The Jakarta Post
The government has announced that it will establish a national strategic zone in West Java consisting of Bekasi, Karawang and Purwakarta.
“We will form a strategic zone, so that spatial planning, water management and all services will be integrated,” Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Minister Asman Abnur said after a meeting at the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister in Jakarta on Friday.
He said the processing of licenses for investment in the three regions would be made simpler.
Industrial Estate Association (HKI) chairman Sanny Iskandar said the strategic industrial zone would be established based on a 2017 study by the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT).
Sanny said several issues were discussed at the meeting, including clean water, for which the government would construct the Cibeeg dam, and security, particularly because two regional police forces oversaw the three regions – Bekasi under the Jakarta Police and Karawang and Purwakarta under West Java Police.
The establishment of a board to oversee the strategic zone would not reduce the authority of local governments, said Sanny, adding that the three regions would be involved in supervising the integrated industrial zone. (bbn)