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New infrastructure projects to start in March 2015 The construction of new infrastructure projects will commence in March 2015 at the latest, stated President Joko Widodo, or popularly known as Jokowi. To realize the goal, Jokowi revealed that he will soon announce a Presidential Instruction to accelerate swifter absorption of the governments budget by governmental bodies.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 08 December 2014 19:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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


Over 63 percent of land for trans-Java toll road cleared Some 63.8 percent of land meant for the Indonesia's 658.6-kilometer Trans-Java toll road has been cleared, a senior public works official said.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 30 October 2014 20:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Walhi opposes planned construction of Jakarta giant seawall The Indonesian Forum for Environment (Walhi) has opposed the planned construction of giant seawall in Muara Angke, North Jakarta, citing it will destroy the environment and render thousands of fishermen jobless.

Posted in Environment @ 24 October 2014 18:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to develop trans-Sumatra toll road The Trans-Sumatra Toll Road Development Project will soon commence following the signing of the order by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY).

Posted in Infrastructure @ 19 September 2014 18:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Double-track railway construction should be accelerated' The construction of double-track railway in Java Island should be accelerated, the Vice Minister of Transportation Bambang Susantono reported here on Wednesday.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 10 September 2014 18:10 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


Jakarta proposes to construct three underpasses The Jakarta provincial administration plans to build underground crossing tunnels in several locations in the capital city to ease off pedestrian traffic at street crossings, Governor Joko Widodo stated here on Friday. "We will build tunnels in three locations. Hopefully, the construction can start within this year," the governor noted.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 09 May 2014 17:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pros and cons of Jokowi`s presidential candidacy Many Indonesians have hailed the presidential candidacy of Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, who has been idolized for his down-to-earth style of governance.

Posted in Politics @ 31 March 2014 17:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta to build elevated train track in 2015 Jakarta city will build an elevated train track to address the traffic congestion in the capital starting 2015. "The building of the elevated train track can be done by next year, 2015," Director General of Railways from the Transportation Ministry, Herman Dwiatmoko, stated in a written statement received here on Friday.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 21 March 2014 18:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK questions Anas again as suspect in bribery case The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) reinterrogated former ruling party general chairman Anas Urbaningrum here on Wednesday, for his alleged involvement in a bribery case linked to the Hambalang sports complex development and other projects. Anas has been held at the KPK detention center since January 10.

Posted in Corruption @ 29 January 2014 19:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former ruling party chief grilled by KPK Indonesias anti-graft agency, Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), grilled former chief of the ruling Democratic Party, Anas Urbaningrum, for the first time on Friday.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 January 2014 20:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tangerang mayor: 'My wealth comes from God' South Tangerang Mayor Airin Rachmi Diany remained philosophical on Wednesday after digesting the news that her husband, Tubagus “Wawan” Chaeri Wardana, would be charged with money laundering over his alleged involvement in a crooked medical equipment procurement scheme. “One’s job, wealth and challenges all come from Allah and belong to Allah,” she said.

Posted in Corruption @ 16 January 2014 03:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anas Urbaningrum detained by KPK over corruption allegations On Friday, the former chairman of the ruling Democratic Party, Anas Urbaningrum, was detained by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), after several hours of interrogation, in connection with his alleged involvement in a corruption case.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 January 2014 21:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft body calls on Anas to meet its summons The former chairman of the ruling Democratic Party Anas Urbaningrum was subpoenaed by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for questioning on his alleged involvement in the Hambalang Sport Center graft case.

Posted in Corruption @ 08 January 2014 22:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali hotel rate war escalates As Bali grows increasing fearful of an escalating price war among the Island’s hotels, rates among hotels within the Nusa Dua Complex (BTDC) are reported to be increasing. Bisnis Bali said that despite declining occupancies, the average room rate among BTDC hotel hit US$152.94 per night.

Posted in Tourism @ 21 December 2013 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Double track of northern Java railway operational in 2014 The double track of northern Java railway between Jakarta and Surabaya of East Java is expected to be operational early 2014. Operation of the new track would considerably reduce the burden of the highways linking the two largest cities in the country.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 27 November 2013 11:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Remittances from Indonesian workers reach Rp100 trillion Indonesia earns about Rp100 trillion in foreign exchange every year from Indonesian workers in various countries across Asia and Europe, a manpower official has said.

