UI Students Create Corona Virus Monitor Application

Several educational institutions in Indonesia currently show each other the ability to overcome, minimize, and monitor the development of the 2019 Coronavirus Disease pandemic or COVID-19 in the country. Previously, GNFI had published an article on how Telkom University and LIPI had jointly created a robot to sterilize the isolation room for patients with suspected corona virus. In addition to Telkom, the University of Indonesia (UI) also contributes through a smartphone application.

Quoting from the official UI page, last week there was a soft launching of an application called EndCorona via their live streaming YouTube account. Not only a device, EndCorona can also be accessed via a desktop or laptop computer.

EndCorona was created through the collaboration of a number of UI students from the Faculty of Medicine (FKUI) and the Faculty of Computer Science UI (Fasilkom UI). EndCorona serves as a corona virus risk assessment platform provider. EndCorona is equipped with various features that help people deal with the plague in Indonesia. One feature that is put forward is how to find out the condition of yourself whether at risk of corona virus exposure or not.

Through the assessment in the EndCorona platform, users can see the level of vulnerability status themselves, ranging from low risk, caution, vulnerable, and very vulnerable. The assessment has been explored by the FKUI-RSCM advisory team from trusted scientific journals as well as proven national and international recommendations.

EndCorona also presents information and education channels to help people find the right knowledge based on medical science, provide information, current situation, and prevent the development of hoax news about COVID-19.

“The features in EndCorona consist of Covid-19 vulnerability assessment, complete hospital hotlines in Indonesia and regional health offices throughout Indonesia, FKUI Helpline , educational content and reliable news, daily statistics, and tracking data for research,” said EndCorona initiator , Arya Lukmana.

The 2018 FKUI student added, “The advantage of this platform is that it uses Cloud technology so that it is fast with almost no downtime . We hope that through this application, the public can realize their risk of COVID-19 and act according to their ind Dean of FKUI, Prof. Dr. dr. Ari Fahrial Syam, SpPD-KGEH, MMB, assessed the EndCorona application could be an alternative to prevent the spread of corona virus. ”

In the current situation and conditions the community needs information about Covid-19 disease. Hopefully this application can be one of the solutions and efforts for the community to break the chain of distribution of Covid-19, “said Dr. Ari.

Furthermore, Dean of Fasilkom UI Mirna Adriani, Ph.D. added “We appreciate and appreciate the time that has been provided by students. EndCorona can be an example of multidisciplinary cooperation between faculties and shows that information and communication technology can be the backbone of society to help reduce public unrest. It is hoped that through this application, UI will also contribute to helping countries solve problems related to the Covid-19 outbreak. ”

The collaboration between FKUI students and Fasilkom UI was initiated by Arya Lukmana and developed by students from Fasilkom UI consisting of Muhammad Fawwaz Syarif (Information System 2016), Albertus Angga Raharja (Computer Science 2016) Ricky Chandra Johanes (SI 2016), Windi Chandra (SI 2016) IK 2016), Muhammad Ashlah Shinfain (IK 2016), Adyanissa Farsya Kirana (SI 2016), Eugene Brigita Lauw (IK 2018), Amrisandha Pranantya Prasetyo (IK 2018) and a team of FKUI students, namely Lubna Djafar (2018), Sarah Latifa Raharja (2018), Sania Zahrani (2018), Violine Martalia (2019), Irene Audrey DP (2018), Alifia Maharani (2018), and Aditya Parawangsa (2018).

Collaboration from the two different faculties was supervised by doctors and lecturers from FKUI, including Prasandhya A. Yusuf, S.Si, MT, Ph.D (Department of Medical Physics FKUI / Medical Technology Cluster of IMERI), dr. Eric Daniel Tenda, SpPD, FINASIM (Department of Internal Medicine FKUI-RSCM), dr. Anindya P. Susanto, B.Eng, MM (Department of Medical Physics FKUI / IMERI Medical Technology Cluster) and dr. Dewi Friska, MKK (Department of Community Medicine, FKUI).

EndCorona’s initiative was funded through the UI – IPTEKS Community Service Grant for the 2020 Community as FKUI’s participation in providing solutions to stop the COVID-19 outbreak. The EndCorona platform can be accessed via Android, iOS and the Site by opening ( endcorona.fk.ui.ac.id and / or endcorona.id ) as well as through the Instagram social media channel (@endcorona).

