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Hatta urges regional heads to simplify investment permit issuance procedures

Coordinating Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa has urged all regional heads across Indonesia to simplify investment permit issuance procedures to enhance Indonesia's competitiveness ahead of the ASEAN Community in 2015.

"This is my message to Pak Isran Noor [Regency Administrations Association/APKASI chairman] so we can accelerate permit issuance procedures and remove unnecessary steps," Hatta said in Jakarta on Monday as quoted by

He said that integrated services and fast investment processes were important to create connectivity.

He mentioned that the much-anticipated 2x1,000 megawatt steam-fueled power plant (PLTU) Batang in Central Java, which has yet to be completed due to land permit issues, was a concrete example of how long and complicated permit issuance procedures in Indonesia were.

"We have to cut the long processes to make it simple and invite more investors," he said, adding that a simpler process would improve the country's trade and logistics systems.

The government aims to reduce logistics costs from the current 14.08 percent of production costs to a single digit figure, he added.

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