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Today's Headlines Foreign Investment

  • Foreign Investors Sell Indonesian Assets if Prabowo Subianto is Elected

    A survey of the Deutsche Bank, one of the world's leading financial service providers, showed that the foreign business community will not be content if Prabowo Subianto takes over the presidential seat from incumbent president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. According to this survey, 56 percent of respondents are planning to sell Indonesian assets if the electorate chooses Subianto as next president in the election that is scheduled for 9 July 2014. About 13 percent answered to buy Indonesian assets in the same scenario.

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  • More Room for Foreign Investment in Indonesia's Insurance Sector

    Following the enactment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015, the Financial Services Authority (OJK) will allow foreign insurance corporations to open a branch office in Indonesia. The AEC will transform the ASEAN region into a region with free movement of goods, services, investment, skilled labour, as well as a freer flow of capital. Currently, foreign insurance corporations are prohibited from opening a branch in Indonesia unless it is in the form of a joint venture company with a 80 percent foreign ownership limit.

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  • Indonesia Investments' Newsletter of 2 March 2014 Released

    On 2 March 2014, 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 in the last seven days. Most of the topics involve economic matters such as the G20 meeting in Sydney, foreign investment, Inflation, rupiah exchange rate performance, economic growth, ANTV's IPO, natural disasters, the presidential election, and more.

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  • European Union Eager to Increase Foreign Direct Investment in Indonesia

    Colin Crooks, Deputy Head of the European Union delegation to Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam and ASEAN, said that Europe's businesses are eager to invest in Indonesia. However, the European Union (EU) hopes that several issues that are blocking the Indonesian economy (particularly related to trade and investments) from growing further are dealt with. Crooks pointed at EuroCham's position papers, which discuss bottlenecks to Indonesia's investment climate and provides recommendations for its improvement.

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  • BKPM: Japan Replaced Singapore as Biggest Investor in Indonesia in 2013

    BKPM: Japan Replaced Singapore as the Biggest Investor in Indonesia in 2013

    Mahendra Siregar, Chairman of the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) said that Japan has replaced Singapore as the largest investor in Indonesia. In 2013, Japan invested USD $4.7 billion in Southeast Asia's largest economy, particularly in the automotive sector due to the sector's promising outlook as demand for cars among Indonesia's expanding middle class grows strongly. Singapore, which was the largest investor in Indonesia between 2010 and 2012, fell to second place with USD $4.6 billion worth of investments.

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  • India's Tata Steel Plans to Enter Indonesia with Downstream Products

    India's Tata Steel Plans to Enter Indonesia with Downstream Products

    Tata Steel Limited, the Indian multinational steel producer, recently announced its ambition to penetrate the Asia-Pacific region, including Indonesia. Although it remains unclear whether the company intends to establish a factory in Indonesia, an official of the company said that Tata Steel wants to enter Indonesia with downstream products in 2014 or 2015 as it sees potential in Southeast Asia's largest economy and aims to improve profitability by increasing efficiency in the operatives in the Asia-Pacific.

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  • Larger Share of Foreign Ownership in Indonesia's Infrastructure Projects

    Larger Share of Foreign Ownership in Indonesia's Infrastructure Projects

    The Indonesian government wants to enlarge the role of foreign participation in the country's infrastructure development. Through a proposed revision of Presidential Regulation No 36/2010 regarding the Negative Investment List (Daftar Negatif Investasi), foreign investors will have more room for investing in Indonesia's infrastructure sector within public-private partnership schemes (PPP projects). The Indonesian government needs more foreign participation as the current state of the country's infrastructure is inadequate.

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  • More Foreign Investment Allowed in Airports, Power Plants and Toll Roads

    The government of Indonesia announced on Tuesday (24/12) that increased levels of foreign direct investments will be allowed in the country’s airports, pharmaceutical industries, power plants, and toll roads. The revision of Indonesia's Negative Investment List (Daftar Negatif Investasi), the list which stipulates which sectors are closed (or partly closed) to foreign investment, is conducted in order to attract more foreign investments from abroad as a means to combat slowing economic growth in Southeast Asia's largest economy.

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  • Realized Investment in Indonesia in 2013 Will Exceed Target of the BKPM

    Head of the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), Mahendra Siregar, is optimistic that total realized investments in Indonesia will exceed the target that is set for this year. The BKPM, a government institution, aims for investments worth of IDR 390 trillion (USD $32.5 billion) in 2013 and IDR 470 trillion (USD $39.2 billion) in 2014. Siregar is optimistic because many investors, particularly from Japan and the USA, are committed to engage in business expansion at the end of this year as well as next year.

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  • World Bank: Indonesia Improves in the 'Doing Business 2014' Ranking

    On Friday (25/10), the World Bank released its 'Doing Business 2014' report in which it "ranks countries on their overall 'ease of doing business', and analyzes reforms to business regulation - identifying which economies are strengthening their business environment the most." In total 189 countries were analyzed. Indonesia, traditionally characterized by a complex and difficult investment environment, managed to climb 8 places in the ranking. Southeast Asia’s largest economy rose from number 128 to 120 in the 2014 edition.

