The 4th International Bali Meditators Festival, Ubud, Bali

The Fourth International Bali Meditators Festival will this year again take place in Ubud, Bali from 20-23 September 2012. The Festival carries the theme, “One Earth, One Sky, One Humankind: Towards Global Peace and Interfaith Harmony through Meditation”.

The annual Bali Meditators Festival has attracted the world’s attention, and this year, registered participants attending are from the United States, France, Brazil, the Netherlands, Japan, Australia, Germany and Malaysia, while from within Indonesia, confirmed participants are from Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Semarang, Lampung  and Kalimantan.

Last year’s event was attended by around 1,000 people, and this year organizers expect the numbers to increase significantly.

International speakers from a number of spiritual organizations in the world will share their knowledge and experience, and teach meditation and yoga techniques during the festival.

“IBMF 2012 shall be the place where people meditate and celebrate in love and togetherness. While meditation builds and strengthens human beings inner cores, celebration is the way to share the overwhelming joy. Together, participants are going to re-learn the forgotten language of love, and create a path towards a peaceful world and a united mankind”.

The Festival features music and dance performances, apart from formal sessions such as panel discussions and workshops. Special events will include various programs such as yoga for kids, yoga for youth and many more. There is also a bazaar area with a beautiiful view on Ubud’s green andscape.

In connection with the International Bali Meditators Festival, Deputy Chairman of the Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agencies in Bali (ASITA Bali), Bagus Sudibya, told the press that Bali was rapidly becoming increasingly popular as a spiritual tourism destination, as evidence from requests made by foreign travel agents for their clients, , said  Bagus Sudibya. Most groups are from Australia, the United States, Japan and Europe, and their itineraries include yoga and meditation.

ASITA estimates that already 10 percent of tour programs handled by Bali ASITA member include Spiritual Tour Itineraries. Sudibya estimates that some 5 percent of all incoming foreign tourists to Bali enjoy spiritual tours.

“This shows that Bali has the potential to become a meaningful spiritual tourism destination, and most importantly, spiritual tourism can contribute to providing deeper meaning to Bali’s tourism development.”  Today, travel Agents actively offer tour spiritual tour packages to their clients, and the response has been positive since a growing number of people in the world seem to be looking for inner peace and happiness through self-healing amidst problems and turmoils in their lives.

IBMF was initiated by Anand Krishna, a world spiritual leader and founder of the Anan Ashram foundation. While the aim of the Festival is to spread awareness, wisdom and care towards other human beings and the environment in order to create communities that are bright and healthy holistically.

For more detailed information and attendance, please click:

The address is at:

Jalan Pura Mertasari No. 45, Sunset Road area
Kuta, Bali, 80361
Phone: +62 (361) 8947238
Fax: +62 (361) 8947239

RI`s vice president to attend NAM summit in Iran

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Indonesia`s Vice President Boediono is scheduled to leave the country on Tuesday for Iran to attend a Non-aligned Movement conference on August 30-31.

“On the sidelines of the conference the vice president will also conduct bilateral meetings with a number of high ranking officials from other countries,” vice presidential spokesman Yopie Hidayat said here on Monday.

Boediono and delegation including his wife, Herawati, will leave at 7am from Halim Perdanakusumah airport aboard air force presidential aircraft Boeing 737-400.

Representatives from 120 member countries, 17 observer countries and 10 international organizations will attend the 16th conference in Iran.

The NAM was established following the Asian-African Conference on April 18, 1955 in Bandung, West Java, which was attended by leaders from 29 former colonial countries in Asia and Africa in the spirit of unity and solidarity to meet the new era of independence.

In 1964 77 members of the NAM set up a G-77 group which later developed a South-South cooperation to prioritize on international economic and development cooperation. The group members have now totaled 131.(*)

Editor: Heru

Bali gears up to host APEC summit next year

Bali is considered ready to host the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in November 2013 as all preparations are already on the right track, a minister confirmed.

Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu stated on Saturday, after meeting with the island’s tourism stake holders and Badung Regent Anak Agung Gde Agung in Nusa Dua last Saturday, that some parts of the efforts have yet to be finished, but, in general, Bali was more than ready to handle this international event.

“The conference will take place in two major venues — Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center [BNDCC] and the Westin Resort’s Bali International Convention Center [BICC],” explained Mari, who is also the coordinator for facilities and infrastructure on the summit’s organizing committee.

“Bali has many experiences in holding international-scale events, including the UN conference and ASEAN summit last year,” added the minister.

Last year, the government was planning to build Bali International Park (BIP) for use as the main venue for the APEC summit. BIP was slated to comprise a state-of-the-art convention and exhibition center, luxurious villas for heads of state, and five-star accommodation for the accompanying delegates.

