The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) says more than 6.4 million workers have lost their jobs since the COVID-19 pandemic began, due to the tightening effect on the cash flow of businesses.
Business sectors that have laid-off workers:
Textiles - 2.1 million people
Land transportation - 1.4m
Restaurants – 1m
Shoes/footwear - 500,000
Hotels - 430,000
Retail - 400,000
Pharmaceuticals - 200,000.
Kadin Deputy Chairman Benny Soetrisno said the income of approximately 82 percent of business actors is under heavy pressure due to the pandemic, but he is optimistic the economy will improve once a vaccine is available to the public.
The Ministry of Health has set a price ceiling on PCR tests through Circular Letter HK. 02.02/I/3713/2020 concerning the Limit on the Highest Tariff of Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) Examination. It was ratified by the Acting Director-General of Health Services Abdul Kadir on Oct 5. The PCR or swab test is considered the most reliable way to detect COVID-19.
Taking service, consumables, reagents, and administrative costs into account, the highest tariff for PCR examinations has been set at Rp 900,000. The highest tariff limit applies to those who carry out RT-PCR tests at their own request and does not apply to contact tracing activities or referral of COVID-19 cases to hospitals.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, 3M has addressed it from all angles and across all stakeholders, including its community partners around the world.
3M is now providing $20 million globally in financial support to frontline healthcare workers, vulnerable populations disproportionally affected by the virus and medical research initiatives.
3M has teamed up with The United Way Worldwide to support relief projects across the APAC region that are helping the most vulnerable people in society impacted by the pandemic.
In Indonesia, $75,000 has been allocated to the Peduli Pangan Desa Kota food program, providing food for disadvantaged families, which will run until December.
Education Sector Largely Untouched by Omnibus
In its formative stages, the new Omnibus Job Creation Law had promised to undertake education reform and open up the sector to investment by foreign universities, among other changes. In the end, a list of seven laws that were originally intended to be swept away by the Omnibus measure, were not touched.
The seven laws are:
Law No 40 Year 1999 on Press
Law No 20 Year 2003 on National Education System
Law No 14 Year 2005 on Teachers and Lecturer
Law No 12 Year 2012 on Higher Education
Law No 20 Year 2013 on Medical Education
Law No 4 Year 2019 on Midwifery
Law No 20 Year 2014 on Standardization and Assessment.
In the Omnibus Law passed this week, the education sector is mentioned in Paragraph 12, article 65 – Education and Culture. The first clause in article 65 says: “The Implementation of licensing in the education sector can be done through business licensing as referred to in this Law.” The second clause states: “Licensing implementation in the education sector will be regulated by a Government Regulation.”
This is different from what appeared to be a promising beginning in earlier drafts, when the government looked to be leaning toward allowing reputable foreign universities to operate in Indonesia. The new Law does say that foreign universities will be allowed to operate in Special Economic Zones, although no details on how this will work are available yet.
AmCham Indonesia has long advocated allowing foreign universities to operate campuses in Indonesia as a way of jump-starting innovation and expertise in the country.
Opening up of the sector will now need to be done through additional regulations.
Eddie Van Halen, of Indonesian Descent, Dies After Battle with Cancer
Eddie Van Halen, lead guitarist of the iconic rock band Van Halen, has died at age 65 after a long battle with lung cancer. His death was announced via social media by his son, Wolfgang Van Halen, who described every moment with his father as a gift. Eddie and his brother Alex formed Van Halen after meeting David Lee Roth, and would go on to release more than a dozen albums over four decades, including hits “Hot for Teacher,” “Panama” and the group’s only No. 1, “Jump” in 1984.
On a number of occasions, Eddie claimed to be of Indonesian descent. His father, Jan Van Halen was a musician from the Netherlands, while his mother, Eugenia, was of Dutch-Indonesian descent from Rangkasbitung.
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We Still Need Your Support to Shelter the Front Line
AmCham Indonesia and Habitat for Humanity have joined forces in an initiative called Sheltering Those Who Care for Us, a program to provide temporary quarters in hotels for Indonesian medical workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our program has helped not only medical workers in Jakarta, but also Tangerang and Surabaya; we are now planning to expand to Sulawesi.
With the COVID-19 pandemic still spreading, medical workers are working a lot harder than before. In these difficult times, they often cannot go back home for fear of infecting family members or being rejected by their local communities. As a result, they are forced to sleep in hospitals without a proper bed, also increasing the possibility of getting infected.
By donating, we will increase the overall capability of Indonesia to treat COVID-19. Habitat will match individual hospitals with hotels on an as-needed basis.
We are continuing with a full slate of meetings, events and information offered to our community online. But we can only do this through the support of our members. If you are not yet an AmCham member, please join now!
AmCham Indonesia is open to all companies with an interest in US business relations and we have many non-American members. We are a community and we welcome you!
The AmCham Office is on work from home status and all face-to-face meetings and events have been postponed. We are having a number of meetings online using the Zoom platform. You will be notified of virtual meetings as they are scheduled.
What is Your Company Doing on COVID-19?
Please let us know what measures your company may be taking in the form of donations and other assistance to help Indonesia during this time of confusion and concern. Contact [email protected] with your news. We would like to publicize the ways that our AmCham companies are pitching in.
Stay safe, call a doctor if you have a high fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. Stay healthy above all else.
COVID Update is AmCham’s regular newsletter on developments related to the pandemic crisis 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