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Fuel prices lowered, again Indonesians will enjoy lower fuel, cooking gas and cement prices next week, yet prices of other goods and services may not immediately follow suit as business struggle with a weakening currency and high distribution costs.

Posted in Economy @ 17 January 2015 01:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian inflation in 2014 down slightly to 8.36% Indonesia succeeded in controlling its inflation down to 8.36 percent in 2014 despite recent cut in subsidies on energy.

Posted in Economy @ 02 January 2015 11:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


28.3 million Indonesians live in poverty More than 28.28 million Indonesian people live in poverty as of March 2014 compared to 28.17 million in the same period last year, according to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS). "It was the result of a shift in the number of people working in the agricultural sector due to the impact of climate change, which had led to belated harvest," BPS Chief Suryamin said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 01 July 2014 22:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK proposes travel ban on five people over e-KTP case The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) proposed an overseas travel ban on five people to facilitate investigation into the alleged corruption case related to the procurement of electronic identification cards (e-KTP) at the home affairs ministry.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 26 April 2014 00:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK starts questioning witnesses in e-KTP case The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Friday started questioning witnesses in the alleged graft case related to the procurement of electronic identification cards (e-KTP) at the Home Affairs Ministry.

Posted in Corruption @ 25 April 2014 17:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft body seizes documents from Home Ministry The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) seized several electronic documents while searching the offices of the home affairs ministry and private company to probe the alleged corruption charges in procuring electronic identification cards (e-KTP) on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 April 2014 15:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Number of chinese visitors to North Sumatra increases The number of Chinese visitors to North Sumatra in the first two months of this year rose 2.63 percent on year to 1,055.

Posted in Tourism @ 06 April 2014 21:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More than 4.8 million tourists visit Indonesia until July More than 4,872,260 foreign tourists visited Indonesia in the first seven months of this year, up 6.4 percent from the same period last year, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 September 2013 00:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indoensia's inflation may reach 9 percent Indonesia's inflation may jump to 9 percent this year under the impact of the recent rise in the prices of subsidized fuel oils, World Bank economist Ndiame Diop has predicted. "The higher fuel prices will first have a greater impact on the inflation rate by increasing average annual inflation rate in 2013," he said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 02 July 2013 17:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Are Australians bored with Bali? Quoting extensively from a Report in Bali Update, Clive Dorman, a leading travel journalist writing for the Sydney Morning Herald asks “Are Australian Bored with Bali?”

Posted in Travel @ 25 March 2013 08:01 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


Unemployment among university graduates increasing Indonesian Manpower Minister Muhaimin Iskandar has expressed concern due to the increasing number of unemployed university graduates in the country.

Posted in Economy @ 01 December 2012 20:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia`s military spending at 0.7 pct of GDP Indonesia`s military spending is still very small recorded at only 0.7 percent of its gross domestic product or far below that of other countries in the world, Vice President Boediono said.

Posted in Military @ 07 November 2012 16:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian legislator opposes import of Israel fruits A legislator has strongly criticized the importation of dates and shantang oranges fruits from Israel, saying the income from such trade aids Israel`s continued occupation of Palestine.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 09 August 2012 21:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


Pre-election violence hits district in Indonesia's Papua Supporters of rival political candidates have clashed in Indonesia's restive Papua province this week, just days ahead of district elections, the Jakarta Globe reported on Thursday.

Posted in Violence @ 17 February 2012 04:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Poverty rate down to 11,7 percent in 2013' The government will lower the poverty rate from 12.36 percent in 2011 to 11.7 percent this year, Coordinating Minister for People`s Welfare Agung Laksono said. "It is expected the rate will drop to 11.7 by March 2013 and to achieve the target all parties need to work hard," he said in his new year speech here on Wednesday.

Posted in Economy @ 05 January 2012 05:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 654,000 tourists visit Indonesia in November 2011 More than 654.900 foreign tourists visited Indonesia in November 2011, up 13.28 percent from 578.200 in November 2010, the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) said. Compared to October 2011, the number of tourist arrivals in November 2011 fell slightly by 0.16 percent, acting BPS chief Suryamin said here on Monday.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 January 2012 05:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia upbeat over its tourism target Indonesia will most probably achieve its tourism target this year considering that it attracted 4.3 million foreign tourists during the January-July period. In the coming five months, Indonesia has to record the arrival of another 3.4 million foreign tourists in order to meet its target of 7.7 million in 2011.

