Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board has launched a special desk to facilitate Chinese investors, the head of the board, Franky Sibarani, said in a written statement here on Monday.
He said the China Desk is expected to increase the countrys investment realization in Indonesia, which reached US$ 2.1 billion in 2015.
"Today the Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board officially opens the China Desk and assigns officers who can communicate in Mandarin fluently," he said.
He explained that the China Desk will assist and facilitate investors in order to understand Indonesias investment policies, as well as to seek guidance and consultation on investment licenses in Indonesia.
According to Sibarani, the Chinese investment realization in Indonesia showed a rising trend. In the first quarter of 2016, the realization of Chinas investment was US$ 464.6 million, 518.6 percent more than US$ 75.1 million during the same period last year.
This makes China the fourth largest investor in Indonesia after Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong.
"China is one of the largest foreign investors in Indonesia, with its investment increasing rapidly in the last two years," he said.
In the next few months, the board will also open the Indonesia Investment Promotion Center (IIPC) in Beijing.
Earlier, some measures to attract and increase the realization of Chinas investment in Indonesia have been taken, including appointment of a Marketing Officer.
The Marketing Officer will be tasked with marketing the investment potential in order to attract investment from China to Indonesia, provide consultation and facilitate Chinese investors to realize their investment in Indonesia.
The Marketing Officer will also help the investors to establish good cooperation with relevant stakeholders.
The Minister Counselor of Commercial and Economic Affairs, the Chinese Embassy in Jakarta, Wang Liping, positively responded to the steps taken by the board.
"These are very positive actions and will encourage more Chinese investments. The Chinese Embassy fully supports these measures taken by the Indonesian government," he added.
In 2016, the board has organized several investment promotion events in Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou and Dongguan.
Through the events the board recorded Chinas investment interests worth US$10.8 billion.
In June, the Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board will hold investment promotion events in three provinces in China, namely in Jinan, (Shandong province), Shenyang (Liaoning province) and Hangzhou (Zhejiang province).(*)

Editor: Heru Purwanto
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