Batam, Bintan and Beyond: Riau Islands as Indonesia’s hotspot for Manufacturing and Digital Investments

With proximity to Indonesia’s major trading partners, Riau Islands is one of the country’s premier manufacturing hubs, with the industry contributing over 40% to its economy in 2020. The province is home to large industrial estates such as the Nongsa Digital Park and Bintan-Batam-Karimun Free Trade Zone. In post-pandemic Indonesia, the province is a hotspot […]

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Indonesia’s Third COVID-19 Wave: Resiliency and Recovery

Indonesia’s third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has taken the country by storm since early June 2021, proving to be one of the worst outbreaks that the world has seen. As the delta variant spreads across the densely populated areas of the country, the healthcare system faces immense pressure and is running low on oxygen […]

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Bali’s Roadmap to Recovery: Post-Pandemic Economic Strategies

As Bali reopens its borders after an 18-month hiatus, how will Bali regain its economic momentum? What are the drivers of future growth and economic resilience? ACI’s recent webinar titled “Bali’s Roadmap to Recovery: Post-Pandemic Economic Strategies”, hosted on Thursday, 21 Oct 2021 in collaboration with Universitas Pendidikan Ganesha, tackled this issue in depth. Speakers […]

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Palapa Ring Project: Indonesia’s Digitalization

Indonesia’s overarching goal to expand its basic digital infrastructure first emerged in the 1990s, through the idea of the Palapa Ring project. The project aimed to provide internet access to the entirety of the 34 provinces in the archipelagic nation and was completed recently in 2019. In 2014, the percentage of households in Indonesia with […]

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Chart of the Week October 20, 2021: The pandemic in hindsight: Bali’s impetus for economic diversification

Summary The global travel disruption had cascading effects on tourism and the supporting sectors in Bali. This week’s chart portrays Bali’s vulnerability to the worldwide border closure amid COVID-19 and underlines potential areas for diversification. Bali’s economy contracted by 9.3% in 2020, one of the worst-hit provinces in Indonesia. The loss of tourism revenue scraped […]

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Challenges and Opportunities in ASEAN’s Digital Economy

Challenges and Opportunities in ASEAN’s Digital Economy

“Digital” The new byword and frontier in economic growth but despite all the buzz and attention, what does it actually mean for the economies of ASEAN? ACI’s recent webinar titled “Challenges and Opportunities in ASEAN’s Digital Economy” hosted on Friday, 24 Sep 2021 tackled this issue in depth. Speakers from ACI and Mr Konesh Kochhal, […]

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Book Launch: Annual Competitiveness Analysis and Impact of COVID-19 on Sub-National Economies of Indonesia

The study on the competitiveness of 34 sub-national Indonesian economies by ACI is committed to tracking the country’s diverse progress. This objective has been fundamental in light of the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected the archipelagic nation in different ways. Indonesia’s economy received an unprecedented shock because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the pandemic, […]

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Special Economic Zones in Indonesia: Progress and Challenges during the Pandemic

As Indonesia joins other countries in charting its economic recovery beyond the pandemic, economic onlookers have been keenly watching the country’s special economic zones. The Nongsa Digital Park in Batam was recently endorsed as a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) by President Joko Widodo- This signals the central government’s support for regional and international businesses looking […]

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Chart of the Week June 18, 2021: Growth of Indonesia’s Tertiary Sector over the Past Decade

Summary In the last decade, Indonesia’s tertiary sector has continued to grow, further surpassing the primary and secondary sector. This week’s chart illustrates Indonesia’s economic composition in terms of the percentage of the three sectors in the GDP value-added, as well as the annual growth rate of the Information and Communication industry. The chart shows that despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the tertiary sector continues to grow and has hit a new record in 2020, […]

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Guest Lecture by Professor Paul Cheung: Human Resource, Economic Competitiveness, and Regional Development

Special highlight: Letter of Intent (LOI) signing ceremony between ACI-LKYSPP-NUS and Universitas Diponegoro Asia Competitiveness Institute and Universitas Diponegoro have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to extend research collaboration on Indonesia and Central Java’s economic landscape. The LOI was represented by Professor Paul Cheung Director, Asia Competitiveness Institute, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public […]

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