Indonesia's manufacturing activity improved in April 2018, touching its fastest growth pace in 22 months, on the back of strengthening domestic demand. The Nikkei Indonesia Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) rose to a reading of 51.6 in April 2018, up from 50.7 in the preceding month (a reading above 50.0 indicates expansion in manufacturing activity, while a reading below 50.0 indicates contraction). However, business confidence towards the business outlook (for the year ahead) weakened to the lowest point since December 2012.
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The volume of Indonesia’s digital economy will reach about USD $130 billion by 2020, which will make the country among Southeast Asia's leading nations in terms of digital development. This was stated by local authorities just a week ago. New technologies, blockchain and transformation of the IT-sector will play key roles in this process. With this context in mind, the Blockchain INDO conference in Jakarta, to be held on 11-12 May 2018 in the Kempinski Hotel in Central Jakarta, becomes even more relevant.
Recently, the Ministry of Finance issued Regulation number 35/PMK.010/2018 (Regulation 35/2018) on Provision of Corporate Income Tax Reduction Facility. This new regulation supersedes and revokes the Ministry of Finance Regulation number 103/PMK.010/2016. In this column we discuss the tax incentives provided to certain pioneering industries and the criteria to obtain such incentives.
Corporate earnings of Indonesia-based food manufacturer Indofood Sukses Makmur, which ranks among the biggest companies that are listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange, are affected by subdued household consumption and fierce competition in the processed foods and beverage sector of Indonesia. Indofood Sukses Makmur has operations in each stage of the food manufacturing process, ranging from the production and processing of raw materials to consumer end-products on retailers' shelves.
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