Indonesia morning news for October 17

Indonesia morning news for October 17
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Indonesia needs $6 billion to boost oil production to 1 million bpd
Indonesia needs to raise at least US$6 billion in investment over the next 10 years to boost domestic oil production to 1 million barrels per day (bpd) by 2030 as targeted by the government, a business association has estimated.
— The Jakarta Post

Five more soldiers punished for negative comments on Wiranto attack
The Indonesian Military (TNI) has handed down disciplinary sanctions against five more serving Army personnel in relation to negative social media posts about the recent attack on the country’s chief security minister, following the removal of two soldiers from their positions last week for similar reasons.
— The Jakarta Post

Police confirm arrests of 26 terror suspects on Oct 10-15
The Indonesian Police’s counterterrorism squad Densus 88 has placed in detention 26 terror suspects in several regions on October 10-15, 2019.
— Antara News

Indonesian property developers warned about risks of apartment expansion
Property consulting company Colliers International has warned property developers to be extra cautious when expanding their projects in major cities in Indonesia as the impact of the United States-China trade war could affect apartment purchases and rentals.
— The Jakarta Post

VP-elect Ma’ruf Amin says he’s still MUI’s ‘non-active’ leader after inauguration
Vice President-elect Ma’ruf Amin will not permanently step down from his role as the chairman of the Indonesian Ulema Council — the country’s highest clerical body — even after he’s sworn in to become the country’s second-in-command on Sunday.
— Coconuts

Rupiah remains under pressure following trade deficit report
Rupiah and stock prices remain under pressure as a report on Indonesia’s trade deficit sent negative sentiment into the country’s financial market.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia needs bold vision for new capital, Swedish architect says
On the face of it, Indonesia’s capital Jakarta, a sprawling megacity of 10 million people, and Sweden’s Kiruna, a town of only 20,000, couldn’t be more different.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Manufacturing industry contributes 75 percent of total exports
Indonesia’s exports of manufactured goods in the January-September 2019 period reached US$93.7 billion, accounting for 75.51 percent of the country’s total exports at $124.1 billion, according to the Industry Ministry, Airlangga Hartarto.
— Antara News

Industry Ministry to scrap 18 regulations
The Industry Ministry, Airlangga Hartarto, plans to scrap 18 regulations as part of efforts in preparation for the continuing US-China trade war which is predicted to lead to a global crisis.
— Antara News

Indonesia aims to conclude trade pacts with non-traditional markets
The Indonesian government has set itself the target of concluding 12 trade agreements, including eight with non-traditional markets in 2020, as part of its strategy to boost exports, Trade Minister, Enggartiasto Lukita, said.
— Antara News

Chinese national detained for circulating illegal medicines
The police have arrested a Chinese national on charges of circulating Illegal medicines in Tanjungpinang, Riau Islands Province.
— Antara News

MPR to consult public before making constitutional amendment
The People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) has promised to seek the public’s input as it looks to amend the 1945 Constitution, offering an assurance that any changes would not take effect immediately.
— The Jakarta Post

IMF Keeps Indonesia’s Growth Projection but Warns of Global Pitfalls
The International Monetary Fund has kept its economic growth projection for Indonesia at 5 percent this year and 5.1 percent next year, while issuing a warning that the global economy may see its slowest expansion since the global financial crisis in 2008-2009.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia’s KIS program barometer for world’s social security program
The National Health Insurance and Healthy Indonesia Card (JKN-KIS) program has become a barometer for the world’s social security program, Indonesian Social Security Agency for Health (BPJS Kesehatan) President Director Fahmi Idris stated.
— Antara News

Jokowi Aspires for Modest Presidential Inauguration Ceremony
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo reportedly has asked the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) to hold a modest ceremony of the presidential and vice-presidential inauguration slated to take place on October 20.

Council vows to complete 2020 city budget on time
The speaker and deputy speakers of the Jakarta City Council (DPRD) for the 2019-2024 term were sworn into office on Monday amid mounting pressure to complete the city budget deliberation in a timely manner.
— The Jakarta Post

Medan Mayor Arrested for Graft
The mayor of Medan, North Sumatra, was arrested by the Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, early on Wednesday on charges of taking bribes from his own subordinates.
— Jakarta Globe

Jakarta administration operates Chinese-made ZhongTong buses decommissioned under Ahok after several spontaneously combusted
On Friday, TransJakarta recommissioned buses made by Chinese manufacturers ZhongTong, officials have confirmed, which had previously been mired in scandals related to passenger safety and corruption.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Jokowi Affirms Current Ministers to Fill His Second Cabinet
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has affirmed that several ministers of his first Working Cabinet will remain in his forthcoming cabinet, which will be announced soon after the presidential inauguration on Sunday, October 20.

