Politics, Policy and Business in Indonesia: 2014 and Beyond

With low inflation, an emerging middle class, and political stability, Indonesia continues to delight as the investment darling of Southeast Asia. However, Indonesia remains a challenging and often opaque operating environment for MNCs; critics claim that insufficient progress has been made in the fight against corruption, privatizations, and bureaucratic reform. More recently, a spate of protectionism and nationalist policies (especially concerning natural resources) have further clouded Indonesia’s growth picture. Is the Indonesian growth story sustainable for foreign investors? How will politics and approaching elections (during 2014) impact businesses? What unavoidable themes will remain post-SBY? V&P’s Indonesia Director Matthew Busch will present his thoughts.

The talk and the following Q&A will observe the Chatham House Rule.


Date:                 Friday, 20th April 2012

Time:                7:45am – 9:00am

Cost:                  Complimentary  – Tea, coffee, fruit juice and light snacks provided

Venue:              By invitation only


Please contact zaitoni@vrienspartners.com if you would like to inquire about an invitation.


About the Speaker

Matthew Busch focuses on the linkage between economic and political issues in analysis for multinational companies, potential foreign investors, and government. Deep understanding of commercial dynamics, local business trends, public policy mechanics, and Indonesian history informs Mr. Busch’s unique analysis of the Indonesian operating environment. Fluent in Bahasa Indonesia, Mr. Busch first came to Indonesia during 2007 as a Michael D. Rockefeller Fellow. He has previously worked with Navitas Strategic Consulting and Reformasi Information Services. A renewable energy entrepreneur, Mr. Busch is a member of both Terrasys Energy, a hydroelectric power developer, and Sawa Energy, a biomass gasification pioneer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics, cum laude, from Harvard University.