Indonesia morning news for December 9

Indonesia morning news for December 9
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Forget the Dollar: Indonesia, Japan Agree to Settle Cross-Border Transactions in Local Currencies
Indonesia and Japan have agreed on a local currency settlement deal that will allow both countries to use the rupiah and the yen to settle bilateral trade and direct investment transactions.
— Jakarta Globe

Sumatran tiger fetuses found in jar as five arrested for poaching – report
Five people have been arrested for poaching a protected Sumatran Tiger in Indonesia, after authorities discovered a dead tiger with four of its fetuses in a jar, state media news agency Antara has reported.

Indonesia’s official reserve assets stable at Nov-end 2019: BI
Indonesia’s official reserve assets as of the end of November 2019 stood at US$126.6 billion, relatively unmoved, from $126.7 billion recorded a month earlier.
— Antara News

‘It was scary’: Wall collapse raises concerns about coastal safety in Jakarta
A 170-meter section of the coastal wall built as part of the National Capital Integrated Coastal Development (NCICD) in North Jakarta, collapsed earlier this week, prompting the government to launch an investigation amid concerns about the safety of coastal areas from future flooding.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Facing ‘New Norm’ of Low Inflation, Central Bank Says
Indonesia has entered “a new norm” of historically low inflation, according to a senior central bank official, possibly portending an era of lower interest rates.
— Bloomberg

Indonesia’s narcotics agency says there are 3.6 million drug users in the country, marijuana most popular
Indonesia may have some of the harshest drug laws in the world, but new data showed that millions still consume illegal narcotics in the country.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Health Ministry warns of spread of Hepatitis A in Greater Jakarta following outbreak in Depok
The outbreak of hepatitis A affecting hundreds of residents of Depok in West Java may have spread to other areas, according to the Health Ministry, which has urged residents in its neighboring cities in Greater Jakarta to increase awareness about the potential of being affected.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry projects Indonesia to exit middle income trap by 2036
Indonesia is projected to exit the middle income trap by 2036, bolstered by the development of human resources, according to the Finance Ministry.
— Antara News

Indonesian Crude Price rises US$3.44 per barrel in November
The average Indonesian Crude Price (ICP) in November 2019 increased US$3.44 to US$63.26, as compared to US$59.82 per barrel a month earlier on the basis of the ICP formula calculation.
— Antara News

10 dead turtles over 2 months in Bengkulu, some found near power plant
Local residents have found another dead sea turtle washed up on a beach near Baai Island Port in the city of Bengkulu, on Thursday, making it the 10th dead turtle discovered in the area over the past two months.
— The Jakarta Post

Only 13% of Indonesian family businesses survive until third generation: Deloitte
Family businesses account for almost all of businesses in Indonesia, employing millions of people and boosting the economy.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia called to release Papua prisoners
At least 110 political prisoners are being held in Indonesian-controlled Papua after numerous arrests for raising the outlawed Papuan national flag, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).
— ASEAN Economist

Australian breeder cattle sold to Indonesia as aid are ending up starving or dead
Hundreds of Australian cattle sold to the Indonesian Government in 2018 for breeding are malnourished or dead, and images obtained by the ABC show the rotting corpses of animals that could have bred for several years.

Tourism in the red zone: BNPB defends disaster mitigation efforts
The government has defended its efforts to deal with disaster threats in priority tourist destinations, some of which lie in so-called red zones, or areas highly prone to natural catastrophes like earthquakes and tsunamis.
— The Jakarta Post

Google, Facebook to set up data centers in Indonesia: Minister
Tech giants Google and Facebook are considering setting up data centers in Indonesia, Communications and Information Minister Johnny G. Plate has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian First Lady joins a family fun walk for Mother’s Day
Indonesian First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo joined a family fun walk, held at the Gelora Bung Karno sports complex in Jakarta to celebrate the 91st Mother’s Day on Sunday.
— Antara News

Cars submerged, thousands evacuated in Bandung flood
Heavy rains in Greater Bandung since Friday afternoon have caused the Cisangkuy River, part of West Java’s longest river, the Citarum, to overflow, inundating with floodwater 11 of the 13 community units (RWs) in Kamasan village in Banjaran district, Bandung regency, at night.
— The Jakarta Post

Look at the Amazon, not us: Indonesia claims handling forest fires better than other nations
Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD played down on Friday recent reports from several organizations regarding Indonesia’s forest fires in 2019, saying that the country is better off than other countries that also suffered from forest fires.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s 2019 fire season not doomsday for forests, but ecological concerns remain
When the news of raging forest and land fires across the country broke out earlier this year, concerns were raised that they could be the end for Indonesia’s remaining rainforests as the massive flames engulfed the country’s vast green belt inch by inch.
— The Jakarta Post

