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Indonesian minister to crack down upon illegal fishing Marine Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti has vowed to step up efforts to curb illegal fishing in Indonesian waters, which has caused losses worth trillions of rupiah to the state and disadvantaged traditional fishermen.

Posted in Economy @ 03 November 2014 16:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Fisheries minister promises to eradicate illegal fishing The newly-appointed Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti said she would eliminate illegal fishing activities rampant in Indonesian waters for the past several years.

Posted in Politics @ 29 October 2014 20:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta begins towing illegally parked vehicles The Jakarta provincial administration on Monday has initiated to tow and impose fines for illegally parked vehicles on the citys streets.

Posted in General @ 08 September 2014 21:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor: 'New oil reserve discovered in Riau' Governor of Riau Province Annas Maamun revealed on Monday that a new oil reserve, presumably the biggest in Riau, was found in Rokan Hilir District by PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia (CPI).

Posted in Economy @ 18 August 2014 15:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Deficit in draft state budget set at 2.32 pct The government has targeted a deficit of Rp257.6 trillion or 2.32 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the Draft 2015 State Budget, with state revenue of Rp1,762.3 trillion and expenditure of Rp2,019.9 trillion.

Posted in General @ 16 August 2014 00:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta to implement parking meters to improve service The Provincial Administration of Jakarta has planned to enforce parking meter system to improve its parking service. "We hope to boost Jakartas parking service. In the future, we will impose official parking system in all regions using parking meters," Jakartas Governor Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 05 August 2014 23:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt: 'No plan to buy special military satellite' The government is yet to discuss a plan to use non-tax state revenues to buy a special military satellite, Communication and Informatics Minister Tifatul Sembiring stated.

Posted in Military @ 20 January 2014 20:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK : 'Losses worth Rp6.7 trillion to state in minerals sector' The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said it has found losses to the state worth Rp6.7 trillion in the minerals and coal sector over the past nine years. The losses were in non tax revenues including royalty and fixed fee in the period of 2003-2011, KPK Deputy Chairman Busyro Muqoddas said here on Thursday.

Posted in Corruption @ 29 August 2013 23:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal drugs cause Rp57 trillion loss to Indonesia Official from the National Anti-Narcotics Body (BNN) Mariani said illegal drug use is to cause Rp57 Trillion loss to Indonesia this year which is an increase if compared to 2008`s number of Rp25 Trillion.

Posted in Drugs @ 19 July 2013 20:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


VP instructs ministers to maintain food price stability Vice President Boediono has instructed relevant ministers and officials to maintain food price stability in the face of subsidized fuel price hikes and the fasting month of Ramadhan.

Posted in Politics @ 18 June 2013 23:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House plenary enacts bill on revised budget into law The House of Representatives finally enacted the Bill on the 2013 Revised State Budget into law through a voting mechanism in its plenary session here on Monday night.

Posted in Politics @ 18 June 2013 01:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Philippine delegation visits Aceh to observe peace experience Delegation from the Philippines on Friday visits Banda Aceh to meet with local prominent figures and study the successful implementation of peace in Indonesia`s most eastern province after the central government and Aceh Freedom Movement (GAM) signed MoU last 2005.

Posted in General @ 07 June 2013 19:25 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


Almost four million Indonesians live on palm oil About 3.7 million people in Indonesia live on oil palm plantations, a senior agriculture ministry said. Speaking to a seminar at Santika Hotel here on Friday, Secretary of the Directorate General of Agriculture Mukti Sardjono said that oil palm played an important role in providing income for the people.

Posted in Economy @ 30 March 2013 18:02 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


Electricity tariff hike to save Rp14 trillion subsidized budget The electricity tariff hike by 14 to 15 percent this year is predicted to save a subsidy budget of Rp14 trillion, an official said.

Posted in Economy @ 18 January 2013 14:15 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


Bali once again wants a part of VoA money Once again a movement has been launched in Bali to secure a share of the visa-on-arrival fees (VoA) paid by visiting tourists to Bali that is now entirely remitted to Jakarta.

Posted in Economy @ 22 December 2012 09:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Oversupply of private villa's on Bali Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post) quotes a “Bali Property Outlook” study by Knight Frank’s senior research manager Hasan Pamudji predicting that private rented villas in Bali will experience declining occupancies during the first half of 2013.

