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BALI UPDATE #495 - 06 March 2006

The Battle Against Avian Influenza
Government Becoming Increasing Vigilant to Stop the Spread of Avian Influenza.

According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), as of March 1, 2006, some 174 cases of human infection with the H5N1 virus have been confirmed worldwide resulting in 94 deaths. Of those cases, Indonesia has reported 27 confirmed cases of humans infected with Avian Influenza of which 20 have died.

Facts and Figures Related to Indonesia and the H5N1 Virus

Among growing concern worldwide regarding the spread of the H5N1 virus, we are listing some of the key facts and figures related to that disease and the island of Bali:

• Bali remains officially free of H5N1 or Bird Flu. All Cases to date in Indonesia have been limited to the island of Java, with the majority of infections occurring in West Java. Suspected cases of H5N1 infection in a Bali bird population in January 2006 were subsequently shown to be Newcastle Disease.

• Concern and vigilance mounts as it becomes likely that the disease will eventually touch Bali's shore, with some of the most recent cases discovered in East Java, just across the straits fom Bali.

• In August of 2005 Bali's Governor appointed a select council to monitor, control and recommend action steps to prevent the spread of Bird Flu to Bali.

• The importation of live poultry stocks and swine to Bali is specifically prohibited under instructions issued by the Province's Agricultural Directorate and further strengthened by a Gubernatorial decree.

• Over the past three months thousands of lives birds have been refused entry to Bali at the Port of Gilamanuk, the western sea entrance to Bali.

• An effort to smuggle 450 live ducks and 150 chickens into Bali by a Denpasar poultry dealer, Subali, on March 1, 2006, resulted in the immediate destruction of all the birds. At last report, both Subali and his truck have been detained by Bali Police with the dealer having already suffered losses estimated at Rp. 10 million (approximately US$1,050) for the destroyed birds, and still facing possible fines of up to Rp. 150 million (approximately US$15,800) for violating the Governor's decree banning importation of live birds.

• All affected provinces and adjoining provinces in Indonesia are undergoing massive vaccination campaigns against Bird Flu, as directed by Indonesia's Minister of Agriculture.

• The Indonesia government is in the process of obtaining an emergency supply 1.5 dosages of Tamiflu to add to current stocks and be available should the disease be identified as spreading from human to human. The government is targeting to have 5 million dosages of Tamiflu on hand by April eventually growing to 12 million dosages shortly thereafter.

• The Government of Indonesia has embarked on a widespread publicity and education campaign using the electronic media and advising people of the need to practice good hygiene, keep chicken stocks away from residential settings, avoid unnecessary contact with poultry and not to use poultry droppings for fertilizer.

• Indonesian health officials have begun door-to-door sweeps, testing ducks and chicken for the H5N1 virus. When any bird is found to be infected, all poultry and domesticated birds are immediately destroyed within a 1 kilometer radius from the location of the infected animal with compensation paid to the animals owners.

• Bali's main Bird Park attraction has introduced a program of rigorous checks and screening protocols to ensure that its bird population remains virus free. The Park is also acting as an education center for villagers and local officials on how to prevent the spread of the Avian Flu.



Bali to Surabaya Lion Air Flight Runs Off Runway
No Injuries Reported when Lion Air MD-82 Runs Off Runway in Latest in a Series of Bad Landing by Indonesian Budget Carrier.

Lion Air IW 8987 on a flight from Bali to Surabaya on Saturday, March 4, 2006, skidded off the runway during its landing in Surabaya.

According to passenger accounts published in the Indonesian-language Kompas, the aircraft, an MD-82 with 156 passengers on board, began weaving shortly after touching down at Surabaya's Juanda airport before entering a skid and coming to a rest on its belly 40 meters off the runway. There were no injuries reported among the passengers, who evacuated the jet using the emergency exits.

The aircraft departed Bali at 4 p.m. on Saturday, 45 minutes behind its scheduled departure time, reportedly after having its front wheel replaced. The plane later touched down in Surabaya at 4:23 local time, losing control on the landing roll and ending up on a field adjacent to the runway. The incident caused the airport to halt operations for more than one hour, with 9 departing flights delayed and 4 inbound flights forced to divert to Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport.

