Indonesia morning news for August 28

Indonesia morning news for August 28

Indonesia morning news

Better human capital ‘key’ to escaping lower middle-income trap, economist says
Indonesia may escape from the lower middle income trap that the country has faced since 1985 by improving its human capital through increased attention on the quality of education, an economist has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi orders strict monitoring of waste imports
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has ordered strict monitoring of waste imports as their poor management has the potential to damage the environment.
— Antara News

Indonesia only bid from ASEAN as Thailand, Myanmar withdraw joint effort for FIFA U20 World Cup 2021
Football Association of Thailand (FAT) and Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) have withdrawn from their joint bid to host the FIFA U20 World Cup in 2021.
— FOX Sports

Indonesia Confronts, Belatedly, a Huge Oil Spill Near Jakarta
SEDARI, Indonesia — Fish and crustaceans usually run strong in the Java Sea, but the men of Sedari village, on the northern coast of the Indonesian island of Java, have no plans to go out on its waters

Indonesia’s capital city isn’t the only one sinking
Indonesia has said the country would be relocating its capital city, in part because it’s sinking into the Java Sea.

Indonesia’s best bet for growth is services: Government
An overlooked reason as to why the country’s economic growth has hovered at about 5 percent since 2013 may be because calculations have never thoroughly taken into account all service sector activity.
— The Jakarta Post

East Ventures gets $75 million investment from Facebook co-founder, Sinar Mas, among others
The East Ventures capital company announced on Thursday it had raised US$75 million, double the initial target of $30 million, to accelerate its investments in startups from Japan and Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia, where most of the company’s managing partners were born.
— The Jakarta Post

Sri Mulyani Willingly Cover BPJS Deficit If Premium Raised
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said that the government is able to cover the deficit of the Healthcare and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) up to Rp13.5 trillion as long as the premium is increased.

Jokowi, Cabinet to get new sets of wheels for second term
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his Cabinet look set to receive brand new sets of wheels, with a budget of more than Rp 147 billion (US$10.4 million) earmarked for the purchase of new government cars for high-level officials. Jokowi will begin his second term in October and will travel in a Mercedes Benz S 600 Guard while his ministers will each be driven in Toyota Crown 2.5 HV G-Executives.
— The Jakarta Post

ETLE eases ticketing but improvements needed
The state-of-the-art Electronic Traffic Law Enforcement (ETLE) system introduced by the Jakarta Police’s traffic division has been lauded by many as it has forced road users to be more disciplined and has sped up the process of ticketing.
— The Jakarta Post

How Thailand and Indonesia rank for women in fintech
As technology-led disruption continues and the financial industry seeks ways to keep up, fintech (financial technology) has become a fast-growing industry worldwide.
— Human Resources Online

Indonesia bans food labeled ‘palm oil-free,’ in move welcomed by industry
The Indonesian government has banned food labeled as being “palm oil-free,” in its latest push to protect the commodity against a growing consumer backlash.
— Mongabay

Expanded odd-even trial ‘improves traffic flow, reduces pollution’ in Jakarta
About a half a month since the Jakarta administration commenced its trial run of the expanded odd-even traffic policy, authorities are claiming increased traffic flow rates and reduced pollution.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta motorists can now pay for driver’s licenses with GoPay
The Jakarta Police have become the first to adopt a non-cash payment system for the issuance and renewal of driver’s licenses as they have joined hands with ride-hailing app GoJek’s digital payment platform, GoPay.
— The Jakarta Post

Only one oil block sold off in May oil block auction
The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry announced on Monday that investors have only taken up one of four oil and gas blocks put up in the second round of oil and gas tenders in May this year.
— The Jakarta Post

Police arrest six for selling fake license plates used to circumvent odd-even policy
The North Jakarta Police have arrested six people who were allegedly involved in making and distributing fake license plates that were used to circumvent the odd-even traffic policy in Jakarta, which is currently undergoing an expansion trial.
— The Jakarta Post

Newcomer PSI aims to be ‘agent of change’ in Jakarta Legislative Council
The inauguration of new members for the City Council for the 2019-2024 period on Monday officially marked the arrival of the newcomer Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI), which seeks to bring about changes as a legislative partner with the Jakarta administration.
— The Jakarta Post

Gojek Contributes Rp55tn to Indonesian Economy
Chief of Public Policy and Government Relations of Gojek, Shinto Nugroho, said her company is committed to helping entrepreneurs of micro, small, medium enterprises (MSMEs) to grow their business.

