Supported by improving infrastructure, rising spending power and government incentives, regions outside of Java can outperform in terms of both investment and economic growth. Investors willing to look beyond the mainstays of Jakarta, West Java and Bali benefit from early-mover advantages.
Shockwaves were sent through Indonesia’s investment community as news broke on a new draft bill to limit maximum foreign ownership of plantations to 30%. Though still subject to revision, the draft bill raises real concerns about its immediate impact on key industries.
Rapid economic development, low public debt and a young population provide Indonesia with perfect ingredients for a thriving mutual fund industry. Global investment companies, therefore, are reassessing opportunities to manage Indonesians' growing wealth.
As Indonesia’s economy has grown so too have the challenges in providing a well-organised public transport system. With gridlock costing the country a fortune in lost productivity and missed business opportunities, the government is now prioritizing projects that ease the burden on overcapacity roads.
When the election committee announced that Joko Widodo had won the race to become Indonesia's next president, the markets reacted with a stronger Rupiah and higher stock market index. It appears that investors believe a Widodo bonus is in order, but why?
An advantageous geographic position on the equator has long afforded Indonesia with immense potential for solar energy. With the country’s solar energy industry ready to begin a concerted expansion, demand for locally manufactured components such as solar panels is set to boom.
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