Indonesia Morning News For April 30

Indonesia Morning News For April 30

Indonesia morning newsAsean asks Indonesia to conclude RCEP negotiations with six partner countries
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has asked Indonesia, as the coordinator of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), to conclude the negotiations with six partner countries soon.
— Antara News

Manpower Minister Claims Job Creation Exceeded Govt`s Target
Indonesian Minister of Manpower Hanif Dhakiri claims that the job opportunities created during the current administration under President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Vice President Jusuf Kalla has far exceeded its initial target of creating 10,000 jobs within five years.

Indonesia won’t end floggings, but rather hide them
The public whipping – Indonesia’s first for same-sex conduct –generated international outrage.
— Asia Times

Indonesia wants to stay away from South China Sea conflicts
Coordinating Minister for Law Security and Political Affairs Wiranto has said Indonesia does not want to be involved in South China Sea conflict.
— Antara News

IMF: Indonesia’s Debt-to-GDP Safe at 29%, Room for Tax Revenue Growth
Last week, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned that global debt is now higher than before the global financial crisis.
— Indonesia Investments (media release)

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Jakarta Palembang 2018 set to have multi-billion dollar impact on economy in Indonesia
This year’s Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang will be worth IDR 45.1 trillion (£2.3 billion/$3.2 billion/€2.6 billion) to the economy in Indonesia, a new survey has estimated.
— Inside the Games (blog)

Setya Novanto: Finally Sentenced After Decades of Scandals
Last week, the Jakarta Corruption Court sentenced lawmaker Setya Novanto to 15 years in prison for his role in one of Indonesia’s largest corruption cases.
— Jakarta Globe

Tourism boom in Sabah
Sabah has weathered many challenges to achieve outstanding performance in tourism, with its rich natural environment and cultural diversity as advantages to propel the industry.
— New Straits Times Online

Indonesia’s worst route since 2013 ignites age-old debate
Indonesia’s worst equity rout in five years has got strategists asking the usual question after a slump: Are stocks cheap enough to buy?
— The Asean Post

Three Indonesian cities proposed to be ASEAN smart cities
Three cities in Indonesia, Jakarta, Makassar in South Sulawesi and Banyuwangi in East Java, are proposed to be included in the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN).
— Antara News

Mandalika Tourism Potential Huge, Indonesia Eximbank (LPEI) Ready for Infrastructure Financing
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya welcomed the plan of the Indonesia Eximbank (LPEI) to participate in financing basic infrastructure for the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) of Tourism through the National Interest Account (NIA) expected to commence in the first half of 2018.
— Netral News

Chandra Asri prepares new US$5 billion factory
PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical, a chemical company owned by PT Barito Pacific and Siam Cement Group, is preparing for a new factory, which needs total investment of US$5 billion.
— The Jakarta Post

World’s Best Hotels for Your Next Vacation, Two in Indonesia
For the lovers of tourism or traveling, hotels become the second residence after their own home.
— Netral News

Indonesia fair draws orders of $274m
Indonesian companies got orders worth $274 million or Tk 2,250 crore from Bangladeshi importers during the first Indonesia Fair 2018 which ended yesterday.
— The Daily Star

Indonesians optimistic in achieving success, survey says
Across Asia-Pacific, Indonesia is ranked the most optimistic in achieving success in one year, according to a recent global study by LinkedIn.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia will lead the IMT-GT summit 2019 in Thailand
Indonesia will replace Thailand as chairman of the 12th Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth summit (IMT-GT) to be held on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in Thailand in 2019.
— Devdiscourse

Impressive catch
Indonesia’s get-tough approach to illegal fishing is yielding good results but more needs to be done, say experts.
— Bangkok Post

IDX Opens Five Investment Galleries Throughout This Week
Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) inaugurated five Investment Galleries to expand the inclusion of capital market to the public.
— Netral News

Indonesia’s bid to make homosexuality illegal has temporarily been put on hold
Back in January, Indonesia began banning gay dating apps in a further bid to crackdown on the LGBTQ community.
— Gay Times

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May Day rallies to be attended by 200,000: Unions
The president of the Confederation of Indonesian Labor Unions, Andi Gani Nena Wea, has estimated that some 75,000 to 85,000 people will attend a May Day rally in front of the Presidential Palace on May 1, or May Day, in Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post


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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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