JOHOR BAHRU – Johor and Batam, Indonesia have agreed to set up the Johor-Batam Business (Jobat Biz) taskforce to jointly look into entrepreneur development in their areas.
Johor Youth, Sports, Entrepreneur Development, Cooperatives and Human Resources Committee chairman Mohd Hairi Mad Shah said the task force was established following a meeting between the state government delegation and the Mayor of Batam recently.
He said the meeting, held in conjunction with the Johor-Batam Entrepreneurship Development and Training Programme in Indonesia, was attended by directors of various relevant agencies from the Batam Islands as well as representatives from the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Johor Bahru.
“The long-standing good relations between Johor and Batam provide entrepreneurs, especially those in Johor, the opportunity to expand and strengthen their business in neighbouring countries.
“Jobat Biz can look into important aspects that need to be addressed for cross-border business between Johor and Batam, such as labour issues and water transportation alternatives,” said Mohd Hairi in a post on his Facebook account today.
The task force can also look into issues faced by entrepreneurs, cooperatives and human resources, from the lower level to the top level in Johor and Batam.
“All issues related to the agencies under my portfolio can be discussed in the task force before they are brought to a higher meeting level such as SOSEK MALINDO and the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT),” he said.
According to Mohd Hairi, all proposals, plans or formation of policies will take into account the interests, needs and sensitivities of all parties.
He added that the meeting and the outcome of discussions held between the two parties are a start and proof of the parties’ commitment to realising their goals and aspiration to boost the local economy as well as providing opportunities for entrepreneurs to expand their business networks. – BERNAMA / pic credit: Hairi Md Shah FB