Although there is plenty of opposition to – and criticism on – Indonesia for allowing crude palm oil (or CPO) to play a big role in the domestic economy (Indonesia being the world’s largest producer and exporter of CPO), the country is currently feeling the windfall from soaring CPO prices. And, it is contributing to Indonesia’s recovery from the severe – and still ongoing – novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
Update COVID-19 in Indonesia: 1,713,684 confirmed infections, 47,012 deaths (9 May 2021)
9 May 2021 (closed)
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Over the past couple of months –essentially since touching a low in August 2020– global coal prices have surged. In January 2021 coal prices were at their strongest levels in almost two years (before experiencing a mild correction in February 2021).
At the start of February 2021, Indonesian President Joko Widodo signed Presidential Regulation No. 10 of 2021 on Investment Business Activities. This regulation forms a derivative regulation of the Omnibus Law on Job Creation (Law No. 11 of 2020 on Job Creation), a landmark law that was passed by the House of Representatives (or DPR) on 5 October 2020.
After news spread late last year, it is official now! Indonesia has its own sovereign wealth fund, called the Indonesia Investment Authority (abbreviated as INA). On 16 February 2021, Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced the list of people that will this investment management institution. For starters, Widodo selected Ridha DM Wirakusumah - previously President Director of Bank Permata - as the CEO of INA.
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