Foreign investors eye RI’s small islands

Foreign investors eye RI’s small islands

The beauty of the archipelago has charmed a number of foreign investors to pour some of their money into the development of ecotourism on Indonesia's small islands.

Swedish Ambassador Ewa Polano said on Tuesday that Indonesia, which had an immense number of small islands, offered lots of potential for ecotourism that businesses and local communities could capitalise on.

"We, along with Swedish entrepreneurs, would like to create the biggest ecotourism region in Asia-Pacific," she said on the sidelines of Indonesia's first International Forum on Small Island Investments held by the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry.

John Higson, a Swedish man from PT Eco Solutions Lombok, said he was interested to invest in ecotourism in West Nusa Tenggara due to its immense beauty.

"Nine years ago I was on holiday with my daughter and I visited Gili Meno in Lombok. We really liked the island and several years later, we bought a villa there," said Higson, who was present at the forum.

After having a villa in Gili Meno, Higson thought of developing ecotourism on other islands of Lombok and West Sumbawa.

He said that he made a presentation in front of the local officials, including the West Sumbawa regent, who he said was interested in ecotourism.

"In 2010, we started this ecotourism project with the local administration to develop Tanjung Ringgit [in Lombok]," he said.

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