One of Indonesia's new budget carriers, Lion Air has experienced a number of mishaps and crashes all involving landings with MD-82 aircraft since it began formal operations in June 2000. In addition to the latest bad landing, as reported by Kompas, among the most recent incidents involving Lion Air MD-82 equipment, include:

• July 3, 2004 – A Lion Air MD-82 aircraft (JT9332) flying from Jakarta to Palembang in South Sumatra skidded upon landing and came to rest 175 meters from the runway.

• November 30, 2004 – A Lion Air MD-82 aircraft flying from Jakarta to Solo (Central Java) with 156 passengers on board skidded off the runway at Solo's Adi Sumarno airport. 23 passengers died and 61 passengers were injured in that mishap.

• January 3, 2005 – A Lion Air MD-82 (JT791) flying from Ambon to Ujung Pandang (Makassar) skidded off the runway.

• May 6, 2005 - A Lion Air MD-82 (JT778) flying from Jakarta to Manado in North Sulawesi experienced a burst landing wheel during an intermediate stop at Ujung Pandang's Hasanuddin airport.

• January 18, 2006 - A Lion Air MD-82 (JT778) skidded off the runway when landing at Ujung Pandang's Hasanuddin airport.


Bali Conference on Accessing Capital Markets
2nd Annual Euromoney Indonesia Investment Conference March 20-21, 2006 to be Opened by President Yudhoyono.

The 2006 Indonesia Investment Conference will be held March 20-21, 2006 at The Westin Resort, Nusa Dua, Bali.

Scheduled to be open by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono with addresses from leading members of the United Indonesia Cabinet and top regional financial executives, the conference is expected to attract key players from Indonesia's business sector.

Impressive Line-Up of Speakers

Among those expected to speak or participate in workshops focusing on natural resources, telecommunications ad the power sector are:

• H.E. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President, Republic of Indonesia

• Dr. Boediono, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Republic of Indonesia

• Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Minister of Finance, Republic of Indonesia

• Dr. Purnomo Yusgiantoro, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Republic of Indonesia

• Sugiharto, Ministry of State Owned Enterprises, Republic of Indonesia

• Muhammad Lutfi, Chairman, National Investment Coordinating Board, Republic of Indonesia

• Stuart Dean, President, GE Southeast Asia

• Ira Eddymurthy, Senior Partner, Soewito Suhardiman Eddymurthy Kardono (SSEK)

• Jan Glinski, President Director, Alcatel

• Francois Grossas, Principle Investment Officer, Indonesia, International Finance Corporation

• Darrell Johnson, Vice President and Member of the Board of Governors, American Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia

• Lavin Mok, Managing Director, Oppenheimer Funds

• Christopher Newton, President Director and Chief Executive Officer, PT Energi Mega Persada

• Ralph Parks, Chairman Asia Pacific, JPMorgan Chase

• Will Rathvon, Global Head of Project and Export Finance, Standard Chartered Bank

• Andrew Steer, Country Director, The World Bank, Indonesia

• Roger Suyama, President Director and Head of Investment Banking, Merrill Lynch Indonesia

• German Vegarra, Country Manager for Indonesia and Malaysia, International Finance Corporation

Conference Topics and Issues

The various speakers and workshop sessions are expected to address the following questions:

• How does the government plan to develop a robust domestic economy?

• How are fuel subsidies expected to affect Indonesia in 2006?

• How will the banking sector be developed in the year ahead?

• Are current regulations allowing investors to effectively access Indonesia’s growth?

• What are going to be the hot sectors in the year ahead?

Attendance is Free to Qualified Participants

Attendance is by application, available via the Web Site link provided or by calling Alexander Pang in Hong Kong at ++852 2842 6991.



Royal Treatment at Melia Bali Villas & Spa
Double the Pleasure and Fun in Bali's Melia Bali Villas & Spa Resort Royal Service Duplex Suites.

Melia Bali Villas & Spa Resort have just introduced their lavish, new Royal Service Duplex Suites - sumptuous loft accommodation within the Resort's inventory of 110 Duplex Suite Rooms. Formally launched in late February 2006, the Royal Service Duplex Suites represent a "Hotel within a Hotel" concept offering a higher level of pampering and service for discerning guests.

