Thu, 10 Mar 2005

Lake Toba summit to focus on sustainable development

Apriadi Gunawan The Jakarta Post/Medan

The Lake Toba summit, scheduled to officially begin on Thursday, will be an important forum for Indonesia to learn how to promote sustainable development following the Dec. 26 earthquake and subsequent tidal waves that devastated Aceh and North Sumatra.

North Sumatra Governor T. Rizal Nurdin said here on Wednesday that delegates of regional governments from developed countries would share their experience and expertise with participants from the disaster-hit provinces on how to rehabilitate and reconstruct their affected areas.

"The summit is an important forum for local administrations in Aceh to exchange information on how to spend huge funds from donor countries to rebuild the affected areas, resettle their survivors and promote an environmentally friendly development program," he said after opening a cultural event held in line with the summit.

The governor said almost all 30 provincial governments and more than 430 regental and municipal administrations would be represented at the summit, where they were expected to gain more information on sustainable development.

"All delegates, especially from developed countries, have been asked to share with Indonesian participants their experience and expertise on how to promote sustainable development," he said.

Aside from that, Rizal added, Indonesia would seek the developed countries' commitment to promote sustainable development in tourist resorts around Lake Toba.

"North Sumatra has great potential to develop ecotourism in tourist resorts around Lake Toba. But we cannot do it due to a lack of ideas, human resources and funds. We want developed countries to lend a hand to help preserve the ecosystem and cultural heritages in the province," he said.

Summit steering committee chairman Nico Barito said that after identifying all problems and hindrances in carrying out sustainable development, all the participants would be grouped into three discussion panels on the second day before they present their recommendations and action plans on the concluding day.

"On the second day, three panel discussions will be held simultaneously. The government panel, to be held in Parapat -- a tourist resort near Lake Toba -- will discuss networking among regional governments within the UN system on disaster prevention and risk management. It will also discuss how to create quality human resources to empower local administrations and regional legislatures," Nico said.

A special forum featuring businesspeople from member countries will be held in the North Sumatra capital, Medan, to discuss how to develop business and intensify economic activities without damaging the environment.

"Indonesian businesspeople should learn from developed countries how to promote sustainable business," said Nico.

He said experts from the United Nations and developed countries would present their papers on how to promote sustainable development in developing countries, especially in tsunami-affected South Asia.

The speakers include UN Habitat chairwoman Anna Tibaijuka, UN Environmental Program (UNEP) executive director Klaus Toepler and UN Institute Training and Research (UNITAR) executive director Marcel Boisard.

Meanwhile, Nurlisa Ginting, secretary of the conference's organizing committee, said that so far two provinces in Germany and another in Spain had bolstered cooperation with fishery and tourism businesses in North Sumatra.





