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  • Indonesia Investments' Newsletter of 2 November 2014 Released

    On 2 November 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 GDP growth in the third quarter of 2014, an October inflation update, developments in coal mining, Internet connectivity, Soechi Lines’ IPO, Joko Widodo’s new cabinet, and more.

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  • ADB: Indonesia’s Economic Growth Slows in 2014; Accelerates in 2015

    A new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report says that the Indonesian economy is expected to slow on weak export performance in 2014 before picking up in 2015 as external demand improves and the new government’s reform agenda takes hold. In an update of its Asian Development Outlook 2014, the ADB trimmed its forecast for 2014 growth in Indonesian gross domestic product (GDP) to 5.3 percent from 5.7 percent expected in April. The ADB expects a growth pace of 5.8 percent in 2015, down from 6.0 percent in April.

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  • What Explains Current Declining Business Confidence in Indonesia?

    According to the latest Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR), released on 26 June 2014, confidence of Indonesian businesses regarding the country’s economy as well as business environment experienced a significant decline in the second quarter of 2014 from a net balance of 78 percent¹ in the previous quarter to 48 percent. However, despite this decline, optimism amongst Indonesian business owners is still ahead of the global average at 46 percent. Indonesia is ranked fourteenth among the 34 surveyed economies.

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  • Revision of Indonesia's Negative Investment List to Attract Investment

    Chairman of the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Mahendra Siregar said on Thursday (24/04) that Indonesia's Negative Investment List (Daftar Negatif Investasi), which stipulates which sectors in the Indonesian economy are open to foreign investment as well as the percentage of foreign ownership permitted, has been revised. The list was revised through a Presidential Decree earlier this week. The revision means that the limit of foreign ownership in several sectors will be raised.

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  • Special Economic Zone of Batam Losing Appeal to Foreign Investors

    Special Economic Zone of Batam Losing Appeal to Foreign Investors

    Sonia Kong, the Chairman of the Association of Korean Businesspeople in Batam, said that the investment or business climate in this Special Economic Zone (SEZ) has become less conducive in recent years. In the past five years, 17 Korean companies decided to move to other countries. Batam (including several surrounding islands) was given the status of SEZ with Singapore in 2007. This SEZ status means that tariffs and value-added taxes for goods shipped between Batam and Singapore are eliminated between 2007 and 2077.

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  • Smooth Indonesian Elections Cause Conducive Investment Climate for IPOs

    The Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) is optimistic that its target of a total of 30 new initial public offerings (IPOs) in 2014 will be achieved as the 2014 elections are expected to bring positive market sentiments. Companies and investors are confident that a stronger and more balanced government will be inaugurated in October 2014; one that will foster higher economic growth. Moreover, previous election years have always shown that Indonesia's stock market gets a positive boost amid these elections.

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  • Schroders Indonesia: Indonesian Investors More Confident in 2014

    Schroders Indonesia: Indonesian Investors More Confident in 2014

    According to a recent survey of Schroder Investment Management Indonesia, subsidiary of the British multinational asset management firm and a leading independent international asset management and private banking group, Indonesian investors feel more confident to invest in Indonesia in 2014. Director of Schroder Indonesia Michael Tjoajadi stated that confidence of Indonesian investors has increased due to improving economic conditions and the long-term prospects of Southeast Asia's largest economy.

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  • Indonesia Intends to Ease Bureaucracy Further to Attract Investments

    Indonesia Intends to Ease Bureaucracy Further to Attract Investments

    It was reported in Investor Daily on Monday (03/03) that the Indonesian government intends to cut back some of the country's notorious bureaucracy regarding investment permits, thus speeding up the process for permit applications. Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa stated that, although Indonesia already has had significant success in reducing bureaucracy in recent years, investors are still put off by the lengthy application process. This is a particular problem in the country's oil and gas sector.

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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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  • Foreign Companies Leave West Java on Higher Wages and Electricity Price

    Foreign Companies Leave West Java due to Higher Wages and Electricity Price

    Indonesian newspaper Bisnis Indonesia reported that a number of foreign companies in West Java are ready to leave Indonesia because of increasingly higher operating costs. Chairman of West Java's branch of the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) Dedy Widjaja said that the main factors that are driving these investors away are higher regional minimum wages and the government's plan to raise the price of electricity. In May 2014, the Indonesian government intends to cut electricity subsidies for medium and large industry groups.

