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  • Indonesia to Allow More Foreign Investment in Airports?

    Indonesia to Allow More Foreign Investment in Airports?

    The Indonesian government may soon revise its negative investment list (in Indonesian: dafter negatif investasi) to attract more foreign investment into Indonesia. The government is specifically seeking to allow bigger foreign stakes in the management of airports across the Archipelago.

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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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  • Foreign Direct Investment Growth in Indonesia Slowed in Q4-2016

    Foreign Direct Investment Growth in Indonesia Slowed in Q4-2016

    Indonesia's Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) has released the direct investment figures - both foreign direct investment (FDI) and domestic direct investment (DDI) - for the fourth quarter of 2016 (implying we now also know the full-year 2016 figures). The BKPM data show a number of interesting developments that we outline below.

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  • Investment Realization in Indonesia's Jakarta Fell in 2016

    Investment Realization in Indonesia's Jakarta Fell in 2016

    Investment realization in Indonesia's capital city of Jakarta fell to IDR 51.2 trillion (approx. USD $3.8 billion) in full-year 2016, down from IDR 55 trillion worth of investment in the preceding year. Foreign direct investment (FDI) in Jakarta was recorded at IDR 41.5 trillion in 2016, while domestic direct investment (DDI) reached IDR 9.7 trillion. What explains this overall decline of investment in Jakarta?

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  • Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in ASEAN Fell in 2015

    Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in ASEAN Fell in 2015

    Total foreign direct investment (FDI) in the ASEAN region (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) fell USD $10 billion - or 7.7 percent year-on-year (y/y) - in full-year 2015 according to information from the ASEAN Secretariat. Particularly FDI originating from ASEAN's dialogue partners slid considerably. ASEAN has 10 dialogue partners: Australia, Canada, China, the European Union (EU), India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Russia, and the United States.

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  • Growth of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Indonesia Slows in Q2-2016

    Growth of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Indonesia Slowing in Q2-2016

    Direct investment in Indonesia (both domestic and foreign) totaled IDR 298.1 trillion in the first half of 2016, up 14.8 percent from investment realization in the same period one year earlier. Foreign direct investment (FDI) was recorded at IDR 195.5 trillion¹, up 12.3 percent (y/y) - and accounting for 65.6 percent of total investment realization in the first six months of 2016 - while domestic direct investment (DDI) rose 20.0 percent (y/y) over the same period. On a quarter-to-quarter basis, FDI into Indonesia rose 7.9 percent, considerably lower than the 17.1 percent (q/q) growth pace in the preceding quarter.

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  • Opening Foreign Investment in Indonesia: E-Commerce Industry

    Opening Foreign Investment in Indonesia: E-Commerce Industry

    Soon foreign investors will be allowed to control a full 100 percent stake in electronic commerce (e-commerce) businesses in Indonesia. Currently, the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) is completing a new regulation that streamlines the latest regulatory changes in this industry (this regulation is expected to be completed in June 2016). Earlier this year, Indonesian President Joko Widodo signed a decree that opens (more wider) foreign ownership in various industries, including Indonesia's e-commerce industry.

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  • Opening Indonesia's Film Industry to Foreign Investment

    Opening Indonesia's Film Industry to Foreign Investment

    One of the business sectors in Indonesia that has recently been opened up to foreign investment is the movie theater industry. The opening of the movie industry for foreign investors can be regarded a milestone in Indonesia's film industry and also forms a lucrative business opportunity for these investors. There are currently only 1,117 movie screens in Indonesia to serve a potential audience of more than 255 million people, hence being one of the world's least penetrated cinema markets.

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  • Foreign Investment: Bilateral Cooperation Indonesia & South Korea

    Foreign Investment: Bilateral Cooperation Indonesia & South Korea

    Investors from South Korea plan to invest up to USD $18 billion in Indonesia. Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Kadin) Rosan Perkasa Roeslani, Trade Minister Thomas Lembong and Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi witnessed the signing of business agreements and memorandums of understanding (MoU) in Seoul on Monday (16/05), covering bilateral cooperation in infrastructure development such as power plants, gas pipelines and railways as well as trade, creative economy, environment, and maritime affairs.

