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Today's Headlines BKPM

  • Indonesia to Launch Upgraded Online Single Submission (OSS) System

    Indonesia to Launch Upgraded Online Single Submission (OSS) System

    Next week, Indonesia's Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) plans to launch an upgraded version of its Online Single Submission (OSS) system. The OSS system is a web-based business licensing system that aims at cutting the red tape that is involved when investors try to obtain business permits in Indonesia. Massive red tape is considered to be one of the major obstacles in Indonesia's investment climate.

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  • Foreign Direct Investment Fell Sharply in Q3-2018; Are Foreign Investors Losing Confidence in Indonesia?

    Foreign Direct Investment Fell Sharply in Q3-2018; Are Foreign Investors Losing Confidence in Indonesia?

    The legislative and presidential elections that are scheduled for April 2019 seem to have a big impact on direct investment realization in Indonesia this year. Based on the latest data from the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), foreign direct investment (FDI) realization dropped 20.2 percent year-on-year (y/y) to IDR 89.1 trillion (USD $5.9 billion) in the third quarter of 2018. This constitutes the third consecutive quarterly decline in FDI realization in Indonesia.

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  • Investing in Indonesia: Online Single Submission (OSS) System Delayed

    Investing in Indonesia: Online Single Submission (OSS) System Delayed

    The launch of the online single submission (OSS) system at Indonesia's Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) is again delayed as the BKPM still lacks the availability of enough human resources to operate the new system. Originally, the OSS system was to be implemented in April 2018. After a month's delay, 20 May 2018 was set as the new date for the launch. However, another delay awaited.

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  • Foreign Direct Investment in Indonesia Rose 12.4% in Q1-2018

    Foreign Direct Investment in Indonesia Rose 12.4% in Q1-2018

    Total direct investment (foreign plus domestic investment) in Indonesia rose 11.8 percent year-on-year (y/y) to IDR 185.3 trillion in the first quarter of 2018, showing robust investor appetite and giving rise to optimism that Indonesia's full-year direct investment target of IDR 765 trillion can be achieved. Traditionally direct investment realization is lowest in the first quarter of the year (although the upcoming elections in 2018 and 2019 may make some investors prefer to wait and see).

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  • Principle License Replaced by Investment Registration

    Principle License Replaced by Investment Registration

    Thomas Lembong, Head of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), says his agency targets a 10-14 percent (y/y) growth pace in terms of domestic and foreign direct investment in Indonesia in 2018. Specifically the e-commerce sector and services sector are expected to attract plenty of investment this year.

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  • Indonesia's Q3-2017 Foreign & Domestic Direct Investment Rise

    Indonesia's Q3-2017 Foreign & Domestic Direct Investment Rise

    Indonesia's Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) announced that total direct investment in Indonesia (foreign + domestic investment) reached IDR 176.6 trillion (approx. USD $13.2 billion using the IDR 13,400 per US dollar exchange rate as set in the revised 2017 state budget) in the third quarter of 2017, up 13.7 percent year-on-year (y/y) from the same quarter one year earlier.

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  • Red Carpet for Private Investors in Indonesia's Hospitality Sector

    Red Carpet for Private Investors in Indonesia's Hospitality Sector

    Indonesia's Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) and Tourism Ministry invite private investors to invest in three priority destinations in the country's tourism sector. In total the projects that are on offer require about USD $2.9 billion worth of investment. The projects were offered at the Regional Investment Forum (RIF) in Padang (West Sumatra) that was held between 15-17 October 2017.

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  • Integrated Investment Projects in Indonesia: North Sulawesi

    Integrated Investment Projects in Indonesia: North Sulawesi

    Thomas Lembong, Head of the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), said he wants Indonesia to tap the momentum of the recent "One Belt, One Road" summit in Beijing (China), organized earlier this month, by promoting three Indonesian provinces to foreign investors as a great investment destination. These three provinces are North Sumatra, North Kalimantan, and North Sulawesi.

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  • Bleak Q1-2017 Foreign Direct Investment Growth in Indonesia

    Bleak Q1-2017 Foreign Direct Investment Growth in Indonesia

    According to the latest data of Indonesia's Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), growth of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Indonesia in the first quarter of 2017 was recorded at a modest pace of 0.9 percent year-to-year (y/y) to IDR 97 trillion, sliding further from a growth pace of 2.1 percent (y/y) in the preceding quarter. Declining FDI is attributed to the ethnic and religious tensions in Jakarta (surrounding the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election) as well as persistent global uncertainties. The FDI data exclude investment in the country's banking and the oil & gas sector.

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Latest Columns BKPM

  • Fewer Restrictions on Trading Companies under New Negative Investment List

    Fewer Restrictions on Trading Companies under New Negative Investment List

    Distributors and other trading companies were highly protected against foreign investors under the old negative investment list based on Presidential Regulation No. 39/2014 (Old Regulation). The new negative investment list, based on Presidential Regulation No. 44/2016 on the List of Business Fields Which Are Closed and Conditionally Open to Investment (New Negative Investment List), now sets less stringent restrictions for foreign investors for these fields of business. In this column we discuss the changes for trading companies based on the New Negative Investment List.

