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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