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Jakarta Post

Criticism mounts over plan for more industrial zones across Java

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 30, 2019   /  02:44 pm
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The Suryacipta City industrial estate, developed by Surya Semesta Internusa, is located in East Karawang, West Java.(Courtesy of

  The government’s plan to develop new special economic zones on Java has run up against opposition, with critics saying it would not only hamper the goal of creating equal economic development across the country but also put an additional burden on the densely populated island. The idea comes from Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution, who recently said the government would allow the development of industrial special economic zones (SEZ) in Java as long as they were export-oriented, facilitated import substitution or were hi-tech industries. Separately, Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto said the industrial zones would be located in Central Java and East Java. The one in Central Java would focus on automotive, textile and electrical components, while the one in East Java would become a “digital cluster” similar to the Nongsa Digital Park in...