Wed, 06 May 2009
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesian is getting more attractive to foreign investors following the improvement in economic conditions, supported by a conducive social and political situation, an economic think tank said.

"There are a lot of positive issues about our economy. For example, the safe legislative elections can induce more investors to operate in Indonesia," director of the Institute for Development, Economic and Financial Studies (INDEF) M Ikhsan Modjo said here on Tuesday.

He said a number of developments, including the outbreak of swine flu in Latin America and Europe, had given a positive impact on the economy in Indonesia.

"The swine flu epidemic has made foreign tourists who originally planned to visit Europe or Mexico to turn their attention to Indonesia instead," Ikhsan Madjo said.

In principle, he said Indonesia was considered safe and prospective from various aspects.

According to him, social and political factors were also considered more conducive in Indonesia than in Thailand which was hit by political crisis recently.

He said this was the reason why foreign investors have now started to eye investment opportunities in Indonesia.

"It also includes a new commitment from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and a number of Bilateral Currency Swap Arrangements (BCSA) that raises our foreign exchange reserve," he said.

In addition, he said the strengthening of rupiah exchange rate was an indicator of the improvement in Indonesian economic condition. (*)



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