Indonesia morning news for December 4

Indonesia morning news for December 4

Indonesia morning news

BPS records 0.27 percent inflation in November
Inflation was 0.27 percent in November, slightly lower than the 0.28 percent recorded in October and contrary to the trend in the last two years, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s WSMEs: female entrepreneurship without a safety net
Despite the substantial contribution women-led or -owned small and medium enterprises (WSMEs) make to the Indonesian economy, their aspirations are not effectively facilitated by policymakers.
— AEC News Today

Growth Momentum in Indonesia’s Manufacturing Sector Slowed Further
Manufacturing activity in Indonesia continued to expand in November 2018. However, the pace of expansion slowed further, for the third straight month, and the November reading was in fact the lowest reading of the past five months.
— Indonesia Investments (media release)

Indonesia’s E-Commerce Industry Projected to Be Worth $53b by 2025
Aina Isnaini, a 28-year-old civil servant in Jakarta, regularly shops online for hijabs, cosmetics and beauty products.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia plans to issue around $8.4 bln in forex bonds for 2019 budget-official
The Indonesian government plans to issue U.S. dollar denominated bonds in December to fund the 2019 budget, market conditions permitting, the Finance Ministry said on Monday.
— Reuters

Indonesia coal benchmark dips for fourth month to $92.51/t
Indonesia Coal benchmark price (HBA) for December was set at $92.51 per tonne, down from $97.90 per tonne in November, mining ministry spokesman Agung Pribadi said, the fourth monthly fall in a row.
— Business Recorder

Top official orders ban on single-use plastic in Home Ministry building
Home Minister Tjahjo Kumolo has begun a battle against plastic waste, ordering all officials under the ministry, including canteens in the building in Central Jakarta, to refrain from using single-use water bottles, cups and straws.
— The Jakarta Post

Troubled Japanese Firm to Abandon Indonesian Banking Unit
The troubled Japanese financial concern J Trust Co Ltd appears about to abandon its four-year-old campaign to turn around its notorious Indonesia unit, J Trust Bank Indonesia, according to the company’s president and CEO, Nobuyoshi Fujisawa (above), at J Trust’s presentation of its second-quarter results on Nov. 19 in Tokyo.
— Asia Sentinel

Norway offers assistance for landscape program of South Sumatra
Norway is one of the donor countries to have offered help for implementing the Sembilang Dangku landscape program in the districts of Banyuasin and Musi Banyuasin in South Sumatra.
— Antara News

‘Crazy Rich Surabayan’ couple raise more than IDR 1 billion for Sulawesi disaster relief at extravagant wedding
Here’s to the conscientious new couple.
— Coconuts Jakarta (paywall)

Consumer Price Index Indonesia: Another Month of Higher-than-Expected Inflation
Based on the latest data from Indonesia’s Central Statistics Agency (BPS), the nation’s annual headline inflation rate increased 3.23 percent year-on-year (y/y) in November 2018. The result is higher than we had anticipated and also implies that Indonesia’s consumer price index has now accelerated for a second straight month.
— Indonesia Investments

Lack of Law Weakens Indonesia in UN`s Biodiversity Convention
The revision of Law (RUU) No. 5/1990 on the nature conservation resources and its ecosystem is yet to be completed during the process that has lasted two years. The urgency of the regulation has never been more important to protect Indonesia’s natural resources from biopiracy.

As the rest of the world quits, Indonesia wants lax rules for tobacco investment
The government has insisted that its plan to liberalize the tobacco industry will trickle down positively in terms of job creation and export outputs despite the product being largely consumed inside the country, prompting criticism from tobacco control activists.
— The Jakarta Post

E-payment platforms benefiting SMEs
Small and medium enterprises (SME) are providing a lucrative market for Indonesia’s blossoming online payment platforms, according to experts in the field.
— The Jakarta Post

Luhut: We Must be Smarter, Wiser in the Industrial Revolution 4.0 Era
Indonesia Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut B Pandjaitan says that in the era of Industrial Revolution 4.0 as it is today, all parties-especially the state apparatus-are required to work in a directed, integrated, and synchronized manner.
— Netral News

Jokowi Urges Business to Stop Exporting Raw Materials
President Joko `Jokowi` Widodo urged businesses to stop exporting raw materials.

Aceh Police Declare 75 Escaped Prisoners Fugitives
The Aceh Police have declared 75 prisoners who escaped from Banda Aceh City Class II A Penitentiary last week as fugitives

Policies prepared for Bekasi, Karawang, Purwakarta industrial areas
The government plans to develop West Java’s Bekasi, Karawang and Purwakarta integrated economic and industry zone (KEIT) into a national strategic area (KSN) to further facilitate the opening of more factories in the region.
— The Jakarta Post

Pekanbaru police seize 3,000 ecstasy pills, 1.5 kg crystal meth
The Pekanbaru City Police in Riau Province have seized three thousand ecstasy pills and 1.
— Antara News

RI-Malaysia task force confiscates 324 bottles of liquor
Indonesia-Malaysia Border Security Unit (Satgas Pamtas) Raider Battalion 613 / Raja Alam has managed to thwart the efforts to smuggle 324 bottles of liquor, which were allegedly supplied from Malaysia.
— Antara News

Ngawi residents discover fossilized ivory of ancient elephant
Several residents of Pelang Los village, Kedunggalar sub-district, Ngawi District, E Java, discovered the fossilized ivory of an alleged ancient elephant while digging the soil in their village.
— Antara News

Tuk tuk library brings joy of books to Jakarta’s poorest children
Sutino “Kinong” Hadi was not even 10 years old when he dropped out of school.
— Al Jazeera

Taman Simalem gets sustainable tourism award
Taman Simalem Resort (TSR) in Merek district, Karo regency, North Sumatra, has won a 2018 Indonesia Sustainable Tourism Award (ISTA) from the Tourism Ministry.
— The Jakarta Post

Grab Indonesia wants you to know it cares about women’s safety
App-based ride-hailing company Grab Indonesia has announced a plan to expand in-app safety features and educate drivers about sexual harassment for the provision of a service that is safer for both female drivers and female passengers.
— The Jakarta Post

Australian among hundreds of Papuan activists arrested in Indonesia
An Australian was among hundreds of pro-Papuan independence activists arrested across Indonesia at the weekend, police and rights groups said Monday (Dec 3)
— Channel News Asia

Local Government Gives Garbage Bags to Prevent Littering River
Residents living along the Gendong River in Penjaringan, North Jakarta, have received around 1,000 garbage bags that were distributed by the district authority to discourage them from throwing garbage into the river.
— Indonesia Expat

233 Papua Students Left Surabaya Police Custody
Papuan Students Alliance activist Alince Tekege said that the 233 students arrested in Surabaya had been sent home.

Surabaya touts waste management to win 2018 Guangzhou Award
Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini is boasting about the community-based waste management in the capital of the East Java province to a panel of judges of the Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation 2018 in Guangzhou, China, on Monday, in hopes of winning this year.
— The Jakarta Post

Greater Jakarta LRT connecting Cibubur to Cawang to be ready for trial by April 2019: official
While the neighborhood of Cibubur in East Jakarta has seen a huge growth in commercial and residential developments in recent years, the area still lacks railway access. But that looks set to change next year as the construction of the Greater Jakarta LRT (Light Rail Transit) system is reportedly nearing completion.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Snapshot: Living in Indonesia gives Bradford student new perspective
Pleasant Prairie resident John Bush is spending a year on the opposite side of the globe as a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Bali, Indonesia.


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo acknowledges World Soil Day, December 5.


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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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