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Eight ASEAN heads of state to arrive in Bali

ASEAN heads of state are scheduled to begin arriving in Bali on Wednesday for the 19th ASEAN Summit and the 6th East Asia Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali.
“Eight heads of state are scheduled to arrive today at Ngurah Rai International Airport,” Ngurah Rai Air Force Base commander Lt. Col.Jumarto said Wednesday, as quoted by Antara news agency.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen will be the first to arrive, followed by Brunei Sultan Hasanal Bolkiah, Malaysian Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohammad Najib Tun Abdul Razak and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III.
Laos Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong, Myanmar President Thein Sein, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong would arrive on Wednesday afternoon, Jumarto added.
Jumarto said security would high as the leaders arrived.
“Air patrols are being carried out twice a day,” he added.

Bali declaration to define ASEAN`s role after 2015 : official

The Bali Declaration which will be one of the products of the 19th ASEAN Summit starting November 13 is going to be considered as the backbone for ASEAN`S future role in the global community, an Indonesian official said, Representative for ASEAN Ngurah Swajaya said here on Monday.

"It is expected that after being a single community in 2015, ASEAN will play a role as one entity in solving global issues that have become a common concern among the organization;s member states," Ngurah Swajaya, Indonesia`s Representative to ASEAN, said.

Post-disaster management and climate change issues would likely be things of the global concern catching ASEAN`s attention, he said.

He said as the ASEAN chair for 2011, Indonesia had already begun thinking about the organization`s future role after becoming a single community in 2015.

Asked about the exact points to be made in the Bali Declaration, Ngurah said he could not yet reveal them to the public as senior officials from ASEAN member states were still negotiating some of the points.

"But 90 percent of the declaration draft has been finalized," he said.

The senior officials of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) began discussing draft documents including the Bali Declaration to be issued by the 19th Asean Summit at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC).

The Asean senior officials meeting (SOM) had taken place on November 13-14 and it was held ahead of the Asean Ministers` Meeting (MM) which will be held on November 15, 2011, the 6th meeting of the Asean Council for Political-Security Community on November 16, and the Asean summit and its related summits on November 17-19.

During the two-day meeting, the Asean senior officials were scheduled to discuss four draft documents which will be produced in the 19th Asean Summit and its related meetings.

The draft documents to be discussed are firstly, the Bali Declaration on the Asean Community in a Global Community of Nations.

Secondly is the Declaration of EAS on the Principles for Mutually Beneficial Relations.

Thirdly the Declaration of EAS on ASEAN Connectivity and the fourth the Joint Declaration on Comprehensive Partnership between ASEAN and the United Nations (UN).

In addition, the Asean senior officials will also talk about the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea, the Asean Common Visa issue and the annual target of the Asean Community Development

President Yudhoyono meets US business leaders

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono received eight US top businessmen at a breakfast meeting at Hotel Sheraton Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii, Sunday morning local time or Monday morning West Indonesia Time.

The meeting which was closed to the media was attended by among others Freeport McMoran president and CEO Richard Adkerson, Caterpillar Group President Richard Lavin, Emery Konig from Cargill, Deb Henretta from Procter & Gamble, Peter Eggleston from Chevron, President of National Center for APEC Monica Whaley, President & CEO of Underwriters Laboratories Inc. Keith Williams, and Sehat Soehardjo and Wili Dai from Marvell Technology Group Ltd.

President Yudhoyono at the meeting was accompanied by coordinating minister for economic affairs Hatta Radjasa, trade minister Gita Wirjawan, industry minister MS Hidayat and Indonesian ambassador to the US, Dino Patti Djalal.

According to Dino President Yudhoyono and the business leaders only held short talks and listened to some of their plans to continue to do business and conduct new investment in the country.

Among the companies that have expressed their interest to invest in Indonesia but not yet unveiled their detailed plan are Cargill and Caterpillar.

"The others only said that they were postiive towards Indonesia," Dino said.

He said the US business leaders at the meeting expressed their optimism towards the development of business conditions in Indonesia.

"The talks just now were very short. They just expressed their optimism (towards Indonesia)," he said.

After the meeting President Yudhoyono then left for Ihilani Ko Olina Resort to attend the second day of the summit.

At the second day of the meeting the leaders would discuss a declaration to be adopted by 21 APEC member countries.

In his speech before the discussion US President Barack Obama as the host expressed his satisfaction over the progress achieved at the meeting to strengthen regional economic integrity, promote environment-based green economic growth and convergence of regulations in economic cooperation.

Garuda inks deals worth $990m with CFM

Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia and CFM International, an engine supplier and aircraft maintenance provider, inked US$990 million in deals on Sunday to supply the airline with two jet engines and for maintenance work, the airline said in a statement.

