Indonesia morning news for February 8

Indonesia morning news for February 8

Indonesia morning newsGovernment teams up with Australia to improve employment, workforce
The government will work together with its Australian counterpart to address employment and labor force issues, as Indonesia’s demographics could pose challenges for its economy in the long run if not well managed.
— The Jakarta Post

Bekasi records 128 dengue fever cases, one dead
With dengue fever on the rise in several regions of the country, the Bekasi Health Agency has recorded 128 cases of the mosquito-borne virus in the municipality, with one person dying in January.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia plans 22 pct “safeguard” tariff on aluminium foil – WTO filing
Indonesia is planning to impose a 22 percent “safeguard” tariff on imports of aluminium foil, it told the World Trade Organization in a filing on Thursday, citing a surge in imports due to surplus flows of the commodity coming from China.
— Reuters Africa

Indonesia, Britain cooperate in funding disaster research
Indonesia’s Research, Technology, and Higher Education Ministry is collaborating with the UK Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy through the Newton Fund-funded three studies in the field of hydrometeorology for the 2019-2021 period.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s CPO firms to boycott any talks with EU on ILUC
The Indonesian palm oil industry will boycott any talks on indirect land use change (ILUC) impacts of biofuels initiated by the European Commission, arguing that it was part of a European Union plan to scrap CPO from the list of vegetable oils to produce biodiesel.
— The Jakarta Post

Investing In Indonesia: Overview and Opportunities
Indonesia, a diverse, archipelago nation consisting of more than 300 ethnic groups, is the seventh largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity, and the largest economy in Southeast Asia.
— Nasdaq

Indonesia stays alert as lava, gas flow out of Anak Krakatoa
Scientists have warned Anak Krakatoa, the volcano that caused a tsunami in Indonesia six weeks ago, still poses an imminent threat.
— Aljazeera

14th MIKTA meeting discusses handling of global issues
The 14th meeting of an informal partnership between Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey and Australia (MIKTA) held in Yogyakarta on Thursday discussed the strength and commitment of member states to contribute to addressing various global issues.
— Antara News

Government issues regulation on household gas networks
The government has issued a regulation over gas networks (Jargas) for households to reduce the consumption of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) distributed through canisters, which still meet more than half of the national demand.
— The Jakarta Post

Tangerang Verifies 464 People HIV/AIDS Positive
Tangerang Health Department verified that a total of 464 people were infected by HIV/AIDS across 15 sub-districts.
— Tempo.co

Military restructuring plan will reverse reform efforts: Watchdog
Rights watchdog Imparsial has urged the government to continue reforming the Indonesian Military (TNI), including imposing a permanent return to the barracks, amid a plan to allow senior officers to take up posts in various state institutions.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia, EU discuss trade and investment issues
Indonesia and European Union (EU) held the 9th meeting of the Working Group on Trade and Investment (WGTI) in Brussels, Belgium, to discuss the latest issues in the fields of trade and investment.
— Antara News

Paid Baggage Policy, Souvenir Sales Suffer 40 Percent Drop
The Padang tourism survey board announced that the new paid baggage policy adopted by air carriers caused a 40 percent drop in souvenir sales in Padang City, West Sumatra.
— Tempo.co

Indonesia’s jobs for generals plan alarms rights groups
The Indonesian government is planning to post some of the dozens of underemployed generals into high-ranking civilian roles, alarming rights groups who see it as a threat to the country’s young democracy.
— The Seattle Times

Indonesia facing multi-dimensional threats: Wiranto
Indonesia has been facing non-military and multi-dimensional threats posed by the drug trafficking, illegal fishing, and illegal logging activities, as well as acts of terrorism and radicalism, a minister said.
— Antara News

