With regulatory support, JIIPE clean cluster set to give industries competitive edge

Originally published in The Jakarta Post. The impressive facilities at the clean-block cluster at the Java Integrated Industrial and Port Estate (JIIPE) will make Indonesia’s food and pharmaceutical industries more competitive, but will require important regulatory support, industry players say. JIIPE, which is a project developed by chemical and petroleum distributor PT AKR Corporindo Tbk, in partnership with state-owned port operator PT Pelindo III, will have an 80-hectare c … [Read more...]

Danish PM surprises Jokowi with Metallica box set

Originally published in The Jakarta Post on Nov. 28, 2017. Aware that President Joko "Jokowi is an ardent fan of heavy metal, visiting Denmark Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen gave him a box-set of Metallica's seminal record Master of Puppets during a bilateral meeting at the Bogor Palace on Tuesday afternoon. The gift surprised Jokowi, who considered it an unusual souvenir. In return, Jokowi, gave Rasmussen a rencong (traditional dagger from Aceh). "Prime Minister Rasmussen … [Read more...]

Jokowi-Kalla administration: Three years of moving forward

Originally published in The Jakarta Post on Nov. 14, 2017. These last few years have seen Indonesia experiencing diverse changes. Some of these changes are critical in paving the way for the country’s development in the years to come. As the World Bank recently reported, Indonesia’s Ease of Doing Business (EODB 2018) saw a momentous increase, moving up to 72 from 106 in 2016. Since sworn in on October 20, 2014, President Joko Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla, assisted by their Cab … [Read more...]

Safe travel means holding a travel insurance policy

By Sudibyo M. Wiradji. Originally published in The Jakarta Post on October 18, 2017 Aditya (not his real name) had prepared everything for a two week holiday to Europe, expect for travel insurance. The 39-year-old manager of a private company had traveled overseas several times but had sneezed at the idea of needing insurance as he left everything to Yang di atas, another way of saying to God. But this time around he felt a bit unwell as he had a cough, followed sometimes by s … [Read more...]

Insurance industry challenging yet promising

By Aulia R. Sungkar. Originally published in The Jakarta Post on October 18, 2017 Teddy was very skeptical about having an insurance policy. It wasn’t about the money, as he successfully turned his export business into a profitable venture. “But just like many other Indonesians, we still faced a steep learning curve in dealing with insurance products,” Lani, Teddy’s wife, recalled. That was in the late 1990s, during the heyday of his business. Later, in the early 2000s,  the business … [Read more...]

Indofood supports national food security with research funding

By Prasiddha Gustanto. Originally published in The Jakarta Post, Sept. 23, 2017 As a country with centuries-old local food wisdom, Indonesia has enormous potential for creativity and innovation in its food production. Yet much of this potential is either undiscovered or understudied. This can be disastrous for the nation’s food security. Knowing how to make the best of Indonesia’s rich diversity of local food crops is essential for ensuring that the people at all times have, as per the Foo … [Read more...]

Patrick Roux: Combining delegation and empowerment to reach greater heights

Executive Patrick Roux believes in the power of his team in the pursuit of establishing a stronger presence in Asia Pacific, including Indonesia. Patrick Roux is aware that building a solid team takes more than just strong leadership and clear vision. No less important is the ability to balance the differences within an organization. “Cultural and character differences have the potential to create conflicts within a team. However, if communicated in a right direction, the differences can l … [Read more...]

Palatable Pairing

An adventure of flavors where the world’s finest selections go well with certain foods makes for a tempting teatime. Sipping a cup of tea after a long tiring day indeed helps us to relax, and it is also beneficial for our health. At a TWG Tea Salon & Boutique, the menu lists over 800 teas from the world’s tea producing countries, to suit everyone’s taste. Not only are their teas selected from fine harvests and exquisite blends, but many of their teas also pair well with food. “Tea is … [Read more...]

The charms of Changi

Singapore’s award-winning airport is equipped with an impressive array of facilities that make it worth the trip. Upon disembarking at Singapore’s Changi International Airport, passengers will find a generous number of shopping, dining and entertainment options. Not to mention the airport’s spa facilities and plentiful napping areas, which afford passengers the opportunity to relax and unwind, especially after a long flight. And for a more comfortable stay, just head to the Ambassador Trans … [Read more...]

Mark A.M. Van Ogtrop: Managing a brand presence with local flavor and backward approach

At the helm of a leading global hotel chain, Mark van Ogtrop is partnering with local investors to establish an international brand in secondary cities before reaching major cities and the capital. Golden Tulip Asia managing director Mark van Ogtrop has developed a unique yet, according to him, effective approach to differentiating his business from the competition. Van Ogtrop is taking a “backward approach” to introducing Golden Tulip brand in Indonesia. Unlike most hotel business players … [Read more...]