Saturday, 25 May 2013 | 06:20
This exhibition is aimed at increasing the cultural ties between
Yogyakarta and NTT in order to rid NTT's poor image of being
initiators of violence.
Saturday, 25 May 2013 | 05:26
Tourism villages still lack facilities and infrastructure and
have difficulties asking for aid from the government.
Wednesday, 20 June, 2012 | 14:07 WIB
Tanjung Priok Port Closed to Importation of Fruits
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:Indonesian Products Importers Association deputy Bob Budiman said that he and other importers should be prepared with the closing of the horticultural imports gate at Tanjung Priok seaport beginning Tuesday, June 19, 2012. "Prepared or not, we should be prepared to face a form of racism against imports," said Bob toTempo Monday, June 18, 2012.
Today, 85 percent of the horticultural products in Indonesia are imported. So, according to Bob, Indonesia will just have to wait for protests from everywhere, especially from China. "When you buy an apple juice on the streets, where do those apples come from, do you think? From China," he said.
In Bob's opinion, the policy of closing the Tanjung Priok gate to countries other than the United States, Canada and Australia is not based on any profound or a thorough survey and is discriminative. The primary reason is that Tanjung Priok was overburdened. "We've responded that Tanjung Priok is still able to receive imports as usual. But they can't respond because they don't know," said Bob.
The second reason is that the government said that many of the imported products from overseas carried organism affecting plants. Bob explained that this rule is already stated in the joint World Trade Organization (WTO) agreement called Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures requiring each importing country to have a Health Certificate.
Unfortunately, Bob said further, the government chose to study the disturbing organism in local laboratories. The relocation of import entry doors to other places, like Surabaya or Belawan, has the potential of creating a new problem, since the two places are an agricultural center.