Sebastian Strangio – The Indonesian government has confirmed earlier reports that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo will pay visits to Ukraine and Russia next week to push for a resolution
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June 23, 2022
June 21, 2022
Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, the current chair of the G20 is due to visit Moscow later this month to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indonesia's state new
June 20, 2022
Chen Lin and Bernadette Christina, Singapore/Jakarta – Indonesian authorities hope to reach an agreement with Singapore to start exporting chickens within weeks, officials said, as the
June 18, 2022
Hipolitus Wangge, ANU – Prime Minister James Marape visited Jakarta at the invitation of Indonesian President Joko Widodo in March 2022 – a few months ahead of PNG's national elections.
June 17, 2022
Parker Novak – China and Australia's duelling Pacific tours make final stops. East Timor deals cap Chinese foreign minister's 10-day Pacific blitz.
June 16, 2022
Radityo Dharmaputra – Almost 120 days have passed since Russia invaded Ukraine, and the war continues to have ripple effects across the world.
June 15, 2022
Jakarta – Indonesia's trade surplus widened to $2.90 billion last month from $2.70 billion in the same month a year ago, despite the country's palm oil export embargo, keeping the balan
Jemma Purdey – When President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo invited new Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to join him on a leisurely bicycle ride through the grounds of the Bogor Presid
June 14, 2022
Joao da Cruz Cardoso – On May 20, Timor-Leste commemorated the 20th anniversary of its independence and celebrated the inauguration of its newly elected president Jose Ramos-Horta, who
Jakarta – Indonesia's trade surplus likely shrank significantly in May because of a drop in exports after the government banned shipments of palm oil products, while imports were seen r
June 13, 2022
Antara, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has affirmed Indonesia's commitment to strengthening bilateral relations with Russia.
June 11, 2022
Magdalene Fung, Singapore – Indonesia's Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto on Saturday (June 11) stressed Asian nations' prerogative to use their own brand of diplomacy to resolve the ge
June 10, 2022
Hariz Baharudin, Singapore – Singapore and Indonesia are not just close neighbours, but have also contributed to decades of peace and stability in the region by working together and mai
Jakarta – Indonesia is further easing rules to allow more companies to export palm oil, an official said on Friday, aiming to ease bottlenecks and swelling inventories caused by an expo
June 9, 2022
President of Timor-Leste Jose Ramos-Horta and visiting Foreign Minister Wang Yi have expressed common willingness to strengthen regional cooperation and safeguard multilateralism.
June 7, 2022
Tim Harcourt, Sydney, Australia – Indonesia may be the world's fourth most populous nation – with more than 270 million people – but Australian news coverage of it typically involves th
June 6, 2022
Jakarta – For at least 10 days after President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo lifted the palm oil export ban on May 23, not a single shipment of the commodity left port as a result of the entirel
Kate Lamb, Jakarta – Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was in Indonesia on Monday to meet its President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and shore-up relations between the two neighbors, i
Katharine Murphy – Anthony Albanese says Australia's economic relationship with Indonesia has "struggled to keep pace" with the country's "extraordinary economic rise" but the new gover
Tim Lindsey and Tim Mann, Melbourne, Australia – A new Australian prime minister flying to Indonesia to "reset" relations is now so routine it would probably raise hackles in Jakarta if
June 5, 2022
Robert Law – Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Foreign Minister Penny Wong's visit to Indonesia is the first step in rebuilding a relationship that warrants more attention.
Nina Nguyen – East Timor President Ramos-Horta has ruled out a security pact with China's ruling communist regime but defended his country's decision to sign a slew of deals across area
Katharine Murphy, Perth – Anthony Albanese had what officials characterised as a "warm and positive" conversation with the Timor-Leste prime minister, Taur Matan Ruak, en route to Jakar
June 4, 2022
China's foreign minister signed a series of agreements in Timor-Leste on his final stop of a 10-day diplomatic blitz of the South Pacific on Friday, boosting ties between Beijing and So
June 3, 2022
David Engel – By going to Jakarta so early in his prime ministership, Anthony Albanese is practising what he preached during the election campaign about the importance he intends attach
May 31, 2022
Ahmad Rizky M Umar – On 23 May, Anthony Albanese was formally sworn in as the 31st prime minister of Australia.
