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POSCO to lift Indonesia investment to $11 billion over next 5 years: Jakarta

From Reuters
Oct 19, 2012


South Korean steelmaker POSCO will almost double its investment in Indonesia to $11 billion over the next five years, from $6 billion currently, Chief Economics Minister Hatta Rajasa said on Friday.
The world's fourth-biggest steelmaker, already has a multi-billion dollar joint venture with Indonesian state-owned PT Krakatau Steel, the country's biggest steel producer.
Earlier this year, the South Korean firm's affiliate POSCO Engineering & Construction, formed a consortium to build two 300-megawatt power plants on Indonesia's Sumatra island, worth around $1 billion.
A POSCO spokesman in Seoul said the South Korean firm has yet to make detailed investment commitments in Indonesia, and noted other partners would jointly invest in any projects.
Foreign direct investment in Indonesia stayed strong in the second quarter, showing the G20 member remained a magnet in a troubled global economy and that changes in mining ownership rules are not cutting i…

Indonesia eyes preferential trade agreement to boost trade with SA

From Business Day
Oct 19, 2012


AMID its push to diversify exports, Indonesia expects to seal a preferential trade agreement with South Africa, one of the fastest-growing markets in Africa. Indonesia planned to conduct a preliminary study to assess areas of mutual needs in both countries and focus on those that would benefit the most from increased trade, the Indonesian trade minister, Gita Wirjawan, said in Jakarta this week. "We have to clearly identify what we can offer each other and find out what is hampering trade on these products, then determine our moves. This is the necessary process to prepare for an agreement," Mr Gita said after a second joint trade committee meeting which discussed, among other things, market access and sectoral co-operation. The study was due to begin next year with completion set for six months to a year thereafter, he said. Trade between Indonesia and South Africa expanded 78.93% last year to $2.14bn from a year earlier. Indonesia’s exports rose 11…

Indonesia, Philippines Face Hurdles in Gaining Investment Grade - S&P

From Wall Street Journal
Oct 19, 2012


Standard & Poor's Ratings Services is on the threshold of raising the credit ratings for Indonesia and the Philippines to investment grade, but the ratings firm said the upgrades may take some time because the countries need to implement further reforms. S&P rates both Indonesia and the Philippines at BB-plus, just one notch below investment grade. It affirmed Indonesia at that level in April with a positive outlook and raised the Philippines to that rating in July with a stable outlook. "The positive outlook on Indonesia recognizes ongoing improvement in the government's balance sheet and the country's income metrics. A modest improvement in the country's political and policy dynamics--combined with Indonesia's other credit attributes--could lead to an upgrade," said S&P credit analyst Agost Benard in a statement. Indonesia is already at investment grade by Fitch Ratings and Moody's Investor Service reckon…

Etihad Airways signs code share deal with Indonesian airline

From Al Arabiya
Oct 19, 2012

Abu Dhabi’s flag carrier, Etihad Airways, has signed a code sharing agreement with Garuda Indonesia, local media reported on Thursday. 

The agreement will come into effect on October 28 and is the airlines’ 42nd code sharing contract, Gulf News said. 

Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, James Hogan, said the codeshare with Garuda Indonesia was key to the airline’s network development strategy.

“Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous nation, is an important source of global tourism growth and this new agreement will position both airlines to benefit from the strong demand for travel between Indonesia and the Middle East and Europe that we have seen in recent years.”

The Etihad representative believes “it will also stimulate trade in foodstuffs, manufactured goods and other commodities between Indonesia and trading partners in the western hemisphere which, in turn, will contribute to the profitability of the airlines’ cargo operations on the…

Indonesia to top China as world's biggest raw sugar importer

From Bloomberg Business Week Sept 19, 2012

Indonesia's struggle to boost sugar output due to competition for land and under-investment is forcing the country to spend heavily and become the world's biggest importer of the sweetener in place of China, which has ramped up domestic output. Sugar consumption in Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous country with around 240 million people, is seen growing around 4 percent annually, according to the International Sugar Organization (ISO). 
"We forecast that Indonesia will import 2.15 million tonnes of raw sugar in 2012/13 (October/September), which will make the country the world's largest raw sugar importer," said Sergey Gudoshnikov, a senior economist with the ISO. 
"They are condemned to seek large-scale imports." Yamin Rahman, executive director of the Indonesian Refined Sugar Industry Association, said, "Our raw sugar imports are big because our population is large and our domestic sugar output…

Buy More Indonesian Shares, Goldman Sachs Says

From JakartaGlobe Sept 20, 2012

Goldman Sachs Group raised its recommendation on Indonesian stocks, citing the Southeast Asian nation’s fundamentals, easing policy concerns and its lagging performance to other regional markets.
“We are positive on Indonesia’s long-term growth potential — demographic trends, urbanization, capital formation, financial deepening — and we see its underperformance against its Southeast Asian peers as an attractive opportunity to re-engage,” said a group of Goldman analysts led by Timothy Moe, in a report released in Jakarta on Wednesday.
The US investment bank lifted its rating to overweight from marketweight, meaning it suggests that investors own more shares in Indonesia than what is currently allocated in a model investment portfolio.
The MSCI Index for Indonesia has risen 2.7 percent so far this year, lagging the 16 percent gain of the Asean index this year in dollar-denomination terms.
Goldman says it favors Indonesian policy makers’ efforts to address the …

