At a doorstop interview held with Mr Dico, Mr Wong said: “I was very happy to see the tremendous progress that has been made in a very short period of time.
“They have managed to attract investors permitted to do business in an industrial hub and that in turn has created many good jobs for the local people of Kendal.”
Addressing a question from Indonesian media on how the development of the park in the last six years has been “very slow”, Mr Wong said that it was “a matter of perspective”.
“You can say it’s slow but 2016 was just the groundbreaking. The first companies came in 2018 because you need to build the park, you need to get the facilities ready,” he said.
“We’ve had a lot of years in recent times of economic uncertainty, not to mention two years of the pandemic when borders were closed when it was not possible to bring in investors to come and visit the park.”
Given these challenges, the progress made has been “very good”, said Mr Wong.
He added that there are promising signs that more investors from around the world are interested in coming to Kendal.
There are plans to expand the park and its support infrastructure as well as the growth of Central Java, said Mr Wong.
Another possible development is a container port to support the manufacturing activities in that region.
“I think this is needed because as manufacturing activities grow within Kendal and Central Java, the companies will want to export more,” he said.
“Logistics and transportation cost is a factor in driving competitiveness.”
He said that companies in Singapore and Indonesia have been looking at potential sites for the port and a proposal has been made to the central government in Indonesia.
Mr Wong returns to Jakarta on Friday for the last day of his Indonesian trip. He has met several ministers thus far, including Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto, Minister of Defence Prabowo Subianto, Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin, Minister of State-Owned Enterprises Erick Thohir, Bank Indonesia governor Perry Warjiyo as well as Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan.
He also met Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo on Wednesday.
Source: Channel News Asia