A business forum of the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) will be meaningful for the people of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam (NAD) if the initiators of the forum can persuade businessmen to invest in the province, Asia Pulse reported.
"I hope the Joint Business Council (JBC) will not remain as a ceremonial function, but should be used as good as possible to draw investment into NAD," Almanar, member of the National Mandate Party (PAN) faction in the Aceh legislative assembly said here on Wednesday.
He made the remarks regarding the JBC of the IMT-GT forum which would be attended by about 300 Malaysian and Thai businessmen in Banda Aceh. The Acehnese people hoped the investment could be realized," he cited.
Almanar said the IMT-GT forum of JBC, which was conducted by the Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry, also absorbed this year's state budget.
The IMG-GT forum should be able to seek a solution to overcome unemployment and lower the poverty rate through investment in the western-most Indonesian province.
Almanar added that Aceh is one of Indonesian provinces which helped establish the IMT-GT on July 16, 1993. The initiator of the sub-regional economic cooperation was Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad in 1991.