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Pertamax consumption up by 137 percent after fuel price hikes Consumption of non-subsidized gasoline pertamax has increased by some 137 percent since the subsidized fuel price hikes. State-owned oil and gas company PT Pertamina recorded that consumption in the past week has increased to 5,200 kiloliters per day, the companys Vice President for Marketing and Distribution, Suhartoko, said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Economy @ 03 December 2014 20:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Indonesia should scrap fuel subsidy' A number of business associations have called on the government to entirely scrap the fuel subsidy, instead of limiting consumption of subsidized fuel types in certain areas, in a bid to avoid a swell in state spending.

Posted in Economy @ 07 August 2014 09:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BI: economic slowdown in Q2 in line with stabilization scheme Indonesias economic slowdown in the second quarter of this year was in line with macro-economic stability policy adopted by the government and Bank Indonesia aimed especially to control inflation and current account deficit, the central bank said.

Posted in Economy @ 06 August 2014 10:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt unlikely to raise quota of subsidized fuel The government is unlikely to raise the subsidized fuel quota of 46 million kiloliters in the revised 2014 state budget even if the quota will be exceeded, Finance Minister Chatib Basri said. "No matter what happens, we have no other choice but to maintain the quota at 46 million kiloliters," he said here on Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 18 July 2014 20:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministry: 'Jakarta monorail project must go on' The transportation ministry said the Jakarta monorail project must continue to be built to help solve the capital citys transportation problem. "The monorail project under the PT Jakarta Monorail (JM) must be continued," Director for Traffic and Transportation Affairs of the Ministry of Transportation Hanggoro Budi Wiryawan said in a written statement here on Saturday.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 10 May 2014 21:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Indonesia revises down economic growth target Bank Indonesia (BI) revised down its prediction of economic growth in 2014, from its initial 5.5-5.9 percent to 5.1-5.5 percent. "The factor that had made us revise the economic growth target down is the revision of export performance," BI governor Agus Martowardojo said at a press conference here on Thursday.

Posted in Economy @ 08 May 2014 21:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians smoke 302 billion cigarettes a year Indonesian smokers consumed at least 302 billion cigarettes in 2013, placing Indonesia on the top of the Southeast Asian smokers list, according to a research. The research results of the Demographic Institute of the University of Indonesias Economic Faculty indicated that cigarette consumption in Indonesia accounted for 46.16 percent of the population.

Posted in Health @ 05 March 2014 09:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Akil Mochtar tested negative for narcotic drug consumption Former Constitution Court chief justice Akil Mochtar has been tested negative for narcotic drugs consumption by the National Narcotics Agency (BNN). "The results of tests conducted on AM`s urine and hair are all negative," BNN spokesman Senior Commissioner Sumirat Dwiyanto revealed at a press conference on Tuesday.

Posted in Drugs @ 08 October 2013 15:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministry of industry issues policies to maintain growth The Ministry of Industry has issued a package of policies to maintain the growth of national industries affected by current financial market conditions and the rupiah depreciation.

Posted in Economy @ 28 August 2013 17:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Government to boost economic growth to six percent The Indonesian government is keen to boost economic growth to six percent amid the global economic meltdown, said Finance Minister Chatib Basri.

Posted in Economy @ 12 August 2013 16:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls on people to save on fuels President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called on the people to seriously help save on fuel oil consumption in an effort to alleviate the burden of the state budget and preserve the environment.

Posted in Economy @ 16 May 2013 08:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali prepares to regulate local fruit sales The Jakarta Post reports that the province of Bali plans to propose specific bylaws protecting the market for local farmers by controlling the sale and consumption of local fruit.

Posted in Economy @ 23 February 2013 11:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BNN: 'Number of drug users in Indonesia predicted to grow' It is predicted that the number of drug users in Indonesia will increase from 3.8 million in 2011 (2.2 percent of total 240 million population) to 4.58 million in 2013, Anti-Narcotics Body (BNN) chairman Comr. Gen. Anang Iskandar said.

Posted in Drugs @ 20 February 2013 22:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt denies having no guts to raise subsidized fuel prices Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Hatta Rajasa has denied a media report that the government does not have the guts to raise the prices of subsidized fuels. "I don`t like somebody saying the government does not have the courage to raise the fuel prices. As a matter of fact, we have raised them repeatedly," he said.

