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Seperti yang sudah kita ketahui bersama, Pemerintah Provinsi DKI Jakarta kembali memberlakukan PSBB untuk wilayahnya terhitung 14 September 2020. Pengetatan kembali PSBB ini tak pelak diprediksi akan kembali memukul sejumlah sektor perekonomian, termasuk sektor properti,  yang baru saja kembali bergeliat setelah 3 bulan pemberlakuan masa PSBB transisi.

Dikutip dari Kompas.com (13/9), Ketua KADIN Bidang Properti Hendro S Gondokusumo berpendapat jika PSBB kedua dilakukan, sektor properti akan kembali mengalami penurunan hingga 70 persen seperti yang terjadi di masa PSBB pertama. Padahal sektor ini baru saja sedikit mengalami peningkatan 40 persen hingga 50 persen pada masa PSBB transisi.

Tutupnya kegiatan ekonomi sejumlah sektor non-esensial pun berdampak pada menyusutnya penyewaan kantor yang sudah dirasakan para pemilik gedung sejak PSBB pertama pada April lalu. Sejumlah pusat perbelanjaan bahkan mati suri. Geliat ekonomi mulai terlihat pada awal Juli ketika pengunjung mulai berdatangan, meskipun baru sepertiga dari jumlah yang biasa datang di kala tidak ada pandemi.

Kondisi ini pun akhirnya membuat para pebisnis properti memutar otak untuk menyelamatkan bisnisnya. Aneka promosi ditebar untuk memikat konsumen, seperti Sinar mas Land yang memberi diskon 10 persen hingga 25 persen dan bonus Rp50-300 juta, seperti yang dikutip oleh Katadata.co.id (14/9). Meski kondisi pasar melambat, ada beberapa proyek properti yang sukses, salah satunya karena didorong permintaan dan produk yang ditawarkan cocok dengan kalangan menengah.

Di tengah perekonomian yang kian terhimpit, resesi ekonomi jelas akan sangat berpengaruh pada sektor properti.  Senior Associate Director Colliers International Indonesia Ferry Salanto, sebagaimana dikutip dari Okezone.com (25/9), mengatakan jika resesi ekonomi terjadi, industri properti akan semakin sulit untuk bisa bangkit kembali (rebound) ke posisi semula.

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DGCE Director General Heru Pambudi confirmed that the government will announce policies related to the cigarette excise (CHT) tariffs increase in 2021 at the end of September or early October.

Heru refused to provide an overview of the formulation for the increase, however, he did say the increase is usually calculated from the inflation target and projected economic growth for next year. “If next year’s economic growth is 5 percent and inflation is at 3 percent, the CHT rate increase should be above 8 percent. The Fiscal Policy Agency (BKF) will determine it,” he said.

Previously, DGCE Director of Technical and Excise Facilities, Nirwala Dwi Heryanto, stated that the government was also considering the pandemic situation that had reduced cigarette consumption. DGCE data until August 2020 shows that cigarette excise revenue makes up the largest portion of excise revenue, and until August 31, had contributed Rp94.39 trillion representing growth of 6.09 percent.

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Although the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) development concept has been widely adopted as a city development approach by cities of the world, many remain unaware of the TOD concept. Basically put, TOD is a city planning concept that focuses on the optimal use of public transport transit areas.

The concept combines various commercial and residential areas so that they are within comfortable walking distance of transit stops. All residential, office and recreational facilities in TOD areas must be integrated with mass transportation systems such as the BRT, busway, MRT, LRT, and Commuter Rail System, and also have pedestrian and bicycle networks.

It is hoped that once a city has a public transportation network integrated with its residential and commercial areas, many of its residents will switch from using private vehicles to public transportation, and this will bring about a reduction in traffic congestion and air pollution within the city.

In Indonesia, many present-day housing developers are offering housing in TOD areas to match the market demand increasingly influenced by the growing numbers of millennial consumers. The TOD housing concept is considered to appeal to the millennial generation, who tend to be practical, economical, and require an integrated public transportation system to commute to work.

In the TOD residential areas offered by these developers, the residential areas are built as close as possible to public transportation access points so that residents can quickly and easily access public transportation stops on foot. The development of mass transportation networks, including the MRT, LRT, and high-speed train systems, in Indonesia is expected to increase the marketability of TOD housing in the future.

Reflecting on the experiences of other cities such as Hong Kong and Singapore, the use of the TOD concept appears to present an effective solution for any city government wanting to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution to create a healthier city. From a business perspective, urban area developers must be aware of the high market demand for housing projects integrated with mass transportation (TOD) that will only increase in the future, and take advantage of this opportunity to achieve maximum gains.

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Komunikasi adalah elemen penting dalam bekerja di dalam tim. Tanpa komunikasi yang baik, banyak masalah dapat muncul. Mulai performa yang kurang optimal, pekerjaan yang terbengkalai, hingga bisa merusak relasi personal di antara anggota tim.

Untuk itu, penting bagi kita yang bekerja di dalam tim untuk terus meningkatkan kualitas komunikasi di antara rekan setim. Caranya tentu bisa bermacam-macam. Mulai dari cara yang formal dan serius seperti menyewa jasa ahli komunikasi, hingga yang menyenangkan seperti melakukan proses bonding melalui aktivitas seperti berlibur bersama atau bermain games seru.

