Indonesian Law Digest

Guide to the Property Business and Ownership in Indonesia
In 2016, the Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) reported an increase in the number of property-sector related submitted by the general public. A total of 123 complaints were filed in all, making property the second most-complained-about sector after the financial sector. Unfortunately though, such complaints usually lead nowhere for at least two reasons. Firstly, there has been no improvement as regards the regulatory framework which governs this sector, and secondly, demand for property remains very high. This edition of ILD will elaborate upon certain key aspects of the property sector within Indonesia, while highlighting a number of important areas which need to be taken into consideration by buyers of either houses or apartments.
Landscaping the Opportunities: Exploiting New and Renewable Energies to Produce Electricity
The use of new and renewable energies in order to produce electricity is a growing trend, both internationally and in Indonesia. Under the Paris Agreement, the nations of the world are required to support a shift from non-renewable sources of energy to newer forms of renewable energy. In national scope, the necessity for alternative energy resource for electricity is critical. However, will this shift prove beneficial for business players across the energy sector?
Tourism Business in Wonderful Indonesia
The tourism industry is in the business of pleasure and there are many ways of putting smiles on tourists’ faces. This edition of ILD will scrutinize the various legal elements underlying the fun and take a look behind the scenes at the establishment of tourism businesses.
Bill on Architects
July 2017 saw a breakthrough for Indonesian architects as the House of Representatives finally passed the Bill on Architects. This Bill comprises of 45 articles which cover various aspects of the profession that architects need to take note of, specifically: 1) The scope of the services that can be offered by architects; 2) Registration and licenses; 3) Foreign architects; 4) The rights and obligations of architects and their clients; 5) Professional organizations; and 6) Sanctions.
Draft Bill on Broadcasting
The government and the House are currently engaged in deliberations of the Draft Bill on Broadcasting, which will ultimately replace Law No. 32 of 2002 on Broadcasting. The Draft Bill contains five new provisions which address the following areas: (1) Migration to digital technology; (2) Special broadcasting institutions; (3) Stricter investment procedures; (4) SPS as the new broadcasting standard; and (5) Enhancement of the KPI.
Draft Bill on Palm Oil
One of the most controversial draft bills in Indonesian legislative history has been incorporated into the 2017 national prioritized-legislation program. Indeed, the Draft Bill on Palm Oil has now come to the attention of the general public, particularly environmental activists who argue that the bill focuses solely upon bolstering the investment climate within the palm-oil sector to the detriment of environmental protection. This edition of ILD will analyze the draft bill and elaborate upon its key provisions.
Draft Bill on BUMN
As primary powerhouses of the Indonesian economy, the country’s various State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN) not only have a vital role to play in the production of critical goods and services, but also act as pioneers for business sectors which have yet to be fully engaged with by the private sector. The current legal framework for Indonesia’s BUMN, specifically Law No. 19 of 2003 on State-Owned Enterprises, has now been deemed obsolete however. As a result, the House of Representatives is currently deliberating a new Draft Bill on State-Owned Enterprises, which will update various BUMN-related issues.
Scrutinizing Taxation Data & Information – Part 2: Disclosure of Information at the Domestic Level
Moving on to the second half of this two-parter, this edition of ILD will discuss the applicable legal frameworks which relate to access to financial information for domestic tax-enforcement purposes. These legal frameworks are based upon Perppu 1/2017 and Ministry Regulation 70/2017, as well as the currently still-under-deliberation Draft Bill on General Provisions and Procedures for Taxation.
Happy Holidays: Travelling to and from Indonesia
The Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr is just around the corner and this occasion is often used by many as an opportunity to travel abroad, either for holiday purposes or to visit family. This edition of ILD aims to offer a little insight into various areas which must be taken into account before flying overseas. Our discussion will be structured around a theoretical flight timeline, specifically pre-departure, in flight and returning to Indonesian territory. And finally, may we take this opportunity to wish you a wonderful holiday!
Scrutinizing Taxation Data & Information – Part 1: Exchanges of Information at the International Level
Realizing that there’s a possibility of large amounts of revenue being generated, the government has been continuously striving to improve and modernize the country’s tax sector. After winding up the tax-amnesty program, the government has now comes up with various strategies designed to ensure better compliance in this sector. One of these strategies involves providing better access to tax data and information which relates to both individuals and corporations. This can be achieved through the implementation of both domestic and international approaches. This edition of Indonesian Law Digest will focus its discussion upon the collection of tax-related information through an international approach based on various international treaties which address the exchange of information.
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