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July 16, 2024

Jakarta Globe - July 16, 2024

Vinnilya Huanggrio, Jakarta – The Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (INDEF) has warned that applying anti-dumping duties (BMAD) on seven imported commodities, including ceramics from China, may not strengthen the domestic industry but instead benefit countries like India and Vietnam through trade diversion.

Borneo Bulletin - July 16, 2024

ANN/The Straits Times – Indonesia's trade surplus narrowed in June to its smallest in four months as exports rose less than expected amid strong import growth, data from its statistics office showed yesterday, after two big copper miners halted shipments.

Jakarta Globe - July 16, 2024

Arnoldus Kristianus, Jakarta – Ahead of the Bank Indonesia (BI) Board of Governors meeting on Wednesday, the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) has advised the central bank to maintain its benchmark interest rate at 6.25 percent. They also recognize the need for BI to anticipate the impact of global economic fluctuations on the domestic economy.

Tempo Editorial - July 16, 2024

Jakarta – In Indonesia, even the hajj pilgrimage can provide an opportunity for corruption. Every hajj season, politicians manipulate the regulations to make huge profits from the organization of the journey to the House of God in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

Jakarta Post - July 16, 2024

Yvette Tanamal, Jakarta – The Foreign Ministry has said that the visit made by five young Nadhlatul Ulama (NU) activists to meet with Israeli President Isaac Herzog in Jerusalem was not by any means representative of Indonesia's official stance.

Associated Press - July 16, 2024

Victoria Milko, Ed Davey and Camille Fassett, Lelilef Sawai, Indonesia – On a steep trek up to his forest farm on the Indonesian island of Halmahera, Librek Loha let out a cry of dismay. "Aduuuuh," he said, his voice trailing off. "Landslides, again. They happen all the time now."

Jakarta Post Editorial - July 16, 2024

Jakarta – Should Indonesia find itself needing to import natural gas to meet growing demand, we will have no one but ourselves to blame.

While liquefied natural gas (LNG) production improved somewhat when Train 3 became operational at the BP-operated Tangguh LNG facility in October last year, the long-term outlook for self-sufficiency in the commodity is not encouraging.

Jakarta Globe - July 16, 2024

Alfi Dinilhaq, Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian rupiah weakened against the US dollar on Tuesday after China's second-quarter growth came in below expectations.

According to Bloomberg data, the rupiah was trading at Rp 16,205 per US dollar in the spot market at 9:39 a.m. Jakarta time, down 35 points or 0.22 percent from the previous trading session.

Mongabay - July 16, 2024

Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Publicly funded multilateral development banks (MDBs) like the World Bank might finance a wave of "captive" coal expansion in climate-vulnerable countries vulnerable to climate change, which will speed up global warming.

Jakarta Globe - July 16, 2024

Alfida Rizky Febrianna, Jakarta – State-owned oil and gas company Pertamina is set to implement the government's plan to restrict the purchase of subsidized fuel, specifically Pertalite, beginning August 17.

Jakarta Globe - July 16, 2024

Ichsan Ali, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Wednesday defended the government policy of offering land concessions for nearly two centuries to major investors in the future national capital, Nusantara.

The president said the new capital is being built on a tight budget and will require substantial financial support from the private sector to complete.

Jakarta Globe - July 16, 2024

Wahyu Sahala Tua, Subang – Vietnamese automaker VinFast has officially commenced construction of its first factory in Indonesia, located in Subang, West Java. The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko, Acting Regent of Subang Imran, Vingroup Chairman and Senior Advisor Nguyen Dhuc Thanh, and CEO of VinFast Indonesia Temmy Wiradjaja.

Jakarta Post - July 16, 2024

Agnes Anya and Marchio Gorbiano (AFP), Jakarta – Deforestation at one of Indonesia's largest nickel processing hubs is threatening an Indigenous group that is among the country's last uncontacted tribes, rights groups allege.

Jakarta Post - July 16, 2024

Radhiyya Indra, Jakarta – The Surabaya municipal administration has rescheduled waste disposal operations at the Benowo landfill to prevent the bad smell of garbage from disturbing the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) U-19 Youth Championship, which the East Java capital is hosting from July 17 to 29.

Tempo - July 16, 2024

Daniel A. Fajri, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo or Jokowi inaugurated the 2024 Indonesian Military-Police (TNI-Polri) officers in the Prasetya Perwira Ceremony at the Jakarta Merdeka Palace on Tuesday, July 16.

The new officers include 417 Army Academy graduates, 129 Navy Academy graduates, 113 Air Force Academy graduates, and 247 Police Academy graduates.

