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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


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


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


'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


Finance minister: 'People must pay taxes' Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo has stated that people must pay taxes, as regulated by the law, for the benefit of the state.

Posted in General @ 17 September 2012 23:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former senior tax official named suspect in graft case The Attorney General`s Office has named a former secretary of the directorate general of taxes as a new suspect in an alleged graft case in connection with procurement of information technology system at the directorate.

Posted in Corruption @ 01 May 2012 00:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal Bali villa's front for illegal foreign workers? Bagus Sudibya, a Bali tourism entrepreneur and the Honorary Consul for South Africa in Bali, told Bisnis Bali on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, that there are many expatriates in Bali operating illegal villas. He has called on the government to increase the scrutiny of those foreigner involved in operating illegal accommodation services.

Posted in Crime @ 09 April 2012 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six years jail for corrupt former tax official Gayus Former tax official Gayus Tambunan was sentenced to six years in jail and fined Rp1 billion for corruption and money laundering on Thursday. The chairman of a panel of judges at the Corruption Court here, Suhartoyo, said Gayus had validly been proven guilty of corruption in several cases.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 March 2012 02:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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


Construction of Jakarta light rail to kick off soon? Where most metropolis in the world - inclusive of those in virtually all third-world-countries - already are 'equipped' with at least one form of mass rapid transit, Indonesia has do do it the railroad tracks that were laid down during the Dutch colonial period and buses that were put on the road for the first time when Suharto just became president.

Posted in Economy @ 27 March 2011 07:37 CET by Jeroen · 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


The need for good paperwork in Bali The Bali Post reports that the regional government of Gianyar and local enforcement officials have affixed a closure notice (segel) at the entrance to the Hanging Garden Luxury Resort & Spa located in Payangan, Ubud. The notice, which could effectively close the 38-villa property in two months, was posted on Thursday, March 10, 2011.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 March 2011 02:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Theaters may stop screening imported films The uncertainty over the future of imported films in the country could cost filmgoers a chance to enjoy Academy Award nominated films such as Natalie Portman’s Black Swan, James Franco’s 127 Hours and Jeff Bridges’ True Grit on the big screen.

Posted in Culture @ 20 February 2011 03:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fly to Hong Kong, Kuching and Riyadh! Ticket website ticketindonesia.info has added three new destinations on ticketindonesia.info. You can now fly from and to Hong Kong from Jakarta with Lion Air and AirAsia, and AirAsia also flies from Medan to Hong Kong. Kuching (Malaysia) has a direct flight to Pontianak and Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) can be reached from Jakarta by Batavia Air.

Posted in Travel @ 16 February 2011 06:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Actual ticket prices on ticketindonesia.info After several months of preparations, the website ticketindonesia.info has finally launched it's new website with actual ticket prices. Visitors of the website that are looking for tickets for domestic flights or a regional flight in Southeast Asia will now be presented real prices of tickets as well.

Posted in Travel @ 14 February 2011 11:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bakrie companies not in Gayus company list Three companies under the Bakrie Group are not mentioned in a list of 151 companies the Finance Ministry submitted to the National Police in relation to the Gayus tax corruption case, attorney Hotma Sitompoel says. Hotma Sitompoel is the attorney of corruption convict Gayus H. Tambunan, a former low-level tax officer who was found to have billions of rupiah in his accounts.

Posted in Corruption @ 05 February 2011 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Ignorance feeds cigarette habit among young in Indonesia Indonesia has a higher percentage of young smokers than any other country, but ignorance and a powerful tobacco lobby are making it difficult to stamp out nicotine addiction, say health workers and the government.

Posted in Health @ 19 January 2011 01:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Government moving to check rising food costs In an urgent step to curb inflationary food prices the Indonesian government will abolish value-added taxes and import duties on a number of food products.

Posted in Economy @ 12 January 2011 03:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New airline to fly Brisbane to Bali route New international airline Strategic Airlines has announced a new Brisbane to Denpasar, Bali, route, starting in March 2011. Strategic will fly the route every Wednesday and Saturday with a dual-aisle Airbus A330 aircraft featuring 30 business class seats and 243 economy seats.

Posted in Travel @ 11 December 2010 05:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Paying taxes not for Batam Because of the relative closeness of the free world - everything is relative - that is called Singapore, you will find all kind of products on Batam up for the grabs. Of course you should make sure that you are buying the real stuff, but generally spoken you will, but without the hefty import duties Indonesia puts on luxury imported goods.

