COVID-19 and Investment in Indonesia


About the Webinar

Attracting new investment is critical for Indonesia’s economic recovery from the current COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic has caused significant setbacks to the country’s economy. According to an estimate by the National Development Planning Ministry, more than 5 million people may lose their jobs this year due to the COVID-19. Indonesia’s GDP is expected to shrink 1.1 percent this year.

Boosting private investment as the main driver of economic growth has been one of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s main priority programs since the outset of his first term in late 2014. This priority continues going into his second term (2019-2024). Moreover, in his annual address to the House of Representatives on August 14, President Jokowi stated that the government will continue focusing on infrastructure development to attract investment.

Nevertheless, the ongoing global health crisis has caused a decline in new foreign direct investment (FDI) into the country. It also has adversely affected the progress of some major investment projects. This webinar will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on investment in Indonesia. It will look at how the pandemic might have led to some adjustments as well as new investment opportunities in some sectors. The speakers will shed light on Indonesia’s policy and strategy in attracting investment.

About the Speaker

Septian Hario Seto is currently a Deputy of Investment and Mining Coordination to the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investments of Republic of Indonesia. Since 2015, he has held the position of an Expert Staff in different ministries: Executive Office of the President, Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs, and Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and is recognized as project structurer amongst the government and private sector stakeholders. Seto graduated from the University of Indonesia with BA in Economics in 2006. He earned his Master degree from SKEMA Business School, France, in 2008.

About the Discussant

Richard Borsuk has worked as a journalist in Southeast Asia for more than 40 years, including 11 years in Jakarta as the Wall Street Journal’s Indonesia correspondent. Along with Nancy Chng, he authored a book on modern Indonesian history, “Liem Sioe Liong’s Salim Group: The Business Pillar of Suharto’s Indonesia”, published in 2014 by ISEAS. Borsuk majored in Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin. He works with Researching Southeast Asia Pte Ltd, a consultancy, and is an adjunct senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS).


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Aug 28 2020


10:00 am - 11:30 am