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10-Year-Old Piano Prodigy From Indonesia Takes New York By Storm

Joey Alexander is only 10 years old, but he has musical talent well beyond his years.

As CBS 2’s Tracee Carrasco reported, the Jakarta, Indonesia resident began playing at the age of 6, when his father brought home a keyboard. And for Joey, playing the piano just came naturally.

“I hear a song, I try and play and read notes,” Joey said.

Joey’s father said the boy caught on fast.

“When I got back from work, I saw him playing a very complex melody,” said Denny Sila.

In just a short time, the self-taught phenom has already taking the jazz world by storm. He has played all over the world and is currently making his debut in the United States — last week at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Gala and on Wednesday night at the ShapeShifter Lab in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

“It makes me excited — my opportunity, my chance — I always give my best,” Joey said.

The soulful and mature sound of Joey’s music makes listeners forget his young age. But his T-shirt and jeans concert attire are reminders of his youthfulness.

While Joey’s musical inspirations are Harry Connick Jr., Herbie Hancock and Bill Evans, he said his true inspiration comes from up above.

“For me, it’s a gift from God that I can do that,” he said.

Joey is currently working on his first CD, and family says they would love to move from Indonesia to New York City — where they believe Joey’s jazz career could really take off.

Check out Joey’s YouTube videos at: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/05/07/10-year-old-piano-prodigy-from-indonesia-takes-new-york-by-storm/

Source: CBS New York

Indonesia, US collaborate to develop creative industry

Indonesia and the United States had collaborated through some leading companies to develop creative industries and new entrepreneurs, according to Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu.

Through a text message on Sunday, the minister said she had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a few US companies to develop creative industries in Indonesia.

“We had met with the executives of a few companies and told them that the opportunity to cooperate is wide open. We have even signed a MoU with NestGSV,” she said.

NestGSV is an emerging tech incubator located in the heart of Silicon Valley.

The company brings together entrepreneurs, investors, mature tech corporations, professional service providers, governments and educational institutions, serving as a catalyst for collaborative innovation, commercialization, market adoption and growth.

The minister noted that the MoU covered the coordination and collaboration activities in Indonesia and Silicon Valley to support the development of an innovation system, high-tech start-ups, and medium and small businesses through access to incubation programs and accelerators.

Mari and some officials from the Capital Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) and the Industry Ministry went to Los Angeles and Silicon Valley in California recently to speed up creative economic development, particularly creative industries, which were based on information technology and digital content, animation and film.

In Los Angeles, they attended a business forum to introduce the potential of creative industries based on information technology and digital content, animation and film.

The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy also continued to step up cooperation with various parties to expand their network and access to creative economic players.

In addition, Mari also explored cooperation with Walt Disney, Apple and start-up incubators to develop digital content, such as mobile apps, video games, animation and various applications for different purposes.

Source: ANTARA News

Mahasiswa UGM Sukses Bikin Aplikasi Google Glass

Kabar baik datang dari Yogyakarta. Sekawanan mahasiswa cerdas dari fakultas ilmu komputer di Universitas Gajah Mada (UGM) berhasil membuat aplikasi khusus untuk Google Glass. Membanggakan!

Dalam email yang diterima detikINET, Senin (5/5/2014), aplikasi yang diberi nama Quick Disaster ini diklaim mereka sebagai yang pertama hadir dari Indonesia untuk dibenamkan langsung di kacamata pintar Google tersebut.

Daniel Oscar Baskoro, salah satu anggota tim riset mengatakan, bahwa aplikasinya ini dipilih untuk Google Glass karena kacamata pintar ini jauh lebih cepat dan lebih ringkas ketimbang menggunakan perangkat mobile.

“Kita berpikir suatu saat perangkat digital ini akan melekat pada tubuh manusia seperti halnya teknologi jam pintar atau gelang pintar,” tulis Daniel yang membuat aplikasi ini bersama timnya yang terdiri dari Zamsyari, Bahrunur, Sabrina Anggraini dan Maulana Rizki.

Dijelaskan, aplikasi Quick Disaster besutan para mahasiswa UGM ini bisa menampilkan informasi secara visual mengenai tahapan solusi untuk mengantisiapasi dampak bencana, setidaknya dari sembilan jenis yang berbeda, Mulai dari erupsi gunung berapi, tanah lonsor, topan tornado, gempa bumi, hujan abu vulkanik, banjir, kebakaran, hingga tsunami.