Suspended regent sentenced to 7 years for corruption
The Semarang Corruption Court has sentenced suspended Purbalingga regent Tasdi to seven years’ imprisonment and Rp 300 million (US$21,451) in fines for accepting kickbacks and gratuities while serving his post.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia sets Jan Minas crude price at $57.46/b, up $1.83/b from Dec
Indonesia’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources set the price for Minas crude lifted in January at $57.46/b, up $1.83/b from December, according to the monthly selling price notice seen by S&P Global Platts Thursday.
— S&P Global Platts

FAO urges Indonesia to expand use of conservation farming techniques
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has urged Indonesia to expand the use of conservation agriculture techniques to develop a more resilient farming and bring wealth to the nation`s farmers.
— Antara News

Biggest Indonesian Islamic bank sees sector riding on a wave of halal lifestyle
With demand for financial products conforming to Islamic principles soaring, Shariah banking in Indonesia is poised for a phase of rapid growth, according to the nation’s largest Islamic bank.
— The Malaysian Reserve

Indonesian institutions struggle to get funding for green energy projects
Securing funding for environmentally friendly projects has not been a straightforward process for Indonesian companies and organizations, many of which are unaware that certain standards need to be fulfilled before applying for funding for green energy projects at international and multilateral organizations.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Team Identifies 13 Regions Severely Exposed to Hoax
The National Campaign Team of Jokowi – Ma’ruf has identified thirteen Indonesian provinces that are at high risk of exposure to hoax news.
— Tempo.co

Indonesia condemns closure of Temporary International Presence in Hebron
Indonesia condemns Israel’s unilateral decision to close and end the mandate of international civilian observer mission in Hebron, the Palestinian territory, also called Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH), in West Bank, under Israeli occupation.
— Antara News

Indonesian police inspect Nike factory in search for Air Max shoes allegedly containing the word ‘Allah’ on sole
Over the past week, Muslims all over the world have been pressuring Nike to redesign the logo on the soles of their Nike Air Max shoes because it allegedly resembles the Arabic script for “Allah” (God).
— Coconuts Jakarta

Indonesia finds nearly 200 Bangladeshis locked up in shop house
Indonesian police found 193 Bangladeshis locked up in a shop house after human traffickers had lured them with the promise of getting them to Malaysia, an immigration official said on Thursday (Feb 7).
— Channel NewsAsia

Examining the top 10 tech trends in Indonesia
The digital economy of one of the most dynamic and fast-growing economies in Southeast Asia, Indonesia, is expected to account for 61 per cent of the country’s GDP by 2022.
— Channel Asia Singapore

Indonesia should lead in global Jewish-Muslim ties
When Indonesia successfully campaigned for a seat on the 2019-2020 United Nations Security Council last year, it marketed itself as “a true partner for world peace” and “a bridge-builder”.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Phinma finalizing acquisition of Indonesian school this year
THE Phinma Group said the proceeds from a recent transaction with Ayala Corp. will help fund the expansion of its education business in Southeast Asia, as well as its construction business.
— BusinessWorld Online

Tourism minister approves Lake Ranau resort for “tour de ranau”
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya has agreed that Lake Ranau will be the site for holding international festivals through the Tour De Ranau to boost tourist visits to South Sumatra.
— Antara News

American Arrested For Growing Marijuana In His Apartment
The National Police have arrested an American national who was growing marijuana inside his apartment in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta.
— Indonesia Expat

Smallholders in 5 Provinces Benefit from Conservation Agriculture
The Ministry of Agriculture and provincial authorities have been working with over 16,000 smallholders since 2013, in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) and West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) provinces to help them adapt to climate change using a special technique called conservation agriculture.
— Tempo.co

Two detained Malaysia-flagged boats run aground in Aceh
Two Malaysia-flagged wooden boats with nine Thai crew members aboard were detained by the Indonesian authorities for alleged illegal fishing, but it later ran aground off Kutaraja fishing port in Lampulo, Banda Aceh, Aceh Province.
— Antara News

Jakabaring to become sports tourism destination
The Jakabaring Sports City (JSC), located in Palembang, South Sumatra, will become a flagship tourist attraction in Indonesia.
— Antara News

 

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