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The difference is on the tax collection procedure because not all of the Permanent Business Entity (BUT) involved in digital economic activities have representatives in Indonesia., Jakarta – Indonesian Fintech Association (Aftech) expressed the hope that the digital economic tax plan proposed by the government can be made in a consultative way and transparently.

“We expect that all policies related to digital economy tax proposed by the government can be made transparent and after consultations with the private sector,” Aftech Daily Chair, Mercy Simorangkir said to here Tuesday (9/7/2019).

By consulting with the private sector in advance, the plan to implement the policy of digital economy tax would not hinder the growth of the digital economy in the country, Simorangkir argued.

“Therefore, the effort to impose taxes on digital businesses will not be a barrier to the growth of the digital economy in Indonesia,” he remarked.

Nevertheless, Aftech will support the government’s plan, he stated.

“The Indonesian Fintech Association strongly supports the government’s efforts to formalize business models and innovations that have emerged in the digital economy,” he added.

Earlier, Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani called for a plan to collect taxes from digital economic activities which had not been optimally done to increase state revenues.

This effort must be conducted because every economic activity in Indonesia must be taxed in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations, Sri Mulyani stressed.

The imposition of income tax rates from each the digital economic transaction will remain the same as conventional buying and selling activities, she assured.

The difference is on the tax collection procedure because not all of the Permanent Business Entity (BUT) involved in digital economic activities have representatives in Indonesia.

One approach to the tax collection sought is taxation obligations based on the number of economic transactions or the volume of economic activity obtained in one country.

This tax collection plan can be done in a transparent manner from sales information, advertisements, and other data, as well as being able to be integrated. (ant)

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Minister of Communications and Informatics, Rudiantara., Jakarta – Communications and Informatics Minister Rudiantara confirmed the complete normalization of internet access in Papua Province.

The Communication and Informatics Ministry had earlier restricted internet access in the provinces of Papua and West Papua from August-end to September to thwart the enormous spread of fake news and inflammatory content.

“It has been a long time (normal). I even forgot (when it was revoked). The data has been activated; everything is activated. Indeed, when riot occurs in Wamena, internet access was temporarily deactivated in Wamena, but thereafter, there was no more (blocking),” Rudiantara stated at the Vice President’s Palace, Jakarta, Wednesday (9/10/2019).

Speaking in connection with the distribution of hoax, Rudiantara admitted to not being aware of the exact data, though confirming that the figure had declined significantly.

Before Wamena, the Communication and Informatics Ministry also cut internet access in several areas in Papua and West Papua in August-end owing to demonstrations that had snowballed into riots.

“We see from the virtual world, how many URLs (uniform resource locators) expand hoaxes today. If the recycled hoaxes are still there, I have to check,” he explained.

The Communication and Informatics Ministry believes internet restrictions are a solution to curbing the proliferation of hoaxes and hate expressions.

The Communication and Informatics Ministry pointed out that the circulation of hoaxes in Papua had peaked on August 31, 2019, with such URLs reaching 42 thousand.

The Ministry of Communication and Informatics claimed that the number of such URLs had dropped to some one thousand on September 12, 2019, after internet access was blocked. (fsn)

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Minister of Communication and Informatics, Rudiantara., Jakarta – Minister of Communication and Informatics Rudiantara has noted that OVO, a digital wallet provider start-up, has become Indonesia’s fifth unicorn company, valued at more than USD one billion.

“I have talked with its founder, and it is, indeed at over one billion. I dare to speak up about this after receiving direct confirmation,” Rudiantara said in Jakarta on Saturday (5/10/2019).

According to data provided by a company analysis firm, CB Insights, valuation of OVO reached USD 2.9 billion, as of March 14, 2019.

“We are very grateful about this, since we have targeted five unicorns as of the end of 2019. Yet, before that target was reached there was already a new one. We welcome OVO as a new Indonesian unicorn, established in Indonesia,” Rudiantara added.

Earlier, it was announced that Indonesia has three start-up companies that reached unicorn status, including Traveloka, Bukalapak, and Tokopedia.

“I pinned high hopes that the target will be exceeded, since there are more unicorn-potential start-up companies for this year,” Rudiantara added.

He hinted that these companies are coming from the education sector, noting, “Logically, 20 percent of the national budget is aimed for educational purposes, while five percent is for health. How could it be possible, if there are no unicorns from these sectors?”. (amd)

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Go-Food handled over 50 million transactions per month in Southeast Asia, and the number of transactions doubled in the past six months., Jakarta – Go-Food, a food delivery service of Indonesia’s ride-hailing app Go-Jek, announced that its market share has reached 75 percent in Indonesia. “We continue towards becoming the market leader in food-delivery services with a 75 percent market share in Indonesia,” Chief Food Officer Gojek Group, Catherine Hindra Sutjahyo said in a written statement here Thursday (19/9/2019).

Based on data from research firm Nielsen, Go-Food handled over 50 million transactions per month in Southeast Asia, and the number of transactions doubled in the past six months, Catherine noted.

Some 84 percent of people who used more than one food delivery application considered Go-Food as the best service in Indonesia, far higher than the industry average of 39 percent, the most recent Nielsen report “Understanding the Online Food Delivery Market” revealed.

That fact is directly proportional to the growth of GoFood in Indonesia and Southeast Asia.

The app has become part of people’s daily lives. Consumers do not need to spend time waiting in line at restaurants because thousands of menu choices are at hand, Catherine said.

“So it makes life more practical,” she said.

Based on Nielsen’s data and findings, this app is rated by consumers to exceed the industry average because it was considered to have a diverse menu choice of 87 percent and 83 percent diverse traders by urban consumers.

In addition, it is easy to use, said 83 percent and Gojek’s driver partners are considered friendly, polite and informative, said 82 percent. With regard to the addition of balances the app was much easier, said 82 percent, while 79 percent of urban consumers rated its services as the fastest. (edy)

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