Indonesia morning news for June 21

Indonesia morning news for June 21
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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia plans more tax breaks to lift GDP growth
INDONESIA plans to cut several taxes to boost investment and accelerate economic growth, said the country’s finance minister, after noting the government’s 2019 growth target may be hard to reach.
— The Business Times

Indonesia’s tourist haven Bali aims to blaze global trail on stemming ocean plastic
Less than half of the garbage produced on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali is recycled, with thousands of tonnes burned or dumped in rivers and the ocean, researchers warned on Thursday (June 20).
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

Bank Indonesia Follows Fed Move to Maintain Interest Rate
Bank Indonesia (BI) has completed its board of governors’ meeting. The central bank decided to keep the benchmark 7-day Reverse Repo Rate (7DRRR) at its current level of 6.0 percent.

Jakarta to Reap IDR 100.4bn Dividends from Beer Share
Jakarta provincial administration will receive IDR 100.48 billion in this year’s dividends from its share in beer company PT Delta Djakarta.

Indonesia to require budget airlines to cut prices from next week-minister
Indonesian Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said on Thursday that low-cost airlines will be required to cut prices on certain domestic routes and “during certain hours” starting next week.
— Reuters

Alleged Financial Engineering in Garuda Indonesia’s Report: BPK
Member of Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) Agung Firman Sampurna said that the agency discovered a number of issues in state-carrier Garuda Indonesia’s financial audit report.

Malindo Air Boeing 737 Slides Off Runway In Indonesia Airport, Passengers Safely Evacuated
Malaysia’s Malindo Air aircraft Boeing 737-800, headed to Kuala Lumpur from Bandung, skidded off the runway during takeoff, the airline said in a news release on Thursday.
— UrduPoint

Indonesia to charge higher coal mining royalties under revised rules
Indonesia’s Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has proposed revising regulations governing mining rights to include higher royalty payments and earlier applications for permit extensions.

Comfortably Reelected, Indonesia’s Jokowi Opens the Door to China’s Belt and Road
The ballots hadn’t even been counted yet when the deals were announced. On April 26, just two days after Election Day, Indonesia signed 23 memorandums of understanding with China, worth $14.2 billion in all, for several major infrastructure projects.

Refugees, Asylum Seekers Sleep Rough on the Streets of Jakarta
A tiny alley just around the corner from the United Nations’ refugee agency, the UNHCR, on Jalan Kebon Sirih in Central Jakarta, has become a home in transit for a group of 15 asylum seekers and refugees from Afghanistan, South Sudan and Somalia.
— Jakarta Globe

Central Jakarta thoroughfare to be closed during city’s anniversary
The main thoroughfare in Central Jakarta will be closed for several hours on Friday and Saturday in preparation for Jakarta’s anniversary celebration, which falls on June 22.
— The Jakarta Post

Lombok Scraps Plan on Hikers Separation in Mount Rinjani
An issue about the separation of hiking and camping areas for male and female hikers in Mount Rinjani, Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) has gained much public attention, especially on social media. The plan emerged since Lombok administration determined to support halal tourism.

OJK to Oblige Fintech Companies to Disclose Disbursed Loans
The Financial Services Authority (OJK) will add another requirement to ensure the transparency of online peer-to-peer (P2P) lending fintech company.

Jokowi expected to discuss protection of migrants at ASEAN Summit
The labor rights advocacy group Migrant CARE expects President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to talk to ASEAN leaders about the protection of migrant workers, an issue that has been on his national agenda and which many are hoping will be championed in ASEAN.
— Antara News

Bali declared to be regional capacity center to improve environment
Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya has declared Bali to become a regional capacity center for environmental improvement, particularly to tackle the plastic waste issue which is concerned by the ministry and Denpasar city administration.
— Antara News

OJK to Oblige Fintech Companies to Disclose Disbursed Loans
The Financial Services Authority (OJK) will add another requirement to ensure the transparency of online peer-to-peer (P2P) lending fintech company.

Jokowi to distribute three thousand land certificates in East Java
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), accompanied by First Lady Iriana, embarked on a working visit to East Java Province to hand out three thousand land certificates to the local people in Gresik, East Java province among other things.
— Antara News

Sago key for diversifying diets in Indonesia
ark and swampy. That was my impression of the first sago palm grove that I ever saw during a visit to Southeast Sulawesi.
— The Jakarta Post

APEC’s goods trade tapers yet services trade picks up
Trade — earlier the main driver of growth for the Pacific Rim region — is slackening, and its moderation is having an impact on the economy, according to the latest APEC Regional Trends Analysis (ARTA).
— Antara News

Sarmi District rattled by 6.3-magnitude quake
The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported that Sarmi District in the easternmost Indonesian province of Papua experienced a powerful 6.3-magnitude earthquake on early Thursday though it did not cause a tsunami.
— Antara News

West Papuan Liberation Movement applies for full MSG membership
The United Liberation Movement of West Papua has officially submitted an application for full membership in the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

Michelin raises stake in Indonesian tire maker
Michelin has raised its ownership stake in the Indonesian tire company Multistrada Arah Sarana TBK from 87.59% to 99.64%, the French tire maker announced 19 June.

