FM Marty to Receive FM Nikola Poposki of Macedonia

FM Marty M. Natalegawa is scheduled to receive Macedonian FM Nikola Poposki’s visit tomorrow, Tuesday (13/11/2012). Responding to Marty’s invitation, Poposki accompanied by 4 delegates is making a state visit to Indonesia, on 13-17 November 2012.

Such visit is aimed to increase the bilateral relationships between RI and Macedonia.

Marty and his Macedonian counterpart will conduct a bilateral meeting and discuss the plan to improve the bilateral relationships in the field of politics, trade and economic cooperation, and socio-cultural cooperation.

In addition, the two foreign ministers will exchange their views on bilateral issues and the regional as well as global issues of mutual concerns.

During the visit, FM Poposki will pay courtesy calls to the Deputy Speaker of People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) and the Coordinating Minister of Economy. Poposki is also scheduled to deliver a short presentation at the Chamber of Commerce on the trade, economic, and investment opportunities between the two countries.

RI-Macedonia Bilateral Cooperation

Since Indonesia’s acknowledgement towards Macedonia’s independence on 25 May 1993, the bilateral relations between the two countries have experienced positive development. This is reflected from the increasing trade volume between the two countries over the years.

In 2010, the total trade volume between the two countries amounted to US$ 6.77 billion, and in 2011, the total trade volume reached the number of US$ 9.83 billion, or increased by 45%.

The total trade value for January-August 2012 period amounted to US$ 10.5 billion, raising by 287 % compared to the one for the same period in 2011 (US$ 2.70 billion).

Macedonia is a one of the successor state of the former Yugoslavia, from which it declared independence based on a referendum in 8 September 1991 Macedonia has a population of 2,055,004 million people with per-capita income of U.S. $ 5,012 (2011) or the GDP amounting to U.S. $ 10.32 billion (2011). Macedonia’s primary commodities are services, mining industry, and agricultural products. (Source: Dit. East and Central European Affairs/ed.Yo2k/ trans. Loyz.D/ Andk)

British tourists visiting Bali up 63% in number

Denpasar (ANTARA News) – The number of British visitors to Bali surged 63.12 percent to 72,978 in the first half of 2012 compared with the same period last year.

The number was around 5.12 percent of the total number of foreign visitors to this world`s major tourist destination, Gede Suarsa, head of the Bali Central Statistics Agency (BPS) said.

The number of visitors from Britain grew faster placing them the sixth largest in number among foreign visitors to Bali, up from normally the eight largest, Suarsa said here on Saturday.

The largest in number are visitors from Australia, followed by China, Malaysia, Japan and South Korea.

Suarsa said an increase was recorded in the numbers of visitors from all ten main countries of origin.

The numbers of visitors from Australia rose 40.48 percent, from China up 52.27 percent, from Malaysia 29.01 percent, from South Korea 40.79 percent and from Japan 9.15 percent.

Significant growth was also recorded in the number of visitors from other countries including Taiwan, Singapore, Russia and the United States, he said.

Editor: Priyambodo RH

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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.

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The address is at:

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