Indonesia morning news for February 19

Indonesia morning news for February 19

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia issues US$ 2.27b global green sukuk
The government has tapped into the global sukuk (Islamic bonds) market, recently issuing bonds worth US$ 750 billion with a five-and-a-half-year maturity period and a 10-year tenor of $1.52 billion, both of which were oversubscribed.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s ‘father of tourism’ orders flag carrier Garuda to slash airfare prices
Those with a need to travel across Indonesia can now travel by air for 20 per cent less on Garuda Indonesia after President Joko Widowdo ordered the country’s national flag carrier to cut its prices.
— AEC News Today

Philippines and Indonesia lead region in 2018 antitrust activity says report
Governments globally are stepping up efforts to ensure level playing fields and stamp out anticompetitive behaviour and regionally it is no different.
— AEC News Today

Floods inundate 32 villages in North Musi Rawas, South Sumatra
Floods have inundated 32 villages in five sub-districts in North Musi Rawas District, South Sumatra Province, following incessant heavy rains since Friday.
— Antara News

Presidential debate fails to mention climate change impacts: Walhi
The Indonesian Environmental Forum (Walhi) has expressed disappointment with Indonesia`s presidential candidates for failing to mention the climate change impacts and forest issue during the second round of the presidential …
— Antara News

Indonesian firms owe $1.3 billion in forest damage fines: Greenpeace
Indonesian firms owe at least $1.3 billion in unpaid fines for environmental damage caused by widespread forest clearing and deadly fires linked to tens of thousands of premature deaths, a Greenpeace study said Friday (February 15).
— Intellasia

Norway starts payments to Indonesia for cutting forest emissions
Almost a decade after Norway signed a $1-billion deal with Indonesia to help protect its tropical forests, the first payment for reduced emissions will be made after deforestation rates fell, environmentalists and government officials said.
— Reuters

Jokowi Knocks Prabowo Hard on His Extensive Land Ownership During Second Presidential Debate
Sunday evening’s second presidential debate was a slightly livelier affair, which saw the two candidates trading blows on land reform policies.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia signs new contracts for three oil and gas blocks
The Indonesian government on Monday signed contracts with three oil and gas companies to operate South Andaman, South Sakakemang and Maratua oil and gas blocks
— Reuters Africa

Unicorn What? Errr… Prabowo’s Gaff Betrays Lack of Belief in Internet Economy
Even though the second presidential election debate on Sunday (17/02) was widely considered to be uneventful, one question from incumbent Joko “Jokowi” Widodo did manage to stump his challenger Prabowo Subianto and force him to let slip another gaff that has already sent meme-hungry Indonesians into overdrive on social media.
— Jakarta Globe

Middle class the winner of economic growth under Jokowi
When Joko Widodo (Jokowi) took over the Indonesian presidency in 2014, he faced a stagnating poverty reduction effort and stubbornly high inequality levels.
— East Asia Forum

Indonesia’s domestically focused foreign policy
Indonesia, for a country of 260 million people covering a vast archipelago, is often remarked to have a small global profile.
— The Interpreter

Jokowi’s Environmental Protection Claims Raise Critics’ Ire
Presidential challenger Prabowo Subianto may have missed an opportunity to give incumbent Joko “Jokowi” Widodo a run for his money on environmental issues in the second presidential debate last night.
— Jakarta Globe

Jokowi`s B100 vision difficult to achieve: Indef
Incumbent presidential candidate Joko Widodo`s (Jokowi) vision to develop 100 percent blended biodiesel (B100) will be difficult to achieve, Director of Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) Berly …
— Antara News

Students with HIV/AIDS should be allowed back to school, C. Java governor says
Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo has responded to the recent expulsion of 14 elementary school students with HIV/AIDS in Surakarta, Central Java, calling on the relevant authorities to ensure the immediate re-enrollment of the students.
— The Jakarta Post

Mount Merapi spews hot cloud six times on Monday
The Geological Disaster Research and Technology Development Center (BPPTKG) recorded that Mount Merapi had emitted hot cloud six times on Monday morning.
— Antara News

Police, Pertamina shut down 25 illegal oil wells in Jambi
Jambi Police and the state-run oil firm PT Pertamina have closed down 25 illegal oil drilling wells in the preserved forest of Taman Hutan Raya (Tahura) in Batanghari District, Jambi.
— Antara News

Indonesia, S. Korea kick off feasibility study in Kalimantan
The South Korean government announced recently through its Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries that it had disbursed a US$600,000 grant for a joint feasibility study with the Indonesian government on the Tanah Kuning-Mangkupadi international port and industrial zone development project.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Child commission accuses cigarette firm of ‘exploiting’ children
Amid concerns about pervasive smoking among minors in the country, the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) has set the stage for confronting PT Djarum, saying the cigarette giant’s well-known badminton talent scouting program constituted “child exploitation”.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Now Recognises Bitcoin as a Trading Commodity
Indonesia has introduced a new legislation that recognises Bitcoin (BTC) as a trading commodity.
— Indonesia Expat

Jokowi and Prabowo Favor Image, Populist Jargon Over Detail in Second Debate
Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his sole challenger, Prabowo Subianto, both put forward policies based on resource nationalism, a known “vote-getter,” during their second presidential debate on Sunday evening, but their statements did not quite live up to expectations.
— Jakarta Globe

Prabowo vows to take stern measures against environmental polluters
Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto would take stern measures against companies that caused environmental damage, if he is elected president for the 2019-2024 term.
— Antara News

Malaysia, Indonesia in talks to release fishing boat
Wisma Putra is discussing with its Indonesian counterparts for the release of a fishing boat detained by the republic’s authorities yesterday, said deputy Home minister Azis Jamman.
— Intellasia

Prabowo Promises a Complete Self-Sufficient Indonesia
During last night’s debate, presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto promised to realize a truly self-sufficient country in providing food, energy, and water supply if he gets elected.

Development of infrastructure less efficient: Prabowo
The development of infrastructure during Joko Widodo`s government was less efficient, presidential candidate number 02, Prabowo Subianto remarked.
— Antara News

Tough policing is restoring Indonesia’s fisheries
Five years ago the world’s most populous archipelago nation started taking action against the decimation of its fish stocks.
— Eco-Business

Freeport Indonesia has not received new copper export permit – spokesman
PT Freeport Indonesia’s copper concentrate export permit expired on Feb. 15, and the company has not received export recommendations from the mining ministry that will help it to obtain a new permit, company spokesman Riza Pratama said on Monday in a text message.
— Reuters

Firm steps needed to improve Indonesia: Jokowi
Incumbent presidential candidate Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has stated that Indonesia needs firm steps to make good policies for its nation.
— Antara News

Few eco commitments and suspect funding for Indonesia presidential hopefuls
Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo and his rival in this year’s election, Prabowo Subianto, are expected to address the issues of environmental protection and management during the second of their scheduled debates on February 17. Nearly 200 million people are eligible to vote in a repeat of the 2014 election, when Widodo defeated Prabowo by 6 […]
— Intellasia

Rini Soemarno: Biofuel Will Replace Diesel Fuel in Three Years
State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister Rini Soemarno said that within the next three years Indonesia was targeted to increase the content of biofuel in diesel fuel as an energy alternative.


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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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