Jakarta was one of the world's top 10 crypto-capitals in 2017 according to IDACB (International Decentralized Association of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain). This means that the city has created conditions for trading, crypto-exchanges, mining and ICO. This ranking was compiled by artificial intelligence based on research of cryptocurrency events worldwide. The Indonesian government, however, remains skeptical of digital money and therefore may only agree to accept its own cryptocurrency in the future. However, the business community shows growing interest in new opportunities offered by the digital economy.
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.
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.
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.
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