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.

General Information

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This section seeks to provide you with all the relevant information and procedures regarding the different types of visas issue by the Consulate for those who wish to visit Indonesia. Therefore, it is advisable to surf through Procedures and Applications as the first step.

In conjunction with Decision No.18/2003 signed by the President of the Republic of Indonesia with regard to the new visa policy, from the 1st September 2003, there will be a change of regulation on the Visa-Free Short Visit to Indonesia for Tourism.

There are nationals of 11 countries who are entitled to visit Indonesia without a visa. On the other hand, there are nationals of 19 countries who will need an approval from Immigration Authorities in Indonesia, for any type of visa, before entering Indonesia. Information on the said countries and entry requirements can be seen at either the Visa free short-visit or Various visas issued on Approval. For Journalist visas, applicants will have to contact and apply through the Information Department of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia.

General visa inquiries may also be obtained either in person at the Visa Section (Indonesian Consulate General, Al Hudaiba Community 322 Villa No. 1) or by post to PO Box 73759 – Dubai Telp : 00971 4 3985666 (please enclose a Self Address Envelope and contact number).

Visa Procedures

  1. Applicants must hold a full passport which must be submitted upon request for  inspection when applying for a visa.
  2. Passport must be valid for at least 6 (six) months from date of entry into Indonesia.
  3. Non-passport documents (such as Travel Documents, Certificate of Identity,Certificate of Registration etc.) will not be accepted.
  4. Applicants should fill in the correct visa forms according to the purpose of their visit,  as once a  visa is issued (stamped in the applicant passport), it cannot be cancelled or transferred to another type of visa under any circumstances.
  5. Please write clearly in capital letters. Illegibility may prevent your application from being  processed.
  6. All questions must be answered, and all documents in support of an application submitted. Failure to do so may result in delay.
  7. Application forms must be original and personally signed by the applicant. Forms downloaded from the Consulate website.
  8. One recent passport-sized color photograph of the applicant must be submitted with the application and Passport Copy attach and valid visa copy attach it.
  9. Copy of bank statement , indicating the current applicant’s bank account in the last 3 months or a letter from the bank stating that the applicant has a sufficient fund
  10. All applications are subject to approval. Submission of a visa application does not necessarily  mean that a visa will be granted.
  11. Applicants whose applications need referral to the Authorities in Indonesia should NOT purchase their travel tickets (plane, boat or otherwise) before the approval for  their visa application is received.
  12. All visa applications must be submitted between 09.00am and 1.00pm, Sunday to Thursday (except on Indonesian and UAE public holidays) through the Visa Section of the Indonesian Consulate General in Dubai.
  13. Passports must have at least two fully blank unused pages
  14. If granted, visa can be collected within 3 (three ) working days, between 02.00 pm and 04.00pm.
  15. The granting of a visa is, in effect, only a form of pre-entry clearance. It does not grant permission to enter Indonesia. The Indonesian Immigration authorities at the port of entry reserve the right to refuse entry into Indonesia.
  16. All applicants must reside in United Arab Emirates.
  17. All visa regulations are strictly adhered to for the good of each and every individual who wishes to visit Indonesia, in order to prevent any problems and complications with regard to their entry into Indonesia.
  18. Due to the fact that Indonesia and Israel do not, at present, share diplomatic relations, nationals and passport holders of Israel are unfortunately unable to enter the Republic of Indonesia as a tourist or otherwise without special authorization from the Immigration Office. Therefore, all such applications have to be sent to the Immigration Office in Indonesia.
  19. All visitors, regardless of their nationality, who wish to travel to Papua and Poso must obtain a special permit from the Indonesian Immigration Office, and also the State Police Department in the Capital city of Jakarta before entering these areas.
  20. It is most desirous that any traveler to Indonesia understands and duly respects the Indonesian Immigration regulations as well as the Consulate rules.

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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)