Indonesia morning news for December 14

Indonesia morning news for December 14

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia’s 2018 FDI seen falling to US$11b to US$13b, says investment board
Incoming foreign direct investment to Indonesia is expected to be around US$11 billion to US$13 billion this year, less than the average in recent years of $20 billion per year, a senior official said on Thursday.
— The Star Online

German allocates 25 million euro for redevelopment programs in C Sulawesi, W Nusa Tenggara
The Federal Republic of Germany, through the KfW Development Bank, has allocated 25 million Euros or around Rp413 billion to rebuild important infrastructures and facilities in Central Sulawesi and West Nusa Tenggara
— Antara News

Indonesian Court Orders Legislators to Raise Minimum Age for Girls to Marry
Indonesia’s Constitutional Court on Thursday ordered lawmakers to increase the minimum marriageable age for girls, in a ruling that could pave the way for ending rampant child weddings in the country.
— Benar News

Jakarta Tops 2017 Indonesia Democracy Index
The Jakarta provincial government managed to rank the highest in the 2017 Indonesia Democracy Index (IDI).

Investment expected to recover after 2019 elections: BKPM
Chairman of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), Thomas Lembong, believed that foreign investment inflows will recover after the general elections, scheduled for April 17, 2019.
— Antara News

Families of Lion Air crash victims demand search for wreckage continues
Dozens of family members whose loved ones were killed in a Lion Air crash rallied in the Indonesian capital on Thursday, demanding that the search for the jet continues.
— Business Day

Wealth Of Tycoons On Forbes Indonesia Rich List Reaches A Record $129 Billion
Amid continued economic growth and a 4.4% rise in the stock market index in the last 12 months, the combined net worth of tycoons on the Forbes Indonesia Rich List climbed to a record US$129 billion, up from $126 billion a year ago.
— Forbes

CABC proposes business class to explore Chinese market
The China-ASEAN Business Council (CABC) has pointed out the importance of establishing a business class for Indonesian entrepreneurs to help explore and understand the characteristic of Chinese market
— Antara News

City aims to transform North Jakarta riverbank into open green space
The Jakarta administration has announced a plan to clear the 2.5-hectare Kali Karang riverbank in Pluit, Penjaringan, North Jakarta, and transform it into an open green area to support the local economy.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia`s economy can grow higher: World Bank
World Bank Chief Economist in Indonesia, Frederico Gil Sander, said that the Indonesian economy could grow higher than five percent through the support of a number of structural improvements.
— Antara News

Shopping center operator supports plastic bag reduction movement
Chairman of the Indonesian Shopping Center Management Association Board (APPBI) for Bali Province Gita Sunarwulan voiced support for the movement to reduce the use of plastic bags at shopping centers
— Antara News

Indonesian police foil terrorist plot
Indonesian counterterrorism police have foiled a plot by two suspects who were planning to carry out terrorist attacks during Christmas and New Year celebrations, the police said Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

House Speaker urges UN to list OPM as terrorist organization
Indonesian House Speaker Bambang Soesatyo has urged the United Nations (UN) to enlist the Free Papua Movement (OPM) as a terrorist organization for brutally killing and terrorizing innocent civilians.
— Antara News

Ministry Actively Cracking Down Illegal Fintech Firms
The Ministry has started to sift through lists of legal fintech companies obtained by the OJK and also reports from the public.

Floods kill six people in Riau: Rescue agency
Floods that have been inundating certain parts of Riau Province in Sumatra Island over the past two months have claimed the lives of six people, with majority of the victims being children
— Antara News

Lost girls of Indonesia among 61K dead and missing migrants
The stranger showed up at the girl’s door one night with a tantalizing job offer: Give up your world, and I will give you a future.
— New York Post

Transportation Ministry plans seven pilot projects in 2019
The Directorate General of Land Transportation of the Ministry of Transportation will build seven piers, which will become pilot projects in seven provinces, in 2019.
— Antara News

Construction of Indonesian hospital in Myanmar 80 percent completed
Construction of the Indonesian hospital in Rakhine State, Myanmar, is 80 percent complete, according to Medical Emergency Rescue Committee (MER-C) Presidium Sarbini Abdul Murad.”Hopefully, in the second month of 2019
— Antara News

Taiwan, Indonesia to sign MOU on migrant worker rights
Indonesian Minister of Manpower (MOM) Hanif Dhakiri is expected to arrive in Taiwan later Thursday to meet with Labor Minister Hsu Ming-chun (許銘春) and witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) Friday.
— Focus Taiwan News Channel

Indonesia animal feed makers see 7-9.5 mln T corn consumption in 2019 – assoc
Corn consumption by Indonesian animal feed producers is expected between 7 million tonnes and 9.5 million tonnes in 2019, depending on prices, chairman of Indonesian Feedmills Association said on Thursday.
— Reuter

Interview: Indonesia mulls new strategies to attract foreign tourists: official
Indonesia continues panning out strategies to boost its leading industry tourism, amid difficulties caused by a string of disasters and a fatal air crash.
— Xinhua

Malaysian among five foreigners arrested in Bali drug sweep
Five foreigners have been arrested in Bali for drug trafficking, authorities said Thursday (Dec 13), with a German and Peruvian possibly facing execution if convicted under Indonesia’s strict drug laws.
— Channel NewsAsia

European investors begin to invest in Indonesia`s cotton processing sector
Indonesia`s cotton processing sector has caught the attention of European investors, a business and investment observer stated.
— Antara News

Jokowi to Provide Education for PKH Assistants Abroad
President Jokowi demanded Social Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita select assistants of Family Hope Program (PKH) to have education abroad.