EndCorona was first released on February 28, 2020 in the form of social media on Instagram, then continues to develop until now with a team of 16 people.

Other UI Assistance, Provide Guest House for Medical Personnel

Not only an application for the community, the University of Indonesia also provides a guest house or shelter for medical personnel at the UI Hospital (RSUI). RSUI in coordination with the Directorate of Management and Development of UI Business Units (DPPU UI) appointed the Japanese Study Center (PSJ), located within the UI campus, Depok, as a guest house for medical personnel. In the PSJ, there are already 21 rooms with a capacity of 48 beds along with other facilities.

“This effort is a form of our appreciation and gratitude for the medical staff who work at RSUI. The provision of the Guest House PSJ UI considers the direction of the Depok City Covid-19 Task Force for the Acceleration of Handling which dedicates RSUI to the handling of Covid-19 patients, especially in the Depok City area. It is hoped that this PSJ UI guest house can also provide adequate resting places for medical workers who are struggling, “explained UI DPPU Director Dr. drg. Nia Ayu Ismaniati, MDSc, ​​SpOrT (K).

Source: https://www.goodnewsfromindonesia.id/2020/04/07/mahasiswa-ui-ciptakan-aplikasi-pantau-virus-corona

Indonesia’s COVID-19 fight has deeper challenges

The Jokowi government has announced stricter measures and a budget to cushion the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, but must tackle more fundamental challenges, says Dr Siwage Dharma Negara.

Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo declared the COVID-19 outbreak a public health emergency on Mar 31.

He also announced new regulation which allows regional governments and city authorities to restrict people’s movements and close non-essential services.

This allows cities and provinces in Indonesia to implement stringent large-scale social distancing measures within the community.

However, since the government stopped short of calling for a lockdown, people were still free to go about their daily activities outside of their homes.


Even as he said that the Indonesian government is studying the possibility of a complete lockdown in Indonesia, Jokowi has thus far resisted this option, citing concerns about the serious sThe central government has anticipated that sudden measures to shut down the country will induce bigger financial and economic risks.

The government also recognises that it is difficult to implement a lockdown in a society like Indonesia, which has a huge informal sector. Out of the 126.5 million labour workforce in the country, 56 per cent, equating to 71 million people, work in the informal sector doing jobs such as babysitting, operating street carts and as informal carpark attendants, according to the Indonesian Central Statistics Agency.

Many Indonesians cannot afford to stay at home as their lives depend on securing a daily income. However, as the numbers of infections and fatalities have rapidly increased, the government has been forced to impose stricter movement controls.

As of Apr 7, Indonesia reported 2,491 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 209 deaths.

Despite the measures announced on Mar 31, experts have said that the regulation should have come sooner, as growing numbers of people have begun to leave Jakarta – the epicentre of COVID-19 for Indonesia – to other cities and their hometowns in search of work opportunities, as the country takes an economic hit.

Over 30,000 workers in the capital have been laid off since March, the Jakarta Manpower, Transmigration and Energy Agency said on Apr 4, with more than 132,000 placed on unpaid leave.

Indonesian Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi additionally reported that around 14,000 people from the greater Jakarta area have travelled to West Java, Central Java, Yogyakarta, and East Java in the week leading up to the announcement, ignoring the government’s appeal for them not to return home and increasing the risk of epidemic spread to their hometowns.


Concerns over the economic fall-out of more onerous restrictions like a lockdown have shaped Indonesia’s response to the coronavirus.

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati revealed that the country’s economic growth could slow to 2.3 per cent this year, compared to the 5.7 per cent earlier projected on Apr 1. She added that a worst-case scenario could see the economy shrink by 0.4 per cent.

Unsurprisingly then, Jokowi also announced on the same day he rolled out regulations on stricter movement restrictions that the Indonesian government will take decisive measures to cushion the impact of COVID-19.

This includes announced a 110 trillion rupiah (US$6.6 billion) safety net for those hardest hit by the virus, including help for some 10 million families through the Program Keluarga Harapan (Family Hope Programme or PKH) – a cash transfer programme – as well as reaching out to 15.2 million families through the staple food programme to enable them to get their basic food supplies.

To help the estimated 5.6 million informal workers, laid-off employees, and people who work in small-micro businesses affected by COVID-19, the government will double the pre-employment card programme budget to 20 trillion rupiah to support job seekers for up to six months to develop new skills.

