Indonesia passes mutual assistance treaty with Switzerland into law

first_imgThe House of Representatives passed a bill on the ratification of a treaty on mutual legal assistance (MLA) with Switzerland in a plenary meeting on Tuesday, in what officials commend as a progressive legal breakthrough against money laundering practices in the country.Speaking after the plenary, Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly said the government would begin the necessary procedures to collect data and track assets in Switzerland that resulted from criminal acts.Yasonna said the government would put together an asset-tracing team comprising members of the National Police’s criminal investigations department (Bareskrim), the Attorney General’s Office, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the Foreign Ministry. “The PPATK will also encourage law enforcement agencies to increase [the frequency of] financial investigations and impose articles on money laundering, so that they can pursue and return assets resulting from criminal offenses that have been taken abroad, especially to Switzerland,” he said.The new law has the potential to open up a Pandora’s box of legal cases because it applies retroactively, observers say, allowing the government to recover illegal assets stored overseas before the law was put into effect.“So, all fiscal crimes, money laundering or whatever happened before this agreement was signed, can still be traced,” Yasonna said.Based on the government’s ambitious tax amnesty in 2016, Switzerland was one of five main tax haven countries in which wealthy Indonesians kept their money safe.A number of legal cases also linked to assets parked in Switzerland include the 2005 Bank Mandiri corruption scandal, the 2008 Bank Century bailout case and the Supersemar Foundation case on misused state funds.Ahmad Sahroni, a lawmaker from the House Commission III overseeing legal affairs, urged the government to use the treaty to process newer cases as well.“The government has to keep in mind the latest money-laundering practices carried out by perpetrators in Indonesia, as it is likely that they have moved on to other countries and Switzerland is no longer the destination to hide their assets, accounts or money,” the Nasdem Party lawmaker said.Furthermore, Ahmad noted that the MLA agreement required other related issues to also be resolved, such as provisions on data privacy.“This is one of the important issues submitted by Switzerland as a condition of the agreement. So, after it is ratified, we should immediately improve Indonesia’s regulations on personal data protection.”Meanwhile, Wawan Sujatmiko from Transparency International Indonesia said the government still needed to prove it had the goodwill to enforce its existing anticorruption, antimoney-laundering and tax evasion laws.“The government must show some seriousness in investigating tax evasion so that perpetrators can be brought [to justice] and the court’s ruling can be used as a means to repatriate taxes, assets and money parked abroad,” Wawan said.Based on past experiences, with the 2006 Asian Agri tax scandal as one notable example, Wawan said the government should focus on companies and individuals suspected of embezzlement or tax evasion.“Furthermore, global scandals such as the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers, which also mention a number of corporate entities or individual Indonesian citizens, can be an entry point for Indonesian law enforcement agencies to uncover tax crimes,” he said.The Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers are two instances of leaks of millions of law firm documents that reveal how various countries have become favored destinations for setting up shell companies for tax evasion.The leaks name a number of affluent Indonesian businesspeople as well as current and former government officials.For the past decade, after many years of unregulated monetary flows, the government began to crack down on tax evaders and money launderers in an attempt to shore up more tax revenue.Many are believed to be keeping some of their funds in offshore financial centers out of concerns of inflation, a rupiah depreciation, political uncertainty and high taxes on financial income.The state has estimated that more than Rp 11.4 quadrillion (US$782 billion) in assets have been stashed abroad.Besides the tax amnesty, Jakarta has relied on MLA schemes with other countries.The 10th such deal signed into law, the MLA treaty with Switzerland has been under negotiation since 2007 but stalled and was only resumed in 2015. The resulting agreement was signed on Feb. 4 last year.Indonesia has signed MLA treaties with ASEAN member states, Australia, Hong Kong, China, South Korea, India and the United Arab Emirates.Yasonna assured that the government was working to have similar agreements with other countries, including Serbia, with the support of whom local authorities had been able to capture longtime fugitive Maria Pauline Lumowa, despite no formal extradition and MLA agreements between the two nations.Maria fled the country in 2003 just before she was named a suspect for allegedly stealing billions of rupiah from state-owned lender Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) in a loan scam.– Ghina Ghaliya contributed to this storyTopics : “We will also work together with the Swiss authorities to access the available data,” he said. “With this legal framework, we are finally doing it.”Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK) chairman Dian Ediana Rae separately said the treaty’s ratification was a progressive breakthrough in the enforcement of the antimoney-laundering law.“With the ratification of the agreement, Indonesia has a strong legal foundation to run legal cooperation initiatives such as asset-tracing for corruption, financial crimes, tax crimes, banking-related crimes, corporate crimes and money laundering,” Dian told The Jakarta Post.Under the agreement, bank secrecy can no longer be invoked to impede the process of information exchanges, which would allow the PPATK to coordinate with Switzerland’s financial intelligence units (FIUs) to track, block and recover illicit assets.last_img read more

