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Julie Bishop slaps down reports of joint patrols with Indonesia in South China Sea
The prospect that Australia and Indonesia would jointly patrol the South China Sea near Natuna Islands has been slapped down by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who denied reports the Indonesian President had ever suggested it.
— ABC Online
Singapore-Indonesia relations should prioritise fighting rising radicalism and terrorism: Wiranto
Indonesia’s coordinating political, legal and security affairs minister Wiranto said that rising radicalism and terrorism are problems that Indonesia and Singapore should prioritise and work together to fight.
— The Straits Times
Two airports in Indonesia receive ACI awards
The Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali and Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport in South Sulawesi have received prestigious awards from the Airport Council International (ACI).
— Antara News
Indonesian aviation of concern 10 years on
Ten years after the Garuda crash that killed five Australians, an aviation expert warns Indonesia’s industry needs to shape up or there will be more tragedies.
Bank of Scotland’s local arm ceases operations in Indonesia
The local arm of the Royal Bank of Scotland NV (RBS NV) has officially ended its business in Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post
Indonesia c.bank to manage rupiah ahead of Fed meeting – governor
Indonesia’s central bank will manage the rupiah’s movement in case of currency market volatility ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting on March 14-15 that is widely expected to key raise U.S. interest rates, the bank’s governor said on Monday.
Indonesia must become developed country to get global attention: VP
Vice President Jusuf Kalla said that only rich and “rogue” states could gain world attention; therefore, Indonesia must be a developed country to get global attention.
— Antara News
New PPA legislation in Indonesia raises concerns for geothermal developers
New regulations on power purchase agreements in the Indonesian energy market are raising concerns for geothermal developers, due to the requirement for PLN to only purchase power in accordance with proven reserves after exploration.
— Think GeoEnergy
Paleolake deposits on Mars might look like sediments in Indonesia
In their GSA Bulletin article published online last week, Timothy A. Goudge and colleagues detail the clay mineralogy of sediment from Lake Towuti, Indonesia, using a technique called visible to near-infrared (VNIR) spectroscopy. VNIR measures the signature of reflected light from a sample across a larger wavelength range than just visible light. At Lake Towuti, the spectral record shows distinct variations in clay mineralogy over the past 40,000 years.
New Zealand man scammed of more than $2000 in Bali card game
A NEW Zealand man on holiday in Bali was reportedly kidnapped for hours and forced to play a card game that swindled him out of $2000 in what appears part of a scary scam targeting tourists on the holiday island.
Indonesia to link maritime axis plan to IORA countries
Indonesia has expressed its wish to integrate its maritime axis program with shipping lines within the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) area, as part of efforts to boost economic cooperation between the association’s countries.
— The Jakarta Post
Indonesia braces for market shock as Fed ready to increase rate
As the United States’ Federal Reserve inches closer to a second rate increase, Indonesia is preparing to build a cushion against capital outflows that could trigger volatility in the domestic market.
— The Jakarta Post
Indonesia lost Rp 3 TRILLION to corruption in 2016: Indonesia Corruption Watch
The results of two recent surveys reveal a strange contradiction in the attitude of Indonesians towards corruption, with a CSIS poll showing from 2016 showing that a majority of Indonesians thought that corruption in the country was getting worse while the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer survey that Indonesians had an unusually high level of trust in the government, especially compared to other countries with far less perceived corruption.
— Coconuts Bangkok
Google Doodle Celebrates Indonesia’s Komodo Dragons
The internet search company Google celebrated the 37th anniversary of Indonesia’s Komodo National Park with its latest ‘Google Doodle.’
— Voice of America
Rotana launches three TV channels in Indonesia
Rotana, one of the region’s biggest media networks, has launched three television channels dedicated to the Indonesian market.
