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The Indonesian Update — Volume XIV, No.8 – August 2020 (English Version)

The August 2020 edition of the Indonesian Update raises a main report on the establishment of the Committee for the COVID-19 Handling and the National Economic Recovery. The committee consists of two task forces (Satgas); namely, the COVID-19 Handling Task Force and the National Economic Recovery Task Force (PEN). This step has been taken due to the various Covid 19 impacts amid the increasing rate of Covid-19 confirmed cases.

In the economic field, the Indonesian Update discusses the monetary policy introduced by BI by cutting the benchmark interest rate (BI 7-Days Reverse Repo Rate / BI-7DRRR). In addition, we discuss the threat of economic recession that is lurking in Indonesia. Some people are optimistic that Indonesia will survive, but many are also pessimistic. There are appropriate and contextual policy steps that can be taken by the government to head off a recession.

In the legal field, the Indonesian Update discusses the constitutionality of limiting political kinship in direct regional elections (Pilkada). The policy of limiting political rights in terms of preventing the emergence of kinship politics is basically necessary to balance social justice. In addition, we discuss the optimal efforts to overcome the practice of money politics in the 2020 Pilkada. More intense information dissemination is needed. The work of election administrators should be multiplied in terms of prevention, supervision, and enforcement.

In the political field, the Indonesian Update discusses the Personal Data Protection Bill (RUU-PDP). The PDP Bill is important to pass considering the losses incurred if personal data is misused. Apart from that, we also discuss the threats that arise from the registration stage of candidates in the 2020 Pilkada. The threats have something to do with the fact that the involvements of the masses during the registration pose big risks amid the increasingly widespread COVID-19. Next, we discuss dynastic political polemics that will still occur during the 2020 Pilkada. The practice is even developing with the participation of the relatives of political actors who have great influence, such as the President, the Vice President, and the Chairs of Political Parties.

In the social sector, the Indonesian Update raises a theme on the efforts to protect victims of violence against women by the Regional Governments. The reason is that the pandemic has made women increasingly vulnerable with the threats of physical, verbal, psychological and sexual violence. These conditions have occured in all provinces in Indonesia. In addition, we discuss socio-economic recovery for persons with disabilities.

The monthly publication of Update Indonesia with actual themes are expected to help policy makers in government and business – as well as academics, think tanks, and civil society, both within and outside the country, to get actual information and contextual analysis of economic conditions, political, social, and legal in Indonesia, as well as an understanding of public policy in Indonesia.

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