Posted in Economy @ 17 June 2010 06:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Yudhoyono: 'Strong action needed against tax mafia' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered law enforcement institutions to "seriously" handle alleged mafia practices at the tax office following the finding of dubious money transfers to a tax officer's bank account.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 April 2010 09:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tune Hotels: 'Don't tell lies about our services' Tune Hotels has responded to claims that its pricing strategy for its two Bali properties is threatening the viability of local, Balinese-owned Melati class hotels. Quoted in Bali Post, a member of the Badung House of Representatives alleged that a Tune Hotel in Legian was "of a five star standard" but offering prices as low as Rp. 230,000 (18 euro) a night which compete with locally owned and operated Melati class hotels.

Posted in General @ 02 January 2010 01:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tax rebates for foreign visitors The government will introduce tax incentives for international tourist visitors to Indonesia, effective April 1, 2010. To be put into operation at a number of Indonesia's international airports including Bali, the incentives will offer cash refunds for tax expenditures by tourist against certain pre-set limits.

Posted in Economy @ 27 December 2009 03:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What is 'newcomer' KLM going to do? Although KLM is flying to destinations like Jakarta and Surabaya in Indonesia through a 'detour' - by codeshares with Malaysian and Singapore Airlines for example - they will also fly to Bali with their own blue swans three times a week later this year. This means that three plane loads of Dutchmen can fly to Bali to celebrate their holidays without leaving the Netherlands behind during their long flights.

Posted in Travel @ 15 October 2009 12:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bringing passengers to Padang big business Because there are still many passengers heading for the quake-struck city of Padang in West Sumatra, Mandala has added extra flights from and to the city until the end of the month to accommodate all passengers. Extra flights will be organized between Jakarta - Padang and Batam - Padang. In total some 9.710 chairs will be added with Airbus 320 and Airbus 319 planes.

Posted in Travel @ 12 October 2009 01:53 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


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


Two third of legislators absent at speech president When the president holds a speech in parliament it is normally assumed that most members of parliament do show some interest in at least showing up. Whether they are awake during the speech is another question in this matter. During a speech held by president Yudhoyono earlier, 359 of the 548 members of parliament did not even bother to show up.

Posted in Politics @ 14 August 2009 10:03 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


Survey: 'Police most corrupt institution in Indonesia' Based on a survey held by Transparansi Internasional Indonesia (TII), the Indonesian police is seen as the most corrupt institution in the country. On the other hand the Council of Islamic Scholars (MUI) is seen as least corrupt. The survey was held between September and December 2008. Almost 4.000 people in 50 cities across the country were questioned.

Posted in Corruption @ 21 January 2009 11:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Masked robbers steal three million Rupiah 'money for the poor' Two masked robbers have robbed two houses in the village of Cimaja, in the district of Sukabumi early yesterday morning. Besides stealing two motorbikes, the robbers also took away money that was handed out via the 'Rice for the Poor' scheme (Raskin) and some money that was meant for paying taxes.

Posted in Crime @ 25 November 2008 11:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Taxpayers: register or regret it later The National News Agency Antara warns that the government is preparing in 2009 to impose tax penalties ranging from 20% to 100% on individuals and coporation found not to have an official tax number (NPWP).

Posted in General @ 28 September 2008 06:59 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


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


No more parking mafia! You know them, the ever friendly people who always know where to find that parking space you need. If not on the pavement, in front of an entrance or on a dead-end part of the highway system in Jakarta. There is always place for just one more car, motorbike or bikes, which are folded together near a trash can or tree. No problem at all and we are all happy that we can park at a distance less than ten meters from where we want to go. Nothing wrong with paying a little extra on top of the set prices. Gladly even, because 'better be lazy than tired', is something you have to pay for. Of course we are not talking huge amounts here and for hat few thousand Rupiah's you won't push aside cars yourself, I won't believe that.

Posted in Culture @ 05 July 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 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


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


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


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


RI's natural wealth, a blessing and curse The ongoing discussion about the urgent need to increase the education budget and Vice President Jussuf Kalla's irritation with Indonesian backwardness despite the obvious natural wealth of the country, as reported in this paper on April 5, highlights a problem that is not limited to Indonesia, but harms this country and coincidentally a number of other Muslim countries disproportionally.

Posted in Environment @ 20 April 2006 00:00 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


Mine protesters clash with Papua police Protesters demanding the closure of a U.S.-owned gold mine in Papua clashed with police Wednesday in the second day of violent protests in the province. Two officers were injured after being hit with protesters' arrows, police said. Around 200 protesters fought with police as they tried to march on the Grasberg mine, run by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., Lt. Col. Dedi Junaidi told el-Shinta radio station.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 15 March 2006 08:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia to launch flights to two new Indonesian cities Southeast Asia's top budget carrier AirAsia said Friday it will launch flights to two new destinations in Indonesia this month as part of its regional expansion. Daily services from Kuala Lumpur to Balikpapan in Kalimantan province on Borneo island will begin Dec. 20, to be followed by flights to Solo from Dec. 27, the Malaysian-based carrier said in a statement.

