Indonesia morning news for March 26

Indonesia morning news for March 26

Indonesia morning news

Reducing barriers to gender inequality in Indonesia
Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s track record of considering gender representation in ministerial appointments is lauded in global circles. With nine women appointed to his cabinet, there are more female cabinet ministers in Indonesia than in countries such as Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
— East Asia Forum

Election Cash Splash Spurs Southeast Asia’s Biggest Economy
Indonesia’s economy, the biggest in Southeast Asia, is getting a boost from an election campaign that’s kicking into high gear.
— Bloomberg

Indonesia to cancel 49-jet Boeing 737 deal
Indonesia’s national carrier Garuda has told Boeing it will cancel a multi-billion-dollar order for 49 Boeing 737 Max 8 jets after the model was involved in two fatal crashes.
— The Asean Post

7 Million Indonesians Yet to File Annual Tax Returns or SPT
The Finance Ministry’s Directorate General of Taxation announced 6.9 million taxpayers or 44.5 percent of the total taxpayers had yet to report their annual tax returns (SPT Pajak). The deadline to submit SPTs is set on March 31.

Indonesia: Six months after Sulawesi triple disaster, survivors face slow and complex recovery
Six months after Sulawesi was hit by a powerful and shallow earthquake, tsunami and liquefaction, survivors face a painfully slow and complex recovery.
— Relief Web

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Indonesia’s first metro opens in gridlocked Jakarta
Funded by a Japanese loan and built by consortia of Japanese and Indonesian companies, the 15.7km line goes south from downtown through 13 above-and below-ground stations. Construction started in June 2013.
— Global Construction Review

No quiet rules at Indonesia’s flyover library
Singing and laughter briefly drown out the roar of cars under a Jakarta flyover, where an unlikely library for kids is thriving despite choking fumes – and opposition from menacing gangsters.
— Channel NewsAsia (annoying popups)

Indonesia Says Arrested Russian Smuggled Orangutan, Lizards
Indonesian police said Monday they also found geckos and chameleons in the luggage of a Russian tourist who was arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle a drugged orangutan out of Bali.

Indonesia sees lower revenue from oil, gas
The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has said the country would not meet the nontax target revenue in the oil and gas sector, which was set at Rp 168.62 trillion (US$11.8 billion), this year because of low global oil prices in the last two months.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia encourages women to become agents of peace and tolerance
Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi, at the 5th World Assembly for Women (WAW!), encouraged women to become agents of world peace and tolerance, noted the Ministry’s written statement issued and received here, Monday.
— Antara News

Indonesia sets minimum and maximum tariffs for on-demand motorcycle taxis
Following the recent release of regulations for Indonesia’s burgeoning on-demand motorcycle taxis, the country’s Ministry of Transportation followed up with the accompanying tariff rules that set minimum and maximum fares.
— Kr Asia

At Rp 8,500, minimum MRT Jakarta fare cheaper than proposed
The Jakarta Council approved a minimum Rp 8,500 (60 US cents) fare for Indonesia’s first subway service, MRT Jakarta, on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi, Prabowo Camps Agree on Metro TV Airing Election Debate
The General Elections Commission (KPU) announced it would not reverse its decision to have Metro TV as one of the presidential debate broadcasters.

Tani Group is disrupting agriculture, one of Indonesia’s key economic sectors: Startup Stories
The developments in Indonesia’s digital economy are interesting to watch. In addition to mature sectors—such as ride-hailing, e-commerce, and fintech—agriculture is seen as the next big sector in the country’s digital industry.
— Kr Asia

Prabowo heads to Papua, West Nusa Tenggara, Bali for campaign rallies
Prabowo Subianto is meeting his supporters in Merauke, Papua, on Monday for the first time as a presidential candidate.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia,Thailand enjoy increased trade under LCS framework
Indonesia’s direct bilateral trade with Thailand, under the local currency settlement framework, reached Rp121 billion during the period from January to February, a fourfold increase compared to Rp30 billion during the same period in 2018.
— Antara News

Indonesia seeks to boost counter-terror cooperation with India
Intellasia East Asia News Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s biggest nation, is seeking wide ranging counter-terror cooperation, including strengthening intelligence cooperation mechanism with neighbouring India, also a victim of terror, in the wake of last week’s yet another lone wolf terror strike and growing trends of Wahabi ideology.
— Intellasia

Indonesia pushes palm oil firms to take legal action against the EU
Indonesia’s government said on Monday it will encourage the country’s palm oil companies to file lawsuits against the EU if the bloc goes ahead with a plan to phase out use of the commodity in renewable transport fuel.
— Business Live

Population of Sumatran Rhinos in East Kalimantan Down to 12-15
The population of the Sumatran rhinos (dicerorhinus sumatrensis) in West Kutai Regency to Mahakam Ulu, East Kalimantan Province is predicted to down into 12-15 species left. This animal is on the verge of extinction due to hunting carried out many years ago.

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Gov’t Officially Launches Bantargebang Waste-to-Energy Plants
The Indonesian government has officially launched a pilot project of waste-to-energy facility project (PLTSa) Merah Putih in the Bantargebang landfill, Bekasi city, West Java, today, March 25. The power plant will process 100 tons of waste on a daily basis and will produce electricity up to 700 kilowatts per hour (kWh).

