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The lesson from Turkey is clear. Central bank’s independence is the anchor of market confidence. If Indonesia does not want to share the same fate as Turkey and lose its credibility, the government needs to immediately figure out, one way or another, how to reduce its budget deficit.
Healthy Folks Should be allowed to Travel
Hariyadi Sukamdani, Chairman of the Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants Association (PHRI), was quick to register his members in the second stage of the national Covid-19 vaccination program. His desire is to have all 121,500 PHRI members working in the hotel and tourism industry to be vaccinated. But this wish is hampered by the limited amount of vaccine availability. Hariyadi said that vaccinating tourism workers is important to revive the industry, especially in Bali, which had taken a hard blow from suspended tourism. Hariyadi, who is also the CEO of Sahid Group and Chairman of the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo), supports the government’s plan to open a Covid-free corridor in collaboration with several nations.
Political parties have started their quest for power in the 2024 elections and are forgetting their role to improve the quality of democracy. Political horse-trading is occurring over the parliamentary and presidential electoral thresholds.
The twists and turns between Trade Minister Muhammad Lutfi and the Chief Executive Officer of the State Logistics Agency Budi Waseso over the plan to import rice is a result of the lack of clarity in food policy. We need a National Food Agency.
The Phoenix from the Nile
Nawal El Saadawi received constant pressure from the government, community, and religious institutions, but she stood firm in her struggle for women’s rights.
Visitors take pictures at the Pokokea Megalith Site in Hanggira village, Central Lore, Poso Regency, Central Sulawesi, Sunday, March 21. Domestic and foreign tourists frequently visit the prehistoric megalithic site, featuring a statue and a giant vessel (kalamba), which is estimated to have existed since 5,000 years BC./Antara/Basri Marzuki
A Muber of health workers play the traditional bamboo musical instruments angklung at the Athlete’s Dormitory Covid-19 Emergency Hospital (RSDC) in Kemayoran, Jakarta, Tuesday, March 23. As many as 1,500 health workers and patients conduct the musical concert to commemorate one year of operation of the RSDC in handling Covid patients. Antara/M Risyal Hidayat
The increasing challenge on development needed more creativity to result new opportunities.