#Asia E-commerce giant eBay to set up an office in Indonesia


eBay is already running an e-commerce joint venture called Blanja with state-owned Telkom

US-based e-commerce giant eBay has confirmed that it is setting up a “representative office” in Indonesia.

In a recent interview to CNN Indonesia, Daniel Feiler, Senior Director of Communications for eBay Asia Pacific, said that the company would soon commence a search for “Head for Cross-border Trade”, as part of its expansion plans in the country.

“We still need to decide [the best location and time for the office to open], as our goal for the moment is to find the best candidate,” said Feiler.

The head will be in charge of eBay’s communications and will represent the firm in the country. The person will also be responsible to search for local products that can be marketed to a global audience. Open recruitment for the position was posted in the company’s LinkedIn page.

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This is not the first time eBay has set up business in Indonesia. The e-commerce major is already running a  joint venture called Blanja with state-owned telecommunications operator Telkom.

A few months ago, Indra Utoyo, Director of Innovation and Strategic Portfolio at Telkom, had said that eBay would continue to invest in and develop Blanja.

“[Especially since] up until December 2015, Gross Market Value (GMV) growth has been good enough,” said Utoyo, as quoted by IndoTelko.

The government’s recent announcement with regard to foreign ownership in local e-commerce startups has opened doors to global players to do business in Indonesia.

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