Posted in Tourism @ 05 November 2012 03:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Many fictitious official trips in state-owned enterprises' State Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan has stated that corruption in the form of fictitious official trips is quite common in state-owned enterprises.

Posted in Corruption @ 16 October 2012 18:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Power price hike for Bali in the making Bisnis Bali reports that a planned 15% hike in electrical power rates will increase overall energy costs by up to 10%. For many companies in the tourism sector, expenditures for energy represent 5% of gross revenues.

Posted in Power supply @ 29 September 2012 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Visa fee threathens tourism development' Bisnis.com reports that Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy, Mari Elka Pangestu, has expressed her concern that the permanent imposition of the US$25 visa-on-arrival fee threatens the future development of tourism to Indonesia.

Posted in Tourism @ 29 September 2012 07:00 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


'Higher tax bracket should apply for Bali nightclubs' Legislators from the Badung House of Representatives (DPRD-Badung) are complaining that lax collection policies by tax authorities are costing the regency substantial revenues in underpayment of taxes by nightspots and discothèques.

Posted in Economy @ 24 September 2012 09:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali contributed 4.4 billion USD to economy in 2011 Bali continues to make a substantial contribution to the overall Indonesian economy. The head of tourism for the province of Bali, Ida Bagus Subhiksu, said tourism revenues are up 10% compared to the previous year.

Posted in Tourism @ 18 September 2012 10:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Indonesia to raise civil servants` salaries by 7%' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the government would increase the basic salaries of civil servants, military and police personnel by seven percent in 2013.

Posted in Economy @ 16 August 2012 22:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali sees 19.89 percent increase in VoA Bali province enjoyed an increase of 19.89 percent in visa on arrival (VoA) from foreign tourists during the first quarter of 2012, and its tourism revenue reached US$14.4 million, from US$14.3 million during the same period last year.

Posted in Tourism @ 05 July 2012 10:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Polri reportedly granted 18,030 gun permits The Indonesian Police (Polri) has issued civilian ownership licences for 18,030 guns, according to Indonesia Police Watch (IPW).

Posted in General @ 08 May 2012 16:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Unidentified gunmen kill policeman in Papua An Indonesian police officer was killed on Tuesday when officers were attacked by an armed group in Indonesia's restive province of Papua, officials said. One attacker was also wounded.

Posted in Crime @ 07 February 2012 21:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Customs, excise receipts exceed target of Rp115 trillion State revenues from customs and excise duties in the year ended on December 22, 2011 reached Rp127.762 trillion, exceeding the government-set target of Rp115 trillion for 2011, an official said.

Posted in Economy @ 28 December 2011 03:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hungry monkeys on the rampage on Bali The tribes of monkeys that inhabit the jungles of Nenggan in the village of Abiantuwun, Kediri in the regency of Tabanan are hungry. As a result, valuable crops are being attacked and ravaged by tens of ravenous primates.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 17 December 2011 04:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesian police release 12 alleged separatists Indonesian police have been forced to release twelve alleged separatist rebels just a day after announcing they had made a major breakthrough in the war against the Free Papua Movement (OPM), local media reported on Saturday.

Posted in Protests @ 26 November 2011 14:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police arrest 12 alleged separatists At least twelve men believed to be members of the separatist Free Papua Organization (OPM) have been arrested after an alleged series of violent attacks in the restive region of Papua, Indonesian police said on Friday.

Posted in Protests @ 25 November 2011 12:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian activists: 8 killed during clashes at gold mine Indonesian activists on Thursday claimed that at least eight people were killed during weekend clashes in the country's eastern Papua region, where officials previously confirmed one fatality.

Posted in Violence @ 17 November 2011 13:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia deploys more troops to Papua amid unrest The government of Indonesia on Tuesday deployed hundreds of troops to Papua where tensions remain high amid protesting Freeport workers and renewed manifestations by separatist groups.