— Arab News
Indonesia’s Finnet selects Cellum for mobile payments
FINNET, an Indonesian electronic payment provider and member of Telkom Group, signed an agreement with Cellum at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
— Digital News Asia
Grab Indonesia to develop mobile payments, partner with fintech companies: Ridzki Kamadribata
Grab has recently launched its master plan for Indonesia – one which entails a $700 million investment into the largest economy in Southeast Asia to battle its fiercest competitor, Go-Jek, and the first priority under this will be to build an R&D center with 150 engineers, Ridzki Kramadibrata, the ride-hailing app’s managing director in Indonesia, said in an interaction.
— Deal Street Asia
Qatar is a strategic partner: Indonesia
Advisory Council observer and chairman of the Committee on Interior and Foreign Affairs Mohamed bin Abdullah al-Sulaiti received a delegation from the Indonesian Parliament, led by the head of the First Commission of the House of Representatives, Dr H Abdul Kharis Almasyhari, in his office recently.
— Gulf Times
Government must discuss draft law on tobacco: Ministry
The government should deliberate the bill on tobacco proposed under the initiative of the House of Representatives, a senior official of the Ministry of Industry stated.
— Antara News
Government set to finish electrification of Papua in 2018
Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan said the government is set to finish electrification program in Papua and West Papua in 2018 using solar power plants to dismiss darkness at night in the villages in the countrys easternmost provinces.
— Antara News
Trafficked and abused: Indonesia’s Middle East maid ban backfires
Dian Permata Sari was determined to escape when she was brought to the maid recruitment office in Saudi Arabia for the sixth time and paraded in front of potential employers alongside 14 other women.
— Thomson Reuters Foundation
Indonesia – Severe Weather (BNPB, BMKG, Local Media)(ECHO Daily Flash of 6 March 2017)
Heavy rain in several areas of the country over the past days has caused floods and landslides.
— Relief Web
Is ‘Manis’ the sweet deal that brings Australia and Indonesia together?
Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia featured prominently 75 years ago for Australia when our troops deployed and fought there in the Pacific War. We do well to commemorate their efforts and the losses suffered, notably with Indonesian President Joko Widodo visiting Australia last month.
— The Canberra Times
A FAIRYTALE TRIP AND THE TRUTH ABOUT INDONESIA’S IMPORTANCE TO SAUDI ARABIA
When Saudi King Salman emerged earlier this week from a Boeing 747 that is bigger than Air Force One onto a specially made escalator and descended onto the tarmac of the government VIP terminal in Jakarta, the irritations that have dogged relations between the kingdom and the world’s largest Muslim majority all but evaporated.
— South China Morning Post
Coffee Production of Indonesia to Rise or Fall in 2017?
Production of coffee in Indonesia is estimated to grow around 10 percent to the range of 650,000 – 700,000 tons in 2017, says the Indonesia Coffee Exporters Association (GAEKI). In 2015 Indonesia’s coffee production is estimated to have fallen to 600,000 tons due to the impact of El Nino, a weather phenomenon that brought dry weather to Southeast Asia hence plaguing harvests of agricultural commodities. GAEKI Chairman Hutama Sugandhi added that Indonesia’s coffee export performance also declined in 2016.
— Indonesia Investments
Liberty University Student Drowns in Indonesia
Liberty University says a student drowned while studying abroad in Indonesia.
— U.S News & World Report
Oman’s State Council chairman leaves for Indonesia
Assigned by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, Dr. Yahya bin Mahfoudh Al Mantheri, Chairman of the State Council left here on Monday heading to the Republic of Indonesia to lead the Sultanate’s delegation in the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Summit, due to be held in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.
— Times of Oman
Australian live exports on the agenda in Indonesia
Cowper MP and Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, spent today in Bader Lampung, Indonesia, promoting Australia’s world-class livestock export industry and “gaining a valuable insight into the operations of the cattle industry in Indonesia”.
— Bellingen Courier Sun
Massey University hosts Indonesian academics
Indonesian academics are learning more about feeding, animal health and breeding of cattle at Massey University’s Palmerston North campus.
Feature photo: John Le Fevre
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