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20 / 08 / 2017
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Indonesia toward single time zone

The Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister recently surprised the public with a plan to unify Indonesia’s time zones.

Indonesian time zones which are currently divided into three regions, namely western (GMT+7), middle (GMT+8) and eastern (GMT+9), will be unified into one time zone following GMT+8. The government expects the unification of the time zones will encourage efficiency in trade. The government also hopes that the unification can support economic activity in central and eastern parts that has been lagging behind western Indonesia. In addition, it is expected that the operational time of the Indonesia stock exchange can be alligned with Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.