Vaccination Regulation, Micro Measures, Cargill Investment, Barbie Goes Green
Jun 15, 2021 | AmCham Indonesia
New Ministerial Regulation on Vaccination Released
The Ministry of Health has issued Ministerial Regulation (MR) 18/2021, which amends the previous MR 10/2021 on vaccination programs. This amendment is intended to accelerate the vaccination process by providing the legal foundation for donated vaccines and their receivers.
Under MR 18/2021, donated vaccines used in both the government program and the Gotong Royong program will have the same legal treatment. This includes legal protection for the treatment of post-vaccination reactions. Vaccines received through donations must be marked with a visible sign and may not be commercialized.
This regulation also features amendments in areas including participants of the Gotong Royong vaccination program, foreign nationals who can get vaccinated in Indonesia, and treatment for post-vaccination reactions. MR 18/2021 expands the categories of foreign nationals who may be vaccinated in Indonesia. Under this amendment, foreigners who are 60 years old and above, as well as educators, can take part in the government vaccination program. Foreign employees are also eligible to be vaccinated under the Gotong Royong program, as long as their companies are registered.
Some 22 provinces saw an increase in active Covid-19 cases over the seven days to June 12, said Head of Data and Information Technology of the Covid-19 Task Force Dewi Nur Aisyah. Dewi said seven of the provinces have a referral hospital occupancy of between 50 and 70 percent (Jakarta 68.2 percent, Central Java 68 percent, West Java 65.6 percent, West Kalimantan 63.4 percent, Yogyakarta 59.2 percent). The increase, Dewi said, can be considered a yellow alert for Covid-19 in Indonesia. The increase appears to be due to travel during the Lebaran holiday period.
Cargill Announces $200m Palm Oil Refinery in Indonesia
US agribusiness giant Cargill has said it is building a $200 million palm oil refinery in Lampung, Reuters reported last week. The company expects the project to be completed late next year.
The new refinery is part of a push by Cargill to fully oversee its palm oil supply chain in order to meet North American and European demand for more sustainable palm oil, the company said.
“This project is a key step for Cargill to increase the availability of sustainably sourced and produced edible oil ingredients for our customers,” Robert Aspell, president of Cargill Asia Pacific, said in a company statement.
Mattel Inc. has introduced its first fashion doll line made from recycled ocean-bound plastic, sourced within 50km of waterways in areas lacking formal waste collection systems. Barbie Loves the Ocean is part of The Future is Green campaign, which is in line with Mattel’s goal to achieve 100 percent recycled, recyclable or bio-based plastic materials across all its products and packaging by 2030.
Mattel has always known that a small doll can make a big impact. In line with its focus on diversity, inclusion, equal opportunity, and sustainability, here are some programs under Barbie:
Barbie Loves the Ocean Collection includes three dolls whose bodies are made from 90 percent recycled ocean-bound plastic parts and an accompanying Beach Shack playset and accessories, made from over 90 percent recycled plastic.
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Goal: Barbie aims to achieve 95 percent recycled or FSC-certified paper and wood fiber materials used in packaging by the end of 2021.
New Barbie Vlogger Episode: Barbie Shares How We Can All Protect the Planet, a new vlog on Barbie’s immensely popular YouTube vlogger series teaches young fans about the importance of taking care of our planet and everyday habit changes they can make to create an impact.
“This Barbie launch is another addition to Mattel’s growing portfolio of purpose-driven brands that inspire environmental consciousness with our consumer as a key focus,” said Richard Dickson, President, and Chief Operating Officer, Mattel.
Micro PPKM Extended to June 28
Restrictions on micro-scale community activities (PPKM) have been extended until June 28, 2021, as a result of a spike of Covid-19 cases following the Idul Fitri holiday. The government is also pushing to accelerate the realization of the 2021 National Economic Recovery Program (PEN) in the health cluster, especially for the diagnostic program, whose budget is placed with the respective regional governments.
Tower 8 of Athlete’s House Opens for Urgent Covid Patients
The Covid-19 Task Force will use Tower 8 of Wisma Atlet Pademangan, North Jakarta as an emergency hospital ward to accommodate the increasing number of Covid-19 patients. Ganip Warsito, Head of the Covid-19 Task Force, said in a virtual press conference on June 13 that this will add 1,572 beds to the hospital, as well as increase the bed capacity to three beds per room, from the previous two beds. Health workers who previously resided in Tower 8 will be moved to nearby hotels. The tower will now be used by asymptomatic patients from Jakarta and surrounding areas.
Renewable Energy Coffee Chat - Indonesia and Philippines June 16, 2021 at 11:00 AM ET / June 16, 2021 at 22:00
Join the U.S. Commercial Service for its third in a series of virtual Coffee Chats highlighting renewable energy business opportunities in Southeast Asia. This session will include market observations, business opportunities, and highlights from the newly released 2021 Energy Export Resource Guides.
Why Indonesia? Indonesia is Southeast Asia’s largest economy with a GDP of US $1.2 trillion in 2019. With the decrease in the production of fossil fuels as well as the global commitment to reduce the greenhouse effect, the Indonesian government has sought to increase the role of renewable energy in the country’s power sector. Indonesia has set an ambitious target for the contribution of new and renewable energy to the energy mix to be at least 23 percent and 31 percent by 2025 and 2030.
Why the Philippines? The Philippines has set a goal to harness renewable energy as an essential part of its low emission development strategy and address challenges of energy sustainability, security, and equity. The government is creating policies to encourage private domestic and foreign investment to push the share of the renewable energy sector close to 35 percent by 2030.
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