Future Is Bright: Indonesian Consumers Show Heightened Optimism in November
Indonesian consumers were more optimistic last month, showing positive expectations of higher future income, job availability and better economic prospects, Bank Indonesia said in a statement on Thursday.
— Jakarta Globe

Shopee Gears Up SMEs for Indonesia’s Digital Economic Growth
For Indonesia to be the “Digital Energy of Asia” by 2020, it is imperative to digitally gear up for small and medium enterprises development in the face of Industry 4.0, Vice Presiden Ma’ruf Amin has said.
— Jakarta Globe

It’s ‘genetic’: Lack of awareness makes stunting major health problem in Manggarai
Stunting is a serious health problem in Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara, with some 43 percent of children aged below 5 prone to impaired growth and development, according to a 2018 research study conducted by the Health Ministry.
— The Jakarta Post

Navy arrests fisherman over fish bombing charges in East Flores
Personnel of the Indonesian Navy’s observatory post in East Flores District, East Nusa Tenggara Province, took a fisherman into arrest on charges of conducting blast fishing on Friday.
— Antara News

Sales of alcoholic drinks banned in Papua: Govt
The Papuan provincial government has ordered all district and city administrations to ban sales of alcoholic drinks ahead of the Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations, and the convening of the 2020 National Games (PON).
— Antara News

Jokowi upbeat about Indonesia exporting petrochemical products
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) is optimistic that Indonesia would become one of the world’s exporters of petrochemical products within the next four or five years owing to rising investment in this sector.
— Antara News

‘Why is the government so obsessed?’ Law on Quran study groups sparks public outcry
Sariyadi, 62, has been the head of the At-Taqwa Mosque welfare council in Bekasi, West Java, for the past 30 years.
— The Jakarta Post

Budaya Nusantara III Festival features colossal dance of Nyimas Melati
The Budaya Nusantara (Archipelago Culture) III Festival in Tangerang City, Banten Province, featured a colossal performance bearing the theme of the struggle of Nyimas Melati on Sunday.
— Antara News

Kenya to open embassy in Jakarta in 2020
The government of Kenya plans to open its embassy in Jakarta in 2020, according to Kenyan Cabinet Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Monica Juma.
— Antara News

Indonesia-India agree on Aceh-Andaman connectivity development
Indonesia and India have agreed on a plan of action to develop the connectivity between Aceh – Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the first joint task force meeting held in Banda Aceh on December 7.
— Antara News

Souvenirs Banned during SOE’s Shareholders Meetings
State-owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir has issued a circular meant to end the notorious practices of distributing souvenirs during state companies’ shareholders meetings, citing efficiency and good governance.
— Jakarta Globe

Transjakarta caused traffic jams in initial years of operation, study says
While Transjakarta is lauded by many as the breakthrough solution for Jakarta’s infamous traffic congestion, a study has suggested otherwise, arguing that the capital’s first bus rapid transit (BRT) system had the spillover effect of worsening jams in the initial years of its operation.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia, Australia encourage IA-CEPA ratification
The governments of Indonesia and Australia are committed to encouraging the ratification of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA), according to the foreign ministers of the two countries.
— Antara News

Garuda new CEO appointed after smuggling scandal
State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir appointed Finance Director of national-flag carrier Garuda Indonesia Fuad Rizal as new acting CEO of the state-owned company following a smuggling scandal miring the earlier president director Ari Askhara.
— Antara News

Indonesia cooperates with Denmark to develop renewable energy sources
The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources established a cooperation with the government of Denmark in developing renewable energy resources.
— Antara News

Indonesia, Singapore discuss ways to strengthen human rresources
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi met with Singapore State Minister for Human Resources Affairs Zaky Mohammad to discuss ways to improve the quality of Indonesian human resources.
— Antara News

Indonesia, Namibia to enhance cooperation in infrastructure, trade
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi held bilateral talks with Namibian Minister of International Cooperation and Relations Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah to discuss ways to enhance cooperation between the two countries in the field of infrastructure and trade.
— Antara News

Indonesia, Fiji concur on intensifying economic cooperation in Pacific
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and her Fijian counterpart Inia Batikoto Seruiratu, at a bilateral meeting, agreed that both nations would work towards deepening concrete economic cooperation in the Pacific region.
— Antara News

President inaugurates Chandra Asri’s polyethylene plant in Banten
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) inaugurated national petrochemical company PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk’s new plant, worth US$380 million, or Rp5.7 trillion, for production of polyethylene in Cilegon, Banten Province, on Friday.
— Antara News