Posted in General @ 28 January 2013 21:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Public should switch to non-subsidized fuel' Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik has urged the public to switch from subsidized fuel to non-subsidized fuel due to the shortage of subsidized fuel supply until the end of this year.

Posted in General @ 27 November 2012 00:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Narcotics agency administers urine test to judges The National Narcotics Agency of the West Kalimantan Province has administered urine test to the judges and the staff of the local high court on Monday morning.

Posted in Drugs @ 12 November 2012 14:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Severe drought takes victims in Pekalongan Long drought began to leave its mark with 1,800 people of the regency of Pekalongan, Central Java, hit by acute infection in respiratory tract.

Posted in Health @ 18 September 2012 10:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia`s fruit consumption below FAO`s standard The agriculture ministry said Indonesia`s consumption of fruits and vegetable is still below the standard set by the world`s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Posted in Health @ 10 August 2012 22:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Government seeks to increase number of entrepreneurs The Government of Indonesia continues to take steps to increase the number of entrepreneurs in the country, Economic Minister Hatta Radjasa said here on Saturday.

Posted in Economy @ 12 May 2012 12:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's economy grows 6.3 pct in Q1 Indonesia`s economy has grown 6.3 percent year-on-year (YOY) in the first quarter of this year, according to the National Statistics Agency (BPS). "Compared to the fourth quarter of 2011, in terms of GDP, it has grown 1.4 percent," BPS chief Suryamin said here on Monday.

Posted in Economy @ 07 May 2012 13:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Indonesia: 'Bank credit grows 26 percent' Bank credit grew 26 percent in April year-on-year, beating earlier estimates of 23-24 percent. Central bank deputy governor Halim Alamsyah said here on Monday that such growth indicated that the domestic economy was doing well.

Posted in Economy @ 07 May 2012 13:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Power plant on Java to stop using fuel oil The government aims to stop using fuel oil for electricity power plants situated in Java island by June 2012. "In the middle of this year, there would be no more plants using fuel oil in Java," said Jarman, Director General of Electricity Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, here on Friday.

Posted in Power supply @ 20 April 2012 16:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PLN operates biggest solar power plant in Morotai State electricity company PT PLN is operating the biggest solar power plant (PLTS) with a capacity of 600 kW in the outermost island of Morotai in North Maluku.

Posted in Power supply @ 16 April 2012 02:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina : 'Subsidized fuel quota only enough until October' Indonesia`s subsidized fuel oil quota of 40 million kiloliters for 2012 will only be enough to meet consumption until the third week of October, officials at state oil and gas company Pertamina have predicted.

Posted in Economy @ 13 April 2012 12:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to limit private cars' subsidized fuel consumption The government will go ahead with its plan to limit the use of subsidized fuels by private cars to meet the subsidized fuel quota target of 40 million kiloliters set in the revised 2012 state budget, an official said.

Posted in Economy @ 13 April 2012 12:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Fresh water investment plan for Bali The government of Bali via the Bali Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM-Bali) is offering a number of fresh water supply infrastructure projects in four regencies/cities in Bali worth an estimated value of Rp. 1.305 trillion (US$145 million).

Posted in Health @ 05 April 2012 04:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda prepares Bombardier planes for Medan hub State-owned airline company PT Garuda Indonesia said it has prepared Bombardier CRJ 1000 planes for flights on the Medan and Makassar hubs starting in November 2012.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 31 March 2012 15:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Organda demands conversion kit safety guarantee The Organization of Land Transportation Operators (Organda) has asked for the safety guarantee of converter kits to be used in public transport.

Posted in Economy @ 23 March 2012 08:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's Q1 economic growth to reach 6.5 percent Despite the global financial crisis, economic growth in Indonesia is estimated to reach 6.5 percent in the first quarter of 2012, according to Bank Indonesia (BI).

Posted in General @ 08 March 2012 17:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: Ideal fuel price hike 1000 to 1500 rupiah' Vice minister of energy Widjajono Partowidagdo has suggested what he believes are ideal figures for the hike in the price of subsidized gasoline on Monday. "Ideally, the rise should be between Rp1,000 and Rp1,500," he said.

