Minister of Foreign Affairs follows up on e-impromptu visit

(Jakarta-MFA). Last Sunday (30/11), President Jokowi did another impromptu visit to a few groups of Indonesian labors overseas. Then, the next day on Monday (12/1) The Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi did follow-ups to a few of the ambassadors.

Retno emphasized the President’s will to fix internal and external sectors. Therefore, it is the Minister’s duty in the external factor to make sure that everything goes well.

I’m asking for a guarantee to all ambassadors to make sure that everything goes well in the external sector. I see that the internal sector is as serious. Everybody needs to work together,” she said.

One example of the follow ups was when the Ministry of Foreign Affairs heard a complaint that there was a “mafia” within the Indonesian Embassies. The Minister said that it was intolerable. She felt that everyone in the Indonesian Embassies is a representative of the Indonesian government that has to be truthful in giving protection for Indonesian residents overseas.

The first female Minister in Indonesia then stated that she would not tolerate corruption within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and within Indonesian Embassies. “I give zero tolerance to corruption,” she said.

Few issues that were also discussed during the online meeting include the health of the Indonesian residents, their legal protection, and learning facilities. “I’m aware that these issues are not easy to deal with, but we as the representative of the Indonesian government still need to give our best,” she added.

Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur admitted that they were currently trying to facilitate education for children of Indonesian labors, even though it was an informal education. They even had doctors that routinely come to troubled labor camps. “We also have lawyers to help our troubled labors,” said the vice ambassador, Hermono.

Meanwhile, Indonesian Ambassador in Egypt admitted that one of his local staffs was involved in a crime. The accused is currently in verbal process, waiting to be punished by the law.

We will immediately report to the President about this, to make sure that we give our best legal protection,” said the Minister.

(Contributed by: M. Aji Surya)


Indonesian Consulate General in Dubai Received Dubai’s Immigration Award










Last Thursday, located at Dubai Head Office of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (Immigration) in Aweer, Dubai – PEA, The Indonesian Consulate General in Dubai received an award from the Director General of Dubai Residency and Foreigners Affairs (Immigration), Major-General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri.

The award was given on the synergy and cooperation in handling Indonesian Migran Workers (TKI), especially TKI informal sector (Domestic/Household Administration).

Besides Indonesia, the representatives of the Philippines, Srilanka, Pakistan and Palestine also received similar award.

In his speech, Major-General Al Marri expressed high appreciation to the Indonesian Consulate General in Dubai and 4 representatives from other countries on good cooperation so far. He added that Dubai Immigration Office kept opening itself to each concrete form of cooperation in relation to the efforts of reducing the cases of domestic sector workers/PLRT.

The Indonesian Consul-General in Dubai, Imam Santoso, expressed appreciation to Dubai Immigration Office regarding the award and extended hope for improved cooperation and better communication and information access to fasten up the settlement process of many cases involving TKI, especially informal sector (PLRT).

Major-General Al Marri later on pointed out the major factors of domestic sector workers’ problems, where in his opinions existed in recruitment stage and debriefing in their origin countries.

The informal workers who would come to Dubai/ PEA were supposed to be given more complete information on PEA law and culture. According to Major-General Al Marri, their being not ready to work and minimum knowledge on Dubai/PEA and work environment was one of the major causes of TKI-PLRT problems.

However, Major-General Al Marri recorded that this year there was a decrease in the number of running away cases of around 30% compared to that last year. The decrease was believed to be the result of the efforts and cooperation of all parties, including the governments of the origin countries, the Indonesian Consulate General in Dubai, in this case.

In the near future, Dubai Immigration Office would oblige insurance in health and work-accident of each informal sector worker who would be borne to each service user/the master. This was one of the steps to be taken by Dubai Immigration Office in relation to minimizing the cases of PLRT workers who ran away from their masters. (Source : the Indonesian Consulate General in Dubai)


Pelindo III Established a Joint Company with Rotterdam’s Van Oord DMC BV

PT. Pelabuhan Indonesia (Pelindo) III through its subsidiary company, PT Pelindo Marine Service (PMS), established a joint company with Rotterdam’s Van Oord DMC BV (17/1). The joint company, PT Alur Pelayaran Barat Surabaya (APBS), will develop and manage a special channel in Tanjung Perak Port in Surabaya.

The Side Letter, Joint Venture and Shareholders’ Agreement between the two companies were signed by the President Director of PT Pelindo III, Mr. Djarwo Surjanto, the President Director of PT PMS, Mr. Chairoel Anwar, and Member of Van Oord DMC BV’s Board of Executive, Mr. Neils de Bruijn. The signing ceremony took place in the Indonesian Embassy and witnessed by the Indonesian Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, H.E. Mrs. Retno L.P. Marsudi, and the Secretary General of the Dutch’s Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, Mr. Siebe Riedstra.