Posted in Protests @ 25 October 2011 18:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Gunmen kill three people at Indonesia's Freeport mine A group of unidentified gunmen ambushed PT Freeport's concession area in Papua, Indonesia on Friday morning, killing three people and seriously injuring another, officials said.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 22 October 2011 03:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three Freeport mine workers killed in ambush in Papua Three mine workers were killed on Friday during an ambush near the Freeport-McMoRan Grasberg mine in the Indonesian province of Papua, police said. It remains unclear who is behind the killings.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 15 October 2011 02:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


One dead as Indonesian military fires at Freeport strikers Indonesian security forces opened fire on striking workers at Freeport-McMoran's gold and copper mine early Monday, killing one and critically wounding another, a union official said. Police said it was too early to comment and officials from Freeport, based in the U.S. state of Arizona, were preparing an official statement.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 10 October 2011 10:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Turnover Garuda Indonesia at 6 trilion Rupiah in Q2 2011 PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk earned revenue to IDR 6.02 trillion in the second quarter of 2011 or an increase of 40.5 percent over the achievement in the same period in 2010, amounting to IDR 4.28 trillion. The figure also shows an increase by 16 percent compared to past achievements in the first quarter which amounted to Rp 5.18 trillion.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 02 September 2011 13:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda's Citilink to be revived National airline Garuda Indonesia plans to more than quadruple the amount of people that Citilink, its budget carrier, will fly in the next four years with new routes and aircraft, a top executive said on Wednesday.

Posted in Travel @ 05 August 2011 03:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands strike on 4th day of strikes at Freeport mine Around 8,000 workers at a gold and copper mine in the eastern region of Indonesia entered their fourth day of strikes, local media reported Thursday.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 08 July 2011 01:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's 2011 state budget reaches $6.65 billion Indonesia's 2011 state budget stood at Rp 56.9 trillion ($6.65 billion) as of May 31, the country's Finance Ministry said Monday.

Posted in Economy @ 05 July 2011 01:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Foreign' cars target in efforts to reduce traffic on Bali The provincial government of Bali is trying to reduce traffic congestion in Bali by enforcing stricter controls on vehicles operating in Bali with police registration plates from locations outside the island. Stricter controls limiting the use of non-Bali registered vehicles would bring the double benefit of not only reducing the traffic on Bali's roads but increasing provincial tax revenues.

Posted in General @ 15 March 2011 06:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia budget hotel sector is booming The Indonesian hotel industry is discovering the strong potential for revenues and profits to be earned form the country's growing budget hotel sector.

Posted in Travel @ 10 March 2011 10:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian governor indicted on corruption charges A governor of Bengkulu province on Sumatra in Indonesia was indicted on Monday on corruption charges involving over $2 million, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 January 2011 19:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia targeting $8.4b from foreign tourists in 2011 Indonesia expects to earn $8.4 billion in tourism revenue this year, up from $7.6 billion last year, according to Tourism Minister Jero Wacik. Total foreign arrivals are expected to increase to as many as 7.7 million this year from 7 million tourists last year, he said in Jakarta on Thursday.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 January 2011 04:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Burger King to stop buying oil from Sinar Mas Environmentalists on Saturday praised Burger King's decision to stop buying palm oil from an Indonesian company accused of destroying rainforests. The U.S. hamburger chain giant said Friday that it was canceling its contract with PT Sinar Mas Agro Resources and Technology over concerns it had not adopted sustainable farming practices.

Posted in Environment @ 05 September 2010 01:04 CET by Jeroen · 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


Jakarta should attract 1.6 million foreign visitors The Jakarta Administration has been continuously promoting the city as a foreign tourist destination, setting its sight on boosting arrivals to 1.6 million by end of the year, says an official.

Posted in Tourism @ 14 April 2010 02:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali wants a share in visa on arrival fees Beritabali.com says that the provincial government of Bali is demanding a share of the income the national government collects through the sale of visa-on-arrivals purchased at the island's Ngurah Rai International Airport. At present all funds collected for visas are remitted to Jakarta.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 April 2010 05:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia's tourism - a National tragedy Anak Agung Gde Agung is one of Indonesia's most distinguished and well-informed senior statesmen. He is a graduate of Harvard and Leiden universities. He as attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in the United States and served as social services minister during the administration of President Abdurrahman Wahid.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 February 2010 01:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Baturraden appointed as Central Java's best tourist destination Baturraden, a nature conservation park located at the foot of Mount Slamet, won the award for best eco-tourism destination in Central Java. The Best Man-Made Tourism site award went to Bojongsari (Owabong) water tourism in Purbalingga. "We were judged as the best in the competition in Central Java," said Baturraden Tourism Manager in Banyumas, Soedarto.

