Government to focus on human resource development in 2020

The government is making efforts to improve the quality of human resources in its working plan for 2020, the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) said.“The Government’s Working Plan in 2020, as the first year of the National Medium Term Development Planning (RPJMN) 2020-2024, has the theme, ‘human resource development for qualified growth’,” Minister of National … Read more

Gov’t Supports Food & Beverage Exports: President Jokowi

The key to Indonesia’s sound economy are to boost the investment and to encourage the exports, according to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. Therefore, President Jokowi has instructed Minister of Trade to make food and beverage industry a priority considering that the subsector grew significantly by 9 percent. “It’s such a significant growth; therefore this industry … Read more

Indonesian swift nest products opens stores in China

Beijing (ANTARA) – Indonesian swift nest processed products opened two stores earlier this week in Zhengzhou city, China.The two stores, operated with Chinese importing company Yan Ty Ty, opened in the capital city of Henan Province on Monday (13/5). The company imports swift nests from PT Anugerah Citra Walet Indonesia. “These swift nest importers have … Read more

Indonesia’s April trade balance nosedives to US$2.5 billion deficit

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) reported that Indonesia experienced a trade deficit of US$2.5 billion in April 2019, constituting $1.49 billion from the oil and gas sector and $1.01 billion from the non-oil/non-gas sector. Indonesia’s April exports plummeted 10.80 percent to $12.6 billion, from the March figure of $14.12 billion, BPS Chief … Read more

Reviving a culture locally and spreading the love globally: The story of Suwe Ora Jamu

In a growing health minded and fitspo era, it wouldn’t seem odd or unheard of to boost your beverages with turmeric or tamarind. Nowadays, many hip coffee shops offer a turmeric latte or tamarind lemon tonic.  In Indonesia however, the use of tamarind, ginger, and turmeric in drinks has been part of the culture for generations. Indonesians get their shot of jamu every day, the way Italians get their shot of espresso while standing against a counter.

Jamu is made of plants and spices such as ginger, turmeric, cloves, fennel, celery, and tamarind. Indonesians drink it daily to maintain health and to prevent diseases. Jamu is often prepared traditionally at a street stall or by ladies who walk the streets with baskets attached to their bodies that are filled with spices and mixtures. Nova Dewi Setiabudi was introduced to jamu at a young age by her late grandmother. When she moved to Jakarta early 2011 she had a hard time finding fresh tasting jamu like she had at home. And whilst many people still drank their jamu, she noticed how the younger generation of Indonesians have become less interested in the goodness of jamu. Read More

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