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[Premium] Country Update: 18 July – 31 July 2019
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Indonesia   Toyota, Softbank Among Big Investors as Jokowi Eyes 6% Annual Growth (19-29 Jul) Indonesia’s economic growth rate could reach an average of 6% per annum if President Joko Widodo “Jokowi” can attract more investment, according to a proposal from the Planning Ministry. The projected rate...

[Premium] Country Update: 4 July – 17 July 2019
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Indonesia   Jokowi Prepares for New Cabinet (4 – 17 Jul)  Second-term President Joko Widodo “Jokowi” has started reshaping his cabinet lineup behind closed doors. Tempo.co, quoting officials such as Indonesian Employers Association Deputy Shinta Kamdani, suggested that GoJek CEO Nadiem Makarim could be among those considered for...

The Impact of Fake News and Disinformation on Indonesian Politics
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Political utilisation of fake news is on the rise in Indonesia, and featured prominently during the recent election. These stories not only worsened divides, but also fuelled post-election riots in Jakarta. What role did fake news and disinformation play in the election, and what are...

[Premium] Country Update: 20 June – 3 July 2019
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Indonesia   Tax Cuts and other Measures Mooted to Spur Investment and Unicorns (19, 26 Jun)  Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati announced on Wednesday, 19 June that the Indonesian government is aiming to cut the corporate tax rate from 25% to 20% to spur investment. Indonesia, which has...

The Impact of Fake News and Disinformation on Indonesian Politics
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The spread of fake news is an online fixture with real implications, as Indonesia has recently experienced. Stories that pandered to nationalism and religious conservatism had simmered in the country for years, bubbling over in instances such as the 2017 Jakarta Gubernatorial election. During the...

SIIA-Clingendael Dialogue: Enhancing EU-Singapore Connectivity
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Building on the success of the first EU-Singapore think tank dialogue in January 2019 on security cooperation, the second in a series of four high-level think tank dialogues will focus on identifying concrete actions to deepen EU-Singapore cooperation in the realm of connectivity – specifically...

[Premium] Country Update: 8 June – 19 June 2019
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Indonesia   Jokowi Meets Business Leaders to Discuss Leveraging the Trade War (12 June) President Joko Widodo “Jokowi” met with industry leaders to ask for policy suggestions on how to help Indonesia benefit the most from the trade war. Indonesia has already begun to feel the effects of...

[Premium] Digital Economy Update: 23 May – 14 June 2019
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Tech Business & Policy   Thai Telecom Regulator Neutral in US-China Tech Trade War (4,11 Jun) Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has established a neutral policy on the country’s 5G development plans, in the hopes of attracting both China’s Huawei and U.S.-based vendors to develop the...

[Premium] Country Update: 25 May – 7 June 2019
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Indonesia Prabowo Ally Kivlan Zen to Be Questioned for Treason, Role in Assassination Plot (28 May) Kivlan Zen, a retired Army general and ardent supporter of Prabowo Subianto, has been in police custody since 29 May for treason allegations and his alleged role in an assassination plot...