Posted in Economy @ 27 February 2012 09:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to discuss fuel subsidy reduction ideas The government will soon discuss with the House of Representatives (DPR) the results of its study on fuel oils, a minister said. Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Jero Wacik said here Monday that the government had finished its study on fuels, which was requested by the DPR.

Posted in Economy @ 24 February 2012 03:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House factions differ on gasoline restriction plan Several political party factions in the House of Representatives (DPR) differ with regard to the government`s plan to restrict consumption of subsidized gasoline.

Posted in Politics @ 26 January 2012 00:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Economist: Raising fuel price more realistic Raising the present gasoline price will be a more realistic policy than the government's plan to limit subsidized fuel oil consumption to reduce its subsidy burden, an economist here said.

Posted in Economy @ 24 January 2012 01:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House to decide subsidized fuel cut next week The House of Representatives (DPR)`s Commission VII on energy affairs will decide next week its attitude regarding the government`s plan to limit subsidized fuel oil consumption beginning on April 1, 2012.

Posted in Economy @ 17 January 2012 02:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's foreign investment to surpass $19 billion in 2012 Foreign investment in Indonesia is projected to reach more than $19 billion this year, local media quoted Bank Indonesia officials as saying on Saturday.

Posted in Economy @ 14 January 2012 19:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to begin publicizing subsidized fuel cutting policy The government will start familiarizing the public with its policy to limit subsidized fuel oil consumption next week, Deputy Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Widjajono Partowidagdo said.

Posted in Economy @ 07 January 2012 14:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia loses 3.5 billion euro a year over counterfeit goods The Indonesian economy loses at least Rp. 43.2 trillion (3.5 billion euro) a year in potential taxes due to counterfeit goods being imported into the country, according to a study released on Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 15 November 2011 12:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi eruptions buried hundreds of springs Hundreds of springs in the Mount Merapi area have disappeared after being exposed to materials from the mountain`s recent eruptions and as a result , people there were now suffering water shortages, Sultan Hamengkubuwono X said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 11 November 2011 09:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Indonesia: Growth rate to reach 6.6 percent Indonesia's central bank, Bank Indonesia, on Thursday forecast that the country's economic growth will reach 6.6 percent this year.

Posted in Economy @ 15 July 2011 02:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Gov't: Over 12 percent of Indonesians living in poverty The number of people living in poverty in Indonesia reached over 30 million as of last March, according to a report released by the country's Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) on Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 02 July 2011 02:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministry: Indonesia to lead ASEAN's economic growth in 2012' Indonesia's 2012 economic growth is expected to top the Association of Southeast Asian Nations's (ASEAN) member states, Indonesia's Finance Ministry said Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 01 June 2011 01:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia denies allegations of dolphin, whale hunting Indonesia on Wednesday denied accusations that whales and dolphins were being hunted down in Indonesian waters, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Environment @ 19 May 2011 01:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 'Radiation-free certification for Japanese food imports' The Indonesian government on Thursday said it had requested that all food imported from Japan be accompanied with certification that ensures the safety of the imports, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Health @ 24 March 2011 19:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian economy grows 6.1 percent in 2010 Indonesia's Central Statistics Agency (BPS) on Monday announced that in 2010, the country's economy grew by 6.1 percent on a year-to-year basis.

Posted in Economy @ 08 February 2011 02:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Coca Cola Amatil to invest $300 million in Indonesia Coca Cola Amatil on Thursday announced it plans to invest $300 million in Indonesia during the next three years.

Posted in Economy @ 25 November 2010 20:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamist creep in Indonesia When Indonesia passed a strict anti-pornography bill in 2008, many feared radical Islamic groups would use it to impose their values on the public at large. If the case currently hitting the headlines is any indication, they were right.

Posted in Politics @ 25 June 2010 05:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Possible power price hike already causes anger Planned increases in electrical rates paid by Indonesian businesses and private consumers are expected to place an unusual burden on Indonesia's low-cost Melati-class hotels who will find it problematic to increase their very low rates in order to pay higher power bills.

