Indonesia Morning News For February 26

Indonesia Morning News For February 26

Indonesia morning newsIndonesia says US biodiesel decision kills chance of fair trade
The US’ recent decision to add anti-dumping duties on biodiesel from Indonesia is preventing Indonesia’s exporters from trading in the US market, Pradnyawati, director of trade security at Indonesia’s Trade Ministry, told Arab News.
— Arab News

Fear and horror among Indonesia’s LGBT community as gay sex ban looms
When Ael left home to go to school in Jakarta, his parents warned him to be careful in the big city. “Be a kind person,” his mother told him.
— CNN International

Infrastructure setback in Indonesia
Indonesian President Joko Widodo is facing a major setback after suspending construction of elevated toll roads and railway tracks following a string of recent construction accidents.
— Bangkok Post

Indonesia, Singapore exchange financial information
Indonesia and Singapore will begin to implement the Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) agreement in September 2018, according to Indonesia’s Antara news agency.
— Vietnam Plus (media release)

Indonesia Needs $20 Billion For Tourism Development
Indonesia’s initiative to create and promote ten “new Balis” – ten new tourists destinations that could become as popular as the crowded holiday island – would require about $20 billion in investment, the government calculated, hoping for developers from China, Singapore, Thailand and other countries to foot half of the bill.
— Investvine

Inflation Stands at 3.2% in Third Week of February: Bank Indonesia
Bank Indonesia, the country’s central bank, said that the consumer price index rose by 3.2 percent at the end of the third week of February, compared to the same period last year, indicating only mild inflation going forward.
— Jakarta Globe

New $2b Offshore International Airport Planned for Northern Bali
Indonesian private-sector company Bandara Internasional Bali Utara plans to build a new international airport in northern Bali to accommodate growth in foreign tourist arrivals.
— Jakarta Globe

BPJS Ketenagakerjaan seeks to book Rp 367.8 trillion in funds
The Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan) expects to grow its funds by 16 percent to Rp 367.8 trillion (US$26.8 billion) this year as it focuses on boosting its premium revenue and investment gains.
— The Jakarta Post

Google enters the ride-hailing fray in Indonesia
Google has picked a horse in the Go-Jek-Grab race. At the end of January, the online behemoth announced it had invested in Go-Jek. Google refused to disclose the size of the investment, but analysts believe it may be as much as US$100 million.
— Asean Today

Bauxite Club Will Be Established to Push Growth of Mineral Mines Performance
Indonesian businesses encourage consistent policy alignments for the development of downstream mineral mining and development of the metal industry.
— Netral News

PDIP Set to Reach 150 House Seats in 2019 Election
The National Working Meeting (Rakernas) III of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI Perjuangan or PDIP) sets the target for legislative seats in 2019 Election between 140 and 154 seats.
— Netral News

Doctors baffled as boy ‘lays egg’
In a bizarre incident that has left doctors baffled, a teenage boy named Akmal laid an egg in front of them after he was brought to the hospital writhing in pain. The 14-year-old Akmal’s family from Gowa, Indonesia, claimed that he has laid 20 eggs in the last two years, according to reports in Mirror.
— Khaleej Times

Mwani Qatar signs MoU with Indonesian port firm Pelindo 1
Qatar Ports Management Company (Mwani Qatar) and PT Pelabuhan Indonesia I (Pelindo 1) have signed an MoU that aims to boost the exchange of best practices and experiences in the field of ports operation and management, as well as bolstering bilateral communication on investment, promotion and relevant innovative technologies.
— Gulf Times


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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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