The September 2019 edition of the Indonesian Update raises a major report on the polemics over the idea of reviving the function and existence of the State Policy Guidelines (GBHN). This theme is very relevant because the revival of the GBHN discourse will actually damage and disrupt the improved government system, legislation system, and reform.
On the economy, the Indonesian Update discusses the 2020 Draft State Budget (APBN). The 2020 Draft State Budget is full of challenges because it was prepared in the midst of an economic slowdown. In addition, we also discuss the mitigation of the effects of the trade war between the United States (US) and China. This theme is relevant because the impact of this trade war has made many countries in the world lose the momentum in accelerating the world”s economic growth.
On legal affairs, we discuss the implementation of the Online Single Submission (OSS). OSS is a system that is part of good governance practices that have been implemented since 2018. Many challenges are found in the implementation of this system, such as synchronization issues between the Central and local Governments.
On politics, the Indonesian Update discusses the resolving of the cases of human rights violations in the 1965 tragedy. In addition, we also discuss the blocking of internet access in the Papua region. The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (Kemenkominfo), has blocked the internet in response to demonstrations that have occurred in several regions of Papua. In addition, we also discuss the challenges of high political costs in the upcoming 2020 elections, especially related to the role of political brokers.
On social affairs, the Indonesian Update raises the increased representation of women in the Parliament. The increased representation of women in the Parliament means an opportunity to advance gender-inclusive and equal policies. In addition, this edition of the Indonesian Update also discusses policy polemics over the idea of bringing in foreign chancellors to improve the quality of Higher Education in Indonesia. We also discuss challenges to mental health priorities, including a low mental health budget.
The monthly publication of the Indonesian Update with actual themes is expected to help policymakers in government and business institutions – as well as academics, think tanks, and elements of civil society, both domestic and foreign, to obtain actual information and contextual analysis of economic conditions, politics, social, and law in Indonesia, as well as an understanding of public policy in Indonesia.
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