Indonesia morning news for July 25

Indonesia morning news for July 25

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia, UAE firms sign agreements worth $9.7 billion: Indonesian government
Companies in Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates have signed agreements worth a total of $9.7 billion during an official visit of Abu Dhabi crown prince to the Southeast Asian country, the Indonesian government said on Wednesday.
— Reuters

Pharma boss arrested for selling ‘deadly’ counterfeit drugs
The National Police have arrested the director of pharmaceutical company PT Jasa Karunia Investindo (JKI) over the alleged distribution of potentially lethal counterfeit drugs.
— The Jakarta Post

EU plans to impose import duties on Indonesia biodiesel
BRUSSELS/PARIS: The European Commission has proposed duties ranging between 8% and 18% on imports of biodiesel from Indonesia to counter what it says are unfair subsidies, the latest twist in a case that has lasted seven years.
— Bangkok Post

Freedom of the press in Indonesian-occupied West Papua
Eight members of the House of Lords call on the foreign secretary to take a strong stand against the banning of nearly all foreign media, NGOs and humanitarian agencies from entering West Papua.
— Intellasia

Indonesia also to tax ads, trading in social media
The Taxation Directorate General is now preparing a mechanism to collect taxes from all activities in the digital economy, not only trading in marketplaces, but also all activities in social media and other platforms, including financial technology (fintech).
— The Jakarta Post

Water bill to be passed into law despite bottled-water industry concerns
The government appears determined to enact a water resources law despite objections from the private sector, which considers the bill problematic, particularly for not being supportive of business.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia, UAE agree to intensify cooperation in 12 sectors
Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are on the same page to increase bilateral cooperation in 12 areas, particularly in the economic field.
— Antara News

Indonesia receives tax data from 98 AEOI partner countries
The Directorate General of Taxation has said that Indonesia has partnered with 98 countries since it joined the international treaty on the Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) last year to tackle tax evasion.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia gets green light to export tropical fruits to Argentina
Indonesia has received the green light from the Argentinian government to export its tropical fruits such as mango, banana and mangosteen to the country as part of the two countries’ commitment to double their two-way trade value within the next three years.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia takes ASG crown amid little fanfare
Double happiness: Track and field twin athletes Adith Rico Pradana, gold medalist, and Adith Richi Pradana, bronze medalist (front left and second left), with tennis players Fitriani and Fitriana, also twins, pose for a photograph with coaches and officials after Indonesia was declared champion of the 11th ASEAN School Games on Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Thailand and Indonesia traffic spikes amid US-China trade war: UPS
Thailand, Indonesia and Japan are the biggest growth markets in Asia for UPS, as supply chains quickly adapt to the U.S.-China trade war, a senior executive at the global logistics company said Wednesday.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Indonesia composite index declines for third successive day
The Indonesia composite index (ICI) of the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) on Wednesday again closed lower, extending its decline for the third consecutive day after briefly strengthening in early trading.
— Antara News

Boeing Posts Biggest Loss in a Decade after 737 MAX Grounding
Boeing Co reported a nearly $3 billion quarterly loss on Wednesday, July 24, its largest in a decade, as the world’s largest planemaker struggles with the prolonged grounding of its best-selling 737 MAX jet, sending its shares down slightly in premarket trading.

The struggle to define the Belt and Road Initiative in Indonesia
In 2015, when President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo unveiled an ambitious plan to build the roads, ports and railways desperately needed to advance Indonesia’s economy, he realized that he could not rely on domestic funds alone for the targeted US$465 billion of investment by 2019.
— The Jakarta Post

Armed civilian group members arrested for assaults within APP-linked concession in Jambi
Authorities in Jambi are investigating cases of alleged violence involving local group the Batanghari Independent Union (SMB), whose members have been accused of assaulting security personnel as well as damaging company property in Mersam subdistrict, Batanghari regency.
— The Jakarta Post

