulate General (KJRI), the Tourism Ministry and the NTB provincial administration.
“Australia is a promising market for the tourism industry of Lombok and Sumbawa Islands. A direct flight from Australia to Lombok is available and Indonesia is the second home for Australian tourists,” Anita Achmad said in a statement.
NTB would continue to promote its natural scenery, culture, traditions and culinary to attract tourists from Australia which is geographically relatively close from Lombok.
Lalu Moh Faozal, head of the NTB Tourism Office said the existing Perth-Lombok direct flight is crucial for the tourism industry in the province.
“Next, we will encourage opening of other direct flight routes to Australia to help achieve our target of attracting 4.5 million tourists in 2020,” he said.
NTB will intensify tourism promotion activities to lure more Australians who usually travel overseas at least once or twice a year.
The Lombok-Perth direct flight has helped increased the number of Australian tourists to NTB.
Mandalika in NTB is one of Indonesia’s tourism development priorities and is expected to become a world class destination.
In addition to Mandalika, other Indonesia’s 10 priority tourist destinations include Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Tanjung Lesung in Banten, Borobudur Temple in Central Java, Mount Bromo in East Java, Wakatobi national marine park in Southeast Sulawesi, Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara, and Morotai Island in North Maluku. Comprising Lombok and Sumbawa Islands, as well as hundreds of smaller ones, NTB Province is blessed with beautiful white-sand beaches, forest-covered mountainous areas, and a distinct culture.
NTB is located not far from Bali and scenically no less beautiful than Bali. (yun)
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