Education Ministry revised quota of new student enrolment
The Ministry of Education and Culture received a revised quota of new students accepted through performance track from five percent to 15 percent.
— Antara News

Political polarization threatens national unity: activist
Polarization due to political, religious, and ethnic fanaticism has the potential to threaten the nation’s unity if it is not immediately stopped, Chairman of the Anti-Defamation Society of Indonesia (Mafindo) Presidium Septiaji Eko Nugroho said.
— Antara News

MRT Jakarta decides on Ancol as site of depot in Phase II construction
North Jakarta’s Ancol area has been selected as the site of a depot that is to be constructed during the second phase of the MRT Jakarta development project.
— The Jakarta Post to encourage SMEs to go online, boost growth through competition
Online marketplace launched on Wednesday its fourth annual entrepreneurship competition named The Big Start Indonesia to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) go online and boost their growth.
— The Jakarta Post

Expert: Announcement of Radicalism in the Military is a Blunder
Expert on terrorism and intelligence Harits Abu Ulya questioned the motive behind Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu’s statement where he announced 3 percent Military members have been exposed to radicalism.

News Focus – APEC to build financial resilience to disasters
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) strives to build financial resilience to serve as a shield in the event of natural disasters among its economies owing to the susceptibility to quakes, tsunamis, monsoon-triggered floods, and others.
— Antara News

Pela Village develops Water Hyacinth Industry
Pela village, Kota Bangun Sub-district, Kutai Kartanegara District, continues to develop creative industries, in a bid to empower rural communities.
— Antara News

Wonderful Indonesia campaign runs through streets of Russia
In an attempt to attract more foreign tourists, the Tourism Ministry is advertising the Wonderful Indonesia campaign on buses in two large cities in Russia, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.
— The Jakarta Post

Annual Jakarta Fair Festival Attracts Millions of Visitors
The annual event that coincides with the city’s anniversary, Jakarta Fair Kemayoran (PRJ) predictably attracted more than four million visitors since its opening on May 22 up to June 19.

RI attracts Taiwanese companies to invest in semiconductor industry
An Indonesian industry ministry’s delegation paid a recent visit to Taiwan to attract semiconductor companies to invest in Indonesia.
— Antara News

Talk of the week: RI offers 673 DARMASISWA scholarships to foreigners
Strong woman: Andrea Rutkowski from Germany, a Darmasiswa Scholarship recipient, performs the Retno Tinandhing dance, potraying women fighting for the independence of Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

Flooding inundates 40 hectares of rice fields in Mukomuko, Bengkulu
Flooding caused by continuous torrential rains resulted in a local river overflowing its bank and inundating some 40 hectares of rice fields in Pondok Baru Village, Selagan Raya Sub-district, Mukomuko District, Bengkulu Province.
— Antara News

142 rare orchids planted in Bangka Belitung for flora preservation
Activists of environmental NGOs — Bangka Flora Society (BFS) and Salam Alam Upang — have planted 142 rare orchids under the initiative to preserve the flora in Bangka Belitung Islands Province.
— Antara News

Bio firm Euglena to grow microalgae for biofuel, feed in Indonesia
Japanese biotechnology firm Euglena Co. is joining hands with major trading house Itochu Corp. to produce euglena microalgae for biofuel and feed in Indonesia.
— The Mainichi

Fact Check: Simulation of underwater volcanic explosion passed off as Mount Sinabung eruption
The tremor caused by the June 9 Mount Sinabung eruption was felt across social media.
— India Today

‘I want to be informal ambassador to Indonesia in London’: Moazzam Malik
Outgoing British Ambassador to Indonesia Moazzam Malik, who is leaving Jakarta on Friday, has said that he wants to continue promoting Indonesia in the United Kingdom.
— The Jakarta Post

PT Smelting to process 1.1 million tons of copper concentrate this year
Copper refining company PT Smelting (PTS) plans to produce 291,000 tons of copper cathodes this year, a 21 percent increase from last year’s 242,000 tons.
— The Jakarta Post

Konawe Flood: PUPR Ministry Steps Up 3 Dams Construction Project
Public Works and Housing (PUPR) Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said that his ministry would step up the construction project of three dams in Southeast Sulawesi. He said that the plan was intended to minimize floods in the Regency.

Trade disputes to dominate as ASEAN meets in Bangkok
Southeast Asian leaders will dissect the impact of the US-China tariff war this weekend at a Bangkok summit, with Beijing determined to drive forward a trade pact sweeping in 40 percent of global commerce — but excluding America.
— The Jakarta Post

Int’l music festival to add spark to Jakarta’s anniversary celebration
An international music festival will liven up celebrations to mark Jakarta’s 492nd anniversary at Banteng Square in Central Jakarta on June 28-30.
— Antara News

Kendary Bay Bridge to boost connectivity and productivity: Ministry
Construction of the 1.34-kilometer Kendari Bay Bridge is 52 percent complete and once opened is expected to boost connectivity and development in the Southeast Sulawesi capital city, the public works and public housing minister stated.
— Antara News


Feature photo Danumurthi Mahendra

This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo acknowledges World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, June 17.


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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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