Logo Home    |    About us    |    Practice areas    |    Lawyers    |    News    |    Join us    |    FAQ
Tiendas Law Offices | News
Do you want to receive our publication regularly? Subscribe here



Do you have a testimonial about us?
Write here or view here


    

News

FOREIGN LENDERS FRET OVER PROPOSED LIMIT

Posted on August 22, 2015 on 10:53:18 WIB


Limiting foreign ownership in local banks could be detrimental to the domestic economy, sending a negative signal to present and potential investors, according to a banking association.

"[Limitation] is not a good signal for existing and future investors. There is not enough capital in the country to buy foreign investors' shares if the limitation is actually imposed," Standard Chartered CEO Tse Koon Shee said on Thursday.

Koon Shee made the statement in a discussion organized by the Foreign Banks Association of Indonesia (FBAI) held to discuss misconceptions surrounding foreign lenders in Indonesia. The discussion was attended by representatives from several foreign banks, namely ANZ Indonesia, HSBC Indonesia, Standard Chartered Bank Indonesia and Commonwealth Bank.

The association said it was crucial to ally misconceptions, with lawmakers currently discussing foreign ownership in domestic banks as part of deliberation of the banking bill, which they are looking to revise.

Part of the revision may include the setting of a cap on foreign ownership in local banks, with current talks suggesting a possible 40 percent cap.

Lawmakers are also discussing the role of foreign banks in national development, with some members suggesting that foreign lenders do not contribute significantly to the economy and that they are too focused on the consumer sector.

FBAI chairman Joseph Abraham, who is also ANZ president director, argued that the lenders in fact played an important role in the economy.

"We have over the past few years contributed billions of dollars to key areas of infrastructure and to SOEs [state-owned enterprises]. We are also the key suppliers of foreign currency loans to the country, the SOEs and the private sector," he said.

In terms of loans, he added that around US$30 billion in foreign currency loans had been granted to various sectors in Indonesia and that 90 percent of the figure was supplied by FBAI members.

Other FBAI members voiced similar opinions.

HSBC country manager and CEO Sumit Dutta said that credit card loans, a major constituent of the consumer segment, only made up a fraction of the bank's total lending portfolio, with the rest mostly directed at companies in the productive sector.

Commonwealth, meanwhile, already has a 30 percent portfolio in small and medium enterprises (SME), according to president director Antonio Da Silva Costa.

Meanwhile, the Financial Services Authority (OJK) is currently formulating its own regulation on foreign banks.

OJK deputy commissioner for banking supervision Irwan Lubis said that the regulation would contain the definition of a foreign bank and possibly its business scope.

However, the banking regulator will wait until the completion of the banking law revision to publish the regulation. "It will be in the form of a POJK [OJK regulation], whose legal status is below that of the Banking Law," Irwan said on Friday.