Posted in Tourism @ 08 September 2011 11:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia's trade surplus declines third straight month Indonesia's exports reached $16.52 billion and imports reached $14.89 in April, resulting in a surplus of $1.53 billion, the country's Central Statistics Agency (BPS) said Thursday.

Posted in Economy @ 03 June 2011 00:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


China-Indonesia trade could reach $50 billion this year Bilateral trade between China and Indonesia is expected to reach $50 billion this year, in the non-oil/non-gas sector, officials said Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 14 May 2011 02:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia's exports decrease 14 percent in January Indonesia's exports dropped 14 percent in the month of January, the country's Central Statistics Agency (BPS) said Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 02 March 2011 04:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ten new hotels in Jakarta this year Jakarta can expect to see 10 new hotels opening this year, ranging from one-star to five-star establishments, all of which are currently under construction, the Jakarta Hotels and Restaurants Association says.

Posted in Travel @ 25 February 2011 07:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Bali targeting 2.7 million foreign tourists in 2011 Bali is targeting total foreign tourist arrivals of between 2.6 - 2.8 million for 2011. The chief of the Bali office of the National Board of Statistics (BPS), Gede Suarsa, told Bali Post, "that target is higher that the 2.57 million foreign visitors achieved in 2010, a number that surpassed the stated target of 2 to 2.3 million."

Posted in Tourism @ 08 February 2011 02:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia exports over 2010 reached new record The head of the Indonesian Bureau of Statistics BPS, Rusman Heriawan, has said that the exports from Indonesia over 2010 reached a record high. A total of 157.73 billion dollar worth of goods and services was exported to most countries in the world. December gained the number one monthly export with 16,8 billion dollar in exports.

Posted in Economy @ 03 February 2011 13:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Statistics: AIDS in Indonesia Incidence, prevalence rates, and other statistics on AIDS in Indonesia, with Papua province being the worst affected. Figures are as provided by the Department of Health up to June 30th 2010.

Posted in Health @ 03 December 2010 02:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BPS: Indonesia added 2.7 million jobs in 12 months Employment in Indonesia topped 116.5 million in August, up 2.7 million from the same period last year, according to recently released Central Statistics Agency (BPS) data. BPS chairman Rusman Heriawan said that the unemployment rate was 7.14 percent in August, down from 7.87 percent in August 2009.

Posted in Economy @ 01 December 2010 10:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


51% of teenagers has sex before marriage The Population and Family Planning Agency BKKBN has released the results of a large survey held in several locations in the country. Statistics show that 51 percent of the teenagers in Jabodetabek (Greater Jakarta) has sex before marriage. The survey gave similar results in other areas of the country as well.

Posted in Health @ 28 November 2010 08:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia: More than 7 million visitors for 2010 Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, has stated he remains optimistic that national tourism arrivals for 2010 will surpass the declared target of 7 million. "I an convinced and optimistic that the target of 7 million foreign tourists will not only be achieved but also surpassed," said Wacik and quoted in Bisnis Bali.

Posted in Tourism @ 12 October 2010 05:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians now 66% of all Bali tourists The Bali tourism service is targeting four million domestic tourist visitors for the whole of 2010, based on statistics showing two million domestic holidaymakers came to Bali in the first six months of the year.

Posted in Tourism @ 26 September 2010 11:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia’s population reaches 238 million Indonesia has a total population of more than 238 million, according to the latest census data recorded by the Central Statistics Agency (BPS). "The final figure is in the process of counting. It is more than 238 million," BPS head Rusman Heryawan said after a meeting at the Vice Presidential palace Friday.

Posted in General @ 10 July 2010 05:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More tourists that have shorter stays The length of stay for foreign tourist visiting Indonesia declined 10.33% in May 2010, becoming 1.91 days as compared to 2.13 days in May 2009. Downturns in the length of stay were recorded in Jakarta, Central Java, North Sulawesi, East Kalimantan, Riau, Lampung, Jambi and Bali.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 July 2010 09:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt cuts prison terms of 727 inmates on Waisak In observance of the Buddha’s Day of Enlightenment, or Waisak, the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights awarded on Friday remission to 727 inmates across the country. The ministry’s director of registration and statistics Rachmat Prio Sutardjo said 11 inmates would walk free as the remission resulted in completion of their jail terms.

