Engaging the Public in Monitoring the Government

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Public are re-invited to participate in improving and monitoring performance of the government by filing any complaints and aspirations through electronic based system called LAPOR! (meaning REPORT!) LAPOR! is an electronic based application, which can be used to file complaints and aspirations, be from website, SMS or mobile application. LAPOR! itself stands for Layanan Aspirasi dan Pengaduan Online Rakyat (Public Complaint and Aspiration Online Service). [Continue Reading]

Insider Words on Soon to be Queen of Yogyakarta

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It seems that the rumour of the next Sultan of Yogyakarta has slowly been answered. On Tuesday (May 5), Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X has renamed his eldest daughter Gusti Kanjeng Ratu (GKR) Pembayun to be GKR Mangkubumi Hamemayu Hayuning Bawono Langgeng ing Mataram. Last year, an insider of Yogyakarta Sultanate told us that Sultan HB X would pass his throne to his eldest daughter GKR Pembayun. The succession plan, however, triggers family feud and controversies in Yogyakarta. [Continue reading]

Indonesia’s Expectations from the 2015 SIAL Canada Trade Event

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Twenty-six Indonesian companies expected to generate a potential transaction of 10 million USD during the 2015 Salon International de l’Alimentation (SIAL) Canada. SIAL Canada is an international agro-food industry event. It was held from April 28 to 30 in Toronto and Indonesia was the country of honor for the 2015 SIAL Canada. [Continue reading]

Indonesian Software Industry: Background

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Indonesian business stakeholders have rapidly absorbed and integrated the latest information and communication technology (ICT) into their daily routines. Government institutions and households are following the lead. Increasing mobile phone penetration, rising broadband subscription, and booming social network are the three key elements that have accelerated the growth of Indonesian ICT industry. The Indonesian government is taking note of this and thus included ICT as one of the eight top priority industries to develop for boosting economic growth. Included in the ICT development is the development of Indonesia’s software industry. [Continue reading]

The 2015 May Day Review

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Approximately 150,000 workers from the greater Jakarta—Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi—joined the May Day celebration rally in Jakarta on Friday last week. Those who attended are affiliated with the Confederation of Indonesian Workers Union (KSPI), the Confederation of All Indonesian Workers Unions (KSPSI), the Confederation of Indonesian Prosperity Labour Union (KSBSI), and the Preparatory Committee of All Indonesian United Workers Confederation (KP-KPBI). The workers expressed what they refer to as 10 basic demands:[Continue reading]