Posted in Power supply @ 21 June 2010 02:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali tourism will suffer from higher alcohol taxes BisnisBali reports that high taxes in the form of customs and excise tax applied on imported alcohol are a great concern for Bali business people. Threatened tax increases of as much as 300 percent have the potential of damaging Bali tourism where the consumption of alcoholic beverages is an important part of a holiday visitors experience.

Posted in Tourism @ 11 April 2010 03:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


The changing face of Bali n article below was originally published in The Jakarta Post on Tuesday, August 4, 2009. Written by Balinese Ketut Kartika Inggas, it underlines impact the tourism industry is having on the island's culture and traditional life style. Inggas is an alumnae of University of East Anglia, England (MA in Development Studies), curently working in Bangkok:

Posted in Culture @ 26 August 2009 05:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Java and Bali brace for higher electricity rates Electricity rates for customers on the Indonesian islands of Java and Bali are likely to be higher than elsewhere in the Republic if current plans to introduce regional electrical tariffs are enacted by the government.

Posted in Economy @ 23 June 2009 10:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bans beef import from New Zealand Indonesia, the biggest Muslim country in the world, has banned imports of all beef from New Zealand and some of beef from Australia which does not meet religious certification, Indonesian Agriculture Minister Anton Apriantono said Friday.

Posted in Religion @ 06 June 2009 10:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian central bank cuts rate by 25 basis points The Indonesian central bank on Wednesday reduced its benchmark interest rate for a seventh straight month by 25 basis points to 7.0 percent to help spur economic growth, the bank said in a statement. Indonesia's economy is struggling to achieve the 4.5 percent target set for this year.

Posted in Economy @ 04 June 2009 06:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Inadequate power supply contributes to slowdown of investments The Jakarta Post reports that limited power supplies are causing headaches for domestic and foreign investors in Bali. Quoting the vice-chairman of the Bali branch of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (KADIN), Tedja Nandi Yasa, the lack of power on Bali's electrical grid has become severe: "We have been working hard to promote Bali, but the anxiety over the minimum electricity supply has eliminated almost 50 percent of the chance to invest here."

Posted in Economy @ 27 May 2009 16:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government alcohol import tax branded a failure The Jakarta Post reports that analysts have branded the current high import tax regime on alcoholic beverage as a policy failure that has "neither discouraged consumption nor maximized revenues" and, as many had predicted, has "fostered a thriving black market."

Posted in General @ 10 May 2009 09:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia car sales slides in November The number of Indonesia's car sales in November dropped to over 47,000 units from that of 54,000 units in the previous month, chairman the Indonesian Automotive Industry Association Bambang Trisulo said here Tuesday. The high interest rates, tumbling commodity prices and lack of U.S. dollars liquidity as a fallout of the global financial turmoil, have started battering consumption.

Posted in Economy @ 09 December 2008 15:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia gives exploration rights on 22 oil fields Indonesia has awarded rights for exploration on 22 oil-and-gas blocks to energy companies, including ConocoPhilips, Chevron and Husky Energy, a director at the energy ministry said here Friday. "22 blocks have been awarded to foreign and local companies," Evita Legowo, director at the ministry told on telephone. The director said that a U.S. unit from Chevron got a right to look for oil on onshore and offshore oil and gas blocks of West Papua I and West Papua II.

Posted in Economy @ 17 October 2008 11:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More fuel price hikes can not be ruled out The Indonesian government can not rule out any new fuel price hikes before the presidential elections in 2009. This was said by Purnomo Yusgiantoro, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources. The current fuel subsidies have a big impact on the state budget, which should be reduced. The government raised fuel prices of subsidized fuels with almost 30 percent last month, which sparked protests throughout the country.

Posted in General @ 03 June 2008 04:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's economy likely grew over 6% for sixth quarter Indonesia's economy probably grew by more than 6 percent for a sixth quarter as the lowest interest rates in three years spurred spending on homes and cars. Southeast Asia's biggest economy expanded 6.2 percent in the three months to March 31 from a year earlier, about matching the 6.25 percent expansion in the preceding period, according to the median forecast of 17 economists in a Bloomberg News survey. The Central Statistics Bureau will release the data in Jakarta today.