During the ceremony, the Director General for Foreign Economic Relations of the Dutch’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Simon Smits, Director for Port and Dredging of the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation, Mr. Adolf F. Tambunan and the CEO of Van Oord DMC BV, Mr. Pieter van Oord were also present.

In his remarks, Mr. Djarwo Surjanto stressed that the PT APBS will significantly support Tanjung Perak Port as the economic gateway for Eastern Java and the Eastern Indonesian region. PT APBS’ presence is expected to help spur the annual economic growth in the Eastern Java Province to 7-8% in 2014.

Meanwhile, Mr. Pieter van Oord conveyed that his company has a long history with Surabaya through Tanjung Perak Port development in 1911-1925. Van Oord DMC BV will continue to develop and consolidate its business in Indonesia.

Ambassador Retno Marsudi in her remarks welcomed the signing of the agreement between PT Pelindo III, PT PMS and Van Oord DMC BV as an important and concrete step in cooperation between Indonesia and the Netherlands in the field of infrastructure.

The Ambassador conveyed that bilateral relation between the two countries is excellent at the moment. The visit of the Dutch’s Prime Minister to Indonesia and the launching of the Joint Declaration on a Comprehensive Partnership have opened a new chapter in the bilateral relations.

The task for the Governments of Indonesia and the Netherlands is then to pave the way for better cooperation among the private sector. Thus it will contribute to the attainment of special relation between Indonesia and the Netherlands (special relations 2.0).

Sixty percent of PT APBS shares will be owned by PT PMS while Van Oord DMC BV owns the other fourty percent. PT APBS is scheduled to start its operation in 2014 and complement two other on-going mega projects under PT Pelindo III in Eastern Java, the Teluk Lamong Cargo Terminal and the Java Integrated Industrial and Port Estate in Manyar.

These projects will become parts of the Indonesian National Connectivity network as projected in the Master Plan for Indonesian Economic Acceleration and Expansion in the Java Economic Corridor as well as the National Logistic System. (Source: The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Den Haag)

Indonesia Promotes Eco-tourism Potentials and Creative Industries in Reiselivsmessen 2014

Indonesia promotes eco-tourism potentials and the creative industries in Reiselivsmessen 2014, the largest travel exhibition in Norway. Themed ‘Conserving Life, Enriching Culture, and Empowering Communities’, Indonesian pavilion shows a variety of nature-themed tourist destinations and creative forest products. This was conveyed by Charge d’Affaires of Indonesian Embassy in Oslo, S. Sayoga Kadarisman in the opening of the exhibition in Oslo (Friday, 10/1/2014).

The exhibition held in Telenor Arena, Oslo, on 10-12 January 2014 is an annual travel and tourism exhibition held in Norway. Since 2007, Indonesian Embassy in Oslo actively participates in Reiselivsmessen as an instrument for the promotion of tourism in Indonesia.

“Around 115 countries with nearly 600 pavilions participated in the exhibition this year, including the ASEAN countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia. They promote a wide range of tourism promotion and cultural products packages,” Sayoga added.

Indonesian pavilion uniqueness lies in the design of the exhibit material, which not only contains products and brochures, but also films and multimedia information especially designed for the occasion. According Sayoga, visitors can access the promotion by watching movies and searching for information with the iPAD and Galaxy tab.

Some visitors even stated that as they visit the pavilion, it provides a different experience. The pavilion, which is surrounded by 3D panel of forests with floral and faunal diversity bring visitors as if they were in Sumatra or Borneo.

Indonesia also featured arts and cultural performances on the main stage of this exhibition. In addition, the peacock dance (tari Merak) and the grouse dance (tari Belibis) as well as traditional music played by Indonesian musicians in Oslo add to enliven the Indonesian pavilion.

Sayoga believes this campaign is a momentum which will bring better impact in promoting travel and tourism from Norway to Indonesia. In 2013, the exhibition recorded about 45,000 thousand visitors. Sayoga estimated that the number this year will not be less than last year. He also reminded that Norwegians are amongst the society with the highest per capita income in the world.

“Their citizens’ spending for traveling abroad are also the highest. We want to push so that Norwegian tourists does not stop in Thailand, Vietnam, or Malaysia, and that more and more of them will decide to also visit Indonesia,” he added.

Diplomacy by Indonesian society

The design of Indonesian pavilion, which attracts the attention of visitors, is credited to the participation of civil society in Indonesia.

