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Indonesia: Plan to Issue ID Cards to Children

(Mar. 3, 2016) In February 2016, Indonesia’s Home Minister, Tjahjo Kumolo, announced that under Home Ministerial Regulation No. 2 of 2016 the government will begin issuing identity cards to children in March. The cards, to be called Kartu Identitas Anak [Child Identity Cards] (KIAs), will have unique numbers that will be issued to all Indonesians […]

Indonesia: Procedural Simplification as Development Incentive

(Feb. 29, 2016) Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, speaking on February 22, 2016, advocated building the country’s infrastructure and decreasing regulatory obstacles as vital to Indonesia’s economic competitiveness. The issue of competitiveness in the region is especially important, he said, now that Indonesia is part of the ASEAN Economic Community. “This is the era of competition […]

Indonesia: Regional Elections Law Revision Proposed

(Feb. 18, 2016) On February 15, 2016, Indonesia’s General Election Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum, or KPU) outlined a number of ways in which Indonesia’s Regional Elections Law should be improved. (Revisions Needed in Indonesia’s Regional Election Law, Says KPU, JAKARTA GLOBE (Feb. 16, 2016).) The legislation in question was originally a government regulation, but was […]

Indonesia: Attorney General Affirms Need for Death Penalty

(Feb. 1, 2016) Speaking on January 20, 2016, Indonesia’s Attorney General, H.M. Prasetyo, affirmed the need for capital punishment. He was speaking in response to a question from the Indonesian legislature’s House Commission III, which oversees law and human rights issues. Prasetyo stated that executions are needed as “shock therapy against serious crime.”  (Erika Anindita, […]

Indonesia: Student Visa Rules Eased

(Jan. 27, 2016) Under an agreement of January 21, 2016, between Yasonna H. Laoly, the Minister for Law and Human Rights, and Mohamad Nasir, the Minister for Research and Technology and Higher Education, visa procedures for foreigners planning to study in Indonesia will be simplified and can be completed online. The hope is that the […]

Indonesia: Promotion of Measures to Protect Caves

(Jan. 21, 2016) On January 18, 2016, the President of Indonesia’s Speleological Society, Cahyo Rahmadi, urged the country’s government to adopt national standards to protect caves. Rahmadi stated, “[t]he government has not yet issued a guideline on cave management, even though caves have become tourist sites.”  (Bambang Muryanto, Government Urged to Protect Caves for Ecotourism, […]

Indonesia: Regulation to Encourage Investment in Industry

(Jan. 13, 2016) On December 28, 2015, the Government of Indonesia issued a new regulation that is expected to increase investment in developing industrial zones. The new legislation replaces parts of Government Regulation No. 24/2009, on industrial zones. Speaking on January 5, 2016, Imam Haryono, Director General for Industrial Region Development of the Ministry of […]

Indonesia: Plan to Extend Visa-Free Entry to More Foreigners

(Dec. 22, 2015) On December 21, 2015, Indonesia’s Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister, Rizal Ramli, stated that the country will waive the visa requirement for visitors from 84 additional countries, beginning within the week. This decision brings the number of countries whose citizens can enter Indonesia without visas up to 174. (Govt to Include 84 More […]

Indonesia: Plan to Modify Rules on Natural Gas

(Dec. 18, 2015) It was reported on December 11, 2015, that the Indonesian government is planning to revise the 2015 Regulation of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources on Provisions and Procedures for Determining the Allocation, Utilization, and Price of Natural Gas (Regulation No. 37, 2015). The goal of the revision is to stimulate […]