Posted in Economy @ 13 May 2008 03:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Long rows at gas stations ahead of expected price hike Queues are emerging ahead of the announcement from the government to increase fuel prices. In many parts of the country people are looking for a way to buy the now still cheap fuels in larger quantities than normal. In cities like Palangkaraya, Banjarmasin (Kalimantan), Jambi and across the island of Java people are queuing up. Some gas stations have even limited the amount sold to one customer.

Posted in General @ 11 May 2008 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia to build pay-as-you-go hotels in Indonesia Bisnis Indonesia reports that AirAsia is interested in building a network of low-cost hotels in several locations across Indonesia, including Bali. Sendjaja Widjaja, the Deputy-Chairman, Indonesia, for AirAia, told the press that hotels to be built in Indonesia will pursue a low-cost formula in keeping with the carriers low-fare approach to the market.

Posted in Tourism @ 28 April 2008 11:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia likely to cut rice imports The Indonesian government has said that it is unlikely to import rice from other countries this year because of a sufficient stock after nationwide harvests. This reduces the pressure on the tight global supplies in times of record-breaking rice prices. Prices of Thai rice - a benchmark for the market - have doubled since the start of this year mainly because of rising demand from China and African nations. Vietnam and India have already decided to curb exports to protect their own markets.

Posted in General @ 15 April 2008 12:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia 2007 GDP expected to grow at fastest pace in 11 years The Indonesian economy is expected to have grown at its fastest pace in 2007 since the country was hit by the Asian financial crisis 11 years ago, driven mostly by private consumption. Falling interest rates, a strong financial market performance, and an increase in pay for civil servants are expected to have underpinned the recovery in purchasing power, said Destry Damayanti, an economist at Mandiri Securities.

Posted in Economy @ 14 February 2008 14:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's economy expands 6.5 percent The economy of Indonesia expanded at a faster pace than earlier expected with 6.5 percent growth in the third quarter compared to the same period last year. This is the strongest growth in the country since the Asian financial crisis, now ten years ago. Production in agriculture was the biggest contributor to this growth, followed by business investments, growing exports and higher consumer spending.

Posted in Economy @ 16 November 2007 14:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt assures it will not raise subsidized fuel prices Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Purnomo Yusgiantoro, on Wednesday assured that the government will not raise prices of subsidized fuel despite a surge in global crude oil prices. "So far, the government has not thought of raising the prices of subsidized fuel oil," said Purnomo after meeting President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at the presidential office.

Posted in Economy @ 01 November 2007 04:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia stays confident about growth in 2007 Indonesia is confident to meet its annual growth target of 6.3 percent this year due to stronger investment, higher domestic consumption and growth of exports, according to the Minister of Trade on Sunday. "At the moment, exports and investment are what is driving growth but resumption of consumer confidence especially since the last quarter of 2006 has also been important," told Mari Pangestu to reporters at a news conference in the Philippine capital.

Posted in Economy @ 26 August 2007 02:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia not to raise fuel prices in 2008 Indonesian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Purnomo Yusgiantoro, said that the government would not raise fuel prices next year despite a 17 percent cut in fuel subsidy spending calculated in the 2008 state budget. Fuel subsidy is to be cut to 46.7 trillion Rupiah (3.68 billion euro), down from 56.4 trillion Rupiah (4.44 billion euro) this year.

Posted in Economy @ 19 August 2007 14:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia, Indonesia agree to jointly defend palm oil industry Indonesia and Malaysia have agreed to make joint publicity efforts in defense of the palm oil industry in both countries. This comes in reaction to Western criticism. Activists in the United States and Europe have launched a massive anti-palm oil campaign, mentioning Indonesia and Malaysia as destroyers of the natural habitats of the orang-utan when opening palm oil estates. This was told by Malaysian Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Peter Chin Fah Kui.

Posted in Economy @ 26 May 2007 13:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Marine crisis will destroy national marine resources In ten years the increasing marine crisis in Indonesia is believed to totally destroy the country's marine resources. The crisis began when it became harder to find fish of certain species on the local markes, which caused a drastic increase of the price of some fish. This was told by M. Riza Damanik, Coastal and Marine Campaign Manager and National Executive of the Indonesian Environmental Forum (Walhi).