The 60 new Royal Service Duplex Suites are all located on upper floors of the Resort providing stunning views of the Resort's perfectly manicured tropical gardens and spacious lagoon swimming pool. All rooms are luxuriously furbished with a DVD –CD Player, a free selection of movies, 29" flat screen TV with 22-channel international satellite TV, a romantic canopy bed, 2 international direct dialing telephones, hi–speed broadband Internet connections, in-room safety box, flexible shower, digital weight scale, selection of pillow choices, and a separate spacious living room with its own comfort sofa bed on the lower level.

Royal Service Lounge

All the Royal Service guests are entitled to access to the luxurious private Royal Service Lounge and its extensive range of accompanying services: complimentary Internet connections, personal butler service, afternoon coffee and canapιs and cocktails every night from 5-8 p.m. are just some of the many "extras" available gues from the Royal Service Lounge.

There’s More

In addition to all the above, Royal Service Duplex Suite guests will also enjoy fresh fruit and flower arrangements; daily breakfast at the Sorrento Mediterranean Restaurant, complimentary tea and coffee all day at the Lounge; complimentary pressing and laundry of two items everyday; special in-room amenities; nightly turn-down service; private check in and check out; complimentary access to Melia Bali Gym & Health Club; free access to private pool villa and private beach; express laundry and dry cleaning without extra charge; and late check out (subject to availability).



Private Executive Jet Charters from Bali
Bombardier Lear Jet 35A Added to Private Jet and Aircraft Charter Options Available from Bali Discovery Tours.

Bali Discovery Tours has just added another exciting option for busy executives or celebrities in a hurry to get to Bali or move on to their next destination in the region.

In addition to private aircraft charters using a Fokker-100 specially configured to carrying only 35 passengers or the 16-passenger Embraer 12 available from [Premiair], those in search of a private executive jet can now also charter the popular Bombardier Learjet 35A

Capable of carrying 7 passengers higher and faster, the Learjet 35A is the perfect solution for corporate jet charters, film entertainment and fashion industry charters, or – should the need arise – air ambulance evacuation.

Available with as little as two hours notice from its base in Singapore or four hours notice at Bali's Ngurah Rai International airport - chartering the Bombardier Learjet 35A from Bali Discovery means you can say good buy to traveling with strangers, airport check-in and arrival rigmarole, or having to fit in to airline schedules that don't match your business commitments.

Our operators are standing by on a 24-hour basis to confirm availability and total cost for your charter.

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Too Sexy for My Bali!
Over 1,000 Demonstrators Join Bali Protest Against Proposed Morality and Pornography Bill.

Central government legislators from Jakarta visiting Bali on Friday, March 3, 2006, to gauge local reaction to a wide-ranging pornography and morality bill now being deliberated in the Cpaital received what must have been both a "rude" surprise and a "rude" awakening when over one thousand angry protestors gathered to demonstrate their fervent opposition to the proposed bill. Seen by many as a bill driven by minority fundamentalist religious sentiments, the bill currently under discussion aspires to strictly control a wide range of public and private behaviors, set standards for permissible dress standards, restrict the free movement and activities of women, curb all artistic expression deemed to be sexually arousing, and outlaw public kissing.

Unity in Diversity?

Meanwhile, various religious and cultural groups across Indonesia have reacted angrily to the proposed legislation, citing the National numerous and diverse cultural traditions together with modes of dress that apparently will become criminal offenses punishable by fines and jail time if the law is passed in its present form.

Perhaps no where has the resistance to the proposed legislation been stronger than the island of Bali where the regulations are widely viewed as cultural hegemony of the worst sort and a potentially final, fatal blow to the island's main industry of tourism.

A topic of extesive press coverage in Bali over past weeks, angry rejection of the proposed new law appear almost universal in Bali with even high-ranking Government officials, including the Island's Governor, local Parliament members and the Chief the of Provincial Tourism office boldly breaking rank and stating their blatant opposition to the law.