“Aplikasi ini diharapkan dapat membantu masyarakat dalam mengantisipasi bencana saat kejadian bencana berlangsung,” tambah Sabrina Anggraini, anggota tim lainnya.

Untuk saat ini aplikasi Quick Disaster masih dalam tahap riset dan pengembangan, pasalnya masih ada beberapa fitur yang masih perlu disempurnakan. Dalam waktu dekat, kata Sabrina, aplikasi ini rencananya akan dipresentasikan dalam konferensi internasional di Eropa dan Amerika Serikat.

Source: Detik News

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake Commends Indonesia’s Achievement

​A practical investments in the health, education, and well-being of the children will help Indonesia addresses its own remaining challenges on the promotion and protection of the rights of the child. It was the general message of UNICEF Executive Director during his visit in Indonesia (26-2/03). 

Moreover, a correct investment will create a positive impact in reducing the number of infant and women who die in childbirth each year, increasing the access of communities to improved sanitation and safe water, and improving the nutrition of children. The investments should not be seen as a dividend of economic growth, but as driver of growth.

During his meetings with Government Ministers Mr. Lake congratulated Indonesia on the progress it has achieved for children over the past decade and pledged UNICEF’s continued support for an increased effort on reaching the most vulnerable children. 

Looking ahead to the upcoming 10th anniversary of Tsunami, Mr. Lake emphasized the need to invest in building the country’s resilience against natural disasters by focusing particularly on those children who still don’t have access to quality basic services.

Mr. Lake thanked Foreign Minister R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa for Indonesia’s commitment to investing in disaster risk reduction, and for the country’s immediate support to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. 

He stressed that UNICEF will continue to work in partnership with the government and people to leverage the experience and knowledge gained from the post-tsunami reconstruction work, as well as lessons learned in disaster management.

In their meeting, Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi and Mr. Lake discussed the persistence of high maternal mortality rates in Indonesia and particularly the high prevalence of early marriage as a contributing factor. 

Mr. Lake encouraged the government to invest in communication campaigns to raise public awareness on the severe health risks of adolescent girls becoming pregnant. An estimated 10,000 women die every year from pregnancy related complications.

In a meeting with Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection, Linda Amalia Sari Gumelar, Mr. Lake applauded the Ministry’s decision to co-fund a national prevalence survey to gather evidence on the extent of violence against children in Indonesia and to support the global campaign #End Violence against Children, launched by UNICEF in 2013. 

He expressed his hope that Indonesia’s participation would further energize the global campaign. He further stressed the need to use the results to develop a strong action plan to prevent and address violence against children. 

After leaving Jakarta, Mr. Lake travelled to Aceh province to see firsthand the progress made in reconstruction and resilience building in areas most affected by the 2004 tsunami. He visited a centre for early childhood development and a school, both of which built with the support of UNICEF. 

Mr. Lake participated in one of the regular emergency drills at the school, which have been introduced by education authorities to better prepare children and their parents for potential natural disasters.

In Sabang, Mr. Lake met with volunteers at a community health centre (puskesmas) and learned about their role in the district’s highly successful malaria control programme. 

Based on the experience with integrated health programmes initiated after the tsunami, malaria has been tackled through a combination of extensive interventions. The last indigenous case in Sabang was recorded in 2011. 

Aside from sound investment for children, Mr. Lake emphasized that sound efforts in Disaster Risk Reduction (DDR), will effectively reduce the impact of natural disasters and other shocks. 

It is one of the lessons learned from the tsunami response. He reaffirmed UNICEF’s commitment to help further develop the country’s emergency preparedness through targeted nutrition, education and school water programmes, promotion of sanitation and hygiene and child protection.

Source: KEMLU, Director for Human Rights, Humanitarian Affairs

 

APP to support the protection and restoration of forest in Indonesia

Immediate priority to secure wildlife conservation in the Bukit Tigapuluh landscape.

