The Indonesian Update — Volume XVII , No.7 – July 2023 (English Version)

The July 2023 edition of the Indonesian Update raises a main report on efforts to upgrade Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), which are still encountering various difficulties and challenges, both in terms of capital, production, and marketing. The term upgrade itself is a process of a business that has succeeded in developing wider activities; for example, in terms of productivity and also manpower. However, the programs created by the government to overcome obstacles still do not meet the needs of business actors.

In the political field, the Indonesian Update raises the issue of the phenomenon of Aldi Taher’s political communication, which has recently been widely discussed by many levels of the society. Aldi Taher has been widely discussed because of his political stance that he would run as a legislative candidate through two parties at once; namely, the Indonesian Unity Party (Perindo) and the Crescent Star Party (PBB).

Next, we discuss ways to increase women’s insight into politics. It is hoped that better insight will create women’s representation and participation in politics independently. This is also strategic and important because later when a woman takes part in the political sphere, she will play a role and be seen not only as a politician but also as an activist and advocate who fights for women’s issues in the policy process.

Apart from that, still from the political field, we discuss the proposal of the Chair of the Election Supervisory Board (Bawaslu) of the Republic of Indonesia Rahmat Bagja who proposes to discuss the option of postponing the holding of the 2024 Simultaneous Regional Head Elections (Pilkada), as there are a number of potential problems that will arise if the Simultaneous Pilkada are held at the predetermined schedule; that is, November 27, 2024.

In the social field, the Indonesian Update highlights Indonesia’s current population policy in the 2023 World Population Situation Report. This report invites all parties to rethink deeply about how to look at population figures and urges politicians and the media to no longer use exaggerated narratives about exploding or shrinking populations. Furthermore, we also discuss the Government that still has homework in alleviating the number of child workers in Indonesia. Efforts to eradicate child labor are also rooted in overcoming the problem of poverty, and there are still many developmental disparities that occur in various regions in Indonesia.

It is hoped that the monthly publication of the Indonesian Update with current themes will help policy makers in government and business institutions – as well as academics, think tanks and elements of civil society, both domestic and foreign, to obtain actual information and contextual analysis on economic, political, social and legal conditions in Indonesia, as well as an understanding of public policies in Indonesia.


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