The October 2020 edition of the Indonesian Update raises a major report on the economic recession that has hit various countries and Indonesia due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In September 2020, at least 18 countries have entered the brink of recession due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, in the Asian region, the Singapore economy went into recession after two consecutive quarters of contraction. This has also happened in Indonesia. People are worried about the future economic conditions, especially with the sentiment and reports of countries experiencing recession. The implication is that people withhold their consumption, which has also affected economic conditions in Indonesia.
In the legal field, the Indonesian Update discusses the sustainability of the 2020 Pilkada amidst the increasing spread of COVID-19. The legality of determining the simultaneous Pilkada in December can normatively be declared as void by law. In fact, it can be considered contrary to Perppu No. 2 of 2020 if the implementation continues. In addition, we discuss the role and performance of the Supervisory Board (Dewas) of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).
In the political field, the Indonesian Update discusses the Initial Campaign Fund Report (LADK) for Regional Head Candidates in the 2020 Pilkada. LADK is very important to note because this report is expected to be a starting point for the public to assess which candidates are committed to implementing the principles of transparency later if elected. In addition, we also discuss the strengthening of the 2020 regional elections. Next, we discuss the provisions of the 2020 Pilkada campaign with the issuance of PKPU Number 13 of 2020. Then, we also discuss the use of “big data” in the government sector in Indonesia, as well as challenges in its utilization.
In the social sector, the Indonesian Update raises the commemoration of Mental Health Day in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mental Health Day in the midst of a pandemic is an important reflection related to the portrait of meeting the needs of mental health services in Indonesia. In addition, we discuss the efforts to break the chain of COVID-19. Furthermore, we also discuss the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women.
The monthly publication of the Indonesian Update with actual themes is expected to help policy makers in government and business institutions – as well as academics, think tanks, and elements of civil society, both at home and abroad, to obtain actual information and contextual analysis of economic conditions. political, social, and legal in Indonesia, as well as an understanding of public policy in Indonesia.