Thu, 08 Apr 2010

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Vice President Boediono said the Indonesian government was not discriminating in accepting foreign investment as capital from any country was welcome provided it complied with Indonesian rules.

"There is no discrimination. We give investors from any country a chance to operate in Indonesia," vice presidential spokesman Yopie Hidayat quoted Boediono as telling a 30-strong French trade mission here on Wednesday.

As a matter of fact, he said, Indonesia was in dire need of foreign investment to boost its economy.

At the meeting with the French delegation led by the chairman of the France-Indonesia Business Committee, Philippe Louis Dreyfus, Boediono also spoke of the country`s macro economic policies which had so far worked well. This was evident from the fact that Indonesia had managed to weather the global economic crisis.

The vice president said Indonesia`s huge population was one of the things investors could benefit from.

The 30 French businessmen are among others engaged in the transportation, energy, construction, infrastructure, machinery, logistics, financial services, health care, aviation and mining sectors.

The visit was a follow-up to a meeting between Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his French counterpart, Nicholas Sarkozy, late last year.