Indonesia morning news for November 8

Indonesia morning news for November 8

Indonesia morning news

22 million Indonesians endured chronic starvation in Jokowi’s first term: ADB report
The latest assessment conducted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Food Research Institute (IFPRI) with support from the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) has found that 22 million people in the country suffered from chronic starvation between 2016 and 2018.
— The Jakarta Post

5.02% Economic Growth Deemed Resilience amid Global Uncertainty
Finance Deputy Minister Suahasil Nazara considered the national economic growth at 5.02 percent in the third quarter of 2019 a form of national resilience amid global uncertainty.

Indonesia struck by 3,155 natural disasters during January-Nov 7, 2019
A total of 3,155 natural disasters, generally hydrometeorological in nature, hit Indonesia during the January-November 7, 2019, period.
— Antara News

Military bases to be built in North Penajam Paser for new capital defense
The Indonesian Military (TNI) is set to established new military bases in North Penajam Paser regency in East Kalimantan, where the new capital will be located.
— The Jakarta Post

Why Indonesia Is Missing Out as Companies Move Out of China
Indonesia is Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, with one of the biggest labor pools in the world. But it punches beneath its weight when it comes to attracting foreign investment.
–The Washington Post

Indonesia Revokes Temporary Suspension of Nickel Ore Exports
Indonesia lifted a suspension on exports of nickel ore announced last week following a surge in shipments ahead of a ban on overseas sales starting next year.
— Bloomberg

Foreign Reserves Go ‌Up in October ‌to‌ 19-Month High
Indonesia’s foreign exchange‌ ‌reserves‌ ‌rebounded by 1.9 percent to a 19-month high of $126.7‌ ‌billion in October, thanks to proceeds from the government’s global bonds issuance and from oil and gas exports, Bank Indonesia, the country’s central bank, announced on Thursday.
— Jakarta Globe

‘Stop Importing Hoes’: Jokowi
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has lamented the fact that Indonesia still imports hoes, a low-complexity item that local craftsmen should have been able to produce in spades.
— Jakarta Globe

Former agriculture minister sues Tempo for Rp 100 billion over sugar report
Former agriculture minister has filed a civil lawsuit with the South Jakarta District Court against Tempo weekly magazine over an investigative report it published in September on the ministry’s efforts in making the country self-sufficient in sugar.
— The Jakarta Post

Pertamina books $753 million net profits in Q3
State-owned energy company Pertamina booked US$753 million in net profits during the January-Sept period this year.
— The Jakarta Post

China offers its vast market for Indonesia’s fishery products
China has offered its huge market for Indonesian fishery products and is willing to boost imports from Indonesia, Marine and Fishery Affairs Minister Edhy Prabowo stated.
— Antara News

Liquor waste contaminates Bengawan Solo, disrupts water supply
Liquid waste in the form of a traditional Javanese alcoholic drink called ciu has contaminated the Bengawan Solo River in Surakarta, Central Java, killing fish and disrupting the area’s clean water supply for residents.
— The Jakarta Post

BI pushes RI’s halal products to drive global market penetration
Bank Indonesia (BI) has encouraged Indonesia to take on a larger role as a halal industry producer by not only catering to demands in domestic markets but also transcending to global markets.
— Antara News

Government spending fails to jack up growth as tax revenue slows
Government spending has failed to jack up Indonesia’s economic growth in the third quarter as it struggles with a tight budget due to low tax revenue amid a slowdown in the industrial and mining sectors. Public spending, which accounted for around 8 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), only grew 0.98 percent in the third quarter of this year, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data show.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to host China-ASEAN conference
Indonesia will host the China-ASEAN conference on the people-to-people friendship organization from November 10 to 12, 2019, in Bandung, West Java.
— Antara News

Luhut Meets US Secretary of Commerce
Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan held a meeting with the United States Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross at his office, November 6.

Palace Reacts to Issue on Ahok as KPK Supervisory Body Candidate
Presidential Palace spokesman Fadjroel Rachman balked at commenting on the issue saying that former Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama or Ahok and former KPK commissioner Antasari Azhar were candidates for the members of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Supervisory Board.

Don’t applaud, Indonesia still lags behind other countries, says Jokowi
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo asked his audience not to applaud when he described the government’s success in building massive infrastructure during his first term in his remarks at the opening of Indonesia Infrastructure Week 2019 at the Jakarta International Expo (JI-Expo) on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Female Journalist Rohana Kudus Named National Hero
Social Ministry has named Rohana Kudus or Ruhana Kuddus, the first female journalist from West Sumatra, as National Hero 2019.

