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Indonesia promises speedier licensing, offers tax incentives

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has said that the government will continue to reform its regulations and had offered incentives in an effort to boost investment,A�tempo.co reported.

Speaking on Monday in Jakarta, she saidA�that the government would further eliminate regulations that could disrupt investmentA�to help speed up the licensing process for investors.

Sri Mulyani added that the central government would coordinate closely with local governments to roll out reform packages that would, in the end, enable the government to set up a “single submission system” for all business and investment permits.

The single submission system is intendedA�to ease the licensing process and significantly cut down the waiting period for businesses.

a�?When the single submission system is implemented, the coordination with local governments will become very important,a�? she said.

As for the incentives, she said, the Finance Ministry would cooperate with the Industry Ministry to simplify the process for providing tax holidays and tax allowances toA�investors.

President Joko Widodo hasA�reminded his ministers and regional government headsA� several timesA�to simplify the business licensure processA�to attract more investors to the country in the competitive globalA�investment climate.

a�?If we delay, the funding will go to countries that already offer a better investment climate,a�? the President said on Monday during a Cabinet meeting at the Presidential Office. (bbn)