Indonesia morning news for July 26

Indonesia morning news for July 26
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Jokowi revives special military force to help police combat terrorism
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has revived a special military force to strengthen Indonesia’s fight against terrorism.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt to prevent human trafficking through contract marriage trick
The government will direct significant attention and efforts to thwart the practice of human trafficking conducted under the guise of contract marriage, Foreign Affairs Minister Retno L. P. Marsudi stated.
— Antara News

Half content of toxic waste container goes missing, triggering suspicion
A team of 13 lawmakers recently inspected containers of toxic waste currently being kept at Batu Ampar Port, Batam, Riau Islands, that are set to be returned to their countries of origin, and were shocked to find that half the contents of one container was missing.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Pertamina says plugging undersea oil spill in Java will take weeks
Indonesia’s state energy firm Pertamina said on Thursday (July 25) that it will take weeks to plug an oil spill at its Offshore North West Java (ONWJ) facility, which has reached the northern coast of Java island.
— Straits Times

Sea-level rise poses threat to Jakarta, Semarang, Demak coastal areas
Rising sea levels and decreasing land surface, driven by global climate change, pose an existential crisis to coastal communities in Jakarta, Semarang, and Demak.
— Antara News

Plant disease threatens thousands of hectares of rubber plantations
An outbreak of Leptosphaeria leaf spot (Pestalotiopsis spp) that has hit many rubber plantations in Indonesia is expected to significantly reduce the country’s natural rubber production.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Economy Must Brace for Long-Term Support, New Central Bank Official Says
Indonesia must brace for a long period of global monetary policy easing, which will open the door for more interest rate cuts in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy and a possible surge in foreign inflows, the nation’s newest central banker said.
— Bloomberg

Indonesia seeks to set up centres for workers’ kids
The Indonesian embassy is seeking assistance from the Malaysian go­vernment to allow the setting up of lear­ning centres for children of Indonesian wor­kers in the peninsula, says its ambassador to Malaysia Rusdi Kirana.
— Star Online

Nuril on course to be first defamation convict freed by presidential amnesty
Baiq Nuril Maknun is not the first — and may not be the last — Indonesian to fall victim to the country’s draconian cyber law, yet she is undoubtedly the first person convicted of defamation on course to being freed by the President.
— The Jakarta Post

Over 2,100 ha of rice crop damaged in Indramayu
More than 2,100 hectares of rice crop has been damaged in drought-parched Indramayu District in West Java Province.
— Antara News

Government aims to reduce poverty rate to nine percent
ndonesian Social Affairs Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita has outlined a target to bring down the country’s poverty rate to nine percent of its population at the end of 2019, from 9.66 percent a year earlier.
— Antara News

Indonesians urged not to stigmatize drug users
Head of Jakarta’s Drug Rehabilitation Center (BNNP), Wahyu Wulandari, called on netizens to refrain from commenting on celebrities caught in drug-related cases because stigmatizing them with insensitive language could affect their psychology.
— Antara News

SOEs vow to install solar panels to help boost renewable energy production
State-owned enterprises (SOEs) have promised to install solar panels at their offices and facilities as part of the government’s effort to generate renewable energy.
— The Jakarta Post

New EV policies to boost manufacturing
The automotive industry will get a power injection from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s two proposed policies that are expected to increase manufacturing growth and broaden the electric vehicle (EV) market in the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s strict new biopiracy rules could stifle international research
Indonesia’s rich biodiversity and complex geology have lured scientists from abroad for centuries.
— Science Magazine

Angkasa Pura II banks on hotels, noncore activities for extra revenue
State-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II aims to develop its business through inorganic growth and revenue from noncore activities.
— The Jakarta Post

June’s Surplus Improves Trade Balance Deficit: Minister
The June 2019 trade balance surplus of US$196.0 million has improved the trade balance deficit in January-June 2019, Minister of Trade Enggartiasto Lukita has revealed.

Govt completes personal data protection bill amid privacy concerns
The Communications and Information Ministry has completed the personal data protection bill, pushing closer to a more stringent electronic data law in the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Kominfo Reminds Public to be Careful Using the Popular FaceApp
Communication and Informatics Ministry’s (Kominfo) director-general for applications and informatics, Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan reminded all to be more thoughtful before downloading a new application–including the popular photo-editing app FaceApp.