Proses bonding melalui games adalah cara meningkatkan kualitas komunikasi yang efektif dan menyenangkan. Karena suasananya menyenangkan, hambatan formalitas yang biasanya membekukan komunikasi di antara individu dapat mencair. Selain itu, dengan memainkan games yang tepat, tujuan awal kita untuk membangun komunikasi yang lebih baik di antara rekan kerja dapat tercapai dengan mudah.

Oleh karena itu kita sebaiknya memilih games yang tidak sekedar fun untuk dimainkan, tetapi juga dapat mengasah kemampuan komunikasi, mencairkan tembok formalitas, dan mengandung pelajaran yang dapat dipetik oleh semua peserta.

Namun perlu diperhatikan bahwa jangan sampai proses bonding melalui games itu justru menjadi sumber konflik baru. Ini karena salah satu elemen yang tidak terpisahkan dari games atau permainan adalah kompetisi. Di dalam setiap permainan pasti ada yang menang dan kalah. Untuk itu kita perlu terus mengingatkan bahwa tujuan awal dari melakukan aktivitas tersebut adalah baik, yakni meningkatkan kualitas komunikasi di dalam tim.

Bingung menentukan games yang cocok untuk tim Anda? Link berikut bisa menjadi referensi ide menarik:

https://www.wrike.com/blog/team-building-games/ 

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Many are wondering what will the future of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) busines in Indonesia be, especially after the government has failed to win an agreement extension with a consortium of buyers from Japan known as Western Buyers Extension (WBX).

Pri Agung Rakhmanto, oil and gas expert from Trisakti University, said that the present state of the LNG business in Indonesia is that it is overwhelmed by an oversupply that has driven LNG prices further down, while LNG producers from other countries have been selling their products at even lower prices, like LNG producers from Australia, Qatar, Malaysia, and the United States. Pri said this situation could continue for the next two or three years.

According to Pri, the future of the LNG business in Indonesia depends on the ability of policy makers in the government to find new buyers in the market. One option the government could take is to make the Indonesian LNG price more competitive is by reducing the LNG proportion for the government. Pri also mentioned that what’s important is to keep LNG projects going in order to trigger a multiplier effect for the economy.

Pada hari Jumat, 9 Oktober 2015 yang lalu, untuk pertama kalinya PT. Alaksir Cipta Aksara mengadakan client gathering di restoran Omah Pawon, Jakarta. Event tersebut dihadiri sejumlah klien yang selama ini sudah bekerja sama dengan Alaksir yang meliputi organisasi-organisasi ternama dari berbagai bidang seperti HM SampoernaHolcim Indonesia, Forzaland dan AMTI (Aliansi Masyarakat Tembakau Indonesia).

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CEO of PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk. (IDX:TPIA), Prayogo Pangestu, stated that the company plans to start the construction of its joint venture with tire maker Michelin & Cie (ML) in November.

The new plant, which will manufacture synthetic rubber, is slated to start operating in 2016. It will be located in Cilegon, Banten.

According to Pangestu, the whole plan will involve two stages: First stage requires $500 million investment in setting up the plant and procuring the raw materials. The second stage also requires a $500 million investment to manufacture automotive tires.

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Indonesian bank, Bank Central Asia (IDX:BBCA) says it is initiating a local credit card network that it plans to start operating early next year. BBCA CEO Jahja Setiaatmadja said that the company will be working with other banks yet to be named to roll out the new network.

BBCA already runs the BCA Card that can be used only within its network. It is already widely accepted within Indonesia, but has very limited use outside the country. The new network, since it will involve other banks, will not be branded BBCA. The company has not indicated what the brand name will be.

BCA’s rival Bank Mandiri (IDX:BMRI) has also stated that it is similarly planning to start a local processing network. BMRI’s CEO Budi Gunadi Sadikin has indicated that it is exploring the possibility of working with other banks to start such network.

Indonesia’s credit card market is worth about Rp180 trillion annually (approx. US$16 bio). According to Bank Indonesia’s Deputy Governor Ronald Waas, 90% of the transactions do not involve any foreign party, so it makes sense to operate a local payment network.

PT Pabrik Kertas Tjiwi Kimia Tbk. (TKIM), an affiliate of the Sinar Mas Group, has started construction of a new pulp and tissue mill in South Sumatra to be operated by its subsidiary PT Oki Pulp & Paper Mills, which it acquired recently in July. According to TKIM Director, Suhendra Wiriadinata, the company is investing $3.1 billion in the new factory, slated to complete in Q2 of 2016.

The company has borrowed $1.8 billion from China Development Bank, using its stake in PT Oki Pulp & Paper as collateral, and will source an additional $800 million from its shareholders for the project.

The new factory will produce 2 million tons of pulp and 500 thousand tons of tissue paper annually. TKIM was established in 1972 as a caustic soda manufacturer, and today it exports about 70% of its sales to Japan, UAE and USA. It has about 13,000 employees.

CEO of palm oil firm Golden Agri Resources, Franky Oesman Widjaja, indicated that the company plans to invest in a biofuel plant to take advantage of the government’s planned import substitution policy.

Aiming to reduce Indonesia’s growing trade deficit, the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has issued a regulation requiring diesel fuel to contain a 10% mixture of biofuel, effective as of September 2013.

Widjaja also stated that the company is looking to build the plant near one of state-owned oil firm Pertamina’s refineries for efficiency reasons. He said the plan will involve a minimum budget of US$50-100 million. Golden Agri is world’s second largest palm oil plantation company. It is listed on Singapore’s SGX under the ticker symbol of GGR. Its subsidiary, PT Smart Tbk. is listed on the IDX as SMAR.