The Protest

The day-long protest held at Bali's Puputan Margarana Square on Friday saw both traditional and contemporary artists from musical groups, dance troupes, and exercise groups come together to demonstrate on behalf of Bali's innate "cultural sensuality" punctuated by sometime firery orations by local community leaders and politicians.

The irony that Friday's protest was held at the commemorative site of a ritual Puputan in which an estimated 1,000 Balinese died on the swords and bullets of an invading Dutch expeditionary force almost exactly 100 years before was not loss on many of the protestors. As reported in the Jakarta Post and on detik.com, a prominent local youth leader, I Putu Gede Indriawan Karna's seditious call for Bali to secede from the Republic if the law went ahead was greeted with loud applause from the audience.

The protestors and spectators attending the rally represented a broad cross section of Balinese society. Punk rock musicians, transsexuals, and contemporary performers attending the event stood shoulder-to-shoulder with traditional kecak groups, farmers, painters, wood carvers and some of Bali's most revered traditional artists in jointly stating their opposition to official interference in any aspect of Bali's rich cultural and artistic milieu.

Not for the Faint of Art

Among others, Bali's premier punk rock group Superman is Dead sang for freedom of expression followed by a troupe performing the spirited Joged Bumbung Bali. Not for the "Faint-of-Art" at the best of times, Friday's sensual Joged included an appearance by a senior female dancer who made underlined her protest and earned rapturous applause when she decided to perform the sance bare-breasted. Another performance by a local poet saw him deliver lines in defense of nudity, removing articles of clothing with each successive stanza.

Quoted in the Jakarta Post, one of the rally organizers, Cok Sawitri said: "Balinese arts and religious beliefs have never considered sensuality and sexuality as an impure, morally reprehensible thing. Instead, sensuality and sexuality are treated as natural, integral parts of our lives as human beings." Harking back to a more relaxed era, he added, "in the past, Balinese women never wore a bra, yet the custom did not turn the society into a sex-craving, pornographically demented community."

Also quoted in the Jakarta Post, I Gusti Putu Artha warned the National Legislators meeting just across the street from the rally at the Governor's office that "The bill has blatantly ignored the fact that Indonesia comprises hundreds of ethnic groups with different cultural values and religious beliefs. The bill, which represents the moral values and belief of one single group, has the potential to cause the disintegration of the state."

By late afternoon the cultural rally dispersed while the Jakarta lawmakers headed back to the Capital with something to think about.

Photo's provided with the kind permission of Wayan Juniartha at [http://jiwamerdeka.blogspot.com/]


Two Voices in the Wind
Recently Seen in Bali: Talented Irish Duo of Rynagh O'Grady and Eamon Murray Enjoyong a Night Out at a Kori Restaurant in Kuta with balidiscovery.com.

Two well-know Irish artists, the husband-wife team of Eamon Murray and Rynagh O'Grady, recently stopped over in Bali for a break in the midst of a round-the world performance tour.

Rynagh O'Grady has almost 30 years experience in the entertainment industry on stage, television and film. An actress, playwright, and director, Rynagh O'Grady's film work includes: Widow's Peak, Night Train, When Brendan met Trudy, Far and Away, The Commitments and A Love Divided. Remembered by many for her celebrated portrayal of Mary O'Leary in the popular TV series Father Ted, she has also appeared in The Lilac Bus, The Rector's Wife and Tales out of School. Three decades of stage performance include Philadelphia Here I Come!, Mamie Sighs, The Cavalcaders and St. Joan of the Stockyards.

Rynagh O’Grady's husband, artisitic colaborator and partner in Stray Dog Productions - Eamon Murray has been a well-known name on the Irish music scene for more than 25 years.

The Tour

Stray Dog Productions opened in Delhi, India with its production of Voices in the Wind in January at The Habitat Centre. This was followed by appearances in Rajasthan in India, Thailand, and Cambodia. Following their recent brief tour break in Bali, Rynagh and Eamon departed for Adelaide for an appearance at the Fringe Festival before taking their show to Melbourne, Sydney and Dungog – all in Australia. Next on the tour are scheduled performances in Auckland, New Zealand and the Cook Islands before wrapping up with a series of appearances stops in the U.S.A., beginning in San Francisco and ending in Miami.

