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Russia discusses investment in Indonesian railways Russia has voiced its interest in investing in several major projects in Indonesia such as the development of railway tracks and aluminum factories in the country.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 12 November 2014 18:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Karen resigns as Pertamina president director Karen Agustiawan has tendered her resignation as president director of state oil and gas company Pertamina due to personal reasons, Pertamina spokesman Ali Mundakir reported.

Posted in General @ 18 August 2014 20:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi receives Japanese foreign minister Jakarta Governor and president-elect Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, received Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida for a meeting at the Jakarta City Hall on Tuesday.

Posted in Politics @ 12 August 2014 17:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US congratulates Indonesia on its successful elections The US government has congratulated the people of Indonesia on its successful presidential elections on Wednesday, the US here said on its official website.

Posted in Elections @ 10 July 2014 18:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mental revolution deemed effective in overtaking Singapore Presidential aspirant Joko "Jokowi" Widodos idea of mental revolution is considered to be an effective way for Indonesia to overtake the progress achieved by Singapore and Malaysia, noted his success teams spokesman Hasto Kristiyanto.

Posted in Economy @ 02 July 2014 19:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Survey: 'Young voters prefer Jokowi-JK pair' Young voters in the age group of 17 to 22 years prefer the Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla pair to the Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa duo for the presidential election scheduled on July 9, according to Polcomm.

Posted in Elections @ 24 June 2014 17:17 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


Prabowo to strengthen anti-graft body if elected president Greater Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party Advisory Council chief and presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto has reiterated his intention to strengthen the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) if he is elected president.

Posted in Elections @ 03 April 2014 23:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Indonesian`s bargaining position improves' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said Indonesias bargaining position in regional and global relations has been improving as the country plays an increasingly important role in various international forums and organizations.

Posted in Economy @ 15 December 2013 14:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Netherlands agree on island construction project The governments of Indonesia and the Netherlands have reached an agreement on the five islands construction project near the Tanjung Perak Port, Surabaya (East Java), for building the proposed industrial area.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 12 December 2013 16:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Netherlands agree to improve bilateral relations Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte agreed here on Wednesday to increase cooperation and improve bilateral relations between the two countries.

Posted in Politics @ 20 November 2013 23:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Slower growth in tourists to Indonesia expected in 2014 The Indonesian Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy, Mari Elka Pangestu has labeled as “optimistic” a target of 9.5 million foreign tourists in 2014. Quoted in Kompas.com, Pangestu said: “The big possibility is that we can no longer adhere to a target of 10 million visitors, maybe we will achieve only 9.5 million.

Posted in Tourism @ 26 August 2013 07:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australiang motorcycle gangs set up links on Bali The Sydney Morning Herald has run an investigative article by Michael Bachelard examining how Australian motorcycle gangs are establishing business links in Bali.

Posted in Crime @ 31 December 2012 08:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono starts three-day visit in Britain Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in the company of First Lady Ani Yudhoyono and entourage, arrived at the Heathrow international airport, London at about 6.0 p.m. local time or 40 minutes earlier than the schedule.

Posted in Politics @ 31 October 2012 12:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Customs and excise office to recruit 2,000 new employees The directorate general of customs and excise has obtained approval from the House of Representatives (DPR) to recruit some 2,000 new employees in 2013, a senior official said.

Posted in General @ 26 September 2012 19:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


High urbanization levels in cities can boost crime rate High urbanization can lead to an increase in the crime rate of big cities like Jakarta, sociologist Musni Umar of the National University said on Wednesday.

Posted in Crime @ 22 August 2012 19:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia resolves to be leading nation by 2045 President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said that Indonesia is determined to become a world leader by 2045.

Posted in Economy @ 16 August 2012 18:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia has opportunities to strengthen domestic industries Indonesia still has a lot of opportunities to strengthen its industries due to continuing investment growth, a presidential aide said.

Posted in Economy @ 02 August 2012 14:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Czech president Vaclac Klaus to visit Indonesia Czech President Vaclav Klaus will make a state visit to Indonesia on Saturday to Tuesday (July 8-10) as an invitation from Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Posted in Politics @ 07 July 2012 05:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Kupang residents must make use of health-care facility Kupang Mayor Daniel Adoe has called on the local community to use the regional health-care facility (Jamkesda) provided by the local government. "The government has offered the regional health-care facility to the poor communities and I hope they will make proper use of it for the sake of their health," he said here on Friday.

