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Indonesia is the hub of one of the biggest and youngest labor forces. Additionally, the country has a score of 73 on the Ease of Conducting Trade Ranking. The government recently decided to relocate the capital to improve transportation, combat major hazards, and build facilities. This article discusses the ways and procedures of starting an industry in Indonesia. 

Types of corporate structures

Although establishments in the country are similar to those in other nations, foreign employers must be aware of the procedures, requirements, types of liability, taxes, and costs associated with a firm there.

Foreign-owned industry 

These organizations are established by international companies to operate in the country. They are governed by the Overseas Capital Investment Act. Such entities must have a commissioner and at least one administrator.

Limited liability company 

A foreign corporation may conduct business operations throughout the country if it registers as an LLC. Based on the size of the firm, an LLC’s minimal paid-up capital might range from $3745 to $748740.

Representative office 

It permits a foreign company to create a unit to serve as a point of contact. A RO operator’s license is good for two years in the country.

Nominee trading company 

This foreign corporation needs two shareholders, two managers, and $3166 in capital to establish a nominee trading firm. It is appropriate for a foreign business looking to invest in Indonesia.

Setting up a business

Setting up a trade in Indonesia has many benefits in terms of strategy, advertising, and operations, including highly skilled youthful labor, rising consumer spending, and a key location within ASEAN.

There are 19 Special Economic Zones in Indonesia, each with unique financial and regulatory advantages for both native and foreign companies. These zones make starting a business in the nation advantageous for investors. Businesses operating in these zones are eligible for perks like tax breaks and investment incentives. 

It should be emphasized that to qualify for these benefits, investors must meet specific requirements while launching a firm. 

Registration of a company 

To establish a business in Indonesia, the employer must follow many rules, which vary depending on the type of business. Regardless of format, the following procedures outline the normal steps of registering a firm.

Put a name on hold

The initial step in forming a firm in Indonesia is to reserve your corporation’s name. After choosing the unique name you can reserve it with the authorities. The State Regulation No. 43 of 2011 governs the firm’s title and validity. The rule gives the company name statutory safety, legally protecting the brand names.

Latin letters are required when writing the company name. The name shouldn’t have ever been legitimately used by another business. Make sure the Notary Public has approved the name of your business. This proves that your company is a legitimate corporation.

Article of association 

The Articles of Association resemble a how-to guide for conducting business. The Articles of Association (AOA), which are written documents, outline the policies and guidelines that organizations must adhere to. Understanding these regulations is crucial when beginning a business in Indonesia. 

The overseas employer then notarizes their signature and submits the paperwork to the MOLHR for review. Within 2 months after the certificate of establishment’s completion, which includes the articles of organization, employers are required to submit other documents.


To open a corporation in Indonesia, employers must fulfill several procedures. The list of paperwork that companies need to register a company is provided below.

  • Article of incorporation;
  • Name of the company; 
  • Corporate activities;
  • Notarial deed;
  • Address; 
  • Details of the owners and shareholders; and 
  • Financial statements.