• Indonesia's January Inflation Rate Increases by 1.03 Percent

    Badan Pusat Statistik - BPS - Indonesia Investments

    Today, Statistics Indonesia (BPS), a non-departmental government institute, stated that the inflation rate of January increased due to the government's decision to raise electricity tariffs and due to massive floods in Jakarta and other cities. January's headline inflation is 1.03 percent. The year-on-year inflation rate now stands at 4.57 percent; still within Indonesia's Central Bank's target of 4.5 ±1 percent.

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  • Continued Emergence of Scandals Undermines Trust in Indonesian Politics

    Today, most Indonesian newspapers opened with negative headlines concerning the country's political arena. In Indonesian politics, scandals - whether connected to corruption or other issues - are frequently reported and seriously undermine people's (both domestic and foreign) confidence in the nation's governance. In today's newspapers, three cases were center of attention and illustrate the problems within Indonesia's political elite.

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  • More Air Traffic Between Indonesia and Singapore Agreed Upon

    Several Indonesian media reported that a deal has been reached between the governments of Singapore and Indonesia that will foresee in an increase of flights (accompanied by a lowering in fares) between Singapore and several big cities in Indonesia (including Jakarta, Surabaya and Medan). The route Jakarta-Singapore is one of the busiest airline routes in Asia, mainly due to business traffic because of (growing) trade and investments flows between the two countries.

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  • Islamic Unit of Bank Mandiri Aims for Public Listing on Indonesia Stock Exchange

    An unit of Bank Mandiri - Bank Syariah Mandiri - is aiming for an initial public offering (IPO) in 2014. This step would make Bank Syariah Mandiri the first publicly listed Islamic lender of Indonesia. In Indonesia, 11 Islamic lenders are active but total assets of these lenders are small compared to the country's total banking assets. In recent years, however, Islamic financing has experienced substantial growth in Indonesia.

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