Posted in Crime @ 29 May 2010 04:00 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


Agriculture expansion plan under fire The Indonesian government's plan to develop a food estate in Papua has come in for heavy criticism for potentially marginalizing small farmers and threatening the environment. The government hopes the 1.6 million hectare Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate in Merauke District will turn Indonesia into one of the world's biggest food producers.

Posted in Environment @ 01 April 2010 16:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


Internet facilitates illegal kidney trade in Indonesia Thomas, 30, said mounting debt forced him to take the desperate step of selling a kidney on the internet for 300 million rupiah (25.000 euro). "I have to take my chances because that's the only way I can get the money to pay off my debt," Thomas, who declined to give his surname, told.

Posted in Health @ 12 January 2010 02:12 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


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


Indonesian tourism arrivals up 1.69% National tourism arrivals increased 1.69% during the first six months of 2009, totaling 2.41 million. Bisnis.com quotes Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, who points to the latest arrival statistics as proof that the world financial crisis is having minimum impact on the national tourism sector. Speaking in Bandung, West Java, Wacik said, "the graph showing this increase is gladdening because it happens in the middle of a crisis while visitors to several other tourism destinations have decreased."

Posted in Tourism @ 10 July 2009 08:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Agency: Poverty rate in Indonesia drops compared to last year Indonesia's poverty rate dropped 1.3 percentage point this year from 15.4 per cent last year owing to stable inflation and higher wages, the national bureau of statistics said Wednesday. According to a survey conducted in March, 32.5 million Indonesians live under the poverty line, or 14.15 per cent of the country's population, the bureau said.

Posted in Economy @ 02 July 2009 04:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesian exports down 23 percent in April Indonesian exports in April fell 22.5 per cent from the same month a year ago to 8.46 billion dollars, the Central Bureau of Statistics said Monday. Indonesia, South-East Asia's largest economy, had a trade surplus of 2.08 billion dollars in April because its imports dropped 45 per cent to 6.38 billion dollars, the bureau said.

Posted in Economy @ 02 June 2009 08:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


92 bodies found in debris of Jakarta dam burst disaster The number of victims after the Situ Gintung dam burst in Ciputat, a southern suburb of the Indonesian capital Jakarta in Tangerang keeps going up. At 21:45 local time last night the number of casualties had reached 92.

Posted in Accidents @ 29 March 2009 03:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian exports mark biggest drop in 22 years Indonesia's exports fell 36 percent in January from a year ago, the biggest drop since 1986, amid plunging demand for the country's vast natural resources and manufactured goods, the statistic's agency reported Monday. The downward trend - which began in October - was in line with declines in exports from other nations across Asia.

Posted in Economy @ 03 March 2009 11:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's per capita income up 24% in 2008 Indonesia's per capita income rose 24 per cent to US$2,271 in 2008 from US$1,942 in 2007 with Gross Domestic Product at Rp4,954 trillion (US$450 billion) based on current prices. Last year, the country's GDP based on constant prices of 2000 reached Rp2,082.1 trillion, head of the central bureau of Statistics Rusman Heriawan said.

Posted in Economy @ 17 February 2009 05:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia exports in October down 11.6 percent Indonesia`s exports in October 2008 dropped 11.61 percent to US$10.81 billion, according to the country`s Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS). BPS chief Rusman Heriawan said here on Monday Indonesia`s oil and gas exports dropped most drastically by 25.72 percent to US$1,808 million while non-oil and gas exports slid 8.10 percent to US$9 million from the month before.

Posted in Economy @ 02 December 2008 13:22 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


June inflation 2.46 percent, year-on-year hits 11 percent As was expected before, the inflation rate in Indonesia was higher in June than in the month of May 2008. The inflation reached 2.46 percent, where it only was 1.41 percent in May. The numbers were released by Ali Rosidi, a member of the State Statistics Agency BPS, at a meeting with the press.