The government will also provide free electricity for 24 million low-income households and  a 50 per cent tariff discount for 7 million middle-income households for the next three months.

Overall, the Indonesian government has budgeted an additional 405 trillion rupiah, which is about 16 per cent of the total national budget for 2020, and has scrapped the 5 per cent budget deficit cap.

While one-quarter of the budget has been allocated for financing various social protection schemes as above, an additional fund of 75 trillion rupiah has been set aside for healthcare.

About 70 trillion rupiah has been ring-fenced to support SMEs and small-scale credit holders. The government has also set up a 25 trillion rupiah contingency fund in anticipation of an increase in demand for basic staples.


Looking ahead, there are at least three big challenges facing Indonesia in managing the fall-out from COVID-19.

First, there are concerns over whether these social safety programmes can be implemented effectively.

For one, it needs to be able to identify who the intended beneficiaries are, but the data is incomplete.

Collecting information on the most affected groups, such as petty traders, manual factory workers, construction workers, cleaning service, daily workers, and ride-hailing drivers remains a huge challenge where there are no formal employment records and many do multiple jobs.

Another issue is how the government can distribute this social assistance to those affected, particularly the unbanked, who will rely on cash transfers for aid. Many of them do not have a registered bank account or a fixed address. According to the Indonesia Financial Service Authority, 51 per cent of the adult population in Indonesia does not have a bank account.

Second, public policy implementation and the delivery of government services has been complicated by Indonesia’s decentralised governance system post Reformasi, after substantial autonomy and resources were granted to regional, even district-level authorities, with coordination between the central government and local governments and among local governments, a constant work-in-progress.

Although Jokowi has asked the regional heads to coordinate their policies with regard to the restrictions on movements during this COVID-19 outbreak with the central and other local governments, they have not all complied with this request.

Several regions, such as Tegal in Central Java and Tasikmalaya in West Java, have unilaterally initiated lockdowns of their respective towns from Mar 30 until Jul 31 without consulting the central government, for instance.

Third, state and regional institutions lack the capacity to roll out programmes effectively. Governance and monitoring with regard to social-assistance programmes remain weak.

In a 2017 study of Indonesia’s social assistance system, the World Bank identified capacity issues as a key challenge facing PKH. It recommended strengthening implementation capacity, revamping information technology systems, improving human resources management and ensuring adequate training of facilitators, and expanding the family development sessions to reach all PKH families.

There have also been instances in the past where the PKH has succumbed to corrupt practices. For example, in Makassar – the capital city of South Sulawesi – last year, funds for the PKH scheme were found to be misappropriated by supervising personnel.

On a positive note, COVID-19 seems to have sparked ground-up efforts by various communities to promote social solidarity and help the poor and the vulnerable groups.  The national Indonesian COVID-19 special task force reported receiving financial contributions of around 80 billion rupiah from the public to support government assistance programmes as of Mar 31.

While such public support will complement the government’s efforts to cushion the economic impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable groups, ultimately Indonesia needs to beat the pandemic itself.

Doing so will require more decisive public healthcare measures, including the political will to get all stakeholders to coordinate a country-wide lockdown. Anything less could be detrimental to Indonesia.

Source: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/is-indonesia-doing-enough-to-fight-covid-19-12614440

Indonesia to support economy with US$8 billion stimulus to counter COVID-19 impact

JAKARTA: Indonesia announced a 120 trillion rupiah (US$8.1 billion) stimulus package on Friday (Mar 13) to support Southeast Asia’s biggest economy as the spread of the coronavirus disrupts global activity.

The stimulus, representing 0.8 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), includes exempting some workers in manufacturing from income tax and giving manufacturing companies a discount on corporate tax payments, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani

Indrawati has previously warned that Indonesia’s economic growth could slow to 4.7 per cent this year if the virus outbreak slows Chinese and global growth. Indonesia’s economy grew 5.02 per cent last year.

A number of other governments and central banks in Asia have also announced additional support measures this week to shore up confidence as the virus spreads and global financial markets tumble.

Bank Indonesia’s (BI) 2020 growth outlook was slightly higher at 5.1 per cent, though Governor Perry Warjiyo this week said this was likely be revised down at its Mar 18 to Mar 19 policy meeting, to take into account the spread of the virus globally. BI cut interest rates last month in response to the outbreak.