Posted in General @ 25 November 2013 18:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Miss Indonesia sentenced to 12 years in jail The Supreme Court on Thursday sentenced Democratic Party politician Angelina Sondakh to 12 years imprisonment for her involvement in corruption at two ministries, namely the Ministry of Culture and Education and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Posted in Corruption @ 21 November 2013 18:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mayor of South Tangerang next in line for KPK investigation The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has launched an investigation into alleged corruption in the administration of South Tangerang Mayor Airin Rachmi Diani, the sister in-law of the controversial Banten Governor, Ratu Atut Chosiyah.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 October 2013 10:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Jakarta-Surabaya toll road plan must move forward: Minister State-owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister Dahlan Iskan said the government`s plan to build toll roads, stretching from Jakarta to Surabaya in East Java, must move forward in spite of criticism from some quarters.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 18 October 2013 23:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK detains former youth and sport minister The anti graft body, Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), on Thursday detained former Indonesian Youth and Sports Minister Andi Alfian Mallarangeng for developments related to the National Sports Education, Training and School (P3SON) in Bukit Hambalang, West Java.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 October 2013 18:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK searches office of Ratu Atut`s brother The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has searched the office of Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah`s younger brother, Tubagus Chaeri Wardana, in connection with his alleged involvement in a bribery case.

Posted in Corruption @ 08 October 2013 15:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace: 'Indonesia's marine resources threatened' Greenpeace Indonesia says Indonesia`s rich marine resources are facing various threats that could cuase a decline in fish stocks in the country`s waters. "Indonesia`s fish stocks have continued to drop due to degradation and overfishing," the non-governmental organization`s sea campaigner Arifsyah Nasution said in a press statement received here on Wednesday.

Posted in Environment @ 14 August 2013 22:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


State lost Rp6 trillion due to corruption in 11 projects Corruption convict and former Democrat Party treasurer Muhammad Nazaruddin has said corrupt practices in 11 government projects have caused the state losses of Rp6 trillion.

Posted in Corruption @ 02 August 2013 18:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Workers at Freeport projects end three-day strike Around 1,500 workers of three local contractors for PT Freeport Indonesia in Papua, resumed work on Friday ending a three day strike.

Posted in Protests @ 03 May 2013 14:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor Joko Widodo ensures MRT to begin in April Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, has ensured that the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project would begin in April 2013. "I want to make sure that the MRT project will start this month without delay," the governor said when giving a general lecture at Pelita Harapan University in Karawaci on on Thursday.

Posted in General @ 11 April 2013 14:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Consortium of state-owned companies to build monorail Five state-owned companies would cooperate to build a monorail in the Jakarta region to ease traffic congestion in the capital city, State Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan said here on Thursday.

Posted in Economy @ 07 February 2013 22:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 17 reactions


Jakarta allocates rp1.12 trillion to tackle flood problem Jakarta has allocated Rp1.12 trillion to tackle flood problem this year."We will focus on tackling flood problem in Jakarta. The budget totaling Rp1.12 trillion for the project has been approved by the city's legislative body," the city administration's head of public works service, Ery Basworo, said here on Sunday.

Posted in Flooding @ 03 February 2013 15:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls on all sides to remain on flood alert President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called on all elements to remain alert against floods because rainfall was expected to be still high in the coming several weeks. The president made the remarks after holding a meeting on floods and observed the flood command post in Bidara Cina, East Jakarta, on Sunday.

Posted in Flooding @ 20 January 2013 23:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Number of 'official poor' on the rise on Bali The Bali Post, reporting information from the Bali Statistics Bureau (BPS-Bali), confirms that poverty is on the rise in Bali.The number of “officially poor” in Bali in 2012 (based on a March survey) counted 168,800 impoverished citizens, an increase from the 166,200 estimated in 2011.

Posted in Economy @ 12 January 2013 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi: 'MRT, monorail, then deep tunnel' Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has stated that he will implement development projects in the city one by one, starting from Mass Rapid Transportation (MRT), followed by Monorail, and then finally the deep tunnel.

Posted in General @ 09 January 2013 16:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Soekarno-Hatta Airport rail link to emulate Changi model The Soekarno-Hatta International Airport rail link will be modelled on the one in Changi, Singapore.

