Indonesia morning news for December 21

Indonesia morning news for December 21

Indonesia morning news

Bank Indonesia Holds Rates, but More Tightening Expected in 2019
Bank Indonesia kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged as expected on Thursday, though it reasserted that it would act to defend the exchange rate when needed after a fresh wobble in the currency earlier in the day.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia`s fourth-quarter current account deficit may exceed 3 percent: BI
Bank Indonesia (BI) has predicted that the country`s fourth-quarter current account deficit may exceed 3 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP), after its exports and imports in November suffered the highest deficit of US$2.05 billion throughout this year.
— Antara News

KPK deposits over Rp500 billion in state treasury in 2018
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has deposited in the state treasury over Rp500 billion originating from the auction of confiscated goods and cases of corruption and money laundering in 2018.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s construction industry to gain from openness to BRI: Fitch
Indonesia’s receptive stance towards China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) will be a boon to its construction industry over the next decade and help sustain the current rapid pace of development, said Fitch Solutions Macro Research in a report on Dec 18.
— The Business Times

Indonesia’s palm oil output, exports eased in November – Reuters survey
Indonesia’s palm oil production and exports in November are expected to fall from the previous month while biodiesel usage continues to support domestic demand, according to the results of a Reuters survey.
— Reuters

Indonesia attack shines a light on controversial road project
Violence in Indonesia’s easternmost region of Papua has stalled a massive infrastructure project that researchers have separately warned may threaten the island’s ecological health and the livelihood of its residents.
— Mongabay

Government to boost exports of five types of industrial products
The Industry Ministry said ti will boost exports of products from five industrial sectors – automotive, textile and textile products, small and medium and chemical industries.
— Antara News

Search for cockpit voice recorder of crashed Lion Air resumes in Indonesia
A ship equipped with sophisticated technology resumed search for the cockpit voice recorder and the remains of victims of a fatal flight of Lion air JT 6-10, investigator said here on Thursday.
— Xinhua

Swelling deficits are serious matter, economists warn
The swelling trade and current account deficits are a serious matter for the country’s economy as it will negatively affect the rupiah’s performance and the country’s resistance to the external pressure triggered by global economic uncertainty, economists say.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian leaders to help strengthen Western Indonesia’s startup ecosystem
The line that delineates digital economy and traditional economy is becoming increasingly blurred as businesses are finding ways to integrate the former with the latter.
— Yahoo News

Indonesia is looking to become a tourist powerhouse
Arief Yahya is a man with a mission to make Indonesia a global tourism hot spot.

Universal health coverage in Indonesia: concept, progress, and challenges
Indonesia is a rapidly growing middle-income country with 262 million inhabitants from more than 300 ethnic and 730 language groups spread over 17 744 islands, and presents unique challenges for health systems and universal health coverage (UHC).
— The Lancet

Lombok to lead the way in halal tourism for Indonesia
WITH more than 17,000 islands, Indonesia is the world’s largest island country.
— Asian Correspondent

[WATCH] Indonesia’s big litter problem… more needs to be done
For many, holidays are in full swing. However, what if the place you are visiting is full of litter?
— 702

Online Taxi Drivers` Income Drops 50 Percent according to Survey
The average income among drivers of online ride-hailing app services, either car or motorcycle drivers (online taxi / ojek), showed a constant drop despite being right at the provincial minimum wage (UMP) level.

East Java expects 27 thousand MSMES to enter digital market
The East Java provincial administration expects 27 thousand Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to enter the digital market by the end of 2019.
— Antara News

Indonesia uses tougher anti-terror law to detain suspects for holidays
Indonesian police have detained about 20 suspected militants as security is stepped up ahead of the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season, a commander said on Thursday.
— Reuters

KPK asks sport ministry to tightly control distribution of grants
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has called on the Ministry of Youth and Sports to seriously reform and tighten supervision of the process of channeling grants.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s Banda Aceh city bans New Year’s Eve celebrations citing Islamic law
New Year’s Eve revelers are advised to stay away from Banda Aceh, the capital city of Indonesia’s Aceh province, as a ban on all NYE celebrations was recently issued by the city government.
— Taiwan News

