Wed, 25 May 2011

RI investment up 27 pct in first quarter this year

Surabaya (ANTARA News) - Investment in Indonesia has increased 27 pct in the first quarter of 2011 compared to last year`s.

"The increase was triggered by the big interest of local and foreign investors in Indonesia," head of the Capital Investment Coordinating Agency (BKPM) Gita Wirjawan said here Tuesday.

He said up to the first quarter this year French investment reached 5.2 billion US dollars.

"They allocated the money in the mining sector," he said.

In the meantime, he added, South Korea`s Po Hang Steel Company was ready to invest 6 billion US dollars in the mining sector and steel production.

On the form of business in the mining sector along with South Korean capital, he said they established cooperation with PT Krakatau Steel.

"The cooperation will increase production capacity by 6 million tons in Krakatau Steel and a production of still 2.7 million tons, with the location of its operations in Cilegon," he said.

Investment in Indonesia in 2010, he added, reached Rp208.5 trillion, 20 pct in the mining sector.

"The remaining 80 pct is spread in the sectors of manufacturing, agriculture, and services," he said.

On the other hand, he added, investment in Indonesia in 2010 increased significantly by 54.2 pct compared to that in 2009