Toronto, Canada (ANTARA News) – US President Barack Obama has offered education and climate change cooperation with Indonesia as part of strategic cooperation between the two countries.
Obama made the offer at a bilateral meeting with his Indonesian counterpart Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at the Metro Toronto Convention Center on Sunday morning.
"Together we will discuss climate change issue to help develop the study on that issue in Indonesia and to make it beneficial not only to Indonesia but also to the global region," Obama said.
In addition, Obama also offered education cooperation with Indonesia for its younger generation with a total budget of US$160 million.
"The meeting this morning is possible because the friendship between Indonesia and the United States is strong and that we want to make it even stronger," Obama said, expressing his gratitude to President Yudhoyono for that good cooperation.
Meanwhile, President Yudhoyono said Indonesia and US wanted to develop comprehensive cooperation to face the challenges in the 21st century.
"The challenges are among others global economic development and climate change issue," President Yudhoyono said, adding that dynamic relations between Indonesia and the United States had important contribution to the region and the international world as well.
The 30-minute meeting between the two state leaders took place at 8.20 am Sunday, or 7.20 pm Western Indonesian Standard Time (WIB) before the 4th G-20 Summit was officially opened at 9 am Canadian time.
Earlier on Saturday the Indonesian head of state met with Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende at Toronto Westin Hotel.
During the meeting President Yudhoyono expressed Indonesia`s desire to increase bilateral ties with the Netherlands.
The head of state also said that during his trip to Toronto, he and his entourage made a stop over in Amsterdam.
Yudhoyono said that he was happy with the developments taking place in the Netherlands.
In the meantime, the Dutch prime minister said he was happy with his meeting with Yudhoyono, and agreed to step up the relations between the two nations.
In the meeting with President Obama, President Yudhoyono was accompanied by Coordinating Minister for Economy Hatta Radjasa, Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa, and presidential special staff for foreign affairs Dino Pati Djalal.
Those who were around when TVRI was the only television station in the country, would remember Mien R. Uno as the expert of etiquette; the host of the program Dunia Wanita (Woman’s World) who taught good manners.
The author of the best-selling book Etiket (Etiquette) is also a successful businesswoman having founded the Duta Bangsa School that teaches etiquette and personal grooming. With the help of her husband, Razif H. Uno, she has groomed one of Indonesia’s top young businessmen Sandiaga R. Uno and his brother Indra C. Uno, a scientist.
Recently, Mien, born in Rachmini Rachman, added another success to her long list of achievements as she was chosen to be the first Indonesian as one of seven judges for the prestigious Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year Award, held in early June in Monte Carlo.
The 2010 award ceremony marks the 10th consecutive year in which Michael Spencer, the British CEO of ICAP Plc., has won the award. There were initially 50 finalists, each of whom had won national awards in their respective home countries. From Indonesia was Kris Taenar Wiluan, director of the logistics provider PT Citra Turbindo in Batam.
“The judging process was very tight and professional. You don’t have any bribes or messages for sponsors that would meddle with the choosing of the winner,” she said recently.
Based on five categories, the award is given to those who show a strong entrepreneurial spirit.
“Entrepreneurial spirit is when one has an idea that can help others.”
But Mien also commented that the award was designed to inspire people. “Winning is an achievement, but it will be more beneficial if one utilizes it for unity and to trigger new desires to be better,” she said.
Mien, accompanied by her husband, was sitting in her leafy South Jakarta house where she has lived since 1954. Her husband is a neighborhood leader for the area. She talked about her concern for the younger generation’s lack of fighting spirit, her daily household chores, and how she juggles between family and the various professional roles that she takes on.
Having been married to Uno for a long time, a retired executive of the oil company Caltex, their chatter was lively and warm with the familiarity that comes from such a deep connection.
“Pak Uno has retired,” Mien said. “But he continues to be productive because I badger him all the time. I can’t do every thing on my own so I always trouble him,” — using the Indonesian word beliau, a word to address a respected third person.
Upon hearing this, Uno immediately commented, “Oh, I get to be addressed beliau that’s not bad,” he said laughing. “This is the first time I’ve heard her say that!”
“That’s true. This is the first time I called you that. It’s the Gorontalo in him speaking, he’s cynical,” she laughed.
Amidst the warm jokes, Mien and her husband share the same values on entrepreneurship. They try to nurture an entrepreneurial spirit as part of their children and students’ education.
“We have to be able to share this with other people, and to do that we have to be independent. That’s why my motto is ‘empower yourself’. It’s about how to make yourself independent and be happier for that.”
Mien turned to Uno to ask his opinion.
“For me it’s simple. If one has a good business, one can feed people. But one can also give dignity to others. Just look around and see someone who doesn’t have a job. Even if someone has a doctorate degree, he/she will have a low self-esteem if unemployed. It’s very clear,” he said.
Mien thinks that the younger generation now lacks the willingness to struggle to get what they want.
“The mistake of the current generation is that they do not want to go through a process. They want things instantly. The truth is that everything is a learning process. Like a plant — the stronger the roots, the stronger it will be,” she said.