Asia Pulp and Paper Group (APP) has today announced a plan to restore and support the conservation of one million hectares of rainforest across Indonesia. This ground-breaking initiative has been developed with input from many stakeholders, including WWF, Greenpeace and NGO members of APP’s Solutions Working Group. It will have a significant impact on the landscapes both in and around the plantation concessions in APP’s supply chain.

The commitment, which takes the company well beyond its legal conservation requirements, is approximately equivalent to the total area of plantation from which the company sourced pulp fibre in 2013.

This announcement comes just over a year after APP launched its sector-leading Forest Conservation Policy (FCP), which saw an immediate and permanent cessation of natural forest clearance across its supply chain. Since then, the company has been working closely with stakeholders to implement the policy, with support from The Forest Trust. The company has also been carrying out consultation on how it should prioritise restoration of important areas, following the wide ranging biodiversity assessments in its concessions.

Aida Greenbury, APP’s managing director of sustainability, said: “After over a year of implementing our FCP, it has become clear that the key to success of any efforts to halt deforestation in Indonesia is a landscape level approach to forest restoration and conservation.

“Land cannot be conserved or restored in isolation, the sustainability of the entire landscape must be taken into account and many stakeholders must be involved. We hope that by working
with Indonesian and international stakeholders, as well as organisations such as WWF, The Forest Trust and Ekologika, our efforts will be much more effective.

“We believe that by assessing entire landscapes and creating clear tailor made objectives and strategies, the maximum possible level of conservation will be achieved, not just for natural forest in our concessions, but for areas around them as well.”

As a first step, APP will work with an NGO coalition to preserve the natural forest in the 30 Hills landscape (Bukit Tigapuluh) in Jambi, Sumatra – a vital habitat for tiger and elephant populations. This will include increased protection of the corridor road from illegal activities, work on protecting the threatened elephant herd in the Tebo Multi Agro concession, and asessment of the viability of creating an animal corridor in the WKS concession which would
connect important forest habitat blocks.

APP is currently in consultation with WWF and other stakeholders, to develop plans for identified priority landscapes in which APP and its suppliers have commercial forestry-based operations, which will then be implemented by the company in close collaboration with other relevant players in the landscape, while observing the principles of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC).

The focus for each landscape is:

  • Bukit Tigapuluh, Jambi – provide wildlife corridors and additional buffer areas and restrict access to enhance the function of Bukit Tigapuluh National Park, while involving the local community.
  • Senepis, Riau – support conservation of the Sumatran tiger and peat swamp forest.
  • Giam Siak Kecil, Riau – secure, protect and restore the core natural forest within the
  • Giam Siak Kecil Biosphere Reserve to provide habitat for many endangered species including Sumatran tiger and Sumatran elephants. Also, ensure sustainable conservation of peat swamp forest, while supporting the livelihood of the local communities.
  • Kampar Peninsula, Riau – support large landscape protection of peat swamp forest using a multi-stakeholder approach that involves other concession holders.
  • Kerumutan, Riau – support expansion and connectivity of protected forest areas.
  • Muba Berbak Sembilang, Jambi and South Sumatra – protect the existing natural forest and assess the possibility of expanding the current protected forest, i.e. by restoring key areas to natural ecosystems and focussing on the protection of Sumatran
  • Tiger and other key species. Additional support will be provided to the national parks.
  • OKI, South Sumatra – create a wildlife corridor to expand the habitat of Sumatran elephants.
  • Kubu Raya, West Kalimantan – maintain the integrity of orang-utan habitat and also assess the possibility of expanding the existing mangrove forest to support the conservation of swamp crocodiles.
  • Kutai, East Kalimantan – support the existing national park, providing buffer and corridor for orang-utan habitat.

Over the coming months, this commitment will be developed into a more detail time-bound plan that will form part of the company’s Integrated Sustainable Forest Management Plans (ISFMPs),
which are currently being developed by APP, High Conservation Value (HCV), High Carbon Stock (HCS) and social experts as well as a peatland management team.

APP will also develop with other stakeholders, an independently administered trust fund to manage and finance these conservation measures in order to ensure their sustainability and
viability into the future. The trust fund will receive start up funding from APP. Additional funding will be raised on an ongoing basis to successfully manage these conservation landscapes.

