Batam to upgrade airport, seaport to grab slice of e-commerce pie

Indonesia Economic Forum founder Shoeb Kagda (left) and Mr Lukita Dinarsyah Tuwo, chairman of the Batam Indonesia Free Zone Authority, at the Batam Economic Forum on the island yesterday.
Indonesia Economic Forum founder Shoeb Kagda (left) and Mr Lukita Dinarsyah Tuwo, chairman of the Batam Indonesia Free Zone Authority, at the Batam Economic Forum on the island yesterday.ST PHOTO: ARLINA ARSHAD

Batam plans to develop its airport and harbour into a logistics centre where goods from online retailers are stored, assembled and packed for distribution to countries in the region, as the island seeks to tap the booming e-commerce sector to revive stagnant growth and attract foreign investments.

Mr Lukita Dinarsyah Tuwo, chairman of the Batam Indonesia Free Zone Authority (BP Batam), told 300 businessmen and officials at a conference yesterday that the authorities will work on a masterplan to upgrade Hang Nadim International Airport and Batu Ampar seaport to drive the island's economic growth, which has slumped to 3 per cent from double digits in the 1990s.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 28, 2018, with the headline 'Batam to upgrade airport, seaport to grab slice of e-commerce pie'. Print Edition | Subscribe