1. Indonesia set to position Batam as shipping, manufacturing rival to Singapore. The Straits Times – Feb 1,2019
Batam potentially draws US$60 billion in new investment when Indonesia opens the city to Special Economy Zone (SEZ). Now, the authorities want to expand benefits to businesses by reclaiming about 8,000 hectares around the island as the area.
The Batam free-trade zone consists of eight islands measuring 71,500 hectares. Many companies that operated at the free-trade zone will exempt from VAT and luxury taxes as well the import duties.
This effort created by the central government to increase the investment of the island located just a 1-hour boat ride from Singapore. Indonesia would like to developed Batam as the sister island to support the overgrowth of Singapore in logistic.
Furthermore, many companies also intended to invest in tourism, consumer goods, and shipyard industries ranging from ship manufacturer to ship maintenance company. The government expects that Batam is able to be the gateway to any other cities in Indonesia bypassing Singapore as a transit point.
Batam’s strategic location is the key to the development with another tourism spot such as Nongsa expecting more investors coming in from abroad. Hopefully, with further development of Batam, the Indonesian government able to centralize import rather on relying on Singapore.
2. Bukalapak, an online marketplace company from Indonesia, will soon announce a new round of funding. Techcrunch.com – 18 Jan 2019
The company currently valued at $1 billion and BukaLapak is currently as Indonesia’s fourth unicorn after Gojek, Tokopedia, and Traveloka. With the large economy and high e-commerce transaction, Bukalapak becomes the second e-commerce to enter the billion dollars club.
As it been founded in 2010, BukaLapak daily order reached two million and 50 million of the user. The core value of BukaLapak is from the Small Medium Enterprise, vendors and independent micro-business in Indonesia.
Bukalapak currently with the investor from GIC, Emtek, Alibaba Ant Financial before raising another $50 million series D from Mirae- Naver Asia Growth Fund, which business including Line messaging service in Korea
The company mention that the new funds will help to grow more opportunities and services offered. The current service of Bukalapak also includes fintech products on their website. By offering a wide range of products, Bukalapak able to increase their own revenue and services.
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China largest retailer, JD.com, has made the first flight of drone which approved by the Indonesia government to operate for delivery in the rural area for the test flight. The measure that a breakthrough for drone delivery in Southeast Asia. Furthermore, it is a starting point as the new drone technology will be used in the region subjected to every country approval in Southeast Asia.
The test flight took place on January 8, 2019, in West Java, Indonesia, where the drone flew from Jagabita Village, Parung Panjang to MIS Nurul Falah Leles Elementary School to deliver backpacks and books to students.
JD.ID currently sells 1 million SKUs and serves more than 20 million consumers across Indonesia covering 483 cities and 6,500 area. The company mention that hopefully when it is approved, it will help the company to speed up delivery orders and able to ship more to the rural area.
Indonesia with comprises of ten of thousand islands needs a breakthrough delivery around the region. As drone technology able to help more to the delivery of rural areas, there are more tests needed to cater to urban area delivery and the efficiency of drones subjected to the municipal city approval.
There might need some more time to fully applied drone technology in Asia especially Indonesia foe e-commerce delivery as currently most of the order come from Greater Jakarta area which is very accessible by a common transportation