El Nino: Drought spreading in seven provinces
With thousands of villages suffering from drought as Indonesia faces an intense dry season this year because of the El Nino weather phenomenon, experts have called on the government to take long-term preventive action by making the most use of rainwater.
— The Jakarta Post

How Indonesia is trying to avoid the pitfalls of Belt and Road cooperation
At the second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing in April this year, Indonesia took its first careful steps toward embracing the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Indonesia when President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced 30 projects worth US$91.1billion for Chinese “Belt and Road” investment
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to host infrastructure dialogue with Africa
Indonesia is set to hold the Indonesia-Africa Infrastructure Dialogue (IAID) next month to follow up on its newfound interest in Africa and to make its presence on the continent felt by expanding its trade and investment portfolio.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Timah set to double refined tin output -director
Indonesia’s largest tin miner PT Timah expects to more than double its refined tin production this year but has started taking steps to slow down output, a senior company official said on Thursday.
— Reuters

UAE to Invest in Gresik Port, Industrial Zone
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is planning to invest in a container port and industrial zone in Gresik, East Java Province.

Freeport’s gold and copper sales down 50% due to mine transition
Gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) sold less copper and gold in the first half of 2019, decreasing to almost half the amount sold during the same period last year due to the transition from open pit to underground site.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian embassy in Yemen shuts, shifts to Oman
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) signed a decree of temporary closure for security reasons of the Indonesian embassy in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, on July 17, 2019, and shifted its embassy to Muscat, Oman.
— Antara News

Activists slam Jokowi’s vision, calling it not environmentally friendly
Supporters of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo cheered when the president-elect gave his first speech on July 14, titled “Indonesian Vision”, after his win in the 2019 presidential election.
— The Jakarta Post

Social Ministry welcomes Singaporean delegates
The Indonesian Ministry of Social Affairs welcomed a delegation from Singapore’s Ministry of Social and Family Development, on a working visit to gain knowledge of activities conducted in Melati Social Rehabilitation Hall for the Deaf.
— Antara News

President Jokowi hosts top Hyundai execs amid plans for production plant
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo hosted a meeting with executives of South Korean automaker Hyundai at Merdeka Palace on Thursday following the company’s plan to invest in a production plant.
— The Jakarta Post

Rupiah, regional currencies barely unchanged, shares gain ground
The rupiah strengthened further on Thursday to the 13,000 level against the US dollar on the spot market as most Asian currencies traded inside a tight range ahead of the European Central Bank (ECB) meeting latter on Thursday.
— The Jakarta Post

Greater synergy between governments crucial for inflation control: BI
Bank Indonesia (BI) Governor Perry Warjiyo reiterated the significance of boosting synergy between the central and regional governments to maintain and control the inflation rate in 2019 at 3.5 percent, give or take one percent.
— Antara News

Cycle & Carriage Singapore enters car leasing business, ties up with Gojek
Automotive group Cycle & Carriage Singapore on Thursday (July 25) said it has entered the car leasing business through the formation of a new unit wholly owned by parent company and Singapore-listed Jardine Cycle & Carriage (Jardine C&C).
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia, UAE concur on cooperation for tourism sector development
Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reached a common consensus on cooperation to develop the tourism sector that will proffer benefits to both governments, Tourism Minister Arief Yahya stated.
— Antara News

‘Limit children’s screen time’, minister urges parents to help their kids study more
Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Minister Yohana Susana Yembise has raised a call for parents across the country to limit their children’s screen time and encourage them to focus more on their education.
— The Jakarta Post

Luhut Sees Africa as Promising Export Market for Indonesia
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan hopes that Indonesia can take advantage from the Indonesia-Africa Infrastructure Dialogue (IAID) to expand product exports to the African continent. The IAID will be held in Bali on August 20-21, 2019.

Jokowi to issue regulations to support electric vehicles this week
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is slated to sign two long-awaited policies for the development of Indonesia’s electric vehicle industry this week, a senior minister has revealed.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s advancement of Islamic Finance is transformative: IsDB
Indonesia’s advancement and prioritization of Islamic Finance, including the recently launched National Islamic Finance Committee, locally called KNKS, is transformative, Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) official noted in a statement received by Antara here, Thursday.
— Antara News

President Jokowi, leaders of Hyundai Motors discuss investment
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) held discussions with leaders from the Hyundai Motor Group centering on efforts to boost investment in Indonesia.
— Antara News

Financial markets stable in H1 amid global slowdown: OJK
Indonesia’s financial markets were relatively stable during the first half of this year, as seen in the encouraging performances of the stock market and rupiah, despite constant economic turbulence worldwide.
— The Jakarta Post

Destry garners DPR’s approval for BI senior deputy governor’s post
The House of Representatives (DPR) approved Destry Damayanti as the Bank Indonesia (BI) senior deputy governor at its 23rd plenary meeting during the fifth session period of 2018-2019 on Thursday.
— Antara News

Drought triggers water crisis in Tangerang
Thousands of villagers in Tangerang regency, Banten, like many people across Indonesia, are suffering a shortage of clean water as the country faces an intense dry season this year.
— The Jakarta Post

Women in terror networks expand roles
On a Sunday morning in Surabaya, East Java, last year, two churches were shaken by a string of suicide bombings that led to dozens of deaths.
— The Jakarta Post

