By Kareyst Lin
Nov. 21, 2016
International Enterprise (IE) Singapore has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Makassar government of Indonesia to facilitate collaboration between Singapore and Makassar companies in smart city development.
The MOU was signed by IE Singapore Assistant Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tan Soon Kim and Makassar Mayor Mohammad Ramdhan Pomanto, IE Singapore said in a press statement on 14 November 2016.
The partnership will encourage information sharing between IE Singapore and Makassar city government, including Singapore's private and public sector expertise in smart city solutions.
IE Singapore will facilitate business collaborations, working with Singapore companies to provide smart city solutions and city management to develop the Makassar Smart City.
This includes development of e-government platform and smart cards to increase the well-being of citizens, intelligent transportation, pre-emptive flood detection systems, and smart street lighting to enhance the infrastructure resilience of Makassar.
IE Singapore's overseas centres in Jakarta and Surabaya have been building networks in-market, as well as raising mindshare on the opportunities in greater eastern Indonesia to Singapore companies. These are part of IE Singapore's strategy to encourage Singapore companies to explore investment beyond Java Island.
Beyond Java and new cities like Makassar, IE Singapore is also partnering companies to explore investment in resource-rich regions such as Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Sumatra.
"One of President Jokowi's economic priorities is to bring development beyond Jakarta, and IE Singapore has been actively building relations with the businesses and local government officials in major cities in Indonesia," said Tan. "The MOU strengthen sour relationship and will open doors for Singapore companies to provide smart city solutions."