Indonesia is set to reposition Batam as a brand new manufacturing and shipping hub to draw over $60 billion worth of investment. According to Head of Batam Development Body Edy Putra Irawady, this rebranding came to catch potential opportunities that arose from the trade tensions arose between China and the US.
Batam is the sole free trade zone of Indonesia and is the perfect place for investors who are looking for a place where they could relocate factories.
Additionally, the bridge is also set to complement Singapore’s increasing air-passenger traffic to be accommodated by the Changi Airport’s fifth terminal which is currently in construction. The airport also offers transport connections to Bintan Island.
The bridge is also set to decrease logistics cost and increase tourism by improving the connectivity in the area. President Widodo’s administration is even assessing if it is a good idea to connect Sumatra and Peninsular Malaysia.