South Korea Invests in Infrastructure, Electricity Projects

The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) said that South Korean investors will invest in numerous sectors in Indonesia. BKPM chief Thomas Trikasih Lembong said in this week alone, several project agreements will be signed.

“I’m expecting for several infrastructure and electricity projects to be signed this week. The value is about US$200 million (approx. Rp2.6 trillion),” Thomas said during the sidelines of the Indonesia-Korea Business Summit at the Shangri La Hotel in Jakarta, Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

According to Thomas, many South Korean factories have opened in Indonesia, such as textile and footwear factories. The factories’ operation has employed more than 500,000 people.

At the Indonesia-Korea Business Summit, the BKPM and the Korea Trade Investment Agency (KOTRA) signed a MoU as a way to promote investments between the two nations.

“We hope this will help both Indonesian and South Korean companies in developing their business,” Thomas said.

Thomas said that most of the country’s investments are in the manufacturing sector, accounting for 71 percent of their investment value from 2012 to 2016.

The investments are aimed at both countries’ leading sector, and will cover areas including information exchange, documentation, publication, and others.

South Korea is Indonesia’s third-biggest investor today after Singapore and Japan. From 2012 to 2016, South Korean companies invested a total of US$7.5 billion for 7,607 projects in Indonesia.

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