- Indonesia is allocating a substantial amount of stimulus money to its state-owned enterprises.
- The government likely sees state firms as playing an important role in maintaining economic stability.
- The longer-term outcomes could be mixed, however, given the political pressures on the sector and the weak institutional and governance capacities related to SOEs.
● The absence of comprehensive and integrated identification systems has hindered governments in areas ranging from contact tracing to delivery of cash aid.
● Although some countries have identification numbers tied to their tax or welfare systems, these are often fragmented, and data is incomplete or not updated regularly.… Read the rest
● President Joko Widodo refuses to implement the more stringent quarantine measures imposed elsewhere in the region.
● With medical resource utilization possibly nearing capacity and local capabilities highly uneven across the archipelago, a miscalculation could have severe repercussions across the board.… Read the rest
On Wednesday, 12 February, President Joko Widodo finally submitted to parliament his administration’s Omnibus Bill on Job Creation. Slightly more than 1,000 pages long, it is one of the most substantial reform laws in decades, covering topics in 80 separate laws.… Read the rest
● The bill to reform the country’s labor rules was expected early this week.
● Consensus-building is likely taking place behind the scenes to avoid internal dissent that could feed resistance from labor unions.… Read the rest