House deputy speaker reported for not allowing supervisory hearing for Djoko Tjandra’s case

first_imgMAKI, however, claimed that House Speaker Puan Maharani had agreed to the hearing proposal.Read also: Fugitive Djoko Tjandra skips another hearing, reportedly residing in MalaysiaBoyamin argued that hearings during recess were allowed and would not violate Bamus’ decision as long as the commission was granted permission.“We have seen many hearings during previous breaks,” Boyamin argued, adding that it was also possible for the meeting to be conducted virtually, if necessary.“Azis Syamsudin may have violated the code of ethics by hindering the House in undergoing its supervisory role,” he added, suspecting Azis to have “other interests” in relation to the matter. Commission III member Hinca Pandjaitan deplored the prohibition of the planned hearing, saying that Article 53 of the House’s code of conduct allowed House commissions to conduct supervisory hearings during recess to handle urgent matters.“It is related to a fundamental subject and it is a part of the House’s function. Thus, it is necessary,” the Democratic Party politician said.Djoko, a convict in the high-profile Bank Bali corruption case, has remained at large for more than a decade ever since he fled to Papua New Guinea after being sentenced to two years’ imprisonment and ordered to pay Rp 546 billion (US$37 million) in restitution by the Supreme Court in June 2009.He reportedly returned to Indonesia without being detected by the immigration office and filed a review of his case in early June. He was able to obtain a new electronic identification card and passport and had his red notice status lifted.Three high-ranking police officers have been removed from their posts over their alleged involvement in helping the fugitive travel within the country.Topics : Azis said on Tuesday that he decided not to grant permission for the hearing because the House was in recess until Aug. 13.“Let’s not argue about administrative matters because I don’t want to disobey the House’s code of conduct and the House’s Steering Committee’s [Bamus] decision prohibiting any hearings during recess,” the Golkar Party politician said in a statement on Tuesday.He went on to say that lawmakers were able to make work-related visits during the recess, thus he recommended that Commission III conduct a field inspection with relevant authorities in relation to the issuance of Djoko’s travel letter.“The rules are supposed to be adhered to by all House members. I can’t think of why anyone would be so persistent to demand a hearing for Djoko Tjandra’s case,” Azis added. The Indonesian Anticorruption Community (MAKI) reported House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Azis Syamsudin to the House’s ethics council on Tuesday for prohibiting lawmakers from holding a hearing during recess to discuss the case of fugitive Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra.House Commission III, which oversees legal affairs, initially planned to hold a hearing with the National Police, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) and the Law and Human Rights Ministry over the issuance of a travel letter for Djoko by police officers, which had also been reported by MAKI to the commission.“The hearing is an urgent matter as it will help the government solve the case. It will also provide a recommendation to further trace those involved in helping Djoko,” MAKI coordinator Boyamin Saiman said in a statement on Tuesday.last_img read more

