22 August 2014 (closed)

          Announcement Indonesia-Investments (27-03-2013)

Indonesia Stock Exchange (5,198.90)  -7.24  -0.14%

Portfolio Selected Companies (96,964)  +31.00  +0.03%

USD/IDR (11,654)  -63.00  -0.54%

EUR/IDR (15,476)  -49.10  -0.32%

GDP Growth Q2-2014 5.12%

Inflation July 2014 4.53% (yoy)

Central Bank Interest Rate August 2014 7.50%

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Introduction New Export Rules for Indonesian Coal Miners Delayed

Introduction New Export Rules for Indonesian Coal Miners Delayed

Indonesia's tighter coal export policy, originally scheduled to be implemented on 1 September 2014 has been delayed one month. Director General for Coal and Mineral Resources at the Ministry for Energy and Mineral Resources, R. Sukhyar, explained that this delay does not mean that the policy will be changed. Indonesian coal miners still need to obtain a ‘listed exporter’ status (Eksportir Terdaftar, ET) from the ministry to export coal. The new rule applies to miners that hold Coal Contracts of Work (PKP2B) and Mining Business Permits (IUP).

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Bank Indonesia’s Monetary Policy Tight until Current Account Improves

Bank Indonesia’s Monetary Policy Tight until Current Account Balance Improves

The central bank of Indonesia (Bank Indonesia) indicated that it will only loosen its monetary policy provided that the country’s current account deficit narrows to a level of 2.5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), which is considered sustainable, and inflation is kept within the range of 3.5 to 5.5 percent (year-on-year) in line with the central bank’s target range. The current account deficit is one of the main problems being faced by Southeast Asia’s largest economy today and causes concern among foreign and domestic investors.

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ADB: Broader View of Poverty Underscores Critical Long-Term Challenge

Broader View of Poverty Underscores Critical Long-Term Challenge

Poverty will remain a critical and big challenge for Asia and the Pacific in the coming decades, requiring a greater focus on efforts to address food insecurity and economic vulnerability, says a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report, entitled Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2014. Rapid economic growth in the region has led to a sharp improvement in living standards. In Indonesia, the national poverty rate declined from 14.2 percent to 11.3 percent over the past five years.

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Indonesian Stocks Down on Profit Taking; Rupiah Up on Court Decision

Indonesian Stocks Down on Profit Taking; Rupiah Up on Court Decision

The benchmark stock index of Indonesia (Jakarta Composite Index, abbreviated IHSG) fell 0.14 percent to 5,198.90 points on the last trading day of the week, the first day of decline in five trading days, as investors engaged in profit taking after Indonesia’s Constitutional Court confirmed the official election result of the General Elections Commission (KPU) that announced Joko Widodo as winner of the July 2014 presidential election. Next week investors may continue profit taking as the index is still overbought.

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Prabowo Subianto Coalition Accepts Indonesia’s Constitutional Court Verdict

Prabowo Subianto Coalition Accepts Indonesia’s Constitutional Court Verdict

It took almost six hours for the Constitutional Court of Indonesia (Mahkamah Konstitusi) on Thursday (21/08) to read out 300 pages of a lengthy 4,392-page verdict in the case filed by defeated presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, who claimed that the result of Indonesia’s July 2014 presidential election was invalid due to widespread violations and fraud that allegedly occurred during the voting and counting processes. During the read out it became increasingly clear that the court would reject Subianto’s claims due to a lack of evidence.

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Franchise Business in Indonesia: Revisions to Regulatory Framework

Franchise Business in Indonesia: Revisions to Regulatory Framework

An important change will be made to the ministerial regulation that deals with the franchise businesses and traditional markets in Indonesia. Indonesian Trade Minister Muhammad Lutfi said that the government plans to adjust a retroactive clause formulated in Ministry of Trade Regulation No. 7 Year 2013 on Partnership Development in Franchise Business Services for Food and Beverages (Permendag Nomor 7). Initially this clause limited franchise ownership to a maximum of 250 outlets, forcing big franchisees to confirm to new requirement.

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Foreign Investment Company: Company Law Indonesia

Foreign Investment Company: Company Law Indonesia

The establishment of a foreign investment company in Indonesia is partially regulated by law number 40 of 2007 (Company Law) regarding limited liability companies. The Company Law provides the general corporate requirements for the establishment of both a foreign investment limited liability company (PT PMA) and a local investment limited liability company (PT). In this column we will discuss the establishment requirements for a foreign investment limited liability company (foreign investment company) in Indonesia as regulated in the Company Law.

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Current Account Deficit Indonesia at 4.27% of GDP; BI Rate Kept at 7.50%

Current Account Deficit Indonesia at 4.27% of GDP; BI Rate Kept at 7.50%

The central bank of Indonesia (Bank Indonesia) announced two important matters on Thursday (14/08). Firstly, the institution decided to maintain the benchmark interest rate (BI rate) at 7.50 percent, the overnight deposit facility rate (Fasbi) at 5.75 percent, and the lending facility rate at 7.50 percent. Secondly, it announced that Indonesia’s current account deficit widened to USD $9.1 billion, or, 4.27 percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP) in the second quarter of 2014, a widening that is larger than initially forecast.

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Property in Indonesia: Demand for Apartments in Jakarta Still Strong

Property in Indonesia: Demand for Apartments in Jakarta Still Strong

With continued economic growth in Indonesia, thus giving rise to higher per capita GDP, the property market is still expanding rapidly, particularly in the bigger cities such as Jakarta (the political and economic center of Indonesia). By 2015, 46 new property projects will add nearly 25,000 new apartments in Jakarta (‘strata title’, a term that refers to the multi-level apartment blocks and horizontal subdivisions with shared areas) with a combined value of about IDR 23 trillion (almost USD $2 billion).

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Analysis of Indonesia’s Current Account Deficit: Search for Fiscal Stability

Governor of the central bank of Indonesia (Bank Indonesia), Agus Martowardojo, commented on Indonesia’s troubled current account balance on Tuesday (12/08). Martowardojo said that he expects the balance to improve in 2014. Last year, the current account deficit of Southeast Asia’s largest economy reached 3.3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP); a level which is generally regarded as unsustainable. This year, the deficit may ease to 3 percent of GDP. For investors the current account balance is an important matter. Why?

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Economic Growth of Indonesia in Second Half 2014: Slowing or Growing?

Economic Growth of Indonesia in Second Half 2014: Slowing or Growing?

Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the first half of 2014 reached 5.17 percent (year-on-year), thus continuing the slowing growth trend that has been recorded by the country since 2011. Forecasts for GDP growth in the second half of 2014 indicate a slight improvement (to the range of 5.2 to 5.3 percent year-on-year) supported by strong household consumption, increased government spending and further growth of the trade and services sector. However, in recent quarters the official GDP figure has been lower than most forecasts.

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Crude Oil Production Indonesia: Difficult to Achieve 2014 Oil Lifting Target

Crude Oil Production Indonesia: Difficult to Meet 2014 Oil Lifting Target

It remains difficult for Indonesia to achieve oil production targets that are set by the Indonesian government. In fact, it is unlikely that Indonesia will meet this year’s revised oil lifting target of 818,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd) as set in the Revised 2014 State Budget. In the first half of 2014, Indonesia recorded an oil production rate of 797,000 bpd only. For almost two decades, Indonesia’s oil sector has been in a state of decline, evidenced by falling production rates, due to a lack of investments and aging oil fields.

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