Indonesia morning news for March 15

Indonesia morning news for March 15

Indonesia morning news

Indonesian polls under attack by foreign hackers: Official
Chinese and Russian hackers are attacking Indonesia’s voter database in a bid to disrupt the country’s upcoming presidential election, according to a senior election commission official.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Indonesia aims to be top ‘halal’ destination
As the most populous Muslim-majority nation, the country is aiming for the top spot on the Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI), as part of an effort to achieve the foreign tourist arrival target of 20 million this year.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia ratchets down target of non-oil gas export on weakening global demand
Indonesian trade ministry has set a lower target of non-oil and gas exports this year as slower projection global economic growth will edge off demand.
— Xinhua

Indonesia’s Pertamina, state miners signs fuel pricing deal
Indonesia state oil and gas company PT Pertamina on Thursday signed a fuel price benchmark deal with state-controlled mining companies for five years, said Rini Soemarno, State-Owned Enterprises Minister, on Thursday
— Reuters

Only One in Seven Indonesian Companies Use AI Today
Only one in seven businesses in Indonesia today has implemented artificial intelligence in their business, according to a recent study by Microsoft and research firm IDC, titled “Future Ready Business: Assessing Asia Pacific’s Growth Potential Through AI.”
— The Jakarta Globe

Indonesian election likely to be plagued by vote buying, marginalised voters and accusations of electoral fraud
More than 100 foreign nationals have been blacklisted from Indonesia’s electoral roll after the country’s General Election Commission (KPU) found they were erroneously enrolled to cast ballots in 17 provinces across the archipelago.
— ABC Net

Jokowi presses ahead with plan to visit Sibolga after terror arrest, raid
The National Police have confirmed that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo will not cancel a scheduled work visit to North Sumatra on Friday, even after this week’s terror arrest and raid in Sibolga, where he is expected to inaugurate the newly expanded Sibolga Port on Sunday.
— The Jakarta Post

Expert Comments on Jokowi`s Pre-Employment Card Plan
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s plan to issue a pre-employment card attracted comments and split opinions from the public.

Indonesia to send officials to Ethiopia to aid Boeing crash probe
Indonesia plans to send a flight inspector and an official from its transport safety agency to Ethiopia to help with the probe into Sunday’s crash of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet, Transport Ministry official Polana Pramesti said on Thursday.
— Reuters

Jakarta risks overtaking China’s famously polluted capital soon: NGO
Greenpeace Southeast Asia warned that Jakarta risks overtaking Beijing’s reputation of the most polluted capital city, based on data of the IQAir AirVisual 2018 World Air Quality Report and interactive World’s most polluted cities ranking.
— Antara News

How renewables can help electrify Indonesia’s sprawling island nation
Whilst many of us in Australia are focused on domestic politics and what the major parties are offering for energy policy to reduce greenhouse emissions, it is also important to consider what is happening to our northern neighbour, Indonesia, the world’s 4th most populous nation, if we are to have appropriate global action in combating climate change.
— Renew Economy

Indonesia elections unlikely to drive major economic policy change: Fitch
Indonesia’s upcoming elections are not expected to trigger significant changes in economic policy, Fitch Ratings said on Thursday, as it reaffirmed the country’s credit rating at ‘BBB’ with a stable outlook.
— Nasdaq

FARPOINT Debuts The Loggia, Transformable Apartment in Indonesia
two of the leading real estate developers from Indonesia and Japan- introduce a new transformable living concept in South Jakarta, The Loggia, conveying multipurpose design to fit for maximum comfort.
— AEC News Today/ PR newswire

President Jokowi optimistic of strengthening tourism in Bangka Belitung
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has expressed hope that the tourism industry in Bangka Belitung Province would continue to be empowered to boost the regional economy.
— Antara News

Jokowi hails new Muara Baru fish market as ‘pilot project’
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Wednesday inaugurated the Muara Baru Modern Fish Market (PIM Muara Baru) in Penjaringan, North Jakarta, saying that it had changed public perceptions of fish markets.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Sees Plummeting Tea Production
Iriana Ekasari, Head of the Indonesian Tea Council’s Internal and Foreign Affairs Division, said tea production has continued to decline since 2007.

Indonesia says uncovers huge explosives stash after suicide blast
Indonesian police said Thursday (Mar 14) they had uncovered a huge stash of explosives linked to a terror suspect whose wife blew up herself and a child following a dramatic standoff at their home.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Jakarta celebrates endemic ‘duku condet’ harvest
Jakarta’s endemic duku condet (lanzones) trees finally bore fruit at the Condet Fruit Reserve in Balekambang, Kramat Jati, East Jakarta, which was celebrated by locals and Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia has a plan to deal with its plastic waste problem
In Indonesia, plastic waste is a very modern-day enemy. It’s such a problem that, last year, the army was called in to scoop it out of the river in the country’s third-largest city of Bandung.
— WE Forum

Prioritizing preventive measures against forest fires
The Indonesian authorities have claimed that the number of forest fires had reduced some 85 percent over the past several years.
— Antara News

Illegal Mining Endangers Lives, Environment in Indonesia
The collapse of an unlicensed gold mine in Indonesia this month is renewing attention on illegal mining in the country, which authorities say often overlooks safety, health and security requirements.
— VOA News

Australia and Indonesia trade: deal (not quite) done
The signing on 4 March of the Indonesia Australia–Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) has been hailed as a major bilateral trade agreement and a diplomatic breakthrough given recent tensions between Canberra and Jakarta.
— Lowy Institute

Jokowi presents 2,500 land certificates to Bangka Belitung residents
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) presented 2,500 land certificates to the residents of Bangka Belitung Province to prevent possible conflicts over land ownership.
— Antara News

Regulation on low-emissions incentive hits ‘another’ snag
While the government stated last week that it would soon issue a new regulation on low-emission incentives to boost the development of electric vehicles, it seems the process is not as smooth as was initially presented.
— The Jakarta Post

6 Million Tax Returns Reported to Indonesia’s Tax Office
The Finance Ministry’s directorate general of taxation announced it has received 6 million annual tax returns (SPT Pajak) as per Wednesday, March 13. Which is a slight improvement compared to 2017 according to tax revenue and compliance officer Yon Arsal.

Indonesia:Non-life market sees premiums expand by 10% in 2018
The Indonesian General Insurance Association (AAUI) has announced that total non-life insurance premiums grew by 9.8% to IDR69.9trn ($4.9bn) in 2018.
— Asia Insurance Review

Five busted in Klaten for allegedly running online abortion clinic
The Klaten Police arrested five people last Friday for allegedly running an online abortion clinic in Ceper, Klaten, Central Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Wiranto Assures No Riots Before and After Indonesia Election
Coordinating Minister of Political, Law, and Security Affairs Wiranto denied rumors of an impending major riot before and after the 2019 presidential election.

Tsunami warning systems – why did Indonesia’s fail?
In September 2018, Sulawesi in Indonesia was hit first by an earthquake, and then, without warning, by a tsunami. 2000 people were killed.
— Brunel

Indonesia’s Ovo acquires Taralite to step up lending services
Ovo, the mobile wallet associated with Indonesia’s Lippo Group, is speeding up its push into online lending by acquiring local p2p lending startup Taralite, one of the first fintech startups in the country.
— KR Asia

Indonesia rises after Fitch affirms rating; others subdued
Indonesian shares rose on Thursday after Fitch affirmed Jakarta’s rating with a stable outlook, while other southeast Asian markets struggled as investors turned cautious amid mixed economic data from China.
— The Edge Markets


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Piseth Pov graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics Science from the Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh in 2017, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Communications from Western University, Phnom Penh, the same year.

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