Brazilian Ambassador Fernando de Mello Barreto represents the City of São Paulo at the Urban 20 Mayors Summit in Jakarta

Mr. Mello Barreto, known for a long diplomatic career, will exchange best practices and discuss solutions with 37 cities representatives in order to address sustainability challenges in the post pandemic era.  Mayors and senior officials from U20 cities, around the theme “Recover together, recover stronger”, will gather in the 2022 cycle to call on G20 leaders to address

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Adopting A Better Normal

British Chamber of Commerce Chairman, Ainsley Mann, talks to NOW! Jakarta about the current state of affairs for British companies amidst the pandemic as well as his thoughts on the crisis. Do you think that Jakarta was prepared for yet another crisis? If not what should the authorities have done but didn’t? Was anyone really

Certified with Safe Travels, Archipelago International is Confident to Welcome Tourists Back to the Hotels

Considered having a high standard on safety and health by WITC, Archipelago international guarantees the comfort for the guests who stay at its properties. Photo courtesy of Archipelago International/NOW!JAKARTA Archipelago International, Southeast Asia’s largest privately-owned and independent hotel management group, has received the certification on 'Safe Travels' from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). The

British Council: Building Deeper UK-Indonesia Connections

Colm Downes, Interim Country Director of British Council Indonesia. Photos courtesy of Colm Downes/NOWJAKARTA NOW! Jakarta’s Alistair Speirs spoke to Colm Downes, Interim Country Director of British Council Indonesia the council’s progress as it embraces the new normal. Up to the onset of Covid-19, how would you describe the progress of the British Council in Indonesia?

Preparing for the Post-Coronavirus Era: A view from Japan

Tokyo is quiet. The spread of Covid-19 means schools are closed and people are working remotely without commuting in packed trains. Events are being cancelled and sports games postponed. People are refraining from going out at night to drink and party. According to TEIKOKU DATABANK (TDB), the coronavirus crisis forced companies from cruise ships and Japanese

The Covid-19 Picture by Indonesia Australia Business Council (IABC)

Illustration of business. Photo by Scott Graham on Unsplash/NOWJAKARTA Indonesia Australia Business Council (IABC) Treasurer, Peter Fanning, produced a detailed report on significant events and regulations throughout the outbreak, especially those impacting business and legal. Post PSBB Legal and Financial Framework for Action 31 MARCH Government Regulation 21/2020 allowing regional governments to put in place large scale social

Erasmus Huis: Preserving Dutch and Indonesian Culture

Art and culture centre, Erasmuis Huis, is undeterred as the world faces global pandemic, and it continues to showcase the best of Dutch and Indonesian heritage through new and interesting avenues. As the cultural centre of the Netherlands in Jakarta, focusing on musical programmes and exhibition, the Erasmus Huis is home to fascinating Dutch and

COVID-19: Tracking the Indonesian’s Consumer’s Perception

As the Covid-19 pandemic worsens every aspect of life of  global citizens, consumers’ outlook has changed accordingly. Unsplash/NOW!JAKARTA Calm Before the Storm Pre-pandemic, the Conference Board® Global Consumer Confidence™ Survey in collaboration with Nielsen, a global measurement and data analytics company, unveiled that Indonesia’s Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) was rather stable at 125 in the first

COVID-19 and the Ethics of Tourism

Illustration of tourism attraction. Photo by Prateek Keshari on Unsplash/NOWJAKARTA Various industry sectors are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Those involved in tourism industry believe that they suffer the most, due to the people being advised to stay at home. Listen to what NOW! Jakarta Publisher Alistair Speirs has to say about this on NOW! Jakarta Podcast Episode 3.

The Wild Card for the Hospitality Industry in Indonesia

Tourism business, including hotels and restaurants, are among the struggling industries affected by the Covid-19 Crisis and it’s expected to recover last after the pandemic ends. Photo by chuttersnap on Unsplash/NOWJAKARTA As global air travel plunged due to the rapid outbreak of Covid-19, with a restriction in the international gate as well as a significant decrease of the passenger

Polish Business Club: A Rising Business Friendship

The Polish Business Club brings together entrepreneurs, professionals and people with business connections with Poland. Photos courtesy of Polish Business Club/NOWJAKARTA With regular gatherings and substantial support from both governmental and private institutions, the Polish Business Club is a respectable organisation championing business between Poland and Indonesia. The Polish Business Club was founded in August 2011, following

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