Tag Archives: Indonesia
Indonesia energy

Part III of IV: Why Indonesia needs further energy subsidy reform

The Indonesian government has been hesitant to cut subsidies out of fear of public unrest and political backlash. As domestic energy demand continues its historic growth, however, the economic cost of subsidies may become too great to bear. The fourth most populous country in the world, Indonesia has long been a haven for steady economic […]

Continue Reading
Jakarta, Indonesia

Indonesia latest emerging market to reject investment treaties

Jakarta’s turn-around is only the latest in a growing chorus of opposition to bilateral investment treaties, meant to attract foreign investors by solidifying FDI protection at the price of curtailing sovereign policy space. The trend may catch on. For investors whose capital is caught up in various emerging markets, this last year has been particularly difficult. In large […]

Continue Reading
Source: Andrew Taylor via Flickr

Part I of IV: Why energy subsidies still exist despite inefficiencies

GRI Series on energy subsidies: Despite resolve to remove them, governments around the world continue to subsidize energy production and consumption. This series explores why. At the G20 Leader’s summit in 2009, member countries shifted their focus from containing the global financial crisis to rebuilding global growth. Among the measures taken, the G20 committed to phasing […]

Continue Reading
The Turkmenistan-China pipeline

Russia is eying China to expand energy ties with Asia

As Europe aims to diversify its energy sources, Russia is looking to the East to develop links with the more energy-prospective Asian markets. In June 2013, Russia’s oil giant Rosneft formalised a deal with the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) to supply the Chinese market with 26 billion barrels of oil over a 25 year […]

Continue Reading
Asian Infrastructure development bank

Is the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank more of the same?

The Asian infrastructure market and the new investment vehicle, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), present a potentially highly attractive opportunity for investors. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has estimated that Asia needs to invest $8 trillion in national – and $290 billion in regional – infrastructure before 2020 to sustain its growth trajectory. Ambitious […]

Continue Reading
Indonesia mine

New regulations for Indonesia’s mining sector lead to export standstill

Indonesia has placed an export ban on mined ore to encourage local processing. The regulatory changes have been met with resistance from international mining companies, and investor confidence in Indonesia’s mining sector has already suffered as a result. The Indonesian government banned the export of mined ore on January 12th, as a way to entice miners into […]

Continue Reading
emerging markets

Why emerging markets are not collapsing

The recent rout of emerging markets prompt worries over a new emerging market crisis like those of the 1990s and early 2000s. While significant downside risks exist, differentiation is likely to take over as markets calm and investors pinpoint those countries with strong fundamentals and growth potential. Emerging markets have had a difficult few weeks. […]

Continue Reading
Indonesia market

MINTs: the new emerging market acronym

In 2001, Jim O’Neill coined the term “BRIC” (Brazil, Russia, India and China). As the BRICs may face economic slowdown questions arise over what emerging market group will replace them. Mr. O’Neill has the answer: the MINT countries – Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey. Fidelity International came up with this term, but Mr. O’Neill has […]

Continue Reading
Raghuram Rajan - Reserve Bank of India

Asian Development Bank Predicts Slowdown in China and India

In a report released 2nd October, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) cut its growth forecasts for the region in both 2013 and 2014. Slow growth in China and India as well as a reevaluation of the timing of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s reduction in asset purchases contributed to the lower estimates. Compared to April, the […]

Continue Reading

ASEAN Continues to Integrate – 3rd Parties Must Keep Up

When the French Foreign Minister delivered his address on 2 August 2013 to the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC) in Jakarta, he began his keynote speech by stating that his visit is the first among French ministers. The speech was set against the introduction of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) – liberalisation and harmonisation in several areas of the ASEAN […]

Continue Reading