Young Australians and Indonesians are taking up the bilateral cause and becoming the greatest champions of deeper, more meaningful engagement between our neighboring countries. Indonesia’s millennial cohort receives far more media attention than any other generation in the archipelago. With a staggering 63.4 million Indonesians aged between 20 and 35 years, that’s hardly surprising. For youth action in the Indonesia-Australia relationship, it’s a blessing. Australia’s population is far smaller and, amidst the competition for influence in Southeast Asia, Indonesia’s gaze does not often turn south towards Australia. If we look at the bigger picture, there is also a significant cohort of emerging Indonesian leaders. An estimated 49 million Indonesians are currently aged between 10 and 19-years old. Engaging a portion of this generation to genuinely participate in the bilateral relationship will ensure the long-term robustness of youth action and involvement … [Read more...] about Youth action in the bilateral space
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The next 3 years: ‘The best is yet to come’ What seemed inconceivable for some skeptics in seeing how President Duterte’s drug war could translate to economic prosperity is now coming into fruition. Last month, international credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s Global upgraded the country’s credit rating to “BBB+” with a stable outlook – making the Philippines just a notch shy of the coveted “A-” rating. According to the latest research conducted by the Switzerland-based business school International Institute for Management Development (IMD), the Philippines’ competitiveness moved up to 46th from 50th last year owing to its impressive economic performance and higher labor force. In determining the rankings, the IMD looked into economic performance, infrastructure development, government efficiency and business efficiency, and evaluated “the extent to which a country … [Read more...] about The next 3 years: ‘The best is yet to come’
MANILA, Philippines — Among Southeast Asian countries, the Philippines has had the longest history of democratic elections but the country still has a long way to go in terms of protecting the integrity of one of the exercises of democracy — the right to vote. Human rights advocacy group Freedom House labeled the Philippines as “partly free” in the 2019 world freedom index with a score of 61 out of 100. Aside from the Philippines, other Southeast Asian countries deemed partly free were Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Singapore. Freedom House defined “partly free” countries as those with “limited respect for political rights, and civil liberties and often a high rate of corruption, weak rule of law, ethnic-religious strife and a dominant political party despite the façade of pluralism.” The current electoral system in the Philippines faced several changes over the years as attempts to stem persistent issues such as campaign violence … [Read more...] about The fault in our system: How to fix elections in the Philippines
The significant advantage of a frequent flyer programme is obviously the miles. With these programs, frequent flyers receive perks such as free flights, upgrades and other travel-related perks. Luckily, there is no limit on how many programs you can join. But to get as many frequent flyer miles as you possibly can, it doesn't make sense to enrol in every single airline's programme. When selecting an frequent flyer programme, go for the airline that has the most flights out of Singapore or the one that serves the destinations you are likely to visit more often. FLY OFTEN, SAVE BIG When choosing the best airline rewards programme for you, there are three factors you should take into consideration: - How easy (or not) it is to earn a flight with your miles and rewards. - Whether you get extra perks other than flights. - Whether blackout dates apply to the programme. - How soon do the miles expire. - And, how easy it is to achieve a higher status (silver, gold, elite, etc.). WHY ARE … [Read more...] about Best frequent flyer programs in 2019: Are they still worth it?
In our increasingly connected world, music from around the globe is now at our fingertips. In fact, one in four Spotify users actively listens to artists from different cultures. Indonesian music is quite a phenomenon at Spotify, with close to 10 billion tracks streamed to date and an average of 66 million minutes spent listening to Indonesian music each day. The widespread popularity of Indonesian music within the country and – interestingly – in other countries has prompted Spotify to create the Pop Indo Hub for fans. Specially curated by Spotify, Pop Indo Hub features what’s trending in the country, up-and-coming music, top artists and, of course, its legendary ballads. Pop Indo Hub is the perfect place for fans to go and find Indonesia’s hits of the past, present and future. More than that, it’s also the best spot for music fans around the world to discover Indonesia through its unique sounds. Indonesian music is making waves beyond its borders, with … [Read more...] about Discover best of Indonesian music on Spotify’s Pop Indo Hub