Sri Mulyani Blames Oil for Weak Rupiah
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said that the unmet oil lifting target, and the declining volume, adds pressure to the rupiah exchange rate. The two factors, she said, makes it difficult for the rupiah to rebound.
Indonesia issues new rules for palm oil and other commodity exporters as rupiah slides
Indonesia has laid out new rules for commodities exporters to guarantee funding for shipments through Indonesian banks or branches of foreign banks in the country, the trade minister said on Tuesday, part of a bid to prop up the ailing rupiah.
— The Star
Greenpeace links forest destruction for palm oil to brands
Greenpeace says global consumer brands continue to buy palm oil from companies that are cutting down Indonesia’s rainforests despite repeated pledges to clean up their supply chains.
— Associated Press
North and South Korea say they plan bid for 2032 Olympics
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in a statement Wednesday that the countries planned to jointly bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics.
— Associated Press
Shea-Porter calls for release of detained Indonesian
A Democratic congresswoman from New Hampshire is calling for the release of an Indonesian woman detained since May after she was picked up at an immigration checkpoint.
— Associated Press
Oscars: Indonesia Selects ‘Marlina The Murderer’ in Foreign-Language Category
“Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts,” an action story and powerful female empowerment drama, has been named by Indonesia as its contender for the Academy Awards foreign-language Oscars race. It was directed by musician turned film maker Mouly Surya.
Indonesia exports religious take on family planning
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in collaboration with the National Population and Family Planning Board (BKKBN), is promoting Indonesia’s approach of incorporating religious leaders in family planning campaigns abroad, describing the approach as effective in increasing the use of contraception.
— The Jakarta Post
Indonesian province calls time-out on mining
The new government of East Nusa Tenggara, a mineral-rich province in eastern Indonesia, has pledged to reform its mining sector as officials and environmentalists cite the lack of benefits from the extractive industry.
Coal Exports From Top Shipper Hobbled With Miners Facing Constraints
Coal exports from Indonesia will be restrained this year, which could frustrate a plan by the government to ease a burgeoning trade deficit while keeping prices elevated, according to an industry group.
Indonesia wants to stay away from trade war: Official
Trade Ministry International Trade Negotiation Director General Imam Pambagyo has said that Indonesia wants to stay out of a trade war by introducing policies that are committed to fair trade to avoid disputes with other countries.
— The Jakarta Post
Indonesia won’t need to import rice through June 2019: Logistics chief
Indonesia will not have to import rice through June 2019 as the country has enough of the commodity in stock, said Budi Waseso, head of state-owned logistics firm Bulog.
— The Jakarta Post
Governor of Indonesia’s Papua seeks connection with PNG
The Governor of Indonesia’s Papua province says West Papuans should be able to connect more with people in neighbouring Papua New Guinea.
— Radio New Zealand
Anger at Singapore ads offering Indonesian domestic helpers for ‘sale’
Online ads in Singapore offering Indonesian maids for sale were Wednesday condemned as “unjust and demeaning”, in a rare flare-up of tensions between the neighbours over domestic helpers.
— Agence France-Presse via South China Morning Post
Price rising on Indonesia’s resource nationalism
Propelled by a wave of nationalist sentiment and political pressure, the Indonesian government appears to be still coming to terms with the fact that assuming ownership of its once-largest gas-field and richest copper and gold mine comes at a significant price.
— Asia Times
Chinese e-commerce player JD bolsters online shopping presence in Indonesia
Chinese ecommerce giant JD.com has launched an online shopping service, called “JD.ID Virtual” at nine train stations in the Greater Jakarta region.
— Marketing Interactive
Australia Indonesia agree on FTA
By 2020, 99 per cent of Australian goods exported to Indonesia will enjoy reduced or non-existent tariffs under the newly negotiated Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA).
— Asia Fruit
Power of tradition often trumps religion in Indonesia
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for Indonesia’s Disaster Management Agency, is usually one of the country’s most popular people. Unlike typically secretive bureaucrats, he goes out of his way to make sure the media is closely informed about the country’s multitude of natural disasters.
— UCA News
Sukmi returns home after working in Saudi Arabia without pay
Sukmi bint Sardi Umar, an Indonesian woman from Lebak district, Banten province, had been working in Saudi Arabia for 22 years without getting paid.
Dollar appreciation windfall for rubber exporters in South Sumatra
Rubber exporters in South Sumatra have a windfall from the rise in the U.S. dollar value against rupiah.
Pertamina begins developing new oil fields
State-owned oil and gas firm PT Pertamina Hulu Energi Offshore North West Java (PHE ONWJ) has begun the development stage of the new YYA offshore oil platform in the Handil YY oil/gas field, Kutai Kartanegara, East Kalimantan.
Abu Sayyaf Militants Release Three Indonesian Hostages
Three Indonesian fishermen, taken hostage by Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern Philippines 20 months ago, were released last weekend and reunited with their families on Tuesday (18/09).
— The Jakarta Globe
Ma`ruf Amin: Jokowi Wants Indonesia as Largest Halal Producer
Future vice presidential candidate Ma`ruf Amin said President Joko `Jokowi` Widodo strived to create Indonesia as the world`s largest producer of halal products.
Govt to Complete Roadmap for Sharia Economy Later This Year
The National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) has set itself a target of completing a roadmap for the development of sharia-compliant economy in the country at the end of this year.
Scope of industrial sector receiving tax holiday to be expanded
The Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution said that the scope of the industrial sector receiving tax holiday would be expanded.
Indonesia’s Newest Unicorn Eyes Top Slot With Help From Kiosks
The newest entrant into Indonesia’s unicorn family has a mantra to narrow the gap with the e-commerce market leader — sign up hundreds of neighborhood stores daily as partners.
Drought conditions in Australia spread north as Indonesia feels the bite of the big dry
Hot, dry air intensified by drought conditions in Australia has circulated north, contributing to water shortages in 4,000 Indonesian villages.
— ABC News
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