Posted in Health @ 06 July 2012 12:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Presidents calls for closer govt and private cooperation President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said the government and the private sector must strengthen cooperation to boost the country`s economy. "The private sector and the government are often late in benefiting the real opportunities for our economy and businesses," Yudhoyono said on the plane heading to Mexico, Sunday, for the G20 Summit.

Posted in Politics @ 17 June 2012 15:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Belarus to open embassy in Jakarta Belarus will soon open an embassy in Jakarta, according to visiting Belarus Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Martinov.

Posted in Politics @ 11 June 2012 19:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono says regionalism needed to build peace Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said lasting peace requires strong and dynamic regional development cooperation. "A lasting architecture of peace must be built based on strong and dynamic regionalism," he said in his speech at a dinner at the opening of the 11th Shangri La Dialog here on Friday.

Posted in General @ 01 June 2012 18:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Culture preservation, tourism push to go hand in hand The preservation of culture and tourism promotion could go hand in hand, Culture and Education Deputy Minister Wiendu Nuryanti said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Tourism @ 08 May 2012 17:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Chamber of Commerce chief: 'Gas export policy wrong' The government is unable to meet the industrial sector's gas needs as it prioritizes demand from the export market, Chief of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) Suryo Sulisto said. "The policy to export gas is wrong," he said here Thursday.

Posted in General @ 03 May 2012 18:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda signs agreement to purchase 11 Airbus planes Garuda Indonesia signed an agreement with Airbus on Wednesday to purchase 11 A330-300 planes.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 13 April 2012 12:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono receives British PM Cameron President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono received visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron at the Merdeka Palace here on Wednesday afternoon for bilateral talks.

Posted in Politics @ 11 April 2012 13:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Boeing and Lion Air confirm historic $22.4 billion deal U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing on Tuesday announced that it has finalized a historic deal with Jakarta-based Lion Air to purchase at least 230 aircraft. The deal is valued at approximately $22.4 billion per list prices.

Posted in Travel @ 15 February 2012 08:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's halal food exports increasing Export of halal Indonesian food commodities to many Muslim and non-Muslim countries such as Japan, China and Singapore has increased. According to Trade Ministry data, halal Indonesian food exports to Japan was up 25 percent, to China and Singapore 23 percent higher.

Posted in Religion @ 18 January 2012 00:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'Poverty eradication efforts needs speeding up' Indonesia needs to speed up its poverty eradication efforts because the number of poor people in the country is still high, a National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) official said.

Posted in Economy @ 08 December 2011 02:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Ausie hold bilateral talks Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono held bilateral talks with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard at Ayodya Hotel here on Sunday. In his prelude to the meeting, President Yudhoyono expressed his gratitude to the Australian delegation led by Premier Gillard to the 6th East Asia Summit for their contribution to the meeting.

Posted in Politics @ 20 November 2011 11:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Boeing and Indonesia's Lion Air sign 230 aircraft deal U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing and Jakarta-based Lion Air on Friday signed a provisional order for at least 230 aircraft in a deal valued at approximately $21.7 billion per list prices. U.S. President Barack Obama witnessed the signing.

Posted in Economy @ 18 November 2011 09:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 6 reactions


Indonesia's population grows to 241 million in 2011 The Indonesian population is estimated to have increased to more than 241 million this year, far exceeding the results of the 2010 census, the Population and Family Planning Board (BKKBN) said.

Posted in General @ 06 November 2011 10:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to host 2012 D-8 ministerial meeting Indonesia on Wednesday was appointed as host of the third Developing-8 (D-8) Ministerial Meeting, which is scheduled to take place in 2012.

Posted in Politics @ 18 May 2011 16:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali pushes on with island-wide rail network The Indonesian government is moving ahead with plans to construct a 560 kilometer long rail system circumnavigating Bali at a total cost of Rp. 7 trillion (600 million euro).

