Company Registration in Indonesia

If you're planning to establish a company in Indonesia, Seven Stones Indonesia is here to help you do so legally and efficiently.

Setting up a legal business entity In Indonesia is much easier than ever before. New laws and regulations are being passed and the government’s initiatives are bringing employment, money and expertise at a time of rapid expansion and growth. Seven Stones Indonesia is here to help you setup and create a business roadmap to help you navigate to success.

Types of Business Entities for Foreign Investors in Indonesia

There's more than one way that foreigners can do business legally in Indonesia


If you are a foreign company or individual and want to fully own a company in Indonesia, a PT PMA is the best and most common way go. A PT PMA ensures that the investor controls the management of the company completely.

General Representative Office (KPPA)

A representative office is a good choice for companies exploring business opportunities and for sourcing products in the Indonesian market. They are defined as a business office that has been established by a company in a foreign country or jurisdiction where the business is not yet licensed to operate, so they can conduct marketing and other non-transactional operations.

Representative Office for Trading (KP3A)

A representative office for trading (KP3A) can act as the parent company’s selling, manufacturing, and buying agent and conduct trading activities in Indonesia on behalf of its foreign parent company. The parent company may also delegate tasks related to establishing branch offices in Indonesian cities to its KP3A. Similar to the KPPA, there are limitations to KP3A activities in Indonesia.

Representative Office for a Construction Company (BUJKA)

A representative office for a construction company (BUJKA) is best suited for larger foreign construction companies since they are only allowed to engage in large-scale construction projects while small size projects are reserved for local construction companies.

Internal and External Processes of Establishing a Company in Indonesia

These are the most important aspects you need to consider

In-House Processes


Begin by arranging a consultation with one of our professionals about what you plan to do in Indonesia.  

Get Your Paperwork

After your consultation, you’ll have a clearer picture of what you can or can’t do and that’s when you let us have the documents we need to set up your company.

Document Check

Once we have your documents we can check them and make sure everything’s in order.


We can then draft an application letter and send it to the relevant government agencies.

Submit the Documents

After which we can submit everything to the relevant government agencies on your behalf. 

Outside Processes

Get a Indonesian Tax ID (NPWP)

We’ll help you get an NPWP (Tax ID), which you’ll need to get a business license and open bank accounts, as well as pay your taxes!

Get an Indonesian Business Identification Number (NIB)

We’ll help you get an NIB (a business identification number) so you can start running your business.

Deed of Incorporation (for a PT PMA)

We’ll work with a Notary to draft a Deed of Incorporation and have it legalised.

Approval of  a Legal Entity (for a PT PMA)

If everything is in order, the Ministry of Law and Human Rights approves the Deed of Incorporation.

Getting Other Licenses (for a PT PMA)

There are some business streams that need specific permits and licenses. If your business needs them, we can help you get them. 

Comparisons of Company Establishment Options for Foreign Investors in Indonesia

Representative Office (KPPA)
Representative Office for Trading Business (KP3A)
Representative Office for Construction Company (BUJKA)
  • Allows profit-generating business activities
  • Allows up to 100% foreign ownership
  • Ideal for business sectors that are open for foreign investment
  • Not allowed to generate financial income
  • Allows up to 100% foreign ownership
  • Ideal for testing the waters before setting up a fully-fledged company
  • Works best for non-sales activities
  • ot allowed to perform any sales and purchase activities
  • Allows up to 100% foreign ownership
  • Ideal for liaising, promotional, and market survey activities
  • Permitted to engage in large-scale construction projects within a joint operation with a Local PT
  • Best suited for the larger global construction companies
  • Minimum two shareholders (corporate/individual)
  • Minimum one local director
  • Must have at least one commissioner (can be a foreigner with a valid work permit)
  • No shareholder or director required
  • One chief executive is sufficient
  • No shareholder or director required
  • One chief executive is sufficient
  • No local shareholders are required


  • Minimum IDR 10 billion of investment
  • At least IDR 10 billion should be provided as a paid-up capital
  • No capital is required
  • No capital is required
  • No capital is required


  • Full control of business
  • Eligible to sponsor work and stay permit for foreign employee
  • Low incorporation cost
  • Eligible to sponsor work and stay permit for foreign employees
  • Low incorporation cost
  • Eligible to sponsor work and stay permit for foreign employee
  • Can open a branch office in any part of Indonesia
  • Low incorporation cost
  • Allowed to work on a construction project in a joint operation with a Local PT without acquiring a construction license (SIUJK)
  • Eligible to sponsor work and stay permit for foreign employee

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These are answers to questions we get asked the most about company set ups. If your question isn't here, drop us a line.