Mien believes that parents contribute to children being spoiled. She said that parents who grew up in poverty or a modest household and have become successful in their careers, tend to spoil their children and give them what was once unavailable to them.
“When parents spoil their children with things, they are actually spoiling themselves. ‘I didn’t have this before, but now I do I’ll make sure my children get it too’. The children suffer from that because they grow up without having a fighting spirit. Everything is too easy for them,” she said.
She thought that to build individuals with a fighting spirit, good role models from the family should be present.
Mien’s father was a strict disciplinarian. He taught her to always fulfill commitments. “There should always be unity between what you say and what you do,” she said.
Both her husband and herself try not to spoil their children. Although they have sent them to the United States to study, she commented that “we do not give them any money unless they give us a full report.
It’s not a report on whether they do good in school or not, but about their activities there.”
Being a wife, mother, and a businesswoman, she manages to juggle her activities and succeed in them by committing to her priorities.
She thinks that one of the problems in marriages and family is that people tend to enter them halfheartedly.
“Sometimes when a woman decides to stay at home, she still has her heart outside. Sometimes she will say ‘I’ve been reduced to a servant’. Those words are very hurtful for herself and her family. It’s better that she works than stay at home.”
Mien became a stay-at-home mother, when her children were very young. “That was my commitment and I stayed with that.”
When her children were around 9 and 7 years old, she returned to her career.
However, she understands about the levels of harsh competition in the job market, and that a married woman with children would have difficulties to enter the workforce and compete with fresh graduates.
“That’s why I always say, empower yourself. Make your own job.”
Uno was proud to have a strong and successful woman as a wife. “It’s one for all and all for one. If a wife is successful, the husband and children benefit from that and vice-versa. What’s important is that one does not forget to act as part of a team,” he said.
Thinking that, a lot of partners get carried away with their individual achievements, she said that remembers her place, “I know whatever I become, I am his partner. In Indonesia, the men always want to feel that they are cool. If he feels cool, then I’m cool,” she said laughing.
“Our main purpose is how to make our home strong.”
Palu (ANTARA News) – C Sulawesi will soon declare 2012 as Visit Central Celebes Year to attract 5.000 to 6,000 foreign tourists.
Head of the Central Sulawesi Culture and Tourism Agency Suaib Djafar here expressed optimism that the target will be achieved with the support of hotels, restaurants, tourist agencies, airline companies, tourist objects, the media, the government and the public.
He said that in the last two years the number or foreign tourists to the region increased from 1,800 in 2008 to close to 4,000, with the support of a conducive security situation.
With regard to facilities, Suaib said, the local administration is increasing the capacity of Palu`s Mutiara airport scheduled for completion in 2011 and Garuda Indonesia and slated to open flights to the airport in July 2010.
Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The Indonesian government will boost development of the country`s creative industry so that it will contribute at least 8 percent to the national gross domestic product (GDP) by 2015.
"Therefore, we hope all sides will strengthen their commitment to promote the creative industry. The government will always try to create a conducive business climate but more importantly, industrial players must continue to develop their creativity so that their products will have a high competitive edge," Vice President Boediono said when he opened the Indonesian Creative Product Week 2010 on Wednesday.
The government is paying serious attention to development of creative industry because it is one of the economic sectors which is expected to improve the people`s welfare.
In his address at the opening of the Jakarta Fair (PRJ) and International Expo in Kemayoran last week, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said that besides improving their welfare, economic growth born out of creative economic activities would also serve as a correct and attractive means of enriching the nation`s cultural values.
He said that developing a creative economy was in line with the country`s economic development direction which prioritizes inclusiveness and justice.
"By adhering to this principle, it will be possible to achieve high economic growth and strong economic stability for all groups of people in the country. We want prosperity to spread evenly and reduce the number of unemployed and poor people," the president said.
As part of the efforts to promote development of the creative industry and its products, the government has instituted an annual creative product week.
This year`s creative product week was opened by Vice President Boediono on Wednesday. In his opening remarks he said that the government had projected the national creative industry`s contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP) to increase to 8 percent in 2015.
"So far, the national creative industry`s contribution (to GDP) reaches 7.6. We hope it can increase to 8-9 percent," he said.
He noted that the national creative industry had shown positive growth in the past five years. With the positive growth, the government was convinced that the national creative industry would be able to serve as one of the main pillars in implementing economic development in the future, he said.
Trade Minister Mari Elka Pangestu on the occasion said meanwhile that this year the government had set itself a target of 5.8 percent growth in the country`s creative industries.
"Our target is to have at least an increase of 5.8 percent from the value of creative industries` contribution to the GDP in 2009," she said at the launch of a Creative Industry Portal at the Jakarta Convention Center on Wednesday.
She said, so far creative industry growth was recorded at an average of 3.8 percent per year. Yet, the government did not yet have data on the growth of creative industries in 2009 but estimated it had reached 4.5 percent.
