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Bali Hindus Angered By Sacred Temple Tourism Plan

Hindu leaders on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali Tuesday lashed out at a government plan to attract more tourists to their most sacred temple as “degrading” to Hinduism. The row highlighted concerns that Bali’s booming tourism industry is a double-edged sword, as it threatens to erode the Hindu culture which is part of the attraction for the millions who ... Read More »

Indonesia-Swiss sign MoU to develop Tourism Capacity Building in 4 main Destinations

Indonesia’s Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy, Mari Elka Pangestu, on Monday 28 October, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Jakarta with Swiss Minister for the Economy, Schneider-Amman, to further develop four of Indonesia’s main tourism destinations, in particular in the field of tourism capacity building. The four destinations are : the island of Flores, hopping off point to the Komodo National ... Read More »

Indonesia-EU Forestry Agreement Breakthrough in Fight Against Illegal Timber Trade

The long-waited Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade – Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT-VPA) was finally signed recently by Indonesia and the European Union (EU) following six years of negotiations involving government officials, civil society, and the private sector. Indonesia is the first Asian country and the largest timber exporter to enter into such an agreement, which aims to ensure that ... Read More »

World Culture in Development Forum 2013 in Bali

All local, national, regional and international participants involved in Culture and Sustainable development are cordially invited to the inaugural World Culture in Development Forum to take place on the fabled island of Bali from 24th to 29th November 2013. The World Culture in Development Forum (WCF) 2013 is the first in a planned series of annual international meetings in Bali that will bring together key ... Read More »

Indonesia Halal Expo (INDHEX) 2013 to Promote Quality Halal Products and Services

From 30th October to 2nd November 2013, the 3rd Indonesia Halal Expo (INDHEX) 2013 will take place at the Jakarta International Exhibition Center (JIEXPO), Jakarta. The Expo will cover all aspects on the subject of Halal, including Halal Food and Beverage, Halal Cosmetics, Halal Pharmaceuticals, Halal Banking and Finance, Halal Tourism and Hospitality, Islamic Fashion, Halal Logistics, Global Halal Forum, Halal Award, Congress of Indonesian Women Ulama, ... Read More »

Indonesia-China Trade Target Set at US$100 Billion

Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan said trade between Indonesia and China could rise to US$100 billion in value if China succeeds in its program to create a consumption based economy . Currently trade between China and Indonesia is valued around US$52 billion a year. “The annual trade value could increase to US$80 billion – US$100 billion in the coming several years ... Read More »

No to Mining Business in Raja Ampat

Minister for the Environment Balthasar Kambuaya said he would reject any proposal for mining operation in the district of Raja Ampat of West Papua. “I have already told my staff to reject any such proposal in the district of Raja Ampat,” Balthasar said here on Friday. Balthasar said Raja Ampat is extraordinarily rich in natural resources that would be damaged ... Read More »

Indonesia`s Emerging Market in Southeast Asia

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Indonesia is a big country and an important emerging market in Southeast Asia. The Chinese foreign minister made this remark after accompanying Chinese President Xi Jinping to pay state visits to Indonesia and Malaysia and attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Bali this week. President Xi Jinping, Foreign Minister Wang Yi and their ... Read More »

Indonesia Economy Stable Until 2018: OECD

A recent report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) says Indonesia’s economic will grow on average 6 percent annually during 2014-2018, making it the country with the highest economic growth. In the report, the OECD said Indonesia’s economic growth would be one of the highest in that period, exceeding the Philippines, which is estimated to reach 5.8 ... Read More »

Raja Ampat Festival 2013

The unspoilt splendors of Raja Ampat will be presented to the world through the Raja Ampat Festival 2013 scheduled to be held on Waisai Beach from 18th to 21st October 2013. Entering its fourth edition this year, the festival continues to be an essential program of the district government of Raja Ampat aimed to promote this fascinating underwater paradise, pristine natural environment, enchanting cultural traditions, ... Read More »