Indonesia morning news for October 26

Indonesia morning news for October 26

Indonesia morning newsIndonesia earmarks $1 bln of infrastructure projects for Islamic financing
Indonesia’s government is offering investors $37.3 billion worth of infrastructure projects, $1 billion of which is earmarked for Shariah-compliant financing, Ekoputro Adijayanto, CEO of the ministry of national development’s Center for Private Investment (PINA) told Salaam Gateway.
— Salaam Gateway

TEI 2018 books US$4.96b on first day
The 33rd Trade Expo Indonesia (TEI), which kicked off Wednesday at International Convention Exhibition (ICE) in Tangerang, Banten, booked US$4.96 billion in trade contracts on the first day.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian democracy index increases: Witanto
The Indonesian Democracy Index (IDI) has increased during four years of the Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla administration, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto stated.
— Antara News

Maybank Indonesia provides sharia hedging financing of US$128m to PT SMI
Maybank Indonesia has successfully arranged Indonesia’s first ever sharia hedging facility worth US$128 million for PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (PT SMI).
— New Straits Times

Government provides Rp14.31 trillion in village funds for frontier areas
The government has distributed Rp14.31 trillion in village funds for outer and frontier areas, the Village and Backward Area Development and Transmigration Ministry has said.
— Antara News

Odd-even policy diverts private vehicle users to public transportation
The implementation of the even-odd traffic system has successfully diverted users of private vehicles to use public transportation, as revealed by the Research and Development Agency of the Ministry of …
— Antara News

NuMoney to support Indonesian startups with US$10M funding via ICO incubator
Cryptocurrency marketplace NuMoney Indonesia introduces its incubator program that seeks to facilitate local tech startups called NuMoney Initial Coin Offering (ICO) Incubator.
— Yahoo News

Givaudan opens new $2.89m development centre in Indonesia
Givaudan has officially opened a new CHF 2.9 million ($2.89 million) commercial and development centre in Jakarta, Indonesia.
— FoodBev Media

Indonesia plans to complete 13 trade agreements
The Indonesian government is seeking to complete 13 trade agreements with other countries and trade organizations in an attempt to boost its exports amid the trade war between China and the United States, which has seen a trend toward global trade protectionism.
— The Jakarta Post

Ahead of 2019 Election, Indonesia, Media Battle Fake News
As the third largest democracy in the world with a young, mobile-first population and low levels of digital literacy, Indonesia is highly susceptible to the spread of fake news and hoaxes.
— Voice of America

Indonesia takes steps to reform certification of construction workers
The Indonesian government has taken several steps to reform the certification of construction workers as part of its efforts to develop quality human resources in the infrastructure sector, an official
— Antara News

Government says religious harmony on decline
Indonesia’s religious harmony index declined following a rise in negative religious sentiments ahead of the 2019 elections, Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto said on Thursday.
— The Jakarta Post

After 4 Years in Office, Jokowi Has Yet to Fulfil Human Rights Promises, Civil Society Groups Say
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has yet to fulfil many of his campaign promises, four years after taking office, civil society organizations say.
— Jakarta Globe

Infrastructure needs to be ready for cloud to take off in APAC
Markets such as Indonesia still are grappling to roll out fibre connectivity to all users, without which cloud adoption will be premature, while some large businesses also have to ensure it makes economic sense to do so.
— ZDNet

Indonesian Millennials Bet Their Futures on the Digital Economy
Digital disruption, startups and technology are apparently keywords millennials love and bet their futures on.
— Jakarta Globe

Scaling back on Chinese projects
Former Indonesian general and presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto intends to review infrastructure projects that the country has signed up to as part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
— The Asean Post

Indonesia has to be key player in Indo-Pacific: researcher
Indonesia has to be the key player in Indo-Pacific region, a researcher from Perth US Asia Centre, Australia, Natalie Sambhi said.
— Antara News

Agriculture minister responsible for inaccurate rice data: economist
Indonesian Agriculture Minister Andi Amran Sulaiman should be held responsible for inaccurate data on the country`s rice procurement in the past few years, economist Lana Soelistianingsih said.
— Antara News

Telkomsel Unveils Msight to Support Indonesia’s Digital Transformation
Telkomsel, the country’s largest mobile network provider, unveiled Mobile Consumer Insight, or Msight, at the 2018 Tech in Asia conference in Jakarta on Tuesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia ready to participate in World Expo 2020 in Dubai
Indonesia is ready to participate in the World Expo 2020 to be held in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, for six months, from October 2020 to April 2021, an official of the Trade Ministry stated.
— Antara News

Bank BJB Posts 25.4 Percent Net Profit Growth to IDR1.3 Trillion in Q3 2018
Regional development bank, PT Bank Pembangunan Daerah Jawa Barat dan Banten, Tbk (IDX:BJBR) or bank bjb recorded good performance amid uncertainties in the global economy and negative sentiments of the United States (US) and China trade wars.
— Netral English

AGO Successfully Restores State Funds of IDR2.29 Trillion in Four Years
For four years under the Joko “Jokowi” Widodo-Jusuf Kalla administration, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) succeeded in saving state funds amounting to IDR2.29 trillion and USD263,000 from handling thousands of cases, Attorney General H.M. Prasetyo said.
— Netral English

Indonesia’s anti-graft agency ‘eager to intervene’ in palm oil sector
Indonesia’s graft-ridden palm oil sector is in need of an “overhaul,” according to the nation’s anti-corruption agency.

