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)

Indonesia Donated USD 500 thousand of Humanitarian Aids to Syria

The implementation of  ”Second International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria” held in Kuwait (15/1) succeeded in achieving the aids commitment given by many countries of USD 2.4 billion. Out of this amount, the Indonesian Government gave its donation of USD 500 thousand.

“The Indonesian Government is committed to giving humanitarian aids to Syria including the completion of pledge 2013 amounted USD 500 thousand. In the future Indonesia will continue its commitment on similar aids,” said the Indonesian Ambassador for Kuwait, Ferry Adamhar, who is also the Chair of Indonesian Delegates at the Conference.

The conference, which was opened by Amir Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, was led by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Under SG Valerie Amos and UNHCR Commissioner Antonio Guterres.

The meeting was attended by at least 80 delegates from the country representatives and international organizations which were led by the Ministers and the Ambassadors as well as the Lebanon Prime Minister.

In the opening speech of the Conference, Amir Kuwait said that Kuwait’s willingness to be the host of the 2nd Conference was the realization of Kuwait’s responsibility towards the Syrians and the sympathy on their suffering as well as inviting international societies to improve the efforts of overcoming humanitarian disaster happening in Syria.

“Kuwait thinks that overcoming the problems in Syria shall be conducted by achieving political solutions and followed by humanitarian approaches. Amir pointed out that international societies had historical, moral, humanitarian and legal responsibilities to end the disaster in Syria,” said Amir Kuwait.

In this opportunity, Amir also announced that Kuwait donated USD 500 million as humanitarian aids to Syria.

The UN Secretary General, in his opening speech, also expressed his invitation for all parties in Syria to end all violence which so far had been distracting and even causing death to humanitarian workers.

The Secretary General Ban expected that the Conference would give hope and end despair as well as push the participants to make a go of the Conference like the implementation of the first Conference in 2013. The aids commitment expected to get from the Conference was USD6.5 billion.

The delegates attending the Conference generally expressed similar point of view with the guidance from Amir Kuwait in giving aids to settle the humanitarian disaster in Syria. Some delegates also pointed out the need to settle up political matter in peace and as a whole to end the conflicts there.

The Indonesian Ambassador Ferry Adamhar, in this opportunity, stated that the Indonesian Government gave thorough attention to the crisis in Syria.

The Indonesian Government consistently supported all efforts to find political solutions in overcoming the conflicts in Syria and pointed out the need for all parties to end the violence immediately and to sit together to find solutions.

“In this regard we welcome the convening of the upcoming Geneva Talks involving all parties in the conflict and those who may contribute to forge a peace process,” said the Ambassador Ferry.

Indonesia, said the Indonesian Ambassador, also supported the continuous humanitarian aids operation in Syria in order to solve the problems faced by the Syrians and which made them become the refugees in the neighboring countries or exile from their homeland because of such never-ending conflicts.

“We are pleased to join initiative to mobilize international supports to address the situation, especially to alleviate the suffering of around 1.3 million people in Syria and some 2.2 million in the neighboring countries of victims of the crises,” said the Ambassador Ferry.

The need to overcome the political conflict in peace by asking for more roles of the UN Security Council and on the other hand prioritizing access to smooth humanitarian aids became the important focus of the Conference participants.

As mentioned by Amir in the opening when approaching the 2nd Geneva Conference, he also asked the UN Security Council to put aside differences and push the recovery of peace and security so that the credibility of the UN Security Council could be improved. Most of the delegates expressing opinions and statements also said the same thing.

Some of them were the Prime Minister of Lebanon, US Foreign Minister, Qatar Foreign Minister, Norway Foreign Minister, Iraq Foreign Minister, Egypt Foreign Minister, Turkish Minister of Development, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister who pointed out the need of looking at Syrian conflict comprehensively and supported political settlement and peace-making in line with humanitarian aids to the Syrians who became the victims of the conflict. (Source: the Indonesian Embassy in Kuwait City).

Having Successfully Encouraged Food Security, Prof. Dr. Sjarifudin Baharsjah Wins Award

“Prof. Sjarifudin has given contribution by increasing Indonesian agricultural productivity which can encourage Food Security as well as assisting to alleviate poverty,” said Philippines Minister of Socioeconomic Planning, in the opening speech of the award ceremony held at the New World Hotel, Makati, Philippines (16/1).

Former Indonesian Minister of Agriculture, Prof. Dr. Sjarifudin Baharsjah is the first Indonesian to receive the Dioscoro L. Umali Achievement Award in 2013.

The award was presented by Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., Director of the Southeast Asia Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA).

The award ceremony was witnessed by Arsenio Balisacan, Minister of Socioeconomic Planning/Director General of National Economic Development Authority (an institution in the Philippines similar to Bappenas), and ambassadors of the SEAMEO member countries and Charge d’Affaires Ad Interim of Indonesian Embassy in Manila, Ade Petranto.

When receiving the award, Prof. Sjarifudin was accompanied by his wife, Prof. Yustika Sjarifudin Baharsjah who is also a former Indonesian Junior Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Social Affairs.

Dioscoro L. Umali Award is an award given by SEARCA, National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) of the Philippines and Dioscoro L. Umali Foundation.

This award was first given in 2008 and Prof. Sjarifudin is the 4th figure who received the award. Three previous figures come from Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines.

This award is presented for the contribution of Prof. Sjarifudin in developing agricultural sector and rural development in Indonesia, particularly in introducing agribusiness and agro-industry.

Prof. Sjarifudin was the Indonesian Minister of Agriculture for the period of 1993-1998 who has successfully made Indonesia self-sufficient in rice production during his term of office.

He also served as Independent Chairman of the FAO Council for the period of 1997-2001 and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).

Arsenio Balisacan, the Philippines Minister of Socioeconomic Planning, in his opening speech stated that the Umali Award is presented to those whose contribution to the agricultural sector has improved the living standard of the society and who serve as an inspiration and role model for young scientists.

After receiving the Umali Award, Prof. Sjarifudin delivered a public lecture entitled “Dare to Turn Around: An Invitation to Turn Back to Farmers as Change Agents to Achieve Agricultural Success”.

In his lecture, Prof. Sjarifudin among other things talked about the development of the agricultural sector in Indonesia, particularly the efforts to achieve food self-sufficiency, especially in rice.

With a variety of problems and obstacles faced by Indonesia, such as high population growth, urbanization, and the reduction of agricultural land, the efforts to achieve food security is not easy. Prof. Sjarifudin considers that a new agricultural policy is needed to achieve food self-sufficiency.

According to him, there are some things that need to be done to achieve the objective, among other things by expanding agricultural land, not only utilizing rice fields but also high plains and peat land; by developing from Green Technology to Blue Economy; reorientation of agricultural research; reorientation of agricultural extension; reorientation of the government’s approach to agricultural development, increasing the role of farmers as change agents and changing the role of the government to a regulator and facilitator, and reallocation of agricultural development budget.

Meanwhile, Ade Petranto, Charge d’Affaires of Indonesian Embassy in Manila, among other things said in his speech that the award presented to an Indonesian agricultural figure came at the right time, given that the Indonesian government made food security as one of the priorities of development.

This is in line with the vision of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Year 2015 and the results of the WTO Ministerial Meeting in Bali last December. Prof. Sjarifudin Baharsjah’s achievement in obtaining DL. Umali Award has made Indonesian people proud and at the same time it serves as an inspiration for the Indonesian younger generation. (Source: Indonesian Embassy in Manila/Ed.Amel)