Indonesia Morning News For May 15

Indonesia Morning News For May 15
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Indonesia morning newsGov’t, Lawmakers Rush to Pass Terrorism Bill After Attacks in East Java
In the wake of suicide attacks in Surabaya, East Java, pressure is mounting on the House of Representatives and the government to finalize the revision of a law granting the security forces more power to prevent acts of terrorism.
— Jakarta Globe

Govt Confirms Rice Import of 500,000 Tons
The government confirmed the additional import of 500,000 tons of rice from Vietnam and Thailand, which was decided in the Coordination Meeting at the Office of the Coordinating Minister for the Economic Affairs.
— Netral News

Current Account Deficit of Indonesia at 2.15% of GDP in Q1-2018
Indonesia’s current account balance – the broadest measure of the country’s international trade – showed a deficit of USD $5.5 billion, equivalent to 2.15 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP), in the first quarter of 2018.
— Indonesia Investments (media release)

Ministry prepares 75 tour packages for Asian Games visitors
The Tourism Ministry has prepared 75 tour packages in a bid to attract 170,000 foreign tourists during the 2018 Asian Games.
— The Jakarta Post

SKK Migas Signs Contract for Gross Split, State to Receive Revenue of USD13.5 Mln
The Government through the Upstream Oil and Gas Executive Task Force (SKK Migas) with the oil and gas contractors cooperation contracts (KKKS) today signed a contract for the gross split for Pekawai and West Yamdena Working Areas (WK).
— Netral News

Ministry to Hold Random Checks at Airports in Bombing Aftermath
The Transportation Ministry will conduct random checks on cars entering major airports, especially the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

Indonesia issues retail bonds, eyeing millennials
The government on Monday started issuing Retail Saving Bonds Series 003 ( SBR003 ), eyeing the participation of millennials as investors in the government’s debt papers.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian President Joko Widodo could call in military in wake of Surabaya bombings
Indonesia’s police chief has called on the President to bring in the military to help deal with a series of suicide attacks on the country’s second largest city, Surabaya.
— ABC News

Jho Low’s Yacht Likely Headed for U.S. Despite Indonesia Ruling
Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho will probably be ordered to turn over his $250 million yacht to U.S. officials, who claim he bought it with money siphoned from the 1Malaysia Development Bhd sovereign wealth fund.
— Bloomberg

Indonesia to open 8 more ports for international trade
Indonesia is set to open eight more seaports for international trade to help its products become more competitive in the international market, an official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

DFAT has updated its travel advice for Indonesia following recent terror attacks while PM Malcolm Turnbull admits there is also a “potentially” increased threat to Australians on home soil.
— FiveAA

What’s Next for Indonesia-Jordan Defense Cooperation?
Last week, Indonesian and Jordanian officials held a series of high-level meetings on the sidelines of a defense engagement in Amman.
— The Diplomat

Indonesia’s April motorcycle sales rise 49.7 pct y/y
Indonesia’s motorcycle sales rose 49.7 percent in April from a year earlier, industry association figures showed on Monday.
— Reuters


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Stella-maris Ewudolu

Journalist at AEC News Today

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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