Tangerang limits trucks’ operational hours
Tangerang regency in Banten will implement a new traffic rule on Friday that limits the operational hours of trucks in a bid to ease traffic congestion.
— The Jakarta Post

News focus – Plastic industries call for review of plastic bag ban By Andi Abdussalam
Plastic waste is difficult to decompose and poses a serious threat to the environment.
— Antara News

Year ender – inka to respond to challenges in building highly needed trains By Eliswan
Trains, as a means of mass transportation, are undeniably important in the current era, and this demand is directly proportional to the rapid economic growth in big and buffer cities in Indonesia.
— Antara News

Court rules in favor of environmental scientist in Buton mining case
The Cibinong District Court in Bogor, West Java, has rejected a lawsuit filed by former Southeast Sulawesi governor and graft convict Nur Alam against scientist Basuki Wasis, in a move that highlighted the government’s commitment to the environment
— The Jakarta Post

President congratulates Antara on its 81st anniversary
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) congratulated Indonesian national news agency LKBN Antara on its 81st anniversary that falls on Dec 13.
— Antara News

For Small Indonesian Entrepreneurs Ayam Geprek is a Lucrative Investment Option
Recently GrabFood, the food delivery service of Singapore-based technology company Grab, said it delivered more than 13 million ayam geprek meals across the 116 Indonesian cities where the ride-hailing app is active.
— Indonesia Investments

Having Difficulty Funding Your SME? Here is a Solution
Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) have often faced difficulty in seeking funding to develop their businesses, particularly the SMEs owned by women.
— Netral News

House endorses candidates for LPKS members
The House of Representatives (DPR) on Thursday endorsed seven candidates for members of the Institute for the Protection of Witnesses and Victims (LPSK) after they underwent a fit and proper test.
— Antara News

PSI leader Grace Natalie vows her party will fight to end polygamy, raise legal marriage age
Even after being reported to the police for blasphemy for saying PSI would oppose sharia-based laws, Grace Natalie isn’t backing down from pushing progressive policies that are sure to enrage some religious conservatives.
— Coconuts Jakarta (paywall)

Jakarta Highest Democracy Index,Anies:Maintain Journalist Freedom
Anies Baswedan said he would maintain freedom of expression, including freedom for journalists, in Jakarta.

Anies Baswedan receives Muslim Choice Award 2018
Governor of Jakarta Anies Baswedan received the 2018 Muslim Choice Government Award during a reception to celebrate the First Anniversary of Muslim Choice Media, here, Wednesday evening.
— Antara News

Ministry to Check Compensation Fee for Lion Air Victims` Families
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said he would re-check the compensation payment from Lion Air to relatives of victims of the plane crash last October.

BNPB Predicts Landslides Continue to Increase as Rainy Season is Coming
The Head of the Data Center, Information and Public Relations of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said landslides continue as rainy season is coming.
— Netral News

Anies Baswedan Highlights Waste Issue in Jakarta Bay
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan appealed to all Jakartans to not recklessly littering in a bid to prevent waste from entering the sea.

Mob ravages home of parking attendant allegedly involved in assault on soldier
Dozens of unidentified men have ransacked the home of a parking attendant identified as I, who was allegedly involved in an assault on military personnel that some believe led to the attack on the Ciracas Police station in East Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

OJK Urges Victims of Illegal Online Loans to File Police Reports
The Financial Services Authority (OJK) appealed to people who have problems with online loans to report to the police.

La Nyalla Admits Spreading Hoax; Signs of Mythomania
Former Gerindra cadre La Nyalla Mattalitti has admitted that he spread lies about President Joko Widodo`s ideology and beliefs.

Scream Fest Indonesia Held at IMAX Theatre TMII
Indonesian horror films will be screened at IMAX Theater, Keong Emas, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII), in the Scream Fest Indonesia event

Indonesian oil, gas community introduces palm oil surfactant
The Indonesian Oil and Gas Community introduced palm-based surfactant to increase the production of Enhance Oil Recovery (EOR) at a meeting with stakeholders here Wednesday (Dec 11).
— Antara News

Year End Destination; Penjor Festival in Borobudur Cultural Feast
Creative Festival of Traditional Penjor (decorated bamboo poles) will enliven Borobudur Cultural Feast which will be held in Borobudur Temple on December 13-21.

NU beats Indonesia to reach gold medal round in ASEAN Univerisity Games
The Philippines continued its solid showing in the 19th ASEAN University Games volleyball tournament, as the Filipinos, represented by reigning UAAP men’s champion National University, topped Indonesia, 25-14, 25-23, 25-13, to make it to the gold medal round Thursday in Naypyitaw, Myanmar.
— ABS-CBN News

More trees fall in South Jakarta, damage taxi
Heavy rain on Thursday that hit Jakarta has caused several trees to fall along Jl. Haji Nawi in Podok Pinang, South Jakarta, one of which hit a taxi and damaged some parts of the car and shattered its windows.
— The Jakarta Post


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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 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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