A lot has been said lately about doing business in Indonesia and why companies like Facebook, Google and RIM chose Malaysia over Indonesia. Some of the reasons named are the lack or shortage in human capital, the¬†bureaucracy, tax issues and maybe even some liability issues. And then there‚Äôs corruption and bribes. For as long as I live here the newspapers are full of corruption¬†scandals often involving huge bribes. Complete drama‚Äôs between the police, government officials, tax officials and in the centre of it all the KPK, which is the anti-graft body in Indonesia.
So how hard is it actually to start a business in Indonesia?
First a big fat disclaimer. I‚Äôm a foreigner living and working in Indonesia. By no means do I think I know the Indonesian society better than native Indonesians. But, when it comes to foreigners starting a business here I think have something to say simply because I pretty much went through the whole process. So this is a post by a foreigner doing business in Indonesia intended for other foreigners who are considering to register a business here.