Indonesia morning news for August 10

Indonesia morning news for August 10

Indonesia morning newsLombok earthquake: new quake hits as earlier tremor death toll rises
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 has hit Indonesia’s Lombok island, less than a week after a 6.9-magnitude tremor that is believed to have killed hundreds of people.
— The Guardian

Indonesia’s election battle takes shape as Joko Widodo and his challenger name their running mates
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has chosen 75-year-old cleric Ma’ruf Amin as his running mate in next year’s presidential election, he said on Thursday, in a sign he wants to bolster his Islamic credentials.
— South China Morning Post

Indonesia ranks 7th among world’s top 10 gold producers
The GFMS Gold Survey 2018 has listed Indonesia, with gold production of 154.3 tons in 2017, among the top 10 gold- producing countries in the world.
— The Jakarta Post

Pentagon to spend nearly $5M on Marine Corps mission in the Philippines
Despite a siege last year that retook a major city in the Philippines and killed an estimated 1,000 ISIS fighters, reducing their ranks to about 200 in the area, Pentagon spending on the military mission there has nearly tripled, according to a recent report.
— Military Times

Gov’t to Offer Microloans to Tourism Sector SMEs
The government will start disbursing subsidized loans to micro, small and medium enterprises by end of this month to increase revenue from the sector and boost the country’s foreign exchange reserves.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia to Seek Clarity From WTO on US Trade Dispute
Indonesia will clarify its position with the World Trade Organization after the United States asked the multilateral body to allow it to impose sanctions on Southeast Asia’s biggest economy after winning a trade dispute that it claims had cost US business up to $350 million in 2017.
— Retail News Asia (media release) (blog)

100 tourist destinations set to be digitally accessible by 2018
The management of at least 100 tourist destinations in Indonesia is set to be digitized to support sustainable tourism.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to cap number of visitors to Komodo National Park
The government plans to limit the number of visitors to Komodo National Park in East Nusa Tenggara in a bid to maintain the ecosystem’s stability following a fire that razed hectares of savanna in the famous tourist destination.
— The Nation

PHL hopes to expand nursing education ties with Indonesia
THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said it hopes to expand cooperation with Indonesia to upgrade standards for nursing education.
— BusinessWorld Online

Indonesia-US: Deepening trade relations beyond GSP
The recent visit of the Indonesian trade delegation to Washington DC was described as a “smart move” by the United States, and the response from the US has been perceived as “promising to deepen trade relations” by Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

Non-oil exports to Indonesia rise 86% in a quarter on year
The value of Iran’s non-oil exports to Indonesia during the three-month period from March 21 to June 21 stood at $250 million, increasing 86 percent compared to the same period of time in the past year, according to Iran’s commercial attaché to Indonesia.
— Tehran Times

Bank Mandiri to issue Rp 3t shelf registration bonds
State-owned lender Bank Mandiri plans to issue shelf registration bonds (PUB) I phase III, with the target of obtaining Rp 3 trillion (US$207.79 million), a bank executive said.
— The Jakarta Post

In Indonesia, tobacco companies use concerts, social media for marketing
In the era of selfies, “likes,” and #hashtags, the tobacco industry has adapted its marketing strategies and embraced social media to promote its addictive and deadly products to a young and online-savvy audience.
— The Week

Australia ramps up arms exports to Indonesia
Melbourne researcher into satellite-communication and surveillance Jacob Grech claims Australia is ramping up arms exports to Indonesia at a time when Indonesia is stepping up its militarism in West Papua.
— Green Left Weekly

Popular Japanese vitamin C drink makes South East Asia debut in Indonesia
Japanese firm Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co.’s Oronamin C beverage has entered the South East Asian market for the first time, with its recent launch in Indonesia seeking to capitalise on the country’s rising demand for nutritional products.
— Food Navigator-Asia

Agriculture Ministry Pushes Mandatory Garlic Planting for Food Industry
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo continued to encourage national industries to always be export-oriented and able to compete in the international arena.
— Netral News

Indonesian Christians face increasing pressures from society
In terms of persecution, Indonesia has been a little less hostile to non-Muslim faiths… at least until this year.
— Mission Network News

United States unhappy with Indonesia’s Sukhoi import: Trade official
The Trade Ministry’s international trade director general, Oke Nurwan, has said the United States has expressed its disappointment with the ongoing process of a purchase of 11 Sukhoi SU-35 jet fighters from Russia through a barter trade scheme.
— The Jakarta Post

Banks’ Profitability to Remain Strong in Indonesia, Asset Quality Stabilizes: Moody’s
Indonesia’s robust macroeconomic environment will help commercial lenders stabilize asset quality and widen loss-absorbing buffers, rating agency Moody’s Investors Service said on Wednesday (08/08).
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesian, Australian central banks agree to extend swap agreement
The central banks of Indonesia and Australia have agreed to extend their bilateral local currency swap agreement worth Rp100 trillion (AUS$10 billion) from December 2018 to December 2021.
— Antara News

Prostitution Marketing Agent at Kalibata City Apartment Earns IDR300,000 Per Room
In selling prostitution services at Kalibata City Apartment, South Jakarta, SBR, who is the the pimp, is assisted by two marketing agents, namely TM and RMV, who are tasked with providing rooms for prostitution activities.
— Netral News

13 Free-Rider Countries on U.S.-Indonesia Dispute in WTO
Bustanul Arifin, a professor of agricultural economics at Lampung University, mentioned 13 countries being free riders on the horticulture dispute between Indonesia and the United State and New Zealand in World Trade Organization (WTO).


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Stella-maris Ewudolu

Journalist at AEC News Today

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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