AmCham Update
AmCham Update Vol. 3 #82
Ford Boosts Indonesia Investment, Negative Monkeypox Tests, 3 New VOA Countries, Boosters Available at Airports
Jul 29, 2022

Ford Joins Surge in EV Battery Development in Indonesia

Mining company Vale Indonesia has signed a nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China's Zhejiang Huayou Coblat Co and Ford Motor Co to establish a three-way partnership for the processing of nickel ore mined by Vale at the Pomalaa Block in Kolaka, Southeast Sulawesi. Nickel is a crucial ingredient in the lithium-ion batteries used in most electric vehicles.

The total capacity of the project is estimated to be 120 kilotons per annum (ktpa) of mixed hydroxide precipitate (MHP), with completion scheduled for 2025. The project is consistent with the Indonesian government's electronic vehicle (EV) road map, which calls for the adoption of 2.1 million electric motorcycles and 400,000 electric cars over the next few years. Industry Minister Agus Kartasasmita praised this synergy because the transition, adoption of renewable energy, and acceleration of EV development are a primary focus of the G20 under Indonesia's Presidency this year.

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9 Suspected Monkeypox Patients Test Negative

Laboratory tests of specimens obtained from nine suspected monkeypox cases in Indonesia have come back negative, Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin said. The government has provided laboratories with reagents used to conduct RT-PCR tests to detect the virus. Minister Budi said the virus, compared with SARS-CoV-2, can be more easily recognized. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said symptoms include rashes, swollen lymph nodes, and other flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, and muscle ache.

The virus has infected more than 16,000 people in 75 countries, and human-to-human transmission can take place from contact with respiratory secretions, skin lesions of infected people, or contaminated surfaces. Due to the rampant spread of the virus worldwide, the Ministry of Health has activated a surveillance system at all entry points to Indonesian territory.

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3 New Countries Eligible for VoA

Colombia, the Maldives, and Monaco are now eligible for Visa-on-Arrival (VoA) for tourism purposes, under Circular Letter IMI-0650.GR.01.01/2022 issued on July 26. Some 75 countries are eligible for tourism VoA to enter Indonesia. However, there are no additions to the list of countries exempt from a visit visa when travelling to Indonesia.

VoA are available at the entry points for arrivals by air, land, and sea routes for those with a passport valid for at least six months, flight tickets for leaving Indonesian territory, proof of VoA payment, and a Covid-19 vaccination certificate.

Foreign tourists with a VoA can apply for a one-time visa extension of up to 60 days total stay at the nearest immigration office. The government is making visits more convenient by opening 46 immigration checkpoints to assist VoA applications and another 120 immigration checkpoints that accept foreigners from visa-free countries.

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Booster Centers at Airports

State airport operator Angkasa Pura II (AP II) is to provide booster vaccination centers and an Airport Health Center service that offers PCR tests. Booster centers are open from 8am to 4am at airports managed by AP II, including terminals 1, 2, and 3 of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. Approximately 1,000 passengers have been boosted at Soekarno-Hatta, to encourage a booster vaccination program for the community and realize safe travel in the midst of the pandemic, AP II President Director Muhammad Awaluddin said.

Under Ministry of Transportation Circular Letter 70/2022, which came into effect on July 17, all domestic travelers no longer need to show a negative PCR or antigen test if they have received the booster vaccination. Those who have received their second dose, must show the results of an antigen test a day before departure or a PCR test three days prior to travel. Under Ministry of Transportation Circular Letter 71/2022, Indonesian citizens over 18 years old wanting to travel abroad must have had their booster prior to travel, except for those who have special health circumstances or comorbidities.

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Jokowi Concludes East Asia Trip

President Joko Widodo's East Asia trip continued with a meeting with Japan Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on July 27. The meeting covered a variety of issues, such as the Indonesia-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (IJEPA) protocol which is set to be finalized and signed at the G20 Summit in Bali in November. The President requested Japan lower tariffs on food products and provide support in terms of science and new technology for several strategic projects in Indonesia, including accelerating the nation's net zero emission goal. Kishida said Indonesia was a strategic partner for Japan, and that the President's visit would build momentum to strengthen diplomatic relations between the two.

President Joko then traveled to South Korea, where he met with South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol on July 28, which concluded his East Asia trip. The two presidents discussed the development of the new Indonesian capital city, Nusantara, including the construction of a drinking water supply system, and capacity building in the development of the smart city. During his visit, President Joko also encouraged South Korea to invest in areas such as battery industry projects and the automotive steel industry for electric vehicles, to help accelerate the development of Indonesia's electric car ecosystem.

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Fed Raises Interest Rates by 75 Basis Points

The US Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate by a massive 75 basis points on July 27, to tackle surging inflation. Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the hike would potentially impact the global economy, and historically such a hike is usually followed by financial crises in developing countries. Although Indonesia's economic situation is considered better than other countries, Sri Mulyani advised all stakeholders to remain vigilant.

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AmCham Cares: ATALIAN Global Services Indonesia

For this year’s World Blood Donor Day, ATALIAN Global Services Indonesia hosted a two-day blood donation drive in collaboration with Cibis Park and the South Jakarta branch of the Indonesian Red Cross (Palang Merah Indonesia) on June 9-10.

The event was open to all ATALIAN Indonesia and Cibis Park business complex employees, as well as the public. Some 250 people registered as potential donors and 192 blood bags were collected, smashing the target by forty-two bags.

South Jakarta Mayor, Munjirin, and Head of the Jakarta PMI branch Rustam Effendi expressed their gratitude for the event, which helped the capital meet its daily need for blood bags.

Chief Executive Officer of ATALIAN Global Service Indonesia, Jeffry Johary, said that as a major player in the facility management industry, ATALIAN Indonesia has a platform to raise awareness by setting an example to donate blood. The company plans to make blood donations a regular event and looks forward to collaborating with other likeminded organizations to support local communities.

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AmCham Update is AmCham's regular newsletter on developments related to the pandemic crisis and other issues in Indonesia. It is edited by AmCham Managing Director A Lin Neumann and written by the AmCham Staff. Paul L Goddard is the Managing Editor.