Posted in Tourism @ 14 October 2009 04:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sales tax refund for visitors in 2010 The government will introduce a new policy on January 1, 2010, that will refund sales tax (VAT) spent on purchases by tourist visitors to Indonesia. Speaking to Bisnis Indonesia, the Director of Tax Regulation, Catur Rini Widosari, said the government will set a minimum level of Rp. 5 million (352 euro) to qualify for the 10% tax rebate, but there will be no maximum limit under the new policy.

Posted in Tourism @ 07 September 2009 13:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Unregistered children at risk Satri Rama's youngest children do not have birth certificates, but that does not bother the 39-year-old mother of five. "We don't need birth certificates, we need to eat," she said, standing in a damp shack in the centre of Indonesia's capital.

Posted in General @ 07 September 2009 03:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutors to pursue immigration corruption scandal? As reported on earlier, State Auditors recently uncovered the misappropriation of Rp. 3 billion (211,000 euro) in visa-on-arrival fees committed by 44 members of the immigration service assigned to Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 August 2009 06:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali's fishing fleet confined to port A shortage of fuel at Bali's port of Benoa has forced 600 ships from an estimated fleet of 830 fishing boats to remain alongside until more fuel becomes available. According to the Bali Post, around 9,000 fishing ships crews have been idled by the fuel shortage that has brought protests from the Indonesian Longline Tuna Fishing Association. (ALTI).

Posted in General @ 12 June 2009 11:11 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


Garuda to fly Brisbane-Bali in November 2009 Bali Post reports that Garuda Indonesia is considering re-establishing flight service between Bali (Denpasar) and Brisbane, Australia. The re-examination of the viability of putting Brisbane back on the Indonesian carrier's Australian gateways comes on heals of the recent termination of service to Darwin and an ongoing evaluation of route efficacy.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 30 April 2009 14:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal alcohol and counterfeit custom stamps seized Bali's Custom and Excise Officers have conducted a raid on a warehouse in Bali confiscating thousands of bottles of imported wine and alcohol. The raid, conducted in April 16, 2009, uncovered nearly 550 cases of alcohol containing over 5,600 bottles. Also discovered by customs officials were a quantity of counterfeit custom stickers.

Posted in Crime @ 29 April 2009 13:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Radical wind blows stronger than ever through Indonesia With the adoption of the 'anti-pornography' laws yesterday, Indonesia is approaching more and more the ideal image of a remote province of the Middle East. With adopting the law, which has been pushed forward by the radical-Islamic FPI (Islamic Defenders Front) and the MUI (Council of Islamic Scholars) for almost a decade now, it is now possible to act on your own when you see something that is not acceptable for you. In most countries that would be called 'taking matters into your own hands', but not anymore in Indonesia, where a young democracy is buried under a thick layer of radical-Islamic mud.

Posted in Religion @ 31 October 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


National tourism targets difficult to achieve Bisnis.com quoted well known tourism observer Wuryastuti Sunario as saying she is pessimistic that the official national tourism target of 7 million visitors for 2008 can be achieved, bearing in mind that growth rates in national tourism reached only 11.43% during the first six months of the year.

Posted in Tourism @ 10 September 2008 12:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia lowers taxes to attract business Indonesia’s parliament has passed a long-awaited law cutting corporate and personal income tax rates to broaden the country’s relatively tiny tax base and stimulate economic growth. Analysts hailed the legislation as a major milestone in Indonesia’s transition to a more business-friendly market. But they cautioned that further reforms are needed, particularly in labour regulations and the legal sector, to improve the investment climate.

Posted in General @ 03 September 2008 03:25 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


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


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 migrant workers bring in big bucks Migrant workers from Indonesia continue to make a huge contribution to the country's economy because the remittances they make. During the second quarter of 2007, these workers overseas send home some 1.1 billion euro. This is 5.4 percent more than the same period last year, according to data from Bank Indonesia. The central bank estimated that the figure for the full year will reach about 3.5 billion euro.

Posted in Economy @ 21 October 2007 06:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda flies into the black, finally After many years of writing its financial results in red ink, Garuda Indonesia closed the first semester of 2007 by reporting a net profit of Rp. 148 billion (11.56 million euro). In an impressive turn-around, the current profit results stand in stark contrast to the first six months of 2006 when the Airline reported losses of Rp. 361 billion (28.20 million euro).

