Batam industrial park to pilot halal cluster Batamindo Industrial Park, the first industrial state on the island of Batam, will host a halal cluster pilot project, one of three halal cluster pilots in the country. The two other host regions are on Java.
The halal cluster in Batam will be developed on 18 hectares of land.Batamindo general manager Mook Sooi Wah told The Jakarta Post on Monday that the Industry Ministry and related institutions were still finalizing the concept of the halal cluster industry, but three regions had been selected to host the pilot projects.
“We are optimistic that investors will be interested in investing in halal products,” Mook said, adding that the government would be offering incentives to halal product manufacturers that set up their businesses in the clusters.
He said the clusters’ tenants would manufacture food and beverage products, as well as cosmetics and medicines.
“Halal products have good prospects. They are the future of business,” said Mook, adding that Batamindo’s marketing department had been promoting the halal cluster concept to a number of companies from Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia.
“We are waiting for the investors’ responses. We believe the products have great potential, both in the domestic and international markets,” he said.
Mook said he had reported the plan to establish a halal cluster to Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto during his Apr. 13 visit to Batam.
The 300-hectare Batamindo Industrial Park has was established jointly in 1990 by private Indonesian and Singaporean companies as the first industrial estate on the island. Batam industrial park to pilot halal cluster (bbn, Fadli, The Jakarta Post)