Indonesia Investments was founded in 2011 by Van der Schaar Investments B.V. in Delft, the Netherlands. Van der Schaar Investments (VDSI) is a privately held investment and development company (Ltd.) established in 2009 but stands in a tradition that goes back to the early 20th century. In recent years VDSI has widened its horizon to Indonesia, Southeast Asia's largest economy and - in our opinion - one of the most promising economies for the foreseeable future. As such, VDSI has started to monitor the country's economy, acquired expertise through assembling a group of Indonesia experts and built networks with the Indonesian government and businesses; hence Indonesia Investments was established.
Our Vision and Philosophy
The current ongoing economic shift from West to East has generated significant and increasing interest for giant emerging economies such as China and India. Not far behind these two giant economies, Indonesia - a country we label as 'sleeping giant' - has fully recovered from the Asian Financial Crisis that emerged in the late 1990s and has been showing continuous robust macroeconomic growth for almost a decade; growth that is forecast to continue at an even higher pace if certain conditions are met.
However, based on our experience we feel that three matters are at issue:
• Indonesia's economic potential still seems to be relatively unknown to most foreign investors
• The difficulty of doing business in Indonesia due to the country's complex business environment
• A seemingly lack of understanding regarding the country's social, cultural and religious dynamics
Therefore, we see a role for Indonesia Investments in - not only investing directly - but also in functioning as a bridge between Indonesia and the West through the provision of accurate, thorough and objective information regarding the current state of the Indonesian economy and society as a whole (written by academically trained Indonesia experts) and by functioning as a link between foreign investors and our network in Indonesia (which includes business associations, governmental institutions and private enterprises). Lastly, and in line with our philosophy, we feel that economic development should contribute to welfare and prosperity for all segments of the population. This value will be given continuous consideration.