Oxford Business Group Launches 2015 Report On Indonesia.

Indonesia, 23 July 2015: A new report on Indonesia just produced by the global publishing, research and consultancy firm Oxford Business Group(OBG) maps out the country’s major infrastructure drive, which is gaining pace following the 2014 election and includes much-needed projects for the power and transport sectors.

The Report: Indonesia 2015 looks in detail at the raft of reforms currently being introduced as part of a broader bid to enhance the country’s investment climate, with a focus on planned changes to public-private partnerships (PPPs) and new regulations for the banking sector. The publication also considers the hurdles that the government has faced since taking office, led by a challenging trade deficit and lower commodity prices.

The Report: Indonesia 2015 contains in-depth interviews with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodoand Vice-President Muhammad Jusuf Kalla, together with a detailed, sector-by-sector guide for investors.

It also features a wide range of contributions from other leading representatives, including the Minister of Finance Bambang Brodjonegoro, the Minister of the National Development Planning Agency Andrinof Chaniago and the Governor of Jakarta Basuki “Ahok” Purnama. In addition, international personalities, including the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, give their views on Indonesia’s economic development.

OBG’s latest report shines the spotlight on the country’s construction industry, which has a leading role to play in Indonesia’s infrastructure roll-out. There is extensive coverage of the government’s plans to address urban congestion and upgrade transport infrastructure around the country as a means of improving regional connectivity. The Report: Indonesia 2015 also analyses the key part that both infrastructure upgrades and improved links will play in boosting the country’s tourism industry.

As the country’s universal health care scheme enters a second year, The Report: Indonesia 2015 charts its progress, while weighing up the challenges the administration faces in its bid to meet a target of full implementation by 2019. Industry experts give their views on a range of topical issues, such as funding gaps and the importance of intellectual property protection, in a roundtable dedicated to the scheme.

Andrew Jeffreys, OBG’s CEO, said that Indonesia’s ambitious development plans were timely, coming as the launch of the ASEAN Economic Community approaches its year-end target date.

“Our report reflects the drive under way in Indonesia to boost both investor confidence and capital inflows, alongside the country’s recognition that there is more to do,” he said. “The government’s ambitious reforms are already proving to be a catalyst for expansion, with FDI expected to continue its upward trend at this important juncture in the region’s development.”

Paulius Kuncinas, OBG’s Managing Editor for Asia, agreed that key measures, such as the move to cut subsidies and plans for improving tax collection, had paved the way for Indonesia to channel funds into much-needed infrastructure and education projects.

“Indonesia’s plans to develop an industrial base will also be of interest to investors,” he said. “While reducing the current account and trade deficits will remain a challenge, our research indicates that Indonesia’s vision of becoming a regional powerhouse looks to be taking shape.”

This edition of OBG’s series ‘The Report’ is the first to be published with OBG’s refreshed branding.  Featuring an updated, modern logo and a cleaner headline font, the new look was designed by OBG’s agency ‘Brash’ who also designed the new style cover rolled out in 2014.  With offices in Dubai, London, Hong Kong and presence in India and Saudi Arabia, Brash’s ability to collaborate across time zones and their wide international experience makes them the ideal agency to reflect OBG’s international presence.

Research for the next edition, The Report: Indonesia 2016 has already begun.  OBG’s Country Director Leticia Costa remains in the country to continue the work she did on the 2015 edition. Says Costa “We are delighted to be working on the next edition and reporting to the international investment communityabout the variety of opportunities available within this exciting country.”  Costa is joined by Editorial Manager Bernardo Bruzzone who comes to Indonesia from OBG’s office in Morocco where he has spent the last year working on the group’s latest report in that country.

The Report: Indonesia 2015 marks the culmination of more than ten months of field research by a team of analysts from OBG. The publication assesses trends and developments across the economy, including macroeconomics, infrastructure, banking and other sectoral developments. The publication is available in print or online.

About Oxford Business Group

Oxford Business Group (OBG) is a global publishing, research and consultancy firm, which publishes economic intelligence on the markets of the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin Americaand the Caribbean. Through its range of print and online products, OBG offers comprehensive and accurate analysis of macroeconomic and sectoral developments, including banking, capital markets, insurance, energy, transport, industry and telecoms.The Report: Indonesia 2015 has been produced in collaboration with BKPM, The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (KADIN), Lubis Santosa & Maramis, PwC and the British Chamber of Commerce Indonesia.

The critically acclaimed economic and business reports have become the leading source of business intelligence on developing countries in the regions they cover. OBG’s online economic briefings provide up-to-date in-depth analysis on the issues that matter for tens of thousands of subscribers worldwide. OBG’s consultancy arm offers tailor-made market intelligence and advice to firms currently operating in these markets and those looking to enter them.