Govt needs investors to build new Zambo airport
The construction of a new world-class airport in the city will depend upon the buy-in of large scale investors, an official from the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) says.
— Indonesia News

East Kalimantan role model in airport construction initiative: President
East Kalimantan should serve as a role model for other regions in the country for its initiative to build the APT Pranoto Airport in Samarinda, President Joko Widodo stated.
— Antara News

Agriculture Ministry says its data on rice production valid
The Agriculture Ministry has said that its data on rice production is valid despite it being different than the data issued by Statistics Indonesia (BPS).
— The Jakarta Post

Cigarette Ads at Railway Stations to be Evaluated
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi agrees with the anti-smoking agenda that voiced by the Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) regarding the cigarette advertisements placed at train stations.
— Indonesia Expat

Indonesia: populism and politicisation of Islam
The counter-terrorism landscape in Southeast Asia has fundamentally changed over the 15 years since Indonesia’s anti-terrorism laws were originally enacted.
— The Interpreter

The Human Cost of Indonesia’s Blasphemy Law
Last month, I visited Meliana, an Indonesian woman jailed for blasphemy, in a prison in Medan, North Sumatra.
— Human Rights Watch

Chinese Dairy Giant Yili Group Launches in Indonesia
In Jakarta, Indonesia, China’s largest dairy enterprise, Yili Group, held a product launch event on October 23 and announced in high profile its entrance into the local market.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

our ocean conference prioritizes six areas of cooperation
The Our Ocean Conference (OOC) 2018 prioritizes maritime cooperation in six areas, namely the handling of marine pollution, protecting marine areas, sustainable fisheries, handling of climate change impacts on the sea, …
— Antara News

Solok gears up for Tour de Singkarak
Solok is making preparations to hold the international cycling race and sports tourism event of Tour de Singkarak (TdS) by conducting road repairs and providing accommodation and modes of transportation.
— Antara News

President Jokowi visits Samarinda to inaugurate new airports
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) visited Samarinda, East Kalimantan Province, to inaugurate the Maratua and APT Pranoto airports as part of the government`s program to improve connectivity.
— Antara News

Ericsson starts export of 5G-ready telecom gear to Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand
Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson said it has started exporting 5G-ready telecom equipment such as base stations and microwave gear from its manufacturing facility in Pune to Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand.
— The Economic Times

What women leaders bring to the table
Early this year, Indonesia’s Minister of Finance, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, received the Best Minister Award at the World Government Summit in Dubai.
— The Asean Post

Indonesia`s entrepreneurial rate moves up in past four years
Indonesia`s entrepreneurial rate rose in the past four years and is believed to stay above 5 percent of its total population at the end of this year, according to the Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises
— Antara News

Toshiba supports Indonesia`s energy development
Toshiba continues to support the development of energy in Indonesia which so far has been carried out through the utilization of technology in developing steam, geothermal and hydro power plants.
— Antara News

Flag Burning in Garut, Wiranto: Wait for Police Investigation
Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto, asked the public to hand over the case of the Tawheed flag burning that occurred in Garut to the police.

IT Ministry plans to fine social media platforms for allowing fake news to spread
Fake news is obviously a big problem, but is this the right way to combat…
— Coconuts Jakarta (paywall)

PGI protests draft bill regulating Sunday schools, catechism
The Indonesian Communion of Churches (PGI) lamented the House of Representatives’ proposal to regulate Sunday schools and catechism in a draft bill on pesantren (Islamic boarding schools) and religious education, which was discussed by lawmakers in a plenary meeting recently.
— The Jakarta Post

Court keeps Indonesia woman irked by noisy mosque in prison
A High Court on Thursday upheld an 18-month prison sentence for a woman convicted of blasphemy in Indonesia after complaining about the volume of a mosque’s loudspeakers.
— Star Tribune

HIV-positive orphans in North Sumatra must be allowed to go to school: KPAI
The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) called on the government on Thursday to protect three HIV-positive orphans who currently face the threat of being driven out of their homes in Samosir, North Sumatra.
— The Jakarta Post

Ternate Administration Asked to Take Care of Fort Kastela
The Ternate Regional Government in North Maluku, was asked to take care of Fort Kastela, the historical site of the Portuguese heritage that was not well maintained and some of its parts were damaged.

Full Chronology of KPK Sting Operation against Cirebon Regent Sunjaya
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) revealed the chronology of sting operation (OTT) against graft case related to job, project and licensing mutations in Cirebon Regency of Fiscal Year 2018.
— Netral English

Community leaders condemn rape of school teacher in Papua
Nduga community leaders have strongly condemned the raping of female school teacher in the village of Mapenduma, in the district of Nduga after being taken hostage by armed criminals earlier this month.
— Antara News


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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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