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  • Investment in Indonesia: 59 Investors Used BKPM's 3-Hour Licensing Service

    Investment in Indonesia: 59 Investors Used BKPM's 3-Hour Licensing Service

    According to the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), the government agency that provides investment services and forms the primary interface between the Indonesian government and businesses, it has assisted 59 companies through the three-hour licensing service that was started on 11 January 2016. Originally, this service was only available to big investors who either invest at least IDR 100 billion (approx. USD $7.5 million) or generate 1,000 new job positions for Indonesian workers. However, a Presidential Instruction also opened this special service to investment in four infrastructure-related sectors.

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  • Increase Share Capital of PT PMA Companies in Indonesia

    Increase Share Capital of PT PMA Companies in Indonesia

    Increase of share capital of a foreign investment limited liability company (PT PMA) in Indonesia requires amendments of several documents and licenses. In this column we explain the implications for a PT PMA that wishes to increase its share capital. The process for increase of share capital includes a shareholder’s decision, amendment of the investment licenses and amendment of the company data at the ministry of Law and Human Rights.

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  • Bilateral Economic Relations Belgium & Indonesia: 5th Economic Mission

    Bilateral Economic Relations Belgium & Indonesia: 5th Economic Mission

    Until 19 March, a Belgian mission - led by Princess Astrid, accompanied by four ministers and 301 participants (including 127 company representatives) - visits Indonesia in an effort to strengthen bilateral economic cooperation between both nations and boost foreign direct investment from Belgium into Indonesia. According to the Belgian Embassy, the ongoing mission in Indonesia is the fifth - and largest ever - economic mission conducted by Belgium in Southeast Asia's largest economy. Belgium is the fifth-largest investor from the European Union (EU).

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  • Company Establishment Requirements at BKPM Reregulated

    Company Establishment Requirements at BKPM Reregulated

    Company establishment in Indonesia by foreigners can be done through a specific limited liability company for foreign investors. Such company is known as a PT PMA. A PT PMA is subject to more stringent company establishment requirements as compared to local limited liability companies (known as PT). In the column of this week we discuss the requirement to invest more than 10 billion Indonesian rupiah (currently equivalent to approx. USD $750,000), the implementation thereof by foreign investors, and the consequences for not reaching the required investment amount.

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  • Business Update Indonesia: BKPM Wants Desk for Chinese Investors

    Business Update Indonesia: BKPM Wants Desk for Chinese Investors

    In order to improve communication and avoid language barriers, the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) plans to open a special service desk for Chinese investors. BKPM, the investment services agency of the Indonesian government, sees language barriers between Chinese investors and Indonesians as a major obstacle; one that blocks foreign direct investment from China into Indonesia. The new desk, specifically for investment from China or Hong Kong, should improve communication hence improving realization of China's investment plans.

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  • Changing the Business Activity of Your Company in Indonesia

    Changing the Business Activity of Your Company in Indonesia

    Businesses are constantly developing. It often happens that companies decide to change their initial business activities, due to change of course of the company. A change of business activity may have severe impact for companies as it requires not only adjustment of the Articles of Association of the company but also adjustment of the principle license. In this column we discuss the procedure to change the business activities of a company and the impact it may have on such company.

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  • New Investment Regulation Foreign Investors Indonesia (2/2)

    New Investment Regulation Foreign Investors Indonesia (2/2)

    In our previous column we discussed the changes put through by the Indonesia Investment Board (known as “BKPM”) with regard to the principle license. The principle license is the primary license required for foreign investors to start a company in Indonesia. In this week’s column we discuss BKPM regulation number 15 of 2015 on the Guidelines and Procedures for Obtaining Investment Licenses and Non-Licenses (“New Investment Regulation”). Together with the previously discussed BKPM regulation the New Investment Regulation aims to simplify investment procedures in Indonesia (both foreign and domestic).

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  • New Investment Regulation Foreign Investors Indonesia (1/2)

    New Investment Regulation Foreign Investors Indonesia (1/2)

    Recently, the Indonesia Investment Board (BKPM) issued two new regulations which replace BKPM regulation number 5 of 2013 as amended by number 12 of 2013 about Guidelines and Procedures on Licensing and Non-licensing of Capital Investment (“Old Investment Regulation”). The two new regulations are BKPM regulation number 14 of 2015 about the Guidelines and Procedures for Principle Investment Licensing and BKPM regulation number 15 of 2015 about Guidelines and Procedures on Licensing and Non-licensing of Capital Investment. In this column we discuss the contents of BKPM Regulation number 14 of 2015

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  • Obstacles in Indonesia’s Investment Climate: A Chinese Perspective

    Obstacles in Indonesia’s Investment Climate: A Chinese Perspective

    Indonesia is not the easiest place to invest for foreign investors. This is reflected by the World Bank's Doing Business 2014 index in which Indonesia ranks 120th. In a business forum, held last week in Beijing, Chinese businessmen expressed a number of matters that blocked or seriously delayed their investments in Indonesia. For Indonesia (both domestic and foreign) investment realization, particularly in infrastructure, is important as investments is considered the main driver for the country’s economic growth in 2016.

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