Posted in Economy @ 10 April 2011 10:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapi volcano victims turn to tourism to rebuild their lives The crowds of Indonesians eager to glimpse the destruction wrought by their country's most active volcano are providing business opportunities amid a tragedy. People left homeless by volcanic eruptions in Indonesia last year have turned to tourism as a form of income, charging entry fees and selling graphic DVDs to hundreds of visitors a day.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 January 2011 01:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A second international airport for Bali? The Indonesian Ministry of Transport is reported to be seriously studying the creation of two new international airports for Jakarta and Bali while, at the same time, optimizing the use of the existing airports in those two destinations.

Posted in Economy @ 12 January 2011 03:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UN: Aceh makes great strides after tsunami but faces challenges The Indonesian province of Aceh has made remarkable progress in rebuilding since the devastating tsunami six years ago but faces major challenges in cutting poverty and inequality and reducing the impact of future disasters, a United Nations (UN)-backed report said Wednesday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 December 2010 06:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia beats Malaysia 2-1 but loses AFF Cup final Despite losing 2-1 in the second leg in Jakarta on Wednesday, Malaysia secured the 2010 Asean Football Federation (AFF) Cup with an aggregate victory of 4-2 over Indonesia.

Posted in Sports @ 30 December 2010 03:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wikileaks: Ban on training Kopassus lifted over Obama visit Indonesia threatened to derail a visit to Jakarta by President Barack Obama this year unless he overturned the US ban on training the controversial Kopassus army special forces, Australian newspaper Sydney Morning Herald reported Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 17 December 2010 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nestle to invest $100 million in new Indonesian factory Nestle S.A. on Thursday announced that it is planning to invest $100 million to open a new factory in Indonesia.

Posted in Economy @ 09 December 2010 14:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Legislators: Bali needs a yacht Marina Legislators from Denpasar's House of Representatives have renewed the call for the construction of a yacht harbor or marina in Bali in order to encourage sea tourism. Quoted by Radar Bali, a member of the Golkar faction, I Wayan Sugiartha, has fashioned the call for the construction of the yacht basin into a party platform reflecting what his party sees as an unexploited potential for tourism revenues.

Posted in Economy @ 14 July 2010 13:25 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


Trafficking fuels commercial sex work Among the alleyways of Dolly, in Indonesia's second-largest city, it is not difficult to find thousands of young women lured by the prospects of a better life working as commercial sex workers (CSWs). "I never chose to be a prostitute. It just happened," Isah, 19, told, describing her tenure in one of Southeast Asia's largest commercial sex venues.

Posted in Human rights @ 11 August 2009 03:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Bali property sector used for money laundring? Both BisnisBali and the Bali Post carry articles suggesting Bali has earned the dubious distinction of becoming a "heaven" for money launderers. The Head of the Bali branch of Bank Indonesia, Drs. Viraguna Bagoes Oka, speaking at a meeting on money laundering, said, "the potential (for money laundering) is very high in Bali, especially in light of the high level of investment activity."

Posted in Corruption @ 20 July 2009 03:29 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


Bali to face tough competition from Lombok An article in Nusa Bali has spotlighted growing concerns that a tourism mega-project on the nearby island of Lombok, currently being developed by the Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC), may represent strong future competition to Bali. Located in the southern part of the island, the Lombok project is being financed by an U.A.E. company, Emaar Properties at an estimated project cost of 400 million euro.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 May 2008 04:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Emaar builds expansion to Indonesia with office in Jakarta Emaar Properties, the Dubai-based property developer with a significant presence in 36 markets globally, has accelerated its development plans for Indonesia with the opening of its country office in Jakarta. The office will steer the development of Emaar's first project in the country, the mega-tourism and mixed-use project in Lombok, and also explore new opportunities for growth.

Posted in Tourism @ 07 May 2008 03:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The luxury of a swimming pool in your hotel After the trip by train and a nice glass of teh hangat (see "Lodaya Malam to Bandung, trains run on time") it was time to continue our trip. We didn't reach our goal for the day, however it wasn't that far anymore. We had to end up at the Jayakarta hotel which was located in the northern part of Bandung. We realized that a free nights' stay in the hotel would not come totally free of course. I can admit - without any feeling of shame - that I don't want to spend my money on that kind of hotels. The 'free' part is a very important part in this story.

