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    West Java BI Holds Economic Study Forum


    BANDUNG - Bank Indonesia supports the West Java Provincial Government's plan to build a special economic zone (SEZ). The development of SEZs will trigger high economic growth in the West Java region, especially if it invites MSMEs.

    Bank Indonesia West Java Representative Doni P Joewono said from the field survey activities in several areas in West Java, most regions agreed if there was a SEZ development.

    "I travel around Garut, Majalengka, they are ready to provide incentives if there are SEZs, ready to provide incentives to factories that want to build in their area," he said at Savoy Homann Hotel, Bandung, Wednesday (7/17).

    He stressed the need for special or thematic SEZs from each region to be built. For example, special SEZs for textiles, automotive SEZs and electronics or tourism SEZs. However, he admitted that logistical and transportation constraints must be sought solely so that the presence of these SEZs was attracted by investors.

    "There must be integrated waste treatment, inviting MSMEs and thematics must be clear," he said.

    Executive Secretary of the Indonesian Textile Association (API) Ernovian added that currently there is still a shortage of skilled workers in the textile industry.

    "There is a need for around 400 people for the supervisor level, but college graduates are only 300 per year," he said.

    In addition to the HR needs that must be fulfilled, especially with the KEKE development plan, governmental alignments related to regulations are also needed.

    "For example, ease of investment, cheap taxes and other incentives," he said.

    He also wants later to be maximized by railroad transportation. In addition to the exact time and faster than the road transport, once more transported. Solar energy technology for electricity supply also needs to be built in SEZ. Jo

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