Chinese presence in Timor Leste 'won't affect' ASEAN - ASEAN admitted Myanmar in 1997 in a fast-track based on fear of the growing Chinese influence in the military-ruled country; yet there is no planned ASEAN admission of Timor Leste where Chinese influence is also growing through investment and government aid - Jakarta Post (2011/02/18)
Timor: Where has all the aid gone? - 82 percent of total assistance was given through bilateral cooperation, 16 percent through the Trust Fund managed by the World Bank, and the rest went through other channels; yet in a country where more than 50 percent of the population makes less than $2 dollar a day, it is reported that an Australian was paid $215,153 for one-year as an advisor in a ministry in Timor - FPIF, Institute for Policy Studies (2011/06/20)
Timor-Leste sticks to its guns on Sunrise - a project left with three undecided options in limbo since 2010: a floating LNG (liquefied natural gas) facility, piping the gas 500 km (310 miles) to a plant in Darwin Australia, or building a 200 km pipeline across the deep Timor Trench to Timor-Leste? - Platts Blog (2012/08/28)
Indonesia successful at UN: Yudhoyono - Timor Leste PM Xanana Gusmao, who chaired the g7+, said his country appreciated Indonesia's efforts in helping Timor Leste develop after gaining its independence in 2000 - Jakarta Post (2012/09/28)
- Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who was present at the forum as an observer, sat next to Yudhoyono
Indonesia infrastructure: good intentions, little progress - as in many other developing nations, complex bureaucracy, nervousness about the involvement of the private sector and a lack of financing have prevented Indonesia from building the roads, bridges, airports and power stations it needs to maintain economic growth at the current trend of more than 6 percent a year - Financial Times (2012/08/28)
Indonesia: The downside of decentralization - in empowering local officials, devolution sometimes empowers the most regressive, corrupt, and undemocratic local politicians, who use their local influence to stymie national-level courts, regulations, and politicians who often are devoted to more constitutional, liberal applications of the law - Council of Foreign Relations (2012/09/01)
3 killed in anti-terrorism raid in Indonesia - Two suspected militants and a member of an elite Indonesian anti-terrorism squad died in a shootout as police attempted to capture a group responsible for the death of a policeman a day earlier - Fox News (2012/09/01)
What Indonesia could have been with Yudhoyono's plan - Yudhoyono (who, in 2004, was sworn in as Indonesia's first democratically elected president) said in his doctoral thesis that poverty and unemployment are best overcome through agricultural and rural development, and that enhancement of these should constitute the core of Indonesia's economic development; 8 years passed and his theory is still not implemented - Jakarta Globe (2012/09/02)
Indonesia sees 6% fewer foreign tourists in July this year - Saudi Arabian tourists dropped by 63.03 percent; Singapore and Malaysia showed a double-digit decline on a yearly basis, at 17.71 percent and 14.07 percent; growth seen from UAE, Russian and German tourists - Jakarta Post (2012/09/04)
Indonesia's lessons for the developing world - One main aspects of the democratization often highlighted by both Indonesia experts and many Indonesians themselves is how the country utilized political and economic devolution to reduce the power of Jakarta, cut the legacy of Suharto's rule, increase local participation in politics and the economy, and improve citizens' feeling of belonging to the polity - The Atlantic (2012/09/04)
U.S. Department of State: United States-Indonesia relations - Since 2009 (when Secretary of State Hilary Clinton visited Indonesia on her first international trip), U.S. exports of goods to Indonesia have increased from $5.1 billion to $7.4 billion in 2011, and imports of goods have increased from $12.9 billion to $19.1 billion. United States foreign direct investment (FDI) in Indonesia expanded to $1.5 billion in 2011, making the United States the third largest contributor - Power Engineering (2012/09/04)
China slowdown cuts deeper into Indonesia's coal sector - Indonesian coal group cuts output forecast again; falling coal prices and rising costs pinch margins; China fears flood of imports will add to supply woes; Indonesia export cuts have hurt trade balance - Reuters (2012/09/07)
Indonesia calls for investment - help from APEC members needed to fund huge Jakarta development project that will require $500 billion dollars by 2025; FDI in Indonesia boasting rich natural resources are expected to reach $20 billion this year, up by a third from 2011 - Independent Online Business Report (2012/09/09)