Of course. To do so, you need to engage with a local nominee service provider.
Yes, this particularly applies to import and export businesses. Instead of establishing a company, you can use an undername import service, also known as importer of record.
It should take between 1 to 1.5 months. For speedy incorporation, you can choose a shelf company (ready-made company) instead.
Yes. A joint venture company can be in the form of PT PMA (foreign company) or PT (local company). Requirements for each establishment are different.
Business Registration Number is proof that a company, regardless of type, is legally registered in Indonesia. A company that does not have a Business Registration Number may have to face dissolution.

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Ridwan Jasin Zachrie

CFO of Seven Stones Indonesia, Jakarta

Ridwan is one of Indonesia’s top executives with a long and illustrious career in the financial world. He holds several professional certifications including being a Certified Business Valuer (CBV) issued by the Australian Academy of Finance and Management; Broker-Dealer Representative (WPPE); and The Directorship Certification for Directors and Commissioners, issued by the Indonesian Institute of Commissioners and Directors.

His experience includes being the Managing Director at one of the top investment banking groups in the region, the Recapital Group, the CFO at State-owned enterprises in fishery industry and the CEO at Tanri Abeng & Son Holding. He’s also been an Independent Commissioner in several Financial Service companies and on the Audit and Risk Committee at Bank BTPN Tbk, Berau Coal Energy Tbk, Aetra Air Jakarta as well as working for Citibank, Bank Mandiri and HSBC. His last position was as CFO at PT Citra Putra Mandiri – OSO Group.

Ridwan has won a number of prestigious awards including the Best CFO Awards 2019 (Institute of Certified Management Accountant Australia-Indonesia); Asia Pacific Young Business Leader awarded by Asia 21 Network New York USA (Tokyo 2008); UK Alumni Business Awards 2008 awarded by the British Council; and The Most Inspiring Human Resources Practitioners’ version of Human Capital Magazine 2010.

He’s a member of the Board of Trustees of the Alumni Association of the Faculty of Law, Trisakti University, Co-Founder of the Paramadina Public Policy Institute and actively writes books, publications and articles in the mass media. He co-authored “Korupsi Mengorupsi Indonesia” in 2009, which helps those with an interest in understanding governance in Indonesia and the critical issue of corruption. Ridwan speaks Indonesian and English.

Per Fredrik Ecker

Managing Director of Seven Stones Indonesia, Jakarta

Per is the Managing Director of the Seven Stones Indonesia (SSI) Jakarta office and has more than 25-years’ experience in Indonesia, China, and Western Europe. He previously worked in senior management positions with Q-Free ASA, Siemens AG, and other companies in the telecom sector. Over the last six years, he has been the Chairman of the Indonesia-Norway Business Council (INBC) and recently become elected to be on the board of EuroCham Indonesia.

His most recent experience is within Intelligent Transport Solutions (ITS), Telecom, and other sectors within the Indonesian market. He is today through his position in SSI and by representing Norway Connect, promoting Nordic and European companies that would like to explore business opportunities in the Indonesian market. He’s also playing an active role to help create the Nordic House concept in Jakarta that will provide an excellent platform for Nordic companies entering Indonesia, where they’ll find a community that can offer support with trusted information and affordable services to enter this market.

Andrzej Barski

Director of Seven Stones Indonesia

Andrzej is Co-owner/ Founder and Director of Seven Stones Indonesia. He was born in the UK to Polish parents and has been living in Indonesia for more than 33-years. He is a skilled writer, trainer and marketer with a deep understanding of Indonesia and its many cultures after spending many years travelling across the archipelago from North Sumatra to Irian Jaya.

His experience covers Marketing, Branding, Advertising, Publishing, Real Estate and Training for 5-Star Hotels and Resorts in Bali and Jakarta, which has given him a passion for the customer experience. He’s a published author and a regular contributor to local and regional publications. His interests include conservation, eco-conscious initiatives, spirituality and motorcycles. Andrzej speaks English and Indonesian.

Terje H. Nilsen

Director of Seven Stones Indonesia

Terje is from Norway and has been living in Indonesia for over 20-years. He first came to Indonesia as a child and after earning his degree in Business Administration from the University of Agder in Norway, he moved to Indonesia in 1993, where he has worked in leading positions in education and the fitness/ wellness industries all over Indonesia including Jakarta, Banjarmasin, Medan and Bali.

He was Co-owner and CEO of the Paradise Property Group for 10-years and led the company to great success. He is now Co-owner/ Founder and Director of Seven Stones Indonesia offering market entry services for foreign investors, legal advice, sourcing of investments and in particular real estate investments. He has a soft spot for eco-friendly and socially sustainable projects and investments, while his personal business strengths are in property law, tourism trends, macroeconomics, Indonesian government and regulations. His personal interests are in sport, adventure, history and spiritual experiences.

Terje’s leadership, drive and knowledge are recognised across many industries and his unrivalled network of high level contacts in government and business spans the globe. He believes you do good and do well but always in that order. Terje speaks English, Indonesian and Norwegian.