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West Java Investment Summit (WJIS 2020): Governor Ridwan Kamil welcomes World Investors to West Java

Bandung, W Java, Indonesia, Nov 27, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - The 2020 West Java Investment Summit (WJIS 2020) was held in Bandung City from Nov 16 to 19, hosted by the West Java provincial government in collaboration with the Bank of Indonesia Representative Office in West Java. With the WJIS 2020, West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil could invite investors from around the world to invest in the province of West Java, particularly the new Rebana Metropolitan project.

Rebana Metropolitan is the northeastern area of West Java Province that includes the six districts of Sumedang, Majalengka, Cirebon, Subang, Indramayu, and Kuningan and the city of Cirebon. The Metropolitan area has a population of 9.28 million, or some 18.82% of the total 49.3-million population of West Java as of 2019.

As many as 1,434 foreign and domestic investors participated in the WJIS 2020 one-on-one meeting session on Monday, in which 16 land projects were offered with a total investment value of US$2.8 billion (Rp 39.5 trillion). Governor Ridwan Kamil offered the advantages of investing in West Java for international investors.

First, West Java has quality infrastructure, such as Patimban Port, located in Subang district, which will open in December 2020. "West Java is going to have the Jakarta-Bandung Fast Train that will be completed next year," said Ridwan. West Java also continues the development of several toll roads that will facilitate further access.

The other advantages of investing in West Java are its quality infrastructure and competitive human resources. With these positive points, the governor ensures that West Java can compete with provinces in other countries, such as Thailand and Vietnam.

"West Java is one of the most competitive regions in Indonesia," he stated. Ridwan emphasized that to strengthen the provinces competitiveness, the West Java local government remained committed to making improvements in four important fields: education, infrastructure, socio-political stability, and bureaucratic reform.

The governor expressed optimism that West Java would become a globally competitive region to attract foreign investment, especially in the Rebana Metropolitan area. "For the last three years, West Java has been the prime investment destination in Indonesia," said Governor Ridwan.

Through the third week of November 2020, West Java Province recorded total inbound investment of more than IDR 380 trillion, consisting of four categories: (1) Realized Investment (for the period of January to September 2020); (2) Preparation-stage Investment; (3) Commitment-stage Investment; and (4) Ready-to-offer Investment.

Realized Investment, based on Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) data for the January to September 2020 period, the West Java province ranks first with a value of IDR 86.3 trillion or 14.1 percent.

Noneng Komara Nengsih, West Java Investment Agency (DPMPTSP) Head, mentioned five sectors in the province that are favourable to investors: (1) construction; (2) transportation, warehouse and communication; (3) housing, industrial and office areas; (4) electricity, gas and water; (5) motor vehicles and other transportation equipment industries.

Preparation-stage Investment in West Java comes from 11 investors: (1) PT Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Indonesia; (2) PT Amazon Data Services Indonesia; (3) PT UPC Sukabumi Bayu Energi; (4) PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia China (KCIC); (5) PT Tanjung Jati Power Company; (6) PT Pertamina Power Indonesia dan PT Jawa Satu Power; (7) PT Premier Qualitas Indonesia dan Trisula Group; (8) Masdar Mubadala Company; (9) China Petroleum Corporation; (10) Frisian Flag Indonesia; and (11) PT Jasa Marga Japek Selatan.

Commitment-stage Investment saw as many as five MoUs and cooperation agreements which were signed at WJIS 2020, with an investment value of some IDR 4.10 trillion, or around USD 292.9 million. The signing ceremony was held on the first day of the Summit, Monday Nov 16, at the Savoy Homann Hotel, Bandung City.

Commitment-stage Investment were regionally owned companies, PT Bandarudara Internasional Jawa Barat (BIJB) and PT Jaswita Jabar, as well as PT Jasa Sarana, Aspen and Docta Proprietary Limited, PT Gobel Internasional, PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur, and PT Indonesia Infrastructure Finance, committing to investment in infrastructure, starting from hotels; MICE facilities; warehouses, energy, to hospitals.

Ready-to-offer Investment, West Java has 16 investment projects, with a total value of IDR 39.5 trillion or around USD 2.802 billion, that are ready to be tendered. The 2020 WJIS is expected to enhance Investment Realization in West Java in Q4 of this year, before the end of 2020, and trigger the province's economic growth.