Data at the ministry of trade show that the contribution of creative industries to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) amounted to Rp151 trillion, or 7.28 percent of total GDP in 2008. "There five biggest contributors to GDP were fashion, crafts, advertising, design and music," she said. Fashion contributed 43 percent, crafts 25 percent, advertisement eight percent, design six percent and music five percent.
The minister said that creative industries which had a double-digit growth potential, included computer services and software (12.5 percent), advertising (12 percent) and interactive games (14.9 percent).
Last year, exports from the creative industry were valued at Rp114.9 trillion or 7.52 percent of the country`s total exports.
The government, she said, was trying to encourage the growth of creative industries by facilitating increased access to financing sources, technology, protection of intellectual property rights (IPR), raw material supplies, as well as providing promotional facilities and product exhibitions.
"We intend to create a pilot project with several banks, including Bank BNI which has long been involved in the development of creative industries, to try to provide financing. With that we want to see the problem being faced to find their solutions," she said.
This will be done because so far creative industries still have limited access to capital sources at banks and other financial institutions.
In the meantime, Coordinating Minister for People`s Welfare Agung Laksono said that the government was emphasizing efforts to explore creative economic potentials through Presidential Instruction no. 6 / 2009 on development of a creative economy.
The potentials of creative industry could among others be explored through the creative product week, which was opened on Wednesday.
He said that the government was targeting transactions worth a total of Rp40 billion in the 2010 Creative Product Week (PPKI).
Laksono said that in 2007 transactions in the creative product week reached a value of Rp16 billion while in 2008 it stood at Rp34 billion and Rp31 billion in 2009. "We hope transactions this time will reach a total value of Rp40 billion," Agung Laksono.
"The PPKI 2010 which is now being held for the fourth time since 2007, is expected to become a reliable instrument for the development of creative economy. This should not be developed only through presentations on various advancements of creative products but also through efforts to encourage the creation of the seeds of entrepreneurship," the minister said. (*)
In today’s fast-paced modern world, notebooks have become thinner, lighter and more fashionable. Small portable computers are increasingly more sophisticated, and the new bold and fresh designs mean that many cutting-edge laptops are also doubling as a trendy fashion accessory.
“Laptops are getting smarter and faster,” said Yadi Karyadi, market development manager at Intel Indonesia Corporation, during a recent seminar held by Intel and ASUS Indonesia in La Piazza, Mall Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta.
In January this year, Intel launched a new series of microprocessors — Intel Core-i3, Core-i5 and Core-i7 — for desktops, automated machines, digital signs and other electronic devices.
“The Core-i technology allows laptops to work three times faster than the previous Core 2 technology,” Yadi said.
Equipped with Intel turbo boost technology, these smart microprocessors automatically increase computer speed in order to cope with the user’s workload.
These processors also utilize power-saving technology called “HUGI” — which stands for “hurry up and get idle” — which enables processors to finish tasks quickly and then rest to preserve battery life.
Multimedia and gaming features have also become increasingly more important in portable computers.
“My laptop should be able to work hard and play hard,” said Hendra, a graphic designer, who uses his laptop at work during the day to develop print and TV ads, and in the evening to play games.
With Intel hyperthreading technology, multimedia enthusiasts like Hendra can now create, edit and encode graphic files on their laptops while running background applications without slowing the system’s performance.
The Core-i processors are also equipped with high-definition graphics, a feature that delivers smooth, high-quality video playback, as well as advanced 3D capabilities.
Recently, ASUS released the new G51JX with special 3D effects for graphic-heavy games. The laptop deploys an Intel Core i7 that allows for more dynamic play. Powered with a NVidia GeForce GTS 360M graphics card and vision kit, the laptop delivers 60 frames per second on its 15.6-inch widescreen.
“It gives you much clearer and stutter-free pictures when you play games,” said Setyoryanto, public relations manager of ASUS Indonesia.
On the downside, the G51JX is rather chunky compared to the mini notebooks, such as the ASUS Eee Pc. Also, at 3.3 kilograms it is rather heavy to carry around.
“Style is number two for me,” Hendra said. “I don’t really care how my laptop looks, as long as it works hard and is fast.”
But not everybody agrees. “For me, fashion and functionality go hand in hand,” said Dedi, a student and freelance photographer. “I need a real sophisticated gadget to work with, as well as a swanky one that draws attention when I work in public so I get noticed.”
And there are now numerous options for those who want to stand out in the crowd.
Take the ASUS Eee Pc, for example. Designed by leading industrial designer Karim Rashid, its unique sea-shell case with an embossed grid-like pattern has a rubbery feel that makes the notebook convenient to hold and handle. The elegant design comes in two unique colors: hot glossy pink and matte coffee brown.
With so many design features and specifications on the market, customers may feel a little bit lost when making their choice.
“Choose the laptop that really suits your needs,” Setyoryanto said, adding that buying a low to medium-end laptop will save users millions of rupiah and still provide all the features most people really need for their basic computing needs.
“Graphic designers, architects and movie animators, on the other hand, may need to consider buying the most multi-core technology to help them in their work.”