Posted in General @ 03 December 2005 09:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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


Govt to allow Pertamina, PLN to raise fuel, power prices In an attempt to rein in the ballooning fuel subsidy, the government will allow state oil and gas company PT Pertamina and state power firm PT PLN to charge market prices for fuel and power intended for specific uses. The move is expected to help the government cut projected fuel consumption from 59.69 million kiloliters (kl) to 55 million kl, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Purnomo Yusgiantoro said on Monday.

Posted in Economy @ 26 July 2005 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to raise minimum cigarette prices 15%-20% The Indonesian government is raising the minimum ceiling on retail cigarette prices by 15% to 20% starting July 1 to boost revenue and discourage smoking, the Minister of Finance said Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 27 May 2005 13:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fuelling reforms in Indonesia It is the single most unpopular decision any Indonesian president could make, with the potential to trigger immediate political unrest. But the move by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to cut costly fuel subsidies and so push fuel prices up by 30 per cent in a poor nation is also the single most important decision for the recovery of the ailing Indonesian economy. And with half the Indonesian population scraping by on less than $2.50 a day, economic growth - and spending on basic services such as health, education and infrastructure - is the key to social and political stability on Australia's northern doorstep. The former president, Megawati Soekarnoputri, long understood this link, but lacked the political courage to take on the protesters. Yesterday, however, fuel prices did finally rise, despite the unhappy mobs and panic buying at the petrol bowsers.

Posted in Politics @ 01 March 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to reduce taxation on companies Indonesia plans to cut its corporate tax rate starting next year to spur investment and growth, said Aburizal Bakrie, the coordinating minister for economic affairs. The tax rate will be cut to 25 percent from 30 percent over a period of five years, starting with a one percentage-point reduction in 2005, Bakrie said Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 01 December 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia tourism won't benefit from visa policy It is welcoming news to see that our new State Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik is looking at extending the number of countries whose tourists will be eligible for a visa on arrival, albeit a visa that costs US$25 and is only valid for 30 days. Jero says he is undertaking a survey of major entry points to see what needs to be done to improve the performance of Indonesia's queue-up-and-pay visa policy.

Posted in Tourism @ 17 November 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati says 2005 deficit to narrow Indonesia's budget deficit will fall by almost a third, President Megawati Soekarnoputri said, as the fastest economic growth in nine years boosts revenue. The government's deficit next year will probably be 16.9 trillion rupiah ($1.83 billion), or 0.8 percent of gross domestic product, Megawati said in a speech to parliament to present the 2005 draft budget. That is 31 percent less than the 24.4 trillion rupiah projected for this year.

Posted in Economy @ 16 August 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HM Sampoerna 1H Sales IDR8.15T Vs IDR6.99T PT Hanjaya Mandala Sampoerna (HMSP.JK) Monday said its first half sales this year rose 17% on year to 8.15 trillion rupiah (EUR1=IDR11,088), mostly on stronger cigarette sales. Indonesia's second largest cigarette producer's sales rose from IDR6.99 trillion in the first half of 2003, Sampoerna said in a statement. During the first six months of this year, it sold 20.2 billion sticks of cigarettes, up 14% from 17.7 billion a year earlier.

Posted in Economy @ 19 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Airports are fun, not only in Indonesia, but everywhere on the world. After flying to Indonesia several times I have seen the airports of Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Zurich, Singapore, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Jogjakarta, Denpasar, Surabaya and Makassar. Not an impressive number, but it’s still growing longer. However the remote destinations always seem more attractive for me, a local flight in Indonesia, from Makassar to Jogja, with a short stop at Surabaya made me smile while thinking of it just recently. It’s just one of those experiences I should not forget about.

Posted in Travel @ 31 May 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


He has established direct air links with Singapore and is negotiating similar links with Malaysia. And now, the Sultan of Yogyakarta province in central Java wants to change the value system of his bureaucrats to make them more entrepreneurial and understand the needs of foreign investors.

Posted in Travel @ 30 May 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia becomes the puffer's paradise Indonesia has reaffirmed its status as a cigarette manufacturer's and puffer's paradise. Early last month, the Finance Ministry announced a freeze on excise tax hikes on cigarettes for this year in an effort to encourage local cigarette manufacturers to boost their annual production to 200 billion sticks, about 1,000 cigarettes per capita. The policy decision flies in the face of international norms; most governments nowadays urge their populations to smoke less to avoid cigarette-related diseases and unnecessary deaths.

