Indonesia Morning News For March 24

Indonesia Morning News For March 24

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Indonesia: Aavishkaar leads series A round in craft marketplace Qlapa
Mumbai-based Aavishkaar, through its Aavishkaar Frontier Funds (AFF), has led an undisclosed amount of series A investment into Indonesian e-commerce platform Qlapa. Existing backer Kapan Lagi Networks (KLN) also joined in the round, the startup announced today.
— Deal Street Asia

Police team up with ministries on app-based transportation dispute
After violence erupted between drivers of app-based transportation companies and conventional transportation firms during protests in several cities recently, the National Police met with ministries and regional authorities to discuss ways to prevent such conflict.
— The Jakarta Post

One-fuel price policy to be implemented in more regions
State-owned oil and gas giant Pertamina plans to increase the number of regions to be included in the government’s one-fuel price policy, which has been implemented in a number of regions across the country.
— The Jakarta Post

UNWTO lauds Indonesia`s move to use mobile positioning data
The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has lauded Indonesia for making a breakthrough by using the Mobile Positioning Data (MPD) to collect data on the number of tourist arrivals.
— Antara News

Latrobe Valley paper plant sounds alarm over Indonesian dumping
Australia’s only copy paper manufacturer, one of the largest remaining employers in Gippsland’s Latrobe Valley, is concerned free trade negotiations with Indonesia could frustrate moves to impose anti-dumping tariffs.
— The Guardian

Indonesian ministry invites private sectors to develop maritime vocational schools
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has invited private sectors and universities to develop maritime studies and vocational schools to meet the demand for qualified human resources for the domestic maritime industry.
— Antara News

NBB charges Argentina, Indonesia with dumping biodiesel in US market
The National Biodiesel Board is asking the U.S. government to impose duties against Argentina and Indonesia, charging that the two countries are unfairly subsidizing their biodiesel production and then dumping the fuel on the U.S. market at below production costs.
— Agri-Pulse

Indonesians promote sharia economy in UK
The Indonesian Sharia Economic Community in the UK (MES UK) organized road shows in cities in the UK to promote Sharia economy through various channels, MES UK Secretary General Randi Swandaru informed ANTARA News here, Thursday.
— Antara News

Indonesia targets to double refinery capacity by 2025
Indonesia is targeting to more than double its national refinery crude capacity to around 2.2 MMbpd with a program of upgrades and new developments up to 2025, data presented by state energy company Pertamina on Thursday showed.
— Hydrocarbon Processing

Indonesia issues new rules on negotiable deposit certificates
Indonesia’s central bank on Thursday issued new regulations for the trading of negotiable deposit certificates (NCDs) in a bid to get more financial institutions to tap into the market.
— Nasdaq

False claims still blighting Indonesia’s functional food sector despite tighter rules
Misleading health claims are still rife in Indonesia despite tighter functional food rules, claims a new association set up to ‘professionalise the industry’.
— Food

Indonesia steps up fight against foreign research biopiracy
Though it may sound like a conspiracy theory, the Indonesian government has taken seriously allegations that foreign researchers have used all kinds of ways — including disguising themselves as tourists — to steal the nation’s genetic resources.
— Asia Pacific Report

Government to subsidize fish exports to Australia
The government plans to subsidize the transportation of seafood exports to enable them to be directly sent from Eastern Indonesia to Darwin, Australia.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia urged to settle dispute amid Freeport workers’ outcry
Gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) employees have urged the government once again to immediately settle its dispute with the company as the number of laid-off workers has kept increasing from one day to another.
— The Jakarta Post

Drugs abuse poses real threat to Indonesia
Indonesia considers drug abuse to pose a real threat to the nation, as the country has about four million drug users.
— Antara News

AGO interrogates ex-Pertamina boss over procurement of electric cars
The Attorney Generals Office (AGO) has questioned former president director of state oil and gas company PT Pertamina Karen Agustiawan as a witness in a graft case related to the procurement of electric cars.
— Antara News

Gender Inequality in Indonesia Limits Advancement, Progress: UNDP
Gender inequality in Indonesia is the main impediment to achieving global sustainable development, according to a report released by the United Nations Development Program on Wednesday (22/03).
— Jakarta Globe

Embezzlement Case Implicating Sandiaga Uno Not Related to Gubernatorial Election: Police
Jakarta Police spokesman Chief Comr. Raden Prabowo Argo Yuwono said the embezzlement case implicating Jakarta deputy governor candidate Sandiaga Uno is not related to the second round of the gubernatorial election, slated for April 19.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia’s Slingshot Group introduces AR/VR store network
INDONESIAN augmented reality (AR) company Slingshot Group (formerly known as AR Group) introduces a virtual store network called Mindstores targeting local women and housewives.
— Digital News Asia

Dentsu Media employee commits suicide in Indonesia
Jiro Inao, an employee of Dentsu Aegis Network in Indonesia, committed suicide on 21 March, the company has confirmed.
— Campaign Asia-Pacific

Indonesia’s Finance Minister the best in Asean
The controversial Finance Asia magazine has nominated Indonesia’s female Finance Minister as the best in the job in the Asean region.
— The Independent

Jokowi meets wife of Bill Gates
President Joko Widodo met Co-Chair and Trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda Gates, here on Thursday, who hailed Indonesia’s non-cash social aid program.
— Antara News

Ahok visits the sick, monitors health services
Jakarta gubernatorial candidate Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama visited sick residents in their houses on Jl. Kalibaru Barat, Cilincing, North Jakarta, on Thursday morning. He refused to talk much to the media.
— The Jakarta Post

French President Hollande to visit Indonesia on March 29
French President Francois Hollande will embark on a state visit to Indonesia on Wednesday, March 29, 2017.
— Antara News



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Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.

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