TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Bank Indonesia says that foreign direct investment is still needed to boost economic growth, especially to finance massive infrastructure projects.
“Indonesia has been given investment grade status by three international rating agencies. It can improve foreign investment in Indonesia,” Bank Indonesia Senior Deputy Governor Mirza Adityaswara stated in a written statement today, Sept. 28, as quoted by Antara.
He said that the financing needs for infrastructure projects in Indonesia are huge considering the countries geographical condition. The government will not be able to meet the financing needs from tax revenues alone, he said.
In a bid to attract investment, Mirza went on, the Indonesian government has launched 15 policy packages on structural reforms since 2015. He added that the government has repealed over 3000 regulations that hampered investment.
“Indonesia has also cut permit processing time in various economic sectors,” he said.
Following the issuance of new policies and easy permit application, Mirza said, foreign direct investment is expected to continue to increase in a bid to boost Indonesia’s economic growth.
The National Medium Term Development Plan (RPJMN) 2015-2019 set by National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) says that the financing need for infrastructure project reaches Rp4,769 trillion.