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  • Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into Indonesia Rises in Q1-2016

    Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into Indonesia Rises in Q1-2016

    In rupiah terms, foreign direct investment (FDI) into Indonesia in the first quarter of 2016 grew 17.1 percent year-on-year (y/y) to IDR 96.1 trillion according to the latest data from the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM). Meanwhile, in US dollar terms FDI in Q1-2016 rose 4.5 percent (y/y) to USD $6.9 billion (using the IDR 13,900 per USD exchange rate set in the 2016 state budget). Due to the volatile rupiah rate, Indonesia's FDI always tends to be somewhat distorted when comparing these data in different currencies or in different time intervals.

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Latest Columns Foreign Direct Investment

  • Direct Investment in Indonesia Rebounds in Second Quarter 2017

    Direct Investment in Indonesia Rebounds in Second Quarter 2017

    The Investment Coordinating Board of Indonesia (in Indonesian: Badan Koordinasi Penanaman Modal, or BKPM) reported that total direct investment realization in Indonesia was recorded at IDR 170.9 trillion in the second quarter of 2017. This constitutes a 12.7 percent growth pace from IDR 151.6 trillion worth of total direct investment in the same quarter one year earlier. Thomas Lembong, Head of BKPM, said investment realization managed to absorb 345,323 Indonesian workers in Q2-2017.

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  • Foreign & Domestic Investment in Indonesia Rose in Q3-2016

    Foreign & Domestic Investment in Indonesia Rose in Q3-2016

    According to the latest data from Indonesia's Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), investment realization (consisting of both foreign and domestic direct investment) in Indonesia grew 10.7 percent (y/y) to IDR 155.3 trillion in the third quarter of 2016. Cumulatively, investment realization in Indonesia stands at 453.4 trillion in the first nine months of 2016, achieving about 76 percent of the full-year target (IDR 594.8 trillion). Most likely, the BKPM's full-year target will be achieved.

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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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  • Important Changes Construction Companies in the Negative Investment List 2016

    Important Changes Construction Companies in the Negative Investment List 2016

    The new negative investment list 2016 has been issued this week by the Indonesian Government through Presidential Regulation number 44 of 2016 on the List of Business Fields Which Are Closed and Conditionally Open to Investment (PR 44/2016) and contains important changes for foreign investors. The main goal of the new PR 44/2016 is to attract more foreign investors to Indonesia. Therefore important restrictions in the previous negative investment list based on presidential regulation number 39 of 2014 (PR 39/2014) are revised positively for foreign investors. In this column we discuss the revisions related to the public works in Indonesia (construction).

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  • Infrastructure Indonesia: Jakarta-Surabaya Railway & Patimban Seaport

    Infrastructure Indonesia: Jakarta-Surabaya Railway & Patimban Seaport

    After Japan was disappointed by not being awarded the contract to build a high-speed railway between Indonesia's capital city of Jakarta and Bandung (West Java), the Indonesian government now plans to offer the revitalization of the northern Java railway to Japan. Another project that is expected to be offered to Japan is the Patimban seaport project in Subang (West Java). Indonesian President Joko Widodo is currently in Japan for a two-day visit to attend the Group of Seven summit on invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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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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  • Investing in Indonesia's Crude Palm Oil Industry - Introduction

    Investing in Indonesia's Crude Palm Oil Industry - Introduction

    Although the palm oil industry of Indonesia is resented by many for the negative impact it has on mother nature (for example the seasonal forest fires that occur on parts of Sumatra and Kalimantan), it also constitutes a vital industry: across the globe crude palm oil (CPO) is used for the production of a wide variety of products from food, cooking oil to cosmetics or biodiesel. Indonesia is the world's largest producer and exporter of CPO. This column is the first installment in a series, written by Senior Consultant William Yang, that discusses Indonesia's palm oil industry, particularly the different business models, the risks, and how to invest safely in this industry.

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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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  • Business in Indonesia: Investment Growth Solid but Bottlenecks Persist

    Business in Indonesia: Investment Growth Solid but Bottlenecks Persist

    The World Investment Report 2015 states that inflows of foreign direct investment (FDI) into Indonesia grew 20 percent (y/y) to USD $23 billion in 2014. As such FDI growth in Indonesia outpaced FDI growth recorded in Singapore (+4 percent y/y to USD $68 billion) and Vietnam (+3 percent to USD $9.2 billion), causing optimism that Indonesia - Southeast Asia's largest economy - will continue to form a lucrative investment destination in the Asian continent for foreign investors in the years ahead.

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