Risky Business: How Indonesia’s economic nationalism is hurting foreign investment – and local people
Published in 2014 by Connor Court
As a young democracy with an emerging middle class and an abundance of natural resources, Indonesia is attracting plenty of interest from foreign investors. While the potential benefits of doing business in the developing Asian economy are obvious, the risks can be tougher to spot. But journalist Ari Sharp has found there are plenty of things that can go wrong, and often do. With widespread corruption, a crooked legal system and dysfunctional infrastructure, Indonesia can be a high-risk destination for outsiders keen to invest. Looking back over the past five years, Risky Business investigates real-life investment nightmares and discovers that plenty more pain might await others who venture to Indonesia unprepared.
“Risky Business is a frank, fair-minded, lively and very readable account of the perils of doing business in Indonesia. Its well-researched and deftly-drawn case studies are not just cautionary tales for would-be investors, but also fascinating snapshots of Indonesia as it struggles to realise its immense potential.”
– Professor Hugh White
“Ari Sharp has produced a learned and important assessment of Indonesia to this date. It is a dramatically changing Indonesia that we are now dealing with.”
– Harold Mitchell AC
Paperback, 326 pages