It was also intended to have an international health clinic, art galleries, food courts and arguably the best security on the island.

The construction was estimated to cost US$280 million and would have been funded by the private sector.

However, the plan was rejected by many environmental activists on the resort island.

“We already decided for many reasons that we would not use BIP. Nusa Dua has adequate facilities to hold international events. The upcoming APEC summit will be bigger than the ASEAN summit last year and therefore we have to ensure that all the preparations are better,” she added.

During the meeting, Mari also requested the readiness of hotel managements in Bali to accommodate guests during the summit, particularly the 21 heads of state who would attend the event.

”All the leaders will stay in hotels in the Nusa Dua resort complex and the surrounding area. Each hotel is expected to accommodate one head of state,” Mari added.

Previously, Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) announced at least 1,319 new luxury hotel rooms were to be built in the area for the APEC summit. Some of the new rooms are to be in six new hotels to be built in the area.

These plans will increase the number of rooms in the luxury-hotel enclave, which is now home to 4,000 rooms in 15 hotels.

To accommodate all the state leaders, several hotels surrounding Nusa Dua have been prepared, including the Conrad Hotel in Tanjung Benoa and the controversial, under-construction, Mulia Resort at Geger Beach.

Other preparations, including the construction of the Benoa–Nusa Dua toll road and the Dewa Ruci underpass, are intended to solve the problem of severe traffic jams.

“We are optimistic that the construction projects will be finished on schedule, by June next year,” Mari said.

Another important preparation for APEC, Mari added, was the expansion project at Ngurah Rai International Airport.

The project is now ongoing and hopefully will be finished in August 2013.

Badung Regent Anak Agung Gde Agung added that his local organizing team was now ready to support the success of APEC summit.

“In addition to preparing the conference’s venues and accommodation for the heads of state, Badung regency is committed to redesigning the urban landscape and replanting the trees along the roads heading to the airport and the venues,” the regent said, adding that this landscaping project would cost the regency around Rp 18 billion (US$1.9 million).


source : The Jakarta Post

Visit the 27th Trade Expo Indonesia, Jakarta, 17-21 October 2012

The 27th Trade Expo Indonesia (TEI), in which will be held on October 17 – 21 2012 at the Jakarta Fairground, North of Jakarta,  is one of Indonesia’s largest exhibition & most effective business matchmaking event organized by Ministry of Trade of Indonesia. Since its first establishment in 1985, TEI features a wide range of export products that have added value with the nation’s best brands. The Expo also offers services such as a product of skilled labor that meets international standards.

Trade Expo Indonesia is the annual trade exhibition organized by the Ministry of Trade to enhance trade, networking, business matching, and exchange of ideas and knowledge especially for those seeking to venture into the global market. Indonesia is one of the potential and reliable suppliers of qualified and competitive consumer products, therefore, you and your associates are cordially invited to visit the Trade Expo Indonesia 2012.

The theme of this year’s expo is “Trade with REMARKABLE INDONESIA”. The theme is selected to reflect the full range of products and services that Indonesia is able to offer, ranging from agriculture commodities, mining products to industrial products and various services.

Date and Venue
17-21 October 2012,
Jakarta International Expo (Jakarta Fairground),
Kemayoran, Jakarta
The main exhibition area is surrounded by purposedly built exhibition with a total space of 34,000sqm.

The Expo

In 2011, TEI successfully attracted more that 8,300 buyers from over 100 countries and generated total trade transactions valued at US$ 225.9 million on merchandise and 238.5 million on skilled labor. As Indonesia continues to be one of the emerging trade market in the world, TEI 2012 is expected to reach more than 6,000 international buyers with 2,000 exhibitor participating.TEI 2012 will be held in an area of 60,000 m2 and once again is ready with a wide variety of quality products ranging from:

Main Products: Automotive Components, Electronics, Cocoa, Footwear, Coffee, Textile & Textile Products.

Potential Products: Processed food, Handicrafts, Jewelry & Accessories, Leather & Leather Products, Medical Instruments, and Spices.

Multi Products: Building Materials, Chemical Products, Glassware, Sport Equipments, Paper Products, and Household Goods.

Who Should Attend

Buyers from every corner of the world who are looking to source new and potential products from Emerging Market Country like Indonesia should attend this expo. During the expo, there will be supporting program & events such as: Trade & Investment Forum, One-on-One Business Meetings, Business Clinic and Company Visit. Along with Ministry of Trade, ITPC-LA can arrange business meetings & company visit for companies who are interested in sourcing from Indonesia through this expo.

As the barometer for trade and business industry, Trade Expo Indonesia reflects Indonesia’s economic growth and momentum.

