• Profit of Indonesia's State-Owned Energy Firm Pertamina Soars 221%

    Profit of Indonesia's State-Owned Energy Firm Pertamina Soars 221%

    Indonesia's fully state-owned energy company Pertamina saw its net profit grow by a whopping 221 percent (y/y) to USD $1.83 billion in the first half of 2016. This remarkable performance is attributed to the company's enhanced operational performance and efficiency in the upstream and downstream segments. Dwi Soetjipto, General Director of Pertamina, that despite the oil and gas industry being plagued by major challenges, Pertamina managed to take its responsibility in terms of the energy supply, being the nation's foremost local energy supplier.

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  • Housing Backlog Indonesia to Fall to 6.8 Million Units by 2019?

    Housing Backlog Indonesia to Fall to 6.8 Million Units by 2019?

    The government of Indonesia may succesfully curb the nation's housing backlog figure to 6.8 million units by 2019. Providing adequate housing for the poorer segments of Indonesian society is one of the key tasks of the Indonesian government (for example through its 'one million houses' [per year] program). In 2015 Indonesia's housing backlog declined by 16 percent (y/y) to 11.4 million units according to the data from Indonesia's Statistics Agency (BPS). With enough effort of the government and private sector the figure should continue to drop in the foreseeable future.

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  • Deficit in Indonesia's Steel Industry Puts Pressure on Trade Balance

    Deficit in Indonesia's Steel Industry Puts Pressure on Trade Balance

    Indonesia imports between 6.5 - 7.5 million tons of steel each year to meet domestic demand. Given that Indonesia's steel exports are insignificant it therefore implies that steel is one of the components that puts heavy pressure on the country's trade balance. The steel deficit of Indonesia is estimated to reach USD $7 billion this year. Indonesia requires some 12.5 million tons of steel per year for its construction projects. However, the domestic steel industry can only supply about 6 million tons of steel.

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  • Palapa Ring Project Indonesia: Construction West Section to Start

    Palapa Ring Project Indonesia: Construction West Section to Start

    The West section of Indonesia's Palapa Ring project is ready for construction according to the Indonesian Communication and Information Ministry. The majority of funds for the West Palapa Ring section - estimated to require IDR 1.28 trillion (approx. USD $97 million) in total - are ready to be disbursed. The Palapa Ring project, which consists of three sections (the West, Central and East sections), is one of Indonesia's priority infrastructure projects. It involves a huge undersea fiber-optic cable network that will offer faster broadband to the entire archipelago.

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