Posted in Economy @ 02 July 2008 04:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Need for fuel does not decline with higher prices For most Indonesians it came as unexpected as ever. With a shortage of foreign news, strictly regulated by the Indonesian government, it was not in the line of expectations of the average man in the street that fuel prices might just be hiked with one third all of a sudden. However almost the entire population of this planet knows what the current market price of a barrel of crude oil is - somewhere about 130 US dollar - Indonesia assumed that everything was fine. Use of fuel would decrease, prices would come down and nationwide production was to rise as well.

Posted in General @ 31 May 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 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


Rising food prices raise security concerns in Indonesia The soaring cost of rice and other basic food in Asia has raised security concerns across many Asian countries. In Indonesia, the high cost of staple foods is hurting the poor and raising fears of social unrest.

Posted in Economy @ 20 March 2008 05:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Earthquake shakes town of Sorong An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 on the Richter Scale shook the town of Sorong in western Papua earlier today. According to information from the Meteorology and Geophysics Office the earthquake that took place at 12:12 local time (GMT+9), was located at 78 kilometers southeast of the town of Sorong.

Posted in Earthquake @ 07 January 2008 14:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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


Agency: 'Eruption of Mount Kelut imminent' Indonesia is warning that one of it's most active volcanoes may now erupt at any time. The alert status for the volcano is at the highest level at the moment. "An eruption is imminent" stated the website of the Volcanological Survey of Indonesia. Officials have now ordered the evacuation of some 30,000 people living within the danger zones on the slopes of the 1,731-meter volcano in eastern Java.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 October 2007 07:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands homeless after earthquakes strike West Sumatra A number of earthquakes that struck the area west of Padang and Bengkulu in the last two days has caused at least ten deaths, two in the city of Bengkulu, five in Mukomuko district and three in North Bengkulu district. The death toll was lower than first feared after it became clear that the earthquakes were not as destructive on land as first thought. Also there was no tsunami, however there were tsunami-alerts issued three times during the series of earthquakes.

Posted in Earthquake @ 14 September 2007 02:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu spread from humans to humans in 2006 In the first systematic, statistical analysis of its kind, infectious-disease-modeling experts at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center confirm that the avian influenza A (H5N1) virus in 2006 spread between a small number of people within a family in Indonesia. The findings, by biostatistician Ira M. Longini Jr., Ph.D., and colleagues, will be published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Posted in Health @ 29 August 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesian economy grows fastest in more than 2 years Indonesia's economy grew at the fastest rate for over two years in the second quarter as exports rose and lower interest rates helped fuel spending and investment. The largest economy of Southeast Asia expanded 6.3 percent in the three months ending at 30 June after gaining 6.0 percent in the first quarter of the year, according to the Central Statistics Bureau BPS. Economists had expected a growth of 6.1 percent.

Posted in Economy @ 15 August 2007 12:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


March poverty rate 16.58 pct vs 17.75 pct in March 2006 The poverty rate in Indonesia as a percentage of the total population dropped to 16.58 percent in March this year, compared to 17.75 percent in March 2006. This is announced by Arizal Ahnaf, deputy chairman of the Central Bureau of Statistics BPS. He told at a press conference that the number of people living below the poverty line declined from 39.3 million last year to 37.2 million in March this year.

Posted in General @ 02 July 2007 15:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lower inflation in May 2007 Year-on-year inflation in Indonesia for the month of May is likely to be lower than the month before as prices of most basic goods were steady, according to the senior deputy governor of Bank Indonesia, the central bank on Thursday. The consumer price index was down 0.16 percent in April from March but was up 6.29 percent year-on-year.

Posted in Economy @ 01 June 2007 09:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 18 million micro-businesses in Indonesia Indonesia has almost 19 million micro-businesses which are good for a total of 83.2 percent of the total number of enterprises in Indonesia. This is the conclusion of a census conducted by the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) held in 2006. There were almost 3.6 million small businesses (15.8 percent), 153,000 medium-scale businesses (0.7 percent) and just over 44.000 large businesses (0.2 percent) according to Nursinah Amal Urai, a director at BPS.

