Recently, the Government adopted several business-friendly policies and introduced the Indonesian OSS system to make it simpler for foreign investors to jumpstart their businesses in the archipelago. The results are, however, questionable.
This article introduces a newly established system of company registration in Indonesia through the so-called Online Single Submission System and provides a general overview of the most important facts at the time of its release.
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Entrepreneurs willing to open or expand their business activities are now obliged to use the Online Single Submission (OSS) System. Even though the system started to operate in June 2018, it will be fully implemented during the upcoming months or years.
The potential of OSS for foreign entrepreneurs is enormous. Once adopted, investors would apply and receive most of their business licenses online without the need to visit several government offices as previously.
However, at the current state of its implementation, this sounds more like a far-fetched dream.
Nowadays, foreigners are not able to start their businesses without legal assistance.
Even though the system might make it easier to proceed with applications for licenses, foreigners must first understand what licenses they need to acquire and know the requirements. This is what the current system lacks.
Currently, the company registration for most sectors is conducted as follows:
NIB replaces Company Registration Certificate (TDP) and serves as several other licenses
Furthermore, NIB serves as registration under Health and Social Security Systems, known as BPJS Kesehatan and BPJS Ketenagakerjaan.
Businesses operating in sectors such as healthcare, medical devices production and distribution, and cosmetics are obliged to apply for additional licenses before starting their operations in Indonesia.
To begin the application process, businesses are required to comply with mandatory standards, licenses, certifications, and other registrations of their specific business field.
To start a foreign-owned company, at least two shareholders are required. They can be both individuals or corporations, foreigners or Indonesians, or a combination of both.
Noticeably, the minimum amount of shares is IDR 10 million per one shareholder.
Based on the latest update, the Indonesian government now requires at least one local individual to act as a Local Director or a Local Commissioner.
Following the enactment of Indonesia’s Omnibus Bill, its Government has released an update of business sectors and lines (also commonly referred to as KBLI) that are now open to foreign investment in Indonesia. The revised Negative Investment List has been dubbed as the “Positive Investment List” to attract more foreign investors.
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