Visiting Hours
Wednesday-Saturday 17-20 October 2012
10.00-16.00 for Business Visitors
16.00-20.00 for Public Visitors
Sunday, 21 October 2012
10.00-19.00 for Business and Public Visitors

Buyer and Investor Benefits
– Complimentary use of Business Lounge
– Modern facilities for business transaction and telecommunication
– Special rates to stay at official hotels
– Transfer from airport to venue (buyer in groups)


World Economic Development Forum (WEDF)

The expo is concurred with the World Economic Development Forum (WEDF), which has been the International Trade Center’s flagship event. It is a unique global forum dedicated to discuss innovations in export development and export competitiveness, and to identify and analyze the challenges faced by developing countries and economies in transition.

The WEDF brings together hundreds of national and international policymakers, heads of trade support institutions, representatives of international agencies, and business leaders from all over the world. The theme of each forum is developed through a participatory process involving a number of preparatory workshops between ITC and event partners. This year, Indonesia will host this event in Jakarta.

Theme : Linking Growth Markets: New Dynamics in Global Trade
Date : 15-17 October 2012
Venue : Jakarta

Please find the exhibition’s brochure and registration form here.

Indonesia’s 67th Independence Day Celebrations

August 17th is a sacred date for the entire Indonesian nation. For 17 August 1945 was the long awaited moment when the Indonesian people proclaimed their Independence from 300 years of Dutch colonial rule, and the Republic of Indonesia was born after a long relentless struggle.

The Proclamation of Independence was read by Indonesia’s leaders Soekarno-Hatta at Gedung Proklamasi in Jalan Pegangsaan Timur (now Jalan Proklamasi) in Central Jakarta,  after which the rallying shout of “Merdeka” (Freedom) was heard all over the country.

Every year, Independence Day – or Hari Proklamasi – is commemorated in formal ceremonies and vibrant festivities all across the archipelago. Entering the 67th anniversary this 17 August 2012, villages, towns, and cities across the country are gearing up to commemorate the Independence Day with colorful celebrations and various festive events.

This year, independence Day commemorations, however, coincides with the holy fasting month of Ramadhan, thus celebrations will be rather toned down. However, visitors can still expect to observe lots of interesting activities days around the event. In almost every village, town and city, you can watch sports competitions and free concerts. On the day itself, the main attractions beside the official ceremonies are the town parades, with marching bands, decorated cars and bikes, and several art performances.

Preparations for the patriotic celebrations begin weeks before the 17th of August. High-rise office buildings around major cities sprout large banners or lighted designs, fences around the presidential palace and many government offices are draped in red and white bunting, malls decorate in red and white and hold Independence Day sales, the city administrations create a unique series of red and white lighted decorations down the length of some major streets, and housing complexes repaint their main gates decorated with independence themes. The whole country takes on a red and white hue and the words Dirgahayu Republik Indonesia (Long live the Republic of Indonesia!) can be seen everywhere.

The pinnacle and most solemn ceremony of the entire series of Independence Day Commemorations is the flag hoisting at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta at 10.0 am on 17 August, when the text of the Proclamation of Independence is also read out.

Full of patriotic spirit and nationalism, it is a spectacle of the greatest respect and honor for the flag and the Republic. The ceremonies are led by the President and Vice President, and attended by the cabinet, military brass, family members of the current and preceding presidents, diplomatic corps and honored guests. High School students from throughout the archipelago are chosen for their marching skills and put on a show of intricate steps and turns to hoist the flag. The military is out with all its brass in high shine, standing smartly at attention in their dress uniforms.

While solemn ceremonies are taking place, neighborhoods gear up for fun and games for the kids. Krupuk (crackers/chips) eating contests, bike decorating, games, races and lots of fun fill the day. The women are busy in cooking contests to see who can make the most delicious nasi tumpeng (ceremonial rice) and other various dishes. One of the most popular games is the Panjat Pinang or Palm tree Climbing Competition. An Areca palm trunk is erected in a public area and well greased with a mixture of clay and oil. At the top are hung prizes like bikes and TVs. Whoever makes it to the top wins the prize. Needless to say there are a lot of slippery, muddy kids and grownups alike climbing on top of each other and struggling to reach the goal. A good time is had by all, especially the crowd watching the gaiety.

The Proclamation of Indonesian Independence was read at 10.00 a.m. on Friday, 17 August 1945. The Declaration was the pinnacle of centuries of struggle in all different parts of the Indonesian archipelago and marked the start of the diplomatic and armed-resistance of the unified Indonesian National Revolution, fighting against the forces of the Netherlands until the latter officially acknowledged Indonesia’s independence in 1949.

It was, however, only in 2005, that the Netherlands declared that they had decided to accept the date of 17 August 1945 as the date of Indonesia’s independence.

Source : Indonesia Travel (07.08.12)