BONSERNEWS.com – Deputy Speaker of the DPR, Muhaimin Iskandar, encouraged the government to evaluate land use and business management in Special Economic Zones (KEK), which have minimal contribution to national development or are even stagnant.
According to the man who is familiarly called Cak Imin, an important evaluation is carried out to map the suitability of the type of industry being developed with the characteristics of the land and to find out the ability of the building and managing business entity (BUPP) in managing the SEZ business.
“This Special Economic Zone is actually for economic equality. But if the impact is minimal, or even stagnant, it must be evaluated immediately. I hope the government will map out the problem soon,” he said, Tuesday, June 13, 2023.
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Based on the Danareksa Research Institute (DRI) report, the average contribution of Special Economic Zones (KEK) to Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP) for the period 2019 to 2022 has only reached 1.31%.
Cak Imin assesses that the number of SEZ contributions which are spread over five in Sulawesi, Maluku and Papua as reported by DRI is still very small. “It should be 10%, even in China each special economic zone can contribute up to 22% of GDP,” said Imin.
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Because of this, the General Chairperson of the National Awakening Party (PKB) asked the government to improve coordination with KEK BUPPs to make improvements to the business strategy of all SEZs in the context of equitable development of SEZs which are spread throughout the region.
He also hopes that each BUPP in KEK will adopt other SEZ development mechanisms which are considered to be running according to targets and expectations by adjusting the characteristics of each SEZ.
“Then regarding the licensing mechanism, I think it should be made easier, not too meticulous, but the control must also be strong. That way I’m sure it will attract more investors in this SEZ,” said Imin.
“And the most important thing is the human resources. I hope that the capacity of Indonesian human resources to improve the quality of the workforce and those involved in special economic zones will be improved soon,” continued Imin. ()