Jakarta Post - July 16, 2024

Dio Suhenda, Jakarta – The Presidential Security Detail (Paspampres) is looking to learn from the recent assassination attempt of former United States president Donald Trump and improve its protocol to ensure the safety of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Vice President Ma'ruf Amin.

Jakarta Globe - July 16, 2024

Wijayanti Putri, Solo – Solo Mayor Gibran Rakabuming Raka tendered his resignation letter to the municipal legislature on Tuesday as he prepares for a bigger role as the elected vice president.

Gibran, 36, the eldest son of President Joko Widodo, and President-Elect Prabowo Subianto will be sworn in as the country's leaders on October 20.

Jakarta Globe - July 16, 2024

Alfida Rizky Febrianna, Jakarta – Cutting down the distribution process of medicines can be the shortcut to help cool down the soaring prices of pharmaceutical drugs, according to the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI).

July 15, 2024

Jakarta Globe - July 15, 2024

Alfida Rizky Febrianna, Jakarta – The Financial Services Authority (OJK) is set to implement new regulations allowing financial technology platforms to offer online loans of up to Rp 10 billion ($617,526), an increase from the previous limit of Rp 2 billion.

Jakarta Globe - July 15, 2024

Hendro D Situmorang, Jakarta – A pharmacists' advocacy group has pinpointed corruption and gratuity payments by certain doctors as key factors driving up medication costs in Indonesia. While this issue is widely recognized in the industry, discussing it has remained somewhat taboo, possibly due to fear of repercussions.

Jakarta Post - July 15, 2024

Alifia Sekar, Jakarta – With registration for the Corruption Eradication Commission's (KPK) next leaders closing soon on Monday, the number of candidates applying for the job is so far lower than in 2019.

Jakarta Post - July 15, 2024

Jakarta – The Northeast Sulawesi Natural Resource Conservation Agency (BKSDA) plans to evacuate critically endangered anoas from a mining concession owned by PT Sulawesi Cahaya Mineral (SCM) in Konawe, Northeast Sulawesi, to prevent a population decline.

Jakarta Globe - July 15, 2024

Novie Fauziah, Jakarta – Indonesia's largest Muslim organization, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), denounced five Muslim scholars on Monday who recently visited Israel and met with President Isaac Herzog.

Jakarta Globe - July 15, 2024

Alfida Rizky Febrianna, Jakarta – The Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) recently blamed the high drug prices on the country's high reliance on imported pharmaceutical raw materials.

Tempo - July 15, 2024

Advist Khoirunikmah, Jakarta – A landslide killed seven people in Wini Kali Kabur, Timika, Mimika Regency, Central Papua, on Sunday, July 14, 2024, at around 09:00 local time.

Jakarta Globe - July 15, 2024

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Indonesia's imports from China have declined as Jakarta mulls imposing a 200 percent tariff on Chinese goods.

According to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), Indonesia's non-oil and gas imports from China totaled $5.34 billion in June 2024, versus the $6.05 billion worth of Chinese goods that made their way to Indonesia in May.

Bloomberg News - July 15, 2024

Matthew Burgess and Grace Sihombing – The fate of Indonesia's jittery bond market may well hinge on who President-elect Prabowo Subianto chooses as his finance minister.

Jakarta Post - July 15, 2024

Dio Suhenda, Jakarta – In a bid to lure investment to the Nusantara Capital City (IKN) megaproject in East Kalimantan, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo signed on Thursday a presidential regulation that grants investors certain rights, including land rights of up to 190 years in the future capital.

Mongabay - July 15, 2024

Asad Asnawi, Christ Belseran, Irfan Maulana – A widely criticized move by Indonesian President Joko Widodo to reform mining rules to bestow coal mining licenses on an allied religious organization is carving a rift between its executive leadership and Islamic activists in the community, sources told Mongabay Indonesia.

Jakarta Globe - July 15, 2024

Yustinus Paat, Jakarta – The Directorate General of Immigration has arrested six foreign nationals, five from Vietnam and one from China, suspected of violating their visa and residency permits through involvement in online prostitution.

Jakarta Globe - July 15, 2024

Yustinus Patris Paat, Jakarta – The level of support the National Democratic Party (Nasdem) gives to Anies Baswedan for his reelection bid as Jakarta governor won't be the same as when they collaborated for the recent presidential election, an analyst said on Monday.

Jakarta Globe - July 15, 2024

Jakarta – Indonesia's international trade balance recorded a surplus of $2.39 billion in June 2024, marking the 50th consecutive month of positive trade balance, according to government data released on Monday.