This won’t be the last announcement we make because the situation is very dynamic,” Indrawati said as she unveiled details of the new tax measures.

“We will prepare all instruments to mitigate and minimise the impact on companies and people,” she said.

The stimulus package was expected to widen the budget deficit this year to 2.5 per cent of GDP, from an initial plan to keep it around 1.8 per cent, Indrawati said.  The tax relief for manufacturing workers will be given to those who make 200 million rupiah or less a year.

The government is also exempting companies in 19 manufacturing sectors from having to pay import taxes, while giving them a 30 per cent corporate tax discount.

Refunds for value added tax would be made easier for companies, especially for exporters, to help manage cashflows.

The tax breaks, lasting six months starting in April, were estimated to cost the government 22.9 trillion rupiah.

Indrawati last month announced a 10.3 trillion rupiah stimulus package to support consumer spending and tourism, though some analysts thought it was too small to have a significant impact.

She did not provide details on the rest of the latest stimulus, but said the government would maintain its planned spending despite pressures on state revenue.

Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto also announced non-fiscal measures to shield the economy, including relaxing export rules for fisheries and forestry products and import rules for steel.

The loosening of rules on imports would be widened to cover strategic food items, such as sugar, flour and salt, he said.

Rules on loan restructuring for small- and medium-sized companies will be eased so banks can restructure loans regardless of size, Financial Services Authorities Chairman Wimboh Santoso said.

“This stimulus package is not directly linked to the stock market, but we hope this will provide some confidence to players in the financial markets,” Santoso said.

Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous nation, confirmed its first coronavirus case only last week, but medical professionals are concerned there may be more.

Its central bank has been buying government bonds this week to help curb losses in the rupiah currency, as virus fears trigger a global market rout.

The country’s main stock index plunged 5 per cent on Friday morning and is heading for the biggest weekly drop since October 2008. The rupiah lost 2 per cent to 14,810 a dollar, its weakest level since November 2018.

Source: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/coronavirus-indonesia-support-economy-8-billion-stimulus-covid19-12535316

The Perfect Corporate Event – Take your team out of their comfort zone at Mason Adventures

If you are looking for adventure, then you will be thrilled to hear about a long-established tour operator with over thirty years of experience who will get your heart racing and maybe even your teeth chattering!

Mason Adventures is a family-run business in Bali that offers world-class facilities and services. They own and operate all their tours, ensuring that every aspect of your experience adheres to strict safety and ethical standards with a money-back guarantee that promises a ´complete premium experience` that goes beyond anything you would expect. And because they provide everything themselves, they ensure a unique, value for money experience. The paradise island of Bali is an adventure in itself but Mason Adventures provides Bali as a backdrop to some of the most unforgettable experiences you could hope to have.

Corporate activities and team building events are creatively catered for. If you are looking for something in particular to suit your company’s needs, then Mason Adventures offers bespoke packages that can cater for anything up to 2000 people.

White water rafting, jungle buggies, mountain cycling, and tropical trekking are for those who dare to be different. Accommodating for a range of abilities from the first-time adventurers to the more daring, Mason Adventures is Bali’s safest adventure company, so you’ll have nothing to fear except fear itself!

The white water rafting experience takes you along a 12km stretch of the exciting and scenic Ayung River from where you will truly experience the beauty of the island in the quieter moments of your river rafting trip before hitting the white waters that require all of your attention.

Ramp up the revs on hair-bend twists and turns over five kilometres of track, etched out through the jungle. A challenging course is what is thrown at you when you opt for the jungle buggy experience. With the option of a single or double-seated buggy, team building has never before required such nerves of steel and quick response. An ideal activity to build transferrable qualities into your workforce.

Then there are the helicopter tours. Bali is a stunning island and nowhere else can that be most appreciated than from the skies. Exhilarating and mesmerising, there are a number of tours, one of which includes a flight over the Mt. Batur volcano.

If you prefer your adventures on terra firma then trekking or cycling through the jungle might be a challenge you’d like to face. Designed for every skill level, the tours can push you to your limit if that’s what you want. But they also allow you to encounter the culture and custom of Balinese locals as you traverse through a jungle landscape enriched with the goings-on of village life, rustic rice fields, and dramatic landscapes. You’ll learn first-hand about others as well as yourself.

