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Indonesia launches online push to investment permits

Indonesia launches online push to investment permits

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JAKARTA: Indonesia launched on Monday a website to process investment permits, which the government hailed as an important milestone in reforms aimed at making it easier and quicker to do business in South-east Asia’s largest economy.

President Joko Widodo has vowed to overcome lingering hurdles such as red tape, rigid labour laws and poor infrastructure in his second term to compete with neighbours such as Vietnam and Thailand to attract foreign investment, report agencies.

The “Online Single Submission” website will process investment proposals based on the level of risk, with lower risk investments needing only to register and medium ones to meet national standards.

“We want our investment climate to become more conducive... to increase investors’ confidence, to create jobs and become a solution to the problem of rising unemployment because of the pandemic,” Mr Joko said during the website’s launch.

The website is part of a controversial Job Creation law, which passed last year despite protests from unions, environmentalists and other critics who view it as too pro-business.