Eximbank helps boost palm oil exports in Papua though sharia financing
Indonesia Eximbank, also known as the Indonesian Export Financing Institution (LPEI), signed on Wednesday a sharia financing agreement with plantation company PT MedcoPapua Hijau Selaras (MPHS) in an effort to boost exports of palm oil products from Manokwari, West Papua.
— The Jakarta Post

VW plans to build car factory in Indonesia
Car maker, Volkswagen (VW), which is based in Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony, Germany, plans to build a car factory in Indonesia, a government official said.
— Antara News

Is Indonesia about to end child marriage?
The region’s most populous country, Indonesia, could be close to ending child marriages soon.
— The Asean Post

Protection of Leuser ecosystem crucial: NGO
Protection of the Leuser Ecosystem zone (KEL) is crucial, as it is a national strategic area, according to an Aceh non-governmental organization (NGO).
— Antara News

Jakarta to Hold Car Free Night on New Year’s Eve
Central Jakarta city administration will hold the Car Free Night event on New Year’s Eve, December 31.

Most prison inmates in large cities drug users
Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna H. Laoly said most inmates correctional institutions in large cities in the country are drug addicts.
— Antara News

Police Task Force Born to Handle PSSI Match-Fixing Suspicion
Spokesman of the Indonesian National Police Headquarters, General Dedi Prasetyo, announced that National Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian will personally lead the team tasked to monitor the country’s match-fixing controversy currently surrounding the Football Association of Indonesia or PSSI.

Immigration office of Palembang deports 10 Malaysian, Chinese nationals
The Class I Immigration Office in Palembang, South Sumatra, from January to December 2018, has forcibly deported 10 Malaysian and Chinese citizens for violating residence and work permits.
— Antara News

KPK 2018 Report Card Shows Great Performance
The annual performance report by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) showed great performance in almost all sectors from absorbing 90 percent of its budget up to the record-breaking number of sting operations (OTT).

KPK to have contact center on corruption cases next year
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) will open a contact center, with phone number 198, starting January 2, 2019, for the public keen on furnishing reports on corruption cases.
— Antara News

Jonan hopes to wrap up Freeport negotiations this year
Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan said he hopes to wrap up the process of share divestment of PT Freeport Indonesia (FI) before the end of this year.
— Antara News

Hyundai to Open Car Plant in Indonesia, to Build EVs: Minister
Hyundai Motor plans to start producing electric vehicles in Indonesia as part of an $880 million auto investment in the country, Deputy Industry Minister Harjanto said on Thursday.
— Jakarta Globe

Trans-Java toll road open to public on Friday : SOEs Minister
The State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Rini Soemarno said the Trans Java Toll Road will be opened to the public on Friday, Dec 21.
— Antara News

Transportation Ministry prepares grand design on HRD
Indonesia’s Transportation Ministry is preparing a 2019-2024 grand design on human resources development (HRD) to increase skills and productivity of its human resources.
— Antara News

Finance Minister asks W Papua to improve performance
Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani has asked the Governor of West Papua, Dominggus Mandacan, to continue to improve the performance of the regional government.
— Antara News

22,000 Buses Prohibited to Operate for Year-end Holiday
The Directorate General of Land Transportation continues to ramp check the vehicles ahead of the year-end holiday, namely 2019 Christmas and New Year holidays.

Indonesian boy’s ‘school crawl’ becomes sensation
Indonesia: Indonesian third-grader Mukhlis Abdul Holik begins the long haul to school with a knapsack strapped to his back and hands stuffed into a pair of sandals – to guard against road burn.
— Channel News Asia

KPK promises to continue investigation of big cases
The head of the KPK has promised to continue investigating a number of big cases that were left incomplete in 2018.
— Antara News

Juanda Airport Operates 24 Hours during Christmas, New Year
Juanda International Airport Surabaya in Sidoarjo, East Java, will operate 24 hours during Christmas and New Year 2019. The airport will operate 24 hours from December 20 to January 6, 2019.


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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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