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