Garuda said on Monday that the engines would support the airline’s low-budget airline subsidiary, Citilink, from 2014 to 2018, while the maintenance contract would cover the airline’s Boeing 737-800 NG for up to 15 years.

Garuda president director Emirsyah Satar said the deal was part of the airline’s long-term effort to revitalize its fleet through quality maintenance and efficient operation.

ASEAN+3 to be major channel for East Asia integration: Chinese ambassador

ASEAN Plus China, Japan and Republic of Korea (ROK) (ASEAN+3) should be the major channel for East Asia integration amid the fragile world economic situation, Chinese ambassador to Indonesia Zhang Qiyue said on Monday.
ASEAN+3 share extensive common interests in East Asia integration process and fortifying its major channel status will be conducive to the stability and growth of East Asia, as well as the world, Zhang said in an exclusive written interview with Xinhua.
In recent years, both sides have made great progress in promoting regional integration, as evidenced by deepened cooperation in finance, East Asia free trade zone and food security, she said.
On finance sector, the Chiang Mai Initiative Multilateralization, a 120-billion-U.S. dollar regional reserve pool to provide emergency liquidity for countries and regions in financial crisis, came into effect in 2010. ASEAN+3 have also set up a macroeconomy research office this year, so they will better monitor regional macroeconomy and ensure the effective implementation of the multilateral currency swap, she said.
On trade, the free trade zones between ASEAN and China, Japan, ROK respectively have boosted the trade and investment growth in the region and two feasibility studies have been finished on establishing the East Asia free trade zone, Zhang said.
The 13 countries (all the ten ASEAN countries and China, Japan, ROK) signed an emergency rice reserve agreement in October, aiming to provide 787,000 tons of rice stock to mitigate the implications of natural disasters on food supply and production. A total of 87, 000 tons will be provided by the ASEAN countries while China, Japan and South Korea will prepare 300,000 tons, 250,000 tons and 150,000 tons respectively.
"The rice reserve is a major step in institutionalizing their food security partnership, helping the East Asian countries to better tackle natural disasters, balance supply and demand as well as strengthening information exchanges," Zhang said.

SBY at APEC Summit: the 21st century belongs to Asia Pacific

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono stated during his speech before the APEC CEO Summit in Honolulu, Hawaii today that the 21st century belongs to the Asia Pacific region.
Yudhoyono added that as a region linking four continents, Asia, Australia and North and South America, the Asia Pacific region could play a significant role in terms of identifying supporting factors for peace and welfare.
“The Asia Pacific region must play significant roles in determining economic growth that is sustainable, balanced and inclusive,” he said Saturday evening in Hawaii, Sunday morning Indonesia time, reported.
He suggested that each country should consolidate their own internal affairs in order to embrace more complex international roles in the future.

Indonesia hails provisional inclusion of Komodo in new7wonders

After high-profile efforts to mobilize the Indonesian people`s support and despite a controversy over its participation in the New7Wonders of Nature competition, the Komodo has finally been provisionally shortlisted as one of the winners.

On its official website Friday (Nov 11), the New7Wonders Foundation announced the first count of vote results of the provisional New7Wonders of Nature sites, namely the Amazon, Halong Bay, Iguazu Falls, Jeju Island, Komodo, Puerto Princesa Underground River, and Table Mountain.

The Switzerland-based foundation explained that the provisional New7Wonders of Nature are listed in alphabetical order, not in any position or ranking.

"It is possible that there will be changes between the above provisional winners and the eventual finally confirmed winners," the Foundation said on the website.

The voting calculation is now being checked, validated and independently verified, and the confirmed winners will be announced starting early 2012 during the Official Inauguration ceremonies.

Founded in 1980, Komodo National Park is a home of the endemic Komodo dragon, the world`s only surviving prehistoric giant lizard.

The Park includes the three larger islands Komodo, Rinca and Padar, as well as numerous smaller ones, for a total area of 1,817 square kilometers.

In 1977, Komodo National Park was named a biosphere reserve by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). And in 1991, UNESCO named the island accommodating around 3,000 komodo dragons, a world heritage.

Upon hearing the Foundation`s announcement, Tourism Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said she was very proud that the Komodo National Park has been included in the provisional list of the New World 7 Wonders.

"We , of course, respond to it positively and are proud," she said in Palembang, South Sumatra, which is hosting the 26th SEA Games, on Saturday (Nov 12). A pair of Komodo dragons called "Modo" and "Modi" have been made a mascot of the ongoing SEA (South East Asia) Games.

Although the announcement was still provisional, she said, it had shown that in terms of the votes cast for Komodo, the Indonesian people could be counted upon.

