• Indonesia Opens Doors for Gas Imports to Boost Competitiveness

    Indonesia Opens Doors for Gas Imports to Boost Competitiveness

    The government of Indonesia decided to allow more imports of gas for the domestic industry, a decision that should put downward pressure on Indonesia's gas price. Many players in Indonesia's manufacturing industry have complained about the high domestic gas prices. This causes high production costs and therefore Indonesian manufacturers lack competitiveness (compared to foreign counterparts), while foreign investors think twice before investing in the nation's manufacturing industry.

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  • Remarkable News Indonesia: CGV Movie Theater Seats Promote Adultery

    Remarkable News Indonesia: CGV Movie Theater Seats Promote Adultery

    Indonesia's third-largest cinema operator CGV Cinemas, owned by publicly listed Graha Layar Prima, needs to replace the comfortable (bed-like) seats in the velvet class of its Palembang movie theater (in the capital of Indonesia's South Sumatra province) because local authorities decided (after receiving complaints from local citizens) that the bed-like seats may encourage adultery and sexual misconduct.

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  • Advertising Spending in Indonesia Recovered, TV & Tobacco Dominate

    Advertising Spending in Indonesia Recovered, TV & Tobacco Dominate

    Growth of advertising spending in Indonesia's printed and electronic media grew 14 percent year-on-year (y/y) to IDR 134.8 trillion (approx. USD $10.1 billion) in 2016 from IDR 118 trillion in the preceding year. This growth pace is nearly double the annual growth pace that was recorded in 2014 and 2015 at 8 percent and 7 percent, respectively. These data come from a new report released by Nielsen’s Advertising Information Service earlier this week.

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  • Palm Oil Production Indonesia Fell 3% in 2016, Exports Down 5%

    Palm Oil Production Indonesia Fell 3% in 2016, Exports Down 5%

    The Indonesian Palm Oil Producers Association (Gapki) announced that Indonesia's palm oil production realization reached 34.5 million tons in 2016, down 3 percent from a production figure of 35.5 million tons in the preceding year. The reason why Indonesia's palm oil output fell in 2016 was the El Nino weather phenomenon that brought dry weather to Southeast Asia. The unconducive weather conditions plagued harvests in the region, although the 3 percent decline was much softer than earlier predictions. Earlier, several analysts predicted a 15-30 percent (y/y) decline of palm oil output in Indonesia in 2016.

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