Indonesia morning news for December 13

Indonesia morning news for December 13

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia’s mobile ads record highest growth rate in the world
With 64 percent of its total population connected to the internet as of last year, Indonesia is likely to become the country with the third-largest number of smartphone users, at 410 million, by 2025, making it a huge market for mobile advertising, according to recent research.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia urged to retaliate ‘deadly’ EU biodiesel tariffs
Indonesian biodiesel and palm oil producers are pressuring the government to be up in arms following the European Union’s five-year biodiesel tariffs, which took effect on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

Attacks against journalists spill over into digital sphere
International and local media observers and practitioners have warned of a shift in the nature of threats against journalists despite a decreasing number of cases of physical violence in the country.
— The Jakarta Post

National Exams to Undergo Major Revamp Not Dropped, Says Ministry
Head of Research and Development Bureau of the Education and Cultural Affairs Ministry Totok Suprayitno, asserted that the national exams – known as UN/Ujian Nasional – will not be dropped, but will have its format revamped.

ADB’s 2019 economic outlook for Indonesia maintained at 5.1 percent
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) decided to maintain its forecast for Indonesia’s economic growth at 5.1 percent in 2019 and 5.2 percent next year despite an expected slowdown in the Asian economy.
— Antara News

Government: Indonesia produces up to 0.59 million tons of marine debris per year
As part of the government’s efforts to cut down on waste, eight ministries declared on Thursday that Indonesia produces between 0.27 and 0.59 million tons of marine debris each year.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia is in danger of running out of ‘unicorns’
Indonesian startups have been at the center of attention in Southeast Asia for the last few years.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Social protection: World Bank’s formula for Indonesia to unlock growth potential
The World Bank has suggested the government focus its structural reform agenda in a number of areas, including the country’s social protection scheme to improve people’s welfare and unlock growth potential in the medium term.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian fined for moving S$1.6 million across Singapore borders without declaring it
An Indonesian man regularly came to Singapore with large sums of undeclared cash, purportedly to gamble.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Indonesia has yet to decide lifting of export ban on lobster seeds
The Marine and Fishery Ministry may lift the export ban on lobster seeds though considering to apply a quota to maintain sustainability of the commodity in its ecosystem, Minister Edhy Prabowo stated here, Thursday.
— Antara News

Bank Central Asia Takes Over Local Unit of Dutch Rabobank
Bank Central Asia, the most valuable lender listed in the Indonesia Stock Exchange, has acquired Rabobank International Indonesia, the local unit of Dutch Rabobank, as part of a strategic expansion.
— Jakarta Globe

Jokowi Opens Investment for Iron, Steel, Petrochemicals Sectors
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said he wanted Indonesia to open as wide as possible investment for iron, steel, and petrochemical sectors, which are believed to be able to lower the current account deficit.

Tax Penalty Amnesty; 64,700 Taxpayers Flock Samsat Office
Thousands of taxpayers having arrears in Bogor Regency flocked the police One-stop Administration Services (Samsat) office to obtain tax penalty amnesty.

Nadiem Makarim Simplifies Form of Lesson Plan to One Page
Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim has simplified the form of the teacher’s lesson plan or RPP to only one page.

LRT, high-speed train project completion by 2021: President
The construction of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed train and Light Rapid Transit will be completed by the end of 2021, President Joko Widodo has affirmed.
— Antara News

Jokowi Launches Indonesia’s First Double-Decker Motorway
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Thursday launched the new Jakarta-Cikampek elevated toll road, a key infrastructure expected to unravel traffic gridlock in industrial areas near Jakarta.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia asks investors to conduct sustainable businesses
The Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) has asked investors to conduct sustainable businesses by launching the environmental impact analyses document (AMDAL) in its investment plan, a high-ranking official said here Thursday.
— Antara News

Seven things you need to know about the new e-commerce regulation
Government Regulation No. 80/2019 on e-commerce came into effect immediately after being signed by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Nov. 25 and applies to domestic and foreign e-commerce companies alike.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia faces uphill battle to achieve B50 biofuel goal
The government has reaffirmed its commitment to implement a 50 percent-blended biodiesel (B50) requirement but has acknowledged that under current oil production projections, it will difficult to achieve within the next five years.
— The Jakarta Post

After bonds, equities expected to shine next year amid ease in trade war
Analysts recommend securities as good investments next year as the expected easing of the trade war between the United States and China and the recovery in the country’s business activities as a result of the government’s stimulus program will restore positive sentiment in the local stock market.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Bay polluted by 8.32-tons land-derived waste daily: LIPI
A research conducted by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) showed that no less than 8.32 tons of land-derived litter were released daily into Jakarta Bay.
— Antara News

