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  • OJK Urges Indonesia's Sharia Banks to Become More Selective

    OJK Urges Indonesia's Sharia Banks to Become More Selective

    Indonesia's Financial Services Authority (in Indonesian: Otoritas Jasa Keuangan, or OJK), the government agency that regulates and supervises Indonesia's financial services sector, urges the nation's sharia banks to become more selective in terms of disbursing credit in order to strengthen the quality of loans in Indonesia's Islamic finance industry.

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  • Islamic Finance: Rajawali Nusantara Indonesia's Sukuk in Demand

    Islamic Finance: Rajawali Nusantara Indonesia's Sukuk in Demand

    Islamic bonds (sukuk) sold by Rajawali Nusantara Indonesia, a government owned company engaged in the agro-industry, pharmaceutical industry and trade, were 2.4 times oversubscribed. Initially, the company targeted to sell IDR 200 billion (approx. USD $15 million) worth of sukuk (with a coupon rate of 10 percent). However, demand was as high as IDR 475 billion.

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  • Finance: New Efforts to Boost Sharia Banking in Indonesia

    Finance: New Efforts to Boost Sharia Banking in Indonesia

    Although between 85 and 90 percent of the Indonesian population is Muslim, Islamic banking, also known as sharia banking (financing activity that is in line with Islamic principles), remains underdeveloped in Indonesia. In 2016 sharia banking assets only accounted for 5.3 percent of total assets in Indonesia's banking sector. Meanwhile in countries like Saudi Arabia and Malaysia these figures are much higher at 51.1 percent and 23.8 percent, respectively.

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  • BRI Syariah Plans IPO on the Indonesia Stock Exchange in 2018

    BRI Syariah Plans IPO on the Indonesia Stock Exchange in 2018

    BRI Syariah, the Islamic banking unit of leading Indonesian commercial bank Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), is currently assessing the prospects of conducting an initial public offering (IPO) on the Indonesia Stock Exchange. Indri Tri Handayani, Corporate Secretary at BRI Syariah, will invite several supporting institutions active within capital markets to advise on this IPO plan, including the administrative matters. If BRI Syariah will indeed go-ahead with the IPO, then it will not be realized sooner than early 2018.

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  • 12th World Islamic Economic Forum Opened in Indonesia's Jakarta

    12th World Islamic Economic Forum Opened in Indonesia's Jakarta

    The 12th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF), held in Indonesia's capital city of Jakarta between 2 - 4 August 2016, was opened today by Indonesian President Joko Widodo and newly appointed Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati. The WIEF brings together government leaders, industrial leaders, academic scholars, regional experts, professionals and corporate leaders to discuss opportunities for business partnerships in the Muslim world. The 12th WIEF, attended by some 2,500 delegates from 69 nations, carries the theme "Decentralizing Growth, Empowering Future Business".

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  • Indonesia Records Biggest-Ever Islamic Bonds (Retail Sukri) Sale

    Indonesia Records Biggest-Ever Islamic Bonds (Retail Sukri) Sale

    As predicted, demand for Indonesia's sharia-compliant government retail bonds (Sukuk Negara Ritel, abbreviated Sukri) remains strong and is growing. In fact, Indonesia's Finance Ministry released a statement on Monday (07/03) that said Southeast Asia's largest economy recorded its biggest ever sale of Sukri bonds. Between 19 February and 4 March 2016 Indonesia offered the three year SR-008 Islamic bond series (carrying a fixed coupon of 8.3 percent per year), raising IDR 31.5 trillion (approx. USD $2.4 billion).

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  • Indonesia Investments' Newsletter of 10 January 2016 Released

    Indonesia Investments' Newsletter of 10 January 2016 Released

    On 10 January 2016, 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 an analysis of the impact of China's economic slowdown on Indonesia, updates of inflation, manufacturing, oil output, Islamic banking, and much more.

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  • Islamic Finance in Indonesia: Prospects for 2016

    Islamic Finance in Indonesia: Prospects for 2016

    The Masyarakat Ekonomi Syariah (Islamic Economic Society), a Jakarta-based non-profit organization focused on the socialization, advocacy, advisory, consultation and education to enhance the Islamic banking industry in Indonesia, predicts that Islamic finance (banking that is consistent with the principles of sharia) in Indonesia will grow around 15 percent (y/y) in 2016. This projection is made with the assumption that Indonesia's economic growth will reach 5.0-5.3 (y/y), inflation at 4.7 percent (y/y), and a rupiah exchange rate at IDR 13,900 per US dollar.

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  • Indonesia Investments' Newsletter of 8 November 2015 Released

    Indonesia Investments' Newsletter of 8 November 2015 Released

    On 8 November 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 in the last seven days. Most of the topics involve economic subjects such as an analysis of Indonesia's Q3-2015 GDP growth, an inflation update, overviews of Islamic banking and the taxi services industry, a rupiah & stock market update, and more.