Also, on offer are the wellness spa and the chocolate experience. These can be arranged as stand-alone events or within a package because even the most die-hard adrenaline junkies need some down-time and chocolate!

Bali’s biggest attraction is the elephant sanctuary where these gentle giants have been rescued and cared for in the Mason family’s very own elephant park. They are flourishing now, and baby elephants have been born and reared on the site. You can wash, bathe and ride bareback in the elephants’ bathing lake as well as safari under the stars spending an evening with these amazing beings in an ethically sustained, award-winning setting within the atmospheric hinterlands of Ubud. It’s just another one of the value for money experiences for adrenaline junkies with a conscience.

As you venture from the comfort of the office, you’ll not just step out of your comfort zone but stride out. Mason Adventures provides your workforce with an experience that will forge team building qualities that will test their mettle and raise their game.

The saying goes that a journey begins with a single step, but some journeys begin with a single leap and lead to a lifetime of performance and memories…


A team of Australian researchers say they’ve found a cure for the novel coronavirus and hope to have patients enrolled in a nationwide trial by the end of the month.

University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research director Professor David Paterson told news.com.au today they have seen two drugs used to treat other conditions can wipe out the virus in test tubes.

He said one of the medications, given to some of the first people to test positive for COVID-19 in Australia, had already resulted in “disappearance of the virus” and complete recovery from the infection.

Prof Paterson, who is also an infectious disease physician at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, said it wasn’t a stretch to label the drugs “a treatment or a cure”.

“It’s a potentially effective treatment,” he said.

“Patients would end up with no viable coronavirus in their system at all after the end of therapy.”

The drugs are both already registered and available in Australia.

“What we want to do at the moment is a large clinical trial across Australia, looking at 50 hospitals, and what we’re going to compare is one drug, versus another drug, versus the combination of the two drugs,” Prof Paterson said.

Given their history, researchers have a “long experience of them being very well tolerated” and there are no unexpected side effects.

“We’re not on a flat foot, we can sort of move ahead very rapidly with enrolling Australians in this trial,” Prof Paterson said.

“It’s the question we all have – we know it’s coming now, what is the best way to treat it?”

Prof Paterson said positive experiences in the fight against coronavirus have already been recorded overseas, citing China and Singapore. His research team are confident they can start getting the drugs to patients in a very safe way on home soil.

“We want to give Australians the absolute best treatment rather than just someone’s guesses or someone’s anecdotal experiences from a few people,” Prof Paterson told news.com.au.

He said they hope to be enrolling patients by the end of March.

“And that way, if we can test it in this first wave of patients, we do fully expect that there are going to be ongoing infections for months and months ahead, and therefore we’ll have the best possible information to treat subsequent patients,” Prof Paterson said.

“That’s really our aim, to get real world experience in Australia.”

He said the trouble with the data coming from China was that it wasn’t really gathered “in a very controlled way”, given they were the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak at the time.

“Things were just chaotic,” Prof Paterson said.

“There were these emergency hospitals being built and the system really being very, very stretched.”

One of the two medications is a HIV drug, which has been superseded by “newer generation” HIV drugs, and the other is an anti-malaria drug called chloroquine which is rarely used and “kept on the shelf now” due to resistance to malaria.

He said the researchers want to study them in a “very meaningful way” against the coronavirus to “try and alleviate that anxiety of Australians”.

“There have already been patients treated with these in Australia and there’s been successful outcomes but it hasn’t been done in a controlled or a comparative way,” Prof Paterson said.
The drugs would be given orally, as tablets.

Prof Paterson said patients would be asked to participate “as soon as they’re admitted” to hospital with the aim of beginning treatment “very early on in their illness”.

He said the research was sparked by Chinese patients, who were first given the drug in Australia, showing their doctors information on the internet about the treatment used overseas.

“Our doctors were very, very surprised that a HIV drug could actually work against the novel coronavirus and there was a bit of scepticism,” he said.

“That first wave of Chinese patients we had (in Australia), they all did very, very well when they were treated with the HIV drug.

“That’s reassuring … that we’re onto something really good here.”

The RBWH Foundation has established a Coronavirus Action Fund. By Monday afternoon it had raised $30,000 of the desired $750,000 for the clinical drug trials and other related medical research.

“The trials will start as soon as funding is secured,” the fund states.

When asked why they had to put a call out money, Prof Paterson said they “want to give as many people in Australia access to this” and can’t take doctors away from their normal work.

