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Today's Headlines Foreign Investment

  • IMF: Asia's Economic Growth Promising but Dangers Lurk in 2013

    Although the International Monetary Fund (IMF) retains its positive outlook regarding Asia's economic growth for the foreseeable future, the institution warns that the enormous influx of foreign capital in recent years can result in a new bubble due to excessive growth in lending and property prices. Despite these concerns, the IMF expects Asia to grow 5.75 percent in 2013 and calls Asia the leader of global economic recovery, followed by the US and, lastly, Europe.

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  • Investment in Manufacturing Sector Reduces Dependence on Natural Resources

    Foreign investment in Indonesia 2013

    In the first quarter of 2013, Indonesia's manufacturing sector has received increasingly more investments compared to the same period last year. Investors directed IDR 53.26 trillion (USD $5.5 billion) towards Indonesia's manufacturing sector out a total of IDR 93 trillion (USD $9.6 billion) investment in Q1-2013. Compared to Q1-2012, investment in the manufacturing sector grew 84 percent. It is a positive development as it reduces Indonesia's dependence on natural resources, produces added-value products, and provides employment opportunities.

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  • Survey: Indonesia's Mining Sector Not Conducive for Foreign Investment

    Indonesia has been named one of the world's least attractive places regarding foreign investment in the mining sector according to a survey conducted by Canadian think-tank the Fraser Institute. Major concerns include legal uncertainty and red tape (bureacracy). Moreover, the country has been showing a worsening trend in recent years as its rank declined from 72th in 2009 to 97th in 2013.

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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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