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  • Investment Opportunities in Indonesia's Retail Sector: Lucrative Potential?

    Investment Opportunities in Indonesia's Retail Sector: Lucrative Potential?

    Indonesia managed to enter the top five in the Global Retail Development Index, reflecting the strength and potential of the nation's retail sector. In the 2016 edition of the index, compiled by global consulting company AT Kearney, Indonesia jumped to fifth position (from 12th in the 2015 edition). The Global Retail Development Index measures the attractiveness of the retail sector in 30 developing economies as well as identifying investment opportunities in these markets. China remains number one in the ranking, followed by India, Malaysia and Kazakhstan.

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  • E-Commerce in Indonesia Open to Foreign Investment; IPOs Welcomed

    E-Commerce in Indonesia Open to Foreign Investment; IPOs Welcomed

    The move of the Indonesian government to relax foreign ownership rules regarding e-commerce businesses in Indonesia has also given rise to expectation that the country's major e-commerce players (including foreign ones) will be interested to list their companies on the Indonesia Stock Exchange through an initial public offering (IPO). Generally an IPO improves a company's transparency and corporate/financial management. E-commerce businesses are particularly in need of consumers' trust and confidence and therefore an IPO is considered a good corporate move.

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  • Indonesia's Rubber Producers Unhappy with Foreign Investment

    Indonesia's Rubber Producers Unhappy with Foreign Investment

    Indonesian rubber producers do not welcome the government's decision to open the nation's crumb rubber sector to foreign ownership for the full 100 percent. This decision is part of the government's tenth economic stimulus package, announced last week. Stakeholders in Indonesia's rubber sector argue that current installed production capacity of existing rubber processing plants in Indonesia already exceeds domestic demand. Crumb rubber is recycled rubber produced from automotive as well as truck scrap tires.

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  • Indonesia Investments' Newsletter of 27 December 2015 Released

    Indonesia Investments' Newsletter of 27 December 2015 Released

    On 27 December 2015, Indonesia Investments released the latest edition of its newsletter. This free newsletter, which is sent to our subscribers once per week, contains the most important news stories from Indonesia that have been reported on our website over the last seven days. Most of the topics involve economic matters such as Indonesia's 8th economic stimulus package, inflation, how to set up a legal entity in Indonesia (for foreign investors), updates on Indonesia's coal, cocoa and geothermal industries, and more.

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  • Update Majority Foreign Ownership in Indonesian Banks

    Update Majority Foreign Ownership in Indonesian Banks

    Contrary to earlier information, Indonesia's Financial Services Authority (OJK) is expected to somewhat limit investment opportunities for foreign investors in the country's banking sector. Nelson Tampubolon, Commissioner for Banking Supervision at the OJK, said foreigners will only be allowed to acquire a majority-stake in small Indonesian banks (categorized under the BUKU 1 system) provided that the foreigner purchases two (small) banks and merge these into one entity.

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  • Banking Sector Indonesia: Foreign Ownership & Sustainable Financing

    Banking Sector Indonesia: Foreign Ownership & Sustainable Financing

    After having been limited to 40 percent for the last three years, foreign investors are now allowed to control a more-than-40 percent stake in Indonesian banks, provided that they buy two local banks and merge them into one. Indonesia's financial authorities gave the green light to two foreign banks (China Construction Bank Corporation and the South Korea-based Shinhan Bank) that seek to tap Indonesia's lucrative banking sector.

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  • International Relations Indonesia: Joko Widodo, David Cameron & Singapore

    International Relations Indonesia: Joko Widodo, David Cameron & Singapore

    Today (28/07), Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who is often referred to as Jokowi, went on his first state visit to Singapore where he will discuss trade, investment and bilateral issues with Singaporean President Tony Tan Keng Yam, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and 150 Singaporean CEOs in a bid to enhance cooperation between both nations. President Widodo is accompanied by Indonesian Trade Minister Rachmat Gobel, Chief Economics Minister Sofyan Djalil, and Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi, among others.

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  • Banking Sector of Indonesia to Become Less Open to Foreign Investment

    Banking Sector of Indonesia to Become Less Open to Foreign Investment

    Commission XI of Indonesia’s House of Representatives (DPR), which oversees the country’s banking sector, will soon propose a new draft of a bill that sets to limit foreign ownership in Indonesian banks at 40 percent (from 99 percent currently). Established banks that are majority-owned by foreigners will be given a 10-year period to divest their shares after the bill has been passed into law (reportedly an earlier draft only provided a five-year transition period for this mandatory divestment).

