BANDUNG - West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil accompanied Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut B Panjaitan, held a meeting with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Energy Minister and UAE BUMN to discuss the realization of UAE investment in Indonesia's strategic project in Abu Dhabi, in the third week of December 2019.
"I was asked to accompany Mr. Luhut, because Mr. Luhut had [shooting] hundreds of trillions of Abu Dhabi investments going to Indonesia. Later, each person wants to take the presentation. I was asked to sell Rebana, "he said some time ago.
In addition to Rebana, his side will make sure to look for investors for the Bandung-Tasikmalaya-Banjar Toll Road or known as the Cigatas Toll Road, with an estimated value of Rp.
50 trillion. According to him, this infrastructure project will be sold on big investors there. "In addition to the Rebana area, I will also take this toll road to Abu Dhabi," said Ridwan Kamil.
He explained, the Cigatas Toll Road is only one of the total projects of Rp.113 trillion, which will be developed by the West Java Provincial Government. This value is so large that inevitably it must be financed by investors.
"Now, we will bring the Cigatas Toll Road worth Rp.50 trillion, then the new industrial center in Rebana (Cirebon, Patimban and Kertajati) then waste to energy three projects and one project for the West Java convention and exhibition center. Newly offers Middle East funds want to be invested. West Java is again excellent, but still must be proactive, "said Emil - Ridwan Kamil's nickname - at the Grand Sahid Hotel, Jakarta, Thursday (12/12/2019).
He said he had visited the UAE in March 2019 to meet investors. He acknowledged that despite the opportunity, entrepreneurs there asked for guarantees that licensing in their area could be fast. "Abu Dhabi Investment, he has everywhere Rp200 trillion in money, why not go to Indonesia? They said they assured us that the permit was fast, "he said.
According to him, the interest of the UAE investing in West Java was very high and enthusiastic. Emil described his meeting with Lulu Group and Faqih Group which is the country's big businessman. "Lulu will become a UKM partner in West Java, the Faqih Group already exists and will commit to buying goods from West Java," he said.
The presence of UAE investors is expected to have many impacts on the sustainability of the industry in West Java. The future of West Java itself is predicted to be present in the Rebana region, its heart is in Majalengka.
He said there was no strategic area in Indonesia such as Rebana. Namely the area adjacent to the port of Patimban and West Java International Airport (BIJB) Kertajati. He also called the Rebana area as a futuristic city.