S. Korea keen to develop airports across Indonesia

S. Korea keen to develop airports across Indonesia

Mari Elka Pangestu. (ANTARA/Andika Wahyu)

"We will offer incentives and facilities through various scheme."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - A South Korean investor has expressed interest in developing airports throughout Indonesia, according to Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Mari Elka Pangestu.

"An investor from South Korea, namely Samsung C&T, has shown an interest in airport development projects in Indonesia," she said here on Monday evening.

"Among the airport projects that Samsung C&T has expressed interested in are the ones in Majalengka in West Java, Panimbang in Banten, and North Bali," Mari added.

"Besides these, many other projects on toll road development and tourist resort management have been offered during the Indonesia Tourism Investment Day (ITID) 2012," the minister explained.

She said South Korea would examine the projects for their feasibility.

Mari stated that she would support the projects by coordinating with the investment coordinating board (BKPM) in order to attract more investors to the tourism sector and other supporting sectors such as infrastructure.

The ITID 2012 is the first forum staged by her ministry in cooperation with BKPM, Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, Forestry Ministry, and the Fisheries and Marine Resources Ministry.

The event was attended by prospective investors, including CEOs and property developers, from ASEAN countries, Japan, China, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Britain and the United States.

The tourism potential in Indonesia has been presented in the ITID 2012 such as the ones at Bali, Toba Lake in North Sumatra, Bugam Raya in Central Kalimantan, Central Lombok, Tanjun Lesung in Banten, Lagoi Bay in Riau Islands, Belitung, Sari Ater in West Java, Sentul Nirwana Resort in Bogor, and Teluk Mekaki in East Nusa Tenggara, Mari pointed out.

By the end of the second quarter of this year, investment in the tourism sector reached Rp8.4 trillion, comprising domestic investments worth Rp1.065 trillion and foreign investments worth Rp7.34 trillion.

"We will offer incentives and facilities through various schemes, such as by easing the licensing process and waiving import duties, in order to attract investors to the sector," Mari stated.