Announcement Indonesia-Investments (27-03-2013)

20 April 2014 (closed)

Indonesia Stock Exchange (4,897.05)  +24.04  +0.49%

Portfolio Selected Companies (92,961)  +952.00  +1.03%

USD/IDR (11,418)  +0.00  +0.00%

EUR/IDR (15,803)  +0.00  +0.00%

GDP Growth 2013 5.78%

Inflation March 2014 7.32% (yoy)

Central Bank Interest Rate April 2014 7.50%

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Projections Indonesia's April 2014 Inflation and March 2014 Trade Balance

Projections Indonesia's April 2014 Inflation and March 2014 Trade Balance

Head of Statistics Indonesia (Badan Pusat Statistik or BPS) Suryamin said that inflation in April 2014 is estimated to be low or will turn into deflation as food stockpiles in a number of regions are sufficient amid the peak of the harvest season. Suryamin based his estimation on BPS monitoring conducted from 17 April. The monitoring indicated that prices of the main food commodities (including rice, chili, chicken meat, cooking oil as well as beef) are stable or even declining from the previous month.

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Chances of New El Niño Cycle in 2014 Impact on Agricultural Commodities

Chances of New El Niño Cycle in 2014 Impact on Agricultural Commodities

Concerns about the arrival of a new El Niño weather phenomenon have increased in recent weeks. A possible new El Niño cycle has a major impact on the global commodities market. El Niño - a weather phenomenon that occurs once every five years on average - involves periodical warm ocean water temperatures off the western coast of South America which can cause climatic changes across the Pacific Ocean. Its impact on harvests and the world varies; sometimes passing almost unnoticeable (such as in 2010) but it can also be felt worldwide.

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Indonesia Investments' Newsletter of 20 April 2014 Released

Indonesia Investments' Newsletter of 20 April 2014 Released

On 20 April 2014, Indonesia Investments released the latest edition of its newsletter. This free newsletter, which is sent to our subscribers once per week, contains the most important news stories from Indonesia that have been reported on our website in the last seven days. Most of the topics involve economic topics such as comments on the future policy of Bank Indonesia, the investment climate in Batam, an updated profile of Telekomunikasi Indonesia, IPOs in 2014, an analysis of the unprocessed minerals export ban, and more.

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ICRA Indonesia: Analysis of Economic Impact of Raw Minerals Export Ban

ICRA Indonesia: Analysis of Economic Impact of Raw Minerals Export Ban

ICRA Indonesia released an analysis of the economic impact of the ban on export of raw minerals. The ban - stipulated by the new 2009 Mining Law - became effective per 12 January 2014 (although in a milder form as some mineral ore exports are allowed under specific terms) and aims at boosting domestic processing. However, it led to great concern among domestic and foreign stakeholders as its implications on the economy of Indonesia - a global leader in exports of mineral resources - were unknown.

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Bank Indonesia May Hike Interest Rates to Safeguard Financial Stability

Bank Indonesia May Hike Interest Rates to Safeguard Financial Stability

Standard Chartered Bank Economist Eric Sugandi expects that the central bank of Indonesia (Bank Indonesia) will have raised its benchmark interest rate (BI rate) by 50 basis points (bps) to 8.00 percent by the end of 2014. Sugandi also said that it is highly unlikely that Bank Indonesia will lower its BI rate in the next two years amid further Federal Reserve tapering and possible US interest rate hikes in 2015 and 2016. Moreover, the Indonesian government may still decide to reduce fuel subsidies further (thus triggering inflationary pressures).

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Indonesian Government Tries to Lure Investments in Geothermal Power Sector

Indonesian Government Tries to Lure Investment in Geothermal Power

In an attempt to attract investments in Indonesia's geothermal power sector, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources plans to offer higher prices for geothermal-based electricity. Based on a recommendation from the World Bank, the new proposed geothermal-produced electricity price will range between 11.5 and 29 cents per KwH and will be effective until 2025. Currently, state-owned Perusahaan Listrik Negara pays between 10 and 18.5 cents per KwH to independent geothermal power producers (feed-in tariff).

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Rupiah Exchange Rate Update

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Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom), the Leading Telecommunication Company

Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom): Leading Telecommunication Company

Telekomunikasi Indonesia (better known as Telkom) is Indonesia's largest telecommunication and network provider as well as one of the largest companies in Indonesia in terms of market capitalization. The company, majority owned by the Indonesian government, has a dominating market share of between 45 and 50 percent in terms of mobile phone subscribers in Indonesia. It is the parent company of the Telkom Group, which is engaged in a range of businesses that include telecommunication, multimedia, property and financial services.

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R.M.A. van der Schaar Business Consultant

Analysis of Quick Count Results of the Indonesian Legislative Election 2014

No Indonesian political party managed to secure a majority in the legislative election that was held on Wednesday (09/04). Based on various quick counts (that have proved to be reliable in previous elections), the election was won by the PDI-P (19 percent), followed by Golkar (15 percent) and Gerindra (12 percent). This outcome implies that political parties will need to form coalitions in order to be able to nominate a presidential candidate for Indonesia's presidential election that is scheduled for 9 July 2014.

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Bank Indonesia Maintains Benchmark Interest Rate (BI Rate) at 7.50%

Bank Indonesia Maintains Benchmark Interest Rate (BI Rate) at 7.50%

The central bank of Indonesia (Bank Indonesia) decided to maintain its benchmark interest rate (BI rate) at 7.50 percent at the Board of Governors’ Meeting held on Tuesday 8 April 2014. The Lending Facility rate and Deposit Facility rate were held at 7.50 percent and 5.75 percent respectively. This policy is consistent with ongoing efforts to steer inflation back towards its target corridor of 4.5±1 percent in 2014 and 4.0±1 percent in 2015, as well as to reduce the current account deficit to a more sustainable level.

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Indonesia's 2014 Elections

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Asian Development Bank Outlook 2014: Fiscal Policy for Inclusive Growth

Asian Development Bank Outlook 2014 'Fiscal Policy for Inclusive Growth'

According to the Asian Development Bank's latest annual Asian Development Outlook (which provides an analysis of economic performance for the past year and near future), developing Asia is expected to extend its steady growth. The region’s growth is projected to edge up from 6.1 percent in 2013 to 6.2 percent in 2014 and 6.4 percent in 2015. Moderating growth in China (PRC) as its economy adjusts to more balanced growth will offset to some extent the stronger demand expected from the industrial countries as their economies recover.

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With its vast archipelago Indonesia has an enormous potential for durable economic growth. Indonesia-Investments follows this development closely and intends to participate, cooperating in projects with local entrepreneurs or the Indonesian government. One of our values is that the process of economic development should lead to increasing welfare and prosperity for the population as a whole. This will be given continuous consideration. Apart from focusing on Indonesia as an emerging market through its finance and business model, we also engage in the study of its cultures and history in order to gain inter-cultural understanding. Current events are projected in our news section.