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  • 40%

    of Southeast Asia’s GDP.

  • 17,000+

    islands in the Indonesian archipelago (depending on how you count).

  • 700

    the number of living languages spoken in Indonesia.

Southeast Asia’s largest country in terms of population, GDP and sheer size, Indonesia presents big opportunities to those who can tame it. Rich in natural resources and home to a fast-growing market of middle-class consumers, the country’s vast potential is offset by the challenges of doing business across an archipelago with over 17,000 islands.
Quick Facts

  • Population: 247 million
  • GDP: $878 billion
  • GDP growth: 5.3 percent

Pros / Cons

  • + Large domestic market
  • + Stable economy
  • + Stable political situation
  • – Poor education
  • – Bad infrastructure
  • – Backlog of reforms
Top Exports

  • Mineral fuels, oils, products
  • Vegetable fats and oils
  • Electrical and electronic equipment
  • Rubber or rubber articles
  • Ores, slag and ash
  • Machinery

Indonesia INSIGHTS


EU and ASEAN to resume negotiations on a bilateral FTA

March 22nd, 2017 by bdg-asia

Ten years ago, the European Union (EU) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) started the talks for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two sides. However, two years later, the talks were discontinued as the EU instead …


ASEAN celebrates 50th anniversary

March 3rd, 2017 by bdg-asia

As a kick-off for the 50th anniversary of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), the organizations´ Foreign Ministers´ Retreat has been held on Boracay Island in the Philippines.Since its foundation in 1967, ASEAN´s scope has developed way beyond the initial …


ASEAN and the threat of Chinese economic slowdown

August 18th, 2016 by bdg-asia

Once again the business world takes a concerned look at China as recent economic data reveals that both industrial output and retail sales remained below expectations for the month of July. Already, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was forecasting China´s …


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