Wed, 27 May 2009
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:Modern retail business people are rejecting a regulation on the zoning of commercial buildings issued by the regional administration, given that traditional markets are spread throughout the Jakarta area. “How can this zoning regulation be applied if the locations are close to each other?” asked Jakarta’s Indonesian Shopping centre Managers Association chairman, Andreas Kartawinata, yesterday.


According to Andreas, the plan contradicts the existing President Regulation no. 112/2007 and Trade Minister Regulation no. 53/2008 on the Management and Guidance of Traditional Markets, Shopping Centers and Modern Stores. The two regulations do not regulate the zoning of modern commercial entities.


House of Representatives’ (DPR) Trade Commission Member, Azwir Dainy Tara, said thezoning regulation is to prevent the overlapping of modern retail stores in one area. “This is an autonomous region. Zoning regulation is very important to maintain balance. Without it, disproportionate construction can take place and harm other businesses,” he said. Modern retail businesses must also be limited to enable small and medium-scale entrepreneurs to develop.



VENNIE MELYANI



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