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40 factories planned on Indonesia-Timor Leste border: NTT Governor

Antara News - February 25, 2023

Cindy Frishanti Octavia, Kupang – Governor of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Viktor Bungtilu Laiskodat has said that 30-40 large industries will be built to support the development of economic zones along the border shared by NTT and Oecusse, Timor Leste.

"In President Joko Widodo's meeting with the Prime Minister of Timor Leste, Taur Matan Ruak, Monday (February 13, 2023), discussions were held regarding the development of an economic zone in the NTT-Timor Leste border region. Tens of large industries will soon be built in the border area between Indonesia and Timor Leste," he informed in Kupang on Friday.

He said the presence of an economic zone in the border area between Indonesia and Timor Leste will certainly have an impact on accelerating the economic development of the people of NTT.

"The presence of these large industries will certainly have a big impact on the economy of NTT and also Timor Leste, so we encourage PT Kawasan Industri Bolok (KIB) to start preparing themselves to be involved in the industries that are there later," he added.

He said that the presence of 40 industries in the North Central Timor Regency area will certainly help absorb a large number of workers from NTT.

He added that the renewable energy potential in NTT province, including solar, wind, geothermal energy, and ocean currents, is capable of supporting industrial progress.

"NTT is rich in renewable energy potential; if managed optimally, the impact on development in NTT will be more rapid," the governor opined.

According to the president director of PT Kawasan Industri Bolok, Gabriel Kenenbudi, PT KIB, as a symbol of industrial progress in NTT, will play a role in development in the area.

"We invite local governments and businesses to work together to build this area with industrial strength. We are ready to work together, also with the spirit of hard work and smart work for the progress of NTT," he said.

Source: https://en.antaranews.com/news/273816/40-factories-planned-on-indonesia-timor-leste-border-ntt-governo