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Jakarta Business Profile
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Jakarta Economy

Jakarta became a center of trade under the Europeans and it continues to play an important role in international and national commerce. The metropolitan area is Indonesia's largest economic center; it attracts most of Indonesia's national and foreign investment and, as the administrative capital, government expenditures are also significant.

A major development is the strong growth of tourism and Jakarta's role as a gateway to other areas of the country. Manufacturing is strong, and products include textiles, food, footwear, chemicals, apparel, plastics, and metal products.

Near Jakarta's shipping port is an export processing zone, an industrial area where manufacturers produce goods for export without incurring Indonesian taxes. There is also a large industrial area developed by the government with the help of a World Bank loan is located at Pulo Gadung, south of the port area.


Business meetings should be conducted through an agent and tend to be slow. Business cards are widely used. It is normal to greet and leave by shaking hands and giving a slight bow. Literature should be in English, and prices/rates should be quoted in US Dollars as well as Pounds Sterling.

Private office hours: Monday-Friday 08:00-16:00 or 09:00-17:00.

Government office hours: Monday-Thursday 08:00-14:30, Friday 08:00-12:00.

Commercial Information

This organisation can offer advice:

Kamar Dagang dan Industri Indonesia (KADIN) (Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry)

Address: 3rd-5th Floors, Chandra Building, Jalan M H Thamrin 20, Jakarta 10350

Telephone: (21) 324 000

Facsimile: (21) 315 0241

Conferences and Conventions

The Balai Sidang Jakarta Convention Centre can host up to 5,000 people. For support in organising a conference or convention in Indonesia, please contact the Directorate-General of Tourism or the Indonesia Tourism Promotion Board or a representative IPTO office (see Contact section).
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