Posted in Travel @ 09 December 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merdeka! Merdeka! With just over two weeks to go, Indonesia is slowly turning into a more colorful country than usual. Independence Day is coming - the 17th of August. That will be celebrated as well. Of course the red and white flags will be everywhere around, but the celebration is more than just raising a flag in the early morning. Like I wrote a year ago, cleaning is done as preparation. Things that haven't been cleaned for almost a year are now cleaned to be finished just a few days short of the 17th - so they don't have to care about it for another year as well.

Posted in Culture @ 31 July 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia takes fight for Soeharto millions to UK Lawyers from the Indonesian government will be in a courtroom on the island of Guernsey, south of Great Britain, claiming that the family of former president Soeharto siphoned off billions of dollars in public money. The case is aimed at seizing 50 million US dollar from an account in on the island, belonging to Hutomo Mandala Putra (commonly known as Tommy) , the son of the former president.

Posted in Crime @ 14 May 2007 03:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government: 'Unemployment targeted below 10 percent' The government will try to lower the official unemployment rate to a single digit. The number of fully unemployed in Indonesia had reached just 10,98 million. "One way of dealing with unemployment, is to develop domestic investment," said Secretary General of the Manpower and Transmigration Ministry Hari H. Saleh in Bandar Lampung yesterday. Upon the opening of a national working and consultative meeting of the Indonesian Businessmen's Association (APINDO), he said that there were still some issues to overcome however.

Posted in Economy @ 14 April 2007 03:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia-Russia: Arms, atoms and oil The United States, China and now a resurgent Russia are all competing for regional influence in Southeast Asia, and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is shrewdly playing his diplomatic cards among all three suitors.

Posted in Military @ 13 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Santos cuts Jeruk to 50 million barrels as woes mount MORE than two years after indicating it had a massive oil discovery in Indonesia, Santos yesterday disclosed reserves at its Jeruk find were "most likely to be less than 50 million barrels". The sharp downgrade - to less than a third of the estimate only four months ago - adds to Santos's Indonesian woes with the company battling perceptions that its involvement in the Banjar Pangi-1 well - which this week was implicated in a fatal gas explosion - might damage its vital relationship with the Indonesian Government.

Posted in Economy @ 27 November 2006 10:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia becomes frontline in World Bank battle against corruption Paul Wolfowitz, a key architect of America's invasion of Iraq and its ambitions to reshape the world, was President George Bush's controversial choice to take the reins of the World Bank last year. Mr Wolfowitz, despised by many for his policies but admired for his intellect, ignored the furore over his appointment, waiting 12 months to make his first major policy pronouncement. Its location, Indonesia, and his warning of rampant corruption undermining global aid and development efforts, was almost as ambitious and controversial as his attempts to re-engineer the Middle East.

Posted in Economy @ 18 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian gov't not to nationalize foreign firms Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said here Thursday that the Indonesian government did not have any plan or wish to take over or nationalize foreign companies in Indonesia and he asked foreign firms to continue doing business in the country without any worry.

Posted in Economy @ 06 November 2006 03:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Writers fest highlights poverty and human rights Freedom and human rights are common themes which persist across international literary festivals around the world. The third annual Ubud Writers and Readers festival which closed last week was no exception. The five-day event featured workshops, seminars and panel discussions on topics ranging from the effects of globalization to understanding of Islam in the modern world.

Posted in Culture @ 14 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia’s super-rich in one list by Forbes Asia Forty names were crowned by Forbes Asia magazine as the richest in Indonesia. Three of them joined the list at the end of the economic and financial crises. They are Trihatma Kusuma Haliman (Agung Podomoro), Eddy William Katuari (Wings Group), and Arifin Panigoro (Medco Energi). What are their business secrets? Here is Tempo’s report.

Posted in Economy @ 01 October 2006 10:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Indonesia behind the learning curve Indonesia is arguably Asia's least well-educated country, and the government is largely to blame. With 30% of its 242 million population school-aged, the world's largest Muslim country ranks lowest among its Asian neighbors in terms of public education expenditure.

