Indonesia morning news for September 3

Indonesia morning news for September 3

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia to raise state health insurer’s premiums to plug cash deficit
Indonesia’s state health insurer will raise its premiums by at least 65% starting this month to plug a deficit expected to reach 32 trillion rupiah ($2.25 billion), officials said, despite protests from parliament members and trade unions.
— Reuters

World Bank Reminds Jokowi of Possible Global Economic Crisis
The Country Director of the World Bank Indonesia, Rodrigo A. Chaves, met with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo this morning at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta.

Indonesia Will Halt Nickel Ore Exports Earlier Than Planned
The government has issued a new rule that would ban exports of nickel ore from next year, as part of a latest attempt to boost processing capacity in the local industry.
— Jakarta Globe

Drought, gold rush can add to inflation pressures, BPS warns
Statistics Indonesia (BPS) has warned that prolonged droughts could result in higher food commodity prices, while a recent uptick in gold investments could also add to inflation pressures.
— The Jakarta Post

Rupiah holds its ground despite fall in share prices
The Indonesian currency gained slightly against the US dollar on Monday despite a decline in share prices in regional markets amid fears of an escalation in the trade war between the United States and China.
— The Jakarta Post

Rp 70 billion needed to repair govt buildings in Papua: Minister
Following unrest in Papua, the government is faced with an expensive repair bill in the easternmost province. Around Rp 70 billion (US$4.9 million) will be allocated to fix at least seven government office buildings.
— The Jakarta Post

Philippines’ nickel ore output hike unlikely to plug Indonesia supply gap
Philippine nickel mining companies are likely to boost ore production next year when Indonesia bans exports of the raw material used in stainless steel and batteries, but may still not be able to fill up the supply gap.
— Nasdaq

Cashless payment, for all its convenience, cause for concern among Jakartans
Cashless payment systems have become extremely popular lately, as they provide ease and comfort compared to traditional cash payments.
— The Jakarta Post

Light pollution renders Jakarta’s skies starless
One early evening as Sesilia Gisela was heading home from her office on Jl. Sudirman to her rented house on Jl. Kebon Kacang, both in Central Jakarta, the 23-year-old who had just moved to Jakarta was shocked as she was blinded by a flash of light.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Cracks Down on ‘Sleep Box’ Accommodation
The Jakarta administration has closed down a “sleep box” – a larger but crummier version of capsule hotels – at Jalan Rawa Selatan V in Johar Baru, Central Jakarta, after the Central Jakarta Deputy Mayor Irwandi and Kampung Rawa subdistrict head Suherman inspected it on Monday and found that the establishment has been running without a permit.
— Jakarta Globe

Inflation rose in August to highest level since December 2017
Indonesia’s annual inflation rate rose in August to its highest level since December 2017, but it remained within the government’s target.
— The Jakarta Post

APEC endeavors to assist small businesses in global expansion
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) has devoted serious efforts to facilitate micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in capacity building to help them have a global reach.
— Antara News

BRI assists people fleeing home following Papua’s violent rallies
State-owned lender Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) has extended assistance to residents fleeing their homes after a violent rally in the Papua provincial capital of Jayapura on August 29, 2019.
— Antara News

Plan to reinvent Lake Toba as ‘halal’ tourist destination sparks controversy
The North Sumatra administration recently announced a plan to initiate halal tourism around Lake Toba in Samosir regency in a bid to attract more Muslim tourists from neighboring Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam.
— The Jakarta Post

More women than ever take part in NTCA Indonesia-Australia Pastoral Program
A cattle station exchange program has 20 Indonesian agriculture students learning the ropes at Northern Territory stations, and there are more women than ever involved in this year’s program.

Moeldoko Blames Benny Wenda for Widespread Papua Unrest
Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko identified Benny Wenda as a person he recalled had committed foreign intervention that eventually caused the unrest in Papua and West Papua.