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  • Using Islamic Bonds to Boost Infrastructure Development in Indonesia

    Using Islamic Bonds to Boost Infrastructure Development in Indonesia

    In 2016 investors will be able to purchase about IDR 13.7 trillion (approx. USD $1.4 billion) worth of Islamic bonds (known as sukuk) to be issued by the Indonesian government. This amount is nearly double the amount of planned sharia-compliant sovereign debt paper this year (IDR 7.14 trillion). Indonesia will use proceeds from next year's bond sales to boost the nation’s infrastructure development (such as roads, ports, power plants, rail lines, bridges and Islamic universities).

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  • Islamic Banking & Finance: What is Holding Back Sharia Finance in Indonesia?

    Islamic Banking & Finance: What is Holding Back Sharia Finance in Indonesia?

    Indonesia is known for being home to the world’s largest Muslim population. More than 230 million Indonesians – which is about 88 percent of Indonesia’s total population – are categorized as Muslim. In fact, nearly 13 percent of all Muslims in the world, today, live in Indonesia. These are very impressive numbers and surely impact heavily on Indonesian society, the economy, and politics.

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  • Bank BRISyariah One Step Closer in IPO on Indonesia Stock Exchange

    Bank BRISyariah One Step Closer to IPO on Indonesia Stock Exchange

    Bank BRISyariah (BRISyariah), the Islamic finance unit of leading conventional financial institution Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), received the green light from the Financial Services Authority (OJK) on April 30, 2018, to go-ahead with the company's planned initial public offering (IPO) on the Indonesia Stock Exchange. BRISyariah provided the following statement to Indonesia Investments:

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  • Indonesia & Malaysia to Develop Global Center for Islamic Capital Markets

    Indonesia & Malaysia to Develop Global Center for Islamic Capital Markets

    The stock exchanges of Indonesia and Malaysia agreed to join hands to develop a World Sharia Stock Market Center. Both sides signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Tuesday (02/08) at the 12th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) in Jakarta. Both exchanges - the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) and the Bursa Malaysia - are eager to establish a global benchmark for Islamic capital markets. This is part of an effort to broaden the usage and availability of Islamic liquidity and products worldwide.

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  • Strong Demand for Indonesia's Sharia-Compliant Retail Bonds (Sukri)

    Strong Demand for Indonesia's Sharia-Compliant Retail Bonds (Sukri)

    There is strong demand for Indonesia's sharia-compliant government retail bonds (in Indonesian: Sukuk Negara Ritel, abbreviated Sukri). Since the launch of series SR-008 on Friday (19/02), a number of sales agents have run out of quota. These financial institutions now request additional quota from the government. The three year SR-008 series carries a fixed coupon of 8.3 percent per year (and is tradable on the secondary market). The government of Indonesia targets to collect up to IDR 30 trillion (approx. USD $2.2 billion) in funds from the issuance. Sukri bonds are only available to Indonesian citizens.

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  • Indonesia's Conventional Banks to Spin Off Islamic Units by 2024

    Indonesia's Conventional Banks to Spin Off Islamic Units by 2024

    Indonesia's Financial Services Authority (OJK), the government agency that regulates and supervises the nation's financial services sector, is preparing a new regulation that requires conventional financial institutions in Indonesia to spin off their Islamic financial units before 17 October 2024. Islamic finance or Islamic banking is a type of banking that is in accordance to the principles of sharia (Islamic law). Based on the regulation, those financial institutions that generate at least 50 percent of their capital through Islamic finance have to comply with the new rule.

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  • Islamic Banking in Indonesia Explained: New Rules & Foreign Ownership

    Islamic Banking in Indonesia Explained: New Rules & Foreign Ownership

    Indonesian financial authorities are considering to ease foreign ownership limits for local Islamic banks and to promote new sharia-compliant financial tools in an effort to make the Islamic finance industry more attractive to foreign investors and the Indonesian population. Despite having the world’s largest Muslim population and being a dynamic emerging economy, Indonesia plays only a very minor role in the global Islamic banking industry. Meanwhile, domestically, Islamic banking still seriously lags behind conventional banking.

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  • Islamic Banking in Indonesia: Boosting Syariah Finance

    Syariah banking or Islamic finance is a large untapped potential in Indonesia, a country where about 13 percent of the total global Muslim population live. With nearly 90 percent of the 250 million people in Indonesia adhering to Islam, the market share of syariah (sharia) finance is remarkably low. At USD $24 billion, Islamic banks in Indonesia only held 4.9 percent of the country’s total banking assets in 2013, hence making Indonesia’s Financial Services Authority (OJK) decide to launch a five-year roadmap in a move to boost syariah banking.

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