Posted in Environment @ 17 April 2007 03:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indofood wants to produce more noodles The largest instant noodle maker in the world, Indonesian Indofood (PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk), plans to expand it's capacity from 13.5 billion packs per year to 14.5 billion to meet growing demand, as was told by a senior executive of the company on Tuesday. Thomas Tjhie, a director of Indofood, said the company was to spend 1.6 trillion Rupiah (132.2 million euro) this year, with 80 percent to be used for expansion.

Posted in Economy @ 03 April 2007 12:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New regulations on operational ship's age upcoming The Transportation Department will continue their efforts to implement new regulations to limit the age of operational ships in Indonesia to a maximum of 25 years, as was told by a spokesman. "But the policy will be applied in a flexible way," M. Harijogi, director general of sea transportation, said here earlier on Monday. The policy would be executed with consideration of a ship's actual condition and the way it as been maintained.

Posted in Politics @ 13 March 2007 08:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Money on the way for flood victims in Java The European Commission on February 7 said it was sending some 600,000 Euro in emergency aid to help the victims of ongoing floods in Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta. EU funds will be used to provide some 340,000 most affected people with food, clean water, emergency shelter and health services.

Posted in Flooding @ 11 February 2007 02:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bans sand exports Indonesia has announced a ban on land sand exports. Land sand is used in the construction industry to produce cement. Singapore says it is disappointed but it believes the ban is unlikely to have a significant impact on the construction industry. Indonesia says the ban on the export of sand is due to environmental reasons and to protect Indonesia's borders.

Posted in Economy @ 25 January 2007 08:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Starbucks denies coffee report, Nestle says sorry Giant multinational coffee-shop chain Starbucks denied a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) allegation Thursday that it purchased illegally-planted coffee in Lampung province, while Switzerland-based food producer Nestle said it regretted buying the beans. Ratih Gianda, head of investor relations for PT Mitra Adi Perkasa, Starbucks' Indonesian partner, said in a written statement sent to The Jakarta Post that the WWF report alleging that Starbucks had bought illegally-planted coffee from the Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park in southern Sumatra was inaccurate.

Posted in Environment @ 19 January 2007 10:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Shares predicted to continue strong gains in 2007 Jakarta's main stock index is set for further heady gains this year, supported by improving economic conditions, firm commodity prices and subdued inflation which should give corporate earnings a boost, encouraging fresh capital into the sharemarket, analysts said. They are picking a gain of between 16-43 pct, after last year's 55 pct surge, which saw the composite index repeatedly setting new records to finish 2006 at an all-time high of 1,805.522 points.

Posted in Economy @ 09 January 2007 03:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Bank Indonesia predicts economic growth between 5.7 and 6.3 % Bank Indonesia predicts the country`s economy will grow between 5.7 and 6.3 percent this year while the International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasts it will grow by six percent. "The central bank`s board of governors predicts Indonesia`s economy will grow even higher and macro-economic stability would be maintained," BI governor Burhanuddin Abdullah said here on Thursday.

Posted in Economy @ 05 January 2007 05:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's internet access almost recovers Almost two week after the 7.1 Richter Scale earthquake in the Taiwan peninsula that has disrupted internet access across Asia, Internet access in Indonesia has almost recovered to normal. Some Internet service providers as well as cellular operators claim their Internet access has gone backed to normal starting end of December.

Posted in General @ 04 January 2007 12:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


SBY and Kalla perform Idul Adha prayers at Istiqlal Mosque Millions of Indonesian Muslims, including President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, First Lady Mme. Ani Yudhoyono, and Vice President Jusuf Kalla, performed Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice) prayers for the 1427 Hegira under cloudy skies and rains at mosques throughout the country on Sunday morning.

Posted in Religion @ 31 December 2006 09:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Malaysia push a biofuels cartel With the world increasingly hungry for alternatives to crude oil, two Southeast Asian nations plan a way to control prices. Just at the time the administration of US President George W Bush is being urged by a group of leading US business executives and senior military officers to act decisively to break America’s dependence on oil and the EU is seeking alternative energy sources, Malaysia and Indonesia are seeking to create a an Opec-style cartel on one of the alternatives – palm oil, used for biofuels.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2006 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia may cancel huge gas pipe project The Indonesian government is very likely to drop the plan to build a gas pipe spanning 1,200 km from Kalimantan island to Java, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said Wednesday. The gas pipe project from the huge gas source Bontang in East Kalimantan to the Central Javanese capital of Semarang is estimated to cost 1.2 billion U.S. dollars, intended to meet the growing gas consumption in the country's most crowded island of Java that reached 1.1 million cubic feet per day in 2005.

