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Qatar interested in investing in Mandalika tourism zone: Luhut

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Mon, December 11, 2017 | 05:45 pm
Qatar interested in investing in Mandalika tourism zone: Luhut Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan (second right) meets with Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (right) in Doha on Dec. 11. During the meeting, Luhut was accompanied by Indonesian Ambassador to Qatar M. Basri Sidehabi (left) and Indonesian special envoy to the Middle East and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Alwi Shihab. (Courtesy of/The Maritime Affairs Coordinating Ministry)

Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan has said Qatar has expressed an interest in investing in the Mandalika tourism special economic zone (KEK Mandalika) in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB).

The interest was expressed by Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani during his meeting with Luhut in Doha on Sunday.

“The country wants to invest in 150 hectares of land in the tourism sector,” said Luhut in a press statement received on Monday. Among the projects included are the extension of Lombok International Airport's runway to 3,000 meters in order to accommodate bigger airplanes.

Luhut was in Doha to lead an Indonesian delegation, including Indonesian Ambassador to Qatar M. Basri Sidehabi, Indonesian special envoy to the Middle East and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) ALWI Shihab and NTB Governor Zainul Majdi.

During the meeting, Luhut and the Qatar emir also discussed several other issues, including Qatar’s intention to invest in the agriculture sector in Central Kalimantan, the development of aquaculture in Subang, West Java, and the country’s wish to become a sponsor of next year’s Asian Games in Indonesia.

While in the country, Luhut said he had held several bilateral meetings including with Qatar Finance Minister Ali Shareef Al Emadi, who also acts as secretary general of the Supreme Council of Economic Affairs and Investment and Deputy Prime Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah, who also acts as defense minister.

Luhut said Qatar would send a team to Indonesia on Dec. 27 to follow up the investment plan. (bbn)

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