These three bottlenecks that hamper both foreign and domestic investments in Indonesia's smaller islands and coastal areas are the difficulty of obtaining licenses and permits due to the country's rampant bureaucracy, weak access to the areas and legal uncertainty. The team also said that the government's Masterplan for Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesian Economic Development (MP3EI), a recently unveiled masterplan (2011) through which the government aims to turn Indonesia into one of the world's largest economies by 2025 through intense private sector participation, has so far failed to stimulate increased direct investments in the real sector of the economy.

On 29 and 30 October 2013, Indonesia's First International Forum on Small Islands Investment is organized by the Directorate of Small Islands Empowerment, the Directorate of General Marine Coastal and Small Islands, and the Ministry of Fishery and Maritime. This forum features some of the most prospective small islands in Indonesia in terms of investment opportunities in the fields of tourism, transportation, fishing, plantation and other industry sectors.

Indonesian islands that receive special attention in the forum are Bawal island (West Kalimantan), Gili Sunut island (Lombok), and Anak Sambu island (in the Singapore Strait).

Visit the official website of Indonesia's First International Forum on Small Islands Investment.