Posted in Economy @ 14 December 2006 02:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Draft law calls for amputation of thieves' hands in Aceh Thieves could have their hands amputated in Indonesia's Aceh province under a proposed Islamic law that may alarm rights activists and Western governments. The draft law was published Tuesday in an advertisement in Aceh's Serambi newspaper that was paid for by the agency responsible for implementing Islamic Shariah law in the tsunami-ravaged province, which only recently emerged from decades of civil war.

Posted in Religion @ 13 December 2006 03:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Indonesia to continue gas exports Vice President Jusuf Kalla said here on Friday Indonesia would continue exporting gas to several countries including Japan, but the export volumes still had to be determined after consideration of Indonesia`s gas consumption. "So we will continue exporting gas, but we cannot as yet the volumes," he said after Friday prayers.

Posted in Economy @ 02 December 2006 04:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kalla: 'Rupiah's strength is a concern' The Indonesian rupiah's strength is a concern and businesses in Southeast Asia's biggest economy may feel more comfortable if it weakened to about 9,500 against the dollar, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said.

Posted in Economy @ 24 November 2006 02:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to press ahead with nuclear power despite protests Indonesia is pressing ahead with plans to construct nuclear power plants on the islands of Java and Madura, despite strong protests, mostly from environmental organizations. Facing spiraling energy demand and soaring global oil prices, Indonesia has been considering a number of alternatives to generate electricity and nuclear power is among them.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 17 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PLN signs deal on 1,200 MW power plant Indonesia state electricity firm PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) signed a preliminary deal with U.S. energy firm AES Corp.), Japanese trading firm Sojitz and local firm PT Triaryani to build a 1,200 megawatt coal-fired power plant, the energy minister said on Wednesday. The cost of the project, to be located in South Sumatra, in the west of the archipelago, is estimated at about $1.5 billion.

Posted in Power supply @ 01 November 2006 14:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


State electricity firm to reduce fuel consumption Indonesia will reduce the use of fuel oil to generate electricity from 30 percent now to 5 percent in 2009, Indonesian Mines and Energy Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said here Tuesday. One of the substitutes of the energy was coal that will be used in the 10,000 mega-watt power plants targeted to operate in 2009, the minister told a press conference after a limited cabinet meeting discussing energy.

Posted in General @ 04 October 2006 06:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Spending has quickened, 50% of budget spent Indonesia's government has accelerated its spending on public work projects needed to spur growth in Southeast Asia's biggest economy. The government has spent "slightly above'' 50 percent of this year's budget as of early September, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said today. The government plans to spend 689.8 trillion rupiah ($75 billion) in 2006.

Posted in Economy @ 15 September 2006 11:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia allots 6M hectares for biofuel Indonesia has earmarked 6 million hectares for development of its biofuel industry, part of plans to reduce its dependence on crude oil and susceptibility to price fluctuations, its energy minister said Friday. "Our target to develop our biofuel industry is by 2009-2010," said Energy Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro. "And we have plans for 6 million hectares (14.8 million acres) of development, worth about US$20 billion (euro15.6 billion)."

Posted in Economy @ 05 August 2006 05:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


ICG: Women, the poor singled out by Aceh sharia enforcers Women and the poor are experiencing unfair treatment due to overzealous enforcement of sharia bylaws in Nanggroe Aceh Darusssalam, an influential think tank said. The Brussels-based International Crisis Group (ICG) said in a report made available to The Jakarta Post on Monday that haphazardly recruited, poorly disciplined and inadequately supervised sharia police were practicing a form of moral vigilantism that singled out women and the poor.

Posted in Religion @ 02 August 2006 10:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Vanuatu is world's happiest country, Indonesia 23th The tiny South Pacific Ocean archipelago of Vanuatu is the happiest country on Earth, according to a study published Wednesday measuring people's wellbeing and their impact on the environment. Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica and Panama complete the top five in the Happy Planet Index, compiled by the British think-tank New Economics Foundation (NEF).

