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Slowly but surely: operation begins in Indonesia's first integrated industrial zone

As Indonesia’s first and largest integrated industrial estate, the 3,000-hectare Java Integrated Industrial and Ports Estate (JIIPE) has garnered a lot of attention and interest since its development in 2013. Developed by PT Berkah Kawasan...

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Implementing sustainable policies in practice

Nature resource-based industries, including the palm oil sector, are frequently cited as the major cause of deforestation. As the largest oil palm grower in Indonesia and a member of the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), Golden Agri-Resource...

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The world in 2018 and RI's foreign policy outlook

One week into 2018 and Indonesia’s diplomacy is in full swing. First, on the third day of 2018, I was in Davao, Philippines, launching the Indonesia-Philippines Cooperation on Islamic Education. The effort is the manifestation of an Indone...

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Will conventional businesses die out?

Digital technology has disrupted the conventional economy. In Indonesia, this digital disruption has occurred mostly in the transportation services and retail sectors.  The operation of internet-based ride-hailing services like Go-Jek, Grab...

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A tough political year has passed, a tougher time ahead

Without a doubt, 2017 was a really tough year, politically speaking. It sent us mixed images of how far we have progressed in continuing democratic political reforms. There are a number of highlights that one can gather from political events, the imp...

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What do upcoming elections mean for the economy?

With Indonesia heading for local elections in 17 provinces in June 2018, followed by legislative and presidential elections in April 2019, there have been questions as to how the economy will fare in the election cycle and where the risks are. In our...

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