|with the Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Johor Bahru, Haris Nugroho|
The Investment Networking Luncheon, held on Wednesday at the Holiday Villa Hotel in Johor Bahru, drew 80 participants.
It featured speakers from the Badan Koordinasi Penanaman Modal (BKPM) Indonesia in Singapore, BKPM in Batam, Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) and Medini Iskandar Malaysia (MIM).
Present at the event were Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Johor Bahru Haris Nugroho said the objective of the investment talk was to promote Batam and Johor.
"More Indonesians are coming to Johor for health checks now," said Haris, adding that Indonesian investors are now keen on exploring Johor's manufacturing sector.
Currently, the sectors which are drawing investments include palm oil, hospitality and tourism and real estate.
Haris is also optimistic the Singapore-Malaysia High-speed rail project will provide better connectivity and this will attract more investors.
Meanwhile, Haris said one of the consulate's challenges was to reduce the number of undocumented arrivals of Indonesians.
On record, there are 162 million Indonesians in Johor, Malacca, Pahang and Negeri Sembilan.
It was reported in a local daily that a total of 1.33 million Indonesian tourists visited Malaysia last year compared to 1.26 million in 2014, registering a 6.26% increase from 2014. In the first quarter of 2016 there were 312,446 Indonesian tourists, while about 1.25 million Malaysian tourists visited places such as Bali, Bandung and Batam in Indonesia last year.