This was what had made the minister proud. It had shown that the Indonesian people were moved to participate in the campaign to have the Komodo included in the New Seven Wonders of Nature list through an a on-line voting system.

"Indonesian people were moved and this proves they have a high sense of nationalism," she said. The Komodo National Park was put on the list of the new seven wonders through a vote done through e-mails and SMS text messages to www.new7wonders. com.

The minister hoped the election of Komodo as one of the new seven wonders of nature would further boost the animal`s image as one of the country`s icons and also increase the country`s popularity in the world.

"Certainly, we at the ministry of tourism and creative economy, have been, will be and are working to further develop the park which has already been recognized by UNESCO," she said.

Mohammad Jusuf Kalla (JK), former vice president who has been named Komodo Ambassador, expressed his happiness about and hailed the inclusion of Komodo in the provisional New7Wonders of Nature.

"Allahmdulillah (Thank God), the result of Komodo as a (provisional) New7Wonders was announced at dawn today ," JK said in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi, Saturday.

He said his mission as Komodo Ambassador was not merely taking care of the rare animal, but also dealing with humanitarian issues in NTT in particular and Indonesia in general.

The Komodo dragon was not aware of its inclusion in the New7Wonders of Nature, but the Indonesian people would get the benefit of it because it could boost the tourism industry in NTT and create job opportunities, according to Kalla.

Another official who hailed the announcement regarding Komodo was East Nusa Tenggara Governor Frans Lebu Raya.

"We should like to express our appreciation and respect to the organizing committee which has been able to read the wish of the supporters of one of the 28 finalists of the New7Wonders of Nature," Governor Lebu Raya said here on Saturday.

He said the inclusion of Komodo in the New7Wonders should encourage the people of NTT to create a conducive climate for tourists to visit the province, and Komodo Island in particular.

Sharing borders with Australia and Timor Leste, East Nusa Tenggara Province has a population of around 4.7 million and is one of the country`s poorest regions.

The central government in cooperation with various parties including United Nations (UN) agencies and foreign countries, have been promoting programs to reduce poverty in NTT.

The development of tourism industry is also being boosted to improve the welfare of the people of NTT, which is rich of biodiversity and culture.

Tri Mumpini Wins ‘Asia’s Nobel Prize’ for Helping Poor

Indonesian social worker Tri Mumpuni is among the winners of Asia’s prestigious Magsaysay award this year for giving green technologies to the poor, organizers said on Wednesday.

Award foundation president Carmencita Abella said Tri, along with an Indian engineer and a Philippine charity group, had helped harness the technologies to empower their countrymen and worked to create waves of progressive change across Asia.

Each year six people or organizations are named joint winners of the Magsaysay award.

This year the other winners were a man who set up an Islamic school for girls in Indonesia, a lender to India’s poorest, and a man working to restore democracy in Cambodia after the Khmer Rouge murdered his father.

“Working on critical issues ... they are showing how commitment, competence, and collaborative leadership can truly transform individual lives and galvanize community action,” Abella said.

The award, often described as Asia’s Nobel Prize, is named after a famous Philippine president who died in a 1957 plane crash.

It aims to honor people who address issues of human development in Asia with courage and creativity.

Tri Mumpuni, 46, was recognized after her IBEKA foundation built 60 small power plants harnessing the energy of water stored in dams to bring electricity to half a million people, the awards foundation said.

She was once kidnapped with her husband by former separatist rebels in Aceh province while pursuing her nongovernmental group’s project to bring electricity to rural Indonesia.

Another winner was US-trained Indian engineer Harish Hande, 44, for bringing solar lights to a country where half of all households have no electricity, the awards foundation said.

His Solar Electric Light Co.-India has tapped the sun’s energy to light up 120,000 households and is now one of the country’s largest solar technology providers.

The winners are to receive their awards in Manila on August 31.

World Bank to Lend $300 Million for Geothermal Plants

The World Bank will provide $300 million in loans to help expand the power capacity of two geothermal projects on Indonesia’s Sumatra and Sulawesi islands, the bank said in an e-mailed statement today.
The loans will be used to boost the combined capacity of geothermal projects in the provinces of South Sumatra and North Sulawesi by as much as 150 megawatts by 2015, the statement said. The bank will be working with PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy, a unit of Indonesia’s state oil company PT Pertamina, it said.

Nissan to invest $313 mln in expanding Indonesia factory

Nissan Motor Co , Japan's No.2 carmaker, plans to invest around $313 million to expand its existing factory in Indonesia to increase output, said Takayuki Kimura, Nissan's Indonesian chief, on Monday.

Kimura said the firm plans to more than triple its output by 2013.

This is a larger expansion than it planned last year, when Nissan said it aimed to double its car production and market share in Indonesia by 2013.