Batam Needs to Expand Economic Sector Development Coverage

By : Herry Barus And Aldi Firhand | Sunday, October 07 2018 - 20:56 IWST

Illustration of Batam Industrial Estate (Foto Ist)
Illustration of Batam Industrial Estate (Foto Ist)

INDUSTRY.co.id - Jakarta-Batam, which is located in Riau Islands Province, needs to look for various alternatives in the field of economic development that can be developed rapidly in addition to the oil and gas sector in order to boost economic growth beyond 4 percent per year.

"We know that the main industry in Batam which supports it is the oil and gas industry. This is one of the causes of economic growth to fall," said House of Representatives Commission XI member Michael Jeno in a written statement on Saturday (6/10/218)

Michael Jeno stated this after holding a meeting with the Riau Islands Provincial Government and the Batam Business Administration at the BI Building in Batam, Friday (05/10/2018), related to the lowest recorded national growth of Riau Islands.

The PDIP politician reminded that in Batam, there are a number of industrial sectors that can be developed, among others, in the tourism sector and the marine and fisheries industry.

Moreover, he warned that the economic downturn in the Riau Islands Province also had a global economic effect on the oil and gas industry in Batam, because the oil and gas industry was the main supporter of the economy.

Previously, the Head of the Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) Triawan Munaf said the film studios in Batam were now of international class and had been used to produce a number of high-quality films in the country.

"The studio in Batam is international class, soundproof studio," Triawan Munaf said at a press conference after Batam Connecting Asia-Pacific Business Gathering in Jakarta on Thursday (6/9).

Triawan explained, the soundproof studio that can display high-quality audio system has also been filming a number of national films such as "Buffalo Boys".

According to him, with the focus of Batam to one of them to develop the world of cinema will also bring a very positive impact on the condition of the world of film industry in the archipelago.

This is because at this time there are still many filmmakers who are constrained by a number of obstacles when going to produce films in various regions.

"For the film, (the development of the film production sector in Batam) is amazingly successful," he said.

He argued, it could be indicated as suddenly there were entrepreneurs who had big capital who wanted to embed their investments in the film, as well as film practitioners who were also considered facilitated in order to meet investors.

The Head of Bekraf also expressed his appreciation that the Batam government was very welcoming by giving a number of conveniences to various parties who wanted to produce films there.

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