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 05 August 2007 02:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Annual haze disrupts flights in Indonesia Smoke from land-clearing forest fires disrupts flights serving the Indonesian part of Borneo as the country enters the dry season, according to a local official on Sunday. The haze covered the city of Pontianak in the western part of the island for the last two days, delaying flights on Sunday morning because of the reduced visibility, reported local airport chief Syamsul Bachrie.

Posted in Forest fires @ 15 July 2007 16:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


70% of villa's on Bali illegal Tempo Interaktif reports that an estimated 70% of villas in Bali operated commercially do not have the required permits and licenses. In the Regency of Badung, where most villa development is centered, only 253, or approximately 35%, of the 711 villas recently surveyed can be considered legal operations.

Posted in General @ 07 July 2007 11:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Villa owners in Bali might become tax payers as well According to the Indonesian-language Bali Post, Bali's Governor has issued a circular memo (No. 556.2/1590/I/Dispara) addressing steps to give a clearer legal and business standing to the hundreds of villas operating commercially in Bali.

Posted in General @ 19 May 2007 11:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Strike at US-owned mine Freeport in Papua continues Thousands of workers from a mine in the easternmost province of Papua continued to strike for a third day yesterday, disrupting work at one of the biggest copper mines in the world. The workers moved their rally to a site outside the local headquarters of PT. Freeport Indonesia in Timika while protest leaders resumes talks with the company's officials in an attempt to reach a deal.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 20 April 2007 03:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Visa on arrival to Indonesia for 11 more countries The Indonesian government is preparing the visa on arrival facility for 11 more countries in a bid to increase revenues from the tourism industry, as local press reported earlier today. A senior official with the Foreign Affairs Ministry had named the 11 countries likely to receive the visa on arrival as being Algeria, Czech Republic, Fiji, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Panama, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Tunisia.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 April 2007 03:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia to buy 25 new Boeing 737-800 planes Garuda Indonesia has signed a deal with Boeing to buy 25 737-800 planes with a total value of around US$ 1 billion. This was announced by the chief executive of the airline earlier today. It is aiming to replace it's aging fleet. Emirsyah Satar didn't give an exact value of the deal, but he told at a news conference that new passenger planes of this type are typically priced between US$35 and 40 million.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 26 March 2007 11:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


WWF: Illegal coffee growing risks Sumatra tigers Illegal coffee bean growing in an Indonesian wildlife park could wipe out already endangered local tigers, elephants and rhinos within 10 years, the WWF conservation group warned on Wednesday. The coffee growers are clearing vegetation in Bukit Barisan Selatan park, a World Heritage Site on the southern tip of Sumatra Island, to make room for the crop which brings much needed export revenue to the impoverished region.

Posted in Environment @ 17 January 2007 07:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia preps controversial mining law Indonesia’s Director General of Mining said the government is hoping Parliament will approve a new mining law in March forcing companies to process ore within Indonesia instead of exporting it to foreign smelters. Director General Simon Sembiring said the new law aims to ensure that "mining ore must be processed into metal in Indonesia" but that it will allow existing mine operations a period of transition.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 05 January 2007 05:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh rebels disband armed wing A year after the tsunami destroyed their battlefield, Indonesia's Aceh rebels formally disbanded their armed wing on Tuesday, effectively ending their 30-year separatist insurgency. The move paves the way for the guerrilla group to transform itself into a political party expected to make a strong showing in elections in April.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 26 December 2006 12:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia targets sugar and cotton sectors Indonesia is planning to invest in the sugar and cotton sector in the Coast Province, Indonesia’s ambassador to Kenya, Mr Djismun Kasri, said on Sunday. Kasri said his country has been importing sugar and cotton products from European countries, but it would source the commodities cheaper if Indonesia invested in the two sectors locally. The ambassador spoke yesterday when he paid a courtesy call on the acting Mombasa mayor, Mr Ali Shekue.

Posted in Economy @ 04 December 2006 02:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Parliament drafting bill to ban cigarette advertising and sponsorship Indonesian lawmakers are drafting a bill that would ban tobacco companies from advertising or sponsoring sporting and entertainment events, local media reported Tuesday. The bill, which is sure to face opposition from Indonesia's powerful and wealthy tobacco lobby, also envisages doubling taxes on cigarettes to more than 60 percent in the country of 220 million people.