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Latest Columns Investment Climate

  • Economic Outlook Indonesia; An Interview with Richard van der Schaar

    Economic Outlook Indonesia; An Interview with Richard van der Schaar

    The past year has been hectic. The global COVID-19 pandemic arrived, a worldwide recession followed; US-China turmoil continued, while geopolitical and geo-economic tensions are rising across the world. And all these matters seem interrelated. So, how is Indonesia doing amid these developments? And, how do they exactly impact on Indonesia's economy and society? It is time to sit down with Indonesia Investments' Managing Director Richard van der Schaar to hear his thoughts on these matters.

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  • Revision of Indonesia’s Controversial 2009 Mining Law; Better, Same, or Worse?

    Revision of Indonesia’s Controversial 2009 Mining Law; Better, Same, or Worse?

    Whenever Indonesia Investments discusses or illustrates the risks that are involved in Indonesia’s investment environment, we usually take the 2009 Mining Law as an example to illustrate the lack of legal certainty in Indonesia. Lack of legal certainty is one the key obstacles in Indonesia’s investment environment, and has therefore been undermining investment realization in Indonesia.

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  • Indonesia Economic Forum: Promoting Economic and Social Progress

    Indonesia Economic Forum: Promoting Economic and Social Progress

    “Indonesia’s economic potential is unquestioned. The nation of 265 million people has all the ingredients to be a major global player. But converting the potential into business opportunities and success is not a straight path. The Indonesia Economic Forum is the perfect platform to build relationships, gain insights and recalibrate business strategies for building a successful enterprise.”

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  • Balancing Conflicting Interests: Indonesia’s Provincial Minimum Wages for 2020

    Balancing Conflicting Interests: Indonesia’s Provincial Minimum Wages for 2020

    Discussing minimum wages is always a sensitive issue. Workers long for rapid growth of their monthly wages as many of them encounter difficulties in making ends meet in their daily lives. In fact, those whose salaries are close to the minimum wage tend to be near-poor and uneducated, particularly in developing nations such as Indonesia, and therefore both their present conditions and their future perspectives are far from bright.

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  • Investment Climate: Jakarta Administration Revokes Principle Permits Island Reclamation Project

    Investment Climate: Jakarta Administration Revokes Principle Permits Island Reclamation Project

    On Wednesday 26 September 2018 the local Jakarta administration decided to revoke private developers’ principle permits for the development of 13 artificial islands (reclaimed islands) in the bay north of Indonesia's capital city of Jakarta. The decision was hardly a surprise. After Anies Baswedan was elected Governor of Jakarta in 2017 it was assumed that the end of the grand project was near.

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  • Indonesia's Intervention in Fuel Prices Thwarts Private Investment

    Indonesia's Intervention in Fuel Prices Thwarts Private Investment

    There is concern that the Indonesian government's plan to curb price increases of (non-subsidized) fuels in Indonesia will impact negatively on private investors' enthusiasm to invest in Indonesia's oil and gas industry. Earlier this week Arcandra Tahar, Deputy Minister at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, informed that the government wants to regulate prices of fuels in order to keep inflation in check.

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  • Township Development in Indonesia: Topping Out First Meikarta Towers

    Township Development in Indonesia: Topping Out First Meikarta Towers

    One of Indonesia's biggest diversified conglomerates, the Lippo Group, topped off two apartment towers for its ambitious and controversial Meikarta megaproject on Sunday (29/10). The topping off ceremony is a sign that - despite some legal uncertainties - the project will continue as planned and not face the same fate as the land reclamation project in the bay off the coast of North Jakarta.

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  • 16th Economic Policy Package: Single Submission System

    16th Economic Policy Package: Single Submission System

    Indonesian President Joko Widodo unveiled the 16th economic policy package on Thursday morning (31/08) at the Indonesia stock Exchange building in Jakarta. This latest package aims to create an integrated licensing system. It also deals with strict supervision for the transition from the manual licensing system to an online system.

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  • Investment Climate Indonesia: Lenzen Group Opts for Thailand

    Investment Climate Indonesia: Lenzen Group Opts for Thailand

    It is worrying that of total foreign investment commitments in Indonesia, only about 50 percent becomes actual investment. The other half decides - after initially being interested - not to pursue investment in Indonesia. Although not in all cases, it is believed that Indonesia's difficult investment climate scares away part of the (potential) investment community, specifically bureaucracy (red tape) and the lack of sufficient hard and soft infrastructure.

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