Argentina eyes strategic partnership with Indonesia - two-way trade between Indonesia and Argentine surged to almost US$2 billion in 2011, a huge jump from $632.47 million in 2007, in which the balance of trade is heavily in favor of Argentina; Indonesia buys more than $1 billion worth of soya bean oil cakes and other residues every year from Argentina and is Argetina's fourth biggest trading partner in Asia - Jakarta Post (2012/09/12)
U.S. to sell Indonesia 8 Apache helicopters - also stepping up military cooperation with traditional allies such as the Philippines and Australia; the Apache attack helicopters are manufactured by Boeing - Chicago Tribune (2012/09/20)
On palm oil: Indonesia cuts September palm oil export tax to 13.5% - as the global benchmark, Malaysia Derivatives Exchange, has fallen 5.4 percent this year resulting from the sovereign debt crisis in Europe and a slowdown in China reducing demand for cooking oils - Bloomberg (2012/08/29)
Malaysia's Sime Darby Q4 net profit drops 16.1 pct - world's largest palm oil planter by landbank size warned that a deteriorating global economy may hurt prospects; company aims to increase its plantation landbank to one million hectares in the next three years, eyeing land expansion in Indonesia and Africa - Reuters (2012/08/29)
Palm-oil veteran mistry says Indonesia has "hidden" reserves - palm oil has dropped in 2012 while soybeans rallied 44 percent; the two largest producer, Indonesia and Malaysia, may limit price gains even as soybeans, which can be crushed to produce a rival oil, are poised to extend a record rally after drought curbed supplies; benchmark palm oil in Malaysia has dropped 8.2 percent this year, helping restrain gains in global food costs spurred by the worst U.S. drought in more than half a century - BusinessWeek (2012/09/06)
Yet everything has a downside: "Environmental hangover from Indonesia's palm oil thirst" - the equivalent of six football pitches of forest is lost every minute in Indonesia due to increasing palm oil plantation, wealth creation has meant environmental destruction - Jakarta Globe (2012/12/09)
Singapore should prepare for possible ban of live animal exports: PM Lee - officials in charge of Muslim Affairs were initially quite worried that the Korban ritual in Singapore might be affected by Australia's stringent new regulations on live sheep exports; Australian PM Julia Gillard gave the green lights amid animal welfare groups pressing strongly to ban live exports completely, as New Zealand had done - Today Online (2012/10/26)
Indonesia digs hole for itself with new mining laws - mining without exploration is an industry that goes downhill: the regulations restrict the export of raw ores, force foreign miners to divest over half their assets after 10 years of production and require domestic processing of ore by 2014; Chinese imports of nickel ore dropped sharply - Reuters (2012/10/01)
Indonesia to review unprocessed ore export rules-minister - Indonesia will review its rules on the export of unprocessed metal ores after a Supreme Court ruling that upheld a challenge to a government ban on such shipments; mining constitutes 12 percent of GDP in Indonesia - Reuters (2012/11/06)
Indonesia's 2013 white sugar output likely to fall - expected to fall 15 percent to 2.2 million tonnes next year, as wet weather dents production; the country was the world's second-largest sugar exporter in the 1930s - Business Recorder (2012/11/08)
Will more LNG production benefit Indonesia? - all LNG produced by three existing plants is exported; none was domestically used due to the absence of an LNG receiving terminal in the country despite outcry for greater gas allocations - Jakarta Post (2012/11/17)
Is Indonesia ready for free trade? - Industry Minister worries that the Asean Economic Community starting in 2015 would have a similar impact to that of the Asean-China Free Trade Agreement when it went into effect in 2010 and reduced the import tax on cheap Chinese goods to virtually zero - Jakarta Globe (2012/11/19)
Indonesia set to keep strong FDI growth - seeing how problems unfold in China and India, investors now turn to Indonesia - Jakarta Post (2012/11/22)
- meanwhile: "Will Indonesia be next land of opportunity?" - while offering abundant reliable energy resources and minerals, the country struggles with widespread corruption, lack of infrastructure and equipment technologies failing to meet world-class standards - Dallas Blog (2012/11/22)
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