Indonesia encourages more concrete economic cooperation with Kenya
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi encouraged the promotion of concrete economic cooperation between Indonesia and Kenya during a meeting with her Kenyan counterpart Monica Juma.
— Antara News

Indonesia Corner to highlight trade, tourism potential in Qatar
The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Doha set up the “Indonesia Corner” at one of the malls in Doha as a platform to promote Indonesia’s trade, tourism, and investment potentials in Qatar.
— Antara News

Minister beckons US investors’ assistance for Indonesian HRD
The Indonesian government has invited United States investors to facilitate the development of Indonesian human resources through investment.
— Antara News

‘Come home’ to make change: Gojek VP sends message to Indonesian diaspora
Gojek vice president of data science Syafri Bahar has called on Indonesians overseas to return to the country, saying there is no better time than today to contribute to the country thanks to the burgeoning digital economy.
— The Jakarta Post

Bogor police apprehend 51 drug lords, dealers within 10 days
The Bogor district police acted swiftly to arrest 51 suspected drug kingpins and dealers along with two users during numerous raids by the local police’s narcotics unit personnel on Nov 21-30, a police officer stated.
— Antara News

Bali police confiscate 33,400 diazepam tablets
The Bali Police’s antidrug squad personnel have apprehended two men who were attempting to trade 33,400 diazepam tablets, popularly known as Pil Koplo, in the resort island.
— Antara News

South Africa lends all-out support for creation of Indonesia-SACU PTA
The South African government has thrown its weight behind the creation of the Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) between Indonesia and the Southern African Customs Union (SACU).
— Antara News

Jakarta tax agency hunts luxury car tax evaders
The Jakarta Tax and Levy Agency (BPRD) and the Jakarta Police are conducting joint raids on the homes of luxury car owners as part of the city administration’s efforts to collect tax arrears on over a thousand luxury cars registered in Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian VP attends ICMI’s national meeting in Padang
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin joined a congregation of the Al Azhar Mosque at the Padang State University (UNP) campus to perform Friday prayers before attending the Association of Indonesian Muslim Intellectuals’ (ICMI’s) meeting’s opening ceremony.
— Antara News

Ministry to slap fine on Garuda Indonesia over illegal cargo
The Transportation Ministry will fine national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia for carrying illegal cargo aboard a new Airbus A330-900 aircraft delivered to the airline from Toulouse, France, on November 16, 2019.
— Antara News

Indonesia, Romania hold discussions on cooperation in worker placement
Indonesia and Romania further discussed opportunities for cooperation in the placement of workers with specific skills, particularly in health and manufacturing services, to Romania, as outlined in the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between both nations.
— Antara News

Sexual violence elimination bill included in 2019-2024 Prolegnas
In its previous term, the House of Representatives failed to pass a bill on the elimination of sexual violence even though it was included in its priority list.
— The Jakarta Post

Child rights activist suggests cutting school week to three days
Indonesian Child Protection Agency (LPAI) head Seto Mulyadi has suggested that the government cut down the school week to three days from the common five to six days to allow students to explore their potential outside of the academic field.
— The Jakarta Post

Teaching the disabled: Inclusive education remains a challenge
Ideally, there would be a school for children with special needs in each district of the country to ensure easy access to education for disabled students.
— The Jakarta Post

Bus carrying kindergarten teachers topples in East Java, killing five
A bus, carrying onboard kindergarten teachers, overturned and plunged into a river in East Java’s Blitar District on Saturday morning, killing and injuring scores of its passengers.
— Antara News

Flight slots, airport hours added for year-end holidays: AirNav
State-owned air navigation firm AirNav Indonesia said it had prepared additional flight slots and airport operational hours for the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays.
— The Jakarta Post

Lesson from Past: How Companies Can Emerge Winners Even During Downturn
Some factors have made Indonesia less resilient today to the anticipated global downturn and businesses may plunge into recession unless their executives adopt concrete plans and actions now, analysts have warned.
— Jakarta Globe

Watch: City puts up concrete barriers at U-turn on crowded intersection, motorists band together to remove them
We can now put knee-high concrete barriers among the list of things ineffective at controlling the oftentimes out-of-control Jakarta motorists.
— Coconuts (paywall)


Feature photo Benny Wenda

This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on Human Rights Day, December 10.


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).



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Justhine De Guzman Uy completed a Bachelor of Arts Major in Mass Communication at New Era University, Quezon City, the Philippines in 2016

After graduation she worked at the Philippine Broadcasting Service performing transcription and business news writing, before moving to Eagle Broadcasting Corporation where she worked as a news editor, translator and production assistant.

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