President Jokowi, Sheikh Mohamed plant resin tree at Bogor Palace
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan planted a resin tree (Agathis dammara (Lamb.) Rich) in the yard of the Bogor Presidential Palace, Wednesday.
— Antara News

Rupiah weakens amid Johnson’s election as new British PM
The rupiah exchange rate traded among banks in Jakarta on Wednesday morning weakened by 37 points to Rp14,022 amid Boris Johnson’s election as British prime minister, replacing Theresa May.
— Antara News

IHSG strengthens as Asian regional markets rise
The composite share price index (IHSG) at the Indonesia Stock Exchange (BEI) strengthened on Wednesday morning, as the Asian regional markets rose.
— Antara News

Some global experts attend Global STS Conference in Makassar
Several global experts are taking part in “the 2nd International Conference on Global Science, Technology and Society (STS) organized by Hasanuddin University (Unhas) in Makassar, South Sulawesi, from July 24 to 27.
— Antara News

Ganjar asks civil servants who support radicalism to resign
Civil servants who have been exposed to radicalism should resign, Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo stated after learning that a civil servant was a supporter of a disbanded organization.
— The Jakarta Post

Commission III agrees to grant amnesty to Baiq Nuril
The House of Representatives Commission III overseeing legal affairs agreed during a meeting on Wednesday that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo should grant amnesty to Baiq Nuril Maknun, a woman convicted of defaming her alleged sexual harasser, after hearing the views of concerned parties well as the Law and Human Rights Ministry.
— The Jakarta Post

An industry insider’s analysis of Indonesia’s adtech industry in 2019
Indonesia’s adtech industry is growing rapidly, but not all stakeholders are going to come out winners Digital advertising in Indonesia is growing rapidly.
— e27

Pomona nabs US$3M to help brands improve consumer engagement, sales in Indonesia
Pomona also offers cashback options for purchases, allowing customers to receive money back on promotional goods by uploading a proof of purchase photo into its app Pomona, an Indonesia-based omnichannel marketing and sales-tech startup, announced today it has completed a US$3 million in “Series A-2” funding round led by Vynn Capital.
— e27

Malaysian, Indonesian armies engage in Linud Malindo exercise
The Malaysian Army (TDM) and the Indonesian National Armed Forces-Army (TNI-AD) jointly conducted the 2019 Malaysia-Indonesia Airborne Cooperation Training (Linud Malindo Exercise) in Gong Kedah here, and Bachok in Kelantan from yesterday until Thursday.
— Intellasia

Indonesia, Timor Leste to begin talks on maritime boundary delimitation
Indonesia and Timor Leste are soon to begin negotiations on the delimitation of their maritime boundaries after settling their land borders, officials have said, as Asia’s youngest nation seeks to consolidate its sovereignty 20 years after an independence referendum.
— Intellasia

Indonesia’s planning ministry targets up to 6% GDP growth in next 5 yrs
Indonesia could lift its pace of economic growth to an average of 6 per cent annually during President Joko Widodo’s second term in office, if it can attract more investment under the best-case scenario put forward by the country’s planning ministry.

Recent energy deals signal postelection ‘pragmatism play’
Recent major oil and gas deals signify the government’s shift to pragmatism following a string of decisions based on strong resource nationalism made to woo voters, a global think tank has concluded.
— The Jakarta Post

Infrastructure readiness crucial for making electric cars: Gaikindo
It is imperative for the country to build supporting infrastructure before it decides to jump into large scale production of electric cars, Chairman of the Association of Indonesian Automotive Manufacturers (Gaikindo) Yohannes Nangoi has stressed.
— Antara News

Bogor wants new regency established
The Bogor regency administration in West Java is urging the central government to establish a new regency comprising the eastern part of Bogor as the socioeconomic gap in the regency has widened.
— The Jakarta Post

Go-Jek appoints Boy Thohir as independent commissioner
Garibaldi “Boy” Thohir has been appointed as independent commissioner of PT Aplikasi Karya Anak Bangsa (Go-Jek), a technology company whose core business is its ride-hailing application.
— The Jakarta Post