News Search/Filter
Transaction Rates
17 Aug 18
Buy
Sell
AED1
3,905.20
3,905.20
AFN1
196.97
196.97
ALL1
129.72
129.72
AMD1
29.70
29.70
ANG1
7,779.22
7,779.22
AOA1
53.05
53.05
ARS1
482.59
482.59
AUD1
10,412.68
10,412.68
AWG1
8,002.51
8,002.51
AZN1
8,425.56
8,425.56
BAM1
8,339.10
8,339.10
BBD1
7,172.25
7,172.25
BDT1
169.85
169.85
BGN1
8,340.36
8,340.36
BHD1
38,040.23
38,040.23
BIF1
8.09
8.09
BMD1
14,344.51
14,344.51
BND1
9,494.90
9,494.90
BOB1
2,076.34
2,076.34
BRL1
3,672.98
3,672.98
BSD1
14,344.51
14,344.51
BTC1
93,023,996
93,023,996
BTN1
204.19
204.19
BWP1
1,327.51
1,327.51
BYN1
6,985.73
6,985.73
BZD1
7,140.60
7,140.60
CAD1
10,899.67
10,899.67
CDF1
8.81
8.81
CHF1
14,382.14
14,382.14
CLF1
613,537.92
613,537.92
CLP1
21.43
21.43
CNH1
2,088.40
2,088.40
CNY1
2,083.70
2,083.70
COP1
4.70
4.70
CRC1
25.29
25.29
CUC1
14,344.51
14,344.51
CUP1
562.53
562.53
CVE1
147.42
147.42
CZK1
633.80
633.80
DJF1
80.58
80.58
DKK1
2,187.63
2,187.63
DOP1
287.60
287.60
DZD1
120.51
120.51
EGP1
801.28
801.28
ERN1
956.52
956.52
ETB1
520.33
520.33
EUR1
16,312.52
16,312.52
FJD1
6,776.17
6,776.17
FKP1
18,235.54
18,235.54
GBP1
18,235.54
18,235.54
GEL1
5,777.74
5,777.74
GGP1
18,235.54
18,235.54
GHS1
2,942.99
2,942.99
GIP1
18,235.54
18,235.54
GMD1
297.85
297.85
GNF1
1.58
1.58
GTQ1
1,915.30
1,915.30
GYD1
68.60
68.60
HKD1
1,827.39
1,827.39
HNL1
596.94
596.94
HRK1
2,197.51
2,197.51
HTG1
212.99
212.99
HUF1
50.35
50.35
IDR1
1.00
1.00
ILS1
3,907.23
3,907.23
IMP1
18,235.54
18,235.54
INR1
204.87
204.87
IQD1
12.03
12.03
IRR1
0.33
0.33
ISK1
132.41
132.41
JEP1
18,235.54
18,235.54
JMD1
105.79
105.79
JOD1
20,217.69
20,217.69
JPY1
129.21
129.21
KES1
142.32
142.32
KGS1
210.52
210.52
KHR1
3.52
3.52
KMF1
33.13
33.13
KPW1
15.93
15.93
KRW1
12.72
12.72
KWD1
47,291.38
47,291.38
KYD1
17,222.41
17,222.41
KZT1
39.84
39.84
LAK1
1.68
1.68
LBP1
9.49
9.49
LKR1
89.42
89.42
LRD1
92.81
92.81
LSL1
1,006.27
1,006.27
LYD1
10,301.69
10,301.69
MAD1
1,499.65
1,499.65
MDL1
862.45
862.45
MGA1
4.31
4.31
MKD1
264.97
264.97
MMK1
9.39
9.39
MNT1
5.87
5.87
MOP1
1,775.17
1,775.17
MRO1
40.12
40.12
MRU1
399.01
399.01
MUR1
411.60
411.60
MVR1
927.84
927.84
MWK1
19.72
19.72
MXN1
755.05
755.05
MYR1
3,493.97
3,493.97
MZN1
243.17
243.17
NAD1
986.73
986.73
NGN1
39.73
39.73
NIO1
450.07
450.07
NOK1
1,691.33
1,691.33
NPR1
127.61
127.61
NZD1
9,443.94
9,443.94
OMR1
37,262.35
37,262.35
PAB1
14,344.51
14,344.51
PEN1
4,331.07
4,331.07
PGK1
4,331.66
4,331.66
PHP1
268.49
268.49
PKR1
116.85
116.85
PLN1
3,788.58
3,788.58
PYG1
2.49
2.49
QAR1
3,939.64
3,939.64
RON1
3,501.99
3,501.99
RSD1
138.24
138.24
RUB1
214.51
214.51
RWF1
16.34
16.34
SAR1
3,824.49
3,824.49
SBD1
1,818.26
1,818.26
SCR1
1,055.61
1,055.61
SDG1
797.35
797.35
SEK1
1,560.13
1,560.13
SGD1
10,425.93
10,425.93
SHP1
18,235.54
18,235.54
SLL1
2.19
2.19
SOS1
24.80
24.80
SRD1
1,923.37
1,923.37
SSP1
110.11
110.11
STD1
0.68
0.68
STN1
664.86
664.86
SVC1
1,640.18
1,640.18
SYP1
27.85
27.85
SZL1
986.74
986.74
THB1
432.12
432.12
TJS1
1,522.82
1,522.82
TMT1
4,086.80
4,086.80
TND1
5,178.91
5,178.91
TOP1
6,208.30
6,208.30
TRY1
2,451.13
2,451.13
TTD1
2,129.41
2,129.41
TWD1
466.32
466.32
TZS1
6.27
6.27
UAH1
519.35
519.35
UGX1
3.82
3.82
USD1
14,344.51
14,344.51
UYU1
454.32
454.32
UZS1
1.84
1.84
VEF1
0.10
0.10
VND1
0.62
0.62
VUV1
132.20
132.20
WST1
5,541.56
5,541.56
XAF1
24.86
24.86
XAG1
211,794.36
211,794.36
XAU1
17,029,164.34
17,029,164.34
XCD1
5,307.77
5,307.77
XDR1
20,003.03
20,003.03
XOF1
24.86
24.86
XPD1
14,202,491.66
14,202,491.66
XPF1
136.69
136.69
XPT1
11,287,962.18
11,287,962.18
YER1
57.30
57.30
ZAR1
984.95
984.95
ZMW1
1,403.71
1,403.71
ZWL1
44.49
44.49
Taxation Exchange Rates
31 Aug 16 - 06 Sep 16
USD 1
13,232.00
AUD 1
10,043.30
CAD 1
10,213.70
DKK 1
1,999.40
HKD 1
1,706.22
MYR 1
3,283.28
NZD 1
9,623.63
NOK 1
1,605.23
GBP 1
17,433.70
SGD 1
9,757.68
SEK 1
1,569.45
CHF 1
13,631.10
JPY 100
13,101.00
MMK 1
11.01
INR 1
197.29
KWD 1
43,920.70
PKR 1
126.23
PHP 1
285.00
SAR 1
3,528.53
LKR 1
91.12
THB 1
382.08
BND 1
9,756.53
EUR 1
14,885.50
CNY 1
1,987.61

Okusi Associates: Indonesian Business & Management Services