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18
May

President Joko Widodo urged people to buy domestic products during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the inauguration of the #BanggaBuatanIndonesia National Movement through a virtual conference at the State Palace in Jakarta, Thursday (May 14), the President said, Indonesians must support, help  and protect each other so as not to be exposed to the Covid-19 and the economy is also not threatened. Therefore, it’s necessary to save the neighbors, relatives, friends and family  with  discipline in implementing the health protocols. By caring for  the neighbors who are in difficulty,  shopping in small or micro-businesses,  and buying works of Indonesian products, President Joko Widodo believes that Indonesians  can jointly pass the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ha also expressed that Indonesian creative industry products are  good; the designs are not inferior to foreign products. Many good quality products are made by home industries of  farmers and  fishermen. According to the President, domestic products must be appreciated, supported, be given as much space as possible, and be used for the safety and progress of the nation and state of Indonesia. He added, these products must be a mainstay to foster confidence that Indonesia is a nation that is proud of the work of the nation itself.

The president also cited a number of national works in the field of health that have been used for handling the Covid-19 pandemic. In the health sector, to accelerate the handling of Covid-19, Indonesia has succeeded in developing a Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test kit, rapid diagnostic test or RDT, ventilator and mobile BSL (Biosafety Level 2). It is hoped that by the end of May, all the innovation can be mass produced so that Indonesia is no longer dependent on imported products from other countries. President Joko Widodo believes, a pandemic is not an obstacle to fostering creativity and innovation. He emphasized that the limitations actually encourage continued innovation, transformation, explore self-potential and create opportunities.

13
May

Financial Services Authority (OJK) revealed the total restructuration of banking industry credit surpassed 336.97 trillion rupiahs. The number was proposed by 3.88 million debtors affected by Covid-19 until May 10 2020. That was reported by OJK Commissioner Chairman Wimboh Santoso in online press conference with Financial System Stability Committee in Jakarta on Monday.

According to Wimboh, mostly was micro small medium enterprises around 167 trillion rupiahs from 3.42 million debtor. While the credit restructuration from financing companies until May 8 2020, total approved contracts for restructuring reached 1.32 million debtors amounting to 43 trillion rupiahs.

As reported by Antara news agency, Wimboh Santoso said, credit restructuring form was postponement of loan principal and interest for six months. The credit restructuring policy was expected not to give greater pressure towards nonperforming loans both in bank and financing companies.

Wimboh Santoso explained, with the restructuring, nonperforming loan from affected debtor will be deemed performing so that bank and financing institutions do not need to make reserve funds. According to him, reserve funds will only narrow down the space for capital, bank, and financing companies to expand and provide loan to customer.

Wimboh Santoso believed that credit restructuring can hold nonperforming loan from increasing. According to him, all bank and financing companies were enthusiastic to join this program. He assured, credit still grows because real sector still has credit facility. Besides, in the current situation, government needs additional credit so that the project under development can still run as expected.

Government previously decided to provide loan principal postponement and credit interest subsidy for six months from April 2020. Financial Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati previously revealed the amount of interest subsidy for micro small debtor under 500 million rupiahs was six percent for the first three months and three other percent for the next three months. While for small medium businesses with credit ranging from 500 million up to 10 billion rupiahs, the given subsidy is three percent for the first three months and two percent for the next three months.

Credit restructuring was expected to give support to debtor who proposed the facility. Government recorded, debtors at secondary banks were 1.62 million, were 20.02 million at banks, and 6.76 million at financing companies

11
May

The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) along with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues to strengthen cooperation to increase investment into Indonesia. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi in a written statement in Jakarta on Thursday (7/5) reminded that it’s important to strengthen the strategy of raising investment amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She emphasized that along with the momentum of the post-epidemic world economic recovery, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Investment Coordinating Board must cooperate to attract quality investment.

The commitment to jointly increase investment has been carried out recently on the web seminar entitled "Maintaining Investment Momentum: Post-COVID-19  Investment Improvement Strategy" which was attended by 34 Heads of Indonesian Representatives around the world, including from the Indonesian Embassies (KBRI) overseas such as Russia, the United Arab Emirates, Germany, China, Italy, the Indonesian Embassy in Belgium concurrently in Luxembourg and the European Union, and the Indonesian Embassy in Turkey.

In her written statement, Minister Retno Marsudi asserted that Indonesian representatives are expected to improve their performance to explore the opportunities that exist in each local country. The orientation of economic diplomacy becomes more important than before. In addition, investment growth in the first quarter of 2020, which increased by 8 percent, also became a reference to improve and strengthen investment strategies amid the pandemic. The orientation of economic diplomacy must become more important than before.

