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SBY Meets Iceland President in Bali

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono arrived in Bali on Monday morning and met with volcano-embattled Icelandic President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson as a global conference on geothermal energy got underway at the Westin resort in Nusa Dua. Indonesia – the world’s most volcanic nation with over 130 active volcanoes, two of which are in Bali – is to present at the meeting ... Read More »

Indonesia, China to Provide US$800 Million for Infrastructure

The Indonesian and Chinese governments will provide US$800 million to finance four toll road and bridge building projects in Indonesia by the middle of this year, a minister said. “We have a commitment with China to implement the four projects with a `tied loan` of US$800 million,” Public Works Minister Djoko Kirmanto said after attending a coordination meeting at the ... Read More »

Maritime Minister to Launch Sail Banda in Ambon

faMaritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Fadel Muhammad is scheduled to launch Sail Banda in Ambon on April 17, 2010. “We are making preparation for the launch of the international marine event on April 17,” Sail Banda local committee spokesman Cak Saimima said here on Wednesday. Saimima said the maritime affairs and fisheries minister was appointed by Presiden Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ... Read More »

$1.6 Million in Grants for Geothermal Projects

The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has committed US$1.6 million in grants for feasibility studies for two private geothermal projects in West Java and Halmahera. The commitment was signed by USTDA’s director Leocadia I. Zak on Tuesday, the US Embassy said in a press statement. “USTDA is pleased to announce that over $1.6 million is being committed to help ... Read More »

Obama Postpones Indonesia Visit

US President Barack Obama postponed his planned visit to Indonesia until June 2010. Indonesian presidential spokesman Dino Patti Djalal confirmed here early on Friday morning that the White House had contacted him directly about the postponement. “The communications is not directly from President Obama to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono but from the White House to me directly,” he said. He ... Read More »

Indonesia to Exceed Coal Output on Favorable Weather

Indonesia, the world’s biggest exporter of thermal coal, expects to exceed production targets for this year by up to 8 percent due to a mild El Nino and dry weather that will help to optimize the extraction rate. Bambang Gatot Ariyono, director for coal and minerals utilization at the energy and mineral resources ministry, told reporters Wednesday that drought, alongside ... Read More »

GDP Growth May Exceed Estimates: Finance Minister

Indonesia’s economy may expand from an estimated 5.3 percent to 5.5 percent in quarter one this year, supported by stronger investment and exports, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said. There is even a possibility that growth  may expand above this estimate, she said Monday at the Directorate General of Taxation. “We may see from January to the second week of ... Read More »

All Quiet in Bali on Day of Silence

All human activity on Bali island came to a standstill to avoid making any sound on Tuesday in observance of the Hindu New Year or locally known as Nyepi. Usually crowded with thousands of domestic and foreign tourists who had come for a vacation, Bali island on Tuesday was enveloped in an atmosphere of total quiet as all people honored ... Read More »