Equity investment amounting US$150 million will be provided from PT Astra International Tbk. (Astra) to GO-JEK following Indonesians’ high demand over the latter’s transportation-technology based services.
The equity investment will make the two firms more active in managing transportation and application. Astra has been long excelled in automotive field while GO-JEK has successfully reached many consumers through its business line. The equity investment will enable both of them to create new products and innovations for the country’s economy growth, says a press release that we obtain yesterday.
Upon its first launching, GO-JEK has provided livelihoods for millions of Indonesians. The equity investment will aid GO-JEK’s business line to get stronger after more than 1 million drivers have registered themselves at the GO-JEK application and over 125,000 merchants have cooperated with GO-JEK. GO-JEK offers delivery service not only for picking up and taking passengers to somewhere but also carrying foods, things, cleaning up and payment system. More than 1 million transactions have been made via GO-JEK per month.
Prijono Sugiarto, President Director of PT Astra International Tbk, said: “We are excited to be part of GO-JEK’s incredible journey. By collaborating with Go-JEK, Astra wishes to create value within its existing business, while also accelerating our digital initiatives.
“We are excited to work with GO-JEK because it has a social mission to improve the welfare of Indonesians. This is aligned with our commitment to support the development of micro, small and medium enterprises. Technology has a significant role to play in achieving this and we are convinced of the transformative power of digitally-focused companies like GO-JEK.”
This equity investment is welcomed well by Nadim Makarim, CEO and the Founder of GO-JEK. “This is a significant milestone for GO-JEK. It is testament to our strategy that one of Indonesia’s most iconic and successful businesses has shown such confidence in us. We are grateful for the support of Astra, our two organizations share a common belief – that by working together, we can accelerate economic development and improve life for millions of people across the country.”
Andre Soelistyo, President and Co-Founder of GO-JEK, speaks up about the equity investment, too. “As one of the most diversified business groups in Indonesia, Astra will support us as we accelerate our pace of innovation. We are confident that we will benefit from Astra’s knowledge and operational expertise, as well as synergies across our two organizations.”
Astra International Tbk is a firm that is established in 1957 in Jakarta with business lines that include automotive, agribusiness, infrastructure and logistic, property and information technology.
While GO-JEK Group is a multi platform technology group that is firstly launched in January 2015. The company is founded on the principle of using technology to improve lives for many people and give access to products and services. GO-JEK application has been downloaded more than 70 million times after the launching.
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