Sun, 21 Nov 2010

Ambon, Maluku (ANTARA News) - One of Indonesia`s conglomerates, Lippo Group, is exploring investment possibilities in various fields in Maluku, a provincial investment official said.

The group`s vice president, James Riyadi, met Maluku Governor Karel Albert Ralahalu on Wednesday night to obtain accurate information on investment possibilities in a number of strategic areas, including retail trade, hotels, eduction and health, Rahman Soumena, head of Maluku`s Capital Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), said here on Thursday.

"James met with Governor Karel Albert Ralahalu last night to collect accurate data on investment possibilities in strategic areas," Soumena said.

The Indonesian conglomerate was also interested in establishing commercial centers such as department stores, hyper malls, a five-star hotel for both domestic and foreign tourists.

James also asked about investment opportunities in the health sector because he would like to build an international standard health center with modern and sophisticated facilities that would also serve people from North Maluku, Papua, and West Papua.

Besides, the Indonesian conglomerate also had an interest in developing the region`s human resources development by establishing an international standard school in the province.

Soumena said the international standard school would be staffed with professional teachers from Jakarta. Some 100 students would also be given scholarships to continue their studies at institutes of higher earning.

"Governor Ralahalu promised to support Lippo Group`s investment plans and provide all the needed facilities," Soumena said.

He said James Riyadi`s intention to invest in Maluku would be like a "straam of fresh air" for the province and hopefully encourage other investors to operate in the province.

"James Riyadi`s effort to explore investment possibilities in Maluku in his capacity as a top executive of a national conglomerate is expected to make the business world in the province more attractive to both domestic and foreign investors," Soumena said.