Posted in Economy @ 03 September 2006 10:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Komodo dragon brings tourists, not their money Mohammed Sidik used to sell goats to Komodo National Park to feed to the wild Komodo dragons, the world's largest lizards, in a gory display for tourists. Park officials banned the practice a decade ago because they worried that the dragons were becoming lazy. Now the 10-foot-long predators waddle three miles to this squalid coastal village, raid Sidik's herd and eat his goats for free.

Posted in Environment @ 08 July 2006 13:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WHO dismisses human-to-human bird flu spread The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed that there is no evidence that efficient transmission of the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus has emerged from a family cluster of cases in Indonesia. Analysis now has indicated that the virus itself has not undergone the genetic mutation that might mark its development of a capability for efficient and sustained human transmission, the Antara news agency reported Friday, quoting a statement from the international body.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 02 June 2006 19:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird Flu infects Papua province as virus moves east Bird flu was found in fowl in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua, evidence the lethal virus is moving closer to the South Pacific and Australia. The H5N1 strain of avian influenza earlier this month reached the province that borders Papua New Guinea, Laurence Gleeson, an official with the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, told reporters yesterday in Indonesia's capital, Jakarta. The H5N1 virus has reappeared in Laos and may spread to Bangladesh, Gleeson said.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 16 May 2006 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia poised to be top palm oil producer Indonesia may overtake Malaysia as the world's top palm oil producer by next year, much earlier than previously expected, as Jakarta encourages investments in plantations to profit from the demand boom, a senior official at Rabobank said yesterday.

Posted in Economy @ 30 March 2006 08:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Mexico and Indonesia 'will overtake British economy' MEXICO and Indonesia will both have bigger economies than the UK by 2050, according to a report out today which outlines the massive potential of the world’s emerging nations. The report examines long-term demographic trends to suggest that countries such as Mexico, Indonesia, Brazil and Turkey all have young and fast-growing populations compared with the UK and continental Europe, putting them in line for significantly higher long-term growth rates.

Posted in Economy @ 03 March 2006 13:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


TNI uses Bali bombing to reassert political role Attending a ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of the Indonesian military (TNI) on October 5, just days after the deadly bombing in Bali, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono instructed the TNI to "take part in effectively curbing, preventing and acting against terrorism".

Posted in Military @ 23 October 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mari: Chinese shoe industry could be relocated to Indonesia Indonesia will be ready if the China relocates its shoe-making companies here because of a trade row with the United States and the European Commission, Minister of Trade Mari Pangestu says. "We have to be responsive and proactive in taking advantage of any changes ... we plan to approach owners of two giant shoe trademarks, like Nike and Adidas," Mari said on Wednesday when she visited PT Panarub, which produces Adidas shoes in Tangerang,Banten.

Posted in Economy @ 27 July 2005 20:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Yudhoyono urges Australian companies to invest Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono used his first visit to Australia to pitch for companies to invest in the $22.4 billion of toll roads, power utilities and other infrastructure projects being built in his country. Infrastructure development is ``a top priority for my government economic program,'' Yudhoyono told business leaders at a breakfast in Sydney today. ``There are plenty of new investment opportunities that haven't been fully harnessed.''

Posted in Economy @ 05 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


For the first time in history, Indonesia has a president who was directly elected by the people. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Jusuf Kalla, or more popularly known as SBY and JK, will have taken oath this morning, as the country's new president and vice president. Hopes are high that the pair can make a difference and bring about a better future.

Posted in Politics @ 20 October 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


On behalf of The United States-Indonesia Society and the National Commission on United States-Indonesia Relations, I thank you for this opportunity to present my perspectives on some of the major trends and challenges shaping priorities for U.S. policy in Southeast Asia. I returned yesterday from two weeks in Indonesia and also look forward to sharing my views on developments in that important nation.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 March 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Before he slipped into unconsciousness, six-year-old Kaptan Boonmanuj told his mother, "Mum, my chest feels like it's going to explode." On Jan. 26, after two weeks in a coma, Kaptan died in Bangkok's Siriraj Hospital, becoming Thailand's first victim of avian flu. His parents returned home to the hamlet of Ben Ya Pad, deep in the country's rural western province of Kanchanaburi. Two days had passed since their son's death, and rice farmer Chamnan Boonmanuj and his wife Chongrak sat receiving friends and relatives, the smell of burning incense heavy in the front room of their concrete house. Behind them, Kaptan's body lay in a white coffin. Propped against it was his bicycle, along with a picture of Kaptan wearing his school uniform. Outside, a row of ornate wreaths was placed beside the wall of the house. One was from the Ministry of Public Health.