According to Bank Indonesia Representative Office in West Java, the Province has been a crucial contributor to Indonesia's economic growth since 2015, and one of the most competitive provinces in Indonesia, for three factors: foreign direct investment (FDI), quality infrastructure, and competitive and reliable human resources.

In the last three years, on an average, West Java's economy grew by 5.4 percent, higher than Indonesia's economic growth averaging 5.1 percent. The province's strong economic growth was driven by the manufacturing industry and household consumption.

Investment has played a vital role in contributing to economic growth of West Java. Hence, in its bid to facilitate economic recovery, the Provincial Government sees it crucial to formulate a well-planned and comprehensive strategy to encourage investment inflow that could function as a driver for the national economic recovery.

Bank of Indonesia (BI) Governor Perry Warjiyo stated in the opening session that regional investment is one of the keys to driving the national economic recovery. Bank of Indonesia West Java Chief Herawanto said the Bank and the West Java provincial government had taken strides in accelerating infrastructure development.

The provincial government is also offering an alternative scheme for partnership and investment, involving the private sector in financing infrastructure development across various sectors, from transportation and renewable energy, to water management and urban infrastructure.

Luke Mackinnon, Infrastructure Country Manager at Amazon Web Services, said that Indonesia represented a great opportunity as a destination for investment, with its growing economy. "The growing economy is also beneficial for Amazon Web Services, especially in terms of expanding investment opportunities in Indonesia. We do envision huge investment growth and we can't wait to add resources and infrastructure to serve consumers."

Lee Kang Hyun, Vice President of Hyundai Motor Asia Pacific, said that his company has the full support of the Indonesian central government and the West Java provincial government in running its business. "As investors, we certainly choose West Java because we can get full support here and the province has quality infrastructure."

"Hyundai Motor has been building a factory in Cikarang. Despite the pandemic, with the full support of the governor and the minister, the factory development has reached 65 percent. The factory begins local production by the end of 2021, and in 2022, it will produce Indonesia's first electric cars which will be sold locally," he added.

The main WJIS 2020 agenda included launching the Rebana Metropolitan project, and with it MoU Signing and Project Announcements, High Level Sessions, Market Soundings and One-on-One Meetings, Investment Talks, a Trade and Tourism Webinar, groundbreaking for Subang Smartpolitan, and a site visit to Rebana Metropolitan.

Bank BJB, the West Java regional development bank, has offered full support to the provincial government in establishing and developing the Rebana Metropolitan area. "Bank BJB acts as a driving agent that supports the development of the new economic area, as initiated by the West Java Provincial Government," said BJB President Director Yuddy Renaldi.

Renaldi confirmed that Bank BJB, in cooperation with West Java's two other regional-owned enterprises, PT Bandarudara Internasional Jawa Barat (BIJB) and Jaswita Jabar, would support the development of tourism and transportation infrastructure in the Rebana Metropolitan area.

The three inked a cooperation agreement to build three-star and five-star hotels in the Kertajati International Airport area in Majalengka, West Java. Facilities for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) will also be built in the airport area to accelerate development integration that supports economic activities.

The Rebana Metropolitan project is also in line with Bank BJB's plan to create new economic areas that can improve the welfare of local communities. "Bank BJB will also expand its collaboration network with various stakeholders so that it can contribute more optimally in executing the project plan," said Renaldi.

The Rebana Metropolitan area is rife with infrastructure facilities, including the Cikopo-Palimanan (Cipali) and Palimanan-Kanci (Palikanci) toll roads; the Cikampek-Cirebon railroad; Balongan, Cirebon, and Patimban (Phase I) Ports; West Java's Kertajati International Airport; and the Subang, Indramayu, and Cirebon bus stations.

Bank BJB will also provide financing for the Cileunyi-Sumedang-Dawuan (Cisumdawu) toll road project in supporting efforts to improve connectivity in West Java. Bank BJB's involvement will not only support the infrastructure projects, but will help prepare local communities to take advantage of the opportunities for economic projects in the province.

Lia Endiani,
Team Communication Ridwan Kamil

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