Posted in Economy @ 06 May 2007 10:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More foreign tourists visit Indonesia The number of foreign tourists arriving in Indonesia in the first quarter of 2007 was recorded at just over one million. That is a rise of over 14 percent from the same period last year when the figure stood at 877,000. The number of foreign tourists visiting Indonesia in March 2007 was 361,800 - an increase by more than 15 percent from March last year, told chairman Rusman Heriawan from the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) earlier today.

Posted in Tourism @ 01 May 2007 16:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia seen as worlds biggest ecstasy producer The national police in Indonesia said that the country is the worlds biggest producer of ecstasy, a synthetic, mind-altering drug with hallucinogenic properties. Antara news agency reported this yesterday based on findings from data collected by the national police's criminal investigation department.

Posted in Drugs @ 13 April 2007 02:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


January-February tourist arrivals up 13.5% compared to last year The Indonesian-language Bisnis Indonesia reports that foreign tourist arrivals via the Nation's 15 main international gateways increased 13.59% totaling 639,900 during the first two months of 2007. Arrivals during the same period in 2006 achieved 563,499. Meanwhile, as reported on balidiscovery.com, Bali's aggregate arrivals for January and February 2007 totaled 227,779 - a 47.73% increase over the same period in 2006(154,151).

Posted in Tourism @ 08 April 2007 07:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Almost 10 million bank accounts closed in three months Around 9.7 million bank accounts have been closed or emptied in the last three months according to the National Development Agenc (Bappenas). This raises alarm bells in the country's banking sector and the entire economy. The data, which was compiled by the Deposit Insurance Agency (LPS), referred mosty to accounts with deposits of less than Rp 100 million (8,333 euro).

Posted in Economy @ 24 March 2007 14:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Number of foreign tourists to Indonesia down 4.60 % The number of foreign tourists visiting Indonesia between January and November 2006 dropped by 4.60 percent compared to that in the same period of the previous year, head of the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) Rusman Heriawan said. Foreign tourists visiting Indonesia through 13 gates between January and November, 2006, numbered 3,59 million or decreased by 4.60 percent compared to 3.76 million in 2005, Rusman said here Tuesday.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 January 2007 03:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Inflation plunges to 6.6 pct in 2006 Indonesia's inflation rate in 2006 plunged to 6.60 per cent from 17.11 per cent a year earlier, the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) said. Inflation in December 2006 reached 1.21 per cent with the food stuff group contributing the highest inflation data of 3.12 per cent to the monthly figure, BPS chief Rusman Heriawan said here Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 03 January 2007 12:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia central bank cuts key rate to 14-month low Indonesia's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate to a 14-month low, the seventh reduction since May, to help revive consumer spending and boost investment. Bank Indonesia Governor Burhanuddin Abdullah and his fellow policy makers reduced the rate used as a reference for bill sales by half a percentage point to 9.75 percent, a move predicted by 16 of 21 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News, and indicated further cuts are likely next year.

Posted in Economy @ 08 December 2006 03:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia considering widening polygamy ban after popular preacher takes second wife Indonesia is considering banning ministers, lawmakers and other government officials from practicing polygamy after the country's most popular Islamic preacher took a second wife, sparking renewed debate about the practice. There are no plans to outlaw polygamy all together in the world's most populous Muslim nation. Currently, men are only allowed to have a second wife if his first is an invalid, terminally ill or infertile. The regulation, however, is rarely enforced and most commentators say the practice is becoming more common.

Posted in Politics @ 07 December 2006 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Indonesia's inflation in November 5.27 % Indonesia`s inflation in November 2006 fell to 0.34 percent from 0.86 percent a month earlier, bringing the calendar year inflation to 5.32 percent and year-on-year inflation to 5.27 percent. The year-on-year inflation in November was lower than in October when it stood at 6.29 percent, the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) said on Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 02 December 2006 04:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


RI enjoyed $32 billion trade surplus until October Indonesia saw a surplus of US$32 billion in its foreign trade in the January-October 2006 period, the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) said on Friday. Over the period the country earned US$82.21 billion from exports, while its imports stood at US$50.21 billion, the BPS said.

Posted in Economy @ 02 December 2006 04:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Steel smuggled into Indonesia reaches US$1 bln per year About one billion US dollar worth of steel products which could have been produced at home is smuggled into Indonesia annually, Director General for Metal Textile Machine Industry Anshari Bukhari said in Bogor, West Java, on Sunday. He said that the government learnt the illegal import of steel after they saw the difference of data on the import of steel at the Central Burea of Statistics (BPS) and on export of the products to Indonesia by producing countries.