In order to manage this new conservation strategy, APP will be creating a multi-stakeholder platform, to be unveiled in due course, that will include a wide range of national and international NGOs and other institutions to guide the implementation of these conservation and restoration commitments.

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SOURCE: APP

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ABOUT APP

Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) is a trade name for a group of pulp and paper manufacturing companies in Indonesia and China. The APP Group of companies is one of the world’s largest vertically integrated pulp and paper companies, with an annual combined pulp, paper, and converting products capacity of over 18 million tons. APP-Indonesia and APP-China currently market their products in more than 120 countries across six continents. The majority of APP’s
production facilities are Chain-of-Custody certified by SVLK, LEI and PEFC. APP launched its Sustainability Roadmap Vision 2020 in June 2012 and its Forest Conservation Policy in February 2013, to further improve its environmental performance, biodiversity conservation, and protection of community rights. More information can be found at www.asiapulppaper.com

US explores cooperation with W. Sumatra

United States Ambassador to Indonesia Robert Blake visited West Sumatra on Thursday to explore a number of cooperation options with the province.

“We have come here to strengthen our relations and to explore cooperation with West Sumatra,” Blake clarified, here on Thursday.

The US ambassador noted that his visit to West Sumatra was a new step toward the cooperation between his country and Indonesia through the government of West Sumatra province.

According to him, the cooperation will include investment, disaster mitigation, and education and culture.

Meanwhile, West Sumatra Governor Irwan Prayitno stated that he appreciated Blakes visit and the desire to establish cooperation with the province.

“We positively support all cooperation efforts with any country that can be considered beneficial to the growth of our province,” the governor noted.

He added that further discussions were needed to realize the cooperation.

Source: ANTARA News

Garuda joins SkyTeam, targets more passengers

National flag carrier PT Garuda Indonesia Airlines has officially joined the global airline alliance, SkyTeam, boosting its access to the alliance’s 1,064 destinations in over 170 countries around the world.

Garuda Indonesia president director Emirsyah Satar said that the airline had taken a giant leap by becoming a SkyTeam member, as the airline could be connected to routes belonging to other SkyTeam member airlines, including KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Air France, Kenya Airways, Korean Air, China Airlines, Air Europa and Delta Airlines.

“Given that Garuda has a strong network position in Australia and Southeast Asia, we believe that we are also able to offer an extensive network of 40 unique destinations that ideally complement SkyTeam’s global network,” Emirsyah said during the signing ceremony on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, SkyTeam managing director Michael Wisbrun said Garuda strengthened the alliance’s presence throughout the Asia-Pacific region with its 588 million global passengers.

“SkyTeam aims to boost its members’ competitiveness by strengthening network and hubs, enhancing its global footprint, improving customer experience and introducing innovative initiatives that enhance customer benefits,” he said.

Emirsyah said that by joining SkyTeam, the airline expected an additional 3 to 5 percent in passenger growth added onto the current existing target of 24 million in 2014.

“However, I don’t think this will immediately have an effect this year, because it takes time, as we have to work together with other airlines. Probably we will start to see the effect in 2015,” Emirsyah told reporters, adding that the airline’s passenger total rose 22.3 percent to 20.4 million in 2013.

The airline’s entry into SkyTeam is part of the flag carrier’s continued push into the premium travel market. Garuda committed to join SkyTeam in 2010, and had since fulfilled all the necessary entry requirements, Emirsyah said.

“In terms of the cost and benefit, we feel that the benefit is more [than the cost] otherwise we wouldn’t join,” Emirsyah said. “By joining the alliance we are able to expand our network without buying new aircraft. We also get to become global standard.”

Separately, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said that Garuda’s entry into SkyTeam would hopefully boost the number of foreign tourists to Indonesia.

“Three of the members are Chinese airlines, which would boost our connectivity to Chinese tourists, our main targeted group,” she told reporters on the sidelines of the signing ceremony.

The ministry expected to see the number of foreign tourists reach 9.5 million this year, an increase from 8.6 million last year.

The minister also said that Garuda’s membership in the alliance has opened the door to the country’s tourist destinations.

“Garuda provides flight to Labuan Bajo [East Nusa Tenggara] as well as Sorong [West Papua], which is the door to Raja Ampat [diving spot]. We are hoping that this membership will ease foreign tourists in traveling to other destinations beyond Bali,” she said.

