West Papuan MSG bid at a dead end, says Jakarta

Indonesia says the United Liberation Movement for West Papua’s bid to be a full member of the Melanesian Spearhead group has reached a dead end. MSG leaders meeting in Port Moresby this week referred the Movement’s application to the group’s secretariat for processing under new membership guidelines. The Movement already has observer status at the MSG but the group’s leaders […]

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Indonesia warns MSG members against meddling in other countries` sovereignty

Director General of Asia-Pacific and African Affairs of the Indonesian Foreign Ministry, Desra Percaya, has warned Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) members against meddling in other countries` affairs in realizing regional cooperation programs. Desra made the remarks while addressing a MSG ministerial meeting in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, on Tuesday, in his capacity as chief of the Indonesian delegation to […]

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MSG leaders to discuss membership matters

Leaders of Melanesian Spearhead Group member states are to deliberate on long-pending membership matters this week in Port Moresby. Papua New Guinea’s prime minister Peter O’Neill, who is taking on the MSG chairmanship, is hosting the leaders in his country’s capital. Leaders of all the other independent Melanesian states are expected to join Mr O’Neill for this week’s summit. This […]

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West Nusa Tenggara Economy Grew 0.11 Percent in 2017

In 2017, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) only experienced a 0.11-percent economic growth, the local statistics agency (BPS) announced on Monday, February 5. This is far below the government’s target of 5.0 percent. In terms of production, the highest growth occured in the financial service sector with 9.98 percent. In terms of spending, the highest growth was at the non-profit household […]

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Eight destinations to explore in Indonesia in 2018

Home to numerous tourist attractions, from natural wonders to man-made objects, cultural charms to gastronomical delights, Indonesia has plenty to offer tourists. Due to the dizzying number of destinations to choose from, newcomers as well as frequent visitors may want to consider these eight recommended places to kick off their adventure in the archipelago this year, as compiled by kompas.com: […]

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