BCA books H1 net profit growth of 12.6 percent, looks to greater prudence in H2
Bank Central Asia (BCA), Indonesia’s largest private lender, booked net profit of Rp 12.9 trillion (US$922.94 million) during the first half of the year, a year-on-year (yoy) increase of 12.6 percent from Rp 11.4 trillion last year, the bank’s top executive said in Jakarta on Thursday.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta’s history in hologram aims to attract millennials
The capital’s tourism and culture agency, in collaboration with the National Monument’s [Monas] site management, has initiated a hologram exhibition that showcases the historical timeline of the capital in celebration of Monas Week 2019.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia says to maintain annual coal output at 400 mln-500 mln tonnes
Bambang Gatot Ariyono, Director General of Coal and Minerals, at Indonesia’s mining ministry, says to maintain annual coal output at level of 400 mln-500 mln tonnes in next 5 years.
— Reuters

Indonesian bean-to-bar choco maker Krakakoa raises funds from IIX, others
Krakakoa, a bean-to-bar chocolate maker based in Indonesia, has raised an undisclosed amount from Singapore’s Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) through its IIX Growth Fund (IGF) as it gears up for a series A round in 2020.
— Tech in Asia

Burning-free farming project bears fruit in South Sumatra
Haze from forest and bush fires has long been a major problem, not only for locals, but also for people in neighboring countries.
— The Jakarta Post

Halal boom changes face of Indonesia’s cosmetics industry
With imports growing exponentially in the last couple of years, competing in Indonesia’s cosmetics market has been more challenging than ever for many domestic brands.
— The Jakarta Post

Fitch cuts rating of Duniatex subsidiary by six notches in less than 10 days
Fitch Ratings has lowered the credit rating of Indonesia-based textile manufacturer PT Delta Merlin Dunia Textile (DMDT) by six steps in less than 10 days amid concern over the company’s liquidity.
— The Jakarta Post

Ma’ruf Amin’s daughter mulls running for S. Tangerang mayor
The daughter of vice president-elect Ma’ruf Amin, Siti Nur Azizah, reportedly will contest next year’s South Tangerang mayoral election in Banten.
— The Jakarta Post

Bukalapak denies allegations of supporting IS
Online marketplace Bukalapak has denied allegations that it channeled donations to the Islamic State radical group through the Indonesia-based humanitarian organization Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT).
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia hopes for more airport Hajj clearance next year
Indonesia hopes fast tracking for its Hajj pilgrims, known as the “Makkah Road” initiative, will be expanded to at least two more airports in Java next year, which serve as embarkation points from the country’s most populated island and its neighbors, a government official said Thursday.
— Arab News

Indonesia’s most active volcano a magnet for tourists
Indonesians living by Mount Merapi make a living by ferrying hundreds of tourists to its ‘danger zone’.
— Aljazeera

Independence Day ceremony to be held on reclaimed islet
In celebration of Indonesia’s 74th Independence Day, the Jakarta administration is set to hold a ceremony on reclaimed islet Pantai Maju (Moving Forward Beach), previously known as islet D.
— The Jakarta Post

Gerindra proposes LGBT bylaw in Depok
All factions at the Depok Council in West Java have agreed to discuss a proposed draft bylaw to curb lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activities deemed to be rampant by conservative members of the council.
— The Jakarta Post

SOEs Expanding to Africa; Plans to Sign Gold, Railway Projects
State-owned companies will sign partnership deals with a number of African investors, official says.

Jokowi Campaign Team to be Dismissed Officially on Friday
The elites of the political party supporting Jokowi – Ma’ruf is set to hold another meeting on Friday, July 26, regarding the official dismissal of the campaign team, said the team deputy secretary, Verry Surya Hendrawan.

Man arrested for allegedly raping breastfeeding woman
Police in Musi Rawas regency, South Sumatra, have arrested a man who allegedly raped his neighbor after he found her breastfeeding her baby.
— The Jakarta Post

Austrian artist to exhibit works made from election campaign banners
Austrian artist, Karel Dudesek, will hold an exhibition featuring creations from around 96 political campaign banners and posters left behind from the 2019 general elections.
— Antara News

Indonesia proposes Ambon as world’s music city
The Indonesian government has nominated Ambon, the capital of Maluku province and the most populous city, as the World’s Music City to the United Nation’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
— Antara News

Parents grateful for successful separation of conjoined twins
The parents of conjoined twins — Adam and Malik — have expressed gratitude to the team of doctors that performed successful separation surgery on their baby sons on Tuesday at the Adam Malik General Hospital Medan, North Sumatra.
— The Jakarta Post

Aceh elephant gives birth to female calf, netizens encouraged to vote on name
A wild elephant captured by the Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) in the mountains of Ulee Glee, Pidie Jaya, Aceh in 1994, gave birth to a female calf at 7 a.m. on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post


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