The Indonesian Update — Volume XV, No.1 – January 2021 (English Version)

The January 2021 edition of the Indonesian Update raises a main report on Indonesia’s economic conditions, especially from the demand side, and provides a map of what alternative roads can be taken to get out of the crisis. The economic recovery will take a long time. Therefore, this is where the role of the government must enter the market with the justification of market failures that must be resolved immediately.

In the legal field, the Indonesian Update discusses the Government’s decision, which explicitly states the prohibition and termination of all forms of activities and the use of the attributes of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI). In addition, we discuss the vaccination policy from the perspective of legal studies and the proliferation of fake news that accompanied the policy.

In the political field, the Indonesian Update discusses the discussion of the Draft Law (RUU) on Personal Data Protection (PDP), whose needs are so urgent. But the problem is that the deliberation of the bill has been stuck at the DPR. In addition, we also discuss President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) ‘s decision to accommodate the interests of political parties into the government. So, what will happen to the society in the future when power runs without meaningful supervision and balance? Next, we discuss the polemics over vaccine policy in the society. This polemics are suspected to be the result of weak policy information dissemination in the implementations of vaccine policy in Indonesia.

In the social sector, the Indonesian Update raises the issue of support for families and children that must be one of the concerns of the government and other related actors so that they can survive and thrive in the current crisis. Next, we discuss the development of the digital health system in bringing good news in the midst of the struggle against COVID-19. A number of priority steps need to be pursued so that the digital system can have a significant impact on reducing the spread of COVID-19. In addition, we discuss the importance of reviewing the operation of the Jakarta Smart City (JSC) collaborative sandbox to strengthen the functions carried out during a pandemic. Then, we also discuss  social protection reform through the redesign of social assistance.

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.

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