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Indonesia: 2016 Business Opportunities In Indonesia

Friday, February 05, 2016 > 10:24:52

(TMF Group)

Key changes in 2015

In July last year, the Indonesian government ruled out the use of foreign currencies in domestic transactions. According to Bank Indonesia, the change will support macroeconomic stability and enforce Rupiah sovereignty by reducing the reliance on foreign currencies and mitigating against capital outflows, as transactions within the country in non-Rupiah currencies equated to $73 billion a year. There are certain exemptions, but companies have found there is a lack of clarity on when it applies.

In the same month, the Indonesian government introduced a more stringent set of work permit rules, which required offshore directors of local companies and foreign professionals going to Indonesia for business meetings to apply for temporary work permits. The policy was revoked just three months after the announcement.

Work permits for most positions (other than director and commissioner positions) are granted for a maximum period of six months. This remains a huge stumbling block for foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows.

Along with continuous difficulties in obtaining approval for the principal license from the Indonesia Investments Coordination Board (BKPM), many industry watchers believe that frequent changes in regulations have made the country’s labour environment complicated and harder for investors to conduct business.

Opportunities this year

In September 2015, the Indonesian government unveiled seven economic stimulus packages since to promote economic growth and attract investments.

Changes include:

  • Simplifying conducting business by enhancing law enforcement and certainty.

  • Cutting interest rate tax for exporters and energy tariffs for labour-intensive industries.

  • Providing soft micro loans for small and medium businesses.

  • Helping the disadvantaged by providing assistance in local programmes.

  • Improving the foreign exchange flows management.

  • Introducing tax holidays for certain industries.

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