Voices in the Wind

"Voices in the Wind" presents the voices of three contemporary Irish women – all played by Rynagh O'Grady, each reflecting a darker side of Irish history. Controversial and presenting issues only now surfacing in Irish society, the play has proven its ability to presents topics of universal interest to appreciative audiences around the world.

The performance is presented in conjunction with live music and songs played and sung by Eamon Murray.

A Stop in Bali

During their Bali stopover, that included stays in both Kuta and Ubud, balidiscovery.com caught up with Rynagh and Eamon for a relaxing dinner at Kori's Restaurant and Bar On Poppies Lane II in Kuta.

Rynagh described Bali has the highlight to date of their world trip, declaring her desire to bring her play back to Bali for a performance later this year.

In describing her reaction to her Bali visit, Rynagh said: "Bali is a warm, welcoming and gentle place .The Balinese reflect all of these qualities in a very special way. Its peace and beauty call you back."

When we asked her husband and fellow-Dublin resident, Eamon Murray, if safety concerns caused him to reconsider including Bali on the trip, he replied, "I really enjoyed my stay in Bali. The island is very beautiful and its people are spiritual and friendly. I felt safer in Bali than I would in most parts of Europe."

More information: Rynagh O'Grady Web Site


That's When Good Neighbors Become Good Friends
Sister School Relationship Between Bali Hati Foundation and Sydney's Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School Keeps Ubud Children in School.

Sydney Australia's Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School's Community Relations Officer, Paulette Kay, is now back in Sydney's Middle Cove after a visit to Bali in January that included handing over AUS$1,250 (approximately US$932) for educational resources and scholastic sponsorships all part of a sister-school relationship with the Bali Hati Foundation's Taman Hati School in Ubud.

Paulette told balidiscovery.com: "As a Steiner Waldorf school, Glenaeon endeavors to balance academic excellence with the development of moral, creative and physical skills: an education of heart, mind and will. We see our sister school relationships as a means of supporting this, as it develops a global citizenship sensibility within our students that fosters empathy and understanding of the peoples of the world."

In addition to help extended to the Bali Hati School, the Glenaeon's Sister Schools Scheme also includes assistance to the Vietnam Children's Project in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam, and indigenous teachers' educational workshops at the Alice Springs Steiner School.

Bali Hati Project

Work on the Sister School relationship in Bali included meetings with members of the Bali Hati Foundation - Nick Disarna, Spa Hati Manager; Wayan "Rusti" Rustiasa, Development Manager for the Bali foundation; and Made "Yuli" Yudiana, School Supervisor. Paulette also met with Marilyn Carson, Schools' Projects Officer for Rotary Ubud who coordinates the Sydney school's assistance to Bali Hati.

The program sees money raised by students at Glenaeon support student scholarships in Bali. Because funds are all raised by student, the actual sums donated may never be large. Undeterred, however, Paulette was able to work with Rotary Ubud's Past-President Asri Kerthyasa to link Rotary Chatswood, a near-neighbor in Sydney, with the Bali Hati Project. As a result,Rotary Chatswood approved an AUS$1,000 (approximately US$745) donation to Taman Hati earmarked for educational resources.

Currently in the process of an ongoing review and evaluation, Taman Hati School recently appointed educational consultants, Dawn Weidemann and Jennifer Anderson. Dawn told Paulette that she and Jennifer were "looking forward to learning more about how Steiner Waldorf schools operate and how the teachers work with the students in different cultural environments."

Paulette said: "It was a most rewarding visit and since my return I have been sharing my experiences with the staff, teachers and students at Glenaeon who are all keen to develop this new and wonderful relationship."

The Taman Hati School

Founded in 1999, Bali Hati's first kindergarten class of 44 students was comprised of children entirely from low-income families in Bali. Each successive class now has an average of 22 students with 5 students from upper income families now allowed to enroll in the school's much-praised curriculum of classes.

Using creative play as an integral part of their teaching process, the school also incorporates Montessori and Steiner principles to its students now enrolled in its Grade School program.

