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Indonesia's Investment Coordination Board ("BKPM") issued Regulation No. 5 of 2013 on the Guide and Procedure of Investment Licenses and Non-Licenses (" Regulation 5/2013 "). The regulation replaces its predecessor Regulation No. 12 of 2009 (" Regulation 12/2009 ") and serves as the principal regulation that governs the procedure on investing in Indonesia and obtaining tax and other facilities. Regulation 5/2013 comes into force 30 working days after 12 April 2013. This newsletter will highlight important changes under Regulation 5/2013.
In July 2012, Bank Indonesia issued Regulation No. 14/8/PBI/2012 on Shareholding in Retail Banks (" Regulation "). The Regulation caps single ownership in a retail bank for banks, non-bank entities, and individuals at 40-30-20% respectively (the so-called "40-30-20 Rule"). BI issued the Regulation as part of its policy to break up concentrated shareholding, diversify shareholders and improve bank governance.
Efforts to implement REDD+ in Indonesia first began with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s speech at the G20 Leaders Summit in Pittsburgh, USA on 25 September 2009, to reduce emissions from LULUCF (Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry) by 26% by 2020 and by 41% with international support. The President’s commitment to reduce emissions was followed by Letter of Intent between the Government of the Republic of Indonesia (“GoI”) and the Government of the Kingdom of Norway on Cooperation on Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (“LoI”), signed on 26 May 2010. This LoI also includes partnership to implement REDD+ and financial contribution from Norway to finance the efforts of REDD+ implementation in Indonesia.
On 11 April 2013 the Ministry of Finance issued a Business Viability Guarantee Letter (BVGL) for the Sarualla geothermal power project company pursuant to Minister of Finance Regulation No. 139/PMK.011/2011 on PLN’s Business Viability. Following the signing of the Energy Sales Contract (ESC) and Joint Operation Contract (JOC) on April 4 this allows the Sarulla project to proceed with implementation, having been initiated on 27 February 1993 but later stalled due to the 1997 financial crisis.
The DPR is currently discussing the Draft Banking Law (“Draft Law”), which will repeal the current Banking Law (Law No. 7 of 1992 as amended by Law No. 10 of 1998 “Banking Law”) upon enactment. The most important changes that the Draft Law will introduce are:
A . Introduction
The Jakarta Corruption Court, a court of first instance for corruption crimes, acquitted former Merpati Airlines Director Hotasi Nababan of corruption charges. Mr. Nababan was charged over an aircraft lease agreement that went awry. Under the agreement, Merpati leased two airplanes from a US-based corporation - the two aircraft were never delivered despite Merpati having paid the security deposit. At this time, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has decided to appeal the decision.
What Is FATCA?
Bank Indonesia has issued Regulation No. 14/27/PBI/2012 (“PBI 14/2012”) on the Implementation of the Anti Money Laundering and Prevention of Terrorism Funding for Banks to replace Bank Indonesia Regulation No. 11/28/PBI/2009. PBI 14/2012 was issued on 28 December 2012, with immediate effect, and applies to commercial banks, sharia banks and branches of foreign banks.