Push for economic growth | The star

STRENGTHENING the Singapore-Johor-Riau (Sijori) economic growth triangle will help boost the trade, culture and tourism sectors while attracting more investors to the region.

Chairman of the Johor Investment, Trade and Consumer Committee, Lee Ting Han, said the Sijori initiative would allow the countries concerned to take advantage of each other’s strengths and give investors the assurance that the players were not face-to-face.

“For example, we note that Johor and Batam are actively pursuing data center investments at this time, and some companies have decided to establish their presence in Johor and Batam accordingly.

“Additionally, improved physical connectivity will create spillovers and solve the problem of uneven growth in the region,” he said when contacted by StarMetro.

For example, he said that the government of Johor sent a delegation to Batam in Indonesia about two months ago, led by the chairman of the state committee for tourism, environment, heritage and culture, K. Raven Kumar, and the Chairman of the State Health and Unity Committee, Ling Tian Soon, to promote health. tourism.

“We will focus on tourism and healthcare as more and more Indonesians travel to Johor for healthcare,” Lee said, pointing out that there are huge opportunities for this sector to grow. in the future.

He said Johor will also look into other areas such as the service sector, especially data centers and manufacturing through the free movement of goods, capital and data.

“However, these are federal issues, so it will depend on the negotiations of the federal government,” he explained.

Lee also said that the Johor government would look into digital services and advanced manufacturing sectors involving medical devices, pharmaceuticals and electrical and electronics (E&E) industry.

“Between 2015 and 2018, we focused on oil and gas in Pengerang and Kota Tinggi, but now we are also looking at other sectors.”

He said this when asked to comment on a Jakarta Post report that Indonesia was preparing to build more infrastructure to connect Batam Island to Singapore in a bid to revive Sijori.

“Sijori is similar to the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT), of which Johor is also a member,” he added.

Johor and Singapore had previously worked on boosting physical connectivity through the Rail Transport System (RTS) link between Bukit Chagar and Woodlands North and Desaru Coast Ferry Terminal, Lee said.

“We are also discussing the possibility of providing a ferry service between Puteri Port and Singapore,” he said.

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