Meanwhile, Head of BKPM, Bahlil Lahadalia said that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, diplomats continue to actively promote Indonesian investment opportunities. He also stated that amid COVID-19, it is very difficult to expect new investment to enter Indonesia. His side will focus on existing investments until they can be realized.

According to Bahlil, the Investment Coordinating Board has a target of stalled investment settlement worth Rp708 trillion. At present, around Rp 287 trillion has been completed, which consists of investment projects such as Lotte Chemical Indonesia; cooperation in the construction of an oil refinery between Pertamina and Rosneft, the construction of Tanjung Jati power plant, and the construction of  Hyundai Motor Company car factory.

06
May

Traditional market must still operate amid coronavirus or Covid-19 outbreak. Trade minister Agus Suparmanto said, in operating, the market must prioritize hygiene of the market, trader, and buyers while still implementing physical distancing in optimizing the Large Scale Social Distancing in some regions to stop Covid-19 spread.

In written statement on Sunday May 3, Minister Agus Suparmanto said, that Trade Ministry will cooperate with Home Affairs Ministry, National Disaster Mitigation Agency, and Covid-19 Mitigation Task Force in regions related to monitoring people’s market. This aims to keep the markets clean when operating.

Agus Suparmanto affirmed, this step also aims to ensure basic important goods supplies are available with stable price. Therefore, he asked the regional Government Associations of City and Regency to allow traditional markets in provinces, regencies, cities, and villages open by still obeying safety protocol.

The Minister explained, traders in traditional market decreased averagely 29 percent. The decrease also happened at traders’ turnover averagely 39 percent resulting from lacking of buyers during Covid-19 outbreak in Indonesia.

Similarly, retail businesspeople had their turnover decreased by 90 percent. Besides that, there was 50 percent decrease in goods supply that resulted in decreasing ability in fulfilling many responsibilities such as paying tax, rent, electricity, gas, installment, and employee salary.

Measure to operate the people’s market was also agreed by Covid-19 Mitigation Acceleration Task Force Doni Monardo. According to Doni Monardo, Indonesia chose to implement Large Scale Social Distancing instead of lockdown, so some sectors can still operate. National Disaster Mitigation Agency will issue Circular Letter to the whole Covid-19 Mitigation Acceleration Task Force in Provinces and Regencies/Cities to operate traditional market in their region while still implementing health protocol at the markets.

Policy to still open the traditional market was also supported by House of Representative’s Commission 6. In virtual meeting with Trade Ministry, Home Affairs Ministry, National Disaster Mitigation Agency, and some related associations, Commission 6 conveyed their support to make  Indonesian traditional markets’ circulation and ecosystem can still run, so that underprivileged people’s economy can still be maintained by continuously prioritizing health protocol. Traditional market must still open and operate optimally, since the market is the distribution chain for farmers and fishermen who sell their products.

04
May

President Joko Widodo says, he is optimistic that 2021 will be a momentum for economic recovery after Covid-19 pandemic struck Indonesia. Therefore, he asked regional governments to prepare scenarios for recovery of the sectors worst affected.

When opening the 2020 National Development Planning Conference   through a video conference on Thursday (30/4), President Joko Widodo asked governors, regents, mayors, and heads of the Regional Development Planning Agency to identify in detail the impact of Covid-19 in their respective regions. He also requested the regional governments to be able to carefully sort out the sectors affected by Covid-19, starting from those most affected, survived, and sectors that can actually take the opportunities that exist. According to the President, there are some sectors that suffer loss, such as Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), tourism, construction, and transportation sectors. Even so, he saw that there are also several sectors that survived and could continue to move, such as the textile, chemical, pharmaceutical, medical devices, food and beverage, communication services, and logistics sectors.

Meanwhile, to prevent mass layoffs, the President said, the government has prepared an economic stimulus package program to survive and prevent layoffs, such as tax incentives, credit restructuring and relaxation of raw material imports.

However, he cautioned that micro-businesses and ultra-micro businesses must also be helped. According to him, economic stimulus must reach the informal sectors, such as street vendors, snack sellers, and small shops. He also revealed that the number of business operators is very large. According to data of the National Development Planning Agency, the figure reaches 40 million with a large workforce. He added that that amid COVID-19 pandemic situation, the government has reallocated and refocused the budget into three priorities, namely health, social safety net and stimulus priorities for economic recovery.

