Local govt’s role in fighting climate change

While the world is still celebrating a historic agreement to tackle climate change, the real challenge is to walk the talk. Indonesia, as other countries, is legally bound by the Paris Agreement, aimed at stopping the world’s temperature rise from exceeding 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. With a new administration and different development directions, the Paris Agreement will be an opportunity if all stakeholders play their parts. To date, 109 nations have ratified the Pari.....

ILLEGAL PAYMENT AND BUREAUCRACY

                      ILLEGAL PAYMENT AND BUREAUCRACY Bambang WicaksonoPolicy AnalystCenter for Public Policy Transformation (Transformasi) Several days ago the police conducted a red-handed operation in relation with illegal payment practices for license granting in the Ministry of Transportation. Illegal payment is not something new in public service delivery in Indonesia. Although Law No. 25/2009 on Public Service has b.....

Pungli dan Birokrasi

                      ILLEGAL PAYMENT AND BUREAUCRACY Bambang WicaksonoPolicy AnalystCenter for Public Policy Transformation (Transformasi) Several days ago the police conducted a red-handed operation in relation with illegal payment practices for license granting in the Ministry of Transportation. Illegal payment is not something new in public service delivery in Indonesia. Although Law No. 25/2009 on Public Service has b.....

Building smart and sustainable cities

When local governments are bidding for recognition as smart cities in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), they should no longer only chase the smart “brand” but, more importantly, the trademark of sustainable regions. The different branding of smart cities and sustainable cities has prompted each municipal government to create a different set of priorities. This happens although the environment is already known as one of the smart city indicators. The achievement .....

improving the social value of indonesia's fisheries sector

The Indonesian fisheries sector experienced rapid growth throughout 2015 under the leadership of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration, and, most notably the new Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister (MAFM) Susi Pudjiastuti, who made waves through her relentless fight against illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing practices. Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, with a national territory that consists of 84 percent sea and only 16 percent land. With va.....

Opinion: Tackling youth unemployment through skills upgrade and entrepreneurship

Tackling youth unemployment through skills upgrade and entrepreneurship Joanna OctaviaSenior Researcher Center for Public Policy Transformation Indonesia’s unrelenting youth unemployment requires new strategies in job creation, especially in the aftermath of massive layoffs across the archipelago earlier this year and the upcoming demographic bonus period. Between 2025 and 2035, it is predicted that the number of people within the productive age bracket will be higher than the number of .....

Addressing labor market concerns to boost labor-intensive industries

Widespread layoffs across different factories in Indonesia since early February have raised questions whether unemployment would continue to be on the rise, leading to concerns over the country’s economic health and political stability. The issue of unemployment was – and probably still is – among the myriad of problems plaguing the economy when President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo took over the presidency in late October 2014. At the time, the Indonesian economy was running on a huge .....

Waging War: Indonesia vs Vietnam!

Waging War Mohamad Burhanudin and Joanna Octavia Wage increase is an almost never ending battle in Indonesia’s industrial relations. Where workers appeal for higher wages every year, businesses fight to defend lower costs and profit maximization: dilemmatic. Government, as a regulator, finds itself in a conundrum of having to please both sides, while ensuring that the wage policy it sets will attract investment and bring forth prosperity to the workers at the same time. The unveiling of t.....

UNRAVELING BUSINESS LICENSING COMPETITIVENESS IN INDONESIA: A COMPARATIVE CASE STUDY

In its 2015 Doing Business survey, the World Bank ranked Indonesia in the 114th place out of 189 countries in terms of ease of business, well below Southeast Asian neighbors such as Vietnam (ranked 78th) and Thailand (26th). Moreover, the survey also revealed that it was far more difficult to start a new business in Indonesia (ranked 155th out of 189 countries), compared to Vietnam (125th) and Thailand (75th). One of the most often-cited reasons for Indonesia’s lack of business competitive.....

Unravelling Business Licensing Competitiveness In Indonesia: A Comparative Case Study Indonesia vs Vietnam

In its 2015 Doing Business survey, the World Bank ranked Indonesia in the 114th place out of 189 countries in terms of ease of business, well below Southeast Asian neighbors such as Vietnam (ranked 78th) and Thailand (26th). Moreover, the survey also revealed that it was far more difficult to start a new business in Indonesia (ranked 155th out of 189 countries), compared to Vietnam (125th) and Thailand (75th). One of the most often-cited reasons for Indonesia’s lack of business competitive.....