Record 212 environmental activists murdered in 2019: NGO

first_imgTopics : Threat of sexual violence In Romania, an EU member state, a forest ranger working in one of Europe’s largest primeval forests was shot dead for trying to protect trees against organized criminal gangs harvesting them for profit.A month earlier, one of her colleagues was murdered with an axe to the back of the head.”At a time when we most need people to protect the planet against destructive, carbon-intensive industries, we are seeing the highest number of killings of land and environmental defenders” since Global Witness started tracking the issue in 2012, the report concluded.Outright murders occur against a generalized backdrop of intimidation and harassment.”Women defenders face specific threats,” such as personal smear campaigns, the report said. “Sexual violence is used as a tactic to silence women defenders, much of it underreported.”Efforts by local and indigenous communities to assert land rights also provoke violent ripostes.”In many countries, peoples’ rights to their land and natural resources are either unprotected, undocumented or not recognized,” Global Witness said.  At least 212 environmental campaigners worldwide were murdered in 2019, making last year the deadliest on record for frontline activists battling  the destruction of Nature, watchdog group Global Witness reported Wednesday.Colombia and the Philippines combined accounted for just over half of the confirmed deaths — 64 and 43, respectively — followed by Brazil, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala.The real number is likely higher due to unreported or misrepresented cases, especially in Africa, the NGO said in its annual review. About 40 percent of victims were indigenous people, and over two-thirds died in Latin America. One in ten were women.For decades, native communities in the forests of Central and South America, Asia and Africa have seen ancestral lands degraded and destroyed, sometimes with the blessing of corrupt local or national governments.Of the 141 murders last year that could be linked a specific economic sectors, more than a third involved campaigners protesting mining operations, some legal most not. Thirty-four killings related to agribusiness were overwhelmingly in Asia, especially the Philippines. center_img ‘Draconian laws’ “Agribusiness and oil, gas and mining have consistently been the biggest drivers of attacks against land and environmental defenders,” said Global Witness campaigner Rachel Cox.”They are also the industries pushing us further into runaway climate change through deforestation and increased carbon emissions.”Burning forests not only robs the planet of greenhouse gas absorbing vegetation, it also releases stored CO2 into the atmosphere.Logging operations were directly linked to 24 deaths, with another 14 related to illegal crop substitution, 11 to land reform, and six to water management or dam construction.In the Philippines, a Manobo tribal chieftain was killed during a military  bombardment while protesting rogue mining operations near Kitaotao, in northern Mindanao.”The Philippines’ remaining virgin forests — like those protected by the Manobo — are being felled for mineral extraction and profit,” the report noted.”This is ‘business as usual’ for President Rodrigo Duterte and his government who are forging ahead with policies that prioritize fossil fuels and have passed draconian laws that can be used to silence those trying to stand in their way.”The number of killings in Colombia more than doubled last year, while in Honduras they rose from four to 14.The tropics and developing countries are not the only hotspots for violent attacks against those protecting natural resources. Two Indonesian activists were stabbed to death in October near a palm oil plantation in northern Sumatra. In the Philippines, police and counter-insurgency operations led to the massacre of 14 sugar plantation farmers on Negros island in March, only months after nine others had been killed in similar circumstances. last_img read more

New Zealand locks down all nursing homes after virus return

first_imgNew Zealand locked down nursing homes nationwide Wednesday after a 102-day streak without the coronavirus ended, as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the outbreak could force her to postpone next month’s general election.Ardern said authorities were scrambling to trace anyone who had been in contact with four Auckland residents who tested positive Tuesday, ending the dream run in which the virus had been contained at New Zealand’s borders.A three-day stay-at-home order for Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest city with a population of 1.5 million, was announced on Tuesday night and went into force at lunchtime on Wednesday. New Zealand had been held up by the World Health Organization as an example of how to contain the disease after recording only 22 deaths in a population of five million and preventing community transmission for more than three months.Ardern said the return of coronavirus was “unsettling” but all efforts were being made to retrace the steps of the Auckland family of four who contracted it from an unknown source.She said the September 19 election may be impacted if the outbreak could not be contained.”We’re seeking advice from the Electoral Commission, just so that we make sure have all options open to us,” she said.”No decisions yet, as you can imagine, have been made.”Ardern’s center-left Labor Party has been riding high in opinion polls and is expected win a second term.The conservative National Party was open to the idea of a delay if conditions meant it was justified.”It’s going to be very difficult to have an election in mid-September when we are now mid-August. It is very little time,” National leader Judith Collins told TV3. Police in facemasks manned roadblocks on major roads in Auckland to enforce the new measures. Ardern said health officials were also locking down aged care homes across the country because they could act as transmission hotspots.”I realize how incredibly difficult this will be for those who have loved ones in these facilities, but it’s the strongest way we can protect and look after them,” she said.There was panic buying at supermarkets across New Zealand and huge queues at coronavirus testing stations as Kiwis came to terms with the re-emergence of a virus many thought had been defeated.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Six medical workers arrested for allegedly facilitating illegal abortions in Jakarta

