Indonesia morning news for February 13

Indonesia morning news for February 13
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Indonesia morning newsMalaysia and Indonesia rush to slice up $3tn global halal market
Japan may have a minuscule Muslim population, but the country still represents the way forward for Malaysia’s Faisal Ahmad Fadzil and his line of halal-certified bath products and massage oils.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Indonesia relaxes rules to boost car exports
Indonesia has simplified administrative rules for completely build-up (CBU) car exports as part of the efforts to improve efficiency and boost exports.
— Reuters

Indonesia sets higher investment target in 2019
Indonesia is optimistic that it will be able to attract more investment this year although legislative and presidential elections will take place simultaneously in April 2019.
— Vietnam Plus

Halal certification to raise US$1.6 billion in revenue, says official
The government expects to raise Rp 22.5 trillion (US$1.6 billion) in revenue from the halal certification law, which becomes effective this year, an official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia wants at least 1.5 million Australian tourists in 2019
The Tourism Ministry has set a target of attracting 1.5 million tourists from Australia throughout this year.
— The Jakarta Post

Disaster mitigation education planned for 250,000 schools
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) will organize disaster mitigation education for millions of students in disaster-prone areas this year.
— Reliefweb

Indonesia c.banks to add 3-month contracts to onshore NDF auctions
Indonesia’s central bank on Wednesday will start offering 3-month contracts during its auctions of domestic non-deliverable forward (NDF), head of monetary management Nanang Hendarsah said.
— Reuters

Bank Indonesia to maintain hawkish stance this year
Bank Indonesia has hinted that it will maintain its tight money policy this year amid the normalization of monetary policies by central banks in other countries.
— The Jakarta Post

C. Sulawesi administration to build memorial parks on quake sites
The Central Sulawesi provincial administration plans to build memorial parks in areas affected by earthquake-triggered soil liquefaction in Palu and Sigi regency to remember the victims.
— The Jakarta Post

Push for Indonesia’s younger workers to embrace Industry 4.0
Post office employee Alviah has not heard about “Industry 4.0”, let alone how it is important for Indonesia’s future.
— The Straits Times (paywall)

Indonesia raises 25 trillion rupiah in bond auction, above target
Indonesia raised 25 trillion rupiah ($1.78 billion) in a bond auction on Tuesday, above the indicative target of 15 trillion rupiah, the financing and risk management office at the finance ministry said.
— Business Recorder

Phinma invests P278M in Indonesian JV firm
PHINMA Corp. is investing P278 million in a joint venture company that will hold its education business in Indonesia.
— The Manila Times

Bappenas: 25 Mln Indonesians Practice Open Defecation in 2018
The National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) Head Bambang Brodjonegoro voiced his concern over 25 million Indonesians with careless defecation habits (BABS) last year.

M’sia-Indonesia media practitioners should use social media to reach out to millennials
Media practitioners in Malaysia and Indonesia should make optimal use of the new platform to reach out to the millennial generation to ensure that the good bilateral ties between the two countries will continue to persist, said former chairman of Media Prima Berhad Tan Sri Johan Jaafar.
— The Sun Daily

Bank Indonesia needs to follow Fed’s rate policy: Economist
Bank Indonesia (BI) needs to follow the monetary policy of the United States Federal Reserve (Fed) in setting its reference rate so as to ensure stability in the rupiah’s exchange rate against the US dollar, Maybank Indonesia economist Myrdal Gunarto said on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

In Indonesia’s presidential race, identity politics fuelled by social media is testing both democracy and diversity
n two months, Indonesians will elect their next president, choosing between the incumbent, President Joko Widodo, and ex-general Prabowo Subianto.
— South China Morning Post

KPK Receives More Rp1.7 bn from SPAM Project Bribery Case
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) received Rp1.7 billion related to the bribery case of Drinking Water System (SPAM) projects at Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) for 2017-2018. The fund was returned by three Commitment Making Official (PPK) of the ministry.

How Alibaba Cloud is expanding reach through Indonesia
Alibaba Cloud’s investment in Indonesia through the recent launch of a second data centre will bolster international presence, providing the tech giant with a head start in one of the regions most promising and dynamic markets.
— Channel Asia Singapore

Indonesia Poultry Stocks May Keep Soaring on Supply Woes, CIMB Says
Indonesia’s chicken shortage could worsen this year, driving further gains in poultry stocks, according to CGS-CIMB Sekuritas.
— BloombergQuint

Bali to legalize traditional liquor, create new island brand
The Bali administration is set to legalize traditional Balinese arak (liquor made from tuak, a sweet drink from coconut palm flower) with the hope that it will serve as a new trademark of Indonesia’s main tourist destination, said Bali Governor Wayan Koster.
— The Jakarta Post

Phase one of Jakarta LRT set to begin operating before end of February
In addition to Jakarta’s eagerly anticipated Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system that is scheduled to begin commercial operations in March, the capital’s other long-gestating public transportation project, the Light Rail Transit (LRT) system, is set to start operations on its first route on Feb 25 or Feb 28.
— Coconuts Jakarta

