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Oct 27, 2015

Indonesia considers national emergency over forest fires: VP

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia is considering declaring a national emergency over fires that have been smoldering across the archipelago for weeks, sending haze drifting across much of Southeast Asia, the vice president said on Tuesday.

The government would intensify efforts to contain the fires that have caused pollution levels across the region to spike to unhealthy levels, and forced school closures and flight cancellations, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said.

Oct 20, 2015

Approval ratings boost marks Indonesia Widodo’s first year in office

JAKARTA (Reuters) – President Joko Widodo has regained the approval of most Indonesians, an opinion poll showed as he marked his first year in office on Tuesday, evidence that an overhaul in the way he governs Southeast Asia’s largest economy is starting to pay off.

Reeling from months of political missteps and the worst economic slowdown in six years, Widodo launched a drive in August to win back voters’ trust that included a cabinet reshuffle and a major stimulus package.

Oct 16, 2015

Indonesian battle over Freeport threatens to mar leader’s US trip

JAKARTA, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Indonesian ministers are
battling over control of U.S. mining giant Freeport-McMoRan’s
future in the country, threatening to mar the
president’s first trip to the United States later this month.

President Joko Widodo starts a five-day trip to Washington
and San Francisco on Oct. 25, as investor sentiment in Southeast
Asia’s largest economy brightens following a cabinet reshuffle
and a series of new stimulus measures.

Oct 15, 2015

Interview: Indonesian president to court tech giants on US trip

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s president will court tech giants Apple and Google during his first trip to the United States this month, seeking investment for sustainable mining and greater internet access, a senior cabinet minister told Reuters.

President Joko Widodo will travel to Washington and San Francisco on a five-day trip starting Oct. 25 in the hope of attracting much-needed foreign investment to revive growth in Southeast Asia’s largest economy.

Oct 15, 2015

Indonesian president to court tech giants on U.S. trip

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s president will court tech giants Apple and Google during his first trip to the United States this month, seeking investment for sustainable mining and greater internet access, a senior cabinet minister told Reuters.

President Joko Widodo will travel to Washington and San Francisco on a five-day trip starting Oct. 25 in the hope of attracting much-needed foreign investment to revive growth in Southeast Asia’s largest economy.

Sep 28, 2015

Indonesia hopes rejoining OPEC will help ease reliance on oil traders

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia hopes its return to OPEC in December will bring Asia’s top gasoline importer closer to the world’s main oil producers and ease its reliance on a small group of traders for supplies, the country’s energy minister told Reuters on Monday.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is expected to approve Indonesia’s request to reactivate its full membership at the group’s next meeting on Dec. 4, making the Southeast Asian country the group’s only net crude oil importer.

Sep 9, 2015

Indonesian president’s latest problem: a loose cannon in the cabinet

JAKARTA (Reuters) – As Indonesian President Joko Widodo was preparing on Wednesday to present a grand package of measures aimed at restoring investors’ faith in the competence of his government, one of his ministers stepped in and spoilt it all.

Rizal Ramli, who told Reuters this week that perhaps he is too outspoken, suddenly announced in parliament that fuel pipeline and storage projects worth $7.4 billion had been dropped because they were no longer a priority.

Sep 6, 2015

Indonesia expects bids for medium-speed rail project from China and Japan

6 (Reuters) – Bids were expected from China
and Japan for a medium-speed rail project in Indonesia that will
be 40 percent cheaper than the $6 billion bullet train project
that Jakarta scrapped last week, an Indonesian minister said in
an interview on Sunday.

China and Japan were disappointed by the cancellation of the
high-speed rail project, announced by the government on Friday,
but could renew rivalries to build the medium-speed rail link
between the capital Jakarta and the third-largest city, Bandung.

Aug 26, 2015

East Timor PM seeks to diversify economy with help of oil fund

JAKARTA, Aug 26 (Reuters) – East Timor will tap into its
$16.6 billion oil fund to build the necessary infrastructure to
attract non-energy investment, the prime minister said on
Wednesday, as disputes over undeveloped gas fields look to
remain unresolved for years.

Rui Araujo told Reuters the government would not compromise
on its demand that Woodside Petroleum build onshore
processing facilities in the development of the Greater Sunrise
gas fields, a project that could provide billions of dollars to
the impoverished nation.

Jul 30, 2015

Indonesian agency probes Astra Honda, three others on possible price-fixing

JAKARTA, July 30 (Reuters) – Indonesia’s anti-cartel agency
is investigating Astra Honda Motor and three other car and
motorbike companies for possible price-fixing in Southeast
Asia’s largest economy, the agency and an Astra Honda official
said on Thursday.

The Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) said
it launched the probe after prices of automobiles and motorbikes
in Indonesia continued to rise, in contrast to prices in
Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand.