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30 July 2021

Politics and Policymaking in Indonesia this Week

Politics: Gen (ret) Moeldoko is launching criminal defamation proceedings against Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW), an NGO.  Reformasi Weekly examines the background of the issue and assesses scenarios and implications (Page 2).  On nearly a daily basis, Parliament Speaker Puan Maharani of PDI Perjuangan is issuing stern recommendations to the government on handling Covid‑19 (p. 4).  Former President Yudhoyono also issued subtle criticism of the Widodo administration (p. 5). 

Health: Nationwide cases detections remained on a plateau during the week, trending down by a mere three percent, but Jakarta Province detections continued their decline, having halved from their peak (p. 5).  Covid deaths among healthcare workers have risen — Reformasi Weekly considers the ramifications (p. 7).

Justice: Veteran Golkar legislator Aziz Syamsuddin may enjoy a reprieve (p. 8).

Policy News: Ministers proposed a restructuring of state‑owned geothermal power assets  — Reformasi Weekly delves into the details and assesses the decision-making (p. 8).   

Economics: Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has recorded steady quarter‑on‑quarter growth over the past year.  Reformasi Weekly looks at the trends behind the headline data, including China’s share (p. 10).  South Sumatra Province received a Rp2 trillion cash donation for Covid relief from a little‑known family (p. 13). 

Energy: The minister appears intent on reviving progress on the extractive industries transparency initiative (EITI) in conjunction with the Finance Ministry (p. 14).

Marketplace: Digital‑economy players including Bukalapak plan blockbuster IPOs that will enhance the stock market’s profile – but at the expense of listing standards (p. 15).


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