Chairman of the Committee/First Secretary of Indonesian Embassy in Oslo, Hartyo Harkomoyo, expressed that the Embassy in Oslo enganges a number of civil society in Indonesia to participate in creating the Indonesian pavilion.

Kompas TV and Indonesia Nature Film Society (INFIS) voluntarily made ​​a documentary about nature-themed tourist spots in Indonesia.

Daemeter Consulting, Borneo Chic, Sabai Bag and Luggage Javana, and Javara showcase creative industry packages, divided into the music, interior design, fashion, and culinary products. “Essentially these products not only contribute to community development and strengthen the community, but they pay attention to the conservation of nature,” Hartyo explained.

UKP4 (Presidential Working Unit for Supervision and Management of Development), Ministry of Forestry, and PT Antam also provide support in Indonesia’s participation in Reiselivsmessen 2014.

“Ongoing cooperation from many parties in Indonesia in this Reiselivsmessen participation is a form of diplomacy involving the active participation of the people of Indonesia,” said Hartyo.

Indonesian Cultural Performances Give Different Atmosphere

Indonesian cultural performances give different atmosphere to Norway’s largest travel exhibition, Reiselivsmessen, held at the Telenor Arena, Oslo.

This Saturday (11/1/2014), Fatimah Shaw-Iversen, an Indonesian artist now residing in Oslo, performed the peacock dance (tari Merak) from West Java enchantingly, and successfully dazzled visitors to the exhibition both on the main stage and at the Indonesian pavilion.

Fatimah’s costume, which depicted a beautiful male peacock with a colorful pattern of its feathers, also amazed visitors.

Not only that, subsequent performances of traditional music by the Indonesian community lead by Valentino Malaihollo also got a very warm welcome from the audience. A medley of folk songs such as Soleram, Injit-injit Semut, Sajojo, and Apuse was wonderfully performed with full of joy by the group.

Both performances will return to the main stage tomorrow, with Fatima performing the grouse dance (tari Belibis), which also illustrates the nature and animal life in Indonesia.

This is the first time there is a cultural stage in Reiselivsmessen, and cultural performances from Indonesia was amazing. The performances have made ​​me more curious about Indonesia. So say some visitors who claim to always come to this exhibition every year, with enthusiasm.

“We chose performances that also illustrate the Indonesian cultural closeness to nature, such as dances that depict the life of the animal. While a medley of folk songs will provide an overview of Indonesia’s abundant cultural diversity, “said Sayoga on Indonesia’s cultural performances.

Second Secretary for Cultural Affairs at the Embassy, Dyah Kusumawardani, who coordinates the cultural performances in this exhibition, said that last year Indonesia was asked to open the exhibition, and two young dancers, Ann-Dewi and Andrea Torgersen, amazed visitors with their Puspanjali dance.

Anak Indonesia Group also performed their dance at the Indonesian Pavilion. This year, Indonesia has the honor to showcase two numbers again at the exhibition. (Source: Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Oslo/ed.PY)

Effective National Law is Needed to Protect Cultural Property from Illegal Trading

Effective national law enforcement is very important in the effort of fighting against stealing, seizing and illegal trading of the cultural property which becomes more frequent. The Director for Treaty Affairs representing UNODC Executive Director expressed his opinion at the opening speech of the third Open Ended Intergovernmental Expert Group on protection against trafficking in cultural property which was held in Vienna, Austria (15/1).

The meeting aims at formulating the guidelines draft which can be used by the countries to strengthen their national law in response to the illegal trading crime of cultural property.

The meeting, which is going to be held for three days, is expected to be able to finalize the guidelines draft which might help the member countries to formulate and enforce the national law in giving protection to the cultural property.

In accordance with the mandate given to UNODC, the guidelines hopefully will include prevention aspect and criminalization aspect on the illegal trading of the cultural property.

The meeting was attended by more than 100 delegates from the member countries and the observers from the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice responses (CCPCJ), added by the representatives from the regional and international organizations.

The Indonesian delegates were led by the Ambassador/the Deputy Chairman of Indonesian Permanent Representatives in Vienna and the members of the representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Indonesian Embassy/Indonesian Permanent Representatives in Vienna.

The Open Ended Intergovernmental Expert Group on protection against trafficking in cultural property was established in accordance with the mandate of the ECOSOC 2008/23 Resolution, and has a duty to give recommendation to the global efforts of protecting the cultural property.

The first and the second meetings of the Expert Group Meeting were held in Vienna in November 2009 and June 2012. (Source: the Indonesian Embassy in Vienna)