Indonesia optimism despite drop in economic growth

Ina Parlina The Jakarta Post – Jakarta. Despite economic growth slowing in the third quarter, the government remains optimism that better state budget realization will lead to an economic rebound by year-end. Economic growth slowed to 5.02 percent year-on-year (yoy) in…

Police must check online efforts to spread radicalism

Nusa Dua, Bali (ANTARA News) – Vice President Jusuf Kalla has urged the police to closely monitor activities on the internet to check any attempts to spread radicalism online. “The information technology development and wider access to internet has been…

Govt to certify 750 thousand construction workers

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The Ministry of Public Works and Housing will be certifying 750 thousand construction workers in the next five years so that they are recognized and easily get jobs. The government is hoping to certify 200 thousand…

Ministries reach out to private sector amid tight budgets

Farida Susanty The Jakarta Post – Jakarta. With reduced budgets in 207, the Transportation Ministry and Public Works and Public Housing Ministry have once again reiterated their wish to partner with the private sector, with offers of long-term contracts as a…

Violence stems from inter-ethnic tensions

Liza Yosephine The Jakarta Post – Jakarta. Pre-existing inter-ethnic tensions could explain the looting and violence that broke out in majority Chinese-Indonesian areas in North Jakarta on Friday night. Police also say the violence had nothing to do with the…

Red tape hampers geothermal energy development

The Jakarta Post – Jakarta. Despite Indonesia’s abundant potential geothermal energy, industry players were discouraged from investing in the sector due to excessive red tape in the country, an energy analyst has suggested. Jakarta-based think-tank Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR)…

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