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Indonesia's plan for single time zone delayed by red tape

Published on Oct 2, 2012 6:00 PM

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - Indonesia has delayed a plan to create a single time zone for the sprawling archipelago this month because of slow-moving bureaucracy.

The government had planned to merge its three time zones into one, eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, to match regional financial centre Singapore and to increase the efficiency of the G-20 economy.

"It cannot be implemented since we need the issuance of a decree from the government or president 90 days prior to implementation," Mr Edib Muslim, a spokesman for a committee tasked with accelerating economic development, said on Tuesday, adding no such regulation had been issued.

Indonesia's western region, including Sumatra island and the capital Jakarta on Java island, is currently seven hours ahead of GMT. The central region, including Bali, is eight hours ahead while eastern Indonesia is nine hours ahead.