Reducing deforestation in the Ciliwung River basin will help to improve water security in Jakarta and contribute greatly to the reduction of carbon emissions globally.
While the focus of Japanese support appears to be centred on enabling and protecting Indonesia’s fishing industry, there is also a geo-strategic motivation to counter the Chinese claim over most of the South China Sea.
Thousands of West Timorese seaweed farmers are still severely affected by the oil spill. More should be done to examine the damage and to assess the rehabilitation needed within Indonesian waters.
Aerial patrols will provide a significant boost to maritime patrols in the Sulu Sea through tracking militant movements. Further assistance from Singapore and Brunei is also likely.
While this year’s fire season is likely to be mild, there are still significant steps that the Indonesian Government needs to take to successfully address this recurring issue.
Rather than pleading to the EU to be more lenient, Indonesia and Malaysia should work to ensure that their palm oil exports are sustainable and eligible for certification.
At the summit, Jokowi pushed for greater economic ties with the US and Australia while campaigning to protect Indonesian palm oil exports from increased regulations in the European Union.
IS propaganda could be circulating among thousands of unregulated religious schools in Indonesia and may be exacerbated by the “Arabisation” of Islam.
The charges against Rizieq will do little to tarnish the reputation of FPI among its supporters. Those already opposed to it, on the other hand, will be given more ammunition with which to criticise the organisation.
Weaknesses in the Indonesian tourism industry identified by the World Economic Forum are being addressed by the government and noticeable improvements should be seen by 2019.