Apple to Build Research Center in Indonesia

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta-Technology-giant Apple Inc. plans to invest in a research and development center in Indonesia, officials said Friday, October 16.

    Communications and Informatics Minister Rudiantara said the Cupertino-based company proposed to develop a research center after successfully developing a similar place in Brazil.

    “They proposed a model like in Brazil and will be adopted to Indonesia,” Rudiantara said after attending XL event in Graha XL, Mega Kuningan, on Friday.

    Rudiantara claimed that investment talks between the government and Apple lacks detail. So far, he only knows that the development plan to build a research and development center will be similar to the one Apple has developed in Brazil.

    Joko Widodo’s administration is seeking to attract investors by offering various conveniences and services in licensing. Jokowi have also instructed ministers to coordinate with one another in effort to ease investors’ plan to invest their money in Indonesia.

    Regarding to Apple’s investment plan, Rudiantara says the ministry will discuss regulation on domestic content level that is required to reach 30 percent.

    The Industry Ministry, said Rudiantara, is preparing a specific policy for the 30 percent domestic content level.

    ALI HIDAYAT