Indonesia’s Expectations from the 2015 SIAL Canada Trade Event

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]

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Indonesian Software Industry: Background

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

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]

EMTK Is Now One of the Shareholders of Bobobobo.com

On Wednesday (Apr 29), PT Elang Mahkota Teknologi Tbk (IDX:EMTK) announced that the company had just invested series A budget to the newly established e-commerce bobobobo.com through its subsidiary PT Kreatif Media Karya (KMK Online). Alvin W. Sariaatmadja of EMTK told the press that the value of EMTK’s investment to bobobobo.com is approximately 20 billion Rupiah. [Continue reading]

Facebook Prefers ISAT to EXCL for Free Internet Access Project

The popular social media platform Facebook announced its cooperation with PT Indosat Tbk (IDX:ISAT) to provide free internet access to Indonesian internet users through the internet.org. The internet.org is a Facebook-led initiative, bringing together technology leaders, non-profit, and local communities to connect the two thirds of the world that do not have access to the internet. [Continue reading]

Indonesian Books Publication Industry: Overview

The Indonesian Publisher Association (IKAPI) claims that there are 1,314 publishers in Indonesia as per 2013. Most of these publication companies are privately owned, but one of them is a stated-owned enterprise, i.e., PT Balai Pustaka. IKAPI also pointed out that most of the publishers are located in Java. The majority of them publish textbooks, books for children, religious books, fiction, and literature. [Continue reading]

Possible Threat Against the Elimination of Illegal Fishing

On Saturday (Apr 18), the Jakarta police found the body of an official from the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries in a hotel in Menteng, Central Jakarta. The body was identified as Yoseph Sairela, who is known to be the coordinator of the Benjina Marine Resources and Fisheries Supervision Post of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (PSDKP KKP). Speculation emerged that the death of Yoseph is related to the Benjina slavery case. [Continue reading]