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Jakarta Post

No language or KITAS requirements for foreign workers: Jokowi

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 20, 2015   /  06:42 pm

President Joko '€œJokowi'€ Widodo has ordered that the requirements for foreigners working in Indonesia to master Indonesian and to hold a Temporary Stay Permit (KITAS) be scrapped.

Jokowi said in a recent Cabinet meeting that the two rules hampered the government'€™s efforts to create a conducive climate for investors.

Cabinet Secretary Pramono Agung said Jokowi had demanded that all regulations which impeded investment be removed.

'€œHe does not only mean regulations from the central government but also from regional administrations, including regional regulations,'€ Pramono said, as quoted by the Cabinet secretary'€™s website,, on Thursday.

The requirement for foreign workers in Indonesia to be able to speak Indonesian is stated in Manpower Ministry Regulation No. 12/2013. Meanwhile, the requirement to hold a KITAS is mentioned in the 2011 Immigration Law. (edn/ika)