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Domestic Tourism And The Bill On Tourism Must Be Pushed
Monday August 21, 2006
The much toted rumour that Tourism would become one of the government’s priority areas for development in 2007, in tandem with agriculture and marine production development, did not materialize. In his National Day address, the President did not even mention once the word “Tourism”. Nevertheless, not taken aback, on the eve of National day, groups of tourism industry detail

President’s State Address: Creating Hope For A Better Future
Monday August 21, 2006
All who heard, - both supporters and critics alike, - had to agree that President Yudhoyono gave an impressive State Address to the Plenary Session of Parliament on 16 August, on the eve of Indonesia’s Independence Day. Delivered in a most convincing manner, the President’s 94 minutes’ speech was punctuated by almost incessant applause from the floor. Earlier, members of detail

Indonesia Calls For Permanent Ceasefire In Middle East
Monday August 14, 2006
On Friday, 11 August, the UN Security Council finally succeeded to unanimously agree on, and issue Resolution No. 1701 on a permanent Cease fire between and . Accepted by all 15 members of the Security Council, the Resolution was proposed by France and the United States. In the original text of Resolution 1701 as published in the Jerusalem Post, the UN considers that the situation in Lebanon detail

Nine Priority Development Areas In Cabinet’s 2007 Work Plan
Monday August 14, 2006
The National Planning Board (Bappenas) has released information that the Government has specified nine priority areas in its 2007 work plan, which  are expected to absorb near to Rp. 173 trillion of total budget for the year, or 75.12% of expected total 2007 Budget Allocation, reports Bisnis Indonesia. The nine priority areas for development and their expected outlays (in Rp. Trillions) detail

Indonesia’s Per Capita Today Is US$ 1,500, Up From US$ 600 Post Asian Crisis
Monday August 14, 2006
Indonesia’s per capita income has topped $1,500, said the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) on 2 August, thus technically lifting the country to lower-middle income status, reports Indonesia’s Trade and Investment News. Agency Head Rusman Heriawan told reporters that the figure marked a considerable improvement ( or two and a half times increase) over the depth of the financial detail

Arab Nationals Arrested And Deported For Committing “instant Marriages”
Monday August 14, 2006
Several weeks ago, in an off-the-cuff remark widely publicized in the international media, Vice President Jusuf Kalla joked that should not be disturbed if many Middle East tourists go into “instant marriages” in , if that shoud improve genes.  Women activist groups, especially, were appalled, and the next day, VP Jusuf Kalla publicly apologized if his joke had offended some detail

First Half 2006 Tourist Arrivals Down 7.54%, Flights To Bali Increasing
Monday August 14, 2006
The National Bureau for Statistics informed that total international tourist arrivals through ’s 13 main gateways from January to June 2006 was down (-)7.54% compared to the same period last year.  Arrivals to Bali dropped by (-) 19.1%, direct arrivals to Lombok declined by (-) 13.58%; To Tanjung Pinang down by (-) 12.31%, and to Batam down by (-) 9.07%. On the other hand, detail

Monday August 14, 2006
With the islands of Batam, Bintan and Karimun now designated Special Economic Zones, many more governors are urging that the national government appoint similar areas in their respective provinces. In response, the national government, in a preliminary move, has stipulated nine requirements that must be met by Regions as qualification before SEZ can be designated in their province, these detail

Sunday August 06, 2006
On 3 August, the Department for Culture and Tourism launched the joint ASEAN campaign in to Combat Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) in Tourist Destinations. This forms part of Indonesia’s commitment in ASEAN to jointly fight the crime regionally and in individual countries. In fact, since 2002 already has in place a number of legal instruments to combat this growing detail

Infrastructure Conference In November 2006
Monday July 31, 2006
Indonesia is due to hold an infrastructure conference and exhibition in November in an effort to drum up private sector investment in infrastructure, reports Indonesia’s Trade and Investment News published by the Coordinating Ministry for the Economy.   Titled “Indonesia Infrastructure 2006”, the conference will be held on November 1-3, and will include a two-day detail

30 Orangutans To Be Returned To Central Kalimantan Habitat
Monday July 31, 2006
Thirty of the 53 Indonesian orangutans recently confiscated by the government of will soon be released in their new habitat in Central Kalimantan and Sumatra , to increase the present population of these primates, said Director General for Nature Conservation at the Department of Forestry, Arman Malolongan. In the past decade, ’s orangutan population had decreased drastically, from detail

Telecommunications And Police Sirens Strengthen Tsunami Warning System
Monday July 31, 2006
Responding to criticisms that the government had been slow in warning local inhabitants of the impending tsunami along the south coast of Java, Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Chairman of the National Coordinating Body for Natural Disasters, has called on related Ministers to urgently work towards the completion of the tsunami warning system to be accelerated to 2008 at the latest, and that detail

Pangandaran To Be Rebuilt As Tsunami-prepared Beach Resort
Monday July 31, 2006
When President Yudhoyono met evacuees of the recent tsunami in Pangandaran, West Java, he promised that not only will the government restore West Java’ s most popular beach resort to its former popularity, but the president was determined to build Pangandaran into a much better resort.     In a follow up action, Minister for Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, explained how detail

Indonesia Fights Sexual And Commercial Exploitation Of Children In Tourism
Monday July 31, 2006
TPI TV on 28 July evening showed an investigative report on the arrest of an alleged pedophile on the island of Lombok . The Australian national, whom Police reported was named “Don” had allegedly molested 5 boys. Besides writing for the Lombok Times, Don was also General Manager of a beach hotel on the island.     With the enactment of Law No. 23 of 2002 detail

Monday July 31, 2006
Editor’s Note: Because of the importance of Bird Flu and its spread, at first I intended to write a synopsis of the three articles below. The first was published by the Jakarta Post, the second by the Associated Press and the third by Indonesia’s Trade and Investment News issued by the Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs. However, on further thought, because of the complexity detail

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