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Indonesia to boost trade and tourism in Johor

Indonesia to boost trade and tourism in Johor

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Indonesia is reportedly hoping to enhance economic, trade and tourism programmes with Johor Bahru, Malaysia. This comes with the introduction of a 'special privilege scheme', which offers discounts to residents in bordering regions. 

The Indonesian consul-general in Johor, Sigit Suryantoro Widiyanto, reportedly said that this would involve at least 10 Indonesian districts in the Riau Islands such as Batam, Bengkalis and Tanjung Pinang. 

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Speaking to media, Widiyanto reportedly said that Malaysians with 01 identity cards can enjoy some discounts on hotel stays or food in these Indonesian districts. Indonesians from these 10 districts can also enjoy discounts when they visit Johor. 

The Johor government is also open to the move and has held several discussions about the scheme, Widiyanto reportedly said. 

The consul-general reportedly said the scheme will further boost trade and tourism between border states and is the first time such a move has been mooted by Indonesia. 

Meanwhile, discussions to introduce a ferry route for cargo trucks between Batam and Johor have been going well, Widiyanto reportedly said. 

Widiyanto reportedly added that the consulate office in Johor was looking after the welfare of more than 109,000 Indonesians workers in Johor, Melaka, Negri Sembilan and Pahang.

He reportedly urged citizens to work legally and go through the proper channels when job seeking in Malaysia too, this is especially since the main problems Indonesians face are the misuse of visas. 

Indonesia has been boosting its collaborations as of late. In March, it was reported that tech giants Microsoft and Apple are interested in investing in Indonesia, deputy minister of communications and informatics Nezar Patria reportedly said. 

At a public discussion in Jakarta last Friday, Patria reportedly said that Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft and Tim Cook, CEO of Apple sought to meet President Joko Widodo. 

The collaboration will reportedly develop Indonesia's human resources and manufacturing sectors, as well as open up greater opportunities for the country and its people. 

In addition, the deputy minister reportedly said that such collaborations with the two tech giants would bolster Indonesia's efforts to develop its digital talent capacity and competency. 

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