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Jokowi: ‘Technology demands that the world of education adapt’

Jokowi: ‘Technology demands that the world of education adapt’

July 12, 2019

In front of 3,000 teachers on Friday 5 July 2019, Jokowi announced that “technology… demands that the world of education adapt.” Indonesia is aiming to find 3.7 million new skilled workers each year to reach its target of 113 million by 2030, and digital readiness requires that both these recruits and the existing workforce have […]

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Mental health among Indonesia’s youth: the role of social media

Mental health among Indonesia’s youth: the role of social media

July 5, 2019 By Jesse Thomas

A new study has shown just how dangerous social media can be for mental health in Indonesia. Led by Sujarwoto Sujarwoto, Gindo Tampubolon, and Adi Cilik Pierewan, the study analysed over 22,000 people across the world’s fourth most populous country, and examined the influence of social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter on mental […]

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IndoMie: Indonesia’s favourite noodle represents key opportunity for Australian wheat producers

IndoMie: Indonesia’s favourite noodle represents key opportunity for Australian wheat producers

June 28, 2019 By Jesse Thomas

New data from consulting company Kantar shows that Indomie has been a top favourite among Indonesia’s city-slickers for seven years running. The brand name Indomie, meaning Indonesian mie, or noodles, has become synonymous with instant noodles across the country. Dinar Rahayu writes “[the] instant noodle, thanks to its practicality, has become an iconic survival tool […]

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New capital to be ready by 2024: Planning Minister Brodjonegoro

New capital to be ready by 2024: Planning Minister Brodjonegoro

June 21, 2019 By Jesse Thomas

Minister of National Development Planning (Bappenas), Bambang Brodjonegoro, estimates that Indonesia’s new capital will be ready for use by 2024, according to CNN Indonesia. Jokowi’s announcement of plans to relocate Indonesia’s capital away from a Jakarta came shortly after the elections in April. Jakarta suffers from severe congestion, which Bambang says results in losses of […]

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Indonesia launches renewed attack on the world’s “most polluted” river

Indonesia launches renewed attack on the world’s “most polluted” river

June 14, 2019 By Jesse Thomas

Indonesia has a waste problem – and its waterways are among the hardest-hit. On Tuesday 11 June 2019, the regional government of West Java received funding from the World Bank amounting to USD 100 million (AUD 143.76 million), for cleaning up the Citarum River. Having gained a reputation for being the world’s most polluted river […]

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Indonesia leaps up competitiveness rankings, as focus shifts to skills training

Indonesia leaps up competitiveness rankings, as focus shifts to skills training

June 7, 2019 By Jesse Thomas

A report released in late May shows Indonesia jumping up the IMD World Competitiveness Ranking charts, now at 32 in the world. In 2018, Indonesia ranked 43. This move is encouraging following the Indonesian elections, suggesting that Jokowi’s investment in infrastructure during his first term has paved the way for economic progress. Jokowi now shifts […]

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More support, regulation coming for Indonesian digital payments

More support, regulation coming for Indonesian digital payments

May 31, 2019 By Jesse Thomas

In a world less and less dependent on paper money, Bank Indonesia (BI) has developed a digital payment roadmap for 2025. Executive Director of BI, Onny Widjanarko, said that “this vision is a response to digitalisation, which has significantly changed the risk landscape [of the financial sector]”. Perry Warjiyo, Governor of BI, announced the roadmap […]

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Pandaan-Malang toll road adds another link to Indonesia’s growing transport network

Pandaan-Malang toll road adds another link to Indonesia’s growing transport network

May 17, 2019 By Jesse Thomas

Projected to reduce travel time between Surabaya and Malang from four hours to less than one, the newly opened Pandaan-Malang Toll Road forms a vital part of Indonesia’s transport network, crossing Pasuruan Regency, Malang Regency and Malang City. The project is in line with Jokowi’s targeted efforts to improve Indonesia’s infrastructure. Jokowi championed infrastructure as […]

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Indonesia on track to enter top five world economies by 2045

Indonesia on track to enter top five world economies by 2045

May 10, 2019 By Jesse Thomas

Indonesia’s vision is to become one of the world’s top five strongest economies by 2045 – one-hundred years after independence. Indonesia is currently ranked as the 16th largest economy, just two places behind Australia. At the core of their strategy, Jokowi is pushing for greater self-sufficiency by up-skilling Indonesia’s massive population, attracting more investment and […]

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Indonesian capital city to move outside Java

Indonesian capital city to move outside Java

May 3, 2019 By Jesse Thomas

In a high-profile move immediately following elections, Jokowi has reinvigorated discussions to relocate the capital city to outside of Java. On 30 April 2019, Jokowi asked Indonesians for their views on moving the capital city from Jakarta, tweeting “Jakarta now bears two burdens at once: as a centre of government and public services as well […]

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