AmCham Update
AmCham Update Vol. 2 #52
Haj on Hold, Imported Cases, Totals on the Rise, Inflation in Check, Budget Disbursement
Jun 07, 2021 | AmCham Indonesia


Indonesia Cautious Over Imported Covid-19 Cases 

The government is paying close attention to provinces with significant increases in Covid-19 cases, among them Riau Islands and North Kalimantan, which are seeing imported cases from Malaysia, according to health minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin.

The Ministry of Health has categorized the 34 provinces into level 1 (safest) to level 4 (highest transmission rate), based on World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. Fifty confirmed cases daily per 100,000 people is considered level 4. While there are no provinces in level 4, yet, several are categorized as level 3, including Riau Islands with migrant workers returning from Malaysia contributing to imported cases. North Kalimantan is categorized as level 2, but many of the cases are also imported. 

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98,000 Active Covid-19 Cases Nationwide

Indonesia saw 5,832 new Covid-19 cases on June 6, reaching 98,455 active cases nationwide. The three provinces with the highest increases were Jakarta (1,119 cases), Central Java (890), and West Java (869). In the period June 5-6, the government recorded an additional 4,187 recovered cases and 163 deaths from Covid-19. 

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27.9% of Economic Recovery Budget Disbursed

The National Economy Recovery (PEN) program had disbursed Rp 195.05 trillion as of May 28, 27.9 percent of the Rp 699.43 trillion ceiling. Budget realization varies between the five posts (social protection, healthcare, support for small enterprises, priority programs, business incentives), with healthcare being the lowest (18 percent). The highest expenditure was business incentives at Rp 29.51 trillion (52 percent) out of the allocated budget of Rp 56.7 trillion.

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Welcoming Ajar Edi, AmCham ICT Committee Chair

Please join us in welcoming Ajar Edi as AmCham Indonesia’s new IT and Teleconnectivity Committee chair. Ajar has more than 18 years of experience in leading work across advocacy, social impact management, stakeholder engagement, strategic social investment, public relations, and journalism. Currently, he is Director of Corporate Affairs at Microsoft Indonesia. He is responsible for corporate affairs, compliance, advocacy, strategic issue management, and stakeholder engagement strategy.

Inflation Remains Low

Inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index, rose slightly to 0.32 percent month-on-month in May from 0.13 percent in April, according to data from Statistics Indonesia (BPS). Year-on-year inflation was 1.68 percent in May, rising from 1.42 percent in April. This stays within Bank Indonesia’s inflation target of 3.0 percent ± 1 percent.

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Indonesia Cancels Haj Pilgrimage, Again

The official participation of Indonesians in the annual Haj pilgrimage has been canceled for the second year in a row due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Due to the pandemic and for the safety of the pilgrims, the government has decided that this year it won’t allow Indonesian pilgrims to go again,” religious affairs minister Yaqut Cholil Qoumas said in a statement.

The details of how the Haj 2021 will be managed in light of the continuing pandemic have yet to be announced by the government of Saudi Arabia. The annual pilgrimage takes place in mid-July.

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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