Posted in General @ 04 February 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Public places beef up security after warnings As a bomb expert who once lectured in Yogyakarta remains at large, efforts to beef up security continues at possible targets for terror bombs. Among them are the Kem Chicks market in Kemang, South Jakarta, which is a favorite shopping spot for expatriate Jakartans and their families. "We had tightened security even before the media released the news on possible targets, as most of our guests are foreigners," said the store manager on duty on Friday, who requested anonymity. The source said additional security personnel have been deployed to safeguard the store once the police revealed it as a possible target.

Posted in Terrorism @ 15 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bumps on Indonesia's Tobacco Road Every afternoon at 4:30, the thousands of women who roll clove cigarettes for Hanjaya Mandala Sampoerna file out of the company's three factories here, the pungent aroma of cloves clinging to their uniforms as fast as the company logo. For anyone who has visited Indonesia, nothing evokes memories of the trip like the smell of those cigarettes, the lingering odor of cloves blended with tobacco serving as a sweet, but toxic, national perfume.

Posted in General @ 10 October 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sampoerna launches new clove cigarette brand Indonesia's second largest cigarette maker PT Hanjaya Mandala Sampoerna on Wednesday launched "Sampoerna Exclusive", a new product of clove cigarettes, in a bid to increase sales. Sampoerna said it expects cigarette consumers will be attracted to its new product even though national cigarette sales are on the decline. It didn't reveal a sales target for the new brand, however.

Posted in General @ 04 September 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal logging costing Indonesia dearly Illegal logging is costing Indonesia US$600 million annually, Forestry Ministry Secretary General Wahyudi Wardoyo said after opening the second Asia Forest Partnership (AFP) meeting here. "The loss does not include the ecological destruction of forests and the environment, as well as moral degradation," Wahyudi said on Wednesday, quoting a World Bank report.

Posted in Environment @ 11 July 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sampoerna raises some cigarette prices Indonesia's second largest clove cigarette producer PT HM Sampoerna (P.HMS) raised the prices of several products Monday by between 1.6% and 4.8%, the company said Tuesday. Sampoerna didn't provide an explanation for the increase, but analysts had expected it to raise its cigarette prices after the government late last year increased cigarette excise taxes to boost state revenues.

Posted in General @ 18 March 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati offers tax relief and subsidised rice As the protests against price hikes entered their fifth day yesterday, the Indonesian government moved to give tax relief to businessmen and distribute subsidised rice to the poor. Nearly 10,000 took to the streets in eastern Indonesia, in the largest demonstration yet against rising fuel and utility prices. Business people were also intent on being heard.

Posted in Protests @ 12 January 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Sony pullout plan rocks Indonesia In the past three years Japanese electronics giant Sony has shut down 16 plants across the globe and laid off thousands of its workers. Sony said last month it would stop making audio-visual products at its Indonesian subsidiary, PT Sony Electronics Indonesia, as part of its "overall, global restructuring effort". Indonesian Manpower Minister Jacob Nuwa Wea, however, has publicly threatened to lead a campaign for a boycott of Sony products unless it "explains" the proposed closure of its Indonesian factory.

Posted in Economy @ 07 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia mulls cut in corporate, value-added taxes Faced with the bleak prospect of a continuing decline in foreign direct investments, Indonesia is mulling the possibility of cutting corporate and value-added taxes after its 2004 general election. The move, revealed by Finance Minister Boediono at the World Economic Forum in Kuala Lumpur, is also aimed at improving the government's tax collection base, which is among the lowest in the region.

Posted in Economy @ 09 October 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Papua drops student fees, hikes teacher salaries With new powers under the special autonomy laws, the provincial legislature in Irian Jaya (Papua) has dropped all fees for elementary and high school students as of the 2002/2003 academic year to give children more of an opportunity to receive a quality education. Jerry Haurissa, chief of the local education office, said financial issues had been one of the main problems preventing school-age children from attending school. "With the new policy, all Papuan children aged between six and 18 are expected to go to school in attempt to improve the human resource quality in the province," he told The Jakarta Post here on Tuesday.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 13 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


It's the road from nowhere, but it's surprisingly busy. Mafalda Florindo and Isabella Antonine walk along it, smiling betel-stained grins as they talk about cloth they had just bought for a good price. A little farther, Alicin Soares, a rice grower, maneuvers his truck along the dusty track. His vehicle is filled with people, some of them smoking, and five jerricans of gasoline. Later Antonio Serrano arrives in a van filled with Coke and Fanta, 50 cases in all, to be sold at a tidy profit of $1 a case. He does the trip every day.

Posted in Politics @ 08 August 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soeripto's troubles began after he compiled a report accusing Indonesia's largest timber conglomerate of "under-reporting" the kind of deliberate forest fires that threaten to smother Southeast Asia under another blanket of haze this summer.

Posted in Environment @ 14 May 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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