ya Insights | Tenggara Strategics


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...


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...


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...


Broadening recovery, but financial risks lurk

Many things in 2017 could have gone wrong in the world economy but did not; we are sure investors are pleasantly surprised by that. We began the year fearful of sustained slowdown in China, rising trade protectionism, political developments that coul...


Indonesia should benefit from US and European growth

The United States economy has entered the third-longest phase of economic growth in its history. The global economy has gone through a process of recovery after the 2008-2010 crises. About 70 percent of the world’s developed economies had faste...


Main challenges: contracting signals from the noise

Entering office in 2014, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo faced his first political challenge at the House of Representatives. Then he faced economic challenges as global oil prices fell, causing strong fiscal pressure. The government ...