“The reality is that doctors are going to need to be concentrating on their patients and we need to get a very strong research team across Australia that can make sure that all the Is are dotted and the Ts are crossed and make sure that it is a really high-quality study so that we can be really confident in the results,” he said.

“We did this with bushfires, this is an example where we’re reaching out to the public to put the financial support behind the study so it can get underway.

“Fifty hospitals have expressed interest in participating and we expect there may even be more to come.”

Source: https://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/cure-found-for-coronavirus-in-australia/3973564/

Looking to tap into the Indonesia market? What you need to know about ‘Doing Business in Jakarta’

Artificial intelligence and automation are firmly in the sights of Indonesia’s government and corporate sector. Automation is currently the largest economy in Southeast Asia and by 2030 it is estimated that 23 million jobs will be lost by this modern way of doing business in Indonesia. But it’s not a future that is heading into a black hole of unemployment. The change is set to create a staggering 27 to 46 million new jobs within the coming decade. 10 million of these jobs will be in fields that don’t even exist yet in Indonesia.

So a new era is on the horizon, but one that has to be prepared for and transitioned carefully. It is infrastructure and technology-driven. Education and training are the sparks that will enlighten this new era to usher in a new workforce of skilled, reskilled and upskilled men and women to work in harmony with mankind’s latest advancements.

As a result, Indonesia’s government is pouring funding into polytechnic institutions in an effort to increase the number of skilled workers in the country and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is supporting the initiative. The government has estimated that they will need 113 million skilled workers by 2030 in order to achieve economic growth in priority sectors. The skilled workforce currently stands at 55 million out of the 128 million employed.

So the future is bright for investment opportunities for overseas companies. Automation will see an increase in technology spending, infrastructure development, economic growth, income and consumption, which is good news for entrepreneurs and businesses fortunate enough to be based in the country.

Doing business in Jakarta, the business hub of Indonesia, is an exciting prospect but one that requires careful and patient planning for foreign investors because of the amount of bureaucracy that is involved. It is getting easier but it still attracts only the most committed. Not a bad thing as it reduces the competition and increases the odds of establishing a firm footing in this business-driven capital that allows access to Indonesia’s optimistic and increasingly middle-class population.

There are two ways into Jakarta. One with a permit as a Foreign Investment Limited Liability Company and the second with a permit for a representative office only. If your aim is only to explore business opportunities via market research, networking, and local representation, then the representative office is the route to take. Direct engagement in sales, and generating profit and revenue are strictly off-limits but there are no capital requirements and it is a more speedy process. A work permit is required for the chief representative and unlimited business visa sponsorships are allowed. There is also a requirement of hiring three Indonesians for every expat hired. It’s a good way to start out before committing to a commercial venture.

Foreign companies that want to engage in commercial activities within Indonesia need to set up as a foreign investment company and as such there are certain restrictions and conditions. Only certain sectors are open to foreign investors so it’s important to check out the details on the Negative Investment List. There are various boards and agencies that should be consulted to make sure you are adhering to all the requirements.  The appeal of Jakarta is increasing year on year and help and advice is on hand from sources such as the Indonesian Investment Coordination Board who are aware of all the current requirements.

So what is it like living and working in Jakarta? It’s a bustling, busy and loud city with cutting edge malls, bars and restaurants. From the famous flea market to the Presidential Palace, it has a rich history, steeped in Dutch colonialism which ended in 1879. The Kota Tua area of Jakarta, also known as Old Town Batavia is the cultural heart of the city with beautiful architecture and a cobbled square. Museums, parks, a beachfront and more, make Jakarta an attractive place to work.

There is a growing expat community who are finding that Jakarta offers reasonably priced housing and a reasonable cost of living. It rates highly for leisure activities and one of the aspects expats value most is the welcome they get. It is the people of Jakarta that make the biggest impression. Indonesians are a cheerful and welcoming people but with a cultural etiquette it would be advantageous to learn if you are planning to do business in Jakarta.

Like anything in life that might not always be easy, it could end up being well worth the effort!

Omnific Associates Holds Fintech Conference in Indonesia

We are proud to launch NEXUS2020, a Fintech Inspired event that will take place on the 8-9 April, in Jakarta, Indonesia. The theme for the event will be “bridging finance and technology”. We aim to bring diverse topics under the finance and technology umbrella to offer our clients a stimulating conference.

