Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Billionaire and businessman Elon Musk is certain to visit Indonesia next October. This was confirmed by the Minister of Communication and Information, Budi Arie Setiadi.
“That’s the plan, that’s the information,” said Budi when met in Jakarta, Tuesday (12/9/2023).
Budi also ensured that the government opened itself up to anyone to have a business in Indonesia. However, provided that you comply with existing rules and regulations.
“What is certain is that anyone is open to doing business in Indonesia. As long as it complies with the laws and regulations in Indonesia,” he explained.
Musk’s arrival follows news that SpaceX’s Starlink satellite network will enter Indonesia via Starlink. It is planned that the satellite network will be used for internet access in 3T areas.
Asked about the business model, Budi informed that it might be business to consumer or retail. However, he emphasized that his party would support all parties that provide services in the country.
“It is better for 3T areas because satellite technology accelerates digitalization. We support all parties to provide the best service for the Indonesian people as long as the Indonesian people benefit,” said Budi.
Previously, the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment (Menko Marves) Luhut Binsar Panjaitan had also revealed the schedule for the arrival of the Tesla and SpaceX bosses to Indonesia. He explained that Musk would have two important agendas regarding cooperation with lithium battery factories and providing internet access via the Starlink satellite network.
“I asked Elon, I told him if you could come to Indonesia to sign two things. The first is Starlink status, if we complete all the processes, we are currently researching it. The second is that he wants to invest in making materials for lithium batteries. So he “I have spoken many times with his team and before I returned, the team had agreed not to make an MoU, but just an agreement for them to invest here,” he explained, quoted from his Instagram account.
“I think the investment is quite large, we’ll just have to wait until Elon comes here, which will be around the end of September or October this year,” he said.
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