The Indonesian government is promoting its small islands for tourism development. According to the website “As the world’s largest archipelagic country, thousand of small islands in Indonesia are waiting to be developed for more beneficial platforms sustaining the future Indonesian economy.”. Unfortunately, the website does not have a location map of these islands and you cannot easily locate on Google Map either.
The government of Indonesia invites foreign and domestic investors to invest in the country’s small islands and coastal areas in order to make these locations more attractive for tourism and other sectors. Facilities and infrastructure in these areas as well as transportation to and around these areas should be improved. Therefore, the government – through its Team for the Acceleration of Investment in Small Islands within the Ministry of Fishery and Maritime – is eager to make the investment climate more attractive. Currently, it sees three bottlenecks.
These three bottlenecks that hamper both foreign and domestic investments in Indonesia’s smaller islands and coastal areas are the difficulty of obtaining licenses and permits due to the country’s rampant bureaucracy, weak access to the areas and legal uncertainty. The team also said that the government’s Masterplan for Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesian Economic Development (MP3EI), a recently unveiled masterplan (2011) through which the government aims to turn Indonesia into one of the world’s largest economies by 2025 through intense private sector participation, has so far failed to stimulate increased direct investments in the real sector of the economy.
On 29 and 30 October 2013, Indonesia’s First International Forum on Small Islands Investment is organized by the Directorate of Small Islands Empowerment, the Directorate of General Marine Coastal and Small Islands, and the Ministry of Fishery and Maritime. This forum features some of the most prospective small islands in Indonesia in terms of investment opportunities in the fields of tourism, transportation, fishing, plantation and other industry sectors.
Indonesian islands that receive special attention in the forum are Bawal island (West Kalimantan), Gili Sunut island (Lombok), and Anak Sambu island (in the Singapore Strait).