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Crypto assets become increasingly popular in Indonesia. In four months alone, from January to April, their transaction value reached Rp237 trillion, or a fourfold increase from throughout 2020. At least 5.6 million Indonesians now own various digital coins. Bappebti Chair, Indrasari Wisnu Wardana, explains his institution’s position regarding the new, largely unregulated market.
BRIN Needs Political Support
After three years at the helm of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Laksana Tri Handoko is entrusted with a new job: to lead the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN). The Japan-educated scientist is given a mandate by President Joko Widodo to integrate five major national research institutes. He is tasked to catch up lags in science and technology, to create technological independence and to focus on exploring the digital economy as well as green and blue economy. He would also continue his efforts which he initiated in LIPI to bring back a diaspora of Indonesian researchers to strengthen BRIN. Handoko said BRIN also needed political support to realize research as one of the main pillars of the national economy.
Semarang State University refutes the information in Tempo's article, while Bank UOB Indonesia writes a response to its customer's complain.
Investing in Special Zones
Up to last month, a total of 155 investors have become tenants in special economic zones in Indonesia. Investment commitments currently reach a total of Rp70 trillion.
Residents watch hot air balloons being released at a field in Kembaran village, Kalikajar, Wonosobo, Central Java, Wednesday, May 19. The hot air balloon festival is a tradition carried out by the local community on the seventh day of Idul Fitri—at the end of the fasting month. To prevent air traffic disruption, the balloons are tied to the ground so they would stop flying at a certain height. ANTARA/Anis Efizudin
Skyscrapers in Jakarta’s skyline on Wednesday, May 19. A research by consulting firm Verisk Maplecroft showed that Jakarta ranks first as the world’s most environmentally vulnerable metropolitan, after assessing the air and water quality, heat stress, water scarcity, as well as vulnerability to climate change and landscape exposure, population, economy and infrastructure against natural hazards. ANTARA/Dhemas Reviyanto