1 October 2014 (closed)

          Announcement Indonesia-Investments (27-03-2013)

Indonesia Stock Exchange (5,140.91)  +3.33  +0.06%

Portfolio Selected Companies (93,176)  +56.00  +0.06%

USD/IDR (12,136)  -52.00  -0.43%

EUR/IDR (15,328)  -44.35  -0.29%

GDP Growth Q2-2014 5.12%

Inflation September 2014 4.54% (yoy)

Central Bank Interest Rate September 2014 7.50%

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Indonesia’s New Parliament Inaugurated; Clash on Speaker Voting

Indonesia’s New Parliament Inaugurated; Clash on Speaker Voting

A total of 555 people have been officially inaugurated as members of Indonesia’s House of Representatives (DPR) for the period 2014-2019 on Wednesday (01/10). The ceremony was witnessed by incumbent President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as well as President-elect Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and his running mate Jusuf Kalla. The Jokowi-Kalla pair will be inaugurated as the country’s next president and vice-president on 20 October 2014. The PDI-P, winner of the legislative election, is the largest party in the House.

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Economic Update Indonesia: Inflation, Trade Balance & Manufacturing Activity

Economic Update Indonesia: Inflation, Trade Balance & Manufacturing Activity

Statistics Indonesia (BPS) released various economic data today (01/10) - including inflation, the trade balance and manufacturing activity - that give a good indication about the state of the Indonesian economy. Although not all data was positive, market participants were content, evidenced by an appreciating rupiah exchange rate and rising Indonesian stocks. Based on the Bloomberg Dollar Index, the rupiah appreciated 0.43 percent to IDR 12,135 per US dollar, while the Jakarta Composite Index climbed 0.06 percent on Tuesday (01/10).

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Plantations Bill Indonesia: No Further Limit to Foreign Ownership

Plantations Bill Indonesia: No Further Limit to Foreign Ownership

Indonesia’s House of Representatives (DPR) has passed a new plantations bill that aims to maximize land usage and opens up Indonesia’s plantation sector to smallholders. However, the retroactive clause that would limit foreign ownership to a maximum of 30 percent (from 95 percent currently) was dropped from the final version. This clause was highly controversial and would have been a major obstacle for foreign companies engaged in Indonesia’s plantation sector (such as Golden Agri-Resources and Wilmar International).

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Battle Jokowi-Prabowo; Democratic Future of Indonesia in Jeopardy?

More and more concerns have arisen recently regarding the democratic future of Indonesia. In fact, some media have reported that an impeachment of president-elect Joko Widodo, who will assume office on 20 October 2014, could become a reality as opposition in parliament - led by controversial and vindictive former army general Prabowo Subianto - is large. The Merah-Putih coalition, referring to the coalition of political parties that supported Subianto in the presidential election (which he narrowly lost to Widodo) will control 353 of the 560 seats in parliament.

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Update Indonesian Rupiah & Stocks: Stronger on Economic Data

Although Indonesia’s September 2014 inflation (0.27 percent m/m) and appreciating rupiah exchange rate had a positive impact on the performance of Indonesia’s benchmark stock index (Jakarta Composite Index, abbreviated IHSG) on Wednesday (01/10), its gain was limited by declining indices on Wall Street on the previous day as well as Indonesia’s August trade deficit (USD $318.1 million), which resulted in foreign net selling of worth IDR 388 billion of Indonesian stocks. The IHSG climbed 0.06 percent to 5,140.91 points.

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Indonesia’s House Approves 2015 State Budget; Budget Deficit 2.21% of GDP

Indonesia’s House of Representatives (DPR) approved the 2015 State Budget on Monday (29/09) that was proposed by the outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono administration. The budget deficit is now set at IDR 245.9 trillion (USD $20.5 billion), equivalent to 2.21 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), and lower than the 2.32 percent of GDP proposed by the government in both the Financial Memorandum and the Revised 2015 State Budget. However, the accepted budget deficit is still high compared to previous years.

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Higher Interest Rates in 2015 Limit GDP Growth Indonesia in 2015

Higher Interest Rates in 2015 Could Further Limit GDP Growth of Indonesia

The economy of Indonesia, which has been slowing since 2011, will have difficulty to rebound in 2015 as the central bank’s key interest rate (BI rate) is expected to be raised again to avert capital outflows brought on by higher interest rates in the US and to combat accelerated inflation after domestic subsidized fuel prices have been raised by the new government led by president-elect Joko Widodo (Jokowi). After a GDP growth pace of 6.5 percent (y/y) in 2011, economic growth in Southeast Asia’s largest economy fell to 5.8 percent (y/y) in 2013.

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Indonesia Investments' Newsletter of 28 September 2014 Released

On 28 September 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 Indonesia’s fuel subsidies, US interest rates, poverty, inequality, GDP growth, palm oil, rice, the Anas Urbaningrum graft case, as well as the passing of a new bill that ends direct voting in the regions, and more.

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Company Name Indonesia - Restrictions and Procedure

Company Name Indonesia - Restrictions and Procedure

Before a company name of a limited liability company in Indonesia - both foreign investment (PT PMA) and local investment (PT) - can be utilized, the founders must obtain an approval of the Indonesian Minister of Law and Human Rights (Minister). Without an approved company name the founders are unable to complete the establishment process of their company. The use of a company name in Indonesia is subject to certain restrictions which are regulated in Indonesian Law number 40 of 2007 (Company Law) and its implement regulations.

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ADB: Indonesia’s Economic Growth Slows in 2014; Accelerates in 2015

ADB: Indonesia’s Economic Growth Slows in 2014; Accelerates in 2015

A new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report says that the Indonesian economy is expected to slow on weak export performance in 2014 before picking up in 2015 as external demand improves and the new government’s reform agenda takes hold. In an update of its Asian Development Outlook 2014, the ADB trimmed its forecast for 2014 growth in Indonesian gross domestic product (GDP) to 5.3 percent from 5.7 percent expected in April. The ADB expects a growth pace of 5.8 percent in 2015, down from 6.0 percent in April.

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World Bank: Poverty Reduction in Indonesia Slows; Inequality Rises

World Bank: Poverty Reduction in Indonesia Slows; Inequality Rises

The World Bank released a news update which states that poverty reduction in Indonesia continues to slow down, with only a reduction of 0.7 percentage points over the last two years, or the smallest decline in the last decade. Meanwhile the institution says that inequality also increased in recent years, potentially disrupting social cohesion and hence jeopardizing the gains from solid economic growth, which has helped to reduce the poverty rate to 11.3 percent in 2014, compared to 24 percent in 1999.

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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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New Priok Port Jakarta

New Priok Port Jakarta

The construction of a new port - an extension of Indonesia's busiest port, Tanjung Priok - is one of the biggest public projects currently in [...]

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Giant Sea Wall Jakarta; National Capital Integrated Coastal Development

Giant Sea Wall Jakarta

In its quest to enhance flood prevention, foster urban development and - generally - become a more prestigious metropolis, the Jakarta government and Indonesian central government have agreed to start the realization of the National Capital Integrated Coastal Development (NCICD) masterplan, better [...]

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