No One Wants to Invest in Papua to Sulawesi Before, Now Many Do – An investment Minister Bahlil Lahadalia said the interest of entrepreneurs to invest outside Java was getting higher. This soaring interest is shown by the realization of increased investment outside Java in the third quarter of 2020 to 2021.

“Today, investment does not only take place in Java, but also outside Java. Outside Java Island is even bigger than Java Island. In the past, people didn’t want to invest in Papua, Maluku, Sulawesi, now it is a lot,” said Bahlil at the signing of the Cooperation Commitment in the PMA and PMDN Collaboration Program with MSMEs, Saturday, December 18, 2021.

Based on data from the Ministry of Investment, the realization of investment from January to September 2021 outside Java exceeded Java. Investment outside Java reached 51.7 percent or Rp 340.7 trillion.

Meanwhile, investment in Java is IDR 318.7 trillion. This figure is equivalent to 48.3 percent. The increase in investment realization outside Java was driven by the development of road access infrastructure that was built since 2014.

“We have felt the benefits of the design of President Jokowi-Jusuf Kalla (in 2014-2019) which prioritizes infrastructure. The President has stated in various directions that it is not permissible to develop Indonesia in only one area,” said Bahlil.

Bahlil continued, in pursuing investment targets, the government is trying to reduce the Gini ratio index to reduce development inequality in various regions. Therefore, apart from equalizing investment realization, the Ministry regulates investment collaboration between large and small entrepreneurs.

Collaboration among entrepreneurs is predicted to be able to open market access for MSME players. The collaboration system, said Bahlil, has been implemented in various developed countries such as Singapore to China. “There is no developed country without collaboration,” he said.

In addition to distributing prosperity, multi-scale entrepreneur collaboration will increase the number of national businessmen. He said that currently the number of national entrepreneurs is still relatively small, namely 3.4 percent.

Meanwhile in developed countries, the percentage of national entrepreneurs has reached double digits. “Like Malaysia 6 percent, Singapore 12 percent. So how to encourage opportunities, we make the permit easier. Now that the OSS (Online Single Submission) is in place, the Job Creation Law already come into being. We give free permits,” said Bahlil.

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