In 2013, Garuda saw net profits fall to US$11.2 million, down 89.9 percent from $110.8 million in 2012. The airline’s operating income decreased 66.4 percent to $56.4 million compared to 2012 when it recorded operating income of $168.1 million. The decline in profits last year was mainly due to a weaker rupiah and the airline’s huge spending on developing its subsidiary, PT Citilink Indonesia.

Source: The Jakarta Post

Indonesian Stocks Rise to 7-Month High on Positive Earnings Results Jakarta Markets Roundup

Indonesia’s benchmark stock measure rose on Thursday to its highest level in seven months following positive earnings results from the country’s listed lenders.

The Jakarta Composite Index gained 28.69, or 0.6 percent, to 4,687.86, the highest since Aug. 14. Gainers beat decliners by 168 to 124.

About 5.8 billion shares worth Rp 7.15 trillion ($622 million) were traded on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX). Foreign investors contributed 34 percent of the trade, valued at Rp 2.4 trillion. They bought Rp 622 billion more than they sold.

“We remain optimistic on the market, maintaining our index target of 5,120,” Trimegah Securities said in a note to clients in Jakarta on Thursday.

The finance sector rose 1 percent, with shares of Bank Rakyat Indonesia rising 2.7 percent to Rp 2,310.

Bank Central Asia, the most valuable lender, rose 0.2 percent to Rp 10,575 as it reported profit growth of 22 percent.

The agriculture gained 1.9 percent. Salim Ivomas Pratama, the plantation unit of the Salim Group, rose 6.9 percent to Rp 925. Astra Agro Lestari, Astra International’s agricultural unit, gained 1.9 percent to Rp 27,600, while London Sumatra climbed 4.2 percent to Rp 2,235.

The property sector rose 2.3 percent. Danayasa Arthatama, the developer of Sudirman Central Business District, surged 17 percent to Rp 3,500.

The rupiah strengthened to 11,554 against the dollar on Thursday.

The government 10-year note’s yield rose slightly, to 8.2117 percent from 8.2032 percent the day before, according to Indonesia Bond Pricing Agency.

Source: The Jakarta Post

South Philly pilot program takes environmentally-friendly approach to cooking oil disposal

When we think of the damage oil can do, we often think of the large spills at sea and the heart-breaking images of birds covered in black gunk. But there’s another kind of oil problem. And it’s lurking in your kitchen.

The criminal is used cooking oil and, as one Philadelphia community has learned, it can cause big problems at home.

On a recent cold winter morning Hani White bundled up her two young kids and trekked out into their South Philly backyard.

The kids leaned over a big oil barrel in her backyard and helped tilt a small water bottle to pour oil into the barrel. White is Indonesian by birth and her family, like many people in her immigrant community, uses a lot of cooking oil. No really, a lot.

“We using it to fry tempeh, we using it to fry tofu, chicken, and even we fry vegetable with it,” White said.

Until recently, that used cooking oil went down kitchen sinks, where it clogged pipes and risked massive blockages in sewer systems.

An Environmental Approach:

These days, Hani White’s used cooking oil, along with the slick stuff from other Indonesian kitchens, takes a different, innovative path.

A local recycler shows up to suck the used oil out of the barrels once they’re full.

Hani White is with The Indonesian Disapora Network of Greater Philadelphia and as a leader in her community, she’s helped launch a pilot recycling program with the Environmental Protection Agency to recycle used cooking oil. She says she’s glad the waste is being put on a path to creating green energy.

Usually we just throw it out with the trash or we just throw it out on the pipe,” said White. “Then we realize it’s clogging up the pipe and between women and mothers, we start talking and like ‘Yeah, we actually need like some kind of a way that we can trash it safely.'”

Lena Kim, who works for the EPA, says the program grew organically. She says when she heard Indonesian women complaining about the cost of fixing clogged pipes, she knew she could help.

“At that time EPA was focusing more on a push to do outreach to communities that had less information on the environment,” Kim said. “So things clicked in my mind and I thought, ‘Wait a minute!’ This is a perfect opportunity to do some outreach and give them info on how to treat their cooking oil.”

Kim says there’s no other residential cooking oil recycling program like this in the city.