The conference aims to cover 5 different themes:

  • Fintech Trends for 2020 and beyond
  • Cross Border Transactions and payments with Blockchain
  • Regional Perspective on Smart City
  • P2P Lending – Rising Market with Growth Opportunities
  • Financial Crime

The event is catered specifically to start-ups, corporate and government officials in Indonesia and within the region. By attending the event, participants can take away key values that will help to expand their business.

We have many industry experts within SEA who will be speaking at this event. Our confirmed speakers include the following:

  • Wofai Samuel, Senior Current Affairs Anchor, Murhi International Television, Nigeria
  • Dima Djani, Chief Executive Officer, Alami Sharia, Indonesia
  • Jan Ramos Pandia, Head of Business Development, Qlue, Indonesia
  • Ibrahim Kocagoz, Technical Director, Sodexho, Thailand
  • Aidil Zulkifli, Chief Executive Officer/ Founder, Uang Teman, Indonesia
  • Eddie Danusaputro, Chief Executive Officer / Founder. PT Mandiri Capital, Indonesia

David Z Wang, Chief Executive Officer/ Co-Founder, Helicap, Singapore (invited)

We also have a special Rave Up session that will enable delegates, sponsors and speakers to mingle in chic style.

Press Contacts:
Von Gunalan
PR & Communications Director
Omnific Associates
Email: [email protected]

How Hotels Compete for the Business Traveller

Looking at a map of South East Asia you will find a plethora of 4 and 5-star hotels that are lobbying for your business. Location is where it starts. A central location makes for convenience. Less time and expense travelling to and from business meetings and the ability to step out of your hotel door and feel the city vibe around you is a good start when looking for the right hotel.

But with so many hotels competing for the business traveller what are the incentives they offer to entice you in through their doors?  We’ll open those doors for you to give you a glimpse into the world of Business Travel Programmes offered by 4 and 5-star hotels so that you’re packed with the information that’s going to help you bag the most out of your host.

First, let’s take a look at what incentives they have for your company.

Corporate Rates                                                                                                                                   

If you want rate-certainty and have a large enough budget then great rates can be negotiated for all of your company’s travellers. Discounted room prices and added extras such as free WiFi or parking are what you will be getting for all of your employees.                                                                                                                                                              

Dynamic Pricing                                                                                                                     

More and more hotels are now offering you the option of dynamic pricing. If you know your pattern of spending and volume of traffic then this might be the programme for you. It’s a corporate-specific discount that is applied to the hotel’s best available rates. This is particularly useful if you know that your company has a lot of off-peak travel arrangements which are generally cheaper anyway and so you might not be making savings with the usual corporate rates that are discounted according to peak time prices.

TMC Rates

If you are a company with a smaller accommodation spend, then hotels are still offering you incentives too. Through Travel Management Companies you can get discounted rates on rooms and other extras. The TMC can negotiate rates that you as a smaller business won’t be able to leverage for yourself.

Not solely about savings for the company, effective Business Travel Programmes are now about experiences too. They ensure individuals within the company’s travel scheme will see the advantages of booking the hotels in the programme.

So what incentives for you, the business traveller:

  • The best hotels will make it easy for you by sending you relevant information before you arrive. Mobile check-in and keyless room entry will be a couple of reasons you’ll be knocking at their door. And if they really know how to handle their guests, they will offer you a free meal and/or drink voucher on arrival.
  • Hoteliers will want to connect in other ways too. Your technology with their sockets and portals are going to make a match made in business heaven if there’s enough of them in your room. You want a room that is equipped with everything the business traveller needs and that includes fast WiFi, appropriate lighting and suitable furniture too. Not to mention courtesy toiletries and ironing facilities to help you look crisp and ready for business.
  • It goes without saying that efficiency is a powerful incentive when it comes to business travellers. Being smart, hotels will have created a mobile website that makes you city-smart. Maps, click-to-call phone numbers, recommended places to visit, eat, etc. are in-roads into making your business trip cruise along smoothly rather than a scramble to get from A to B.
  • Cross-promotions are a service that great hotels can provide to save you time and money. Booking your stay with hotels that have cross-promotions with car rental companies, airport pick up services, local restaurants and attractions means good business for them and for you.
  • With today’s health-focused lifestyle you don’t want to let your guard down and your waist-line grow while you are away from home, so the best 4 and 5 star hotels offer healthy options on their menu and a gym and/or pool to maintain fitness and well-being.
  • Some Business Travel Programmes allow you to use corporate rates or corporate benefits for personal travel too. Others will share benefits such as status match or increased loyalty points to you as an individual.
  • 4 and 5-star hotels are upping their game and providing stunning executive lounges to entice you through their doors. Designed to be a home from home where you can enjoy a buffet breakfast and dine on snacks and beverages all day, the best hotels go that little bit further and kit out their lounges in luxurious furniture for dining, working and relaxing. They often offer spectacular views of the city to give you that top of the world feeling while you do business. Boardroom use is also on the agenda in many of the top-class hotels. Comfort areas with plush settees and armchairs and large screen TVs ensure its not all work for you.

