Indonesia morning news for April 3

Indonesia morning news for April 3

Indonesia morning newsIndonesia must invest billions in infocomm tech: Report
INDONESIA needs a national digital transformation plan, consulting firm A.T. Kearney has said, calling for more investment in technology and infrastructure.
— Business Times

Indonesia Advances in Military Stealth Technology
Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto may like to lament the fact that Indonesia trails its peers in firepower, but the country’s military has made sure that this is not for lack of trying.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia’s flag carrier orders 14 Airbus A330 aircraft
Indonesia’s flag carrier PT Garuda Indonesia has ordered a total of 14 Airbus A330-900neo aircraft to support business expansion, an official of the airline said on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

Indonesia votes: 6 things to know about the April 17 polls
Indonesians will head to the polls on April 17 to vote for their president and members of Parliament.
— Straits Times

The booming halal industry
In November 2018, Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s running mate Ma’ruf Amin – who is also the chief of the country’s top Islamic clerical body, the Indonesian Council of Ulama (MUI) – revealed plans to make halal (permissible or lawful in traditional Islamic law) certification mandatory by this year. Most recently he has reiterated that call.
— The Asean Post

Indonesia delays strict paper requirements
After announcing stringent recovered paper import restrictions set to take effect this week, Indonesian officials changed course and postponed the rules indefinitely.
— Resource Recycling

Facebook Launches Candidate Info Feature for Indonesia Election
Facebook has launched a new feature dubbed Candidate Info to help Indonesians learn about candidates running in the 2019 general elections and their programs ahead of the election day on April 17. The feature allows users to compare different candidates.

Archipelago International Sees Significant Growth in Direct Online Bookings
Indonesia’s leading hotel group, closed 2018 with significant growth in its online direct booking revenue.
— AEC News Today/PR Newswire (press release)

NTT to launch locally produced moringa liqueur
East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Governor Viktor Bungtilu Laiskodat has announced that his administration is encouraging the production of moringa liqueur, which experts at Nusa Cendana University (Undana) are currently researching.
— The Jakarta Post

Bond Bulls See Indonesia Intervention as Mere Speed Bump
Bank Indonesia’s intervention should stabilize its financial markets, so lower bond yields — even a rate cut — are still a possibility later this year, according to analysts.
— Bloomberg

Rupiah strengthens amid high demand for US dollar
The rupiah exchange rate traded between banks in Jakarta on Tuesday afternoon strengthened amid the high demand for the US dollar.
— Antara News

Cosmobeaute Indonesia 2019 Introduces “Supply Chain Area” for Emerging Beauty Brands
As the leading B2B beauty event in Indonesia, Cosmobeaute Indonesia connects manufacturers, exporters, distributors and agents of various beauty industry related products and services from across the world, to the rapidly growing beauty markets in Indonesia and nearby regions.
— AEC News Today/PR Newswire (press release)

Indonesia lifts ban on exports of PH onions, bananas
In a sudden move, Indonesia lifted anti-dumping measure on Philippine bananas and non-tariff measure on onions/shallots and even urged its ASEAN colleague to immediately restart exporting these agricultural products to Indonesia.
— Manila Bulletin

Komodo Island Off Limits for Tourism in 2020, Says Gov’t
Komodo Island in Manggarai Barat will be off-limits for any tourism activity in 2020. The decision is made after East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) provincial administration held a meeting with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry.

Developers continue to build retail spaces despite rising vacancy rates
Developers are continuing to build more retail spaces in Jakarta, although the vacancy rate is increasing on the back of poor sales performance.
— The Jakarta Post

BI believes foreign capital will pour in after presidential election
Bank Indonesia (BI) believes that the flow of foreign capital into the Indonesian financial market will be even stronger after the Presidential Election on April 17, 2019, as political uncertainty over the direction of Indonesia’s economic policy would end.
— Antara News

Earth Hour 2019; Jakarta to Turn off Lights at 7 Monuments
Jakarta provincial government to participate in the Earth Hour campaign that falls on today by turning off the lights at seven monuments in the city.

Will Indonesia close its iconic Komodo National Park? Too soon to tell, says conservation chief
Indonesia’s government has dismissed speculation that the popular Komodo National Park, home to the world’s largest species of lizards, will soon be closed to tourists.

