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Batam at a Glance

Batam is strategically located within an international shipping route between the Indian and the Pacific Ocean. It lies only 20 kilometers to the Southeast of Singapore which has one of the busiest seaports in the world. A ferry ride to Singapore takes only 40 minutes.

The area of Batam Island is 415 sq km. However, due to the progress of investments and demand of space, the Batam industrial area was expanded in 1992 with the inclusion of two other surrounding islands, hence, giving a new name: Batam-Rempang-Galang or Barelang. The total area became 715 sq km. All the main islands are linked with the Trans-Barelang road, which include six beautiful bridges.

Although dubbed as an industrial area, Batam is developed to serve four main functions, namely: industrial, trade, tourism, and transshipment area. The whole area of Batam, Rempang and Galang is also declared as bonded area. All imported goods for production purposes, such as capital goods and raw material, are exempted from import tax. Batam is build to be an export oriented industrial area, so as not to compete with other industrial areas in Indonesia which market their products within the country.

Why invest in Batam

As at the end of June 2013, Batam has accumulated a total of approximately US$16.14 billion in investment comprising of US$ 3.37 billion of government investment and US$ 12.77 billion of private investment. Government nvestment is in terms of infrastructure development. Private investment comprises further of US$ 5.82 billion of domestic investment and US$ 6.78 billion of foreign investment. More than 1000 foreign companies are operating in Batam while the number of local companies is nearly 10,000.

There are approximately 1,250,000 people living in Batam, coming from all over the Indonesian archipelago with 235,000 people employed in the formal sector, and 76,000 more in the informal sector. This labor is increasingly bettered skilled as they have years of training and experience. This skilled labor can be sourced directly in Batam, as well as recruiting from other regions, such Java and Sumatra.

Foreign investment application is processed with a one-stop policy in Batam. All permits and licenses required to start development are also processed “under one roof” by the Batam Industrial Development Authority with streamlined procedures. Companies are allowed to have 100% foreign ownership. Staying permit for foreigners working in Batam is easy to obtain from the local Immigration Office. Foreign visitors to Batam will be given Visa on Arrival for most nationalities. Foreign nationals are allowed to buy houses, whether or not they work in Batam.

Modern Facilities

More than 1,600 km of paved roads and highways are there to link all centers of activities. These roads are continuously being improved with the addition of lanes to anticipate the rapid growth of traffic. There are four locations of seaport to serve cargo vessels and six locations of passenger ferry terminals around the island to minimize travel times to destinations with more than 100 trips daily serving Singapore and Malaysia. The biggest seaport in Kabil has berthing capacity of 35,000 DWT (Dead Weight Ton) and is being improved to accommodate ships up to 150,000 DWT. In its ultimate phase, it will have a total wharf length of 5.5 km with an 18 meter draft.

The Hang Nadim International Airport has a 4,000 m runway, the longest in Indonesia, to serve wide body passenger and cargo aircraft with 20 flights daily to Jakarta, and around 252 flights weekly to other major cities in Indonesia depending upon the peak and off peak seasons. The terminal building has a total floor area of 31,500 sq m and will gradually be expanded to its ultimate design of 88,000 sq m.

Telecommunication facilities are also of the highest standard with state-of-the-art technology which has used only 90% of the available capacity. One does not feel isolated in Batam since communication to all parts of the world is only one button away. Electricity is supplied by PLN, the state-owned electric company, and additional power is also supplied by private power plants.

Fresh water is abundantly available from six man-made water reservoirs built around the island with the total capacity of more than 4,000 liters/second. Supply of clean water is sufficient to support a population of 1,500,000 people and has conformed to the standards of the World Health Organization. Currently the clean water runs at a capacity of more than 2,185 liters of clean water per second.


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