Krakatau Steel needs total overhaul: Kalla
Vice President Jusuf Kalla has said that state-owned steelmaker PT Krakatau Steel needs a total overhaul to improve its performance so that the company’s products can compete with imported products.
— The Jakarta Post

Earthquake hits Bali during Galungan celebrations
A 4.6-magnitude earthquake hit the resort island of Bali on Wednesday morning as Balinese Hindus were observing Galungan, a holy day celebrating the victory of dharma (virtue) over adharma (vice).
— The Jakarta 

Four children killed in Malang house fire during power outage
Four children have been killed in a fire that burned down their family’s rental house in Batu, East Java, during a power outage that started at 9:45 p.m. Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

E-Ladies app launched for disabled, elderly patients of North Jakarta hospital
Disabled and elderly patients of Tugu Koja Regional Hospital (RSUD) in North Jakarta now have an app they can use that notifies them about medical checkups and reminds them to take their medication.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Welcomes Abu Dhabi Crown Prince at Soekarno-Hatta Airport
President Joko Widodo or Jokowi welcomed the arrival of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan in Indonesia today, July 24, at 09:00 Jakarta time, in Soekarno-Hatta Airport, Tangerang.

Special walking tour introduces children with disabilities to public transportation
Clad in traditional Betawi dress with a small hijab, Kamila Aprilia performed a traditional Betawi dance in front of dozens of children, mostly in strollers and wheelchairs accompanied by their parents.
— The Jakarta Post

Wings Air to shortly open Pangkalpinang-Bandung flight route
Wings Air will open a flight route linking Pangkalpinang, capital of Bangka Belitung Province, to Bandung, capital of West Java Province, starting August 9, 2019.
— Antara News

Young W Java ulemas to spread message of peace in Britain
The provincial government of West Java and the British Institute of Peace have established an agreement to send 30 young Indonesian Muslim scholars (ulemas) to Britain to spread the message of peace.
— Antara News

Jokowi, Sheikh Mohamed have a great relationship: Foreign Minister
Indonesia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi, confirmed that President Joko Widodo and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, have established a relationship as best friends.
— Antara News

Religion used as approach to disaster mitigation in West Nusa Tenggara
The West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) administration has released a book on disaster mitigation in the hope of making religion one way to approach natural disaster mitigation.
— The Jakarta Post

East Jakarta landowners protest acquisition for train project
“You lied to us!” “Where is our compensation?” “Help us, Mr. President!” Approximately 254 land owners from Cipinang Melayu subdistrict, East Jakarta, marched into the gates of the Mugi Griya building in Tebet, South Jakarta, on Wednesday to voice their distress over unreasonable land appraisals by state-owned consortium PT Pilar Sinergi BUMN Indonesia (PSBI) in acquiring their land as part of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway project.
— The Jakarta Post

Megawati, Prabowo slated to meet soon
Megawati Soekarnoputri, the fifth Indonesian president and chairperson of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), is planning to meet soon with Prabowo Subianto, presidential candidate and chairperson of the Greater Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party.
— Antara News

Indonesia, Britain, Australia discuss air cargo security
Indonesia, Britain and Australia, along with the International Air Transportation Association discussed efforts to increase air cargo security at a workshop in Tarakan, North Kalimantan province.
— Antara News

Basarnas rescues 16 MV crew members
The National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) Office in Ternate, North Maluku Province, has rescued 16 crew members of a motor vessel that had engine trouble and was carried by sea currents in South Halmahera district.
— Antara News

Banten governor protests decision to downgrade 21 hospitals
Banten Governor Wahidin Halim has protested against the Health Ministry’s decision to downgrade 21 hospitals in the province.
— Antara News

Military commander, police chief visit Mesuji clash victims
Commander of the Sriwijaya Military Regional Command (Kodam) II Major General Irwan and South Sumatra Provincial Police Chief Inspector General Firli visited families of victims of the clashes in Register 45 area, Mesuji District, Lampung Province Tuesday.
— Antara News


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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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