Indonesians are finding it hard to secure business permits, especially for small and medium enterprises (SME), with a recent survey showing that the country is lagging behind its regional peers in improving ease of doing business.
According to Saiful Mujani Research & Consulting (SMRC), which surveyed 2,003 people, 53 percent of respondents said it was “hard” or “very hard” to obtain a business permit for an SME.
The figure is higher in rural areas (57 percent) than in urban centers (49 percent), according to the survey, which was conducted by phone on June 24 to 26. Kalimantan showed the largest share of respondents who faced difficulty securing a permit, at 92 percent.
“These findings confirm […] Indonesia’s lack of competitiveness in terms of doing business compared to other countries,” S...