Indonesia morning news for January 17

Indonesia morning news for January 17

Indonesia morning news

Chinese vessels not in Natuna anymore: Minister
Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD claims that all Chinese vessels have left Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in Natuna as authorities plan to deploy more patrol ships in the area.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia plans to slash oil imports to overcome trade deficit
The plan of the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry to slash oil imports by state oil and gas company, Pertamina, is aimed at overcoming the country’s trade deficit, the Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Special Task Force, SKK Migas, said.
— Antara News

Last Indonesian hostage in South Philippines set free
Muhammad Farhan, an Indonesian held hostage by the Abu Sayyaf armed group in South Philippines, was successfully freed on Wednesday, Jan 15, 2020.
— Antara News

Contract marriages leading to human trafficking: minister
Contract marriages have become the new modus operandi of individuals looking to grab victims for human trafficking and modern slavery, Indonesia’s Deputy Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection Vennetia Ryckerens Danes said.
— Antara News

WeChat Pay now legal in Indonesia, says BI
Bank Indonesia (BI) has officially granted China-based e-wallet heavyweight WeChat Pay a permit to operate in the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Cuts Down 190 Trees in Monas
As many as 190 trees at the National Monument (Monas) area were cut down. The head of National Monument management Muhammad Isa Sarnuri said the act was part of the revitalization program in the area.

Jiwasraya Case; AGO Confiscates Luxury Cars, Harley Davidson
The Attorney General’s Office has asked the National Defense Agency (BPN) to secure the asset confiscated from the suspect of the alleged corruption case of Jiwasraya, Benny Tjokrosaputro.

Jokowi Wants Three Omnibus Bills to Be Completed This Week
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Wednesday he expected the government to complete three much-anticipated omnibus bills by next week.
— Jakarta Globe

Health ministry sends team to handle anthrax case
Indonesian Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto has dispatched a special team to examine and handle the spread of anthrax in Ponjong and Semanu Subdistricts in Gunung Kidul District, Yogyakarta Province.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s ships to sail directly to Brunei Darussalam
More of Indonesia’s cargo vessels will directly transport goods to Brunei Darussalam by passing through Natuna waters on February 14, 2020, a high ranking official announced here, today.
— Antara News

Jakarta Businessman Detained for Abducting Employee
A businessman was detained on Thursday for allegedly abducting and torturing his own employee for nine days after accusing him of embezzlement.
— Jakarta Globe

FAA Urged to Mandate Safety Management Systems for Boeing
An expert committee on Thursday, January 16, recommended the Federal Aviation Administration require Boeing Co and other aircraft manufacturers to adopt new safety management tools in the wake of two fatal Boeing 737 MAX crashes.

Tony Blair Joins Indonesia’s New Capital City Steering Committee
United Kingdom’s former Labour Party Prime Minister Tony Blair is reportedly admitted as a member of Indonesia’s new capital city steering committee, which was initially announced by Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs and Investments, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan.

Indonesia, UK to Strengthen Defense Cooperation
The United Kingdom has reiterated its commitment to continue defense cooperation with Indonesia, particularly in the maritime sector, UK Minister for Asia and the Pacific Heather Wheeler said on Wednesday.
— Jakarta Globe

President stresses on reform in insurance industry, pension fund
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) laid weightage on the need to reform non-banking financial institutions, including the insurance industry and pension fund, to boost its supervision and capitalization.
— Antara News

US-China trade agreement lends certainty: Finance Minister
Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati believes the initial trade agreement between the United States and China will lend a sense of certainty to the global economy after the trade war that protracted several months.
— Antara News

Rupiah appreciates 0.41 percent following US-China trade deal
The rupiah exchange rate traded among banks in Jakarta on Thursday morning strengthened following the signing of the long-awaited phase one trade agreement between the United States and China on Wednesday (Jan 15).
— Antara News

‘Don’t let distrust disrupt our economy’: Jokowi urges reform in financial industry
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has called for reform in the country’s financial services companies to improve the public’s trust following cases that rocked the country’s insurance industry.
— The Jakarta Post

Waste-based power plants worsen air pollution, global warming: Environmentalists
Environmentalists have urged against using incinerators as waste-to-energy power plants (PLTSa) to tackle garbage problem in cities across the country, saying that they would cause more environmental problems.
— The Jakarta Post

West Java administration may move government center to Kertajati
The West Java administration plans to move its main offices from Bandung to either Cileungsi, Bogor; Cikalong Wetan, West Bandung; or Kertajati, Majalengka.
— The Jakarta Post

