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Strengthen govt support to help smokers quit

Strengthen govt support to help smokers quit

Reducing the prevalence of smoking is not an easy task. Using excise taxes to reduce smoking rates is the go-to weapon with high expectations. However, it has not provided encouraging results, especially in Indonesia’s case. Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) highlights that Indonesia currently has the highest prevalence of smoking in the world for adult males. The figure…

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Lompatan Besar Industri dan Energi

Lompatan Besar Industri dan Energi

Di Asia Tenggara, Indonesia adalah negara pertama lokasi investasi industri otomotif raksasa dunia sekaligus pasar terbesar. Indonesia berpeluang seperti negara lain untuk berhasil dalam peluang mobil listrik. Komponen termahal kendaraan listrik adalah baterai litium penyimpanan listrik yang bahan bakunya adalah nikel, dan Indonesia pemilik deposit nikel laterit terbesar dunia berkualitas tinggi. Dengan kekayaan produksi nikel tersebut dan sumber energi baru…

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”Infinity War” dan SDGs

”Infinity War” dan SDGs

Setyo Budiantoro*)  Thanos memiliki kekhawatiran seperti halnya Sasaran Pembangunan Berkelanjutan (sustainable development goals/SDGs), sumber daya bumi tidak akan cukup memenuhi kebutuhan semua manusia. Akan tetapi, jalan keluar untuk mengatasi sangatlah berbeda. Thanos mengambil jalan pintas. Dalam Infinity War, dia memusnahkan sebagian manusia. SDGs sebaliknya lebih optimistis. Melalui transformasi global yang dilakukan bersama, kehidupan manusia bisa berkelanjutan. Memang benar kekhawatiran Thanos, daya…

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Jangan Abaikan Peringkat Kompleksitas Ekonomi

Jangan Abaikan Peringkat Kompleksitas Ekonomi

Rahmanda Muhammad Thaariq *) Sejak indeks daya saing diperkenalkan oleh World Economic Forum pada 2008, Indonesia telah berhasil menunjukkan kemajuan yang signifikan. Bagaimana tidak? Pada tahun pertama Indonesia berada di peringkat 58 dunia dan kini merangsek di posisi 36. Tapi tunggu dulu, dibalik keberhasilan memperbaiki peringkat daya saing, peringkat kompleksitas ekonomi Indonesia justru tengah melorot. Pada 2008 peringkat kompleksitas ekonomi…

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May Day: Reflection on job quality

May Day: Reflection on job quality

May Day, or International Labor Day, is celebrated on May 1 to commemorate a rally in 1886, when hundreds of thousands of union workers across the United States protested against poor working conditions, including long and exhausting working hours. The event led to the realization of the 8-hour working day, a legacy that most of us should be grateful for. …

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Does Raising Cigarette Excise Tax Work?

Does Raising Cigarette Excise Tax Work?

Rahmanda Muhammad Thaariq *) Increasing the cigarette excise tax is seen as one of the most powerful tools to control cigarette consumption. At present, almost 50 percent of the selling price of cigarettes in Indonesia consists of excise tax.  However, the relationship between cigarette excise tax and data about smoking activities is quite puzzling. The Health Ministry indicated that the…

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Death in paradise: Stop business as usual in Papua

Death in paradise: Stop business as usual in Papua

The recent news about the malnutrition and measles outbreak that caused the deaths of over 65 children in Asmat, Papua, stood in stark irony with news about Indonesia’s rice self-sufficiency. It showed how Papuan infants begin their journey into life on a treacherous and life-threatening path. The national and local governments stated they had been aware of the calamity since…

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