Posted in General @ 03 January 2013 17:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Record number of tourists visit Indonesia in 2012 The Ministry of Tourism and the Creative Economy reports that foreign tourist visitors to Indonesia through the end of November 2012 have reached 7.227 million, against a target for the year of 8 million.

Posted in Tourism @ 31 December 2012 06:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


No guarantee for flood-free Jakarta The Jakarta regional government cannot guarantee that the capital city will be free from floods after the completion of the river restoration project in 2017-18, according to a minister.

Posted in Flooding @ 27 December 2012 08:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Conserving energy and resources in Bali Former Indonesian Minister of Tourism and keen observer of the national tourism industry, I Gede Ardika, has declared that the development of sustainable tourism projects demands conservation of water and energy resources as a necessary prerequisite.

Posted in General @ 25 November 2012 01:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal villa complex in Canggu, North Kuta Badung Enforcement Officials (Satpol PP Badung) recently descended on the construction site of the Club Residence Canggu in Tibubeneng Village, North Kuta to forcibly halt the ongoing construction of that multi-townhouse development.

Posted in General @ 29 October 2012 10:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Morotai`s residents desperately need clean water Some residents have not been receiving clean water during the last six years in Juanga and Pandanga village, Morotai Island district, North Maluku province. Wisnu, a resident of Juanga village, said recently that the Water Utility Company (PDAM) of Morotai Island district draws water from three wells and clean water from Nakamura Island.

Posted in Health @ 27 October 2012 20:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Jakarta badly needs mass transportation Minister of National Development Planning Armida S. Alisjahbana urged Jakarta, as the nation`s Capital, to provide better mass transport system to support its citizens mobility effectively. "As a big city, as well as the nation`s capital, Jakarta badly need a mass transport system," Armida said during a working visit here on Sunday.

Posted in Economy @ 21 October 2012 16:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali to develop tourist villages for elderly foreigners Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post) reports that Bali has plans to develop seven tourism villages catering to retired foreign visitors.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 October 2012 01:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'Indonesia to have navy museum' The Education and Culture Ministry`s Director of Museum And Cultural Heritage Preservation, Surya Helmy, has stated that Indonesia will soon have a Navy museum, which will be set up inside a warship.

Posted in History @ 10 October 2012 21:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Stricter environmental regulations for Gianyar The Gianyar regency is preparing new regulations that will govern the way in which new hotels are built and ensure that accommodation projects are “green” and friendly to the environment.

Posted in Environment @ 18 September 2012 10:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutor: 'Angie received Rp33.73 billion' Politician Angelina Patricia Pinkan Sondakh (Angie) here on Thursday was charged with receiving Rp33.73 billion from Permai Group. "Angelina as a state official namely a member of the House of Representatives (DPR) in the period of 2009-2014 has received Rp12.58 billion and US$ 2.35 million," public prosecutor Agus Salim said reading the charges at the corruption court.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 September 2012 19:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian animation goes International Indonesia's animation studios have started getting international projects thanks to the excellent capabilities of the country's animators, according to the Director of Electronics and Telematic Industries of the Ministry of Industry, Triharso.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 July 2012 10:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister satisfied with progress of e-ID card project Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi has expressed his satisfaction over the progress in the implementation of the electronic identification (e-ID) card or, as locally called, the e-KTP project.

Posted in General @ 08 May 2012 11:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to send joint team to Malaysia over shooting case The government will send another fact-finding team, comprising personnel from the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the national police and the attorney general`s office, to Malaysia to investigate the death of three migrant workers.

Posted in Politics @ 04 May 2012 16:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK detaines Angelina Sondakh The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) today detained Angelina Sondakh at the KPK detainment center in Salemba for alleged bribery of the project of the Youth and Sports Ministry and Education and Culture Ministry last year.

Posted in Corruption @ 27 April 2012 13:24 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


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 Indonesia ready to grow further Garuda Indonesia is adding 11 new aircraft this year as they expand their air network. At the same time, Garuda is adding 10 airplanes to the armada of their low-cost subsidiary Citilink serving domestic routes.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 26 March 2012 14:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More power needed to power Bali Bali Post predicts that by 2013 Bali will be facing an electrical crisis made all the more acute by large scale infrastructure projects scheduled to come on line in time for the Asia Pacific Economic Forum (APEC) Summit scheduled for late 2013. Among the projects cited as placing an added, and possibly unsupportable burden, on Bali’s electrical grid are the new toll way, the expansion of Bali’s airport, the Bali International Park Project (BIP) and the opening of a number large hotel projects.