Source: The Jakarta Post dated 4 July 2015


Other News

- GOVT RELAXES PERMITS FOR POWER PLANT INVESTORS
- BKPM MULLS PLAN TO EASE FOREIGN OWNERSHIP IN COLD-STORAGE FACILITIES
- OJK TO REGULATE CROWDFUNDING BY YEAR-END
- GOVT TO ISSUE REGULATION ON MINING COMPANIES' DIVESTMENT
- EXIMBANK SECURES $500M LOAN FROM ICBC
- BRI SIGNS LOAN DEAL WITH PETROKIMIA GRESIK
- POLICY ISSUED TO EASE RESTRICTIONS ON FOREIGNERS' BANK ACCOUNTS
- GOVT TO ALLOW EARLY MINING LICENSE EXTENSION
- GOVT TO SIMPLIFY EXTENSIONS OF MINING CONTRACTS
- RESTRICTIONS ON FOREIGNERS' BANK ACCOUNTS EASED
- INDONESIA'S CENTRAL BANK TIGHTENS RULES FOR DOMESTIC DOLLAR PURCHASE
- BRI, BNI READY TO BUY BACK SHARES: MINISTER
- OJK WARNS BANKS OF HARD TIMES, FALLING CAPITAL
- ADIRA MULLS OFFERING LOANS TO GO-JEK, GRABBIKE DRIVERS
- OJK WANTS SMALL FOREIGN-OWNED BANKS TO UPGRADE CLASS
- 10 COAL MINERS AGREED TO AMEND OPERATING CONTRACTS
- ECONOMY IN BRIEF: OIL AND GAS FIELDS UP FOR AUCTION
- GOVT EXTENDS DEADLINE ON EQUITY RULING
- GOVERNMENT CONSIDERS REVISING OIL SHARE CONTRACTS
- OJK'S NEW POLICIES EXPECTED TO STOKE LENDING
- CREDITOR STARTS BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDINGS AGAINST INDONESIA'S BERAU
- MNC INVESTAMA TO BUY BACK 10% OF PUBLIC STAKE
- BII TO DISBURSE $300 MILLION LOANS IN SECOND HALF
- OJK IMPOSES RELAXED RULINGS TO REFINE LENDING
- BKPM TO PUSH REALIZATION OF 54 FDI PROJECTS WORTH $13.6 BILLION
- FOREIGN BANKS PROTEST BILL REQUIRING LOCALLY INCORPORATED BRANCHES
- GOVERNMENT TO SIGN REVISED MINING CONTRACTS THIS MONTH
- NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE (JKN) PENALTIES INCREASED, FEES RAISED
- SOUTH KOREAN SHINHAN BANKS BUYS INDONESIAN BANKS
- HEAVY SANCTIONS IMPOSED AGAINST DOLLAR TRANSACTIONS
- GOVERNMENT TO EXPAND CORPORATE TAX DISCOUNTS
- BCA EYEING A CREDIT BUREAU TO BOLSTER LOAN, TACKLE NONPERFORMING LOANS
- INDONESIA REGULATOR TO ISSUE RULES TO MANAGE RISK AT FINANCIAL CONGLOMERATES
- FOREIGN POSSESSION OF PROPERTIES CAN LAST A LIFETIME: MINISTER
- NEW UN REPORT FINDS INCREASE IN FOREIGN INVESTMENT FOR INDONESIA IN 2014
- BKPM'S RESPONSE TO INVESTORS CALM OVER WEAK RUPIAH
- OJK TO RELAX RULES FOR FOREIGN INVESTORS
- ANALYSIS: BANKS: PRESSURED BY TAX RULINGS
- GOVT TO FINISH COAL TALKS BY END OF YEAR
- BANKS PLAN ON LOWERING TARGETS IN RESPONSE TO COOLING ECONOMY
- PALM-OIL LEVY COLLECTOR TO BE ESTABLISHED NEXT WEEK
- WORLD COAL MARKET HEADING TO NEW EQUILIBRIUM: MINISTER
- BI REVISES RULES TO BOOST FX TRADING, SWAP DEALS
- BKPM SOLVES INVESTMENT BOTTLENECKS WORTH US$99 BILLION
- INDONESIA TO ISSUE NEW TIN RULES TO STOP ILLEGAL EXPORTS
- GOVERNMENT REVISES INVESTMENT TREATIES
- RI TO RESUME FREE TRADE TALKS WITH EU NEXT MONTH
- WINTERMAR SEEKS TO EXPAND OVERSEAS
- KADIN PROPOSES SPECIAL FUNDING BODY TO SUPPORT INDUSTRY
- INDONESIA HIRES FOUR BANKS TO MANAGE NEXT GLOBAL SUKUK
- INDONESIA PRESIDENT SIGNS PALM EXPORT LEVY TO FUND BIODIESEL
- BKPM TO ISSUE PROCEDURES FOR APPLYING FOR TAX ALLOWANCES
- OJK PLANS NEW REGULATION TO BOOST VENTURE CAPITAL INDUSTRY
- BI EASE THE RESTRICTION UPON BANK’S LOAN DEPOSITO RATIO
- BI TINKERS WITH RULES OF BANK TO EASE POLICY
- TAX AMNESTY ENFORCED ON 2017
- FACING MEA, OJK STRENGTHEN THE SAFE GUARD OF FINANCIAL SECTOR
- MINISTER OF FINANCE STRATEGY TO HOLD THE OUTFLOW OF FOREIGN CAPITAL
- OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS AT ASIA-AFRICA SUMMIT
- BKPM REFORMS LEAD WAY TO ASEAN INVESTMENT
- INDONESIA'S CENTRAL BANK BANS FOREIGN CURRENCIES FOR DOMESTIC TRANSACTIONS
- MINISTER OF TRADE SET A SPECIAL PROVISIONS MANDATORY L / C
- OJK BANS PARTY MEMBERS FROM BANK LEADERSHIP
- FED MOVE GIVES RI TIME TO REFORM
- BKPM ANNULS $23 BILLION IN INVESTMENT PERMIT
- MOF OF INDONESIA TO REDUCE FOREIGN OWNERSHIP AGAINTS RUPIAH BOND
- NEW VISA POLICY TO AID RUPIAH
