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10 May [Premium] Country Update: 27 April – 10 May 2019

Indonesia   Indonesia Aims to Relocate Capital Out of Jakarta Over 5-10 Years (30 Apr) The cabinet of President Joko Widodo “Jokowi” announced that it intends to begin moving the government out of Jakarta on 30 April, Tuesday. The shift, motivated by increasing traffic congestion in Jakarta and...

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27 Apr [Premium] Country Update: 13 April – 26 April 2019

Indonesia   Absenteeism Fears Unfounded Amid Record Election Turnout (17 Apr) Over 154 million registered voters were estimated to have voted in the election on 17 April, putting turnout at roughly 80%. This is much higher than the turnout of 70.6% in 2014. There had been fears in...

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14 Apr [Premium] Country Update: 30 March – 12 April 2019

Indonesia Fourth Presidential Debate Excites as Election Nears (30 Mar) The fourth presidential debate between incumbent Joko Widodo “Jokowi” and Prabowo Subianto occurred on 30 March, Saturday, and covered ideology, governance, security and foreign affairs. The two candidates sparred over issues such as Indonesia’s defence budget, which...

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11 Apr Making sustainable consumption of palm oil the norm in Asia

By Chen Chen Lee and Lau Xin Yi For The Jakarta Post Relations between the European Union and Malaysia and Indonesia hit an obstacle when Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and Indonesia’s Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan recently threatened to boycott EU’s products if the bloc...

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05 Apr [Premium] ESG Update: 22 March – 5 April 2019

Haze/ Resources/ EU Indonesia threatens to quit Paris climate deal over palm oil (27 Mar) Indonesian leaders have announced that they are considering leaving the Paris climate deal if the European Union proceeds to phase out palm oil in renewable transportation fuel. The announcement comes after the...

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29 Mar [Premium] Country Update: 16 March – 29 March 2019

Indonesia Jokowi Mulls Creating New Ministries for Investments, Exports (12 Mar) President Joko Widodo (“Jokowi”) said on 12 March that he was considering forming new ministries to tackle declining investment and export growth figures. The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) had reported an 30% decline in foreign investment...

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15 Mar [Premium] Country Update: 2 March – 15 March 2019

Indonesia Fake News Still a Concern in Lead-Up to Election (27 Feb, 12 Mar) Indonesia’s National Police is closely monitoring online activity in the lead-up to the April election, with the aim of preventing provocative fake news from triggering violence in public. Much of the fake news...

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01 Mar [Premium] Country Update: 16 February – 1 March 2019

Indonesia The Second Presidential Debate – Lively Arguments, Loose Facts (17 Feb) Incumbent President Joko Widodo (“Jokowi”) and challenger Prabowo Subianto locked horns over energy, food, infrastructure, natural resources and the environment on Sunday, 17 February, during the second presidential debate. While Jokowi sought to burnish his...

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17 Feb [Premium] Country Update: 2 February – 15 February 2019

Indonesia Jokowi Lashes Out at Prabowo over “Russian Propaganda”, Then Clarifies Statement (2 Feb) Incumbent President Joko Widodo “Jokowi” accused the campaign team of Prabowo Subianto of disseminating propaganda via a foreign consultant, calling the efforts “Russian propaganda”. Prabowo’s team denied the accusation. When subsequently asked to...

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01 Feb [Premium] Country Update: 19 January – 1 February 2019

Indonesia Jokowi Moves to Release Abu Bakar Bashir, then Backpedals (18 Jan, 23 Jan) President Joko Widodo (“Jokowi”) caused a stir on 18 January when he announced plans to release radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir. Bashir was sentenced to jail for 15 years under anti-terrorism laws back...

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