May 26, 2022
Kuala Lumpur – Leading edible oil analyst Dorab Ministry on Thursday urged Indonesia to immediately resume exports of palm oil, warning that a halt in shipments pending details of a dom
May 24, 2022
Tim Mann – On 23 May, Anthony Albanese was sworn in as Australia's new prime minister, after the Labor Party secured enough seats to form government and defeat the conservative Liberal-
May 23, 2022
Jakarta – Indonesia allowed a resumption of palm oil exports from Monday after a three-week ban, but shipments were not expected to get underway until details emerge on new rules aimed
Chris Barrett, Singapore – New East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta wants Australia to back a major infrastructure drive in south-east Asia's newest nation, saying it's in the new gove
May 21, 2022
Jakarta (Reuters) – Long lines of trucks trying to unload palm fruit formed outside Indonesian processing mills this week, illustrating the growing cost of a palm oil export ban by the
May 20, 2022
Jakarta – The government finally decided on Thursday to revoke the total palm oil export ban which was imposed on April 28 apparently because the draconian measure caused more damages t
May 19, 2022
Jakarta – The government has decided to lift the ban on cooking oil exports on May 23, as cooking oil supply in the domestic market improved, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo announced on
May 17, 2022
Gayatri Suroyo and Stefanno Sulaiman, Jakarta – Indonesia's trade surplus jumped to its largest ever at $7.56 billion in April, as exports rose to a record high while imports grew slowe
May 13, 2022
Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo together with other Asean leaders on Thursday had dinner with US President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington DC.
Jakarta – Indonesia likely registered a smaller trade surplus in April compared with March, as the value of exports was squeezed by a dip in commodity prices and due to higher imports o
Jakarta – Indonesia has impounded at least 81,000 litres of cooking oil bound for Timor Leste, the trade ministry said, as the country seeks to enforce a ban on exports of crude palm oi
Johannes Nugroho, Surabaya, Indonesia – The global vegetable oils industry was stunned after Indonesia's President Joko Widodo announced late last month that his country, the world's la
May 12, 2022
Indonesia's Foreign Affairs Ministry has quashed the notion that President Joko Widodo was disrespected upon his arrival in Washington D.C.
May 11, 2022
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Indonesia's "unpredictable" palm oil export policies may help Malaysia emerge as the dominant supplier to India, the world's top buyer of the edible oil, indust
May 10, 2022
May 9, 2022
M Faiz Zaki, Jakarta – The Indonesian Farmers Union (SPI) on Sunday afternoon announced that palm oil farmers had racked up losses amounting to Rp250 billion after the Indonesian govern
Aisyah Llewellyn, Medan, Indonesia – Indonesia is coming under growing international pressure over its ban on palm oil exports amid soaring food prices worldwide.
May 3, 2022
James Guild – The last several months have been a wild ride for Indonesia's palm oil sector, culminating last week in a blanket ban on exports of both crude palm oil and its refined pro
May 1, 2022
Jakarta, Indonesia – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Friday confirmed to strengthen cooperation toward realizing a free and open I
April 29, 2022
Jakarta (Reuters) – Indonesia's President Joko Widodo said on Friday (April 29) he had turned down a request for arms from Ukraine's leader and urged him and his Russian counterpart to
Kremlin, Twitter, Jakarta – The Russian Presidential Office on its website confirmed that a telephone conversation between President Vladimir Putin and Indonesian President Joko Widodo,
Bernadette Christina, Jakarta – When Indonesian cooking oil prices started climbing in November, authorities faced pressure to contain the cost of the household necessity made from palm
April 28, 2022
Jakarta – Starting 00:00 a.m. today, Indonesia has stopped all palm oil and its derivatives exports to drive cooking oil prices to below $1 at local markets.
Jakarta – Shares of some of Indonesia's leading palm oil plantation companies and the rupiah currency dropped on Thursday after the government shocked markets by making last-minute chan