Posted in Power supply @ 13 March 2012 02:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rosa reports fee-seeking minister to KPK Mindo Rosalina Manulang alias Rosa, a key witness in the SEA Games athletes` village corruption case, on Thursday reported a cabinet minister to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for having asked for a project fee from Permai Group through her.

Posted in Corruption @ 24 February 2012 03:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Parliament passes land acquisition bill into law The House of Representatives (DPR) passed the bill on land acquisition for public interests into law at a plenary session here on Friday.

Posted in Polio @ 18 December 2011 01:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


10.000 more hotel rooms add to oversupply for Bali Beritabali.com says the Bali Hotel Association (BHA) is predicting an increase of 10,000 new hotel rooms will come on line in Bali in 2011. The permits for these new hotels were issued before the provincial government of Bali introduced a moratorium on new hotel projects in the island’s southernmost regions.

Posted in Tourism @ 31 July 2011 13:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia announces $22 billion in infrastructure projects The government of Indonesia on Friday announced 17 new infrastructure projects worth Rp.190 trillion ($22.23 billion).

Posted in Economy @ 27 May 2011 16:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: per capita income to rise to $5,000 in 3 years They Indonesian Economic Ministry on Friday said it is pushing to increase the country's per capita income to $5,000 by 2014 and eventually become one of the world's largest economies.

Posted in Economy @ 21 May 2011 00:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to invest 200 billion dollars in 14 years Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday announced that the country is planning a $200-billion investment in the next 14 years to advance economic development.

Posted in Economy @ 18 April 2011 15:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and Australia could create joint anti-terror agency Indonesian and Australian defense forces are analyzing the possibility of creating a joint anti-terror coordinating body to fight terrorism, Indonesia's Antara news agency said Tuesday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 06 April 2011 01:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono blasts Jakarta governor Fauzi for failing Jakarta President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is publicly criticizing Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo for failing to make good on his campaign pledges, calling them "empty promises". In his opening remarks at an official meeting with ministers, non-ministerial officials and heads of state-owned enterprises, was also attended by Fauzi, Yudhoyono said he was fed up with the unrealized promises made by politicians.

Posted in Politics @ 23 February 2011 00:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mystery of Bali underwater temple solved Suggestions of a mystical submarine kingdom beneath the waves of northern Bali were quickly sunk this week when official clarification surrounding a Balinese temple - called Taman Pura located along the western shore of Pemuteran Bay.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 August 2010 03:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Emaar still to invest 600 million dollar in Lombok resort? A fair degree of confusion prevails over the future of a US$600 mega tourism project on Bali's near neighbor of Lombok. A pet project of Indonesia's former Vice-President Jusuf Kalla, the 1,200 hectare site was proposed to house hotels, condominiums and a golf course financed by Dubai-based property Developer Emaar Properties.

Posted in Economy @ 05 August 2010 06:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and The Netherlands working together on CO2-problem The Netherlands is about to participate in four projects in Indonesia in order to reduce it's production of CO2 gas. One project will use natural gas while three other projects will be aimed at retrieving gas from trash that can be used as energy.

Posted in Environment @ 05 March 2010 11:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-health minister faces prison for alleged embezzlement Former health minister Achmad Sujudi is facing a long jail term in an alleged corruption case. During his term in office, a procurement project has cost the state some 105 billion Rupiah (7,7 million euro). Achmad Sujudi was involved in a corruption scheme together with the general director of PT. Kimia Farma, Gunawan Pranoto and director of PT. Rifa Jaya Mulia, Rinaldi Yusuf.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 December 2009 09:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


West Kalimantan needs 1 trillion for road works The government of West Kalimantan has proposed the allocation of just over 1 trillion Rupiah (71 million euro) for the maintenance of roads and new construction projects in the province. This number would be double that of this year's budget for the province. "We are hoping the allocation (for road projects) would double next year," said Jakius Sinyor, the head of the provincial Public Works.

