In the news
- It’s been a good week for Indonesia on financial markets as the current account deficit narrows and foreign debt levels decrease.
- The Economist takes a look at why Indonesia has ‘weathered the emerging market turmoil’.
- Jamu (herbal medicine) is making it big: Bloomberg profiles the manufacturer whose recent IPO made its 86-year old matriarch an instant billionaire.
- Industry figures say that it’ll be a good year for Indonesian coffee producers, with caffeine in demand for late night World Cup matches and to fuel election campaigning.
- The FT’s @BenjaminBland looks at how Indonesia might use the billions of dollars in the national Hajj fund to reduce reliance on foreign capital.
- ‘When life gives you ash, make art’: the WSJ meets a Yogya photographer making ‘dust art’ from Gunung Kelud’s ash.
- The Lowy Interpreter has run a great series of posts on Indonesia’s booming middle class: here’s Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.
- ‘A two-speed relationship’: in this latest video from CAUSINDY 2013, Professor Tim Lindsey of Melbourne University talks about how far behind Australia is in understanding our Indonesian neighbours.
Events and opportunities
- We want you! AIYA is looking for talented young people with an interest in Indonesia and the Australia-Indonesian relationship to contribute to our website.
- Australia Awards: are you an Indonesian interested in postgraduate study in Australia? Check out the Australia Awards scholarships.
- Canberra: tonight’s public lecture by Indonesian Finance Minister @ChatibBasri is listed as ‘Sold Out’, but if you want to take your chances at the door, he will be speaking at the ANU’s John Curtin School of Medical Research at 5:30pm.
- Melbourne: AIYA Victoria will hold an Extraordinary General Meeting on Monday night.
- Canberra: AIYA ANU’s Annual General Meeting will be on Monday night too—see the Facebook event.
- Canberra: the National Gallery of Australia’s exhibition ‘Gardens of the East: photography in Indonesia 1850s–1940s’ is now on.
- At the AIYA Job Board: the Forests Asia Summit is looking for passionate young leaders to act as moderators.