first_imgThe Raden Saleh clinic, Tubagus said, was where SS went for the abortion, before she learned that Hsu had wanted to marry his household assistant instead — the latter of which led to the murder.Raden Saleh has earned a reputation as an area where illegal abortion services are available in Jakarta, where clinics can operate for years, with unclear permits and medical personnel without an obstetrics background.Based on the 2009 Health Law, abortion is allowed only for pregnancies that pose a medical risk or for pregnancies caused by rape, which can lead to psychological trauma.Experts have urged the government to provide better facilities for safe procedures as high demand for abortion in Jakarta persists. (syk)Topics : The arrest, which took place on Aug. 3, was a follow-up to the police discovery of the illegal practice during an investigation into another case involving the murder of Taiwanese baker Hsu Ming Hu.On July 24, Hsu, 52, was allegedly murdered by his personal secretary and romance partner, identified only as SS, 37, in his residence in Bekasi, West Java.Read also: Illegal abortion clinic reveals high demand amid shortage of formal facilities“SS got pregnant and asked [Hsu] for money for an abortion. From there, we developed [the investigation],” Tubagus said. The Jakarta Police have arrested six medical workers for allegedly facilitating illegal abortions at a clinic in the Raden Saleh area in Central Jakarta.“Three of them were doctors, another was a midwife and the other two were nurses,” Jakarta Police general criminal investigation director Sr. Comr. Tubagus Ade Hidayat said in a release on Tuesday, as quoted by police also arrested four administrators of the clinic, who had allegedly played the role of brokers, patient pick-up officers, fetal cleaners and drug buyers, as well as two couples requesting an abortion and a third party who had instructed the couples to do so.last_img read more

Israelis protest against second virus lockdown

first_imgTopics : Hundreds of Israelis protested in Tel Aviv late Thursday against a second nationwide lockdown, the first such move in the world to tackle a renewed spike in coronavirus cases.The country is to re-enter lockdown at 2:00pm on Friday (1100 GMT), hours before Jewish New Year, known as Rosh Hashana, and extend for three weeks over other religious holidays including Yom Kippur and Sukkot.The Jewish state has the world’s second-highest detected virus infection rate after Bahrain, according to an AFP tally over the past fortnight. Israel has registered more than 172,000 coronavirus cases with 1,163 deaths, out of a population of nine million.”The economy is in free-fall, people are losing their jobs, they’re depressed,” said Yael, one  of between 300 and 400 demonstrators in the coastal city of Tel Aviv.”And all this for what? For nothing!” said the  60-year-old former employee of an architectural firm who lost her job in the crisis.Israel had initially been widely praised for curbing the spread of the COVID-19 disease by imposing a stringent lockdown in March, but authorities have acknowledged that they were too quick to ease restrictions subsequently.center_img On the eve of the renewed lockdown, which was announced last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went on nationwide television to try to explain the government had no choice.”The health system has raised the red flag… We did everything we could to strike a balance between the [public] health needs and needs of the economy,” the premier said on Thursday.Under the new measures, residents will be limited to within 500 meters of their homes.Exceptions to this rule include residents going out to buy medicine and food, as well as to attend a funeral or circumcision ceremony.Israel’s opposition chief Yair Lapid has condemned the measures.”It’s a very aggressive move. It’s devastating for the economy and it’s not helpful in terms of stopping the epidemic,” he told AFP this week.”The only reason the government is imposing a new lockdown is that it’s completely lost… It’s failed completely to contain the coronavirus.”Attendance at synagogues, which are usually full for services during Jewish holidays, has been limited depending on the size of each place of worship.Authorities at Jerusalem’s Great Synagogue have decided the building will remain closed over the New Year, for the first time in its history.last_img read more

