#Asia Developing: Indonesian govt meets with ride-hailing apps to decide their future

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Following protest from public transportation drivers, the meeting will decide whether ride-hailing apps will be able to continue operating -or not

Minister Rudiantara during a networking event hosted by Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and MAVCAP

Minister Rudiantara during a networking event hosted by Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and MAVCAP

Following Monday’s massive strike and demonstration by Jakarta’s public transportation drivers, which called for the ban of ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Grab, Indonesia’s Minister of Communications and Informatics Rudiantara today hosted a meeting with Uber and Grab at his office at the Ministry.

The meeting is a closed one and is also attended by the Directorate General of Land Transportation and the Directorate General of Informatics Application.

It discussed the ban of ride-hailing apps as recommended by Minister of Transportation Ignasius Jonan.

By the time this story was published, the meeting was still ongoing though Kompas Tekno reported that Minister Rudiantara had to leave earlier as he was being summoned by President Joko Widodo to the Merdeka Palace.

A Ministry spokesperson stated that the meeting will continue and that Minister Rudiantara will be back soon.

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Minister Ignasius Jonan had a history of banning ride-hailing apps – but the ban was lifted in less than 24 hours after President Joko Widodo’s intervention (which he publicly announced via Twitter).

In his recommendation letter, Jonan highlighted all the violations that companies such as Uber and Grab had conducted such as using private cars for businesses, and the lack of passenger security guarantee.

More on this story as it develops.

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