APRN has joined the business luncheon forum on “The essential key to win ASEAN Market” hosted by the Rotary Club of Jakarta Menteng last 11th of June. The forum features Mrs. Mariko Asmara Yoshihara, CEO & Shareholder of the JAC Recruitment Asia, who have shared her insights and perspective on how to utilize huge Indonesia manpower vis-à-vis job market demand brought about by the implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community 2015.

As Indonesia’s economy is projected to be the 7th largest in the world by 2030, the talk discusses how foreign investors can penetrate this emerging market. Issues on Indonesian professionals’ competitiveness in knowledge and skills were discussed too on how it can be measured in relevance to its marketability and salary worth. A survey on salary trend 2015 conducted by JAC was shared in the session as well highlighting how the civil servant salaries have risen 6% (2015) and are in the range of IDR 2.5 million to IDR 50 million per month.

Overall, the survey gives us a snapshot on how government policies can greatly affect the foreign direct investment in Indonesia as according to the Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), the total amount of foreign direct investment grew 16.4% in the second quarter of 2014 to a total of IDR 116 trillion (USD 10 billion), a record for an individual quarter. This has demonstrated that the 2014 presidential election and general election did cause a postponement of foreign direct investment. Although domestic total inward direct investment was IDR 38 trillion (USD 3.3 billion), foreign inward direct investment was recorded at IDR 78 trillion (USD 6.7 billion).

And with this economic landscape, Indonesia has to clearly show its viciousness to compete with other Asian market as its population is noted to be one of the largest.