Electric, autonomous vehicles to ply on new capital city’s roads
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) confirmed that electric-powered and autonomous vehicles will ply on Indonesia’s next capital city to be located in East Kalimantan.
— Antara News

Indonesia to host ASEAN Tourism Forum 2022
Indonesia has overtly echoed its readiness to co-chair the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2021 and host the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2022.
— Antara News

UAE explores investment for Balikpapan refinery development
Indonesia’s state oil and gas firm Pertamina and the United Arab Emirates’ investment company Mubadala entered a refinery investment principle agreement to tap investment cooperation opportunities in developing the Balikpapan refinery in East Kalimantan.
— Antara News

Omnibus law to scrap permit requirements for ‘simple’ buildings: Minister
The government will ease permit requirements for the construction of small-scale buildings under a new omnibus law, Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto said on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Improved trade deficit did little for economy, experts say
The narrowing of Indonesia’s trade deficit likely did little to stoke economic growth in the fourth quarter of 2019 given the country’s weak exports and imports, economists have said.
— The Jakarta Post

Energy commission sets target to deliver renewables law, reform oil and gas, mining regulations this year
With newly appointed legislators in the House of Representatives, Commission VII overseeing energy has set an ambitious goal of finishing three important energy-related draft laws this year.
— The Jakarta Post

Negative B20 effects foreshadow B30 problems: Bus operators
Bus operators have complained that 20 percent blended biodiesel (B20) has caused their engines to run poorly, providing a cautionary message for future developments as Indonesia envisions a future with unblended pure biodiesel to fuel vehicles across the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Credit Growth Will Recover in 2020: OJK
Indonesian banking loan expansion is set to recover this year after experiencing a significant slowdown in 2019, with completion of key infrastructure projects and the government’s continuing structural reform providing a supportive environment for loan demand to pick up.
— Jakarta Globe

Government sheds light on labor market reforms as unions take to streets
The government maintains that its labor market reforms, which will be covered in the upcoming omnibus bill on job creation, will continue to protect labor as unions and students take to the streets against the proposed new legislation.
— The Jakarta Post

Marsudi meets Vietnamese businesspersons to boost bilateral investment
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi held a meeting with several Vietnamese businesspersons in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday to drive greater two-way investment between both nations.
— Antara News

Fintech start-up Akseleran raises $8.55m in Series A funding
Financial technology (fintech) start-up Akseleran, a peer-to-peer (P2P) lender based in Jakarta, announced that it had raised US$8.55 million in Series A funding in its bid to capture a larger slice of Indonesia’s small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs) market.
— The Jakarta Post

Veteran Investors Encourage More Tech Funding in Indonesia
Veteran tech investors say people should invest more in the Indonesian tech market since they have seen a shift in consumer behavior in Southeast Asia’s largest economy toward a more digital lifestyle, which will provide a strong foundation for growth for tech companies.
— Jakarta Globe

AP I, Gudang Garam to Build Kediri Airport in April
East Java’s Kediri Airport will commence its construction in April this year through government-to-business cooperation (KPBU) scheme between Angkasa Pura I (AP I) and Gudang Garam.

Police Arrest King and Queen of ‘Grand Universe Kingdom’ Cult
Totok Santoso Hadiningrat and his wife Fanni Aminadia declared themselves the king and queen of Keraton Agung Sejagat, or the Grand Universe Kingdom, back in 2018.
— Jakarta Globe

Skeleton of whale washed up on North Sumatra coast to be preserved in museum: Regent
The skeleton of a humpback whale that was recently found dead after being stranded on the coast of Asahan regency in North Sumatra is to be preserved and added to one of the museum collections in the province, the local administration has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Women in Sumatra help preserve World Heritage forest to build food security
Four members of the Environment Care Women’s Group (KPPL) Maju Bersama in Pal VIII village, Rejang Lebong regency, Bengkulu, walked slowly through the Kerinci Seblat National Park (TNKS) to look for food.
— The Jakarta Post

BNPT urges young preachers to disseminate message of peace
Commissioner General Suhardi Alius, head of the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT), has appealed to young preachers to propagate the message of peace, especially among members of the younger generation.
— Antara News

Indonesian snow sculpting teams conquer festival in Harbin despite temperature shock
Two Indonesian teams consisting of young Balinese sculptors have won two categories at the 25th Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival held in Harbin, China, which took place from Jan. 10 to 13.
— The Jakarta Post

Visually impaired students in limbo following Wyata Guna’s status change
Dozens of visually impaired students were forced to vacate their dormitory at the Wyata Guna Social Rehabilitation Center for the Blind (BRSPDSN) in Bandung, West Java, on Tuesday evening, leaving at least 30 of them homeless.
— 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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