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The Synthesis Headline Update 2 November 2015

Rival Golkar Camps Vow to Support Jokowi Administration Together

The Jakarta Globe 2 November 2015

The feuding camps of the split Golkar Party have agreed to support the government of President Joko Widodo, Pramono Anung said on Sunday night after a conciliation meeting with his rival, Aburizal Bakrie. The two camps met at the Golkar office in Slipi, West Jakarta. Hundreds of Golkar officials, as well as Vice President Jusuf Kalla — himself a former Golkar chairman — and Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Luhut Panjaitan, attended the meeting.

The split within the party, Indonesia’s oldest, stems from discontent over Aburizal’s failure to get anyone from the party into last year’s presidential race, despite Golkar getting the second-highest number of votes in the legislative election.

 

BNPB intensifies cloud seeding efforts to fight fires

The Jakarta Post 31 October 2015

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency has used hundreds of tons of salt to intensify its cloud seeding operation to help stimulate rainfall in Sumatra and Kalimantan, an agency spokesman said on Saturday. BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said that 284.9 tons of salt had been utilized in the operation to help tackle the fires that have caused the worst haze in Indonesia’s history.

BMKG also reported that based on Himawari Satellite images the haze distribution had become smaller.

 

Electricity supply in Java down as major power plants disrupted

The Jakarta Post 31 October 2015

The country’s main island, Java, is facing a power deficit as electricity supply is down following disruptions at several big power plants and non-functioning hydropower plants on account of a lack of water during the dry season. The electricity reserves margin for the Java-Bali power grid was currently minimal, said state-owned electricity firm PLN’s acting corporate communication head, Bambang Dwiyanto. Moreover, the Java-Bali power grid was in a deficit of 1,000 megawatts (MW) on Thursday.

The government is struggling to expedite a number of power plant projects under its ambitious 35,000 electricity development program. PLN signed on Friday a power purchase agreement (PPA) with PT Sumber Segara Primadaya, which will develop the Cilacap coal-fired power plant. The 1,000 expansion project is estimated to cost around US$1 billion.

 

Kadin: Government Insecure About 2016

Kompas.com 2 November 2015

The Vice Chairperson of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (Kadin) Suryani SF Motik said that the government’s macro assumptions of next year’s exchange rate at IDR 13,900 per US Dollar expresses the government’s insecurity about the Indonesian economy of 2016. Motik also said that the government’s growth forecast of 5.3% is also over conservative, as the Indonesian economy – now a member of G20 – can grow significantly more than that.

 

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