ISD Held the Public Dialogue Forum "Towards a Competitive and Sustainable Batam; Optimizing Potential and Improving Efficiency of Services Sectors"

Batam, 31 October 2017

ISD Held the Public Dialogue Forum

The Development of Batam (a city in Kepulauan Riau, Indoneisa) is not as fast as it was initially planned and expected. As a comparison, the similar estate built by Malaysia is now more advanced and developed and can be considered as the backbone of the nation's economy. Many regulations from the Government of Indonesia, Badan Pengusahaan Batam (BP Batam) and local government of Batam are overlapped, so that it impacts to an inefficiency and sluggish growth of industry as well as incertainty of investment. On another hand, potential of services sectors in Batam is not well optimized and it is certain that there will be enough room for improvement such as in medical tourism, logistics, vocational education, creative industry and other related sectors.

With the support from Yayasan Inovasi Pemerintahan Daerah (YIPD) and the collaboration with the Politeknik Negeri Batam, ISD Facilitated a Public Dialogue Forum to consolidate inputs from all related stakeholders with the key theme "Towards a Competitive and Sustainable Batam; Optimizing Potential and Improving Efficiency of Services Sectors".

A number of speakers from ISD shared knowledge and strategies on how to maximize local potentials of Batam and emphasized that development of human capital is key to improve the competitive advantage of Batam in general. Dr. Yose Rizal Damuri (Head of the Department of Economics CSIS & ISD Board of Founders), Selo Winardi (President Director PT Tira Austenite Tbk, & ISD Board of Directors), Steve Aditya (Indonesia LSHC Industry Leader Deloitte Indonesia & ISD Member) and Taufiq Wargadalam (the Ministry of Trade Replubic of Indonesia) participated and delivered some key policy recommendations to the local policy makers in the discussion session, which mainly focused on Logistics, Medical Tourism and Vocational Education and training.