Jakarta - The
Indonesian government has encouraged British investors to invest in priority
sectors such as infrastructure and industry amid the country's solid foundation
of macro economy despite the global economic slowdown.
the closing session of the Indonesia-UK Business Forum here on Tuesday,
Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla stated that the rising number of British
investors would lead to a significant contribution in trade and investment and
boost the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.
investment were two important elements in the partnership between the two
countries, he informed the participants of the forum organized in connection
with the British Prime Minister David Cameron's visit to Jakarta.
the United Kingdom have so far had sound cooperation in sectors such as energy
as demonstrated in the Tangguh LNG project. A British company even owns
majority of the shares of Astra International, whose main office is located in
Indonesia, he noted.
Kalla also shed light on agriculture, fisheries, energy, industry, and tourism
sectors, which the central government has been focusing on.
foundation of our macro economy remains strong," he remarked, adding that
the economic development, which the central government has been carrying out,
is aimed at improving the welfare of all Indonesians and maintaining regional
added that Indonesia is also serious about improving its interregional
connectivity by building more seaports and airports, particularly in the
eastern part of the archipelago.
In the past, it
was largely perceived that the sea separated islands, but the ideology
currently held by Indonesians is that the sea unifies the archipelago, he
Lubis of the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) stated that Prime
Minister Cameron's visit was expected to encourage more British investors to
invest in Indonesia.
British investors have invested in the pharmaceutical industry. We hope that
they will also be interested in investing in power plant projects, which are
also part of our priorities," he noted.
businesspersons have in fact expressed interest in investing in a drinking
water company, but they might still await the revision of the government
regulation on water resources, he affirmed.
According to the
BPKM, as of the first semester of 2015, there have been 109 British direct
investment projects in Indonesia worth US$424.93 million. (Source: