U.S.-Indonesia Investment Report Examines Challenges to Greater Trade and Investment

Monday, October 26, 2015 - 9:00am

The U.S. Chamber recently released “Taking Stock: U.S.-Indonesia Investment,” a study of the Indonesian business environment and  series of recommendations to attract higher levels of investment in Indonesia.  The report was  prepared by Indonesia’s Paramadina Public Policy Institute and draws on independent research and interviews with dozens of executives.  The report was released to coincide with President Jokowi’s October 25-27 visit to Washington, D.C.

The report notes that Indonesia's overall regulatory system appears at times to be fragmented and uncoordinated and that economic nationalist policies have harmed investor sentiment. It therefore calls for a holistic approach, whereby the government strengthens institutional arrangements to promote coordination and further reform with an eye on the investment climate. This approach will require support at the highest levels to overcome bureaucratic resistance and to help eliminate conflicts of interest that can undermine policy and harm the national interest.

Click here to read the U.S. Chamber’s press release.