TEMPO.CO, Gresik - The Indonesian government is planning to develop a logistics center by integrating ports with industrial zones. The integration is also aimed at cost efficiencies.
Franky Sibarani, head of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), said that in addition to ports, industrial areas will also be integrated with power plants, highways, and railways.
"This will lower logistics costs. We will have further discussions with Customs to support that possibility," Franky said while visiting the Java Integrated Industrial and Port Estate (JIIPE) in Manyar District, Gresik, East Java, Sunday, August 23.
According to Franky, ease of logistics—including for exports and imports—can make Indonesia's special economic zones more attractive to investors. It will also create a variety of fiscal and non-fiscal eases that the government is currently preparing.
"In the future, we will seek to gain access to toll roads and railway networks. The integration will also involve the local community; to demonstrate that investment benefits will go to the people. Students can also seek employment opportunities in the investment location," he said.
JIIPE is an industrial area currently being constructed by PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III and PT AKR Corporindo. Standing on an area of 2,933 hectares, the JIIPE is equipped with 406 hectares of seaports and 77 hectares of residential areas. The project's total investment is Rp50 trillion. Construction has now entered the stage of completion of approximately 30 percent.
ARTIKA RACHMI FARMITA