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Belt and Road Initiative : What’s in it for Indonesia?

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) marks its fifth year in 2018, a crucial phase that will determine where President Xi Jinping’s ambitious project is heading. The consensus, inside and outside China, is that the project is cruising a...

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Dutch disease and the end of export-led Industrialization strategy

Industrialization is central to the economic history of modern Indonesia. It began in 1950, immediately after Indonesia gained effective sovereignty over its territory from the Dutch. Nevertheless, the effort to industrialize the economy at that time...

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Indonesia enjoys big biodiesel surplus but loses export markets

Indonesia is a country with a big surplus of palm oil-based biodiesel and yet it is losing its major export markets one by one. Indonesia currently has an installed capacity of around 11.36 million tons of biodiesel per annum, and yet the market...

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Relying on smallholders for future palm oil growth

Three unrelated events happened in October and November; each points to the future of palm oil production from different perspectives, and each draws attention to the fate of smallholders.The first event was in Musi Banyuasin, South Sumatra, where Pr...

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Finding common ground in Indonesia-EU palm oil spat

Indonesia is currently at loggerheads with the European Union over the palm oil trade, which looks as though they might be headed toward a trade war. It’s high time that the two sides find a common ground, as they did in the forestry sector.&nb...

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Investors wait for more conducive business climate

The industrial property market in Indonesia mainly focuses on selling land, rather than offering industrial building, and also leans more toward selling than to leasing.This is particularly because our industrial property market still holds a substan...

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