News

07Jan 2019

Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita has estimated that export growth in 2018 would reach only 7.5 percent, far below the targeted 11 percent, although the official result has not been released. Last year’s 11 percent target was already lower than the 16 percent export growth achieved in 2017. Enggartiasto has attributed the lower export growth to global economic turbulence that led […]

26Dec 2018

Bali has taken a big step to curb pollution in its seas, enacting a ban on troublesome single-use plastics like shopping bags, styrofoam and straws. Bali Governor Wayan Koster announced the ban on Monday, as stipulated in Gubernatorial Regulation (Pergub) No. 97/2018, expressing hope that the policy would lead to a 70 percent decline in Bali’s marine plastics within a year. The new policy carries a […]

17Dec 2018

While the government expanded the mandatory use of a 20 percent biodiesel blend ( B20 ) in September, it plans to further boost domestic biodiesel consumption to absorb more crude palm oil (CPO) amid fluctuation in the global market price of the commodity. Apart from improving the distribution of the B20 blend across to the […]

17Dec 2018

A video poking fun at a “bizarre” zebra crossing near Gate 10 of the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) sports complex, Central Jakarta, went viral recently. The video shows a woman in sportswear crossing the road, but she has to stop halfway because a road divider with plants around 40 centimeters tall cuts through the middle […]

05Dec 2018

Warung Tiga Putri is not your typical warung . Although it sells snacks, cigarettes and assorted knick-knacks like countless other ramshackle convenience stores across Indonesia’s towns and cities, the tiny bright-yellow kiosk does much more for it is one of Indonesia’s growing number of smart warung . No fewer than five CCTV cameras at the busy Jakarta kiosk collect data […]

04Dec 2018

   After heavy rain drenched Jakarta on Monday afternoon, several areas suffered from flooding, including in Rawa Terate, Cakung subdistrict, East Jakarta. The Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), via its official Twitter account @BPBDJakarta, reported at 4:47 p.m. that there was 1-meter-deep flooding in the area. The agency recorded that the heavy rain had […]

03Dec 2018

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – China and the United States agreed to halt additional tariffs in a deal that keeps their trade war from escalating as the two sides try again to bridge their differences with fresh talks aimed at reaching an agreement within 90 days. The White House said on Saturday that President Donald Trump […]

03Dec 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that China had agreed to “reduce and remove” tariffs on U.S. cars below the 40 percent level that Beijing is currently charging on American-made vehicles. A day after he and Chinese President Xi Jinping called a 90-day cease-fire in their trade war to allow time […]

29Nov 2018

Ride-hailing company Go-Jek launched the beta version of its app in Singapore on Thursday (Nov 29), kicking off the roll-out of its services across the island. During this beta phase, Go-Jek said access to the app will be granted in batches to balance ride demand and service capabilities. At the initial stage, the app will be […]