Tue, 04 Mar 2008
Businesses in oil-rich Middle Eastern countries are investing money into Indonesia, according to an Asia Pulse report on Friday (29/2/08).

Investments are targeted at a wide range of industries, from telecommunications and utilities to property development and financial services.

Emirates Telecommunications Corp. (Etisalat), a major telecommunications company, will take a 15.95% stake in PT Excelcomindo Pratama, the country’s third-largest cellular provider as early as this year.

The UAE firm will buy the interest from a local conglomerate for an estimated $438 million. The deal will give Etisalat, which operates in 16 countries, mostly in the Middle East and Africa, an opportunity to branch into Asia.

Emaar Properties PJSC, a major real estate company in the UAE, plans to begin resort development in Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara. A hotel, golf course and other facilities will be built on a 1,200-hectare property with an investment estimated at $600 million.

Gulf Petroleum of Qatar and a Bahraini mining firm plan to jointly build a 300-MW power plant at a cost of $400 million, teaming up with a local company.

In the financial sector, the Qatar Investment Authority, a government-backed fund, late last year reached an agreement with the Indonesian government to form a joint venture capitalized at about $1 billion.

The new venture, to be owned 85% by the Qatari side, will invest in oil and gas development and infrastructure projects.



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