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Even though Indonesia’s government has implemented a range of measures that seek to foster growth in the manufacturing sector – including enhanced investment incentives and the development of industrial zones – small businesses remain challenged by several fundamental structural issues that hinder their ability to access credit.

 

In the wake of pro-business reforms and infrastructure development commitments, some of the world’s largest retailers have been expanding their presence in Indonesia. At the same time, the continued liberalisation of the sector has brought decreased levels of risk and increased market penetration. Today, Indonesia is home to a mix of modern...

 

An infrastructure boom is under way in Indonesia, after the administration of President Joko Widodo committed to developing Rp5500trn ($414.6bn) worth of new public works projects between 2015 and 2019, including large-scale transport, utilities and ICT projects, as well as new schools, hospitals, and water supply and treatment plants.

 

The government has announced that the implementation of public-private partnerships (PPPs) is a critical priority for President Joko Widodo’s administration, especially as it moves to deliver a massive infrastructure agenda, including transport, utilities and social infrastructure projects. Although progress has been made in expediting the...

 

Once a key pillar of the Indonesian economy, the energy sector has declined in influence as oil and gas production continues to fall from peak levels. The hydrocarbons sector, which is valued at an estimated $20bn, contributed 3% to state revenues in 2016, down from 14% in 2014 and 25% in 2006. Yet the value of Indonesia’s energy sector cannot...

 

As it moves to implement a major infrastructure development programme, the government has faced significant challenges in accessing the necessary financing for new projects. However, recent moves to partner with the World Bank for the formulation of a government debt and risk management programme (GDRMP) should support borrowing activities at...