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Culture Plays Important Role in Social Inclusion, Poverty Eradication: President SBY

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) in his opening remarks at the World Culture Forum here on Monday said that culture plays an important role in social inclusion and poverty eradication. “In a landmark resolution of 2011, for example, United Nations member states acknowledged that culture was an essential component of human development. Culture is also an important factor in ... Read More »

Indonesia Stages First World Culture Forum in Bali

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono officially inaugurated the World Culture Forum (WFC), which is being organized and hosted by the country in Bali for the first time, on Monday. In his speech President Yudhoyono said, “The WFC is needed to complete various other forums that have been in existence in the world, such as the World Economic Forum in Davos ... Read More »

Bali Package Prepared for Upcoming WTO Meeting

Indonesia is optimistic that the upcoming Ministerial Meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO MC9) in Bali can come up with an agreement that will restore the Doha Round negotiation, which was suspended in 2001. “We have a prepared the so-called Bali Package, which includes three elements in it, namely trade facilitation, agriculture and benefits for least developed countries,” Indonesian ... Read More »

W. Nusa Tenggara Promotes ‘Green Tourism’ for Lombok, Sumbawa

The West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) administration has said it was committed to working with all relevant stakeholders to promote the development of green or ‘eco’ tourism in Lombok and Sumbawa. “For NTB, the development of the tourism sector is not only about the development of good infrastructure but also about how tourism can support environment protection and management. Tourism should ... Read More »

Indonesia Can Develop Biomass Energy

Lack of non-renewable energy sources and an increasing need for renewable energy sources has forced Indonesia to shift gears and refocus its attention, it was revealed during the UN Framework Conference on Climate Change. “Indonesia has tremendous potential to produce biomass, the market is there, we just need a policy to move forward,” Yetti Rusli, the special staffer for climate ... Read More »

Minister Calls for Acceleration of Steam Power Plant Project

State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister Dahlan Iskan has asked the technical team to settle various problems and accelerate the development of the Pangkalan Susu-Langkat steam power plant (PLTU) project in North Sumatra. Head of SOE Ministrys Public Relations and Protocol Affairs Faisal Halimi said here on Monday that in response to the ministers call, it was important for the technical team ... Read More »

Indonesia Teams Win 3 Titles at World Robot Competition

Three home teams from junior high and high schools won three medals at the 2013 World Robot Olympiad (WRO) on Sunday. Indonesia won gold and bronze medals in the junior category that challenged junior high students to remove a stupa and to follow a track. Japan’s team came in second with a silver medal. Gold medalist Blood Seeker — a ... Read More »

UWRF Boosts Local Tourist Industry

The Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF), the largest international literary gathering in the country, has not only succeeded in placing Indonesian authors on the global map but also has contributed significantly to the local tourist industry in Bali. An economic impact survey conducted during and following the 2013 UWRF, which took place Oct. 11-15, revealed that the authors invited ... Read More »

Bank Indonesia Develops Cacao Cluster in Mamuju

Bank Indonesia representative in eastern Indonesia covering Sulawesi, Maluku and Papua will do pioneering work in developing cacao cluster in Mamuju, West Sulawesi. The cluster is intended to serve as a pilot project under a program to make use of available potentials, the head of BI representative office for those areas, Suhaedi, said here on Friday. Suhaedi, former head of ... Read More »

Economy Projected to Grow Six Percent Next Year

Indonesias economy has been projected to grow six percent in fiscal 2014, down from 6.3 percent in the previous fiscal year, an official dealing with budget planning has said. Agung Widiadi, the head of the sub-directorate of budget planning of the Directorate of Budget Planning, said at a group discussion here on Friday that the lower estimate was set keeping ... Read More »