Indonesia Legal Framework

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Indonesia is transforming from a resources- and consumption-based economy to a more manufacturing- and investment-oriented one, working to build an industrial base that will allow it to reduce its dependence on imports and keep more value within the economy. Following his inauguration in October 2014, President Joko Widodo quickly took a number of vital and positive steps that so far are increasing opportunities for foreign direct investment.

People say that all is fair in love and war, and based on recent examples, it would appear that this true of business in Indonesia as well. There are currently criminal proceedings against at least three big corporations in Indonesia, including Chevron Pacific Indonesia – relating to an allegation of corruption in the firm’s bioremediation...

Corruption is not new. It is as old as the history of human beings. And it will always be with us, because there will always be people who want to live in luxury, to be part of the jet set community, to be closer to the centres of power. No one can eradicate corruption completely, but there are ways to minimise it. In the case of Indonesia,...

In terms of corruption, Indonesia performs poorly. In 2012 Transparency International ranked Indonesia 118th out of 176 countries, with a Corruption Perception Index score of 32 on a scale of 0-100. Endemic and systematic corruption is a major factor hindering development and is a bane to foreign investment.

On the cusp of 2014 national elections and the 2015 integration of the ASEAN Economic Community, Indonesia is poised to continue its rapid economic expansion. While the country’s natural resources are still plentiful, by channelling foreign direct investment into the right areas, the government is ensuring that true potential, in terms of value and manufacturing, is achieved.

Chapter | Legal Framework from The Report: Indonesia 2014

With a legal viewpoint from OBG partner, Todung Mulya Lubis, Senior Partner, Lubis Santosa & Maramis, this chapter navigates Indonesia’s legal framework, with focus on anti-corruption measures and other updates that may affect businesses and potential investors.

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