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At the opening of a new SEZ in Indonesia, the Mandalika Special Economic Zone, Enoh Suharto Pranoto, the Secretary for the National Council for Special Economic Zones announced the forthcoming launch of two further zones before the end of 2017. The additional zones, Lhokseumawe SEZ in Aceh and Galang Batang SEZ in Bintan, Riau, would take the country’s total to 14 special economic zones and keep the government on course to reach its target of 25 zones by 2019.
At the inauguration of Mandalika SEZ, Coordinating Economic Affairs Minister Darmin Nasution restated the rationale behind the policy; “Development has to reach underdeveloped regions” he said, adding that “our people should not only act as spectators, there has to be constructive cooperation for us to become competitive.”
According to a report in the Jakarta Globe, the government forecasts that its investment in Mandalika, as well as its efforts to promote the area as a tourist destination, will create nearly 60,000 jobs and promote a further Rp 28.63 trillion in investment by 2025.