Posted in Economy @ 15 September 2009 10:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Best Western opens in a no-hotel zone Two Bali newspapers, NusaBali and BisnisBali, both report that the Best Western Sapta Petala Hotel in Kuta has opened for business, despite lacking the required operating permits and licenses.

Posted in Politics @ 22 August 2009 12:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali's Airport: where does the money go to? While Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport is the focus of much criticism concerning poor management, over-commercialization and appalling service, the managers of the airport recently presented “the other side of the story” detailing the many financial contributions made by the airport’s operation to the local economy.

Posted in Economy @ 18 August 2009 04:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New Suramadu bridge built to last a century The newly built Suramadu bridge between the city of Surabaya on the island of Java and the island of Madura is expected to last a century. The lifespan is mainly based on the volume of traffic that will use the bridge. According to the head of the executing body for the Suramadu bridge, Akhmad Ghofar Ismail, the bridge is able to accept an incredible increase in volume of traffic. Furthermore a twin bridge can always be built if needed.

Posted in General @ 09 June 2009 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's central bank slashes interest rate by 50 basis points The Indonesian central bank on Wednesday cut its benchmark interest rate by a half percentage point to 7.75 percent to boost economic growth and reduce unemployment, the bank said in a statement. Easing inflation and the fall of overseas sales have triggered governor Boediono and his seven colleagues to reduce the rate, which is more than the expected 25 basis points.

Posted in Economy @ 05 March 2009 09:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's Freeport to look for efficiency as copper price falls PT Freeport Indonesia, a unit of Freeport McMoran Copper and Gold Inc., said on Wednesday that it will look for efficiency and was to delay exploration projects, following lower world copper prices. But spokesman of the company Mindo Pangaribuan said that the firm, which has cut 75 jobs at its Jakarta office recently, was still optimistic that the prices could recover in coming months.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 01 January 2009 10:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to invest 6.5 billion euro on infrastructure next year Indonesia planned to raise spending on infrastructure next year to 100 trillion rupiah (some 6.5 billion euro) from this year's 60 trillion rupiah (about 3.9 billion euro) to create jobs and boost economic growth in an effort to cushion the impact of the global financial routs, the finance ministry said here Wednesday. The global economic turmoil is predicted to deepen in 2009, particularly in the first quarter, Indonesian acting Coordinating Minister for Economy Sri Muyani Indrawati said.

Posted in Economy @ 24 December 2008 11:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia adopts measures to boost Rupiah Indonesia has obligated state-own firms to place their U.S. dollars in the country and speed up the implementation of project funded by donors, Coordinating Minister for Economy Sri Mulyani Indrawati told a press briefing on Tuesday evening after a sudden cabinet meeting. The measure was aimed at boosting Rupiah value which has been declining against the U.S. dollars due to the impact of global financial turmoil.

Posted in Economy @ 29 October 2008 09:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Investors dropped US$41 billion in Indonesia jobs Twenty-one foreign and domestic investors cancelled their plans to set up oil refineries in Indonesia worth a total US$41.4 billion approved by the government in the period 1994 - 2000. The oil refineries were supposed to be built on Java island, Aceh province, and Riau on Sumatra island, Kalimantan, and West Nusa Tenggara province, said Muhammad Nadjib, deputy chief for investment development at the Capital Investment Board (BKPM).

Posted in General @ 23 August 2008 04:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysians run into massive bureaucracy for toll road construction Initial approaches by a group of Malaysian investors to build a number of toll road projects in Bali may have come to a sudden halt due to regulatory and bureaucratic restrictions. Tempo Interaktif reports that the plan of Malaysia Datuk Khalid, the husband of singing star Siti Nurhaliza, to build and operate toll roads connecting Sanur beach - Tanjung Benoa and Ngurah Rai Airport - Nusa Dua has run afoul due to procedural rules governing such a project.

Posted in General @ 06 July 2008 04:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Indonesia to get 2 billion euro investment from Middle East Middle East investors plan to spend about two billion euro on projects in Indonesia, Bisnis Indonesia newspaper reported, citing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Emaar Properties PJSC, Pacific Inter-Link Sdn Bhd, Al Ghurair Group, Ras Al Khaimah and Limitless LLC are among the investors planning to enter Indonesia, Bisnis said.

