Indonesia morning news for January 24

Indonesia morning news for January 24
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Indonesia’s economy hit by international trade war
Stakeholders are worried the China-US trade war will continue to take its toll on Indonesia after it inflicted a huge blow to the country’s trade balance last year.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Two million earthquake survivors continue to suffer in Indonesia
Intellasia East Asia News Nining was about to start a work shift at a water spinach farm on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island when a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit.
— Intellasia

Palu hospital dismisses 400 workers as revenues decline after disasters
The Anutapura Public Hospital in Palu, Central Sulawesi, has dismissed 400 contract workers, including nurses, midwives and housekeepers, because of declining revenues following the deadly earthquake and tsunami that hit the region in September.
— The Jakarta Post

Floods, landslides kill at least 8 in Indonesia
At least 8 people have been killed and thousands forced to evacuate their homes after heavy rain triggered devastating flash floods and landslides in Indonesia, authorities said Wednesday, January 23.
— Rappler

‘The trash never stops’: Indonesia battles to clean up rivers
Boys played and chatted on a rickety wooden ramp under a baking sun in West Java, while just below their feet flowed one of Indonesia’s most horribly polluted rivers, clogged with hundreds of tonnes of smelly trash.
— Channel NewsAsia

Conservative Muslim Cleric Emerges as a Force in Indonesia’s Elections
The Muslim cleric poised to become vice president of the world’s third-largest democracy is known for curbing religious freedoms, opposing gay rights, and for his role in the prosecution of a Christian politician for blaspheming Islam.
— The Wall Street Journal

Indonesia to set up fishery logistic agency
Indonesian Maritime and Fishery Minister Susi Pudjiastuti said on Wednesday that the government plans to set up a fishery logistic agency with the main task to stabilize the price of fishes in the country.
— Xinhua

Alibaba Cloud opens second Indonesia data center
Alibaba Cloud has launched a second data center in Indonesia to double its local capacity.

Technology policy likely to stay its course in Indonesia: Fitch Solutions
The re-election of Indonesian President Joko Widodo is positive for the continuity of key technology policies and the growth prospects of the IT, consumer electronics and telecoms sectors for the country said Fitch Solutions Macro Research in a report on Jan 18.
— The Business Times

Indonesian youth optimistic about diversity
The Indonesia Millennial Report 2019 has revealed an encouraging discovery: despite the numerous reports on a supposed increase in conservatism in the country, some 89.1 percent of the millennial generation have an optimistic outlook on diversity in Indonesia.
— The Asean Post

Indonesia’s Widodo sets conditions for release of jailed cleric
Intellasia East Asia News After criticism, president says Abu Bakar Bashir will only be freed if he pledges loyalty to the state and its ideology.
— Intellasia

Indonesia minimarket growth to outpace large retailers: Fitch Ratings
Large retailers, such as supermarkets and hypermarkets, will likely continue to experience subdued growth in 2019, which will benefit minimarket operators, Fitch Ratings says.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia`s external debt remains controlled: BI
Indonesia`s external debt at the end of November 2018 remains controlled with healthy structure, Bank Indonesia (BI) communications director Agusman revealed in a statement here on Wednesday, Jan 23.
— Antara News

Demand for refined sugar projected to increase five percent
The Indonesian Food and Beverage Association (GAPPMI) has projected a five percent rise in demand for refined sugar, as the industry will need to meet its targeted growth of 9.8 percent in 2019.
— Antara News

As Ahok readies to move on, so do his former rivals
With some of his former political rivals ready to welcome him, former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama has hinted that he would steer clear of politics.
— The Jakarta Post

Anies to check reported business activities on reclaimed islet
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has said he would thoroughly check any reports of operations on a reclaimed islet in the Jakarta Bay.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia turns to Global Fund to ensure ARV stock
Amid rising concerns about the availability of antiretroviral (ARV) therapy drugs following a failed drug tender, the government has given assurances that stocks are enough until the end of this year.
— The Jakarta Post

Unsold tickets lead airlines to cancel 433 flights
Sultan Syarif Kasim II Airport in Pekanbaru had a record number of flight cancelations in January because not enough people were buying tickets amid a sharp increase in fares.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia sells 2.36 trln rupiah of Islamic T-bills
Indonesia’s finance ministry sold 2.36 trillion rupiah ($166.43 million) of Islamic treasury bills in an auction on Wednesday, its financing and risk management office said, in an over-allotment option following its regular bond auction a day earlier.
— Salaam Gateway/ Reuters

Govt expects lower exports to China, US this year
Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution said Indonesian exports to China were likely to drop this year, because China’s economic growth projection for this year was only 6.2 percent, compared to growth of 6.6 percent in 2018.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt says 98.05 percent of households have electricity. What does it mean?
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration has boasted that nearly all households in Indonesia have electricity, saying that the country had reached an electrification ratio of 98.05 percent as of September.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia warns United Nations over Israel`s illegal settlements
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has warned the UN Security Council, during its open debate in New York on Tuesday, Jan 22, that Israel`s illegal settlements on the occupied land of Palestine should immediately be ended.
— Antara News

Indonesia, Davos and global uncertainty
Indonesia may not be uppermost in the minds of the global political and business elite meeting this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Social Affairs Ministry sends logistics aid to flood-hit South Sulawesi
Social Affairs Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita has ordered to dispatch logistics aid and rescue officers to six districts and a city in South Sulawesi Province hit by flash floods.
— Antara News

Mulyani jokingly says post-retirement she wants to become “selebgram”
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, on a lighter note, spoke of wanting to become a “selebgram,” short form for celebrity on Instagram, after retiring from the government.
— Antara News

Indonesia affirms Palestine’s rights to become UN member
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, at the United Nation Security Council (UNSC) Open Debate on the situation in the Middle East, reiterated Palestine`s natural and legal rights to become a full member of the UN.
— Antara News

Abu Bakar Ba’asyir’s Son Demands Jokowi Fulfill Promise
A son of terrorist convict Abu Bakar Ba’asyir, Abdurrochim, expressed his disappointment over the cancellation of his father’s release that should have been executed today.

Sun Life invites people to start living an active and healthy life to prevent diabetes
More than 1,500 people participated in the Sun Life Resolution Run 2019 on Sunday, a race organized by life insurance, wealth and asset management company Sun Life Financial Indonesia to help more people start living an active and healthy lifestyle as their first move to prevent diabetes.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian President chairs meeting on oil and gas draft law
Indonesian President Joko Widodo chaired a limited cabinet meeting here on Wednesday to discuss the draft law on oil and gas initiated by the House of Representatives (DPR).
— Antara News

Indonesia backs Palestine`s chairmanship of G77 for 2019
Indonesia supports Palestine`s chairmanship of the Group of 77 (G77) Plus China for 2019, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi stated.
— Antara News

Indonesia, Morocco to boost trade cooperation by starting PTA negotiations
Indonesia and Morocco have agreed at a meeting recently to enhance trade cooperation by activating the joint trade commission (JTC) forum and starting negotiations on the preferential trade agreement (PTA) soon.
— Antara News

Indonesia to continue its contributions to UNRWA
Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi has affirmed Indonesia`s commitment to continue its contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
— Antara News


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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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