Stable economic fundamentals contribute to IHSG’s 1.02 percent gain
A stable domestic economy despite the global economy headed for a serious downturn pushed up the composite share price index (IHSG) at the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) on Tuesday evening.
— Antara News

Jokowi picks East Kalimantan to host new capital to relieve Jakarta’s burden
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced on Monday that Indonesia’s new capital city will be located in two regencies in East Kalimantan, with the relocation intended to help ensure the equal spread of development across the country and to take some of the burden off Jakarta, which will remain the country’s economic center.
— The Jakarta Post

PHE cites ‘technical delays’ in sealing well, disbursing compensation
Pertamina Hulu Energi (PHE), the upstream subsidiary of state oil and gas holding company Pertamina, has been unable to seal its leaking oil well in the Offshore North West Java (ONWJ) Block as scheduled due to technical issues.
— The Jakarta Post

UNHCR affirms resettlement never been an all-encompassing solution
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson reiterated, Monday, that resettlement is not a solution for refugees globally and that his party will respect national policies on accepting asylum-seekers from countries ratifying the Refugee Convention 1951.
— Antara News

Jokowi, Malaysian King deliberate on efforts to boost bilateral ties
Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Malaysian King Yang di-Pertuan Agong XVI Al-Sultan Abdullah Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah discussed efforts to intensify bilateral cooperation between the neighboring nations.
— Antara News

Sofyan Djalil: Two Airports will Support New Capital City
Sofyan Djalil, Minister of Agriculture and Spatial Planning or the Head of the State Land Agency (BPPN), said that the new location of Indonesia’s capital city in East Kalimantan already has supporting infrastructure, such as airports in Samarinda and Balikpapan.

Prabowo Subianto owns land on site for new capital city, willing to give it up: Gerindra
The choice for the location of Indonesia’s planned new capital city in East Kalimantan province, which was announced yesterday, has sparked speculation of backdoor political dealings after reports emerged that at least part of the land earmarked for the site is owned by Gerindra Chairman Prabowo Subianto.
— Coconuts

Military, police chiefs hold dialog with Papuan leaders in Biak
Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander Air Chief Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto and National Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian held a dialog with several representatives of Papuan customary communities in Biak Numfor District, Papua Province, on Tuesday.
— Antara News

Land acquisition almost complete for Gudang Garam’s Kediri airport
Cigarette producer PT Gudang Garam has acquired almost all the land it needs to build its first-ever airport in Kediri, East Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Service sector demands more attention
Indonesia’s service sector continues to suffer from a lack of attention from the government, despite its significant contribution to the country’s economy.
— The Jakarta Post

Pertamina’s 2019 first-half net profit touches US$660 million
The net profit of state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina has reportedly reached US$660 million, or Rp9.4 trillion, during the first semester of 2019.
— Antara News

Astra seeks new opportunities in mining, infrastructure
Diversified conglomerate PT Astra International is seeking to further expand its businesses in the mining and infrastructure sectors to reduce its reliance on car manufacturing.
— The Jakarta Post

Cloud seeding ‘ineffective’ in current weather conditions, says S. Sumatra official
Amid the current strong wind and dry air conditions, inducing rain through cloud seeding may not be effective in combating haze from wildfires in South Sumatra, a meteorology official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Where are our rights?’: church congregation in Riau plead as Sunday service dispersed
The state of Indonesia’s religious freedom has come into the spotlight once again after local authorities broke up a Sunday service held by the Indonesian Pentecostal Church (GPdI) in Keritang sub-district, Indragiri Hilir regency in Riau.
— The Jakarta Post

Palm oil smallholders pushed to adopt sustainable practices over environmental concerns
Having relied on oil palms to earn a living for decades, it never occurred to Sartono, 51, that he and hundreds of other small-scale farmers in his village in West Kotawaringin regency, Central Kalimantan, had been doing things the wrong way.
— The Jakarta Post

Cyclists unite! Jakarta hosts Cycle Messenger World Championship
The Jakarta International Expo (JIExpo) in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, was vibrant on Sunday morning, as cyclists from around the world gathered to join the final round of a global cycling competition.
— The Jakarta Post

People with disabilities take part in rally in Jakarta, Indonesia
Indonesians with disabilities appealed to the government during a rally on Tuesday to help them get job, protect their rights and end public discriminations against them.
— Xinhua

Saudi mother, daughter drown at Lombok beach
The bodies of two tourists believed to be a mother and daughter from Saudi Arabia have been found after they got into difficulties swimming at Ketapak Beach in Selong Belanak village in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB).
— The Jakarta Post

Wife allegedly hires hitmen to kill husband, stepson, then burns bodies inside car
Sukabumi Police have arrested a woman for allegedly hiring four hitmen to murder her husband and stepson.
— The Jakarta Post

Armed motorcycle thief shot dead in West Jakarta
Police have shot dead a suspected motorcycle thief in Mangga Besar, West Jakarta, and arrested three of his accomplices who are believed to be repeat offenders in robberies across the capital.
— The Jakarta Post


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Justhine De Guzman Uy completed a Bachelor of Arts Major in Mass Communication at New Era University, Quezon City, the Philippines in 2016

After graduation she worked at the Philippine Broadcasting Service performing transcription and business news writing, before moving to Eagle Broadcasting Corporation where she worked as a news editor, translator and production assistant.

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