Tempo - July 15, 2024

Hendrik Yaputra, Jakarta – The Executive Board of Nahdlatul Ulama (PBNU), Indonesia's second-largest Islamic organization, has expressed deep disappointment and concern over a recent meeting between five of its members and Israeli President Isaac Herzog.

Jakarta Globe - July 15, 2024

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Indonesian car exports reached approximately $2.78 billion in the first half of 2024 with fellow ASEAN member Philippines buying most of the vehicles, according to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS).

The Philippines became the destination for 27.64 percent of the cars that Indonesia sent overseas from January to June 2024.

Jakarta Globe - July 15, 2024

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Indonesia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) signed a series of deals aimed at facilitating the cross-border movement of people and goods on Monday.

Jakarta Post - July 15, 2024

Tenggara Strategics, Jakarta – President Joko Jokowi Widodo is contemplating fielding his youngest son Kaesang Pangarep to run in the November gubernatorial election in Central Java, taking the war against his political mentor Megawati Sukarnoputri, the matron of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), to the next level.

July 14, 2024

Jakarta Post - July 14, 2024

Dio Suhenda, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has joined a lengthy roster of world leaders to condemn an attack on former United States president Donald Trump that left the Republican presidential candidate with an injured ear.

CNN Indonesia - July 14, 2024

Jakarta – The Setara Institute for Peace and Democracy opposes the revisions to Law Number 4/2004 on the Indonesian Military (UU TNI) saying that they could reverse reformasi – the political reform process that began in 1998.

July 13, 2024

Indonesia at Melbourne - July 13, 2024

Muhammad Syarahil Mutianwar Efendi – Indonesia's gig workers – who navigate the digital marketplace as delivery personnel, ride-hailing drivers or online freelancers – are in an increasingly precarious position. They are essential cogs in the gig economy but often lack the safety nets traditionally associated with formal employment.

Jakarta Post Editorial - July 13, 2024

Jakarta – The presiding judge of a high court in West Java painted a damning portrait of the state of law enforcement in the country when he recently proclaimed that police officers had wrongfully arrested Pegi Setiawan, 27, for allegedly masterminding a 2016 double murder in Cirebon regency.

Eurasia Review - July 13, 2024

Felix K. Chang (FPRI) – In February 2024, Indonesia elected Prabowo Subianto as its next president. While he does not take office until October, speculation over whether and how Indonesia's foreign policy might change is already swirling.

Tempo - July 13, 2024

Reuters, Jakarta – Indonesia's President-elect Prabowo Subianto wants to give school children free meals, but the plan and his pledge to be 'daring' on spending have the country's debt and currency markets on edge.

Kompas.com - July 13, 2024

Ambaranie Nadia Kemala Movanita, Jakarta – Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) military observer Made Supriatma has highlighted the proposal for revisions to the TNI (Indonesian military) Law to allow TNI soldiers to conduct business activities.

Tempo - July 13, 2024

Jakarta – The head of the TNI Information Center or Kapuspen, Maj. Gen. Nugraha Gumilar, said the recruitment for military cyber soldiers was still in the planning stage. This plan was conveyed by TNI Commander General Agus Subiyanto following the hacking of TNI Strategic Intelligence Agency or BAIS data at the end of June 2024.

Jakarta Globe - July 13, 2024

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Investment Minister Bahlil Lahadalia recently denied claims of China having a monopoly on foreign investments in Indonesia.

July 12, 2024

Jakarta Post - July 12, 2024

Jakarta – Certain connecting roads in South Lampung regency, Lampung, appear to still be damaged despite President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's visit last year, following a viral video showing the worsening conditions of the roads in Sumatra's southernmost province.

Jakarta Globe - July 12, 2024

Alfi Dinilhaq, Jakarta – Cybersecurity expert Alfons Tanujaya has called for a decisive response from the government to online gambling operators who have hacked government websites in retaliation for the crackdown on online gambling.

Jakarta Globe - July 12, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – The new Law No. 4 of 2024 on Maternal and Child Welfare (KIA Law) can protect Indonesian couples from the rising childfree trend, according to Bonivasius Prasetya Ichtiarto, Deputy for Population Control at the National Population and Family Planning Board (BKKBN).

Jakarta Globe - July 12, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – Ridwan Kamil, the curator of the new capital city Nusantara (IKN), announced that the core area, comparable in size to Jakarta's National Monument (Monas), is expected to be completed by August.

Kompas.com - July 12, 2024

Shela Octavia, Jessi Carina, Jakarta – TNI (Indonesian military) Commander General Agus Subiyanto is considered to have been too hasty in concluding that there was no involvement of TNI personnel in the fatal fire at the home of Tribrata TV reporter Rico Sempurna Pasaribu in Karo regency, North Sumatra.