Minister Nasution opens up on hard-to-achieve KUR disbursement target
Coordinating Economic Affairs Minister Darmin Nasution conceded to the difficulty in achieving the 60-percent target of the Micro Credit Program (KUR) disbursement for the production sector set in 2019.
— Antara News

Capital city relocation plan sparks land ownership concerns
For local farmer Sibukdin, Sepaku subdistrict in North Penajam Paser regency, East Kalimantan is the only place he knows like the back of his hand.
— The Jakarta Post

30,000 police and military personnel to secure President Joko Widodo’s inauguration Sunday: police spokesman
Security is going to be heightened in Jakarta for Sunday’s inauguration of President Joko Widodo and Vice President-elect Ma’ruf Amin, particularly in light of last week’s attack on chief security minister Wiranto.
— Coconuts

Haze in Jambi worsens as locals hope for rain
Haze from ongoing forest and land fires continued to plague Jambi on Wednesday, despite the government’s attempts to create artificial rain since Friday.
— The Jakarta Post

Gerindra’s national meeting attracts two thousand elite attendees
Some two thousand elites of the Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party hailing from throughout Indonesia and observers attended the party’s national meeting in Hambalang, Bogor District, West Java Province, on Wednesday.
— Antara News

Colleagues say Wiranto can walk, tell jokes as he recuperates after attack
Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto has been recuperating following surgery for abdominal wounds he sustained in a recent assault, with friends and colleagues pouring in to visit him in support since last week.
— The Jakarta Post

Foreign Ministry holds first congress of experts on Indonesian affairs
Foreign intellectuals and researchers who have an interest and expertise in Indonesian affairs can play a crucial role in shaping the future of the country particularly by strengthening human capital development, a senior official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Hundreds Fourth-Generation Indonesianists Gather in Yogyakarta
A total of 400 Indonesianists from 43 countries attend the World Indonesianist Congress held in Yogyakarta State University (UNY), on October 14-15.

SMI looks to increase financing for local governments to reduce dependence on state budget
State-owned infrastructure financing company PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (SMI) intends to expand its financing for regional administrations to give local governments more funding options to finance their infrastructure projects.
— The Jakarta Post

MPR leaders, Jokowi hold discussion on preparations for inauguration
Some 10 leaders of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) held a meeting with President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) at the Merdeka Palace, here, Wednesday, for discussion on preparations for the presidential inauguration on October 20, 2019.
— Antara News

WhatsApp in talks to bring WhatsApp Pay to Indonesia
Private messaging app WhatsApp is in talks to bring its payment feature WhatsApp Pay to Indonesia, a spokesperson has said.
— The Jakarta Post

India’s OYO taps into Indonesia’s growing rooming house industry
India’s OYO Homes & Hotels, the second-largest hospitality chain of leased and franchised hotels in the world, has officially launched OYO Life, its room rentals business, as part of the company’s latest efforts to capture the rapidly growing market of kos-kosan (rooming houses) in the fourth most-populated country in the world.
— The Jakarta Post

Anies Baswedan Set to Allow Street Vendors on Sidewalks
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan stated he would realize his policy on the arrangement of street vendors or PKL on sidewalks.

Nur Wahid attests to PKS remaining consistent as opposition
Hidayat Nur Wahid, the Justice Prosperous Party (PKS) senior politician, concurrently People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) deputy chairman, vouched that his party will consistently remain in the opposition during the government’s 2019-2024 term.
— Antara News

Jakarta builds 37 “Move forward together” public parks
Indonesia’s capital city of Jakarta has built 37 public parks termed “Move forward together” over the past two years under the leadership of Governor Anies Baswedan.
— Antara News

APEC economies concur on supporting women in STEM
APEC member economies launched the APEC Women in STEM Principles and Actions, a set of recommended principles and actions to encourage women’s participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, commonly termed as STEM.
— Antara News

Lake Toba development won’t cause losses for locals: Govt
The development of infrastructure and public utilities near North Sumatra’s Lake Toba, the world’s largest volcanic lake, will not disadvantage the local people, especially those who were evicted, the central government has promised.
— The Jakarta Post

Kadin, Swedish messaging app join campaign to digitize fisheries
The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) has agreed to cooperate with Sweden-based telecommunication company Supertext to boost digitalization in the country’s fisheries industry.
— The Jakarta Post

Inpex, Shell get 27-year contract extension to operate Abadi gas field
The government has given Japanese oil company Inpex Corp and Dutch energy giant Shell a 27-year extension to develop the Abadi gas field in the southeastern part of the Arafura Sea.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Ojek’ shelters to reduce crowds at stations
As people regularly use app-based ojek (motorcycle taxi) services to get to MRT or commuter line stations, shelters for ojek have become an apparent need at stations, some of which have equipped themselves with such spaces.
— The Jakarta Post

2019 World Food Day: Start Thinking about What We Eat
The World Food Day (WFD), which annually falls on October 16, highlights the need to step up efforts to end hunger and other forms of malnutrition and for the need to ensure food security and healthy diets for all.

Zilingo Launches SheWorkz Program to Empower Women
The technology and commerce platform Zilingo has launched a decentralized manufacturing program to empower women that run micro-businesses called SheWorkz.

Man in East Java exhumes mother’s remains, takes them home
It had been 40 days since Probolinggo, East Java, resident Sumarto passed away at the age of 70, but her son, Nasir, still could not let her go.
— The Jakarta Post


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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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