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  • Business Trips & Tourism in Indonesia Boost Hotel Development

    As the number of foreign tourists rise rapidly and there is increasing demand for conferences, exhibitions and business meetings, Indonesia will see a massive inflow of investments for the construction of hotels and condominium hotels (condominium hotels combine features of apartments and hotels). In 2015, the value of new (condo) hotels projects is estimated at IDR 38.5 trillion (USD $3.2 billion), up 57.3 percent from last year. Locations that attract tourists and locations close to education centers are the primary choice.

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  • Plantations Bill Indonesia: No Further Limit to Foreign Ownership

    Indonesia’s House of Representatives (DPR) has passed a new plantations bill that aims to maximize land usage and opens up Indonesia’s plantation sector to smallholders. However, the retroactive clause that would limit foreign ownership to a maximum of 30 percent (from 95 percent currently) was dropped from the final version. This clause was highly controversial and would have been a major obstacle for foreign companies engaged in Indonesia’s plantation sector (such as Golden Agri-Resources and Wilmar International).

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Latest Columns Foreign Investment

  • New Foreign Investment Regulation Issued By BKPM

    New Foreign Investment Regulation Issued By BKPM

    Recently, the Indonesian Investment Authority (BKPM) issued Regulation no. 13 of 2017 regarding Guidelines and Procedures for Investment Licensing and Facilities (13/2017 Regulation). The 13/2017 Regulation is of great importance for foreign investors that currently have or wish to establish a foreign investment company in Indonesia. The regulation regulates the investment requirements for Foreign Limited Liability Companies (PT PMA) and several types of Foreign Representative Offices. In this column we discuss the licensing system for foreign capital investment.

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  • Divestment Procedure for Mining Companies Revised

    Divestment Procedure for Mining Companies Revised

    Recently, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (Ministry) issued regulation number 9/2017 on Procedures for Divestments and Mechanisms to Determine the Divested Share Price for Business Active in the Minerals and Coal Sector (New Regulation). The New Regulation replaces Ministry regulation number 27/2013. In this column we discuss the impact of the New Regulation on foreign investors in Indonesia.

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  • Construction Business License Foreign Investment Limited Liability Companies

    Construction Business License for Foreign Investment Limited Liability Companies (PT PMA)

    Recently the Minister of Public Works (Minister) issued a new regulation no. 03/PRT/M/2016 regarding the Technical Guidelines for Granting a Foreign Investment Construction Business License (New Construction Regulation). The New Construction Regulation sets implementing guidelines on how to obtain a construction business license for foreign investment limited liability companies (PT PMA), including the documents required to be submitted and the obligations of the construction PT PMA.

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  • 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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  • Foreigners Need Rep Office or JV for Construction Work in Indonesia?

    Foreigners Need Rep Office or JV for Construction Work in Indonesia?

    Indonesia's economic growth in the first quarter of 2016 was rather disappointing at 4.92 percent (y/y), below analyst estimates that averaged around 5 percent (y/y), due to slowing household consumption, private investors being in a wait-and-see mode, and relatively weak government spending (a usual phenomenon at the year-start). Indonesia's construction sector also grew weakish in Q1-2016. However, the construction sector still has good prospects in the years ahead on the back of the government's infrastructure projects.

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  • New Negative Investment List 2016 - Preview of Changes

    New Negative Investment List 2016 - Preview of Changes

    The new negative investment list 2016 is not yet issued by Indonesian President Joko Widodo. However along with the launch of the tenth economic policy package, the government is currently processing the new draft of this list. Although not yet issued, in this column we discuss the most likely changes to be implemented in the new negative investment list 2016. The current draft regulation removes 35 business fields form the negative investment list. Besides that, more business fields are reserved for small and medium sized companies (local companies).

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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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  • Horticulture Sector Indonesia: Flexible toward Foreign Ownership Cap

    Horticulture Sector Indonesia: Flexible toward Foreign Ownership Cap

    The Indonesian government's decision to limit foreign ownership in the horticulture sector to a maximum of 30 percent (through Law No. 13/2010 on Horticulture), from 95 percent previously, continues to cause a polemic as such protectionism may be a big disadvantage to the development of Indonesia's horticulture sector. Moreover, the law works retroactively implying that existing companies owned by foreign investors need to divest their majority ownership interests. In Law No. 13/2010 foreigners were given four years to divest their shares.

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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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  • Shares and Capital in a Limited Liability Company in Indonesia

    Shares and Capital in a Limited Liability Company in Indonesia

    The general provisions regarding shares in an Indonesian limited liability company (PT for local companies and PT PMA for foreign companies in Indonesia) are regulated in Indonesian Law number 40 of 2007 concerning Limited Liability Companies (Company Law). The Company Law regulates the minimum authorized capital and paid-up capital, and stipulates procedural rules related to the purchase, ownership and sales of shares.  In this column we discuss the general rules governing shares of a limited liability company in Indonesia.

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