Posted in Economy @ 26 November 2006 09:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Shocking climate impact of wetland destruction in Indonesia Wetlands International and Delft Hydraulics present shocking information on climate change caused by wetland destruction in Indonesia. Huge areas of wet peatland forests are drained and logged. Drainage starts a rapid process of decomposition, made worse by annual peat fires that last for months. Together they contribute large amounts of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. Recently calculated emissions of greenhouse gases unexpectedly reveal that Indonesia has the third largest emissions of the world.

Posted in Environment @ 04 November 2006 04:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Police kill one in Papua as mob attacks over govt aid fter being denied government assistance, dozens of Papuans went on a rampage Friday, burning government offices and clashing with police officers. Police opened fire on the mob after they set fire to a post office and the Puncak Jaya regency council building in Mulia city at about 1 p.m. One person was killed and four others injured. The deceased has been identified as Lirius Tabuni.

Posted in Violence @ 15 October 2006 11:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


Outbreak of killer virus 'ignored' If statistics are anything to go by, Umar bin Aup should be dead. Seven weeks ago in his village, Rancasalak on the south-western coast of Java, dozens of hens including some of his family's 14 birds started dying for reasons no one could explain. Then, in early August, after hundreds of fowl had succumbed and at least three people in the area had died in mysterious circumstances, Umar, 16, came down with a fever. 'A day later, I was finding it hard to breathe and then I started vomiting,' he told The Observer as he convalesced at home surrounded by his nine siblings. 'I hadn't been sick for three years so it was a surprise to me.'

Posted in Bird Flu @ 26 August 2006 14:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WHO confirms 60th bird flu case, urges sequence sharing The World Health Organization on Wednesday confirmed the 60th case of human infection with the H5N1 strain of bird flu after a 6-year-old girl was tested positive of having the virus. In a statement, the WHO said the girl from Bekasi in West Java Province developed symptoms on Aug. 6 and was hospitalized on Aug. 11. ''She remains hospitalized but is recovering. The source of her infection is currently under investigation,'' the statement said as reported by Kyodo.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 24 August 2006 13:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali foreseeing an end to tourists' fears Hotels are opening, a new condominium hotel and elite villa projects are enticing buyers and a new selection of chapels is available to couples who want an island wedding surrounded by bright blue seas. That is how Bali always wants it to be. But growth in the commercial property segment has been slow and painful, coming against the backdrop of two tragedies: the bombing in October 2002 that killed 202 people, mostly Australian tourists, and a second one in October 2005 that killed 26.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 July 2006 15:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia inflation edges up in May Indonesia’s annual inflation rate edged up in May on higher food prices and a weaker rupiah, underlining expectations that the central bank will hold off lowering interest rates at a policy review next week.

Posted in Economy @ 02 June 2006 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


Bank Indonesia may raise rates depending on inflation Indonesia's central bank will maintain a "tight-biased" monetary policy in the coming months which means its key interest rate may remain at 12.75 percent or be increased, Governor Burhanuddin Abdullah said. Bank Indonesia on Feb. 7 left its key policy rate unchanged for a second month to stem a slowdown in economic growth.

Posted in Economy @ 15 February 2006 09:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Post-tsunami baby boom on the horizon Giggling women swarm outside a little gray tent in Block D of a sprawling refugee camp. The attraction is one tiny miracle — 2-month-old Asmaul Tzuchina, swaying peacefully in a cloth hammock. The baby simply known as Tzuchi, which means “pure” in Acehnese, represents new life and hope for the women who lost children to the earthquake-spawned tsunami nearly a year ago.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 December 2005 12:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali Oct tourist arrivals fall 48.4 pct vs Sept after blasts Foreign tourist arrivals to Bali fell 48.4 pct in October compared to the preceding month in the wake of suicide bombings there, official figures showed. The number of foreign visitors to Bali in October stood at 86,800, down from September's 168,200, according to figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics. 'The drop is directly related to the Bali bombings II on Oct 1, 2005,' the bureau said in a release posted on its website.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 December 2005 10:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


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

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


Violence mars fuel cash aid distribution Hundreds of people attacked and vandalized local government offices on Tuesday in West Lombok and Tangerang, signaling that public frustration is growing over the messy distribution of fuel compensation money across the archipelago. Tuesday's incidents were the latest in a series of violent incidents across the nation since the government started disbursing cash aid to the poor to offset the impact of the fuel price hikes on Oct. 1.