Pelindo I invests Rp1.2 trillion in Batam port
State port operator PT Pelindo I has decided to invest Rp1.2 trillion in the development of Batuamapar in Batam City, Riau Islands Province.
— Antara News

Indonesia Increases Minimum Domestic Flight Prices To Protect Airlines
Indonesia have raised the price floor on more than 1,000 domestic flights in a bid to protect their national airlines.
— Simple Flying

Jokowi Visits Flood Victims in Jayapura, Papua
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo visited victims of floods in Jayapura, Papua province who were sheltered at the Toware Sports Center, Waibu district, today, April 1.

Generational shift shakes Indonesia’s election landscape
The serious illness of former first lady Kristiani Herrawati has cast a pall over the election campaign of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s Democrat Party and raised new questions over the future presidential ambitions of the couple’s eldest son, Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono.
— Asia Times

What is holding Indonesia’s economy back?
Intellasia East Asia News As Indonesia is on the road to becoming one of the world’s biggest economies, we look at challenges facing the country. Indonesia’s economy isn’t growing as fast as President Joko Widodo had promised it would when he was elected five years ago.
— Intellasia

Tourist arrivals grow 6.12 percent to 1.27 million in February
Statistics Indonesia (BPS) has revealed that tourist arrivals hit 1.27 million in February, 6.12 percent higher than the 1.20 million recorded in the same month in 2018.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia: Stock players in wait-and-see mode ahead of general polls
PLAYERS in the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) have been in a wait-and-see mode since early January and will continue to bide their time until the General Elections Commission (KPU) announces the results of the April 17 presidential and legislative elections.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Indonesia Wins Arbitration Lawsuit, Saves Rp6.68tn
The Indonesian government has won the arbitration lawsuit lodged by the Indian Metal and Alloys Limited (IMFA). The ruling was announced after a series of legal proceedings that lasted since August 2018 in Den Haag, the Netherlands.

Indonesia’s 1st subway line officially put into operation
Passengers take selfie on a subway train in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 1, 2019. Indonesia’s first subway line, known as Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), was officially put into operation after a free trial run.
— Global Times

Vale Indonesia targets 74,000 T nickel in matte output in 2019
Nickel miner PT Vale Indonesia is targeting to produce around 74,000 tonnes of nickel in matte in 2019, slightly lower than last year’s production, president director Nico Kanter said on Tuesday.
— Business Recorder

Jokowi Camp Denies Rumor Ma’ruf Amin is Sick
The media team of Jokowi-Ma’ruf Amin denied rumors that Amin has fallen ill. The false information had been spread online through WhatsApp chat groups.

University and Unicorn partner for Indonesia’s AI Centre of Excellence
Universitas Indonesia (UI) is collaborating with one of the country’s e-commerce giants for the Artificial Intelligence Centre of Excellence.
— Open GovAsia

Manufacturing industry grows in March
The manufacturing industry saw growth in March, as indicated by an increase in the purchasing managers index (PMI) to 51.2, from 50.1 in the previous month, higher than the average PMI in ASEAN counties, which stood at 50.3.
— The Jakarta Post

The Jakarta Post reported the closure is in response to the attempted smuggling of 41 komodo dragons, an endangered species, to be sold for around $50,000 each.
— Travel Weekly

Komnas HAM Laments Absence of Papua Issues in Election Debate
A commissioner at the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM), Amiruddin Al Rahab, lamented issues on security and governance in Papua were not discussed during the fourth presidential debate on Saturday, March 30.

Indonesia Feb palm oil exports rise 17pc y/y – GAPKI
Indonesia’s palm and palm kernel oil exports in February rose 16.7 percent from a year earlier to 2.77 million tonnes, the Indonesia Palm Oil Association (GAPKI) said in a statement on Tuesday.
— Business Recorder

Mobile phone explodes, destroys house in South Jakarta
A home on Jl. Poltangan in Jagakarsa, South Jakarta, was engulfed in flames on Monday morning.
— The Jakarta Post

Apindo hopes Indonesia’s economy will grow by six percent in 2020
The Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) was hopeful that Indonesia’s economy would grow by more than six percent in 2020 as a result of the hard work of all the stakeholders.
— Antara News

3 Modern Tourists Attractions in Jakarta
Jakarta is famous for its Monas (National Monument) and Ancol as tourists attractions. But actually, there are a lot of other spots in the capital where you can spend your weekend vacation with the family. Tempo compiles three fresh and modern places you can explore on your next holiday in Jakarta.


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo acknowledges World Health Day, April 7.


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).

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Piseth Pov graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics Science from the Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh in 2017, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Communications from Western University, Phnom Penh, the same year.

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