Garuda Indonesia opens direct Jakarta-Nagoya route
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia officially launched the Jakarta-Nagoya route by using an Airbus A330 aircraft, with a capacity of 36 business-class seats and 186 economy-class seats.
— Antara News

Indonesia, Thailand slowly reduce dependence on dollar in bilateral trade
Use of the local currency settlement (LCS) scheme between Indonesia and Thailand has grown substantially since its inception in late 2017, Bank Indonesia (BI) said in a statement on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

Fed’s rate pause is an ‘opportunity’ for Indonesia to spur growth, says its finance minister
The Federal Reserve’s pause in interest rate hikes is a relief for many emerging economies, and represents an opportunity for Indonesia to accelerate growth, the Asian country’s finance minister told CNBC on Monday.

Indonesia Welcomes Its First Indoor Snow Theme Park
Indonesians no longer have to dig deep into their pockets to travel to faraway ski resorts just to enjoy the snow, now that grocery retailer Trans Retail Indonesia has officially opened Trans Snow World, the first indoor snow theme park in Indonesia.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia, Malaysia prepare to contest EU’s RED II CPO policy
Indonesia and Malaysia will likely make a separate move against the European Union policy against palm oil through a delegated regulation supplementing directive of the EU Renewable Energy Directive II (RED II), which is now being deliberated by the European Parliament, a trade official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia pushes palm companies to take legal action against the EU
Indonesia’s government said on Monday it will encourage the country’s palm oil companies to file lawsuits against the European Union if the bloc goes ahead with a plan to phase out use of the commodity in renewable transport fuel.
— Nasdaq

Wildfires rage on in Riau, authorities use helicopters to put out flames
The total area lost to wildfires in Riau this year has increased to 2,719 hectares.
— The Jakarta Post

MUI calls on people to cast votes in elections
The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has called on the people to cast their votes in the general elections scheduled to be held on April 17.
— Antara News

In first for Indonesia, Japan-funded subway opens in gridlocked Jakarta
Indonesia’s long-awaited first subway opened Sunday in the country’s capital with the aim of relieving crippling traffic gridlock in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy.
— Japan Times

Luhut Pandjaitan: Govt Seriously Considers Boycotting EU Products
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan said the government considered boycotting a number of products from European Union countries.

Trade Expo Indonesia targets to boost exports to non-traditional markets
The Trade Ministry has announced that its annual trade exhibition, Trade Expo Indonesia (TEI), will be held for the 34th time from Oct. 16-20 at the Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) in Serpong, Banten, with a view to expanding exports to nontraditional markets.
— The Jakarta Post

No quiet rules at Indonesia’s flyover library
Singing and laughter briefly drown out the roar of cars under a Jakarta flyover, where an unlikely library for kids is thriving despite choking fumes – and opposition from menacing gangsters.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Bantargebang waste-to-energy plant ready to begin operation
A pilot project of a waste-to-energy power plant (PLTSa) in Bantargebang landfill in Bekasi, West Java, is now ready for operation after it was launched here on Monday.
— Antara News

Kominfo to Ban Political Ads on Social Media during Recess
The Communication and Information Ministry (Kominfo) announced it would prohibit political campaign ads across social media platforms during the presidential election’s campaign recess from April 14-16, 2019.

Students in Indonesia’s disaster-hit areas get easier questions in national exams
It is that stressful time of the year again for senior students. From March until May, 8.3 million students from 103 schools across the archipelago are going to take the national exams.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Indonesia wins lawsuit against British, Australian giant mining firms on investment loss
The British giant mining firm Churcil Mining Plc and Australian mining company Planet Mining Pty Ltd have lost legal battle against the Indonesian government to whom they accused of violating deals that led to investment loss, an Indonesian minister said here on Monday.
— Xinhua

1.1 million people benefit from the UAE-based Big Heart Foundation’s humanitarian efforts in 2018
Humanitarian aid worth US$ 15.8 million (AED 58 million) to 1,091,000 million refugees, internally displaced and acutely disadvantaged people in 12 conflict-laden nations worldwide has been offered by The Big Heart Foundation (TBHF), a leading international humanitarian organisation based in Sharjah, UAE.
— Antara News

Public Campaigning for 2019 Presidential Election Kicks Off
The public campaign period for the 2019 presidential election kicked off on Sunday with visits to various locations by the two candidates, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Prabowo Subianto.
— The Jakarta Globe

ISPF’s business event strengthens Indonesia-South Pacific relations
The Indonesia-South Pacific Forum (ISPF) held a business event themed “Connecting Peoples for Sustainable Growth” in Jakarta to strengthen Indonesia and the South Pacific countries’ relations.
— Antara News

Surabaya wants to make all tap water in the city drinkable
Surabaya’s water company PDAM Surya Sembada wants to purify all tap water in East Java’s capital city to make it safe for residents to consume without boiling.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian airline wants to cancel Boeing order after crash
Intellasia East Asia News In a blow for Boeing, Indonesia’s flag carrier is seeking the cancellation of a multibillion dollar order for 49 of the manufacturer’s 737 Max 8 jets, citing a loss of confidence after two crashes within five months.
— Intellasia


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Piseth Pov graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics Science from the Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh in 2017, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Communications from Western University, Phnom Penh, the same year.

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