The Jakarta Post
Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution inaugurated on Monday Edy Putra Irawadi as transitional chief of the Batam Indonesia Free Trade Zone Authority (BIFZA), also known as BP Batam.
Edy’s inauguration ended Lukita Dinarsyah Tuwo’s chairmanship in BP Batam, along with three deputies: Yusmar Anggadinata and two military and police officers, Maj. Gen. Eko Budi Supriyanto and Insp. Gen. Bambang Purwanto.
Two other deputies, Purwiyanto and Dwiyanto Eko Winaryo, retained their positions.
Darmin, who chairs the BP Batam Zonal Council, said the move was made to ensure a smooth transition before the appointment of the Batam mayor as ex-officio BP Batam chief.
The decision to appoint the Batam mayor as ex-officio chief of BP Batam was decided by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to abolish dualistic authority on the island.
“We believe [this decision] will bring more effective and smoother transitions to merge the authorities,” Darmin said in Jakarta on Monday.
He added that the government was working to amend Government Regulation (PP) No. 46/2007 to serve as a legal basis for the appointment of Batam’s mayor as ex-officio BP Batam head, adding that he expected the regulation to be issued by April 30 at the latest.
He assured the authority of BP Batam remains intact to provide licensing services in Batam while also preparing for the future leadership merger. (bbn)