Posted in Health @ 06 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Every day now onwards since the busy way project has launched in Jakarta the media has been following it like Tom and Jerry cartoons. The media has not left any single incident happened unheard, from ever the busway has launched like long queues, drivers protest, accident s, and small incidents which make them look big in paper and television. Why are they doing this? Do they want to prove that that this transportation would be of no use in the city? And if this is the prime objective of them it’s a sign of pessimism of these characters in a developing country like Indonesia. But instead they should stand united to support a project that is for the middle class and the poor who are the 60% population of their own country.

Posted in General @ 28 January 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Royal message to Indonesia His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to send a congratulatory message to President Megawati Sukarnoputri, President of the Republic of Indonesia on the occasion of the 58th Independence Day anniversary of the Republic of Indonesia.

Posted in Politics @ 17 August 2003 00:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Andri Wongso, founder of Harvest Card, the Indonesian version of Hallmark, was not prepared for the questions that came from students at a recent career day held at state SMUN 35 high school, Central Jakarta.

Posted in General @ 27 April 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AFTA: A wake-up call for RI business Ira Murweni, a 34-year old housewife, strolled along an aisle in a supermarket in South Jakarta. To meet her family's needs, she goes shopping at least twice a month. She recalled an interesting discovery. "Since the beginning of last year, the price gap between imported and locally made products has shrunk," Ira observed. Susanna Merry, a 35-year-old housewife living in Bekasi, had a similar view.

Posted in Economy @ 29 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cops nab 7 men for attacks on Jakarta nightspots Indonesian police arrested seven members of a Muslim group yesterday over recent vigilante-style raids on nightspots in Jakarta. Officers arrested the men at the headquarters of the Islamic Defenders Front organisation, a Jakarta police spokesman, Colonel Bahrul Alam, said. They are being questioned over attacks early on Friday on two late-night pool centres and a discotheque, he said.

Posted in Violence @ 06 October 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Chinese firms interested in S. Sulawesi railway sector Chinese businessmen engaged in the railway industry are interested in the South Sulawesi provincial administration's plan to build a 155-kilometer railway track connecting Makassar with Parepare, South Sulawesi Governor HZB Palaguna has said.

Posted in Economy @ 28 September 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Voter perceptions of the qualities of individual leaders appear to play an important part in Indonesian elections, according to the earlier mentioned survey. Megawati Soekarnoputri was the clear favorite of voters according to our data, and probably pulled the Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI Perjuangan) along with her. The difference between the former Indonesian Nationalist Party's (PNI) 22 percent in 1955 and PDI Perjuangan's 34 percent in 1999 is almost certainly due in part to Megawati's appeal. Various actions of Megawati, such as her support for the reelection of Governor Sutiyoso in Jakarta, have been widely condemned. Many local observers also claim that she will be hurt by the slowness of economic recovery and by evidence that she is unwilling to fight corruption.

Posted in Politics @ 17 September 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Armed with an M-16 machine gun, Sergeant Juwono was—literally—cornering the market. The Indonesian soldier stood along a main road in war-torn Aceh province selling bumper stickers commemorating the country’s upcoming Aug. 17 Independence Day. He stopped every car driving north and gave a simple but effective sales pitch: buy a sticker or else.

Posted in Military @ 26 August 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The Indonesian government will soon decide whether to impose a state of emergency in Aceh, the rebellious and resource-rich region on the tip of Sumatra island. But if Jakarta were serious about ending the separatist rebellion in Aceh, it would not be talking about a military solution. It would be talking instead about ending corruption, upholding the law, and making the conflict less profitable for all parties concerned. Now more than ever, the war in Aceh is about money, and no one is clean. An autonomy law, adopted last year, has created a giant slush fund for provincial officials from oil and gas revenues, with no effective controls over how the money is spent. Every day, the local press carries stories about misspent funds, missing budget allocations, suspected cronyism, or crooked contractors.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 August 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tommy Suharto guilty of murder An Indonesian court has found the younger son of former President Suharto guilty of murder and weapons possession. Tommy Suharto was convicted of masterminding the assassination of a judge who ordered him jailed for corruption. The five-judge panel sitting in Jakarta also convicted him for illegal possession of weapons. Tommy Suharto was jailed for 15 years in the trial, which has been seen as a key test of a legal system denounced as corrupt.

