#Asia Revealed! 7 key points of Indonesia’s much-awaited e-commerce roadmap


Tax holiday for startups to launch of a payment gateway, the new proposals are aimed at making it easy for e-commerce firms to operate in the country

Indonesia's Minister of Communications and Informatics Rudiantara at Bukalapak's office

Indonesia’s Minister of Communications and Informatics Rudiantara (left) at Bukalapak’s office

Darmin Nasution, the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs in Indonesia, on Thursday revealed the seven key points of its much-awaited e-commerce roadmap for the country.

The seven key points are:

  • Logistics services : The government will develop logistics facilities for e-commerce businesses, in an attempt to increase speed and to cut down costs.
  • Financing for startups: The government will set up a General Service Agency to assist it in the allocation of grants and funds for local startups. It will also optimise the role of financial institutions in funding of startups and will regulate crowdfunding.
  • Consumer protection: A stronger consumer protection regulation will be introduced and business licensing process will be simplified.

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  • Communication infrastructure: The government will continuously improve the nation’s communication infrastructure to reach out to the untapped markets.
  • Tax in e-commerce businesses: It also proposes a tax holiday for tech startups.
  • The education and human resource sector: The government will also educate professionals to prepare them to work in the e-commerce industry, although there is no clear mention of the channel through which it will be done.
  • Cyber security: The government will also strengthen surveillance and educate societies about the importance of cyber security, especially during transactions.

Apart from these points, the eradication of e-commerce from Negative Investment List and launching of National Payment Gateway will also be included in the list.

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Indonesia will also form a steering committee, an executor team and a project management office for the e-commerce sector, that involves industry players to monitor the roadmap’s implementation. It has also taken 30 initiatives to constant review the implementation.

Nasution also stated that the government is currently working on presidential regulations to give the roadmap a legally binding power.

“This should really be a national programme not limited to the government and to push the private [e-commerce] sector,” he said in a statement.

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