Employers keep growth expectations low amid global slowdown
The Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) predicts that the country’s economic growth will remain sluggish next year as the global economic slowdown continues to affect domestic business activity.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry’s survey shows rise in Indonesia’s religious harmony index
The results of a survey conducted by the Religious Affairs Ministry indicated a rise in Indonesia’s religious harmony index to reach 73.83 in 2019 from 70.90 a year earlier.
— Antara News

Jokowi’s Son Runs for Solo Mayor With Blessing From Mother
Gibran Rakabuming Raka, the eldest son of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, departed to the Central Java capital of Semarang on Thursday to register his candidacy for the mayoral election in Solo, with backing from the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, or PDI-P.
— Jakarta Globe

Two Indonesian warships on diplomatic mission docked in Timor Leste
Two Indonesian warships — KRI Usman Harun-359 and KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda-367 — have docked at Dili’s Dermaga Port in Timor Leste as part of the Port Visit Indonesia Maritime Envoy Task Force.
— Antara News

Poland invests to establish thermal power plant in East Lombok
Poland has invested to establish a thermal power plant, PLTU Lombok FTP-2, worth Rp1.8 trillion (around US$128 billion) in Sambelia sub-district, East Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara Province.
— Antara News

Indonesian students bag multiple trophies at World Scholar’s Cup
Three Indonesian ninth graders won several trophies and cemented a second position in the Tournament of Champions World Scholar’s Cup (WSC) held at Yale University, New Haven, the United States.
— Antara News

Pro-‘pribumi’ group protests EDM fest DWP, tells Governor Anies to cancel event and not betray them
If you’ve been following the region’s EDM news, you’d know that the biggest festival of the genre in Asia, the Djakarta Warehouse Project (DWP), is returning to Jakarta this weekend after it was held in Bali last year.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Seven witnesses summoned in Garuda Indonesia’s procurement case
Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), Thursday, summoned seven witnesses in a bribery case involving Garuda Indonesia over the procurement of Airbus S.A.S and Rolls-Royce P.L.C.
— Antara News

VP Amin leads Bureaucratic Reform Steering Committee’s meeting
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin led a meeting of the National Bureaucratic Reform Steering Committee (KPBRN) at the Vice Presidential Office, Jakarta, Thursday, to discuss approaches to accelerate bureaucratic reforms in central and regional government institutions.
— Antara News

Indonesia, Laos enter cooperation agreement in defense sector
The governments of Indonesia and Laos, through the Ministry of Defense of both nations, inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on defense.
— Antara News

In Medan, GoPay sets sights on training 18,000 micro, small businesses
GoPay, the digital payment service of homegrown technology decacorn Gojek, has set its sights on assisting more than 18,000 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Medan, North Sumatra, which will in turn boost the platform’s usage in the region.
— The Jakarta Post

President’s youth staff to promote young Papuans’ products in US
Millennial presidential special staff Billy Mambrasar has vowed to bring and promote the products of Papua’s youth businesspersons to the United States (US) to introduce them to the world.
— Antara News

Government should frame roadmap for B30 usage in fishery sector
The Indonesian government should formulate a roadmap for the use of 30 percent blended biodiesel (B30) in the maritime and fishery sector since it will have a wide-ranging impact on maritime aspects, an executive stated.
— Antara News

Travelers rejoice: Jokowi inaugurates Jakarta-Cikampek II elevated toll road
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has inaugurated the Jakarta-Cikampek II toll road, expressing hope that the country’s longest elevated toll road will reduce congestion on one of the busiest routes in the archipelago.
— The Jakarta Post

Medco E&P’s Temelat gas field goes onstream in South Sumatra
Jakarta-based oil and gas company Medco E&P sent its first gas from the onshore Temelat Field in South Sumatra on Monday, providing a boost to national gas production.
— The Jakarta Post

Aceh orders four N-219 airplanes to serve remote areas
The Aceh government will purchase four N-219 airplanes from state aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (DI) to provide better access to the province’s remote areas.
— The Jakarta Post

Greater Jakarta administrations, developers called on to improve transportation connectivity
Nearing the turn of the year, Jakartans have put high hopes in soon enjoying more connectivity and integrated transportation, not only in the capital but also in neighboring cities.
— The Jakarta Post

Slithering situation: Cobras captured after terrorizing regions
Cobras have caused a scare among people living in the Royal Citayem housing complex in Bojong Gede district, Bogor regency, West Java.
— The Jakarta Post

As cool as e-sports? Tabletop games gain popularity in Jakarta
With a rising interest in tabletop games in Jakarta resulting in more competitive tabletop tournaments being held at both the national and international levels, calls are being made for the government and citizens to recognize the games as sports.
— The Jakarta Post

Muslim scholars seek to continue Bahtiar Effendy’s legacy
Three weeks after the passing of prominent Muslim intellectual Bahtiar Effendy, about 100 colleagues and friends gathered to remember his efforts to bridge Islam and democracy.
— The Jakarta Post


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on Human Rights Day, December 10.


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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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