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Raja Ampat, First to Enact 4.6 Million Hectares Shark and Manta Marine Sanctuary

The district government of Raja Ampat, dubbed “the Underwater Paradise on Earth”  located at the western tip of West Papua’s Bird’s Head, has enforced the protection of sharks, manta rays, dugongs, turtles and aquarium fish over a 4.6 million hectares sanctuary. The regional bylaw No. 5 of 2012 was launched Wednesday, 20 February 2013, reports Kompas daily.   This is the ... Read More »

President Proposes No New Development Format for Post-2015

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a co-chair of the UN High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, has said he did not propose a new format to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which will expire in 2015. “I personally, as the co-chair, do suggest the third option, which is a new format (for the Post-2015 Development Agenda),” ... Read More »

Indonesia and Germany Cooperate in Ratan Industry

The National Rattan Innovation Center of the ministry of industry and Germany`s Innovationszentrun Lichtenfels have agreed to cooperate to develop rattan industry in the country. “This is part of efforts to create new rattan product designs to make rattan industry to boom again,” Deputy Minister of Industry Alex Retraubun said on Wednesday. He said the cooperation was also expected to ... Read More »

Garuda Launches Engine Test Facility

National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, through its subsidiary GMF AeroAsia, has officially launched the operation of its CFM56-7B engine test facility in Cengkareng, Banten, to better develop GMF’s capacity for aircraft repair. The engine test facility, developed in cooperation with US firm General Electric (GE) and CFM International, a joint venture company between GE and Snecma of Safran Group, will ... Read More »

Besakih Temple to be Equipped with Advanced Information Center

The largest temple complex in Bali, Besakih Temple is now equipped with showrooms, an audio visual room, a library, a plaza and other modern facilities to provide better tourist information regarding the site. “Thanks to the audio visual room, visitors can watch a video of ceremonies and rituals carried out at Besakih Temple in the past,” said Ketut Wija, second ... Read More »

MUI Expects to Take Leading Part in Halal Certification

Indonesian Council of Ulama (MUI) expects the institution still have the leading role in halal certification process. Government could play roles in socializing, regulating and monitoring, Chairman of MUI, Amihdan, said. Amihdan said that MUI was the right insitution to lead the process. “If only government wants to participate, they can take part in post-certification,” Amihdan said on Wednesday in ... Read More »

Banda Neira, the Island of Spices

Located in Maluku province, Banda Neira is one of ten volcanic islands in the Banda Archipelago. As cited in www.indonesia.travel, the Banda Islands, known as the Spice Islands of ancient times, are covered with high aromatic tropical trees. Indigenous to Banda Islands, the Myristica trees, are the source of two rare and lucrative spices, nutmeg and mace. A sapphire sea surrounds these ... Read More »

Jakarta International Marathon and Carnival Planned for October 2013

Jakarta will have another scintillating international event this year with the staging of the Jakarta Marathon, said Deputy Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy, Sapta Nirwandar, after meeting with new Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, reportedAntara news. The exact date is still being worked out, said Nirwandar, since in October there will also be the APEC Summit in Bali, besides having to ... Read More »

Global Names to Launch 55 New Hotels this Year

Two hotel operators, Archipelago International and Best Western International, say that this year they plan to open up to 55 new hotels, from budget to luxury class, in cities across the country in a move to hopefully gain from the robust economy. Archipelago International, previously known as Aston International, plans to launch 40 new hotels, almost half of which will ... Read More »

Indofood Expands into China

Jakarta-listed PT Indofood Sukses Makmur, one of the businesses owned by the Salim family, further strengthened its overseas business expansion by acquiring a 14.56 percent stake in a Chinese company. Indofood said last week that it had signed an agreement to purchase 98 million new shares issued by the Minzhong Food Corporation (CMFC) Ltd., a leading integrated vegetable processor in ... Read More »