TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The government hopes the development of 13 industrial areas will proceed without a hitch in the next five to seven years. “These 13 areas are already in the planning phase,” said Imam Haryono, the director general of industrial area development at the Industry Ministry, on Monday, November 10, 2014.
However, Imam stopped short of detailing the total investment in the 13 industrial areas, which will occupy 50 hectares of land, and the number of workers employed in them.
Imam said industrial areas in Java would be more for consumer goods while those outside would produce intermediate goods. The focus of these industries is adjusted based on several criteria, such as local natural resources, regional government’s commitment, infrastructure, the available energy resources, human resources and market.
Indonesian Industrial Estate Association chairman Sanny Iskandar said the groundbreaking ceremonies of the 13 industrial areas would be carried out from the end of this year to the middle of next year.
The 13 industrial areas are Bintuni, West Papua; Bitung, North Sulawesi; Palu, Central Sulawesi; Morowali, Central Sulawesi; Konawe, Southeast Sulawesi; Buli, North Maluku; Bantaeng, South Sulawesi; Batulicin, South Kalimantan; Ketapang, West Kalimantan, Landak, West Kalimantan; Kuala Tanjung, North Sumatera; Sei Mangkei, North Sumatera and Tanggamus, Lampung.
Two industrial areas in Java are Gresik in East Java and Cayung, Demak, Central Java. According to Sanny, the development of the industrial areas is the realization of President Joko Widodo’s wish to accelerate the development of industrial areas, especially outside Java.