Indonesian netizens slam racist comments on Vanuatu’s Instagram

first_imgRead also: Indonesia calls out Vanuatu over Papua remarks at UNGAFollowing the debate session, several posts on the Vanuatu Tourism Office’s official Instagram account @vanuatuislands were swarmed by comments from accounts allegedly handled by Indonesian users. They made racist statements, such as calling the Vanuatu children in a photo “children from hell” and malnourished.Some users said Vanuatu’s only prides were “face painting and traditional clothes”, calling the country “underdeveloped”, “a cannibal country” and “Australian slaves.”Other netizens lambasted the racist comments. A Twitter user of Papuan descent, Elfrida Natkime, wrote that the comments were “mean”. Indonesian netizens lambasted fellow internet users who dropped hundreds of harsh and racist comments on the Vanuatu Tourism Office’s official Instagram account.The comments followed the general debate session of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday, in which Republic of Vanuatu Prime Minister Bob Loughman, in a prerecorded statement, called on the Indonesian government to address alleged human rights abuses against the indigenous Papuans.Indonesian diplomat Silvany Austin Pasaribu replied by saying that Vanuatu had an “excessive and unhealthy obsession” with how Indonesia acted and governed in its easternmost province. She later called the Pacific nation’s actions “shameful” and in opposition to the fundamental principles of the UN charter. “I just read the comments made by Indonesian users on the Vanuatu Instagram account. You guys are evil. What a shame! Guys, please, racism is not okay,” she tweeted on her handle @ENatkime on Tuesday.Barusan baca komen netizen Indonesia yg komen di IG Vanuatu .Jahat banget anjir kalian … Gila ga ada otaknya . MALU GA SIH ? GUYS PLEASE RACISM IS NOT OKAY !!!!!— Elfrida Natkime (@ENatkime) September 28, 2020Indonesian human rights lawyer Veronica Koman jumped on the bandwagon, calling the racist attack against Vanuatu an attack against Papuans and West Papuans, as both Vanuatuans and Papuans are Melanesians.“This is exactly why West Papuans want to be free,” she tweeted.Indonesian netizens (or bots?) attack Vanuatu’s Instagram account over West Papua row…… by being racist.Like, wtf are you doing, this is exactly why West Papuans want to be free. The people of West Papua and Vanuatu are both Melanesians.— Veronica Koman (@VeronicaKoman) September 29, 2020Another Twitter user under handle @janpiterjonkun said the comments only showed the true discriminatory nature of Indonesians against Papuans. “These ‘heroes’ of the western part of Indonesia like to claim Papuan as their brothers and sisters. But, in fact, they discriminate and oppress them.”Orang Vanuatu punya lebih banyak kesamaan dengan orang Papua karena sama sama Melanesia, bingung kok para ksatria ksatria ‘Mongoloid’ bagian WIB pada demen banget klaim kita bersaudara tapi kenyataannya selalu mendiskriminasi dan mengopresi?— Grand Dementor (@janpiterjonkun) September 29, 2020Indonesian officials have entertained repeated efforts to undermine the nation’s sovereignty at the multilateral forum, having noted what they consider a regular uptick in provocations in the easternmost provinces around September, when the annual UN summitry commences.Papua and West Papua are the site of decades of simmering tensions between separatist groups and security forces, which at times resulted in what activists have flagged as alleged human rights violations.Recently, Papuan pastor Yeremia Zanambani was shot to death in Hitadipa district of Intan Jaya regency, Papua. He was allegedly shot by personnel from the Indonesian Military (TNI), which claimed that the pastor was shot by a “separatist group” in Papua.Topics :last_img read more

Pancasila and unity can help Indonesia get through COVID-19 pandemic, Jokowi says

first_imgTopics : “We can always get through these challenges thanks to our real strength, namely unity and national brotherhood that is guided by the ideology of Pancasila.” Indonesia will be able to barrel through the various problems it currently faces, including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, by remaining united “guided by the state ideology of Pancasila,” President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Thursday to commemorate Pancasila Reverence Day, which falls on Oct. 1. “Every era will have its own challenges […] and today, our country is being challenged with an extraordinary test: the COVID-19 pandemic,” Jokowi wrote on his Instagram account.center_img The President also led a Pancasila Reverence Day ceremony in observance of the death of seven heroes of the revolution, killed in a botched coup allegedly attempted by the now-defunct Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) on Sept. 30, 1965.The ceremony, held at the Pancasila Sakti memorial complex in Lubang Buaya in East Jakarta, was attended by a limited number of officials to comply with the COVID-19 health protocol of avoiding crowds and maintaining physical distancing. According to official government data, Indonesia has recorded 287,008 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 10,740 deaths as of Thursday.last_img read more

