Global and Local Effects of Indonesian Haze

Highlight on Environment: Fire has been used for millennia as a cost-effective way of clearing land for agriculture and continues to be commonly used throughout the tropics. In Sumatra and Kalimantan burning peatlands regularly cause massive smoke and haze; the 2015 season was one of the worst in many years. Calls for solutions were demanded daily in domestic media, and international scrutiny was high.

Dr. Peter Holmgren is the Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), where he leads a team of more than 200 scientists and staff operating in more than 45 countries. He is credited with leading the dialogue to enhance the role of forests in the global development agenda addressing some of the major issues of our time: poverty, food security, climate change and the green economy.



Jokowi at the One-Year Mark

HIGHLIGHT on Infrastructure: A Promising Start or Signs of Troubled Presidency. Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, Indonesia’s seventh president, promised a presidency focused on upgrading infrastructure, reforming energy policy, reducing logistics costs, improving health and education, and maintaining the fight against corruption – all essential for a better investment climate and greater prosperity.

Doug will discuss President Jokowi’s first year in office and assess the country’s current business, economic, and political environment. Looking forward, Doug will describe the risks and opportunities in Indonesia that can be expected in 2016.

When: Tuesday 20 October by Douglas E. Ramage
Venue: Erasmus Huis, Jl Rasuna Said Kuningan Jakarta



Smart Jakarta by Rupert Taylor

Highlight on Investment: Urbanisation matters in 1971 15% of Indonesia’s population lived in cities. Smart Jakarta – How to Make the City Truly ‘Liveable’.

By 2045, however, the number will rise to 82%. The huge pressure of an expanding and increasingly prosperous urban population puts growing strain on essential resources such as energy, water, air and transportation.

When: Tuesday 6 October by Rupert Taylor
Venue: Erasmus Huis, Jl Rasuna Said Kuningan Jakarta



Oil & Beer by Keetie Sluyterman

Highlight on Investment: How Dutch Business Remained Relevant in Indonesia? Indonesia gained political independence from the Netherlands in 1949, but economic ties between these countries remained in place.

As in other former colonies, economic decolonization lagged behind political decolonization because newly-established sovereign nations needed to find new sources of capital, know-how and management capabilities to replace those previously supplied by the colonizer.

When: Tuesday September 29 – Prof. Keetie Sluyterman
Venue: Erasmus Huis, Jl Rasuna Said Kuningan Jakarta



Apartment for sale/lease

HIGHLIGHT on Property: Urgent sale of Verde Apartment in Kuningan needs to be sold fast as owner need to leave Indonesia sooner than expected within 2-3 months or after this apartment is sold. The price is negotiable on nearest offer!

Verde Apartment, a modern and premium residence in kuningan CBD Jakarta, that offers best quality and luxury resort living experience. A place designed to make residents feel safe and comfortable; a place to raise children and a place to call home! …more


Visual Art by Marco Ginex

HIGHLIGHT on Architectural Photography: An Abstract Architectural Exhibition Marco Ginex presented PT Jakarta Land. American architect Julia Morgan once said, “Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves.“

Indeed, since the Ancient Greece era, thousands of enormous spaces have been achieved through feats of engineering and the sculptural and ornamental qualities made by artists at that time. Remarkable architecture provides its own emotional experience.



Money & Power during Suharto

HIGHLIGHT on Southeast Asia: Money and Power in Suharto’s Indonesia – Richard Borsuk and Nancy Chng (Authors of Liem Sioe Liong’s Salim Group: the Business Pillar of Suharto’s Indonesia).

Suharto’s New Order is a period when collusion between government and big business flourished. When Suharto in effect pushed out Sukarno, the welcome mat was rolled out for Western investors. But he also needed domestic capital, including Chinese sources. His main local fundraiser was Liem Sioe Liong, a migrant from China’s Fujian province, who arrived in Java in 1938 and went on to found the Salim Group, which in the mid-1990s was the largest conglomerate in Southeast Asia.

When: March 24 at 7 p.m.
Venue: Erasmus Huis