Indonesia Morning News For April 26

Indonesia Morning News For April 26

Indonesia morning news

Papua government plans to spend up to $37.6 million to build world’s tallest Jesus statue
According to 2016 data from the Indonesian Statistics Agency (BPS), Papua is the region of Indonesia with the highest rate of poverty, with 28.5% of the population living below the poverty line. Nonetheless, the provincial government of Papua has decided the best use of their resources would be to allocate Rp 300 billion to 500 billion (~$22.6 million to $37.6 million) of their budget over the next few years to build an enormous statue of Jesus Christ at the top of Puncak Gunung Swajah in the city of Jayapura, which they intend to make the largest of its kind in the world.
— Coconuts Jakarta

EXCLUSIVE- The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team- Empowering Indonesians to map their communities
The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team is working with volunteers to map 136 disaster-prone districts and strengthen the capacity of disaster management agencies in Indonesia.
— Open Gov

Kuwait’s aid to Indonesia hits $4.5 mln – Surgeries for blind in Jakarta held
The State of Kuwait contributed with $4.5 million in humanitarian aid to Indonesia over the past two years and a half.
— Arab Times Kuwait English Daily

Mitsubishi to make XM-based MPV in new $565 million Indonesian plant
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) is increasing its presence and activity in the region with the opening of its newest manufacturing plant in Indonesia.
— AutoIndustriya.com

Freeport Hit by Indonesia Export Ban, Permit Talks to Start
Freeport-McMoRan, the world’s biggest publicly listed copper miner, reported first-quarter results on Tuesday (25/04) that reflected a months-long Indonesian export ban at its massive Grasberg mine, which clipped sales.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia revives probe into Asian-crisis bailout loans
The Indonesian anti-graft agency said it has stepped up investigations into suspected embezzlement of loans disbursed by the central bank to nearly 50 lenders in the wake of the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Indonesia’s East Ventures partners SGInnovate to create joint startup launchpad
Indonesia-based VC firm East Ventures has teamed up with Singapore’s SGInnovate to create a joint landing pad for startups from both countries, according to an announcement.
— Deal Street Asia

Indonesia bets on $200-billion investment to boost energy output
Indonesia plans to overhaul its energy policy to attract investment of as much as $200 billion over the next decade as the former OPEC member seeks to reverse a decline in its crude oil production.
— World Oil

Indonesia: Stockbit raises new round from 500 Startups, other investors
Indonesia-based social network for stock market investors, Stockbit, announced Tuesday that it has raised a pre-Series A round of investment from 500 Startups and other existing backers, including Ideosource and Braavos Ventures.
— Deal Street Asia

Anies Baswedan promises to shut down all places of prostitution in Jakarta, not just Alexis
One of the many campaign promises made by Anies Baswedan, the not-yet-official but assumed to be future governor of Jakarta based on the quick count results of last Wednesday’s runoff election, was to shut down the infamous Alexis Hotel, widely believed to be a high-class brothel (a claim which the Jakarta Tourism Department claims they’ve never found evidence for).
— Coconuts Jakarta

Indonesia-Philippines talks to fortify new trade route
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is expected to try and fortify maritime security cooperation with the Philippines during bilateral talks this week, ahead of the launch of a lucrative trade route that aims to boost connectivity along the borders of the neighboring countries.
— The Jakarta Post

Bank Indonesia steps up fight against illegal money changers
Attractive exchange rates and a long list of currency options are the main reasons why travelers pick particular money changers to sell or buy foreign bills.
— The Jakarta Post

Ahok Committed No Blasphemy
The prosecution’s demand to find Basuki Tjahaja Purnama guilty of a secondary indictment in the much-hyped religious blasphemy case showed that the law enforcers were desperate to force their version of justice down our throats. Having failed to prove the religious defamation charge, it should actually ask the court to drop all charges against Ahokas Basuki is popularly known.
Tempo.co

Exhibition to showcase Indonesian cultural heritage for UNESCO list opened
Indonesia is striving for the inclusion of the phinisi shipbuilding culture from South Sulawesi, pantun poetry and the pencak silat martial art on the UNESCO world cultural heritage list, an official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

KPU Says Cost of 2018 Simultaneous Elections May Rise to Rp 11.3t
Next year’s regional elections could cost the government as much as Rp 11.3 trillion ($851 million), the General Election Commission, or KPU, told the House of Representatives on Tuesday (25/04).
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia: Journalists Under Assault
The Indonesian government should adopt measures to ensure that state security forces who physically attack journalists are suspended and appropriately prosecuted, Human Rights Watch said today. New data and case research shows a disturbing increase in assaults on journalists in the past two years.
— Human Rights Watch

Indonesia Sees Boom in Processed Food Market
Indonesia is among the world’s fastest growing markets for meat, poultry and seafood, driven by a growing local demand for convenient and satiating foods.
— Jakarta Globe

Collaboration to grow startup ecosystem in Indonesia and Singapore
STARTUPS need to grow beyond the borders of their home countries in order to share their culture of innovation and ring their goods as well as services to a wider audience.
— Digital News Asia

Malaysia cuts education budget, but Indonesia, Philippines spend more
Development expert says education is key to a nation’s progress and it is unwise for Malaysia to slash spending on education, including to universities.
— Free Malaysia Today

More than 500 Companies Apply for Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil Certificate
A total of 527 palm oil companies are currently applying for an Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) certificate in 2017 to improve the competitiveness of Indonesian products in the international market.
— Netral English

 

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Stella-maris Ewudolu

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Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005. Between November 2004 and February 2011 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. Since 2010 she has worked as a freelance screen writer for 'Nollywood', Nigeria.
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