Posted in Economy @ 22 March 2008 02:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia investments up 123 percent for year to date Domestic and foreign direct investment (FDI) in Indonesia has risen with 123 percent in the first eight months of the year compared to the same period last year and reached 11.70 billion U.S. dollars, according to a government body. The National Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) said that actual FDI in the period from January to August rose 107 percent from last year to 8.13 billion U.S. dollars, while domestic investments grew with 172 percent to 3.57 billion U.S. dollars.

Posted in Economy @ 08 September 2007 02:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to push carbon-credits for peatlands conservation Wahjudi Wardojo, director general for forestry research at Indonesia's Forestry Ministry, told Reuters that industrialized countries will need to provide financial incentives for tropical countries to preserve ecosystems - like peatlands - that sequester large amounts of carbon.

Posted in Environment @ 29 August 2007 04:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to provide phone links to all villages by end 2008 The government is preparing telephone links to all villages in the country by the end of 2008, told Minister of Communication Muhammad Nuh on Tuesday. Some 38,000 villages - over half of the total of 70,000 - still don't have telephone links according to the minister during a lunch with foreign reporters. "We start with 18,000 villages for 2007 and the rest, 20,000, in 2008," he said.

Posted in General @ 31 July 2007 13:18 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


Indonesia may curb exports of crude palm oil Indonesia, the world's second largest palm oil grower, may curb unprocessed exports of the commodity to encourage the development of local refining, an official at the Trade Ministry said. Curbing overseas sales of crude palm oil (CPO) is among the options that will be discussed at a meeting on January 22, Agus Tjahyono, agricultural exports director, said in an interview yesterday. "There are lots of options besides taxes to discourage exports," Tjahyono said. "We can impose regulations."

Posted in Economy @ 20 January 2007 09:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Some 431 Indonesian hajj pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia A total of 431 Indonesian Hajj pilgrims died in the Holy Land until late Monday (Jan 8) at 10 p.m. Saudi time, according to information from the Hajj Media Center of the Indonesian Religious Affairs Ministry on Tuesday. Up to Sunday (Jan 7), about 404,569 Hajj pilgrims from various countries left Saudi Arabia via the Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah and the Prince Mohammad bin Abdul Aziz Airport in Madina.

Posted in Religion @ 09 January 2007 05:59 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


Asian nations remember the 230,000 killed in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami Two years after a devastating tsunami crashed into Asian coastlines, villagers in hardest-hit Indonesia were preparing for future disasters, with thousands expected to flee their homes by foot and car Tuesday as part of an early warning drill. Elsewhere across the tsunami disaster-zone, survivors and other mourners will visit mass graves, light candles along beaches, and listen to temple bells chiming to mark the moment the 2004 waves hit.

Posted in General @ 25 December 2006 04:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


About 57,000 houses built in tsunami-hit Aceh in past two years Donor institutions and the Aceh- Nias Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Agency ( BRR Aceh-Nias) have so far built 57,000 units of permanent housing for earthquake and tsunami victims in Indonesia's Aceh and Nias regions in the past two years.

-Around 22,000 units of housing for victims of the disasters in the two regions are expected to be completed by the end of March next year, Antara news agency quoted BRR Aceh-Nias chief Kuntoro Mangkusubroto as saying on Saturday in Banda Aceh, capital of Aceh province.

Posted in General @ 19 December 2006 04:01 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


What a garden does to people However we approach the end of the year, it may be clear that my garden here in the tropics still looks fairly green. Some of you may have been following that via internet and probably you enjoyed the always green garden. However green is relative, when I don't give extra water during the dry season, that green will be gone pretty quick.

Posted in General @ 11 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The hidden tragedy of West Papua "Of course the police are just as good at torturing as the army. Some of the cruder forms [include] putting a table leg onto the foot of somebody and then somebody heavily dancing on the table, which can be extremely painful. So, I mean torture is routine."

Posted in PT Freeport @ 23 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


US, Indonesia sign pact to fight illegal logging The United States has signed a pact to help stop illegal logging in Indonesia, home to most of the world's orangutans and many other endangered species, the U.S. Trade Representative's office said on Friday. "A core part of our international trade agenda must be combating illegal trade, including protecting endangered species," U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab said in a statement. "The United States and Indonesia are partnering to combat illegal logging and the trade associated with it."

