Jogyakarta 19/4 ( PR- IAIN) - The Ministry of Religious Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia will assist the State Islamic Institute (IAIN) of Palu, Central Sulawesi, to present President Joko Widodo, in Palu.

President Jokowi will be invited to present the opening speech and officially open the Annual International Conference on Islamic Studies (AICIS) XVIII 2018, held on 17 - 21 September 2018.

"We seek the President to present on September 18, 2018, to open AICIS in Palu," said Director of Islamic Higher Education Ministry of Religious Affairs Prof. Arskal Salim, in Jogyakarta, Thursday 19/4 night.

Prof Arskal considers that it is possible that the AICIS committee and the Ministry of Religious Affairs to present President Jokowi. One consideration because Jokowi has never been present and opened AICIS.

Therefore, he requested that IAIN Palu as the host to immediately draft a letter to the Ministry of Religion related to the plan to present Jokowi in AICIS.

"Please write a letter to the Director General related to the plan.

Furthermore, the Director General will appeal to the Minister of Religious Affairs, Lukman Hakim by mail, and then Minister of Religious Affairs who will appeal to President Jokowi, "he explained.

He stated that in addition to efforts to bring President Jokowi, IAIN Palu needs to complete and prepare all forms of technical preparation to succeed AICIS in Palu.

Related to that Rector IAIN Palu Prof. Dr. H. Sagaf S Pettalongi M.Pd stated that the local committee and institutionally has prepared the concept of a letter related to the plan to present President Jokowi in Palu.

"AICIS will be planned to be opened by President Jokowi, who is currently administering and preparing to present the president has been submitted to the Ministry of Religious Affairs. Sagaf.

He describes the current technical preparations for the implementation of AICIS XVIII has been prepared by IAIN Palu through a local committee that has been formed since several months ago.

The technical preparation includes operational pick-up, consumption, opening ceremonial, building and room used for discussion which is divided into several forms followed by participants such as panel discussion format.

"These technical preparations have been prepared which also involve the steering committe from the center, as well as the technical team from the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

Including IAIN Palu has built cooperation with the City Government of Palu and Central Sulawesi Provincial Government with AICIS 2018, "he said.

AICIS is one of the national and international activities under the auspices of the Ministry of Religious Affairs whose implementation involves various Islamic religious colleges of the country in Indonesia, and experts from foreign universities.

The local committee, the central committee and the steering committee held a coordination meeting on the preparation of AICIS 2018 at Grand Inna Malioboro Hotel, Yogyakarta, 19-21 April, to finalize some of the AICIS implementation agenda.