Just a Little Bit Longer…

Increasingly it’s becoming common practice to mix business with pleasure. Or rather pleasure with business. Extended stays of a couple of days before or after your business trip to include leisure activities are an increasing trend. It has given birth to a new term in the business world, ‘Bleisure’ travellers and their more spontaneous associates the  ‘Workventure’ travellers.

Activities include the more usual sightseeing excursions, but also experiencing art and culture and enjoying local cuisines and customs. It’s a growing trend that goes along with a growing  budget. Bleisure and Workventure travellers tend to spend double than their ‘Business-only’ colleagues, and they also tend to take family or friends along with them to enjoy the experience.

The savvy hoteliers are making sure that they help you to be a savvy bleisure or workventure business traveller. To compete for your business they will keep you up-to-date with local information and events so that you can effortlessly slip out of your suit into your slacks.

It’s clear to see that business travellers are sought after by the best hotels in the world. 4 and 5-star hotels are offering amazing incentives to gain your loyalty. So next time you’re looking for a hotel in a busy city like Kuala Lumpur or Singapore be sure to check out what they’re offering you to keep you coming through their doors.

Indonesia Receives $16b Foreign Capital in 2019

Jakarta. Capital flow to Indonesia totaled Rp 224,2 trillion, or $16 billion, throughout last year – likely to bring the country’s balance of payment into positive territory, the central bank announced on Friday.

Bank Indonesia also confirmed the rupiah was stronger in 2019 and expected Indonesia’s foreign reserves would also increase when the final report is delivered later this month.

Bank Indonesia Governor Perry Warjiyo said Indonesia’s foreign capital comprised Rp 168.6 trillion in state securities, Rp 50 trillion in stocks, Rp 3 trillion in corporate bonds and Rp 2.6 trillion in Bank Indonesia certificates.

“We concluded 2019 with stable external conditions and quite a large capital inflow. Our foreign reserves should increase as well,” Perry told reporters at his office in Central Jakarta.

He said the strong capital flow would help the balance of payment reach a surplus and raise the foreign reserves, but did not elaborate on the process.

The rupiah was among Asia’s best-performing currencies throughout 2019, gaining 3.68 percent to finish at Rp 13,880 against the dollar.

“The rupiah was consistent during the whole year, just a little lower than the Thai baht and more or less equal to the Philippine peso,” he said.

Indonesia’s foreign reserves rose to $126.6 billion in November last year from $120.1 billion in January.

The balance of payment suffered a $46 million deficit in the third quarter of last year, but that was a very strong comeback from a ballooning deficit of $2 billion in the previous quarter.

Over the same period, the current account deficit was minus $7.7 billion, equivalent to 2.7 percent of the GDP, improving slightly from minus $8.2 billion.

Source: https://jakartaglobe.id/

Indonesia Investments’ Research Report Released: Nov 2019 Edition

On Thursday (05/12) Indonesia Investments released the November 2019 edition of its monthly update. The report aims to inform the reader of the key political, economic and social developments that occurred in Indonesia in the month of November 2019 and also touches upon key international developments that made an impact on the Indonesian economy.

In the November 2019 edition the discussions are based around minimum wage growth (too rapid wage growth is a negative matter for Indonesia’s investment environment), somewhat disappointing Q3-2019 economic growth, whether Indonesia can be turned into a destination for foreign health tourists, Indonesia Economic Forum founder Shoeb Kagda’s thoughts about Indonesia’s future, fictive villages that take money from the government’s state budget, and much more.

Source: https://www.indonesia-investments.com/