More information: Bali Hati Web Site


Life's a Beach
Nurturing the Balinese Street Dogs of Jimbaran Bay.

InterContinental Resort Bali in collaboration with the [Yudisthira Swarga Foundation] and a senior student from the Bali International School held a free clinic for neighborhood and stray dogs on Jimbaran beach on Friday, March 3, 3006.

The Yudisthira Swarga Foundation is a non-profit organization that works with a team of qualified veterinarians to treat and sterilize street dogs on a catch and release basis. The foundation, located in Jalan Tukad Balian 170 in Denpasar operates with a budget that relies almost entirely on the generosity of donations from animal lovers both in Bali and abroad.

According to statistics published by the Yudisthira Swarga Foundation, there are some 500,000 "community dogs" living on the streets and beaches of Bali. Severely neglected and part-feral, many of these dogs suffer from malnutrition, skin disease, parasites and unsightly wounds.

On Friday, March 3, 2006, workers from the InterContiental Resort Bali and other interested members of the community dedicated an entire day to the care of these animals living on Jimbaran Bay. Starting at 9.00 am the voluntary team from Yudisthira Swarga Foundation traveled throughout the Jimbaran areas rounding up any stray dogs that required treatment. Working from a temporary clinic set up adjacent to the Resort, tens of animals were given necessary medication and sterilized before being released back into the community.

In the afternoon an educational session open to local residents on the importance of canine hygiene and care was held with refreshments and door prizes provided by the Resort.


Spiritual Engineering
'Tumpek Landep' - The Mindful Balinese Blessing of Cars, Bicyclse, Plows and Everything Else Made of Steel.

The deep spirituality obvious to anyone who visits Bali has its foundations in the certain knowledge of every Balinese Hindu that we live in an animated world; where all things - animals, plants, and material items posses their own spirituality or "soul."

On an island where nothing is profane and all is spiritual, we have days to bless the plants that provide us nourishment (Tumpek Uduh); days to bless the animals, particularly pets and livestock (Tumpek Kandang); days to bless puppets used in traditional shadow plays (Tumpek Wayang); days to bless all machinery and tools made of steel (Tumpek Landep); and, just to be safe, a day to bless the spirituality of any items inadvertently omitted in the normal cycle of Tumpek blessing days (Tumpek Kuningan).

Indeed, We are Truly Blessed

On Saturday, March 04, 2006 the 210-day cycle of the Balinese calendar mandated the marking of Tumpek Landep - the day on which all things made of metal are honored, especially cars, bicycles and motorcycles.

Drs. I Gede Rudia Adiputra, the Rector of the Hindu Dharma Institute (IHD) once explained that Tumpek Landep is a day set aside for sharpening all the "weapons of our lives." While in the past the focus might have been on Balinese weapons of war, Dr. Adiputra maintains that in the modern world thinking is man's main weapon - a tool made sharp though the refinement of knowledge and understanding. While other days – such as Saraswati pay homage to knowledge, Tumpek Landep is also a day for evaluation and retrospection on how well we have mastered that knowledge for the benefit of the world.

To Bali's visitors the most obvious sign that Tumpek Lade has arrived is the ubiquitous sight of cars, busses and motorcycles traveling down the highways with elaborate palm offering tied to their front grills and side mirrors – a sure sign of having just been blessed with the ritual offerings, prayers, food, incense and the holy water offerings mandated on this special day.



Improving Indonesia's Investment Climate
President Yudhoyono Issues an Executive Order to Make it Easier to Do Business in Indonesia.

On February 27, 2006, just prior to departing on a three-country tour to Brunei, Cambodia and Myanmar, Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono issued Executive Order Number 3 of 2006 aimed at changing a number of regulations and bureucratic procedutes that currently impede efforts to encourage investment in the country.

During each of the stops during his ASEAN tour, the President took every opportunity to publicize Indonesia's earnest desire to foster investment. At one of his official stops he said: "This is very important, we are continually working to improve the investment climate. We have been partially successful in this effort, but there is still more work to do. Because of this, we have put together a clear statement of what we wish to accomplish in creating a better investment climate, who must undertake each task, what must be done, and what laws, government regulations or other regulations must be introduced."

