What is the background to the attacks in Jakarta?
On 14 January 2016, multiple explosions and gunfire were reported near the Sarinah Mall in central Jakarta, Indonesia, at the intersection of Jalan Kyai Haji Wahid Hasyim and Jalan MH Thamrin. Seven people (of which five are attackers) were killed and nineteen were injured in the attack. ISIL is suspected of being behind the attack. ISIL threatened that Indonesia would be targeted after the Paris attacks late 2015.
What is the effect on Jakarta’s economy ?
The attack was viewed as a battle of images and perceptions as it was an exchange of gunfire and explosions. Indonesia’s counterterrorism effort has had significant success over several years in degrading the capabilities of domestic militants to launch deadly attacks, creating a sense that the battle against Islamic militants was largely won. The attack was therefore perceived as an attempt to change that narrative.
Conditions in Jakarta returned to normal immediately after the attacks and the impact on financial markets was short-lived.
Guidance from the Indonesian authorities
All roads and shops remained open with conditions returning to normal immediately after the attacks. Likewise, exhibitions across Jakarta continued to be held as scheduled. The Indonesia Exhibition Companies Associations (IECA) has also issued a statement to assure exhibitors and visitors that all exhibitions will proceed as scheduled.
Public Transport in Jakarta
All public transport in and around Jakarta is running normally.
On-site access during build-up
Security measures have been reinforced around all Exhibition venues. You should expect ID checks for all on-site access. Security guards will be able to search cars during on-site access. You will need to have all the necessary documents at hand at all times (Passport or other ID, badge etc.).
On-site access during the events
Security measures have been reinforced around all Exhibition venues. Identity checks will be conducted as a condition of entry. Official security guards will be able to search cars during on-site access.
Heightened security measures?
All possible measures have been taken to ensure the safety of our clients and staff during our events:
- Heightened controls during on-site access for individuals and for vehicles
- Visual surveillance systems
- Identity checks will be conducted systematically
- On-site security will be able to search vehicles and individuals to carry out security checks
Are other events being held as planned?
All events in Jakarta have not been affected by the attacks. All events are currently taking place in Jakarta as scheduled.