Indonesia morning news for May 1

Indonesia morning news for May 1

Indonesia morning newsAsian Development Bank agrees to finance power plant in Indonesia
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to finance Indonesia’s largest combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant, Jawa-1.
— Power Technology

Moving capital will not ease Jakarta’s traffic congestion: Anies
Traffic congestion will continue to plague the streets of Jakarta even if it is no longer the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has said in response to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s plan to move the capital.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s iron and steel imports reach all-time high in 2018
Indonesia’s iron and steel imports recorded the highest increase of 30 percent in 2018 owing to the massive infrastructure development in the country.
— Antara News

Indonesian rail project expects $18 billion from satellite towns
The Indonesian-Chinese consortium building a high-speed rail project between the capital Jakarta and the textiles hub of Bandung expects to earn $18 billion from developing satellite towns and industrial centers along the line, a company official said.
— Reuters

Gov’t Investigates Possible Plastic Trash in Waste Paper Imports
Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs reportedly sent a team to verify the investigation report by an East Java environmental conservation NGO upon supposed plastic waste smuggling from Australia.

Indonesia to Sink More Foreign Boats Amid New Maritime Tensions with Vietnam
Indonesia next weekend plans to sink dozens of foreign boats that were seized after straying illegally into its waters, including many vessels from Vietnam, the fisheries minister said Monday amid fresh maritime tensions between Hanoi and Jakarta near the South China Sea.
— Benar News

Plan to Move Indonesia’s Capital; From Soekarno to Jokowi Era
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo officially decided to move the country’s capital city from Jakarta to an undecided location outside of the Java Island. This decision was taken after a limited meeting held at the Presidential Office on Monday.

Foreign direct investment in Indonesia down nearly 1 pct y/y
Foreign direct investment (FDI) in Indonesia fell 0.9 percent on-year in the first quarter of 2019 in rupiah terms, marking a fourth straight quarter of contraction, the country’s investment board said on Tuesday.
— Nasdaq

When Padang food dragged into Indonesia’s elections
Ma’ruf Amin in West Sumatra went viral but it failed to gain the people’s support.
— Antara News

Indonesia`s Internet is Comparatively Slow Yet Costly
Portal CupoNation Indonesia recently analyzed the fiber optics internet speeds among a number of Southeast Asia countries including Indonesia, which performed poorly with a relatively high tariff for a slow internet connection.

Goodbye, Jakarta? Indonesia’s president suggests new capital
Not only is the megacity of Jakarta besieged by a confluence of modern ills – including pollution, overpopulation and soul-destroying traffic – it is also one of the fastest-sinking capitals in the world.
— The Guardian

Jakarta Police to beef up security for May Day
The Jakarta Police will deploy 26,500 personnel to secure May Day protests in Jakarta on Wednesday, in which some 40,000 people are expected to take part.
— The Jakarta Post

Transjakarta Puts Electric Buses on Road Test
PT. Transportasi Jakarta (Transjakarta) started the trial run of its electric buses on Monday, April 29. The buses will be used as transportation for people of the capital city.

Military Chief Visit Puts Indonesia-Thailand Defense Ties in Focus
The trip reinforced efforts by both sides to strengthen their security relations despite lingering challenges at home and abroad.
— The Diplomat

Indonesian environmentalists accuse Australia of ‘smuggling’ plastic waste following China ban
A waste import ban imposed by China in July 2017 has seen Australia instead export waste materials to nearer neighbours, including Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia.
— ABC Net

Traffic Engineering around State Palace, GBK during Labor Day
Jakarta Traffic Police Directorate will impose traffic engineering during the Labor Day or May Day on Wednesday, May 1, around the area of State Palace on Jalan Medan Merdeka Utara and Gelora Bung Karno (GBK), Central Jakarta.

Indonesia is ready to spend $33bn to move capital from Jakarta
But unofficial counts by mainstream pollsters show Mr Widodo is set to beat former general Prabowo Subianto by about 10 percentage points.
— Finance Times

Government allocates Rp27 trillion for subsidized fertilizers
The Agriculture Ministry has allocated Rp27 trillion in the budget fund for 8.8 million tons of subsidized fertilizers for 7.1 million hectares of rice fields and horticultural plantations this year, Director General of the Agriculture Ministry Sarwo Edhy said.
— Antara News

Boeing wins confidence of shareholders, prepares for key 737 MAX test flight
Boeing executives successfully beat back shareholder challenges to their authority on Monday as the company signaled it expects regulators to take a key step next week in the effort to get the 737 MAX back in the air following two deadly crashes.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi to Consult with DPR on Capital City Relocation
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said he would consult with the House of Representatives (DPR) members in light of the planned relocation of Indonesia’s capital city to outside Java Island.

