• Indonesia Investments' Newsletter of 12 March 2017 Released

    Indonesia Investments' Newsletter of 12 March 2017 Released

    On 12 March 2017, 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 over the last seven days. Most of the topics involve political, social and economy-related topics the looming Fed Funds Rate hike, Indonesia's sovereign debt ratings, the tourism sector, the footwear sector, the ceramic sector, corporate earnings, coal mining, and more.

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  • Bank Indonesia Also Expects US Interest Rate Hike in March 2017

    Bank Indonesia Also Expects US Interest Rate Hike in March 2017

    The central bank of Indonesia (Bank Indonesia) is also among the many institutions or market participants that expect the Federal Reserve to raise its Fed Funds Rate by 25 basis points at the coming Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting (14-15 March 2017). This move should put some temporary pressure on the Indonesian rupiah (as Indonesia will most likely see capital outflows) and therefore Bank Indonesia sees few to none room for additional monetary easing in Southeast Asia's largest economy in the remainder of this year.

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  • Trump's Trade Policies Positive for Indonesia's Footwear Industry?

    Trump's Trade Policies Positive for Indonesia's Footwear Industry?

    Indonesia's exports of footwear to the United States (USA) are expected to reach the value of USD $1.5 billion in 2017, up 12 percent year-on-year (y/y) from USD $1.34 billion last year. This increase is expected to come on the back of US President Donald Trump's eagerness to limit imports from China by introducing higher tariffs. This policy should now open up opportunities for Indonesian footwear exporters.

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  • Ceramic Industry of Indonesia Remains Under Pressure in 2017

    Ceramic Industry of Indonesia Remains Under Pressure in 2017

    The ceramic industry of Indonesia remains under pressure in 2017 due to low demand from the property sector and the high gas price. Therefore, there are reports that various ceramic producers have (temporarily) closed their factories and are now active as traders only. Elisa Sinaga, Chairman of the Indonesian Ceramic Industry Association (ASAKI), urges the government to lower gas prices immediately in order to support the nation's ceramic industry. Gas prices account for between 30 - 40 percent of Indonesian ceramic producers' total production costs.

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