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Registering PT PMA in Indonesia

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A foreign-owned company in Indonesia, known as PT PMA, has been designed to meet the needs of foreign entrepreneurs

On the contrary to the incorporation process of a local company or a representative office, establishment of a foreign-owned limited liability company (LLC) in Indonesia might be more challenging and time-consuming.

The Negative Investment List stipulates the maximum allowed foreign ownership in particular business sectors, causing some industries to be fully closed or only partially open to foreigners. Therefore, having an expert partner in Indonesia or engaging professional assistance becomes a critical point to succeed when forming an international company in Indonesia.

Benefits of a Foreign-Owned Company

benefits-of-PT-PMAAlthough the establishment process is more demanding, foreign-owned companies offer vital benefits that entirely compensate the previously invested time and efforts.

Employment of Foreign Workers

A foreign-owned company can sponsor and issue work permits as well as stay visas (working ITAS) for its international employees.
Furthermore, this kind of company is allowed to sponsor business visas of its business partners and clients arriving in Indonesia for a short stay.

Full International Ownership

To attract more foreign investors and multiple investments critical to the Indonesian economy, Indonesia has been relaxing the limited foreign ownership lately. Wholly-owned foreign companies became less rare, and it is, therefore, likely that you can start an international company without any partnership or local shares of your property.

Starting a Limited Liability Company with Cekindo

Joint Venture

In case, the business sector in which you intend to incorporate a company does not offer independent international ownership, we suggest opting for a limited liability company registration through a joint venture with a local partner — Cekindo.

This process will give investors the full control over the management of their company, no restrictions related to business fields, and minimise risks of setting cooperation with an unreliable partner.

Assistance and Consultancy

Whether additional licences are required in your business field, the government issued a new regulation related to your business plan, or if the joint-venture agreement contains all crucial points, you will get to know it straight away with the assistance of Cekindo.

We will not only advise you on the incorporation process but also lead the whole procedure independently on your behalf.


Let us guide you through the limited liability company registration process in Indonesia and achieve the best results promptly. Fill in the form below or visit us in one of our offices located in Jakarta, Semarang or Bali, and we will get back to you with a free quotation on your business.

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Selected Testimonials

  • Sagar Datar - Bristlecone

    A huge gratitude to Cekindo, particularly its visa team, for handling our visa cases. During our visa applications, Cekindo was extremely helpful not only in facilitating all of our visa requirements but also in clarifying our queries/doubts. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and appreciate the good work of Cekindo’s visa team.

    Sagar Datar
    Bristlecone
  • Matthias Coessens - Empyrean

    When I was looking for a reliable partner who could help with company registration, payroll, taxes and working permit in Indonesia, Cekindo’s domain knowledge and clear communication astonished. Firstly, we decided to pursue cooperation with Cekindo in terms of company registration, but they also assisted me in obtaining the necessary working permits and visas (KITAS), and we use their payroll and tax reporting services until now.

    Matthias Coessens
    Product Director at Empyrean Solutions Apac
  • Ivana Bartonkova

    Cekindo handled business visa for our new colleague promptly and made the start of our company in Vietnam easier and faster. I particularly enjoyed communication with the consultant, who advised the best solution for us and was all the time available to answer any questions. She made sure that all the documents were collected and prepared on time and we got great support during the whole process. Thank you Cekindo and I hope to cooperate again in the near future!

    Ivana Bartonkova
    Marketing and HR director of Port Cities Vietnam
  • Phyto CZ Sro

    Cekindo assisted us with a selection of our local distributor in Indonesia and organised several meeting in Jakarta. Their assistance enabled us to meet our potential local partners and choose the best distributor conveniently. The decision to cooperate with Cekindo was based on a recommendation from our prominent partner in Bali and we cannot be more grateful. Cekindo’s systematic work, active communication, thoroughness and professionalism was exceptional.

    Ing. Václav Tomek
    Phyto CZ Sro
  • Vivek Singh Rathaur

    Cekindo initially helped us with setting up our business structure in Indonesia and getting us all due licenses and approvals. Currently, Cekindo is associated with us as our business partner in Indonesia by providing a face to our name and handling various business activities on our behalf. Without their help, we would be lost in keeping up with regulatory requirements and being a compliant company in Indonesia.

    Vivek S.Rathaur
    Vega Industries
  • akvo - cekindo

    Thanks to Cekindo and its one-stop market entry solutions, we could start exploring the Indonesian market. Cekindo’s broad portfolio of services included a formal process of our representative office registration, consultations regarding proper legal set-up and even working permit and visa applications. Cekindo’s extensive knowledge of the latest developments and legal requirements allowed us to focus on more operational matters and to build a local team in Indonesia.

    Peter van der Linde
    Co-founder / Director strategy & solutions, Akvo Pte Ltd
  • morning-star-cekindo

    After extensive research online, I reached out to several companies including Cekindo. Cekindo’s info package and summary of services were by far the most thorough and professional and their pricing was competitive and reasonable. Cekindo’s sound knowledge of all administrative requirements gave me the confidence that my company incorporation of 100% foreign owned export company was being executed correctly and legally.

    Kingsley Fiegert
    Director, Morning Star Investments (WA) Pty Ltd
  • Jason Peter Stevens

    With knowledgable team, Cekindo helped me make the whole process of company registration and product registration of health and beauty products in Indonesia less confusing and seamless at the same time. They have always been swift in response and hands-on at every email, never leaving me wondering or worried. As far as I am concerned, they go above and beyond the call of duty. They will most certainly be my long-term partner moving forward into the years to come. Thank you Cekindo!

    Jason Peter Stevens
    Group CEO, Studio XII Pte Ltd
  • Konstantin-Simonov

    We chose Cekindo because we considered Cekindo as a professional company with a good attitude and a streamlined business model. Cekindo met all our expectations as it created the atmosphere of accountability and transparency. The most significant added values that we received from cooperation with Cekindo are the time we saved and mistakes we avoided.

    Konstantin Simonov
    Director, PT. AEKS Konsultasi dan Integrasi
  • DESMI Testimonial - Cekindo

    Cekindo provided outstanding services in registering our representative office in Indonesia in a timely manner. Their financial services have been helping us a lot — our local employees feel secure working for our company. Cekindo became our reliable partner with quick response on our needs. Their flexibility and full support of our business in Indonesia are the main reasons to continue in our cooperation.

    Rajendra Iskandar
    Sales and Support Engineer, DESMI

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Frequently Asked Questions

I would like to expand my business to Indonesia. Can I set up a company there as a foreigner?

Is a foreigner able to become a director or commissioner?

Will the government check if I have fulfilled the investment plan of IDR 10,000,000,000?

I want to set up my company as soon as possible, is there some way to speed up the registration process?