President Jokowi revokes ban to hold meetings at hotels: minister
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) revoked a ban to hold meetings at hotels that had earlier been issued by the home affairs minister, according to Tourism Minister Arief Yahya.
— Antara News

Social Justice is driving factor behind infrastructure development: Jokowi
Social justice for all Indonesian people is a driving factor behind infrastructure development across the country, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated.
— Antara News

Gaining cleaner Indonesia with Euro 4
Following the international climate conference in Poland last December, we are urgently required to re-evaluate Indonesia’s climate pledges.
— The Jakarta Post

One out of 10 West Jakarta toddlers suffer from health problems
Some 10 percent of toddlers in West Jakarta suffer from health problems, most of which are related to nutrition, the municipality has announced.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to hold international boxing championship
Indonesia plans to hold an international boxing championship in central part of the country later this year, organizers said here on Tuesday.

Car-seller app gets funding to speed across Indonesia
Indonesia’s capital, often ranked as having the world’s worst traffic, might not be a pleasant place to get around.
— Tech in Asia

Higher Motorcycle Taxi Fares Could Hurt Customers and Drivers, Worsen Traffic Jams
A planned increase in the rates of online-based motorcycle taxis may reduce demand for ride-hailing services by more than two-thirds, potentially paring drivers’ incomes and prompting more people to use private vehicles, exacerbating traffic problems, a recent study showed.
— Jakarta Globe

Tourism holds huge potential as largest foreign exchange earner: President
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) highlighted the high potential of tourism in becoming the largest contributor of foreign exchange.
— Antara News

Health care crucial for improving quality of human resources: Jokowi
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has highlighted that health care is crucial in an effort to improve the quality of human resources.
— Antara News

Bogor Overwhelmed by Thousands of Illegal Immigrants
Head of Bogor National and Political Unity Office (Kesbangpol) Wawan Darmawan revealed that Puncak remains as the favored area in Bogor District for illegal immigrants, which have accumulated to 1,766 people.

PHRI announces Indonesia’s best hotels, restaurants 2019
The Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) handed out awards to outstanding establishments at Anugerah PHRI 2019 on Monday at the Grand Sahid Jaya hotel in Central Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi named Father of Indonesian Tourism
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) was named Father of Indonesian Tourism during a gala dinner to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Association of Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants (PHRI) here, Monday evening.
— Antara News

Sihayo Gold provides US$1.5 million placement to Indonesian entity for exploration drilling
Sihayo Gold Limited (ASX:SIH) has made a placement of shares to Indonesian mining entity Merdeka Copper Gold to raise around US$1.5 million at a price of 1.8 cents per share, a 6% premium to the current share price.
— Proactive Investors Australia

Mother of alleged JIS child abuse victim sues teachers and 5 janitors IDR1.7 trillion in new civil lawsuit
The alleged child sexual abuse case at the Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS, formerly Jakarta International School) has entered a new chapter after the mother of one of the three alleged victims filed a civil lawsuit against two teachers and five school janitors — all of whom have been convicted of sexually abuse and sentenced to prison — for IDR1.7 trillion (~US$120 million).
— Coconuts Jakarta

Depok Only Capable to Manage 900 Tons of Waste Daily
The technical unit management of the final disposal site (UPT TPA) of Cipayung could only manage 850-900 tons of waste from Depok daily. While, in fact, domestic waste in the city reached more than 1,000 tons per day.

Health Ministry sends 100 units of dengue RDT instruments to Papua
The Health Ministry has distributed 100 small packs of dengue rapid diagnostic test (RDT) instrument to dengue-affected districts and municipality in the easternmost Indonesian province of Papua.
— Antara News

Scales of justice: Indonesia police probe snake interrogation
Intellasia East Asia News Indonesian authorities on Monday launched an investigation after a police force chief admitted an officer wrapped a live snake around a terrified suspect in a bid to force a confession.
— Intellasia

Indonesia on hunt for future stars among 57 million players
Indonesia is trying to catch up in the world’s new e-sports trend by searching for a forthcoming squad out of the 57 million active players across the country.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Indonesia: Instagram Account with Gay Muslim Comics Goes Dark
An Instagram account featuring comic strips about a Muslim gay man’s struggles went dark early Wednesday (Jakarta time), just days after the Indonesian government demanded that the social media site remove it over public concerns in the largest Islamic-majority country.
— Benar News

Indonesia ETFs Slip After Credit Suisse Downgrades the Developing Economy
The sharp global rally left Indonesia country-specific exchange traded funds in the dust after Credit Suisse Group AG downgraded Indonesian equities to a sell rating in anticipation of a weak phase ahead.
— ETF Trends

1kg of Meth Found in Tanzanian Man’s Stomach
A Tanzanian man was arrested in Bali after more than a kilogram of methamphetamine was found inside his stomach, Indonesian authorities said Tuesday, February 12.
— Indonesia Expat


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Stella-maris Ewudolu

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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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