NONGSA D-Town, a new “digital economic area” designed by Singapore-based developer Surbana Jurong, was launched on 2 March 2021 at a virtual event officiated by Singapore and Indonesia’s economic ministers. Located in Batam, Riau Islands, the development is designed to digitally bridge tech companies and talents in Indonesia and Singapore.

The Nongsa D-Town was inaugurated by Indonesia’s Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, Mr. Airlangga Hartanto and Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industries, Mr. Chan Chun Sing who were also giving opening remarks during the virtual event.

Indonesia’s Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, Mr. Airlangga Hartanto mentioned in his opening remarks that Indonesia continues to work collaboratively with Singapore to improve competitiveness, generate more employment and investment in order to strengthen regional stability. “Batam has the geostrategic location being close to Singapore thus can serve as the digital bridge between Indonesia and Singapore, as envisioned by President Joko Widodo during his visit in 2017. I hope the launching of Nongsa D-Town will serve as an accelerator to deliver a significant impact to digital industry in Batam and further to support bilateral collaborations between the two countries,”added Airlangga Hartanto.

Singapore Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr. Chan Chun Sing, also added that Nongsa D-Town underscores what Indonesia and Singapore can achieve together when our governments and business community work together. “D-Town marks the next phase in the story of Nongsa Digital Park, which is envisioned as a vibrant location for those in the tech and digital sector to live, code, design and play,” said Mr. Chan in his remarks.

Located in Batam, the 62-hectare Nongsa D-Town is designed to digitally bridge tech companies and talents in Indonesia and Singapore (Photo credit: Nongsa D-Town)

Housing Additional Digital Talents

 Nongsa D-Town grows out of Nongsa Digital Park, which was inaugurated in 2018 by Indonesia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi and Singapore’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan. Nongsa Digital Park is located in an area dedicated to digital economic development in Batam. It currently houses 1,000 digital work forces from 100 multinational companies including Glints, R/GA, and WebImp that now become members of Nongsa D-Town. The launch on 2 March also inaugurated Nongsa Digital Park’s expansion consisting three newly completed tech offices to house additional 750 talents. The digital economic area will be enlivened by offices, shopping centres, digital training centres, hotels, and co-working/co-living spaces. Upon completion, it will have the capacity to accommodate 8,000 tech workers. The development aims to nurture tech talent with training centers and startup offices, nurturing Indonesia’s growing digital economy.

Thanks to its proximity, Nongsa D-Town allows Singapore to expand business thereby widening employment for Indonesian talents in technology and creative industries. This strategic area can be reached only 40 minutes ferry ride to/from Singapore and 15-minute-drive to/from Hang Nadim International Airport Batam.

Press release of NONGSA D-Town