Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture: Wealth of Spices Must Be able to make Indonesia proud

Welcoming the Arrival of KRI Dewaruci Cultural Benefits of the Spice Line at the Koarmada II Pier in Surabaya

KEMENKO PMK Spices are the original wealth of the Motherland of Indonesia.

Since time immemorial, Indonesian spices have been a “luxury” asset.

That’s what made Bumi Nusantara once respected and continued to be approached by many big countries to control its spice wealth.

In addition, Indonesia has also been known for a long time to have the Spice Route which has a very important role, both for the world and for Indonesia itself.

The Spice Route is known historically as the world’s largest trade network, creating Indonesian-Indonesian nodes between regions in the archipelago and making Indonesia a strategic area in world trade.

Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture (Menko PMK) Muhadjir Effendy said that the wealth of spices in Indonesia must be able to bring Indonesia back to glory at the world level.

This was conveyed by Muhadjir in his welcoming speech for the arrival of KRI Dewaruci in the 2022 Spice Route Cultural Goods activity, at the Central Madura Pier, Koarmada II Surabaya, East Java, on Friday (1/7).

“Almost the entire expanse of this archipelago produces spices with various types of wealth. And this must have a big role in elevating the fragrance of the Indonesian nation,” said the Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture.

Furthermore, Coordinating Minister Muhadjir explained that the wealth of spices stored in Indonesia should be interpreted as an opportunity to grow knowledge and culture based on spice wealth.

“This reminds us of the direction and message of President Jokowi, that our nation is a maritime nation, and departing from our cultural wealth and biological wealth, Indonesia has a great opportunity to grow knowledge based on Indonesian civilization,” he said.

For information, the Spice Path Cultural Goods event in 2022 was held thanks to the collaboration between the Ministry of Education and Culture, Research and Technology and the Indonesian Navy.

This activity lasts for 1 month, from June 1 to July 1, 2022.

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For a month, the Spice Line Goods aboard the KRI Dewaruci ship will cover a distance of 3,289 nautical miles.

This activity was attended by the best sons and daughters from 34 provinces in Indonesia.

Participants of this voyage are called Laskar Spices. The total of the spice soldiers who participated in the voyage were 143 people. The Spice Route Cultural Goods Cruise has been completed through seven stopover points, namely:

  • (1) Surabaya
  • (2) Makassar
  • (3) Baubau and Buton
  • (4) Ternate and Tidore
  • (5) Banda Neira
  • (6) Kupang
  • (7) Mojokerto.

The Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture hopes that the Spice Route Cultural Goods voyage can continue in the coming years.

According to him, this activity is a positive forum for meetings of cross-regional cultural actors, as well as a means of diplomacy and campaigns to lift the spirit of our spice glory.

“Furthermore, I hope and fully support this Spice Route to be submitted as a world heritage (World Heritage) to UNESCO,” he concluded.

The event was attended by Pangkoarmada II Laksda Hutabarat, Director General of Culture at the Ministry of Education and Culture Hilmar Farid, Echelon I and II ranks from the Ministry of Education and Culture, Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture, and soldiers from Koarmada II Surabaya.

Government Collaboration in the Development of Village-Based Literacy and Innovation in Bali

In order to improve the culture of literacy, innovation, and creativity, the Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture (Kemenko PMK) in this case the Deputy for Coordination of Mental Revolution, Promotion of Culture and Sports Achievement, Didik Suhardi chaired the National Coordination Meeting (Rakornas) for Literacy and Innovation Development Based on the Village, located in Gianyar Regency, Bali Province on June 22, 2022.

In his speech, Didik explained,
The government has established Presidential Instruction (INPRES) Number 12 of 2016 concerning the National Movement for Mental Revolution (GNRM) with the slogan Work Ethic, Mutual Cooperation and Integrity.

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GNRM which consists of 5 Movement Programs (Independent Indonesia, Clean Indonesia, Orderly Indonesia, Serving Indonesia, and United Indonesia).

“The application of GNRM must be carried out at the village level throughout Indonesia. The application of GNRM can also be used to develop and advance villages,” he said.

According to Didik, village development is the key to reducing poverty and other very important developments in Indonesia.

Didik revealed that the use of Village Funds needs to be directed to building MSMEs and Cooperatives.

“Cooperatives are the pillars of Indonesia’s economic development.

Then, Didik said, entrepreneurship in Indonesia is still low, still 3%, even though other countries have 11%, for that we must add new entrepreneurs who will increase the role of society in Indonesia’s development,” he said. .

Furthermore, according to the Deputy for Education, literacy and innovation will be able to increase cooperation and improve work ethic.

“Besides that, we also have to be able to work together and have strong self-integrity,” added Didik.

I Gede Nala Antara as the Bali Governor’s Development Team as Keynotespeech said that Bali has great potential for civilization.

One of the basic things that makes Bali has a strong potential basis for civilization is because the Balinese language has its own script.

Of the many regional languages ​​in Indonesia, Balinese is the one that has characters.

“Script is one of the means of communication, therefore innovation in the form of digital applications using Balinese script can be developed in the context of Balinese Script education.” Nala said.

Present as resource persons were Eko Prasetyanto (Head of the Home Affairs Policy Strategy Agency, Ministry of Home Affairs), Muhammad Neil El Himam (Deputy for Digital Economy and Creative Products at the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy), Deni Kurniadi (Deputy for Library Resource Development), Rachmatia Handayani (Secretary of the Directorate General of Village and Rural Development at the Ministry of Villages PDTT), Dadan Nugraha (Director of Research and Innovation Utilization, BRIN), and Hartanti Maya (Functional at the Directorate of Cultural Development and Utilization of the Ministry of Education, Research and Technology).

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The series of activities lasted for 4 days, starting from June 21-24 2022, which consisted of a visit to the Village Library in Mengwi Village, Badung Regency (June 21 2022), National Coordination Meeting for Development of Village-Based Literacy and Innovation (June 22 2022), Workshop on Potential Development Tampak Siring Village (23 June 2022), Monitoring of Integrated Waste Management Technical Guidance in Taro Village (23 June 2022), and closed with a Prosthetic Silicone Manufacturing workshop in Abiansemal Village, Badung Regency (24 June 2022).

In the context of this activity, 250 durian trees of montong and ripto species were also planted in support of the GNRM “Planting 10 Million Trees Movement” which was carried out in Taro Village, Kec. Tegallalang, Kab. Gianyar.

The Assistant Deputy for Literacy, Innovation and Creativity at the Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture, Molly Prabawaty, conveyed the conclusions and recommendations of the National Coordination Meeting for the Development of Literacy and Village-Based Innovation, including multi-stakeholder collaboration in literacy culture to accelerate literacy and innovation development.

Collaboration across Ministries/Institutions in developing village-based literacy and innovation needs to continue in various other areas.

The development of literacy and innovation by the regional government needs to also involve relevant stakeholders in the region.

The use of basic funds needs to be directed to develop literacy and innovation so that rural communities have life skills in various fields that can increase the added value of regional products.

The development of literacy and innovation is based on cultural richness (including regional languages ​​and scripts), as well as local advantages.

It is hoped that this activity can be carried out continuously in various locations in Indonesia in an effort to realize the commitment of togetherness among all parties for the implementation of the 2020-2024 RPJMN target in order to realize quality Indonesian human resources.