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Latest Columns Foreign Investment

  • 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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  • Sale-and-Buy-Back of Shares in Indonesia

    Sale-and-Buy-Back of Shares in Indonesia

    Sale-and-Buy-Back of Shares is a method which can be utilized by foreign companies (PMA) in Indonesia to fulfill their divestment requirement. Such divestment requirement is usually stated in their Principle License (Izin Prinsip) and/or in the Business License (Izin Usaha). In a Sale-and-Buy-Back of shares construction, shares are temporary sold to a trusted Indonesian party. After all governmental requirements are fulfilled the shares are bought back by the PMA. In this column we will discuss the Sale-and-Buy-Back of shares procedure.

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  • Divestment Foreign Companies (PMA) Indonesia

    Divestment Foreign Companies (PMA) Indonesia

    The obligation for foreign companies to perform a divestment of part their shares to Indonesian companies has raised already much discussion among foreign investors. Before the enactment of BKPM regulation number 5/2013 on Guidelines and Procedures on Licensing and Non-licensing of Capital Investment as amended by BPKM regulation number 12/2013 (BKPM Regulation), divestment was required for all foreign companies (PMA) in Indonesia. The new regime of the BKPM Regulation removes this obligation, even though there are still sectors in Indonesia which require foreign companies to divest, such as the mining sector.

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  • New Regulation Construction Representative Office Indonesia

    New Regulation Construction Representative Office Indonesia

    In late September, the Minister of Public Works (Minister) issued Minister Regulation number 10/PRT/M/2014 regarding Guideline Requirements for Giving Permission Foreign Construction Service Representative Office (New Regulation). The New Regulation for construction representative offices in Indonesia replaces the old Minister regulation 05/PRT/M/2011 (Old Regulation) which had a similar title. The New Regulation has become more comprehensive than the Old Regulation and in this column we will discuss the most significant changes for foreign investors.

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  • Insurance Business in Indonesia: Foreign Investment still Welcome

    Indonesian parliament (DPR) decided not to limit foreign ownership in Indonesian insurance companies. Currently, foreigners can have an 80 percent stake in a local insurance company. A new insurance bill on this matter is expected to be passed in a plenary session next month. This bill will enable foreign investors to continue to own local insurance companies through the share-purchase mechanism at the Indonesia stock exchange (IDX). Another important point in the new bill involves the legal entity of the local insurance firm.

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  • Draft Bill Proposes to Limit Foreign Ownership of Plantations in Indonesia

    Draft Bill Proposes to Limit Foreign Ownership of Plantations in Indonesia

    Foreign ownership of plantations in Indonesia may be limited to a maximum of 30 percent if a new draft bill designed by Indonesian parliament is approved. This draft bill aims to encourage local participation within Indonesia’s plantation sector at the expense of foreign ownership. Currently, foreign ownership of plantations in Indonesia is set at a maximum of 95 percent. The draft bill also aims to simplify complex rules regarding land use, protect indigenous people, and will make it easier to prosecute companies responsible for forest fires.  

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  • Company Establishment Requirements (PT PMA) Indonesia

    Company Establishment Requirements (PT PMA) Indonesia

    Establishment of a company in Indonesia is done through a foreign investment and is subject to specific establishment requirements. A foreign investment is by law 25 of 2007 (Investment Law) defined as an investing activity conducted by a foreign investor for running a business inside Indonesia (including company establishment). Such foreign investment can be conducted either by using 100% foreign capital (which is subject to certain restrictions) or by partially using domestic capital. A foreign investor can be a foreign person, a foreign company or a foreign government body.

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  • Foreign Representative Office Indonesia (KPPA)

    Foreign Representative Office Indonesia (KPPA)

    A Foreign Representative Office (Kantor Perwakilan Perusahaan Asing [KPPA]) is a more general form of representative office than the foreign trade representative office and the foreign construction services representative office as we covered in previous columns. The Foreign Representative Office is regulated by BKPM, whereas the aforementioned representative offices are regulated by respectively the ministry of trade and the ministry of public works. Due to the general nature of a Foreign Representative Office, it is typically set up to provide managerial support to the parent company abroad.

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  • Activities Foreign Trade Representative Office Indonesia

    A foreign trade representative office in Indonesia can be set up by overseas companies quickly and with relative ease. In general, a foreign trade representative office is established with the purpose to take care of the interests of the parent company abroad and/or for preparation of the establishment and development of foreign investment activities in Indonesia. Due to their purpose the scope of activities is limited to representation of the overseas company and is therefore not allowed to directly be engaged in sales and related activities.

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  • Why Are Foreign Investors Concerned about a Prabowo Subianto Win?

    Why Are Foreign Investors Concerned about a Prabowo Subianto Win?

    The result of Indonesia’s presidential election (scheduled for 9 July 2014), which has become a tight race between Prabowo Subianto and Joko Widodo (Jokowi), will for sure have a large impact on foreign investors’ confidence in Indonesian politics and the economy. A few weeks ago, a survey of Deutsche Bank showed that a majority of respondents (consisting of foreign investors) intend to sell their Indonesian assets if controversial candidate Prabowo Subianto will be elected. What are foreigners’ perceptions of a Subianto win?

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