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The Indonesian Update — Volume XIV, No.5- May 2020 (English Version)

The May 2020 edition of the Indonesian Update raises a major report on Government Regulation in Lieu of Law No. 1/2020 on the State Financial Policy and Financial System Stability for Handling Corona Virus Disease-2019 (Perppu COVID-19). The polemics have arisen after several parties filed a review of Perppu COVID-19 with the Constitutional Court (MK). On the other hand, almost all government policies in handling COVID-19 have caused controversies and protests from various groups of civil society.

In the economic field, this month’s Indonesian Update discusses the tendency to strengthen protectionist policies in various countries. These policies have emerged after the COVID-19 pandemic forced countries in the world to adjust various policies produced, including trade policies. The issues of national security and of the provision of public health are new reasons for justifying protectionism policies, especially for medical equipment and food, with an emphasis on domestic sources. In addition, we also discuss the issue of the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism Industry. This is because of the limited mobility of people and goods also has a significant impact on the tourism industry.

In the political field, the Indonesian Update discusses smart cities in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The use of smart cities needs to be optimized so that their existence is increasingly felt by the government and the community amid uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, we discuss the Perppu on Local Election and the seriousness of the government in handling COVID-19. Furthermore, we also discuss the Data and Social Assistance Issues during the COVID-19 Pandemic Period. In the political field, we also discuss social solidarity amid COVID-19.

In the social field, the Indonesian Update raises a topic on the implementation of the Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemdikbud) policy in the Learning from Home (BDR) program as alternative learning during a pandemic. In addition, we discuss the enrichment of data on social assistance beneficiaries during the COVID-19 pandemic. Next, we discuss COVID-19 trends and gender-based data.

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 at home and abroad, to get actual information and contextual analysis of economic conditions, political, social and legal aspects in Indonesia, and an understanding of public policy in Indonesia.

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