Posted in Politics @ 22 November 2006 02:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Freeport looks beyond Indonesia, sticks to copper For the founders of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, this weekend's deal for Phelps Dodge Corp. marks a step away from the source of their wealth - and the belief that its product has still a long way to run. New Orleans-based Freeport in a friendly deal that would forge the world's biggest publicly traded copper miner. The acquisition would spread out Freeport's source of its copper to the Americas, where Phelps Dodge operates mines in the U.S., Chile and Peru.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 21 November 2006 02:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trials and travails of Indonesia's richest man Publicity-shy paper and plantation magnate Sukanto Tanoto is in Indonesia's national headlines after topping two high-profile lists. Forbes Asia last month listed the 56-year-old tycoon as the richest individual in Indonesia, with assets worth about US$2.8 billion (Rp25.2 trillion). In June, the self-made ethnic-Chinese tycoon also topped a list of state-owned Bank Mandiri's six biggest debtors.

Posted in General @ 15 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Exxon stands firm on Natuna contract Despite uncertainty over its contract, giant oil and gas company ExxonMobil has expressed optimism that it will start developing the D-Alpha gas field in the Natuna Sea in 2008. "The contract is still valid and stands as it is. There have been no official talks about the contract being revised, let alone terminated," Peter J. Coleman, the company's president and general manager for Indonesia, told the press in Jakarta on Thursday evening.

Posted in General @ 13 October 2006 13:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt mulls cigarette price hike If fuel and electricity are to escape much speculated hikes, then it's probably the turn of cigarettes to go up in price to pad state coffers. The government is considering raising next year both the retail price and excise duty of cigarettes sold in the country, the Finance Ministry's Director General for Customs and Excise, Anwar Suprijadi, said Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 27 September 2006 11:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to sell up to 10 state firms The Indonesian government is likely to sell up to 10 state-owned enterprises next year in its major privatization drive, which seeks to cut state losses from inefficient and subsidy-reliant state firms, an official said Monday. The government has named six to 10 companies ready for privatization next year. "We are awaiting a presidential decree on the establishment of the privatization team," said Said Didu, secretary for the minister for state-owned enterprises.

Posted in Economy @ 26 September 2006 11:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia turns to greener motorised rickshaws For years, their acrid fumes have been as much a part of the Indonesian capital as the distinctive smell of the country's clove cigarettes. Now the Jakarta city government hopes the old smoke-belching motorised rickshaws or bajajs, which Indonesians pronounce as "budge eye", may finally be able to rattle off into the sunset.

Posted in General @ 25 September 2006 08:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sees 6.3% economic growth in 2007 Indonesia projected 6.3 percent economic growth next year, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani said in Jakarta on Wednesday. The minister said that the government assumed the country's rupiah exchange rate against one U.S. dollar was at 9,400 rupiahs and inflation rate at 6.5 percent for 2007.

Posted in Economy @ 22 June 2006 08:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lesson from nature The frantic effort to save thousands of lives from an imminent eruption of Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta may reflect the best disaster management so far in Indonesia since the December 2004 tsunami caused the deaths of more than 130,000 people in Aceh and Nias.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kalla: No need for another fuel hike Concerns that the recent surge in global oil prices could lead to another fuel price hike this year have eased for the moment, after Vice President Jusuf Kalla said the government had no immediate plans to raise fuel prices. "I don't think a fuel price hike is necessary at the moment," Vice President Jusuf Kalla said Monday. "What we have to do now is to use energy more efficiently, fix up our power sector, and think up of other ways to save fuel."

Posted in Economy @ 25 April 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


SBY: Freeport Papua mine closure not an option The Indonesian government won't consider a unilateral closure of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.'s (FCS) massive Grasberg mine in Papua despite allegations of poor environmental management at the facility, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Monday.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 17 April 2006 10:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 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


Freeport mine production halted for third day Production at a mine operated by PT Freeport Indonesia, a unit of Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc, remained suspended for a third day as negotiations with protesters staging a blockade pushed on, police said. The stand-off began late Tuesday after security forces attempted to evict small-scale miners who were looking for gold in the waste deposits from the massive Freeport-McMoRan mine in a remote Papua province, claiming they were acting illegally.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 24 February 2006 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Cirebon to close sand mines Regent Dedi Supardi on Thursday promised to put an end to all sand mining activities, which some have blamed for exacerbating recent flooding in the regency. He said, however, the closures would be done in stages. "We've closed illegal sand mining operations, but in the meantime, those which have permits will be closed down in stages, when their operating permits expire. But we'll close all C-type mining (for sand and building materials) by September at the latest," Dedi said.