Posted in Environment @ 18 November 2006 02:54 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


Bank of Indonesia cuts key rate for sixth time Indonesia’s central bank cut its benchmark interest rate for the sixth time since May and said borrowing costs may be reduced again in December, after inflation slowed to a two-year low and the currency strengthened. Bank Indonesia Governor Burhanuddin Abdullah and his fellow policy makers cut the rate used as a reference for bill sales by half a percentage point to 10.25%.

Posted in Economy @ 08 November 2006 02:11 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


Bank Indonesia may cut key policy rate for sixth time since May Indonesia's central bank will probably cut its benchmark interest rate by half a percentage point, the sixth reduction since May, to help revive consumer spending after inflation slowed to a two-year low. Bank Indonesia Governor Burhanuddin Abdullah and his fellow policy makers will cut the rate used as a reference for bills sales to 10.25 percent, according to 15 of 16 economists in a Bloomberg survey. One expects a reduction to 10 percent. The central bank decision is due in Jakarta tomorrow.

Posted in Economy @ 06 November 2006 03:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


French railway in Indonesia may rise again after tsunami A colonial-era railway that was once the lifeblood of Indonesia's Aceh could paradoxically be revived in the wake of the Indian Ocean tsunami, which obliterated the coastline of the province. Built in 1876 by the Dutch, the 600km single-gauge railway in the north of Sumatra island, linking the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, to the city of Medan, sank into oblivion a century later amid unrest.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 06 November 2006 03:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Indonesia: '100 percent ownership for private sector' Indonesian Transportation Minister Hatta Rajasa assured investors Wednesday that private firms -- both local and foreign -- would still be allowed to own up to 100 percent of infrastructure projects despite the upcoming amendment of the existing transportation legislation. "I can assure you that there will be no change to the 100 percent private-sector ownership principle in transportation-sector projects," Hatta told the press yesterday (Nov 1) after addressing a discussion held in conjunction with the "Indonesia Infrastructure Conference and Exhibition 2006".

Posted in Economy @ 03 November 2006 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia seeking US$12 billion for infrastructure projects Indonesia Indonesia will seek US$12 billion (€9.4 billion) in private capital to fund infrastructure projects at a conference that kicks off Wednesday, but it faces challenges overcoming an image of corruption that may scare off investors. Topping the list of deals on offer are the construction of a US$1.5 billion (€1.2 billion) fiber optic network and two coal-fired power plants worth nearly US$2.48 billion (€1.9 billion), said Conference Chairman Chris Kanter.

Posted in Economy @ 31 October 2006 13:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia pushes for geothermal renewal ndonesia, land of earthquakes and volcanos, is literally sitting on top of the solution for its energy needs: Vast reservoirs of hot water deep beneath the earth's crust can be harnessed to generate electricity. What's more, it's a clean, renewable energy source. Yet the country continues to import millions of barrels of oil and fuel annually. Legal uncertainties, financial risks and government bureaucracy have repelled international investors from developing its geothermal resources.

Posted in Environment @ 18 October 2006 03:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia delays deployment of peacekeeping troops to Lebanon Indonesia will delay its deployment of peacekeeping troops to Lebanon by one week for logistical reasons, a military spokesman said Tuesday. In a related development, the country signed a euro 17.2 million (US$21.6 million) deal to buy 32 armored vehicles from French company Renault SA for use in Lebanon, said military Maj. Gen. Syafrie Syamsudin.

Posted in Military @ 11 October 2006 05:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


China, Indonesia intensify economic cooperation China and Indonesia agreed in Bali yesterday to intensify bilateral economic, trade and technical cooperation, especially in investment field. The agreement was reached at the 8th meeting of the Joint Commission on Economic, Trade and Technical Cooperation.

Posted in Economy @ 07 October 2006 06:59 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


Green issues at forefront of revisions to Jakarta spatial plan The Sutiyoso administration plans to revise the Jakarta Spatial Plan to improve the quality of life in the city and respond to environmental factors. "The revision is aimed at preventing further environmental destruction. Governor Sutiyoso himself wants the revision to come into effect in 2007," Jakarta Environmental Management Board (BPLHD) secretary Junani Kartawiria told a public discussion held by the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) on Thursday.

Posted in Environment @ 01 October 2006 08:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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