Indonesia morning news for December 6

Indonesia morning news for December 6

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia woos Chinese investors with US$60-billion menu of Belt and Road projects
Indonesia is offering new projects worth up to US$60 billion to Chinese investors in a bid to capitalise on Beijing’s Belt and Road initiative, a senior official said, despite growing concern about the strings tied to some of the loans worldwide.
— Channel NewsAsia

Indonesia likely to miss target of 17m tourist arrivals
Indonesia is unlikely to hit its target of getting 17 million tourist arrivals this year because of a series of disasters the country experienced in 2018, according to Tourism Ministry official Judi Rifajantoro.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia palm oil levy to kick in at US$570/T — finance ministry
Indonesia has eased rules on palm oil levies and derivative products following a drop in prices, according to a finance ministry regulation on a government website on Wednesday, an effort to make the nation’s palm oil exports more competitive.
— The Edge Markets

Blood on the tracks of Widodo’s Papuan highway
The Free Papua Movement’s (OPM) armed struggle against the Indonesian government appears to have entered a dangerous new phase after rebel fighters killed 20 construction workers and a soldier in the worst single incident in the country’s troubled easternmost province on record.
— Asia Times

Indonesian city outlaws plastic bags as campaigners push for wider bans
Last Tuesday, hopeful and determined campaigners that an Indonesian city’s ban on single-use plastic bags should encourage similar policies by local governments elsewhere in Asia.
— Fresh Plaza

Indonesia hunts suspects in alleged mass killing
Indonesian soldiers hunted Wednesday for rebels suspected of killing as many as 24 construction workers in Papua Province, as an eyewitness account supplied by the military described a grisly mass execution.
— Global Times

Sinking Jakarta could face major flooding by 2025, experts say
More than a quarter of Jakarta’s 661.52 square kilometres will be submerged in less than a decade, and the sprawling capital will continue to sink rapidly unless significant measures are taken to ensure the survival of the city, experts have warned.
— The Straits Times

Situation in West Papua getting worse
The situation in West Papua is getting increasingly dire after reports have revealed that up to 31 people have been killed in a central district of the region on Sunday.
— The Asean Post

Malaysia and Indonesia ‘put pressure on UK’ to intervene over ban on palm oil by supermarket Iceland
The world’s biggest palm oil producing nations, Indonesia and Malaysia, have both reportedly attempted to influence the British government to take action after supermarket chain Iceland announced it was cutting palm oil from all its own brand products.
— The Independent

Salient points in Prabowo-Sandiaga’s plans for Fair and Prosperous Indonesia
Presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Sandiaga Uno have released their platform for the 2019 election, titled Indonesia Adil Makmur (Fair and Prosperous Indonesia). Detailing the pair’s programs for the next five years, the platform is included in 15 pages of a so-called blue book.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia aims to be world class fishing destination
Indonesia is aiming to be the best fishing tourism destination in the world.
— The Jakarta Post

Southeast Sulawesi reports 25.89 percent increase in exports
Southeast Sulawesi recorded a 25.89 percent increase in exports to US$103.5 million in October this year from US$82.21 million in the previous month.
— Antara News

Authorities to Evacuate Papua Shooting Victims Today
The Army said they and the police will evacuate victims of shooting by armed groups in Nduga District, Papua today.

Exclusive: Indonesia’s Telkomsel to launch growth stage fund with Telkom and Singtel
Indonesian mobile operator Telkomsel, a subsidiary of state-owned telco firm Telkom Indonesia, is set to launch a venture capital arm before the end of the year, according to the company’s head of strategic investment.
— Deal Street Asia (paywall)

Indonesian Ministry of Youths & Sport (Kemenpora) Holds Millennial Seminar to Encourage Young Voters at 2019 Indonesian Presidential Election
Deputy Ministry of Youth Development, Indonesian Ministry of Youth and Sports (Kemenpora) held a political literacy seminar entitled “Seminar Milenial Indonesia Melek Politik” on December 4, 2018 at Theater Room, Kemenpora, Jakarta.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire

West Papua Liberation Army claims responsibility for mass killing
The West Papua Liberation Army (TPNPB) has claimed responsibility for the attacks that led to the death of 19 PT Istaka Karya construction workers and one Indonesian Military (TNI) soldier in Nduga regency, Papua. However, they claimed the workers were soldiers, not civilians.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Debt Problem? There’s Not Enough of It
Indonesia’s problem with leverage is the exact opposite of what emerging markets usually face.
— Bloomberg

Google Trains 100,000 Indonesian Developer Within 2 Years
Google has made an investment in the human resources sector in Indonesia since 2015 by establishing training for small, medium enterprises (SMEs), students, and developers.