South Sumatra still faces shortage of rubber processing plants
South Sumatra Province, particularly the district area, continues to face a dearth of dry rubber processing plants (crumb rubber), thereby frequently causal to price instability at the market and farmer levels.
— Antara News

Indonesia Charts Two Soft Courses to Contain China
Expanding Chinese maritime interests in the Indian and Pacific oceans have emerged as a foreign policy priority across the region with Indonesia wanting and expected to play a key role as President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo settles in for his second term.
— VOA News

KPU verifies polling station workers eligible for compensation
Indonesia’s General Elections Commission (KPU) revealed on Tuesday that it has been verifying cases of working committee members at polling stations across Indonesia who are eligible to receive compensation based on the existing rules for different categories of work accidents.
— Antara News

Gov’t Affirms New Policy on Online Ojek Takes Effect on May 1
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi affirmed the new Ministerial Regulation (PM) No. 12 of 2019 on online-based motorcycle taxi or locally known online ojek will take effect on Wednesday, May 1.

Indonesia’s FDI logs 7.6 billion USD in Q1
Indonesian foreign direct investment (FDI) touched 107.9 trillion rupiah (about 7.6 billion U.S. dollars) in the first quarter of this year amid weakening global economic growth, the country’s investment coordinating board disclosed here on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

Passengers allowed to break fast inside MRT train during Ramadan
Passengers will be allowed to eat and drink inside MRT trains during Ramadan when breaking their fast, an official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

GATES Announces Third Edition of Indonesia Business Channel Summit
The Summit will bring together international technology vendors with channel executivesfrom across Indonesia
— Asia One

Indonesia to hold tourism sales mission in southern Chinese cities
Indonesian tourism ministry is planning to hold sales mission to tap market potentialities in southern Chinese cities, an official at the ministry said here on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

KONI Graft; Imam Nahrawi Admits Using Ministry Budget for Umrah
Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi admitted he spent the ministry’s budget to finance his umrah travel. The minister also performed the Islamic pilgrimage with his personal assistant, Miftahul Ulum, and several ministry’s officials.

Indonesia teams up with TikTok to boost tourism
ByteDance’s short video app TikTok and Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism announced last Friday that they are teaming up to promote ten must-see Indonesian destinations, according to the Chinese tech company’s website.
— Kr Asia

Indonesia 2045 Vision to facilitate implementation of Paris Accord
Indonesia will create a long-term strategy (LST) to implement the Paris Agreement in line with the Indonesia 2045 Vision, the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), and other low-emission policies, according to an official.
— Antara News

City opens affordable book market in Central Jakarta
The Jakarta administration has officially opened the Jakbook book market at Kenari Market in Salemba, Central Jakarta, in a bid to provide affordable books.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia election rivals toil in “war rooms” to check ballots
In a low-rise Jakarta office block, young Indonesian supporters of President Joko Widodo sit hunched over screens to count photographed vote tallies from polling stations, two weeks after an election to lead the world’s third-biggest democracy.
— The Peninsula Qatar

Jokowi to Consult with DPR on Capital City Relocation
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said he would consult with the House of Representatives (DPR) members in light of the planned relocation of Indonesia’s capital city to outside Java Island.

Rupiah falls on high demand for dollars
The rupiah fell in the Jakarta inter-bank spot market on Tuesday evening on a high demand for US dollars.
— Antara News

Ministry investigators arrest three for illegal ivory trade online
Investigators from the Environment and Forestry Ministry have arrested three individuals on suspicion of illegal online trading in ivory and other products made from elephants and other endangered animals.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia 3rd President B.J. Habibie’s US$1B superblock in Batam Attracts Global Investors with the Launch of Luxury Erleseen Tower
As Batam continues to transform itself from a manufacturing center into a international property and tourism hub, international investors will be buoyed with the launch of the ultra-luxurious Erleseen Tower by PT Pollux Properti Indonesia Tbk (IJ:POLL).
— Yahoo Finance

VP confirms negotiations ongoing over Indonesia-Vietnam EEZ borders
Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla revealed that negotiations were ongoing between Jakarta and Hanoi over their shared exclusive economic zones (EEZ) in the area.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s March palm output, exports seen higher
Intellasia East Asia News Indonesia’s palm oil output in March likely rose from a month earlier, while inventories were seen lower on the back of a pickup in exports and domestic consumption, according to a Reuters survey.
— Intellasia

KPU: Poll Station Workers Death Toll Rises to the Hundreds
Secretary General of the General Elections Commission (KPU) Arif Rahman Hakim announced the bleak news of the deaths of poll station working committees (KPPS) has increased to 304 people based on the latest data on April 29.

Sports Ministry denies rumors over Nahrawi’s resignation
The Youth and Sports Ministry has denied rumors that Imam Nahrawi would resign as youth and sports minister on Tuesday night.
— Antara News

Bekasi man accused of killing wife over household income
A 47-year-old man is accused of having strangled his wife to death during an argument in their house in the Grand Permata City housing complex in Bekasi, West Java, police said.
— The Jakarta Post

At least 29 dead, thousands displaced after severe Indonesia floods
Landslides and floods triggered by torrential rain have killed at least 29 people in Indonesia, the disaster agency said on Monday, with thousands taking shelter in evacuation centres amid fears of disease.
— TRT World

Minister points to ambiguity over new capital city’s location
Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono has drawn attention to the ambiguity over the location of the new capital city in place of Jakarta.
— Antara News


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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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