The Indonesian Update — Volume XVIII , No.6 – June 2024 (English Version)

The June 2024 edition of the Indonesian Update features a main report regarding the Public Housing Savings (Tapera) program that has attracted public attention. This program aims to provide concrete solutions to the housing issue, which is still crucial in Indonesia. However, the massive resistance from workers and employers to it has raised questions about transparency and accountability in its management.

In the economic field, the Indonesian Update addresses economic growth targets in the Basic Macroeconomic Assumptions (ADEM), as well as development targets and indicators, which will later become the basis for designing the 2025 State Revenue and Expenditure Budget (APBN). Furthermore, we also discuss efforts to resolve economic, political and environmental challenges to achieve membership of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for Indonesia.

In the legal field, the Indonesian Update addresses the relocation arrangements for communities affected by the development of the Indonesian Capital City (IKN) in East Kalimantan. Communities affected by development really need clarity on actions from the IKN Authority so that their rights to own a place to live and their livelihoods can be guaranteed, and their ownership rights are also protected. Next, we also discuss the picture of the conditions of freedom of expression in Indonesia in the first semester of 2024. Civil society organizations need to work together to guard the direction of freedom of opinion in Indonesia in a more democratic direction in terms of regulation and society.

In the political field, the Indonesian Update highlights the Government’s plans through the Ministry of Communication and Information (Kominfo) to form a Social Media Council (DMS). This plan was criticized by a number of parties because it was seen as an attempt to regulate public content and expression. In addition, the ongoing discourse on the formation of the DMS coincided with the polemics over the discussion on the Draft Law on Broadcasting (RUU), which was considered by many circles to limit freedom of the press, opinion and expression.

In the social sector, the Indonesian Update highlights the commemoration of World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). In 2024, the theme raised in the Ministry of Health’s tagline is “Protect Children from Interference in the Tobacco Products Industry”. The theme raised aims to invite the world community to remember the dangers of industrial exploitation of nicotine aimed at the younger generation. Next, we also discuss the implementations of drug rehabilitation through Compulsory Report Recipient Institutions (IPWL).

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 academic circles, think tanks and elements of civil society, both at home and abroad, to obtain actual information and contextual analysis about economic conditions, politics, social and law in Indonesia, as well as an understanding of public policy in Indonesia.

 Happy reading.


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