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Gojek/Tokopedia tie-up poses a question for Indonesian banking regulator

Merger shows Indonesia e-commerce coming of age, but can the financial services assets be combined?

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The combination of Gojek and Tokopedia, two leading Indonesian platforms, is no surprise.

It has been telegraphed for a while and became a necessity once GrabGojek’s closest equivalent in southeast Asia – opted out of a merger with its Indonesian counterpart and instead opted to boost its capital through a special purpose acquisition company (Spac) listing.

The new business, to be called GoTo Group, has a lot going for it.

In combination, its legacy businesses had gross transaction value of more than $22 billion through 1.8 billion transactions in 2020, with 11 million merchant partners and 100 million monthly active users supported by a registered driver fleet of two million.

Gojek is Indonesia’s leading ride-hailing, mobile services and payments platform, and an important fixture more widely in southeast Asia; Tokopedia is a tech-smart e-commerce company – toko means shop in Bahasa.

Between them their investor base includes Alibaba, BlackRock, Facebook, Google, KKR, PayPal, Temasek, Tencent and SoftBank; powerful friends, indeed.

Whatever the outcome, the new payments business … will be well-placed in one of the world’s most compelling markets

At Euromoney, our interest in these platforms is always on the financial services side: the way groups such as Gojek and Grab – and Alibaba, Tencent and Paytmuse their e-commerce or mobile chat footprints to underpin nimble and powerful payments businesses that displace the mainstream operations of retail banks.

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