JAKARTA: The plan to tighten mobile phone import will spur investment flow into the country, as the principals will consider building factory in Indonesia, said Indonesian Electronics Association.
Chairman of the Indonesian Electronic Association (Gabel) Ali Subroto Oentaryo said the principals are supposedly to set up factories in Indonesia, in order to avoid the obstacles if the austerity plan on the import of mobile phones will be imposed.
"If it does not fit to the requirement, even it is small, and then the principal will find it hard to circulate their products which are made in overseas. Hence, it is more convenient if they have a factory in Indonesia," he said, Monday, May 14, 2012.
As it is known, the government will require importers of mobile phones to obtain permit from the principals before bringing the electronic product to the country, in order to suppress the circulation of illegal mobile phones in the country.
In addition, the imported mobile phones have to meet the technical requirements, covering the test and registration of international mobile equipment identity (IMEI) which will be handled by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.
Ali believes the government must monitor the volume of mobile phone imports since the consumption is very large. It can be seen from the number of mobile service subscribers which is currently 250 million.
Due to the large market, it is time to build a factory in Indonesia principals, he added. (t03/aph)