Posted in General @ 19 October 2005 07:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Inflation rate at 33-month high in September Indonesia's inflation accelerated at its fastest pace in 33 months in September, adding to expectations the central bank will raise interest rates again to curb the price pressures expected from the government's Oct. 1 fuel cost increase.

Posted in Economy @ 03 October 2005 10:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Short news around fuel price hikes Thousands of students, workers, activists and farmers took to the streets across the country on Thursday to protest the plan to raise fuel prices by up to 80 percent, while motorists queued up at gas stations before the new prices take effect.

Posted in General @ 30 September 2005 09:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


15.000 posts at the indahnesia.com forum In the last couple of hours, the 15.000th post was posted at the indahnesia.com forum. With over 1.300 members contributing to this fact, this forum is becoming larger and larger every month. Recent statistics show that more people has subscribed to the forum in the last couple of months than ever before. "With 15.000 posts the forum is getting a decent one, but of course it's still a small one compared to the many specialized forums concerning (mainly) Bali", Jeroen, webmaster of indahnesia.com told.

Posted in General @ 31 May 2005 08:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia reduces possible tsunami death toll Indonesia has drastically reduced the possible death toll from the December 26 tsunami, removing more than 50,000 from its total number of people listed as missing. A statement released by Indonesia's welfare ministry's disaster management centre said the number of people believed missing was now 37,063, compared to the last reported figure of 93,458.

Posted in Earthquake @ 07 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia 2004 GDP +5.1%, fundamentals improve Indonesia's economy grew 5.1% in 2004 from a year earlier due to improved growth in investment and exports, the Central Statistics Bureau said Wednesday. The growth rate beat both government and analysts' predictions, suggesting the economy is on track to reach the government's 5.5% growth target this year. In the last quarter of 2004, the economy expanded 6.7% on year, although it contracted 1.6% from the July-September period due to shorter working days, the bureau said.

Posted in Economy @ 16 February 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's economy grew 6.7% in 4th quarter Indonesia's economy expanded at its fastest pace in at least four years in the fourth quarter as the cheapest credit since 1998 spurred consumers to increase spending on goods including cars, motorcycles and mobile phones. Southeast Asia's largest economy grew 6.7 percent in the three months ended Dec. 31 from a year earlier, the statistics office said in Jakarta. The economy expanded 5.1 percent last year, the most since 1996.

Posted in Economy @ 16 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta airport operator to open budget terminal Domestic terminals at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Cengkareng, west of Jakarta, may soon be able to share the burden of ever-increasing passengers, with a new terminal to be built especially for low-cost carriers. Airport administrator PT Angkasa Pura II plans to renovate its haj terminal this year into a budget-airlines terminal, said the company's public relations manager, M. Wasfan, on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 03 February 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia raises tsunami death toll to 166,320 Indonesia's Health Ministry raised the country's death toll from the Dec. 26 tsunami to 166,320 Wednesday, pushing the total number of people killed in the disaster around the region above 225,000. A Health Ministry statement said the new figure was based on the latest reports from the provinces of Aceh and North Sumatra, which were directly in the path of the killer tsunami spawned by a magnitude 9 earthquake the day after Christmas.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's foreign investment falls 11 percent Indonesia's foreign direct investment (FDI) fell 11 percent to 8.85 billion USD in the first 10 months of this year compared to 9.94 billion USD in the same period last year, according to statistics from the Indonesia Investment Coordination Committee (BKPM). Of 969 FDI projects licensed in the reviewed period, 357 were in trade and maintenance services, 70 in metallurgy, machinery and electronics, 61 in hotels and restaurants, 44 in communications and household utilities, and 164 in other services. The projects generated jobs for more than 143,000 people, including 4,114 foreign workers.

Posted in Economy @ 11 November 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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