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Jakarta Post

Mayor’s appointment as BP Batam’s head gets mixed reactions

  • Fadli

    The Jakarta Post

Batam   /   Fri, October 18 2019   /  02:22 am

The Batam Indonesia Free Trade Zone has seemingly been freed from bureaucratic limbo since Batam Mayor Muhammad Rudi was appointed the ex-officio head of the Batam Indonesia Free Trade Zone Authority (BP Batam) earlier this year as part of an effort to abolish dualistic authority on the island. Despite the much-lauded move, however, industry stakeholders expressed skepticism regarding the mayor’s ability to regulate investment in Batam, which has remained in the central government’s domain.The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) chairman in Riau, Makruf Maulana, said he was upset with the government’s decision to appoint the Batam mayor to be the ex-officio head of BP Batam.“We believe the decision was premature at best and loaded with vested political interests at worst. BP Batam should have remained under the control of industry professionals who are more than c...