Second Booster Available, DPR to Discuss Omnibus Healthcare Bill, CPO Benchmark Price Set by June, AmCham ITC Committee Plans Advocacy for 2023
Jan 25, 2023
Second Covid-19 Booster Now Available
The second dose of the Covid-19 booster vaccine, the fourth dose overall, is now available to the public, starting on Jan 24, the Ministry of Health announced through MoH Circular Letter HK0202/C/380/2023, signed by the Director General of Disease Prevention and Control Dr Maxi Rein Rondonuwu.
This second booster rollout decision was made through careful consideration of the Covid-19 situation, the emergence of new variants, and input from the Indonesia Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (ITAGI), said the Director General.
Those over 18 years old are eligible for the second booster, so long as there is at least a six-month gap from their first booster shot. It will be available at healthcare facilities and Covid-19 vaccination sites, but will be recorded manually as the P-Care and PeduliLindungi applications are still being prepared. It is hoped the administration of the fourth dose will accelerate the vaccination rate in Indonesia.
The government continues to support the drafting of the omnibus Healthcare Bill, which will be discussed by the Legislation Body (Baleg) at the House of Representatives (DPR), Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin said.
Budi said the establishment of the bill is in line with Indonesia's ambition to transform its healthcare system, and aims to address the lack of public accessibility to basic healthcare services, the inadequacy of hospital referral service capacity and human resources, ineffective health financing, and the absence of regulations on biotechnology innovation.
The Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) has previously conveyed its concerns on the bill, specifically on the Ministry of Health and local governments' rights to assess doctor competency. Budi said in response that the bill should be seen from the public’s perspective and not only that of health professionals.
Sometimes, the worst situations bring out the best in people. ATALIAN Global Services Indonesia is proud that five members of its high-rise cleaning team have been involved in emergency response efforts following the devastating earthquake that hit Cianjur regency last year. The involvement of its team was initiated by one of its clients, Bio Farma – Indonesia.
On Nov 21 2022, a 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck Cianjur, resulting in over 300 fatalities and leaving about 11,000 people homeless. With roads cut off by landslides, its team helped to ensure urgently needed aid and logistics reached the disaster-impacted locations.
ATALIAN Global Services Indonesia has also provided logistics and groceries to residents of Salakawung kampung, which had not previously received assistance as it had been isolated by the earthquake.
ATALIAN gives its heartfelt thanks to its team members for their dedication to humanity. It is grateful to its client for entrusting it with disaster mitigation actions. Thanks also to management and team members for donations to help those in need
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AmCham’s ICT Committee kicked-off its 2023 agenda with an in-person meeting at Microsoft Indonesia's office on Jan 20, discussing policy issues and committee activities for 2023.
The meeting began with updates on several laws affecting ICT industries, such as the implementation of the Personal Data Protection (PDP) law, regulation of private electronic system operators (ESOs), and implementation of the Commodity Balance. The meeting also highlighted newly made regulations relevant to ICT industry practices, such as the omnibus Financial Sector Law (UU PPSK) and regulations on customs duties on digital goods.
The meeting continued with a lively discussion session, where participants gave suggestions on advocacy plans and strategies for further engagements with relevant stakeholders. For 2023, the committee will have regular quarterly meetings with ad-hoc taskforces for certain policy issues. For further details on the committee, please contact: [email protected]
CPO Benchmark Price Set by June
Indonesia plans to release a crude palm oil benchmark price through a commodity exchange run by the Commodity Future Trading Supervisor Agency (Bappebti) by June this year, and will no longer depend on the Malaysian commodity exchange, said Minister of Trade Zulkifli Hasan.
Bearing in mind that a majority of Indonesian palm oil exporters conduct their sales directly with customers, and futures contracts are not offered at state trading company KPB Nusantara's auctions, Zulkifli has yet to explain how the government intends to persuade traders to utilize the new price as a benchmark. However, he referred to the establishment of benchmark prices for tin, which the country also requires to be traded on its national tin bourses.
Indonesia’s digital economy grew rapidly in 2022, Bank Indonesia (BI) Governor Perry Warjiyo said, due to the public's increasing acceptance of e-commerce, digital payments, and particularly digital banking. The transaction value of electronic money grew 30.64 percent year-on-year (YoY) to Rp 399.6 trillion, and digital banking also grew an impressive 28.72 percent YoY to Rp 52,545.8 trillion.
The Governor attributed this growth to innovations in digital transactions, aside from the Indonesian post-pandemic economic recovery. The increasing adoption of the Quick Response Code Indonesian Standard (QRIS) and its adoption for cross-border transactions in five ASEAN countries contributed to the growth of digital payments.
The introduction and adoption of BI Fast, which improved cross-bank transfers and lowered transaction fees, also accelerated the growth of digital banking. However, BI predicts the Indonesian digital economy will grow slightly slower in 2023 due to the global economic slowdown.
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Stay safe, call a doctor if you have a high fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. Stay healthy above all else.
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.