President Joko Widodo perceived that indeed, there is no certainty that the COVID-19 pandemic will come to end in the world. However, the government continues to prepare various policy scenarios to anticipate from the mild to the most severe impacts of COVID-19 during the Covid-19 pandemic situation.

22
April

Indonesian Communication and Informatics Ministry stated that the regulation on International Mobile Equipment Identity or IMEI number validation is official since April 18 2020. It was marked by the beginning of IMEI registration into the system prepared by cellular operators. IMEI regulation was ratified by three ministries namely Communication and Informatics Ministry, Trade Ministry, and Industry Ministry.

This regulation only applies to devices purchased after April 18, while users who have actively been using their devices before it does not need to do anything. IMEI validation only applies to cellular devices such as cellphone and tablet, but not for laptops.

Indonesian government since February had decided to use whitelist to ensure that consumer buys legal devices that can connect to cellular operator service when they buy a new gadget. IMEI number on the phone will be recorded in the Equipment Identity Register (EIR) in the operators.

Data from EIR will be read by Centralized Equipment Identity Register (CEIR) that will be managed by government, to decide if the device is into the whitelist, blacklist, or even greylist.

Government is also preparing consumer service in the CEIR system for complaint on IMEI, while the management will be appointed to institution that manages CEIR. IMEI regulation can initiate a new service, namely blocking lost device so that it cannot connect to any cellular number.

Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto in Jakarta on Sunday (19/4) remined the importance for business people in trade sector to comply to the IMEI regulation. According to Minister Agus, this regulation aims to protect consumer from harmful and bad devices.

Agus Suparmanto affirmed that they will take firm action if the businesspeople in trade sector including producer, importer, distributor, agent, retailer, and electronic business people do not comply to the IMEI regulation.

For every violation, Trade Ministry will give from heavy warning to business permit revocation, while the violator must pay compensation for the consumer. Although in the middle of Covid-19 pandemic, this firm act will still be imposed to protect consumer from illegal communication product trade or products from black market.

20
April

In the near future, Indonesian domestic industry players will produce 16,000 personal protective equipment (PPE) every day, based on the criteria of the World Health Organization -WHO. Indonesian Minister of Industry, Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita, in a virtual press conference after a limited meeting in Jakarta on Wednesday (April 15) said that his office through the Textile Center of the Ministry of Industry has cooperated with the Task Force for the Acceleration of Handling Covid-19. The cooperation was also expanded by involving the Indonesian Textile Association. Besides PPE, Minister Agus Gumiwang also said that his side along with a number of industries is also making various efforts to develop ventilators.

The Ministry of Industry has coordinated with four groups of ventilator developers from the University of Indonesia, the Yogyakarta team consisting of Gajah Mada University, and a number of private companies. From the results of the coordination, it is certain that several groups of ventilator developers will start producing this April. He also explained, the Yogyakarta team actually spoke in the medium to long term. Besides handling Covid-19, in the future, they will produce high-grade ventilators. While other groups will produce low-cost ventilators.

When opening a limited meeting recently, President Joko Widodo said, the availability of medical devices, medicines and pharmaceutical raw materials amidst Covid-19 pandemic must be ensured sufficient for this moment and in the future. This includes  the availability of PPE for doctors and medical personnel. The reason is that currently more than 200 countries in the world are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Many countries in the world are  fighting  over the supply of medical devices and pharmaceutical goods to overcome the virus that attacks the respiratory tract.

President Joko Widodo asked the ranks of ministers and leaders of institutions to re-evaluate the entire potential of domestic industrial resources, such as the pharmaceutical raw materials industry, the Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) industry, masks, ventilators and others. He also reminded, exports of goods related to handling Covid-19 to be done selectively, because domestic needs  must be prioritized. In addition, the import of raw materials for making medical devices and pharmaceutical goods to handle Covid-19 must be facilitated.

17
April

The Ministry of Agriculture on Monday (Apr13) inaugurated 67 Millennial Farmer Ambassadors and Main Farmer Ambassadors from a number of provinces as an effort to regenerate farmers. Minister of Agriculture Syahrul Yasin Limpo, while watching the virtual inauguration ceremony in Jakarta on Monday said, when the COVID-19 pandemic is still faced by a number of countries, including Indonesia, agricultural sector is increasingly needed to meet food necessity.

