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The Emerging Markets Handbook: An analysis of the investment potential in 18 key emerging market economies by Pran Tiku

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Chapter 9: Indonesia

Overview

Indonesia has been the toast of the investment world in recent years, and why not. Between 2002 and 2011 the stock market rose seven-fold as it clawed its way back from the financial crisis of the late 1990s. It has a young population of 242 million and a rising middle class that aspires to a Western standard of living. As mentioned earlier, some commentators have suggested it ought to replace India in the BRICs.

According to MGI Global research, Indonesia is the 16th largest economy with 45 million consumers and an urban population of around 50% that produces about 74% of its GDP. It has 55 million skilled workers producing about $0.5 trillion in output. However, this is likely to be a pale shadow of what ...

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