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Analysis/Opinion

NSO Group targeted Indonesian officials

Targets reportedly included chief economic minister, senior military personnel and two regional diplomats. More than a dozen senior Indonesian government and military officials were targeted...

Indonesia, Norway ink deal to reward rainforest protection

Indonesia and Norway signed a deal on Monday (Sep 12) to reward deforestation reduction months after the collapse of a similar US$1 billion agreement...

Skipping UN General Assembly is bad policy for Jakarta

By sitting on the sidelines during a moment of global crisis, Indonesian President Joko Widodo falls short, says Bloomberg Opinion's Clara Ferreira Marques. By Clara...

Indonesia seeks return of ‘looted’ artefacts from Netherlands

Items include the bones of ‘Java Man’, the first known fossils of the Homo erectus species, excavated by Dutch paleoanthropologist Eugène Dubois in the...

Corporate, Economy & Regulation

Asean should rise up on the agenda of investors

From Joe Biden to Xi Jinping, global leaders are being drawn to Southeast Asia for three large international events – the G-20 summit in...

Widodo Seeks Indonesian Reboot

Indonesian President Joko Widodo is going for a reboot. The president, known as Jokowi, has laid out a fresh plan to revive an economy growing...

S&P: Issuers to Face Intense Competition for Capital in 2023

Investor Relations (IR) teams and corporate issuers are facing significant challenges and uncertainty as they plan for 2023, according to a new S&P Global...

The Indonesian Consumer: The pillar that will kickstart recovery

Markets have been skittish of late as fiscal troubles in Europe and a lacklustre US labour market gave rise to fresh concerns about the...

M&A, Banking & Capital Market

Transparency vital for world-class capital market

This year certainly presents a window of opportunity for Indonesia to raise the efficacy and integrity of its capital market. As a low-beta market, Indonesia...

Where to look for returns in 2023: What will happen to stock markets?

What will happen to stock markets in 2023? Will it be a repeat of 2015, which started with hopes of the Footsie climbing above...

Asian model of governance

The Anglo-Saxon model of corporate governance may not be fully suitable for Indonesia and Asia. The Anglo-Saxon model - sometimes called the outsider model...

What is waqf and how can it help finance Indonesia’s clean energy transition?

Indonesia, especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and home to the world’s largest Muslim population, can use waqf to finance its climate...

Treasury, FX & Rates

BI raises rates again to stem inflation

Indonesia's central bank hiked its key interest rate for the second month in a row Thursday (Sep 22) to combat rising inflation stoked by...

Facing CPI growth, Southeast Asia battling inflation

By Michelle Jamrisko In the worldwide quest to conquer the inflation peak, Southeast Asian central bankers appear to be better off than most, though still...

Indonesia & the Philippines hike rates; Thailand and India to follow suit

While the IDR is amongst the best performing currencies quarter-to-date and year-to-date in Asia thanks to its trade surplus, improving growth and benign inflation, the...

Bank Indonesia actively preventing IDR fall: Official

Indonesia's central bank is always in the foreign market with its "triple intervention" measures to prevent any excessive fall in the rupiah currency, a...

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Energy, Agriculture & Climate Change

How the mining, palm oil, pulp & paper industries continues to mis-manage its PR

The case for moving away from PR agencies that are repeatedly outmatched by the challenges Indonesia faces After over twenty years in publishing with the...

Gaining control of the global narrative on palm oil

Developing a strong multi-dimensional counter strategy (PART 1 OF 3) If the palm oil industry wishes to gain control of the global narrative on palm oil,...

SMEs in Indonesia brace for impact of fuel price hike

By Kiki Siregar The government has raised fuel prices by about 30 per cent in order to rein in ballooning energy subsidies. Now, small businesses...

Indonesia will struggle to stay the course on hiking fuel prices

By Max Lane The Indonesian government argues that there is a strong case for lifting fuel subsidies – but it will be a tall order...

Sustainability & ESG

NGOs take aim at Indonesia over orangutans & academic freedom

More than a dozen NGOs have issued a letter accusing Indonesia of stymieing scientific research, after Jakarta banned a group of foreign academics who...

Brazil, Indonesia and DRC in talks to form ‘Opec of rainforests’

Spurred by Lula’s election, the three countries, home to half of all tropical forests, will pledge stronger conservation efforts The big three tropical rainforest nations...

