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  • COVID-19: Indonesian Government Finally Paying Attention to Development of E-Commerce

    COVID-19: Indonesian Government Finally Paying Attention to Development of E-Commerce

    The COVID-19 outbreak has continued to impact digital media consumption worldwide. Internet platforms, such as e-commerce, now play a pivotal role in our daily lives. On the bright side of current situations, e-commerce is growing all over the world, including in Indonesia. This is because behavioral shifts amongst Indonesians to choose online platforms as their safest place to conduct their daily activities, such as shopping, working or just meeting with some friends.

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  • Indonesian Economy Under Pressure in Q1, Bad Omen for GDP Growth in Remainder of 2020

    Indonesian Economy Under Pressure in Q1, Bad Omen for GDP Growth in Remainder of 2020

    On 5 May 2020 Statistics Indonesia (Badan Pusat Statistik, BPS), a non-departmental government agency, released the first quarter gross domestic product (GDP) data of Indonesia for the year 2020. These data were highly anticipated as policymakers, analysts, and stakeholders are particularly interested in finding out to what extent damage has been done to the Indonesian economy by the self-imposed restrictions.

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  • Market Entry into Indonesia; BRIGHT Indonesia's Business Partnership Engagement

    Market Entry into Indonesia; BRIGHT Indonesia's Business Partnership Engagement

    Our assistance intends to connect you with the reliable and proper partners to fulfill your institution’s goals. To find a reliable partner is very challenging since Indonesia generally puts more emphasis on personal relationships and less on formal business agreements. Qualified local partners will not take international institutions seriously unless these institutions are committed to visiting Indonesia on a regular basis. Patience, persistence and presence are key factors for successful entry strategies into the Indonesian market.

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  • Direct Investment Realization in Indonesia Back on Track in First Half of 2019?

    Direct Investment Realization in Indonesia Back on Track in First Half of 2019?

    In late-July 2019 Indonesia’s Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) released the latest direct investment data of Indonesia. The data give rise to some optimism, albeit – generally speaking – direct investment realization comes from a low base in Indonesia (and non-optimal investment realization means the whole economy is not running optimally).

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  • Indonesia's Manufacturing Activity Lost Further Momentum in October

    Manufacturing Sector: Manufacturing Activity Lost Further Momentum in October

    Based on the latest data from IHS Markit, the headline seasonally adjusted Nikkei Indonesia Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) fell modestly to a reading of 50.5 in October 2018 (from 50.7 in the preceding month). The reading represents a marginal improvement in the health of Indonesia’s manufacturing sector.

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  • Foreign Direct Investment Contracts in Indonesia in Q2-2018

    Foreign Direct Investment Contracts in Indonesia in Q2-2018

    Based on the latest data from Indonesia’s Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), total direct investment (foreign direct investment + domestic direct investment) in Indonesia was rather subdued in the second quarter of 2018, rising by a modest 3.1 percent year-on-year (y/y) to IDR 173.6 trillion (approx. USD $13.1 billion, using the IDR 13,400 per US dollar exchange rate that was set in the 2018 State Budget). As a consequence, Indonesia only achieved 47.3 percent of its full-year 2018 investment realization target in the first half of 2018, thus chances are rather big that the full-year target will not be achieved. It would be the first time Southeast Asia’s largest economy misses its investment realization target in many years.

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  • Investment in Indonesia: Investors Await Tax Incentives & Tax Holiday

    Investment in Indonesia: Investors Await Tax Incentives & Tax Holiday

    Investors are awaiting a series of fiscal incentives from the Indonesian government, including a new tax holiday. Meanwhile, investors also urge the government to improve the investment and business climate by simplifying the process and procedures to obtain permits for investment projects. This also includes improving the coordination between central and regional authorities, for example through the integration of the permitting process at both levels.

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