The President added: "In this way it is my hope that the steps we are taking to improve the investment climate it will become increasingly clear and transparently visible to both local and foreign investors what we posses. It's been said that the investment climate in Indonesia is terrible; everything is uncertain; everything is unclear – and that was indeed the situation 3-4 years ago when things were not fixed and certain because every year there was a new ste of regulations. But this time, because we have now identified the problems our future steps will be more precise, more focused in their direction and more calculated."

Among the investment-related issues addressed in the Presidential instruction are national infrastructure, the taxation system, customs and importation procedures and information technology.

According to the Jakarta Post the changes promised by the new Presidential instructions include:

• Plans to reduce the amount of time needed to process a business license from 150 days to just 30 days.

• Amendment to the investment laws to formally regulate equitable treatment for foreign investors.

• Shortening cargo processing procedures at ports and harbors, reducing processing time from 30 days to just 7 days.

• Take steps to simplify immigration and labor department processing of stay and work permits for foreigners.

• A revamp of the tax office with improvements in self-assessment tax procedures, improving transparency at the tax office and more protection of taxpayer's rights.

• Creating more flexibility in the labor market by improving the way in which labor disputes are settled and making regulations more conducive to employment creation.

• Taking steps to empower and protect Indonesia's large number of overseas workers.

• Greater emphasis in encouraging investment by small and medium-sized enterprises.


Some Guys Have All the Luck
Winners Announced in Contiki Bali Resort 'Back to Bali' Contest. Two More Drawings Dates Still to Come!

As originally reported on Balidiscovery.com [See: Only for 18-35 Year Olds!], Contiki Resort Bali has joined forces with Bali’s leading tourist attractions and operators to give away 10 exciting holiday packages drawn on the first of each month through April 1, 2006.

10 separate winners who register on line have the chance of winning:

• 5 nights at Contiki Resort Bali for 2 people (double or twin sharing) including brunch and dinner.

• Round-trip transfers between airport and Contiki Resort Bali.

• Half-day rafting adventure for two from Sobek Adventures.

• Free full day admission to Waterbom Bali.

• Free Bungy Jump Tickets for two from A.J. Hackett.

• Free Beach Club Cruise from Bali Hai Cruises.

• Half Day Surf Lesson from Rip Curl School of Surf

• Free admission to Bali Bird Park.

3 Drawing Dates

Last week the first two winners were drawn from among the hundreds who have registered. The March 01 winners are :

• Fransisca Mugnier from France

• Verawaty Katrina from Indonesia

Both winner have been notified by e-mail of their prize and how to collect their 5 day holiday in paradise.

Don't Despair, There's Still Two More Drawing Dates!

There’s still 2 more winning packages for 2 to be drawn on April 1, 2006. and a final 3 winning packages for 2 to be drawn on May 1, 2006.

Entries made during the course of the first two drawings but who do not win will remain in contention for a possible prize until the last drawing on May 1, 2006. If you haven't entered yet – do so now!

How to Enter and Win

• Contest is open to anyone between 18 - 35 years, except immediate family members of employees of Contiki Resorts, www.balidiscovery.com and supplemental prize sponsors.

• Prize must be redeemed before December 15, 2006 and subject to space availability at the time of booking.

• Prizes are not transferable or exchangeable for cash.

• Participants agree to allow Contiki Resorts and Bali Discovery Tours to use contact information for future promotions and special offers. Names and contact information will not be shared with third parties.

• Only one entry per e-mail. Duplicate e-mails and ISP originations will be removed from eligibility for prizes.

• In entering this contest, contestants agree that should they win they will allow their names and images to be used in press releases announcing the winners.

• Prize does not include transportation to and from Bali which will be the prize winners' responsibility. Also excluded form this prize are any visa fees, airport taxes, and any purchases of a personal nature made during the winners' stay in Bali.

How to Enter

It's quick and it's easy - just click on [Back to Bali Contest] to enter on-line.

Congratulations to Fransisca and Verawaty – we look forward to welcoming you to Bali soon.

And, if you're not prepared to depend on lady luck – click on > [Special Offers at Contiki Bali Resort]


 
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