COP27: Indonesia receives plaudits for deforestation action, but globally, trees keep falling

Indonesia has received affirmation of its attempts to rein in previously rampant deforestation, as ministers convened at the United Nations climate summit in Egypt. At...

Nestle to stop sourcing from Astra Agro Lestari

Food giant Nestle plans to stop sourcing from subsidiaries of Astra Agro Lestari (AAL), a major Indonesian palm oil producer accused by environmental groups...

Pensions, Insurance & Asset Management

Southeast Asian Stocks Crawl Back From Bear Market

Southeast Asian stocks are bouncing back from a bear market, outpacing global indexes as foreign investors pour in amid recovering economies.  The MSCI South East...

Top Fund Manager Doubles Cash Levels as Rally to End

One of Indonesia's top-performing fund manager in Indonesia has almost doubled cash holdings, betting that the nation’s stocks will extend their longest monthly losing...

The need for a better organised minority shareholder watchdog

In any discussion about the capital markets and their viability as instruments of value accretion, investors need always be cognisant of their ability to...

Investor Q&A: Buy-side Fund explains why S.E.A is on his radar

WHAT IS YOUR INVESTMENT PHILOSOPHY AND STYLE? We are stock pickers and make our selections through intensive bottom-up analysis and use the well-established “growth at...

Trade, Supply Chain & FDI

What INA, Indonesia’s SWF needs to do?

Launching a sovereign wealth fund (SWF) is not for the faint hearted. Indonesia threw its hat in the ring in January 2021. There are...

Indonesia to offer tax holiday to companies investing in new capital

Indonesia will offer generous incentives, including a 30-year tax break, for companies investing in a $32 billion project to build a new capital city...

Container shipping industry starts to come down from pandemic highs

Even the typically busy August to October period – when businesses move goods for the year-end retail season – appears to have weakened. One of...

Indonesia to offer investment incentives for new capital

Indonesia is preparing an incentives package to attract investment in its future $32 billion capital city Nusantara, an official said on Tuesday, hoping to...

FinTech/Digital Finance

The myth of the unbankable

Farmers, street vendors, low-salaried clerical workers: With a few exceptions, banks in emerging economies have traditionally regarded this large group of lower-income customers as...

Indonesia’s GoTo plans to cut over 1,000 jobs in bid to reach profit

Indonesia’s largest Internet company, GoTo Group, is planning to cut more than 1,000 jobs as it seeks to trim costs and shore up its...

What BI & OJK can learn from the ANT IPO saga?

At a forum titled “Building Optimism after the C19 Pandemic” in January 2021, Central Bank Governor Perry Warjiyo estimated digital banking transactions through 2021...

Southeast Asian startups see inflows as China takes a backseat

Led by Indonesia, Southeast Asia's internet economy is forecast to double to US$363 billion by 2025 from an end-2021 estimate of US$174 billion in...

Infrastructure & Tourism

Firms behind Indonesia’s high-speed rail seek another US$1 billion loan from China

The consortium building a China-funded high-speed railway in Indonesia is seeking a 16.1 trillion rupiah (US$1.03 billion) loan top-up from China Development Bank (CDB)...

‘Second Home’ Visa For Foreigners in Indonesia

Indonesia has rolled out “second home” visas in a bid to attract wealthy foreigners to the Southeast Asian country for a long-term stay. The visas are...

Bali’s pandemic renters face rude awakening as prices skyrocket

The cost of accommodation on Indonesia’s popular resort island is soaring following the lifting of COVID curbs. At the height of the pandemic, Maria, a...

Polls & Indices

Brazil, Indonesia and DRC in talks to form ‘Opec of rainforests’

Spurred by Lula’s election, the three countries, home to half of all tropical forests, will pledge stronger conservation efforts The big three tropical rainforest nations...

Indonesia’s Kopi Kenangan opens its first international outlet in Malaysia

Here is another option for your regular coffee runs. The first Kenangan Coffee branch outside of Indonesia opened for business at Suria KLCC yesterday,...

Skipping UN General Assembly is bad policy for Jakarta

By sitting on the sidelines during a moment of global crisis, Indonesian President Joko Widodo falls short, says Bloomberg Opinion's Clara Ferreira Marques. By Clara...
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