Indonesia’s Newly Established Sovereign Wealth Fund: A New Chapter in Indonesia’s Economy

To meet national development goals, Indonesia needs foreign investment and an institution that can be a strategic investment partner, with a strong legal and institutional basis, which applies international practices, professional standards and can act as the “middleman” for those interested to invest in Indonesia. To address this issue and as mandated by Law No. 11 of 2020 on Job Creation which came into effect on 2 November 2020 (known as the “Omnibus Law”), the Government of Indonesia (“GOI”) has officially established a sovereign wealth fund, known as the Indonesian Sovereign Wealth Fund or the Indonesia Investment Authority (Lembaga Pengelola Investasi – “LPI”).

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Indonesia’s Ratification of the Convention Abolishing the Requirement to Legalize Foreign Public Documents

On 4 January 2021, the President of Republic of Indonesia issued Regulation No. 2 of 2021 on the Ratification of the Convention Abolishing the Requirement to Legalize Foreign Public Documents (“PR 2/2021”) (the convention is hereinafter referred to as the “Apostille Convention”).

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The New Indonesian Umbrella Regulation on Payment Systems: Key Points that Foreign Investors Should be Aware of

On 30 December 2020, Bank Indonesia issued Bank Indonesia Regulation No. 22/23/PBI/2020 of 2020 on Payment Systems (“Payment Systems Regulation”). The Payment Systems Regulation is intended to serve as an “umbrella” regulation that provides a regulatory framework for the Indonesian payment systems industry. This regulation will come into force on 1 July 2021.

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New Regulation on Electronic System Organizers in the Private Sector

The Minister of Communication and Informatics (“MOCI”) has finally issued MOCI Regulation No. 5 of 2020 on Electronic System Organizers (“ESO”) in the Private Sector (“MOCI Regulation 5/2020”) that serves as the new implementing regulation of Government Regulation No. 71 of 2019 on The Organization of Electronic Systems and Transactions (“GR 71/2019”) (together, the “ESO Regulations”), that revokes 2 (two) previous implementing regulations: MOCI Regulation No. 19 of 2014 on The Handling of Internet Websites Containing Negative Content and MOCI Regulation No. 36 of 2014 on The Procedure for the Registration of ESOs. MOCI Regulation 5/2020 was issued on 16 November 2020 and came into force on 24 November 2020.

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The Arrival of the Long-Awaited KBLI Numbers in Fintech

On 24 September 2020, Statistics Indonesia (Badan Pusat Statistik ─ “BPS”) issued BPS Regulation No. 2 of 2020 on Indonesian Standard Business Classifications (Klasifikasi Baku Lapangan Usaha Indonesia ─ “KBLI”), which is known as the 2020 KBLI.

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