Indonesia morning news for February 15

Indonesia morning news for February 15
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Indonesia and Australia will sign trade deal in March, minister says
Indonesia will sign a trade and investment partnership deal with Australia in March, Indonesia’s Trade Minister said on Thursday, three months later than expected and following diplomatic friction between the two countries over Middle East policy.
— The Sydney Morning Herald

Govt to issue sharia sovereign bonds worth US$2 billion
The Indonesian government is set to issue US$2 billion worth of State Sharia Sovereign Bonds (SBSN), or sukuk wakalah global, to continue its commitment to sustainable green financing.
— Antara News

14 students with HIV expelled from school in Indonesia
Fourteen students with HIV have been expelled from a public elementary school in Indonesia following demands from parents of other students, the school’s headmaster and a local group that assists HIV-infected children said on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

Indonesia to save $200m by cutting marine fuel oil imports
The government has estimated the country will save US$200 million a year by cutting marine fuel oil (MFO) imports after four private companies agreed to purchase the commodity from state-owned oil and gas holding company Pertamina, instead of importing it.
— The Jakarta Post

Singapore, Indonesia associations sign MoU on aerospace and astronautics development
The 11th Global Space and Technology Convention (GSTC) is being held at The St. Regis Singapore hotel in Singapore from Feb. 14 to 15.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s exports slip 7% in 2018
Indonesia’s LNG exports fell by 7% in 2018, with lower production from the country’s Badak facility in Bontang considered to be a leading reason for the decline.
— Interfax Global Energy

Indonesia’s Next Election Is in April. The Islamists Have Already Won.
When Joko Widodo, the incumbent president of Indonesia, last year chose Ma’ruf Amin as his running mate for the general election this April, it became clear that Indonesian politics is now backed into a corner.
— The New York Times

Government increases domestic allocation requirement for coal
The Indonesian government is requiring coal miners to increase their allocation of coal for the domestic market this year to 128 million tons, an increase of 5.79 percent over 2018’s requirement of 121 million tons.
— The Jakarta Post

10 Indonesian Provinces Named Halal Tourist Destinations
The Tourism Ministry provides technical guidance and workshops to representatives from 10 provinces in Indonesia.

Agrarian ministry hikes land registration target
The Agrarian and Spatial Planning Ministry has announced it will register 10 million new plots of land this year, one million more than the initial target of 9 million set in 2015, following President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s order to expedite land certification.
— The Jakarta Post

LRT Palembang gets Rp 123 billion subsidy
The government has allocated Rp 123 billion (US$8.73 million) to subsidize the operation of a light rapid transit (LRT) in Palembang, South Sumatra.
— The Jakarta Post

Bali looks to turn the tide on Indonesia’s plastic waste
It’s not even 7am and hundreds of men and women are walking up and down Bali’s western coast, grabbing all the rubbish they can find.
— Aljazeera

Jokowi vs. Prabowo: What’s in it for the economy?
When it was announced last year that the upcoming Indonesian presidential elections would be a rematch between Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto, there have been endless analyses over Indonesia’s identity politics.
— The Asean Post

Indonesian state companies unite to take on Go-Jek and Ovo
Indonesian state-owned companies are merging their mobile payment services to challenge Go-Jek and Ovo, the two dominant players in the country’s rapidly growing digital payments market.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

MUI urges Muslims to cast votes and avoid “golput”
The Indonesian Ulema Council`s (MUI) Advisory Body has called on Muslims all over the country to avoid “Golput,” an abbreviation for “White Group,” or those abstaining from voting in the upcoming general elections.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s Minas crude no longer shipped to Hawaii after Island Energy asset sale
Indonesia’s Minas crude will no longer flow to Hawaii following Island Energy Services’ closure of its 54,000 b/d Kapolei refinery and sale of refining assets to US producer Par Pacific, in a loss of one of the grade’s few export outlets outside of Indonesia, according to sources with knowledge of the matter and S&P Global Platts data Thursday.
— S&P Global Platts

Consortium led by South Korean company to build US$6.5 billion industrial zone in Indonesia
A private consortium led by a South Korean company has announced that it will invest an estimated US$6.5 billion in a new industrial zone, seaport and coal-fired power plant in Indonesia’s North Kalimantan province.
— South China Morning Post

Minister distributes one thousand packages of basic necessities among needy
Social Affairs Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita distributed some one thousand packages of basic necessities among low-income people from various sub-districts in Medan, capital of North Sumatra, on Thursday.
— Antara News

Govt considers to allow entry of foreign universities, hospitals
Investment Coordination Board (BKPM) head Thomas Lembang said on Wednesday that the government was considering to allow foreign universities and hospitals to operate in the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Minister Maharani lauds Indonesia-Cambodia Friendship Cultural Event
Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Puan Maharani has lauded an Indonesia-Cambodia Friendship Joint Cultural Performance organized to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Indonesian and Cambodian diplomatic relations.
— Antara News

Garuda Indonesia Group Cuts Airfares by 20 Percent
State air carrier Garuda Indonesia Group has dropped its airfares by 20 percent across all flight routes as of today, Thursday, February 14.

Indonesia to focus on developing household gas network to curb LPG imports
Indonesia will further develop its nationwide pipeline network to supply natural gas to households to reduce reliance on imported LPG, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources said this week.
— S&P Global Platts

WATCH: ABC News documentary goes deep into the violent world of Indonesian soccer hooligan culture
Indonesia is a soccer-crazed nation, but, so far, has never been known for producing world-class soccer players.
— Coconuts Jakarta (video)

West Kalimantan prosecutor demands death penalty for kingpin
The Indonesian Public Prosecution demanded death penalty for kingpin M. Effendi, or bin Phan Cin Kian, on charges of possession of 7.2 kilograms (kg) of crystal methamphetamine and 21,727 ecstasy pills.
— Antara News

Cryptocurrency traders protest Indonesia’s new futures rules
Indonesian cryptocurrency traders are complaining that the government’s new rules on futures trading, which require high minimum capital for traders, will hinder development of the young but growing market.
— BusinessWorld Online

Indonesia-New Zealand Friendship Council initiates diplomacy from grassroots level
The Indonesia-New Zealand Friendship Council initiated a forum titled “Sustaining the Spirit of Collaboration” in Jakarta, Thursday, as a grassroots diplomacy effort.
— Antara News

Indonesia invites Japanese firms to invest in fish shipment
The government has invited Japanese companies to invest in fish shipment and cold storage services to take advantage of Indonesia’s growing fish production, especially in the eastern part of the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia, Eurasia Economic Commission to expand economic cooperation
Ministers of Indonesia and the Eurasia Economic Commission (EEC) agreed on Thursday to sign a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC), aimed at expanding economic cooperation between the two economies in the future.
— Xinhua

Two thousand officers to guard second presidential election debate
Some two thousand military and police officers will be deployed to guard the implementation of the second presidential election debate scheduled at Sultan Hotel, South Jakarta, on February 17, 2019, at 8 p.m. local time.
— Antara News

Four Arrested For Placing Fake GoJek Orders
Four people have been arrested by the Jakarta Police for allegedly placing fake orders on ride-hailing app GoJek over the last two months.
— Indonesia Expat


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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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