Trump “doing well,” taking antiviral remdesivir treatment: doctor

first_imgTrump is not requiring any supplemental oxygen, but medical specialists have elected to initiate treatment with remdesivir, according to an evening health update by the president’s physician Sean Conley.”He has completed his first dose and is resting comfortably,” Conley said.The situation has evolved rapidly since Trump tweeted in the early hours of Friday that he and his wife Melania, 50, tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.The president’s physician had initially said the two are “both well” and that “they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence.” As of the afternoon, the doctor said Trump “remains fatigued but in good spirits” while his wife remains well with a mild cough and headache. The president also received a dose of an experimental antibody cocktail manufactured by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals as a “precautionary measure,” the doctor said.Trump later left the White House and traveled to the military medical center by helicopter. He gave a thumbs-up and a short wave to reporters before boarding, but did not take questions.Concerns linger over the president’s health condition, as his age and weight are seen among the risk factors for developing severe symptoms of COVID-19.Trump has faced criticism over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 7.3 million people and killed 208,000 in the United States, outstripping any other country.He has repeatedly downplayed the threat of the virus, telling the public to stay calm because the virus would just “go away,” while holding in-person campaign rallies in recent months to galvanize his support base.Trump has also been seen wearing a mask on only a handful of occasions.Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis has upended his election strategy, with only a month to go before the Nov. 3 election. The incumbent has trailed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, 77, in national polls.Biden, who shared a debate stage with Trump on Tuesday, has said he tested negative for the virus.Topics : US President Donald Trump is “doing very well” and has received antiviral remdesivir therapy after being hospitalized for contracting the novel coronavirus, his physician said Friday.Trump, 74, was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center near Washington “out of an abundance of caution,” according to the White House, adding that he is expected to stay there for several days.Trump tweeted at night, “Going well, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!”last_img read more

26 companies in talks for $700 million Lombok airport overhaul

first_imgState-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura (AP) I announced on Monday that 26 foreign and local companies had passed the prequalification stage as they seek to join the overhaul and operation of Lombok International Airport.The selected company would devise and implement the airport’s design, build, finance, operate and transfer (DBFOT) process with a 30-year concession period. The project’s value is estimated at Rp 10.3 trillion (nearly US$700 million) and will adopt a usage fee scheme to return the investment.“We highly appreciate the enthusiasm of all 26 strategic partner candidate, who are among the world’s best airport operators and Indonesia’s best infrastructure companies. All of them have a commitment to work together to develop Lombok International Airport,” AP I president director Faik Fahmi said in a statement on Monday. The foreign companies that passed the prequalification process include Royal Schipol Group from the Netherlands, South Korea’s Incheon Airport, Singapore’s Changi Airport, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad, German’s Munich Airport, France’s Vinci Airports and China Construction.Meanwhile, local companies that passed the same stage are state-owned construction firms Adhi Karya and Waskita Karya as well as privately owned Astra Infra.Lombok International Airport is undergoing a massive expansion to double its passenger capacity from 3.5 million to 7 million. The airport’s runway is also being expanded from 2,750 meters to 3,300 m, allowing wide-body aircraft such as the Boeing 747-400 to land.Other infrastructure, such as aircraft parking space and aprons, are also being refurbished to increase the airport’s capacity. process, which is a detailed talk with AP I regarding their project proposals. The prequalification’s final result is scheduled to be announced on Jan. 29, according to the press release from AP I.aanwijzingThe companies are currently in the so-called The Mandalika Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on Lombok Island is listed as one of the government’s five super-priority destinations, in a program aimed to make tourism the new driver of Indonesia’s economic growth.The island is set to host the prestigious MotoGP event after securing a deal with Dorna Sports, the MotoGP rights holder, for a race slot in the 2021 season. The deal was sealed in January 2019 by the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), the state-owned company responsible for developing the Mandalika SEZ.Topics :last_img read more