Waskita Karya Bags Rp2.3tn Payment for Palembang LRT Project
Construction company Waskita Karya (IDX: WSKT) has received Rp2.3 trillion payment to work on the light rail transit or LRT project in South Sumatra.

5G still long way to go, no frequency yet available for superfast network
Telecommunications operators are waiting for the government’s decision on the radio spectrum to be used for 5G technology, the fifth generation of the cellular network deemed to be a key factor in the fourth industrial revolution, as it provides faster and broader connectivity.
— The Jakarta Post

GMF makes aggressive moves to expand MRO business to Middle East, Australia
Aircraft maintenance company PT Garuda Maintenance Facility (GMF) Aero Asia is taking aggressive steps to expand its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business overseas while improving its in-house maintenance capacity in the country to cater to more airlines customers.
— The Jakarta Post

Oil companies upbeat on production despite govt’s bearish outlook
The Indonesian Petroleum Association (IPA) acknowledges that the past four years have been challenging for the oil industry but remains committed to boosting exploration activity next year, even with the government’s bearish outlook for the industry.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia expands the grid to remote islands, but what about its climate goals?
The late afternoon sun was glaring over the remote fishing village of Kwangko in Sumbawa island. Braving the summer heat at the end of July, Anti sat outside, in front of a water tap, filling clear plastic bags with water.
— Devex

One year on, Jakarta has yet to follow up ideas gathered on BERiDE
Despite promising to be a platform for residents to crowdsource ideas to develop Jakarta in any way, the startup BERiDE has yet to gain traction after a year since launching as none of the ideas posted on the website have been followed up by the Jakarta administration.
— The Jakarta Post

High duties hit halal exports to OIC countries
The Trade Ministry disclosed that the Indonesian export of halal products to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member countries has been hindered by high export duties in some of those countries.
— Antara News

Indonesia intensifies infrastructure cooperation with Timor Leste
Indonesian Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono confirmed that his ministry had increased cooperation with Timor Leste in the field of infrastructure.
— Antara News

Jokowi receives WB representative for discussion on global economy
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) received Chief of the World Bank Representative for Indonesia Rodrigo A. Chavez for a closed-door meeting to hold discussion centering on the global economy on Monday.
— Antara News

Bank Danamon and BNP complete merger
Bank Danamon Indonesia (Bank Danamon) and Bank Nusantara Parahyangan (Bank BNP), a member of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) have completed their operational merger.
— The Jakarta Post

Committee announces 10 final KPK leadership candidates
The selection committee for the leadership of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) submitted to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Monday the list of the 10 final candidates who will compete for the antigraft body’s top posts.
— The Jakarta Post

Bali aims to boost disaster preparedness through certification program
When a 5.3-magnitude earthquake hit the resort island of Bali in July this year, the Emergency Response Team (ERT) of the Westin Resort Nusa Dua immediately took action to calm their guests, showing the safe evacuation route and making sure that all the guests and staff were safe.
— The Jakarta Post

Police name 51 suspects, mostly protestors, after rallies, riots
Police have named 51 people, mostly protesters, as suspects after a series of protests and riots in Papua, West Papua and Jakarta in the last two weeks.
— The Jakarta Post

Police investigating fatal multiple-vehicle crash in Purwakarta
The police are still investigating the cause of the fatal accident that killed 6 people in Cipularang toll roads, Purwakarta District, West Java, on Monday.
— Antara News

Pope announces Jakarta archbishop to be new cardinal
Pope Francis has announced that Jakarta Archbishop Mgr. Ignatius Suharyo is to be one of 13 new cardinals to be appointed during a consistory meeting on Oct. 5.
— The Jakarta Post

Out of bushes, closer to homes: Snakebites go unreported in Greater Jakarta
The death of a security guard in a housing area in South Tangerang, Banten, has raised alarm about snake attacks in urban areas, amid a dwindling of agricultural fields and forests, the natural habitat of the reptile.
— The Jakarta Post



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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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