Indonesia could be 7th biggest economy by 2030: McKinsey report

From Economic Times Sept 18, 2012

Indonesia could overtake Britain to become the world's 7th largest economy by 2030 - if it raises its growth rate to take advantage of a rapidly expanding consumer class, the McKinsey Global Institute said on Tuesday. The Institute, linked to management consultant McKinsey & Co, said Indonesia's young population, ongoing urbanization and growing middle class incomes favoured its growth prospects. Indonesia has sustained GDP growth over 5 per cent per year but it had to grow at 6 per cent annually to achieve the target the report said was possible. The economy grew at a stronger-than-expected 6.4 per cent last quarter, defying a global downturn, in part because of domestic consumption by the expanding middle class and also investment. Indonesia, a secular state, is the world's fourth biggest by population and has the world's 16th largest economy. It is the biggest economy in Southeast Asia and in December and January was awarded investmen…

Indonesia's Economy to Surpass Germany, UK by 2030: McKinsey

From CNBC 18 Sep 2012
Southeast Asia's most populous nation is on track to become the world's 7th largest economy by 2030, putting it ahead of the developed nations of Germany and the U.K., a new report by McKinsey Global Institute showed Tuesday.
The report cites the country's young population, new consumer class and the rapid urbanization of cities as reasons that will elevate Indonesia's $850 billion economy up nine spots from its current place of 16th largest economy globally. 
"Indonesia has a much younger, productive, and growing population. That is a different demographic outlook to the situation in many Western European economies, where the labor force will be either static or decline in size in the future," said Raoul Oberman, Chairman of McKinsey & Company, Indonesia.

The country's rapid pace of urbanization-especially in its smaller cities-as it moves up the value chain will contribute significantly to the country's growth. McKinsey estimate…

Indonesia's Lessons for the Developing World

From Joshua Kurlantzick at the Atlantic 4 Sept 2012
Over the past decade and a half, Indonesia's democratic transition has been praised (including by me) as one of the most impressive of any developing country in the world. The distance traveled from the chaos, and potential split-up of the country, in the late 1990s, to the relative stability and high growth of today, is truly impressive. 
One of the main aspects of the democratization often highlighted by both Indonesia experts and many Indonesians themselves is how the country utilized political and economic devolution to reduce the power of Jakarta, cut the legacy of Suharto's rule, increase local participation in politics and the economy, and improve citizens' feeling of belonging to the polity.
Decentralization clearly has had many benefits. It has helped broaden and spread growth, and in some ways has helped pit local officials against each other in the race for investment, forcing them to take measures to help attract …

SK Energy, Kuwait Agree to Build Indonesia Refinery, KUNA Says

From Bloomberg 6 Sept 2012
Kuwait Petroleum International Ltd. andSouth Korea’sSK Energy Co. (096770)agreed to develop a refinery in Indonesia that can process as much as 300,000 barrels a day of crude, Kuwait’s state-run KUNA news agencyreported.
Officials with the two companies signed a memorandum of understanding on Aug. 29 to develop the facility in West Java, which will be designed to process Kuwaiti oil, KUNA said on its website Sept. 5, citing a statement by Kuwait Petroleum. PT Pertamina, Indonesia’s state-owned oil company, will also be a partner in the project, KUNA reported. For detail story visit here

Tata Motors enters Indonesia, to start local assembly in 2013

From Economic Times 11 Sept 2012
NEW DELHI: Homegrown auto major Tata Motors announced its foray into Indonesia with the setting up a wholly-owned Jakarta-based subsidiary and plans to launch its products in 2013. 

The company will foray into both passenger and commercial vehicles through its arm PT Tata Motors Indonesia, the company said in a statement. 

"Indonesia is a key market for Tata Motors, which has a wide range of products from small cars to buses in passenger vehicles and from 0.5T mini-trucks to 49T heavy trucks in commercial vehicles," it added. 

Commenting on the development, Tata Motors Managing Director Karl Slym said: "As elsewhere in the world and as is the Tata practice, we will function in Indonesia as an Indonesian company...We will establish deeply rooted local operations and will grow in tandem with the prosperity of the country and its people". 

On the company's product launch programme for the Indonesian market, Tata Motors Executive Director…

Indonesia’s Lion Air setting up regional low-cost carrier in Malaysia in aggressive expansion

From Washington Post
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Indonesia’s Lion Air said Tuesday it will set up a low-cost airline in Malaysia that will take off in May 2013 as part of an aggressive regional expansion.
The move will see Lion Air, which controls nearly half the air travel market in Indonesia, playing catch-up to the region’s top budget carrier AirAsia. It follows AirAsia’s recent acquisition of Batavia Air in a bid to tap Indonesia’s 230 million population. Lion Air will own 49 percent of the new airline, Malindo Airways, and Malaysia’s National Aerospace and Defence Industries the remaining 51 percent. Lion Air President Rusdi Kirana said Malindo Airways will start flying between the two countries with a fleet of 12 new Boeing 737 planes in May, before expanding to other cities in Southeast Asia. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said at the signing ceremony that air traffic in Asia-Pacific is expected to grow 6.7 percent annually in the next 20 years, from 780 million passengers in 201…

Geographic Advantage Puts Indonesia High on China’s Investment Radar

From the JakartaGlobe
Indonesia could see more investment coming from China, as its strategic location and abundance of natural resources serve as a drawing factor, according to Suryo Bambang Sulisto, chairman of Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. 
“[As an investment destination] Indonesia is the most attractive because in terms of distance [from China] we are closer than Australia and Africa,” Suryo said at the Indonesia International Infrastructure Conference and Exhibition in Jakarta on Thursday.
The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) reported that China invested $52.6 million in Indonesia in the first half of this year, a small amount compared to the total foreign direct investment of $11.9 billion. 
China invested a total of $128.2 million over 160 projects in Indonesia last year.
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