Posted in General @ 17 February 2006 07:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to withdraw last troops from Aceh on 29th December Indonesia will pull out the last of its special forces from Aceh on Dec. 29 after rebels surrendered their last weapons this week, marking an end to a conflict that has claimed 15,000 lives in the tsunami-devastated province. The fourth and last phase of relocation started on Dec. 20 with 1,621 "non-organic'' military troops withdrawing from Lhokseumawe port, northeast of the provincial capital Banda Aceh, said the Aceh Monitoring Mission, which monitors the implementation of the peace agreement between the government and the Free Aceh Movement rebel group.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 24 December 2005 10:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Papua residents told not to celebrate 'independence day' Papua Governor JP Solossa on Wednesday told residents not to celebrate the self-declared independence anniversary of Papua on Dec. 1. "All residents should go about their day as usual. Do not be provoked by groups that are planning to commemorate Papua's 'independence'," Solossa said. He was speaking after the West Papua Liberation Front announced plans to mark the 43rd anniversary of Papua's self-declared independence with a prayer service.

Posted in Human rights @ 01 December 2005 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh rebels begin surrendering weapons Dozens of rebels from the Free Aceh Movement, or GAM, came to the regional capital of Banda Aceh Thursday to hand in a total of 78 weapons to international monitors from the European Union and Asian nations. Scores of GAM fighters rode onto a football field, and watched under the scorching sun, as their leaders handed over weapon after weapon to members of the Aceh Monitoring Mission.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 16 September 2005 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Oil smuggling losses IDR8.8 tln annually Indonesia suffers annual revenue losses of IDR8.8 trillion due to illegal oil exports, National Police Chief Sutanto said Thursday. Sutanto said a total of 105 metric tons of crude oil and oil products are smuggled out of Indonesia every month to countries including China and Thailand.

Posted in Economy @ 09 September 2005 13:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to replace Pertamina directors Indonesia plans to replace directors of the state oil company after PT Pertamina's president director Widya Purnama rejected a government-brokered agreement to end a dispute with Exxon Mobil Corp over an oil field. State Enterprises Minister Sugiharto will decide on the new board to take office after the next shareholders' meeting, vice-president Jusuf Kalla told reporters in Jakarta, without saying when the meeting is or giving a reason for removing the board.

Posted in Economy @ 13 August 2005 10:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to cut number of state enterprises in five years State Minister of State Enterprises Sugiarto expects to "shrink" the country's portfolio of state-owned businesses by about half in the next four to five years. The portfolio includes 158 companies with total assets of $150 billion, he said. They generate $50 billion in revenue and have profit of between $3.5 billion and $4 billion. These companies will be reduced to between 70 and 85, he said.

Posted in Economy @ 12 August 2005 20:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


ConocoPhillips wins exploration rights in Indonesia ConocoPhillips, the largest U.S. oil refiner, won the right to explore and develop a field in Indonesia, Southeast Asia's biggest oil producer. ConocoPhillips secured the contract to develop the Amborit VI block off the coast of Papua, Novian M. Thaib, director of exploration and production at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, told reporters in Jakarta today. The government named winners of nine exploration blocks today, which included a unit of PT Energi Mega Persada.

Posted in General @ 04 August 2005 12:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PLN: Severe power shortages likely in Bali, Java by October Electric power reserves in Java and Bali are expected to reach a critical point during the dry season which is estimated to begin in October, a PLN (state electricity company) official said. "Power reserves during that time are expected to drop to around 120 Megawatt while the safe level is 600 MW," PLN General Manager for Java and Bali distribution Muljo Adji said here Tuesday.

Posted in Power supply @ 27 July 2005 18:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Peace deal raises doubts, hopes in Aceh People in Aceh reacted cautiously on Monday to a deal aimed at ending 30 years of civil war in the Indonesian province that was more devastated by the Dec. 26 tsunami than any other place.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 18 July 2005 18:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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