Syahrul Yasin Limpo said, as long as the COVID-19 still outbreak, more people need  effective, efficient and transparent agriculture. This can be done through millennial and modern farmers. The Minister of Agriculture confirmed 59 Millennial Farmer Ambassadors aged between 19-39 years and 8 Leading Farmer Ambassadors aged over 39 years. The farmers' ambassadors came from various aspects of commodities, such as food crops, plantations, livestock and horticulture. Moreover, the Agriculture Ministry also provides agricultural extension workers who assist farmers to transfer agricultural innovations and information technology so that they can produce successful farmers.

On the same occasion, Head of the Agricultural Extension and Human Resources Development Agency, Dedi Nursyamsi explained, this inauguration aims to accelerate the regeneration of farmers by increasing the role of young generation in developing and advancing the agricultural sector to be more prospective . Therefore, Nursyamsi considered that young farmers are needed to give contribution to the agricultural development renewal movements. The farmer’s ambassadors are expected to be able to attract other millennial to be agricultural entrepreneurs. In addition, it is able to accelerate advocacy to the community especially related to the Ministry's programs, so that the program can be implemented quickly.

Dedi asserted, in the face of COVID-19 outbreak, agriculture is the frontline for preventing infection because it plays an important role in fulfilling food necessities to maintain the body's immunity. On that occasion, there had also been established the management of the Millennial Farmers Ambassador Forum and the Leading Farmers Ambassadors Forum as well as the provincial coordinator chaired by Sandi Octa Susila.

15
April

The Tax Directorate General of the Indonesian Finance Ministry waives value-added tax (PPn) towards some goods and services for Covid-19 handling. That was official statement of Tax Directorate General received by Antara news agency on Saturday, April 11 2020.

In the statement, it was mentioned that Indonesian government supported the availability of goods and meds needed in Covid-19 handling by waiving the value-added tax or the government pays it.

Such facility is given to government agency or institution, referral hospital, and other parties appointed to aid the Covid-19 handling for importing goods.

The goods that will not be subject to a 10 percent tax are medicine, vaccine, lab equipment, detecting equipment, protective gear, patient treatment equipment, and other supporting equipments.

Meanwhile, the services needed in Covid-19 handling include construction, consulting, engineering, management, rental, and other supporters.


Not only value-added tax, the regulation also exempts three income taxes (PPh). The first is Article 22 or Import Income Tax, for import of goods by government agency or institution, referral hospital, and other parties appointed to aid the Covid-19 handling. The Article 22 Income Tax exemption is also given to the seller.

Second, Article 21 Income Tax exemption will take effect to domestic individual taxpayer as payment given by government agency or institution, referral hospital, and other parties appointed to aid the Covid-19 handling.

Third, exemption of Article 23 Income Tax for income received by government agency or institution, referral hospital, and other appointed parties for engineering, management, or other kinds of services required in Covid-19 handling.

Reference proposal for Article 22 and Article 23 Income Taxes exemption is submitted to tax office head where the taxpayer is registered, through official email of the tax office.

Value-added tax and income tax incentive will take effect from  April 2020 until September 2020.

13
April

The Indonesian government has prepared a fund worth Rp110 trillion allocated for social safety nets. This program is intended for the grassroots to remain able to meet basic needs and maintain purchasing power in overcoming the socioeconomic impact of the Corona Virus (Covid-19) outbreak. President Joko Widodo revealed it at a Limited Meeting on the Effectiveness of Social Security Net Distribution Program, Tuesday (7/4), through a Video Conference from the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta.

According to President Joko Widodo, the government has expanded the number of beneficiary families of  the Family Hope Program  from 9.2 million to 10 million. President Jokowi also said that he would increase the value of benefits by increasing approximately 25% and accelerating  distribution from every  three months to once a month. The government also increased the number of nine basic food card holders from 15.2 million to 20 million. The benefits were increased by 30% from 150,000 rupiah to 200,000 rupiah and  given for 9 months.

Specifically for Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, Bekasi (Greater Jakarta), the Government is preparing a special social assistance program for 3.7 million families. The President explained, assistance for 1.1 million families was prepared by the Provincial Government of DKI Jakarta, while for the remaining  2.6 million families by the Central Government for two months, according to the emergency response period stipulated by the Covid-19 Task Force.

In addition, the President has also ordered the Minister of Social Affairs to distribute 200 thousand packages of the Nine Basic Staples for the Greater Jakarta area and the Pre-Work or unemployed Cards starting April 9. The budget was raised from 10 trillion to 20 trillion rupiahs for  5.6 million  beneficiaries, especially layoffs, informal workers, micro and small businesses affected by Covid-19 pandemic.

President Joko Widodo requested that social safety nets to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic impacts be given quickly and right on target  to the people who really need it without any difficult bureaucracy.

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