Posted in Crime @ 26 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lombok is the perfect alternative to its more crowded and busier neighbor, Bali. When you visit Lombok island, you will see a mixture of the cultures of Bali and Lombok, but if you visit only Bali island you certainly cannot view the culture of Lombok. Home to Sasak people, who migrated to Lombok from East Java as the Hindu Majapahit Empire fell at the end of the 14th century, the island is rich in natural and cultural treasures, which have not yet been exploited for tourism.

Posted in Tourism @ 27 May 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


This year we have still to see the worst of the floods. Former state minister for the environment and professor in business ethics Sonny Keraf, who served in the Cabinet of former president Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid, shares his views on environmental policy with The Jakarta Post contributor Dwi Iswandono. . Question: What is your comment on the recent floods? . Answer: The floods have been caused by human behavior. The root of this disaster is morality, as displayed in the form of bad practice in government, private enterprise and society. Such actions have ignored all the regulations we made to safeguard the environment.

Posted in Flooding @ 31 January 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta stands out like a gleaming beacon to the rest of the country, attracting a wave of migrants each year. And the largest influx of migrants to the capital takes place each year following Idul Fitri, when thousands of Indonesians from the rural areas stream into Jakarta full of hopes for a better life.

Posted in Culture @ 24 November 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The terrorist attacks in the United States last week has provided a new dimension to the political relationship between the West, particularly the U.S., and the signs of a reemergence of global political Islam in the post-Cold War era. This era has enabled the emergence of culture and religion as a new mainstream in global interactions. Religion is even seen to pose a serious threat to international relations. The revival of political Islam has become a significant ideological force in the third world, particularly in the Muslim world.

Posted in Politics @ 22 September 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Budi Sadikin, a clean-cut, affable young executive, is smiling broadly. And for good reason. As head of consumer banking in Indonesia for ABN AMRO Bank, the 37-year-old has watched deposits at the Dutch bank's 15 branches triple in value in just three years — to $800 million at the end of 2000. Until 1998, ABN AMRO, which has been doing business in Indonesia for 175 years, did not even have a consumer-banking unit. Now Sadikin oversees a 200-strong team whose job it is to coax more affluent Indonesians to deposit their money in a foreign bank.

Posted in Politics @ 04 July 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Long-simmering tensions between indigenous Dayaks and immigrant Madurese suddenly exploded in the town of Sampit, Central Kalimantan, in the middle of February 2001. Within days, isolated killings perpetrated by both sides had developed into a one-sided massacre of Madurese by enraged Dayaks. In the following weeks the killings spread to other areas in the province and by early April almost the entire Madurese population had fled the province. The massacre of about 500 – and possibly many more - Madurese by Dayaks and the flight of virtually the entire Madurese community closely resembled two similar events in the Sambas district in the northern part of West Kalimantan in 1996-7 and in 1999 and highlighted the danger of violence spreading to West and East Kalimantan.

Posted in Violence @ 27 June 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


As Jakarta loses control of its domestic situation, the region confronts a slowdown in foreign investment, a rise in Muslim extremism, and the threat of chaos — or even civil war — in Southeast Asia's largest country

Posted in Politics @ 23 June 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia starting to gain from reforms Indonesia is beginning to reap the benefits of its economic reforms, Trade Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said here Tuesday, urging investors not to be distracted by violence wracking the country. In a briefing to business leaders, Pandjaitan said Indonesia had revised its growth forecasts upwards, as the benefits of reforms undertaken after the 1997 Asian financial crisis began to kick in.

Posted in General @ 16 January 2001 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A visit to a shopping mall always has the potential to become ugly for "Bill" and his wife, "Sita". There are the stares, the double-takes and, frequently, the hurtful comments, spoken in a stage whisper so the American and his younger Indonesian wife will be sure to hear.

Posted in General @ 05 November 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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