Google plans to open its offices in Jakarta before 2012, as it is looking to use the country’s steadily rising number of internet users to boost its position in Asia.
Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and Indonesia’s vice president Boediono held talks regarding Google’s investment in the country and discussed the plans to open offices before 2012.
Google has a massive market to tap into, as only 40 million users among the country’s 230 million population have access to the internet. Indonesia has the third largest number of Facebook users in the world after the US and the UK, and has a large number of Twitter users as well.
Speaking during a summit in Bali, Schmidt said that Indonesia will soon see an internet boom that will transform the economy.
“You already have large Facebook and Twitter communities. You have very high Google use already. There are 50 million small businesses in Indonesia, I had no idea it was that large. Those (small businesses) will be the engine of growth for the future economy,” Schmidt said.
The Asia Business Development director for Google, Emmanuel Sauquet, said last year that Indonesia was the "right place for us to come" because of its fast economic growth.