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Indonesia: Limits on Foreign Investment in E-Commerce Proposed

(Nov. 27, 2015) According to a November 23, 2015, report, Indonesia’s Ministry of Trade is developing a new, more restrictive policy for foreign ownership of e-commerce businesses in the country. The new rules, designed to favor domestic online companies, would apply to online shopping and service businesses. (Govt Prepares Foreign Ownership Limits in E-Commerce, JAKARTA […]

Indonesia: Jakarta Governor Issues Regulations on Demonstrations

(Nov. 6, 2015) On October 28, 2015, the Governor of the Jakarta Special Capital Region, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, issued a local regulation governing the freedom of expression in public places. (Peraturan Gubernur Provinsi Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta Nomor 228 Tahun 2015 Tentang Pengendalian Pelaksanaan Penyampaian Pendapat di Muka Umum pada Ruang Terbuka (Oct. 28, 2015), […]

Indonesia: Aceh Province Law Expands Caning Punishment to Adultery and Homosexual Acts

(Oct. 28, 2015) A provincial law on criminal offenses under Sharia law, passed in 2014, came into effect on October 23, 2015, in Indonesia’s Aceh Province, the only part of the country that enforces Islamic Sharia law. (Aceh Regulation No. 6, 2014, Aceh government website (Oct. 22, 2014).) The local regulation prescribes a punishment of […]

Indonesia: Planned New Law on Corruption Commission Postponed

(Oct. 20, 2015) Indonesia’s House of Representatives and the executive branch of government have agreed to postpone a planned revision of the 2002 Law on the Corruption Eradication Commission (abbreviated in Indonesian as the KPK). (Govt, House Agree to Postpone KPK Law Revision, JAKARTA POST (Oct. 13, 2015); Undang-undang Republik Indonesia Nomor 30 Tahun 2002, […]

Indonesia: Central Bank Measures to Stabilize Currency

(Oct. 7, 2015) On September 30, 2015, Indonesia’s central bank, Bank Indonesia, announced new measures designed to stabilize the rupiah, the country’s currency. The Bank will issue certificates in foreign currency and also will intervene in the currency market, hoping to stem the fall of the rupiah, both in fact and in public perceptions about […]

Indonesia: Court Rules on Presidential Role in Investigating Legislators

(Sept. 28, 2015) On September 22, 2015, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia issued a ruling that establishes that law enforcement officers must have the approval of the President of the country before they can begin any criminal investigations of the country’s legislators. (Court Rules President, Not House, Must Approve Criminal Probes into Legislators, JAKARTA GLOBE […]

Indonesia: Circulars Issued on Bank Accounts for Foreigners, Other Financial Services

(Sept. 18, 2015) Indonesia’s Financial Services Authority has recently issued a number of regulations and circulars, including a Regulation on Framework Provisions on the National Economic Stimulus for Banks (Regulation No. 11/POJK.03/2015) and a Regulation on Framework Provisions of the National Economic Stimulus for Islamic Banks and Sharia Businesses (Regulation No. 12/POJK.03/2015, in addition to […]

Indonesia: Economic Deregulation Planned

(Sept. 14, 2015) On September 9, 2015, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo announced a major economic deregulation policy. According to the President, there are three areas that will be the focus of this policy: increasing the competitiveness of industry, speeding up infrastructure projects, and raising the amount invested in the property sector of the economy. Widodo […]

Indonesia: Local Government Puts Curfew on Dating

(Sept. 10, 2015) On September 1, 2015, the Regent of Purwakarta, a region in West Java Province, Indonesia, announced a new regulation that limits the hours in which unmarried couples may date. The new curfew of 9 p.m. will be enforced, Regent Dedi Mulyadi stated, by routine raids carried out by local security officers. Offenders […]

Indonesia: Planned E-Cigarette Ban Controversial

(Aug. 19, 2015) Indonesia’s Trade Minister, Rachmat Gobel, announced on May 18, 2015, that the government planned to ban sales of electronic cigarettes due to concern about the health impact of smoking such products, also known as vaping. (Linda Yulisman, RI Bans E-Cigarettes on Health Concerns, JAKARTA POST (May 19, 2015).) According to the head […]