Introductory Remarks of President Joko Widodo at the Limited Meeting on the Development of Batam, 12 December 2018, at the Presidential Office, Jakarta
Date 12 Desember 2018
Unofficial English Translation
Assalamualaikum waramatullahi wabarakatuh,
Mr. Vice President,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Based on my notes, today’s meeting is the umpteenth meeting on accelerating development in Batam and its surroundings. In December 2015 we talked about this, in January 2016 we talked about this, in March 2017 we talked about this, it has been discussed several times.
And we want Batam and its surroundings that have strategic position to be maximally developed in order to be attractive, to have competitiveness as economic zone, and to attract investors.
Therefore, I ask the Coordinating Minister for the Economy to provide information on developments in Batam concerning its transformation process from Free Trade Zone to Special Economic Zone (KEK) and also issues relating to licensing, legal certainty for investors, infrastructure provision, ports, and so on.(PR Division of Cabinet Secretariat)(DT/AW/YM/Naster)