About the Group
The Indonesian middle class is growing, causing Indonesia’s retail sector to expand at an impressive rate. The global economic slowdown in 2016 has discouraged neither foreign nor local retailers from expanding their businesses in Indonesia. Moreover, based on the 2018 Global Retail Development Index produced by A.T. Kearney, Indonesia remains one of the top ten most attractive markets worldwide for investment in the retail industry.
At the same time, challenges within the industry also continue to grow. This Working Group was formed to be a platform to consolidate the interests of European retailers operating in Indonesia by providing regular information updates on the regulatory environment as well as updates on the development of the industry in general.
In 2017 alone the Working Group focus remained consistent with the previous year, with some additional issues:
- The implementation of 80% local products.
- Mandatory SNI for several products.
- Halal Law.
- Draft Bill on E-Commerce.
- Payable Plastic Bags.
In early 2018 the working group invited guest speakers to the group's meetings. Nielsen shared an overview on the outlook of the Indonesia Retail sector for the year 2018, while IKEA (then a EuroCham Indonesia Platinum member) shared their experience in e-commerce developments in Indonesia.
In the middle of the year, Mr. Tony Mampuk stood down as the Head of Working Group due to his busy schedule. We would like to thank Tony for his support over the last three years. In due course, the Working Group will appoint a new head and deputy head. In the meantime, the Working Group will be under the supervision of the relevant EuroCham Board Patron for the upcoming year. The Retail Working Group plans to hold periodic meetings with invited guest speakers and internal meetings with Retail members to discuss regulatory updates and to share their day-to-day practical challenges.
The Working Group will continue to engage with the government and related stakeholders and foster intensive dialogue related to current issues in the retail sector, such as local content, standards and others.