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Indonesia Votes 2019: The second debate – of flying unicorns and bio-fueled isolationism

Indonesia Votes 2019: The second debate – of flying unicorns and bio-fueled isolationism

February 19, 2019 By Kevin Evans

  The second presidential debate was held on Sunday night (17 February) featuring just the two presidential candidates, President Jokowi and Prabowo Subianto. The themes of the debate included infrastructure, energy, natural resources, basic foodstuffs, and environment. Unlike the first debate, which was quite “narrated” by the moderators, this time the questions were unknown to […]

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Four Key Trends to Watch in Indonesia’s Economy in 2019

Four Key Trends to Watch in Indonesia’s Economy in 2019

February 18, 2019 By Mohammad Faisal

Despite some external pressures resulting from the US – China trade war, declining commodity prices and weakening demand in the global market, the outlook for the Indonesia’s economy in 2019 remains positive. After growing at approximately 5.1 percent last year, the world’s sixteenth largest economy is estimated to continue to grow at 5.1 percent this […]

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In Conversation with Dr Arif Satria

In Conversation with Dr Arif Satria

February 18, 2019

Dr Arif Satria, Rector of Institut Pertanian Bogor, talks agriculture in the disruption era: “Smart farming, precision agriculture, smart fishing, smart aqua culture, smart animal production – we have to start from right now.”

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Makassar–Yirrkala: An artist exchange taking pre-European contact into the future

Makassar–Yirrkala: An artist exchange taking pre-European contact into the future

February 14, 2019 By Dr Danny Butt

The Makassar-Yirrkala Artist Exchange Program started with the artists spending 10 days together in December 2018, starting in South Sulwesi and making their way to Yirrkala in northeast Arnhem Land. Victorian College of the Arts Associate Director for Research Dr Danny Butt accompanied the artists and conducted interviews along the way. Trade between the Makassan people […]

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In Conversation with Australia Awards Recipients 2018

In Conversation with Australia Awards Recipients 2018

February 12, 2019

  “Australia and Indonesia have a really stable diplomatic relationship – but I haven’t seen it in the private sector.” DFAT’s Australia Awards Program gave 26 young Indonesian tech-preneurs the chance to bridge the gap between Australia and Indonesia via the world of startups. This interview features 5 participants, and outlines some of the lessons […]

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A Cluster in action: people and research for better health across the Timor Sea

A Cluster in action: people and research for better health across the Timor Sea

February 12, 2019 By Christianne O’Donnell

Research is often thought of as happening in abstract, remotely in a lab or at desk overwhelmed with journal articles and books. Rather, like ocean navigators of old, our health research community chartered little known territory for the research and ideas they carried with them, connecting across the Timor Sea to explore and drive change […]

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Indonesian Media in Brief: Indonesian farmers get smart

Indonesian Media in Brief: Indonesian farmers get smart

February 8, 2019 By Jesse Thomas

Indonesian farmers are set to be more efficient and make more profits, as the government rolls out a specialised agricultural training program as part of a national push for food self-sufficiency. Dr Arif Satria of Bogor Agricultural University argues that agricultural workers of the future need to ‘get smart’; “in the [coming] years we need […]

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Sri Mulyani: Reflections of a Remarkably Resilient Year

Sri Mulyani: Reflections of a Remarkably Resilient Year

January 29, 2019

As 2018 comes into a close, we reflect how Indonesia’s economy has been remarkably resilient amidst the challenging global economic environment. Indonesia was able to weather the storm better in part due to a national budget that was designed to be agile. This agility helps the government swiftly introduce countercyclical measures, when required, in responding […]

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