Investors from China's mainland and Hong Kong have increased their investment in Indonesia, making them among the five largest investors in Indonesia in the first quarter of this year.
Indonesia's Investment Coordinating Board, or BKPM learned that investment from China's mainland and Hong Kong stood at $971.41 million in the first quarter of this year, a fourfold increase from $221.4 million in the corresponding period last year.
It makes China's Hong Kong and mainland number 3 and 4 among the five largest investors in Indonesia throughout the period. Singapore tops the ranking with $2.9 billion of investment, followed by Japan at $1.6 billion. The Netherlands was the fifth largest investor with total investment of $300 million.
The latest figure of materialized investment from China's mainland and Hong Kong, meanwhile, stood at $1.56 billion last year, up 7.58 percent compared with $1.45 billion recorded a year earlier.
The BKPM noted that China's investment commitment stood at $22.6 billion throughout last year, 44.2 percent higher than $15.6 billion recorded in 2014.
"It was a signal that China wanted to expand its investment commitment in Indonesia," BKPM Chairman Franky Sibarani said in his office in Jakarta,Indonesia.
In total, direct investment into Indonesia recorded 146.5 trillion rupiah ($11.1 billion) from January to March this year, 17.6 percent higher from 124.6 trillion rupiah ($9.5 billion) recorded in the same period last year, according to data released by the BKPM.
Foreign direct investment (FDI) accounted for 65.59 percent of the amount, at 96.1 trillion rupiah ($6.91 billion), while domestic direct investment stood at 50.4 trillion rupiah.
The BKPM said the FDI figure in the first quarter of the year alone grew 5 percent from $6.57 billion in the corresponding period last year.
However, it was 13 percent lower compared with $7.94 billion recorded in the fourth quarter last year.
The total direct investment figure in the first quarter accounted for 24.6 percent of the total target of the year, set at 595 trillion rupiah ($45.3 billion).
Given the figures, Franky was upbeat that direct investment figures in the following quarters this year would remain high. He said that 1,747 new investment projects were being carried out in the first quarter.
"The Indonesian Government has strong commitment and determination to protect and improve the nation's investment climate," Franky said.
Indonesia has attracted 545.4 trillion rupiah ($41.6 billion) of direct investment last year, 17.8 percent higher than in 2014.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has been actively encouraging investment in Indonesia during his visits to foreign countries and international forums.
(Xinhua News Agency April 25, 2016)