Posted in General @ 12 July 2006 08:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No smoking, please Finally, the 2005 Jakarta gubernatorial decree banning smoking in public places has been implemented, after a two-month delay. The decree, an auxiliary regulation to the 2005 bylaw on air pollution control, is expected to end any arguments about people's right to breathe clean air.

Posted in Culture @ 08 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kalla says no hike in power rates this year Vice President Jusuf Kalla confirmed Friday the government would drop a planned increase in electricity rates this year amid widespread opposition. Kalla said the government would likely provide around half of the extra subsidies needed by state electricity company PT PLN to cover rising fuel costs without having to increase rates, while the other half would have to be shouldered by PLN chiefly through efficiency measures.

Posted in Power supply @ 18 March 2006 07:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Investment freeze mulled for cigarette sector The Industry Ministry, pointing to indications of a saturated cigarette industry, has proposed the temporary closing of the subsector to new investment for new factories. "The proposal is based upon reports from local agencies that the number of cigarette producers has soared while utilization of their production capacity is still below 50 percent," Industry Minister Fahmi Idris said Wednesday.

Posted in Economy @ 16 March 2006 07:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fuel imports slump as consumption declines Oil traders looking for a rebound in Indonesia’s oil demand that could resuscitate moribund diesel and gasoline markets may be in for a long wait as Indonesians have quickly learned to live with less fuel. Despite hopes for a quick recovery, consumers in Asia’s fifth-biggest oil user are burning nearly 20 percent or 200,000 barrels per day (bpd) less fuel than a year ago after the government doubled retail prices last October, industry officials say.

Posted in Economy @ 19 February 2006 10:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Is affordable, clean water for all just a dream? The number of Indonesian urban poor without access to running water, an estimated 50 million people, exceeds the combined populations of Australia, Malaysia and Singapore. Nearly half of all people currently living in Jakarta, the fourth most populous city in the world, lack a piped water connection; this number of unconnected is greater than the urban population of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Posted in General @ 06 February 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina to shut Cilacap refinery late December State-owned Pertamina (PTM.YY) next month will shut Indonesia's biggest refinery for maintenance, an official at the oil and gas company said Wednesday. "We will shut down the refinery in late December for maintenance," Pertamina spokesman Mohammad Harun told Dow Jones Newswires.

Posted in Economy @ 23 November 2005 18:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


October inflation surges to 17.9% on fuel Indonesia's inflation rate jumped to a six-year high after the government increased fuel prices, putting pressure on the central bank to raise interest rates today. Stocks and the rupiah fell. Consumer prices climbed 17.9 percent in October from a year earlier after a 9.1 percent rise in September, the Central Statistics Bureau said today in Jakarta. That's faster than the median forecast of 13.3 percent in a Bloomberg survey.

Posted in Economy @ 01 November 2005 07:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President: RI consuming energy inefficiently President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said here Friday Indonesia was consuming energy in less efficient ways than other countries and called on the people and state officials to help conserve energy. The government is trying its best to conserve energy and to find other alternative energy sources such as solar energy, coal and castor oil, he said when inaugurating 13 geothermal and oil projects.

Posted in General @ 28 October 2005 11:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


New fuel prices up by 126% The government announced early on Saturday that the prices of fuels for domestic consumption raised in an average of 126 percent.

Posted in General @ 30 September 2005 19:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Subsidy cut to fuel the fire In the wake of a two-month "mini crisis" that saw the rupiah hit a four-year low of 11,750 per dollar on August 30, Jakarta has finally announced an imminent and substantial reduction in fuel subsidies. The exact date and the level of cuts have yet to be announced, though there is widespread speculation over both. Vice President Jusuf Kalla has said fuel prices may rise as early as October 1 while National Development Planning Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has said an increase in November would be too late to help reduce subsidies to the level of Rp89.2 trillion. She said fuel prices might increase by at least 50% in October.

Posted in General @ 27 September 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rupiah breaches 10,000 level amid doubts over bank intervention A Jakarta money changer. The Indonesian rupiah has weakened to again breach the 10,000-to-the-dollar level as traders sold off the currency amid fears the central bank would not keep up last week's aggressive defence of the currency.

Posted in Economy @ 22 August 2005 08:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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