- INDONESIA REGULATOR TO EASE INVESTMENT RULES ON PENSION AND INSURANCE FUND
- INDONESIA TO IMPOSE ANTI-DUMPING IMPORT DUTIES TO STRENGTHEN RUPIAH
- INDONESIA PLANS ALTERNATIVE SUKUK STRUCTURES TO BOOST VOLUMES
- INSIGHT: HOW SHOULD WE MEASURE EXPATS' INDONESIAN PROFICIENCY?
- GOVT TO PLACE SOE SUBSIDIARIES UNDER CLOSE SCRUTINY
- MANDIRI TO SET UP VENTURE CAPITAL, SEEKING EXPANSION BEYOND BANKING
- CONTRACTORS TOLD TO CUT COSTS BUT KEEP OUTPUT UP
- OJK TELLS BANKS TO BE VIGILANT AS BAD LOANS RISE
- LPS IN FRAME FOR NEW ROLE OF PROTECTING INSURANCE COMPANIES
- GOVT LOOKS TO HONE MARITIME DEVELOPMENT
- GOVT TO EASE PERMITS FOR OIL & GAS SECTOR
- 2015, YEAR OF SHARIA CAPITAL MARKET: OJK
- FOREIGN OWNERSHIP CAP, DIVESTMENTS LOOM IN REVIVED BANKING BILL
- NEW NCD, LDR RULES TO HELP BANKS
- OJK TO LET INDONESIA MUTUAL FUNDS TO INVEST ABROAD
- BANK INDONESIA IMPROVES THE REGULATION ON APPLICATION OF PRUDENCE IN NON-BANK CORPORATE EXTERNAL DEBT MANAGEMENT
- LAND ACQUISITION AND PPP RULES TO BE REVISED
- BI RATE KEPT STEADY; NO SIGN OF RATE CUT IN NEAR FUTURE
- BKPM TO FACILITATE MORE INVESTMENT IN PETROCHEMICAL, PHARMACEUTICAL AND STEEL
- 4 STRATEGIC EXPORT PRODUCTS REQUIRES L/C
- UOB FACILITATES INVESTORS IN RI
- BKPM TO TRIAL NEW LICENSING SYSTEM IN MAJOR PROVINCES
- BANKS UPBEAT ON INVESTMENT WORKING CAPITAL LOANS
- FOREIGN WORKERS IN INDONESIA 'MUST TAKE LOCAL LANGUAGE TEST'.
- TRADE MINISTRY HAS ISSUED NEW REGULATION REGARDING EXPORT-IMPORT OF OIL AND GAS.
- BI DELAYS NEW POLICY ON BANK DEPOSITS
- BI TO PROMOTE E-MONEY TRANSACTIONS IN 2015
- NEW INDONESIAN REGULATION MAY BOOST GROWTH FOR MULTIFINANCE FIRMS IN 2015
- CLEARING THE WAY FOR LOCAL BONDS
- IMPROVING CORPORATE GOVERNANCE SEEN AS KEY FOR FURTHER FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN INDONESIA
- US EASES VISA PROCESS FOR RI CITIZENS
- GENERAL ELECTION TO BOOST RUPIAH
- INCENTIVES OFFERED FOR EXPORT-ORIENTED INVESTMENT
- NEW REGULATION TO EASE DELISTING OF IDX COMPANIES
- INDONESIA'S TRADE MINISTER RESIGNS TO FOCUS ON PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN
- NEW TRADE LAW EXPECTED TO BOOST DOMESTIC PRODUCTION IN INDONESIA
- MINISTRY ISSUES LAW ON GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
- 2014: FDI ESTIMATED TO CLIMB 15%
- CAPITOL NUSANTARA PLANS TO PURCHASE $6M VESSEL BY JULY WITH IPO PROCEEDS
- SHIPPING INDUSTRY SET TO SAIL IN STORMY SEA THIS YEAR
- MANDIRI SETS ASIDE $822M FOR ACQUISITIONS
- OCBC NISP EYES RP 3T IN 2014 BOND SALE
- LOGINDO MAKES FLAT STOCK MARKET DEBUT
- LOGINDO SETS $64M TARGET IN CONTRACTS
- PRESIDENT PROMISES SWIFT FINALIZATION OF REVISED DNI LIST
- CHINA TO BUILD SHIPYARD IN INDONESIA
- ENGLISH LANGUAGE CONTRACT DEEMED VOID BY INDONESIAN COURT
- INDONESIA PLANS TO SOFTEN FOREIGN MINERS' DIVESTMENT RULE
- NEWMONT GOLD MINE WORKERS IN INDONESIA START STRIKE
- BI MAY USE 'LDR' POSITION TO INCREASE BANK LENDING
- MINISTER: TREND IN EXPORT GROWTH UP
- US, INDONESIA TO EXPAND BILATERAL COOPERATION
- NINE INDONESIAN AIRLINES FINED BY KPPU
- INDONESIAN STOCKS SOAR TO BIGGEST GAIN SINCE DECEMBER 2008
- NEW FINANCE MINISTER TO CONTINUE EXISTING FISCAL, MONETARY POLICIES
- UP TO 49% FOREIGN CAPITAL TO BE ALLOWED IN CROP CULTIVATION ENTERPRISES
- ASEAN TRADE IN GOODS AGREEMENT (ATIGA) TAKES FORCE
- TELECOMMUNICATION TOWERS CLOSED TO FOREIGN INVESTORS
- STANDARDIZATION FAILS TO PROTECT DOMESTIC INDUSTRY: LAWMAKERS
- BI, BAPEPAM TIGHTEN UP RULES
- KRAKATAU STEEL TO CONDUCT IPO IN SEPTEMBER 2010
- TELKOM LOOKS TO ACQUIRE SMALLER TELCOM FIRMS
- DUBAI'S FALLOUT MAY HIT RI FIRMS
- RI'S Q3 FOREIGN INVESTMENT INFLOWS PLUNGE 87 PCT
- LPS GETS BOOST FROM PPATK TO HELP TRACE LOST ASSETS
- BANK INDONESIA TO RESTRICT FOREIGN OWNERSHIP
- THAI PTT PLANS COAL MINE INVESTMENT IN INDONESIA
- BKPM TO MINIMIZE COMPLEXITY IN LICENSING