‘Abusive and absurd’: The LGBTI rights crisis unfolding before Indonesia’s elections
Amanda, who identifies as bisexual, whispers about deep fear and frustration in Indonesia’s LGBTI community.
— Today Online

Indonesia prepares defence MOUs in line with diversification strategy
The Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on 4 December that it is drafting new defence co-operation agreements with Spain and Serbia as part of continuing efforts to diversify its military trade and industrial partnerships.
— Jane’s 360

Indonesian protesters rally in support of Rohingyas
Dozens of protesters on Wednesday staged a demonstration outside the Myanmar Embassy in Jakarta, protesting against the inhuman treatment of Rohingya Muslims in that country and demanding its government to take action.
— Outlook

Thailand, Indonesia share unity of purpose: Envoy
In loving memory: Thai Ambassador to Indonesia Songphoi Sukchan presents a memento to Education and Culture Ministry secretary-general, Didik Suhardi, during a diplomatic reception to commemorate the birthday of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Jakarta on Tuesday evening.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Indonesia rupiah drop a “technical correction”, BI not yet intervening
A drop in the Indonesian rupiah on Wednesday was due to “technical correction” and the central bank is yet to intervene in the market, Bank Indonesia’s (BI) head of monetary management Nanang Hendarsah said.
— Nasdaq

Lion Air, Boeing deal still in place, says top airline official
Lion Air president director Edward Sirait has denied that the airline will cancel its purchase agreement for 190 Boeing 737 MAX planes, following a crash on Oct. 29 of a Lion Air flight that used the model’s MAX 8 aircraft.
— The Jakarta Post

Prabowo Subianto Express Distaste Against Media, Journalists
In the 26th International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Prabowo Subianto also invited audience members to stop respecting journalists.

Jokowi to Distribute Land Certificates for 4,000 Hectares of Land
President Jokowi is scheduled to distribute the certificates of the object of agrarian reform land (TORA) to the people of Siak Regency.

Heavy rains destroy sheet piling in South Jakarta waterways
The driving rains that have hammered Jakarta in recent days have damaged sheet piling in South Jakarta’s waterways, namely in Cilandak Barat and Pondok Indah.
— The Jakarta Post

The most important country for the global climate no one is talking about
World leaders are gathered this month in Katowice, Poland, for COP24, the most important global meeting on climate change since the 2015 UN Climate Conference in Paris. At the top of agenda: getting countries to agree on rules to implement the Paris climate accords for 2020, when the pact goes into effect.

No stoppage in Papua development despite violence: Presidential spokesman
Chief of the Presidential Staff Moeldoko said development of Papua would continue as scheduled despite the recent murder of 31 construction workers there by armed men believed to be separatists.
— Antara News

They played dead on the ground: Survivor recounts OPM massacre
Jimmi Aritonang, a father of four, had only recently started his job as a foreman working on a bridge in Nduga regency, Papua, for state-owned construction company PT Istaka Karya when a nightmare ordeal began.
— The Jakarta Post

Trenggalek Committed to Maintain Karst Ecosystem
Trenggalek regency administration, East Java, has committed to manage the karst ecosystem sustainably.

Jakarta to increase parking fees, reduce parking lots
The Jakarta administration plans to increase parking fees while reducing the number of parking lots across the capital in a bid to encourage residents to use public transportation.
— The Jakarta Post

Prabowo`s Fury against Media Baffles Jokowi Camp
Abdul Kadir Karding suspects that Prabowo Subianto might have mobilized the 212 Reunion Rally based on his reaction alone.

Clogged drains blamed as source of flooding in Depok
Rivers in the West Java city of Depok are overflowing with trash, causing flooding amid the rainy season, an official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Mitsubishi Appreciates BPPT for Electric Car Charging Station
Mitsubishi Motors Krama Yudha Sales Indonesia (MMKSI), the official distributor of passenger and light trading vehicles from Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) in Indonesia, has welcomed the inauguration of an electric car charging station by the Technology Assessment and Application Agency (BPPT) in Indonesia.
— Netral News

Garuda Group prepares 132,000 extra seats for long holiday
Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia and its low-cost subsidiary Citilink Indonesia have prepared 132,000 extra seats to accommodate an expected passenger increase during the Christmas and New Year holiday.
— The Jakarta Post

Coalition filing citizen lawsuit over capital’s air pollution, Gov. Anies and Jokowi named among defendants
Can legal pressure push the government to finally clean up the capital’s unhealthy levels of air pollution?
— Coconuts Jakarta (paywall)

BPPT Indonesia Introduces Two EV Quick Charging Stations
Mitsubishi participated in BPPT`s EV development program on Indonesia`s infrastructure capabilities in accommodating electric vehicles.

Eni’s East Kalimantan Gas Project to Start Up in 2021 Under New Contract: Deputy Minister
Italian multinational energy company Eni aims to start output of natural gas from its Merakes project offshore East Kalimantan in 2021, Deputy Energy Minister Arcandra Tahar said on Tuesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Anies to continue riverbank clearance, construction project
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said he would continue a riverbank clearance and construction project in an attempt to eliminate flooding.
— The Jakarta Post

PT Pinnacle’s Rachmat Is Bullish on Indonesia
John Rachmat, strategist at PT Pinnacle Persada Investama, discusses why he says it’s time to invest in Indonesia, oil prices and the rupiah. He speaks on “Bloomberg Markets: Asia.” (Source: Bloomberg)
— Bloomberg

Ministry clarifies report on SOE debt
The State-Owned Enterprises Ministry has clarified a report that put the combined debt of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) at Rp 5.27 quadrillion (US$369 billion) as of the third quarter of 2018.
— The Jakarta Post

Mily, police joint team to evacuate rebel attack victims
The military and police joint team is readied to evacuate victims of the armed Papuan rebel attack from the site in Yigi and the top of Mt Tabo in Nduga District, Papua Province, Cendrawasih Military Commander Maj Gen Joshua.
— Antara News

Rubella immunization team deployed to schools in Mimika
An immunization team of 15 to 20 members from the Mimika District Health Office in Papua Province has been deployed to schools in the district to find out children who have not received measles, rubella and polio immunization.
— Antara News


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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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