Indonesia Morning News Roundup For March 1

Indonesia Morning News Roundup For March 1
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Welcome to the Indonesia morning news roundup by AEC News Today, your one stop for Indonesia news on matters of governance and policies affecting Asean business communities.


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American Mining Company Suspends Work in Dispute with Indonesia
An American mining company has suspended work at the world’s largest gold mine in West Papua, New Guinea in a dispute with the Indonesian government.
— Voice of America

Indonesian maid ‘had kidney stolen in Qatar’ in suspected case of organ trafficking
An Indonesian domestic worker has claimed her kidney was stolen without her knowledge while she worked in Doha, Qatar, three years ago.

Iran, Indonesia to Open Joint Bank Account
The establishment of a joint bank account between Iran and Indonesia will foster financial cooperation and facilitate bilateral transactions, said the Central Bank of Iran’s governor.
— Financial Tribune

Honda to Invest $360m in Indonesia by 2022
Honda Prospect Motor, the local car manufacturing unit of Japan’s Honda Motor, will invest Rp 4.8 trillion ($360 million) over the next five years in Indonesia to expand its engine, frame and polymer injection production line capacity at its plant in Karawang, West Java.
— Jakarta Globe

DuPont gets Indonesian approval for bakery enzymes
DuPont Danisco has received regulatory approval by the Indonesia food watchdog for a range of bakery enzymes.

Bandung Bomber Is Afiliated With Islamic State: Police
Yayat Cahdiyat, the suspect who allegedly detonated a low-explosive device near Pandawa Park in Bandung, West Java, on Monday morning (27/02) is affiliated with the radical Islamic State movement, a National Police spokesman said on Tuesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia to Woo Saudi King With $25b Investment Opportunities
Indonesia will dangle $25 billion worth of investment opportunities, mainly in infrastructure projects, to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud when he visits Jakarta and Bali this week as the country seeks to increase ties with Saudi Arabia.
— Jakarta Globe

KPK Wants to Cooperate With Universities, Introduce Anti-Corruption Curricula
The national antigraft agency seeks to introduce anticorruption curricula to educational institutions, its deputy chairwoman said in a seminar at Atma Jaya University in Yogyakarta on Monday (27/02).
— Jakarta Globe

Shareholders Tell Miner Freeport to Get Tough With Indonesia
Shareholders are pressuring miner Freeport-McMoRan to stand up to the Indonesian government over changes the Southeast Asian country wants to make in the US miner’s contract, Freeport’s chief executive officer said on Monday (27/02).
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia’s startups continue to attract investors
Startups are not only about big money but it is more about sustainability. After dominating the investment market for the past few years, startups continue to attract investors this year.
— The Nation

Astra’s ’16 Profit Up on Bigger Auto Market Share, Improving Commodity Prices
Indonesian diversified conglomerate Astra International booked a 4.8 percent increase in net income last year, as rising car sales and improving global commodity prices made up for a slump in the company’s bank and heavy machinery businesses.
— Jakarta Globe

State Intelligence Agency Appoints Former Jakarta Military Chief as New Deputy Chief
Maj. Gen. Teddy Lhaksamana, the former Jakarta military command chief, was appointed as the new deputy chief of State Intelligence Agency, or BIN, on Tuesday (28/02), replacing Lt. Gen. Torry Djohar Banguntoro.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesian suspect partied night before assassination
The night before the assassination, Siti Aisyah partied with her friends ar a wellknown night club in Kuala Lumpur.
— The Nation

French Renewable Energy Group set up in Indonesia
French delegates established on Tuesday a new business group representing French companies that aim to tap into the huge potential in Indonesia’s renewable energy sector.
— Jakarta Post

Indonesia And France Sign Agreement on Space Program
Foreign Affairs Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi, held a bilateral meeting with the French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean Marc Ayrault at the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

Indonesia to receive US$225 million in dam safety funding
The World Bank Board of Executive Directors on Feb. 27 announced it has approved US$125 million in financing to support the second phase of the Dam Operational Improvement and Safety Project (DOISP) for Indonesia. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is co-financing the project with an additional $125 million.
— Hydro World

Chances rare for Indonesian women peacekeepers
Despite increasing evidence that women play a vital role in post-conflict resolution and peacekeeping operations, Indonesian women are still not given enough opportunities to participate in such missions.
— Jakarta Post

Hardline Indonesian cleric testifies at Jakarta governor trial
The head of an Indonesian Muslim hardline group insisted on Tuesday (Feb 28) that Jakarta’s Christian governor had committed blasphemy as he gave evidence at the city leader’s trial.
— Channel NewsAsia

Indonesia needs stronger participation by its youth
The United Nations categorizes young people as those between 10 and 24 years of age. In Indonesia, Law 40 of 2009 categorizes young people as 16-30 years old. Youth participation is a right protected by the law according to Chapter III on the function, direction and strategy for youth services of Law No 40. Article 7 mentions increased participation and an active role for youth in developing themselves, society, and the nation.
— Asia Times

PNG group unfairly held by Indonesia last year
A Papua New Guinea man says he and several countrymen were subject to unfair incarceration in West Papua by Indonesian authorities.
— Radio New Zealand

Three common facets of Indonesian international schools
Education in Indonesia has undergone many diverse phases of change. One of the most notable developments in the 21st century is the growth of international and national plus schools throughout the country.
— Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s PMI returns to contraction in February
The Nikkei Indonesia Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index, or PMI, fell to 49.3 in February from 50.4 in January.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Cop claims trial to robbing Indonesian
A police corporal claimed trial in a Sessions Court to robbing an Indonesian while armed with a pistol.
— The Star Online



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The Indonesia morning news roundup is published M-F by AEC News Today: Governance, not government; policies not politics.




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Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.

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