The Republic of Indonesia is located on a group of islands. The population of the country is 251.6 million people and 50.7% of them are urban dwellers. The capital and the largest city with a population of about 9 million is Jakarta. Other large cities include Surabaya (2.7 mln), Bekasi (2.9 mln), Bandung (2.4), Medan (2.1 mln), Tangerang (1.8 mln), and Palembang (1.5 mln).
Even though poverty, poor infrastructure and corruption are still common, Indonesia’s economy has made great progress over the past years. Key exports include oil and gas, electrical appliances, plywood, textiles, and rubber. Indonesia’s GDP is $1.237 billion and growing. The country has a low ranking in the ease of doing business category due to strict government control.
Franchise business has great long-term perspectives in Indonesia. Over 1100 franchise companies are present on the market, of which a little less than a half are foreign franchises. The most popular franchise sectors include food and beverage as well as education, retail and specialty convenience stores.
The rising disposable incomes of Indonesia (which is now US$6,901 per household) and a large segment of the young population create opportunities for franchise development in the country. The reasons for concern may include the poor level of transport and energy supply infrastructure.
There are high investment business opportunities, as well as cheap franchises in Indonesia presented for review, the choice is yours.
Currency: Indonesian rupiah
Education Index (2013): 0.603
Official languages: Indonesian
Per capita GDP (PPP): $12,432
Quality-of-life index (0-10): 5.54
Population: 251.6 mln
Total GDP (PPP): $3.257 trillion
Ease of Doing Business Ranking, Rank: 72
Human Development Index (HDI): 0.689