Experts underline risks of automation on Indonesia’s workforce
Indonesia should not only improve the skills of its workers but also change its educational system from as early as elementary school to minimize the impact of automation on the country’s workforce, a minister has said.
— The Jakarta Post

House Commission I to summon Subianto on Monday
The House of Representatives (DPR) Commission I is scheduled to hold a working meeting with Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto on Monday, November 11.
— Antara News

Central Java’s Batang receives 59 Chinese entrepreneurs
Some 59 Chinese entrepreneurs of China’s Sandong Province and 52 representatives of Chinese companies paid a visit to Batang District, Central Java Province, on Thursday, to explore investment possibilities in the district.
— Antara News

Budi Karya Earmarks Rp2tn to Develop 5 New Bali
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said that his ministry allocated Rp2 trillion to develop and enhance the connectivity of five super-priority tourist destinations dubbed New Bali this year.

Policeman Named Suspect Over Fatal Shooting of University Student
A policeman was named suspect for the fatal shooting of a university student during a street demonstration on Sept. 26 protesting the amendment of the Corruption Eradication Commission Law in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi, the National Police announced on Thursday.
— Jakarta Globe

Pertamina earmarks US$2 billion for geothermal energy development
State oil and gas company PT Pertamina will allot US$2 billion (Rp27 trillion) for the development of geothermal facilities in the coming six to seven years.
— Antara News

From ‘buzzers’ to restrictions: Indonesia’s internet freedom declining, report says
Indonesia has witnessed a decline in internet freedom over the past year, largely as a result of on-and-off restricted access to social media and manipulation of content for political gain during the April elections, according to Freedom House’s latest report.
— The Jakarta Post

BI backs development of sharia economy through ISEF 2019
Bank Indonesia (BI) supports the development of a sharia-compliant economy and finance as a new source of economic growth through the Indonesia Sharia Economic Festival (ISEF) 2019 to be held at the Jakarta Convention Center from November 12-16.
— Antara News

Indonesian education needs speedy transformation: Nadiem
Amid the hopes and criticisms expressed following his appointment, Nadiem Anwar Makarim, the new education and culture minister, is aiming to bring innovation and a breath of fresh air to Indonesia’s education system, stressing the need to redefine education so that it fits with the country’s goal to possess excellent human resources capable of bolstering development.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Revives TNI’s Deputy Commander Position in Latest Decree
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has decided to revive the position of National Armed Forces (TNI) deputy commander within Indonesia’s military ranks that in accordance of President’s Decree No.65/2019.

Public Works Ministry to Begin Move to New Capital
The Public Works and Housing Ministry will be the first government agency to relocate its headquarters to the yet-to-be-built new capital in East Kalimantan in 2024, an official said on Thursday.
— Jakarta Globe

Indosat reports solid revenue growth in first nine months 2019
Indosat Ooredoo, one of Indonesia’s major telecommunication providers, has booked a significant increase in revenue from its cellular business during the first nine months of this year due to increased data traffic.
— The Jakarta Post

Lubricant industry projected to clock four-percent growth in 2019
Indonesia’s lubricant industry is expected to achieve its targeted four-percent growth in 2019, Director General of Chemical, Pharmaceutical, and Textile Industry of the Industry Ministry Muhammad Khayam stated.
— Antara News

Jakarta Claims Anies’ Budgeting Process Similar to Ahok’s
The secretary of Jakarta provincial administration, Saefullah, likened the budgeting process run by Governor Anies Baswedan and former Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama or Ahok.

Sriwijaya Air: Business Ties with Garuda Raises Corporate Debts
The advocate of Sriwijaya Air, Yusril Ihza Mahendra, spoke up about the dispute between his client and Garuda Indonesia.

Eastern Indonesia’s robust growth attracts McDonald’s to focus on region
Business growth stories in eastern Indonesia provinces have attracted major franchises to expand there, including American fast food giant McDonald’s.
— The Jakarta Post

Ceilings collapse in East Java elementary school, 1 teacher and 1 student killed
One teacher and an eight-year-old student were killed after several ceilings collapsed in an elementary school in Pasuruan, East Java on Tuesday.
— Coconuts (paywall)


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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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