The Indonesian Update — Volume XVI, No.3 – March 2022 (English Version)

The March 2022 edition of the Indonesian Update edition raises a main on the lack of public participation in the law-making process in Indonesia. Since 2019, there have been several laws made in short periods with a minimal public participation. It is feared that these conditions will give birth to repressive legal products and an authoritarian government.

In the economic field, the Indonesian Update discusses Indonesia’s investment achievements after the issuance of Law Number 11/2020 concerning Job Creation. The achievements of investment realization as a whole in 2021 showed that the contribution of both foreign and domestic investment continued to grow in Indonesia and was accompanied by the ability of domestic investors to continue to grow. Furthermore, we also discuss the increase in the prices of soybeans globally. As a result, consumers are facing difficulties in fulfilling their needs.

In the political field, the Indonesian Update discusses the distribution and sale of cooking oil at low prices by political parties, which have raised questions regarding the parties’ purpose in distributing cooking oil in the midst of scarcity and two years before the general elections. Furthermore, we also discuss the preparations of the candidates for members of the Parliament to face the 2024 elections. With good preparations and adequate support from various aspects and parties, then the probability of women being elected for the DPR RI will also increase. In addition, we discuss the challenges of new political parties in facing the 2024 general elections. The failure of new political parties in the last 2019 election showed how difficult it was to fulfill the parliamentary threshold of four percent.

In the social sector, the Indonesian Update addresses the crisis faced by women and children in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. There should policies to handle the needs of refugees, especially women and children. We also discuss the government budget for education, which needs to be allocated for improving the quality of learning and improving the quality of teachers.

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 issues in Indonesia, as well as understanding about public policy in Indonesia.

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