“What the Water Department said – which was great – was, ‘We do this for commercial. It’s required commercially where they have a certain percentage that’s recycled. But residentially, ‘hey if the EPA wants to try this, we would love it and let us know how it goes.'”

About a dozen barrels like the one in White’s backyard are sprinkled around the South Philly neighborhoods where Indonesians live. Most are in places of worship. Kim says anyone can bring their used oil to the barrels, as long as they come at the appropriate times.

What happens next?

The local recycler that picks up the oil is called “Eden Green Energy.” The 6-year old company is housed in a large chilly building in South Philly full of huge vats of oil.

Lorenz Coates is Eden Green’s operations manager. He lays out in simple terms what happens to the oil.

“We collect used cooking oil,” Coates said. “We de-water it and take the solids out and once that’s done we put it off to the bio-diesel plants.”

In addition to the oil from the Indonesian community, Eden Green was already processing oil from local restaurants, hotels, universities and casinos.

Coates says he was drawn to the process after he’d already had a career in a very different line of work.

“I worked as hairdresser for 20 years. When I had my daughter I started to pay more attention to the environment and fuel and energy needs of this country.”

Contributing to the ‘fatberg':

Why make such a big deal about used cooking oil?

It’s not just your home’s plumbing that’s at stake, says Charles Haas, the head of the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at Drexel.

“When it gets into the municipal sewer it can react with other materials – particularly other flushable products to form mass accumulations.”

Haas is about to take this nice story about immigrants and innovation down a really gross path.

“There’s a word that’s reasonably used called “fatberg” which is an accumulation of grease plus wet wipes and other things that get washed down. That have formed massive blockages in municipal lines.”

Haas says, if recycling isn’t available, it’s acceptable to put used oil in a sealed container and toss it in the trash. He points out that there’s another environmentally-friendly component to this: the used oil can be turned into a valuable commodity.

“The technologies for biodiesel production from these greases are fairly well established. It depends on the particular process, but there are technologies out there that have been able to recover as much as 80 percent – just on a volume basis – so for one gallon of oil you would produce eight-tenths of a gallon of diesel.”

Gaining traction:

Protecting the environment is a top priority for Beny Krisbianto. He’s pastor at the Nations Worship Center, another oil drop-off point.

“On Sunday we have sometimes 200 people and I encourage all of them, ‘Hey guys, don’t throw your oil in the trash don’t throw your oil to the sink, and bring the oil.”

Within the Indonesian community the idea of saving used cooking oil is catching on.

If this pilot works out in South Philly, there’s hope other communities around the region will be inspired to start similar oil recycling programs.

Source: Newsworks.org

Turner Broadcasting System and Trans Mesia to Launch CNN Indonesia

Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Inc. and PT Trans Media Corpora have today announced a strategic partnership to launch CNN Indonesia, a 24-hour news channel and accompanying website in Bahasa Indonesia. This ground-breaking channel will be the first of its kind for CNN in Southeast Asia, delivering a localized version of CNN’s unique brand of high-quality news to the region’s most populous nation.

Jeff Zucker, CNN Worldwide President, said: “This agreement with one of the country’s largest media corporations puts CNN in a unique position to reach millions of Indonesians in a way that we have not been able to previously. The combination of the strength of the worldwide newsgathering power of CNN with the local perspective and sensibility that Trans Media will bring to the partnership enables us to provide important news and information to this enormous, non-English speaking audience.”

Chairul Tanjung, Founder and Chairman of Trans Media’s parent company, CT Corp, added: “I believe this partnership will help Indonesians to better understand the world and even more importantly, also help the world to better understand Indonesia. This is a partnership of two like-minded organisations who share common values of quality, integrity and transparency. CNN Indonesia will be the new destination for trustworthy and engaging content.”

The TV channel will be accompanied by a strong digital presence, including CNNIndonesia.com. With more than 100 million Indonesians expected to be online by 2016, a multi-platform brand will be a vital and complementary component to the on-air offering.

In addition to engaging leading local journalists to generate compelling coverage, the channel will also tap into CNN International’s vast pool of journalistic talent and share content from global affiliate partnerships. Trans Media will operate CNN Indonesia from its facilities in Jakarta. A launch date will be announced in due course.