Recently the Indonesian Government issued Government Regulation number 1 of 2017 (Regulation 2017). The Regulation 2017 is the fourth amendment of Government Regulation 23 of 2010 on the implementation of Mineral and Coal Mining Activities. In this column we discuss the main changes in the Regulation 2017 which relate to the extension of the business license of mining companies, the sales of minerals and coal, the divestment obligation and the refinery obligation.
The Business Columns section of Indonesia Investments provides in-depth columns that exhibit an analysis regarding subjects that are both important for understanding the Indonesian business climate and have high news value in the current state of Indonesia's economy. As a whole these columns should provide the reader a thorough and detailed picture of multiple Indonesian business sectors and be a source of ideas or inspiration to invest - or not to invest - in specific sectors of the Indonesian economy.
NetApp Indonesia, the local unit of the American multinational storage and data management company, predicts three main information technology (IT) trends in Indonesia in 2017: (1) data becoming the "new currency", (2) new platform models taking over, and (3) cloud computing becoming a key source of corporate growth. Ana Sopia, Country Manager NetApp Indonesia, explained that numerous companies, all over the world, are currently experiencing digital transformation challenges.
After years of concern amid scandals, debt woes and low coal prices, there seems light at the end of the tunnel for Indonesia's largest coal producer Bumi Resources, a listed miner controlled by the Bakrie Group. Although its audited earnings (covering full-year 2016) will be released next month, a source within Bumi Resources said the company will post its first profit since 2011. The miner's net income is expected to reach USD $101.6 million, improving significantly from a net loss of USD $2 billion in the preceding year.
A company that wishes to obtain a foreign loan in foreign currency of more than USD 100,000 is required to fulfill certain requirements set by Bank Indonesia (BI). These requirements are set in BI Regulation 16/21/PBI/2014 concerning The Implementation Of Prudential Principles in Managing External Debt of Non-Bank Corporation and amendment 18/4/PBI/2016 (BI Regulation). Further explanation is provided in the BI Circular number 16/24/DKEM of 2014 and its amendment number 17/18/DKEM of 2015. In this column we will discuss the reporting requirements for foreign loans of more than USD 100,000.
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