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Land 'mafia’ blamed for driving investors away from Indonesia

  • Made Anthony Iswara

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, October 14, 2019   /  04:07 pm
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Agrarian and Spatial Planning Minister Sofyan Djalil (right) talks to Economic Coordinating Minister Darmin Nasution. Minister Sofyan said that activities of land cartels have discouraged foreign investors from doing business in Indonesia. (Antara/Wahyu Putro A)

Activities of land "mafia" have hampered the realization of a number of major investment projects in Indonesia, including a petrochemical plant to be built by South Korean petrochemical conglomerate Lotte Chemical, Agrarian and Spatial Planning Minister Sofyan Djalil has said. The Indonesian unit of the South Korean business group, PT Lotte Chemical Indonesia, planned to invest about Rp 50 trillion (t(US$3.5 billion) to build a chemical plant in Cilegon, Banten, but the company could not realize the project because the land to be used as the site for the chemical plant was claimed by other people, Sofyan said in a press conference at his office in Jakarta on Friday last week. He said that such practices of the land cartels had discouraged foreign companies, including those from China, from investing in Indonesia. As reported by the World Bank, between June and August 2019...