AmCham Update
AmCham Update Vol. 2 #38
Mudik Ban Details, Jakarta Red Zones Curfew, Mall Occupancy Sluggish, Missing Sub
Apr 22, 2021 | AmCham Indonesia


Travel Restrictions Before and After Mudik Period Expanded

The Covid-19 Task Force has released an Addendum to Circular Letter 13/2021 banning the annual Mudik homecoming during Idul Fitri. The addendum adds details for the period before and after the Mudik ban, which lasts from May 6 to May 17. The addendum adds testing prerequisites for domestic travel ahead of the Mudik ban (April 22-May 5) and after the Mudik ban (May 18-May 24), as part of precautionary measures against the Covid-19 case spikes due to increased mobility. 

In the addendum, passengers traveling by air, sea, and intercity trains must provide PCR or rapid antigen test results taken a maximum of 24 hours before departure, or GeNose test results taken before departure at the respective airports, seaports, or rail stations. Passengers traveling by air and sea must fill in the e-HAC health card. For travelers using their own land vehicles, testing is highly recommended but not required. Travelers taking public land transportation may be subject to random Covid-19 tests. 

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Jakarta to Apply Curfew in Red Zones

Areas in Jakarta designated as Covid-19 red zones must implement an 8 PM curfew, according to Governor's Instruction Number 23/2021 (GI No. 23/2021). The instruction defines a red zone as one with more than five houses in a neighborhood with confirmed positive cases for the last seven days.

According to Jakarta government data, in the period up to April 8, West Jakarta had the highest number of neighborhood (RT) red zones in the capital with 755, followed by East Jakarta with 634, South Jakarta (571), North Jakarta (488), Central Jakarta (210) and Kepulauan Seribu (1).

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Mall Occupancy Only 60-70% Due to Pandemic

This year’s national average mall occupancy rate is 60-70 percent so far, according to the Indonesia Shopping Center Association (APPBI), a decline of 10-20 percent from 2020. Tenants tend to delay or cancel their expansion plans due to economic uncertainties, and the accumulation of poor performance from years prior to the pandemic has also hit tenants hard, forcing them to close their shops either temporarily or permanently.

New malls did open, such as Pondok Indah Mall III, Ashta District SCBD, Senayan Park Mall (Spark), and Green Sedayu Mall. Malls with more than 50 percent of construction complete during the pandemic cannot postpone their openings due to the enormous losses that will occur, while malls that are under 50 percent completion can still postpone their opening, APPBI Chair Alphonzus Widjaja said. 

The current mall visitation rate is 50 percent, which is higher than the 20 percent in 2020, due to more lenient micro-community activity restrictions (PPKM).

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Halodoc Closed an $80-million Series C Round

On-line health startup Halodoc has closed an $80 million Series C financing round, led by Astra International, which invested $35 million. The round involved other new investors such as Temasek Holdings, Telkomsel Mitra Inovasi (TMI), Novo Holdings, Acrew Diversify Capital, and Bangkok Bank, alongside existing investors Openspace Ventures and UOB Venture Management.

The C round is the fourth stage of startup financing, and typically the last stage of venture capital financing.

Halodoc has raised $180 million since it was founded, including Allianz X, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Prudential Financial. 

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AmCham Cares: Levi’s

Levi’s has launched a new spring campaign Buy Better, Wear Longer to raise awareness and speak of its shared responsibility over the environmental impacts of apparel production and consumption. Featuring an inspiring group of changemakers — Jaden Smith, Xiye Bastida, Melati Wijsen, Xiuhtezcatl, Emma Chamberlain, and Marcus Rashford MBE — this multi-platform global ad campaign fuses Levi’s longstanding commitment to making quality clothing that can last for generations with the passion of six icons and activists working on issues critical to the future of our planet.

Buy Better, Wear Longer also encapsulates Levi’s ongoing efforts to drive more sustainable production practices: by driving ambitious climate and water action and by investing in materials and technologies such as cottonized hemp and organic cotton, and scaling Water

Levi’s recognizes fashion production and consumption has reached unsustainable levels: between 2000 and 2020, global clothing consumption doubled. We have more items in our wardrobes, but we wear each garment fewer times. And then we are far too quick to toss it out, keeping clothing for almost half as long as we did 15 years ago. That’s why Levi’s is rallying together to call for Buy Better, Wear Longer — with the recognition that it has work to do itself.

Watch the Buy Better, Wear Longer promo video here.

Singapore and Malaysia Help in Search for Missing Sub

Singapore’s MV Swift Rescue and Malaysia’s Mega Bakti vessels are expected to arrive on Apr 24 and 25, respectively, to help in the search for missing Indonesian submarine KRI Nanggala 402.

“Our military ties with Indonesia are very close, built up over the years of bilateral exercises and engagements at all levels. It is only natural that we do whatever we can to assist in times like this,” said Singapore defense minister Dr. Ng Eng Hen. Other countries such as the United States, Germany, France, Turkey, India, Russia, and Australia have also offered assistance.

The submarine (along with 53 sailors on board) lost contact in north Bali waters on Apr 21 at 4.30 am, after it asked for permission to dive at 3 am. “It is possible that during static diving, a blackout occurred so control was lost and emergency procedures could not be carried out and the ship fell to a depth of 600m to 700m,” an Indonesian Navy spokesperson said.

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Expand Your Access to International Markets and Large-scale Projects with PEFC Certification

AmCham Indonesia member AJA Sertifikasi Indonesia and Double Helix Tracking Technologies are holding a webinar titled Expand Your Access to International Markets and Large-scale Projects with PEFC Certification on April 29, 2021, 10:00 AM WIB (Jakarta, Surabaya).

The webinar is aimed at Indonesian producers and exporters of wood products and will be presented in Bahasa Indonesia and English. Click here to register.

You will learn about:

  • The importance of managing forests sustainably: an introduction to Indonesian Forest Certification Cooperation (IFCC) and the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)
  • How certification opens access to international markets and major projects that only accept certified sustainable timber products
  • How to achieve certification for forest management units, manufacturers, and exporters.

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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